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Old 04-25-2013, 01:05 PM   #481
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How was the drive?
We were all set to leave Saturday morning and then made a game time decision to leave Friday night at 9:45 pm and drive straight through. No traffic and we arrived on the island at about 2:30pm next day. I had a priceline hotel in Fredericksburg, VA that we had paid for but it was well worth being in the area the night before. We were then able to check in at 11 am so it was great.

The ride was very long but it was interesting to see just how many cars hailed from MA, RI, CT, and Maine! On the way home we did decide to stop halfway (same hotel through priceline) but I think I would have gone straight through if I had to do it over again. Even though it was Sunday, there were far more cars on the road and the drive through CT during any day of the week is not fun!
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:23 PM   #482
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We arrived yesterday. Sitting by the Beach House pool enjoying the sun. Absolutely beautiful, first time at the resort and I understand why so many love it here. Already met Mike the pool guy and need to get his recommendations for a trip to Savannah later in the week.

We're in building 24 and the location and view are amazing. Right next to pool and playground and a lovely marsh view. Our original room was in building 29 but we asked to move to marsh view (our request never made it through to their system). Totally worth it!

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:34 PM   #483
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Mike is great!! Have a great time.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:47 PM   #484
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Mike is great!! Have a great time.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:35 AM   #485
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The resort mugs are unfortunately the same ones as WDW. You can refill them at the resort and the beach house. Beach house counter service closed at 4pm every day when we were there last week and so you could not get to the soda after that. Don't know if it will be open later in June.
THanks for the heads up on the same refillable mugs. Guess we won't be buying any at HHI.

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There is just one frying pan in the room and three tupperware-like containers. I could have used more of each to avoid washing so much. We were in Building 23 and for us that was the perfect pool side location. We could let our kids go to the pool (they are 12,11,9) and we could watch them from the deck. We also gave them the freedom to ride the bikes throughout the resort which they enjoyed a lot.

We went to the low country boil and it was great. You can't access the refillable drink station at Signals but they provided lemonade and iced tea. The food was very good and plentiful. B'Lou provided the entertainment.

We went on the dolphin tour with Scott and it was a great way to see the island from a different vantage point.

My kids had great fun at the campfire, Goofy Bingo, and at other events. The cast members here do a great job! We went to both the beach tour and the Pinckey Island tour and TJ is phenomenal.
What other pots and pans were in the room? How about a colander, can opener, etc...? Trying to figure out if we need to pack any of those things to take down.

I may have to consider the country boil. I hadn't heard many good things aboutit.

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We arrived yesterday. Sitting by the Beach House pool enjoying the sun. Absolutely beautiful, first time at the resort and I understand why so many love it here. Already met Mike the pool guy and need to get his recommendations for a trip to Savannah later in the week.

We're in building 24 and the location and view are amazing. Right next to pool and playground and a lovely marsh view. Our original room was in building 29 but we asked to move to marsh view (our request never made it through to their system). Totally worth it!

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Sounds like I should call Member services and request buildings 23 or 24. Would those be the best locations to ask for with kids?
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Can you get coffee with the refillable mugs?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:09 PM   #489
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Sounds like I should call Member services and request buildings 23 or 24. Would those be the best locations to ask for with kids?
We simply requested "near the pool" since the pool, community hall, mercantile and recreation desk are all in the same area.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:33 AM   #490
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Does anyone know if the fireworks (Tues Nights?) begin after memorial day or the beginning of June?
Our family checks in on Memorial Day and was wondering. We have always stayed in June and the firework show it great!
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #491
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We simply requested "near the pool" since the pool, community hall, mercantile and recreation desk are all in the same area.

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Thanks for the tip, I will have to call Member services and add that request. Was it loud being that close to the pool?
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We are making a change to our travel/driving dates. Instead of taking 3 days to drive to HHI, we are going to take 2 days. Would Hardeeville be a great place to stop if we want to drive all day Saturday and then wake up do grocery shopping and then head to HHI to hit the beach before our room is ready?



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Are the pool towels adequate or should we bring our own? I don't want them to small and thin.

We are so excited that in two months we will be driving to HHI for our first trip there. I want to call MS and request a dedicated 2BR.
We have never stayed in Hardeeville, but that is REAL close to the resort. Your logic to do the shopping and get to the resort early makes great sense to me. You never know when you might get a room early. And they can accommodate your groceries (especially when you get there early).

The towels are thick and bigger than bath towels, but not as big as beach towels. For use at the pool they are great. If you want something large to lay on at the beach... bring beach towels. Have a great time.

Just curious why you would prefer a dedicated over a lock-off?
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One month to Hilton Head!!!! Woo Hoo! It can't come soon enough. Just booked our stay in the World the week after Thanksgiving at BLT & AKV so I'm pretty much on a Disney / DVC high right now. Thanks for listening.

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We have never stayed in Hardeeville, but that is REAL close to the resort. Your logic to do the shopping and get to the resort early makes great sense to me. You never know when you might get a room early. And they can accommodate your groceries (especially when you get there early).

The towels are thick and bigger than bath towels, but not as big as beach towels. For use at the pool they are great. If you want something large to lay on at the beach... bring beach towels. Have a great time.

Just curious why you would prefer a dedicated over a lock-off?
Thank you for all the encouraging words. Sounds like we are on the right path. I still have to call MS and ask for a building close to the pool. Anything else I should be thinking about?

I thought dedicated 2br has two queen beds in the second bedroom and the lock0off was a one bedroom and a studio, so the second br would only have one queen bed and a pull out. Is this right or do I have it reverse?
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Thank you for all the encouraging words. Sounds like we are on the right path. I still have to call MS and ask for a building close to the pool. Anything else I should be thinking about?

I thought dedicated 2br has two queen beds in the second bedroom and the lock0off was a one bedroom and a studio, so the second br would only have one queen bed and a pull out. Is this right or do I have it reverse?
I am not sure. I Have to let the more knowledgeable answer that. I wasn't even thinking about bedding differences. At VBR the Lock-offs have better views than the dedicated. I was asking purely for the knowledge.
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