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Old 09-26-2012, 05:32 PM   #1321
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The desserts seemed to be lacking in comparison to other resorts. Just eh. Cupcakes, all the same basically, and one flavor of cheesecake. They had a sampler pack of mini cupcakes and cheesecake bites. No chocolate cake, no chocolate eared mickey mouse rice crispie on a stick...so sad!
So, just to confirm, you can't get gelatto as dessert??? (I mean with DDP)
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:47 PM   #1322
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Best Resort yet! We were at WDW last week. We arrived on Sunday and stayed at Port Orleans Riverside; even got the room I requested. Rooms were spacious, grounds were lovely, everyone was very nice. But it was serene. And fancy. And utterly boring. I can imagine how some people would enjoy it but it just wasn't our cup of tea. We stayed 3 nights, trying to make the most of our stay but I woke up Wednesday morning and headed to the front desk begging to be moved to a more "colorful" resort. Previously, we've stayed at Movies and loved our stays at POP. But I wanted to try AoA and they put us in a Cars Family Suite!

Oh my gosh it was amazing! So bright! So colorful! So clever! So absolutely Disney! It really saved our vacation! Already booked Finding Nemo for April. No Bounce-back offers, though.

I loved our evening strolls over the Generation Gap Bridge to POP as well, being able to go to a different food court is great.

No cell phone service in the room and the wifi was hit or miss but that's not the end of the world.

I LOVE AOA!!!
What Cars Bldg were you in? No Cell Service? I requested Bldg one for our trip coming up, how was the walk to the bus stop, path all the way? length? also was the bus stop covered? Thanks Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:54 PM   #1323
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We liked the cupcakes.

But, yes, you can get the gelatto as a dessert on the dining plan. You get your dinner and the cashier stamps your receipt. You have to come back within 45 minutes (I think) to get it.

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So, just to confirm, you can't get gelatto as dessert??? (I mean with DDP)

We were in building 3. Nope, there was no cell service in the room and around the resort, it was spotty. Wifi was unreliable in the room. Outside by the pool, it was a different wi-fi router (2 different names) and it was much better.

Really, those buildings should each get their own wifi routers, or at least each section.

The path to the bus stop has a path. It didn't take us that long to walk. The bus stops are all covered.

