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Old 12-06-2012, 08:04 AM   #226
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So, I will ask Santa for an upgrade.... I promisse I was a good girl this year!
Unfortunately there is no king garden cl rooms and only two lagoon cl rooms.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #227
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I so happy to say that we are going back to the Beach Club June 20th through the 26th!! We were last there in 2008. BC is going to be the second half of a spilt stay with POR.
I can't wait to see Tena again and eat at Beaches and Cream.
I do have one quick question, has the BC switched to the new grapefruit shampoo and conditioner? I still buy the blue kind from h2o plus. I would love to get more small bottles. I've been known to refill them.
Oh and when wil the solarium go back to normal? I think that is my DH favorite part of the resort.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:44 AM   #228
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I so happy to say that we are going back to the Beach Club June 20th through the 26th!! We were last there in 2008. BC is going to be the second half of a spilt stay with POR.
I can't wait to see Tena again and eat at Beaches and Cream.
I do have one quick question, has the BC switched to the new grapefruit shampoo and conditioner? I still buy the blue kind from h2o plus. I would love to get more small bottles. I've been known to refill them.
Oh and when wil the solarium go back to normal? I think that is my DH favorite part of the resort.
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Solatium is back to normal! See you in June!
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Woe be to him/her to whom planning the staff holiday party falls.
Silly huh?
You wouldn't believe the petty drama.
Sigh....

Now back to your regularly scheduled BC/YC magic!

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Oh I would believe it!!! This year I picked up the shift during the party...so I get kudos for working AND avoid the drama

Ok Miss Dee...I have been on and off the Be Our Guest list for 2012....can't help I am a hopeless changer

BUT thanks to an awesome discount (since we need to rooms) the Pas family's annual Florida trip is booked

August 25th-Sept. 1st YC SV CL!!! Hopeful we will get our connecting rooms the kiddos will be 12,8,7,6 and 4 when we arrive!

It was hard to pick BC or YC but balconies were a factor, and we stayed YC CL just DH and I and we really loved the CMs at YC ...although I definitely plan on finding Teena if she is there and bringing some Chocolate Tastycakes!!!

I just know SAB will be a hit! My DD8 & 6 can play in the sand for HOURS!! I am a MK resort lover, but the monorail gets less appealing each visit...And it'll be a whole new vacation staying on the other side of the world

So my plan is to stalk the thread to prevent any further changing
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Oh I would believe it!!! This year I picked up the shift during the party...so I get kudos for working AND avoid the drama

Ok Miss Dee...I have been on and off the Be Our Guest list for 2012....can't help I am a hopeless changer

BUT thanks to an awesome discount (since we need to rooms) the Pas family's annual Florida trip is booked

August 25th-Sept. 1st YC SV CL!!! Hopeful we will get our connecting rooms the kiddos will be 12,8,7,6 and 4 when we arrive!

It was hard to pick BC or YC but balconies were a factor, and we stayed YC CL just DH and I and we really loved the CMs at YC ...although I definitely plan on finding Teena if she is there and bringing some Chocolate Tastycakes!!!

I just know SAB will be a hit! My DD8 & 6 can play in the sand for HOURS!! I am a MK resort lover, but the monorail gets less appealing each visit...And it'll be a whole new vacation staying on the other side of the world

So my plan is to stalk the thread to prevent any further changing
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I just know SAB will be a hit! My DD8 & 6 can play in the sand for HOURS!! I am a MK resort lover, but the monorail gets less appealing each visit...And it'll be a whole new vacation staying on the other side of the world

So my plan is to stalk the thread to prevent any further changing
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I wouldn't be surprised if you wish you had found BC/YC sooner.
Me either. DH and I stayed in Nov.2011 for F&W, we were "walked" from the GF, since GF overbooked due to a wedding party. We had a 2BR suite (for 2 of us) the proximity to WS and DHS was fantastic! We never used the pool since it was chilly for us...years ago we stayed in BCV, but drove to Epcot and DHS (Duh I know...had no idea) and again too cold to swim...I am looking forward to exploring it all!! This will be the kids first trip to WS...believe it or not
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:11 AM   #233
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Hello everyone!

Now that we have moved on from The Beach Club I wanted to have the chance to say good bye and thank you for being such lovely friends. We are finally settled in at our new location which is at a small family resort in the same town that my sisters live in. Floozy and Doosie are my older sisters and Doosie has a daughter named Skinny Ginny. They also have a nutty dog named Bub who gets into all kinds of trouble. The kids really enjoy his antics and Paul and I are happy that the cousins get to spend so much time together.

Even though we have moved on from the Beach Club Resort we hope to be able to return for a family vacation some day. The entire family would like to thank each of you for being such great hosts to us and we'd like to wish everyone happy holidays!

If I can figure out how to post pictures of our new location I will find a way to do that.

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August 25th-Sept. 1st YC SV CL!!! Hopeful we will get our connecting rooms the kiddos will be 12,8,7,6 and 4 when we arrive!

I just know SAB will be a hit! My DD8 & 6 can play in the sand for HOURS!! I am a MK resort lover, but the monorail gets less appealing each visit...And it'll be a whole new vacation staying on the other side of the world

So my plan is to stalk the thread to prevent any further changing
Hello and Welcome Back, Pas!!!!

And so funny you mention the monorail. We experienced some monorail delays during our split stay at BC and CR for MNSSHP. One morning, we gave the boys the choice of walking or monorail from CR to MK. Of course, monorail is more festive, so they chose that . . . and it took 45 minutes to get from CR to MK via monorail. We missed the opening show, but I was doing the "glass 1/2 full" routine until my husband said I needed to admit that it was crummy. After MNSSHP at midnight, the boys STILL chose the monorail and my husband laughed, said he'd see us back at the room and headed for the walking path. He was all settled in at CR by the time we arrived!

We're doing a Poly/BWI split (stayed at Poly many times and BWI once before) in January. I know - no BC/YC - but my husband loves BWI and I must compromise. Hoping for better monorail luck at Poly!!!
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Hello everyone!

Now that we have moved on from The Beach Club I wanted to have the chance to say good bye and thank you for being such lovely friends. We are finally settled in at our new location which is at a small family resort in the same town that my sisters live in. Floozy and Doosie are my older sisters and Doosie has a daughter named Skinny Ginny. They also have a nutty dog named Bub who gets into all kinds of trouble. The kids really enjoy his antics and Paul and I are happy that the cousins get to spend so much time together.

Even though we have moved on from the Beach Club Resort we hope to be able to return for a family vacation some day. The entire family would like to thank each of you for being such great hosts to us and we'd like to wish everyone happy holidays!

If I can figure out how to post pictures of our new location I will find a way to do that.

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Nov-Dec 2012 Trip Report at The Beach Club

Forgive me if these are not allowed here. We are finally home and I will process photos this weekend. I had really hoped the central location of The Beach Club would help make WDW not feel so overwhelming. And I know we were there for such a short stay, but DH wanted to do everything. These look like a list because that's what this trip was. We never really had waits of anything, even shows we seemed to always make it just in time. But that means were were always on the move, never time to sit on a bench, shop or even grab a treat. It was exhausting to say the least!

Thursday, November 29
Day 1 - Travel
1. 5am Fly Seattle to Orlando
2. 5pm Check in at Disney’s Beach Club
3. Walk to Epcot to switch Disneyland Annual Pass to Premiere Pass. Everyone kept telling us the back gate would be able to help us. I don’t know why they can’t just do this stuff at the front desk of the resorts. It is sure annoying to have to run all over to sort these things out when all you want is to start your vacation. We were told guests services was not equipped to help us at this back entry. But, they offered to escort us through the gates to walk to the front of the park where they were set up for this type of transaction. We decided to split up.
4. Friendship Boat back to Resort to check out Storm Along Bay…
5. The Beach- Just missed the campfire on the beach with marshmallows, but sat down to watch a movie on the beach while waiting for Kenneth to return from Epcot with our new passes.
6. Dinner at Cape May. By this time we were so hungry and just wanted dinner. Although we had a previous reservation because we didn’t know where we would be and where we might have to end up going to upgrade our passes. I really didn’t think it would be such a big deal to get dinner at the resort we were staying in, especially if we weren’t picky. Turns out I was wrong. Reservations are just the norm at WDW for any meal more than counter service. I about had it. All I wanted was to have simple dinner and wish my husband a happy birthday and get to sleep. Maybe even swim in the pool. After lots of back and forth we finally ended up eating at Cape May. It was ok and we all found plenty that we each enjoyed off the buffet. Although there was crab and such because we are from the northwest it was nothing special. But I really enjoyed the salads! I heard someone behind me tell her friend, “I don’t really like fish.” Just a tip, but don’t eat at Cape May if you don’t like fish!