What Cars Bldg were you in? No Cell Service? I requested Bldg one for our trip coming up, how was the walk to the bus stop, path all the way? length? also was the bus stop covered? Thanks Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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We are renting a full sized crib for our stay in a Nemo suite. Anyone know if the nightstands or bed are movable in suites. Trying to figure out best spot for crib in master bedroom area.
There was room for us to fit a double stroller (and then some) between the nightstand and the bathroom door wall (if that makes sense...) without us folding the stroller down, so you could easily put the crib there. The bathroom door opens in, so if it juts out a little it shoudn't be too much of an issue. I honestly don't know if the nightstands were movable.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:06 PM   #1325
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eeek, we arrive at AoA Monday! I sure hope we don't have a dirty bathroom though!
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We were in Bldg 1 (Tow Mater), 4th floor, Room 1806. Wi-Fi was unreliable and cell phone service in the rooms was obsolete. The walk to Animation Hall and the bus stops was nice; it's a scenic little walk down Route 66. It's actually painted like a 2 lane road and there are cars characters to see along the way. If anything, I'd request a ground floor room next time just because I hate waiting for the elevator. Did I mention that it's the best resort ever? : )
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eeek, we arrive at AoA Monday! I sure hope we don't have a dirty bathroom though!
Our room was spotless and the Mousekeepers were great! Don't worry, you are going to LOVE it!
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:13 PM   #1329
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We are staying in a LK suite in November. We've asked for a view of the courtyard but want to know for those that have stayed. Any preference on which floor to stay on? Top floor?
We're here right now in LK, room 0811. This is a top floor room that faces the courtyard. No noise issues from inside the hotel but if you want total quiet before 10:30pm I'd request one that isn't along the courtyard. Reason being is that they show the nightly movie there at 8:30pm and also lots of screaming loud kids playing around the boneyard play area at night.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:20 PM   #1330
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We were in Bldg 1 (Tow Mater), 4th floor, Room 1806. Wi-Fi was unreliable and cell phone service in the rooms was obsolete. The walk to Animation Hall and the bus stops was nice; it's a scenic little walk down Route 66. It's actually painted like a 2 lane road and there are cars characters to see along the way. If anything, I'd request a ground floor room next time just because I hate waiting for the elevator. Did I mention that it's the best resort ever? : )
Thanks we requested top floor and bldg 1 but the cell service issue really bothers me, was anyone complaining, wonder if they are they planning to improve it
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #1331
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Food was Greasy?!
Can you expound on that please?
Also, did you notice if LM corner rooms had windows on 2 sides like they do at Pop & All Stars?
Just replying about the food. We're here right now and I have to say that the food we've gotten here is among our favorite out of all the quick service dining anywhere so far. No grease complaints, fries were definitely not greasy, son's pizza didn't look greasy and he ate it all and he's picky. Chicken burger was wonderful, same for surf and surf burger. The only thing we haven't liked is the coleslaw. Very picky daughter liked the tandori chicken kid's meal. We ventured over to Pop tonight for dinner and actually came back to AoA to eat. And we haven't found a lack of selection in desserts, 4 mini variety pack of cheesecakes, one big cheesecake, a lot of different cupcakes, mini pack of cupcakes, brownie bites, mickey chocolate ganache, gelato, "everything" brownie, many other items that I can't recall off the top of my head. Yes it's not of great a selection as some places but it's way better than most places I can think of.
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My trip has been planed for a very long time (3 years) and now I'm just under 8 weeks. A beloved family member has been fighting cancer for a long time now, but after the Dr. put her on a new Chemo med. about two months ago she has improved tremendously and has looked and felt wonderful. Her bad tests results have turned around and the last tests were so improved it was amazing. Then we got a phone call only several days ago that the Drs at the center have DC'd all of her treatments and put her on hospice and gave her 4-8 weeks to live. We were totally blindsided. Our trip is now just under 8 weeks. It certainly puts the question of the trip up in the air. Yesterday a call came saying that she had passed away. We are in total shock. The trip is certainly safe from a family funeral now, but my head is spinning. I feel like all of the magic is gone. I don't have any interest in finishing the craft projects I've been working on for our trip and I'm just not able to think straight. When I think of being in 'The Happiest Place on Earth' I think of all of the things I'd see that I would have wanted to buy as gifts for her. I don't know how much pixie dust there could be to get me through this.
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My trip has been planed for a very long time (3 years) and now I'm just under 8 weeks. A beloved family member has been fighting cancer for a long time now, but after the Dr. put her on a new Chemo med. about two months ago she has improved tremendously and has looked and felt wonderful. Her bad tests results have turned around and the last tests were so improved it was amazing. Then we got a phone call only several days ago that the Drs at the center have DC'd all of her treatments and put her on hospice and gave her 4-8 weeks to live. We were totally blindsided. Our trip is now just under 8 weeks. It certainly puts the question of the trip up in the air. Yesterday a call came saying that she had passed away. We are in total shock. The trip is certainly safe from a family funeral now, but my head is spinning. I feel like all of the magic is gone. I don't have any interest in finishing the craft projects I've been working on for our trip and I'm just not able to think straight. When I think of being in 'The Happiest Place on Earth' I think of all of the things I'd see that I would have wanted to buy as gifts for her. I don't know how much pixie dust there could be to get me through this.
In 2011 my girlfriends and I planned a trip to Disney in February for my birthday. My father traveled often and always had free airline tickets. We were not very close and I had not talked with him in a while. I emailed him to see if he had any tickets to spare. He called me shortly after that and told me he had been diag with Pancreatic Cancer. That was the last time I talked to him. He died 6 weeks later. It was less than 2 weeks before our trip. I still went on the trip and am very glad that I did. I took some time to stop and enjoy Disney in an entirely new way and thanked God for my friends. Instead of thinking of gifts for her, perhaps you could find something to remember her. I am so sorry for your loss.
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Well, actually there won't be any room for the crib in the master bedroom..it's tight in there even for our 2 suitcases. There is plenty of room in the main part of the suite, I think that will have to be where it goes. The night stands only move a dab, not much tho..
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My trip has been planed for a very long time (3 years) and now I'm just under 8 weeks. A beloved family member has been fighting cancer for a long time now, but after the Dr. put her on a new Chemo med. about two months ago she has improved tremendously and has looked and felt wonderful. Her bad tests results have turned around and the last tests were so improved it was amazing. Then we got a phone call only several days ago that the Drs at the center have DC'd all of her treatments and put her on hospice and gave her 4-8 weeks to live. We were totally blindsided. Our trip is now just under 8 weeks. It certainly puts the question of the trip up in the air. Yesterday a call came saying that she had passed away. We are in total shock. The trip is certainly safe from a family funeral now, but my head is spinning. I feel like all of the magic is gone. I don't have any interest in finishing the craft projects I've been working on for our trip and I'm just not able to think straight. When I think of being in 'The Happiest Place on Earth' I think of all of the things I'd see that I would have wanted to buy as gifts for her. I don't know how much pixie dust there could be to get me through this.
I lost a good friend to cancer a couple of months ago and it does seem to suck all of the joy out of life. TIme will heal some of this for your family. Don't push things, they will get better on their own and i think you will be able to celebrate a trip with your family in her honor. Many hugs to you.
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