Friday November 30
Day 2 - Hollywood Studios (16 Attractions)
Breakfast in bed
1. 9:15am Friendship Boats to Hollywood Studios. Pick up Toy Story FP/Sign up for Jedi Training
3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
4. Tower of Terror
5. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
6. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
7. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
8. The Brown Derby for lunch at 1:30pm
9. The Great Movie Ride
10. Photos with Phineas and Ferb (longest line of the trip)
11. Star Tours
12. 5:00pm Friendship Boats to Beach Club
13. Swim at Storm Along Bay
My only comments are that although the sand bottom is really fun because the pool is so big and there are so many shallow depth changes it is easy to be walking through the sand then scrape your foot on the rough bottom during a depth change. I think these are set up because of some of the features in the pool like the whirlpool, etc. But it’s easy to ruin a pedicure! My little guy loved the waterslide from the pirate ship and went over and over again.
14. WDW Today Meet Up. We went to WDW to celebrate Kenneth’s 40th Birthday, who got the idea when he head WDW Today has a special group rate and event that weekend. There were a few different types of special events we could have gone to, but because our home park is Disneyland not Disneyworld we figured our time was better spent exploring the parks. We did decide we didn’t want to miss out on the party at Hollywood Studio’s after park closing at 8:00pm to see The Osborne Light show.

Everyone tells you everything is walkable when you stay at The Beach Club. What they don’t tell you is that the walk to Hollywood Studios is really a 30 min trudge. At least it feels like that after little sleep for 2 days, a full day at the park and swimming all evening. We should have just waited for the next Friendship boat, but we were worried about making it to the park before closing at 8:00pm. So, we just took off full speed ahead. And half way there the boat passed us! I was so tired at that point I thought about jumping in the water so they would have to rescue me!

We did make it, just in time. We were led to a waiting area and my little guy was able to meet all the Podcast Guys and get the autographs. He thought it was the coolest thing ever. We realized that since we don’t really listen the radio, these podcast guys were celebrities to him. They were all very kind to each spend some time talking with him.
15. Toy Story Mania. As the light show was being reset we were given this as a surprise. (Which was perfect because we had abandoned our FP tickets we had picked up earlier in the day so we could go back and swim.)
16. Osborne Lights/Dessert Party. We were all given a gold box stuffed with treats, apples, sweet breads, cookies, brownies, etc. Plus there was hot chocolate, cider and punch available). I would say there was less than 75 of us there. So fun to explore the lights and have the park to ourselves! By about 11:00 pm the park had been closed for some time there was no transportation. We must have looked lost, so Ken, one of the transportation managers drove us back to the resort in his van. Then we ended up ordering room service dinner. The options weren’t as good as we expected. Our little guy fell asleep. Kenneth had a burger and I had a nice tomato, mozzarella and arugula salad.

Saturday, Dec 1
Day 3 - Epcot (16 Attractions)
1. 10:00am grab FP to Soarin’ and ride Mission: Space. OK, we should have known when we were loaded onto the ride with no navigator that we were in trouble. That pretty much sums up the rest of our day. I feel like Epcot is a park that you can too easily wander around odd pathways doing nothing. And having a navigator is really a good idea! I was assigned the commander position, so of course I kept that title the rest of the day. But it sure would have been nice to have a navigator! I just hate walking around in circles and there isn’t much to see when you are walking around in circles at the front of that park.
2. Spaceship Earth – Ok, those videos were hilarious! Why can’t they email the whole video to you? Definitely made such a dated ride.
3. Innovention’s Sum of all thrills. My 11 year old thought designing his ride was so cool. Glad we didn’t miss this one.
4. Photo Pass at the front of Epcot
5. Character Photos with Mickey and Minnie (Vent - Why are all the buildings in Florida so hot? In California all the buildings are so cool and comfortable.)
6. The Seas with Nemo and Friends (And I thought the new Little Mermaid ride was bad)
7. Soarin’ (Ok, why don’t they call this what it is Soarin’ over California. Sure it’s a favorite of ours too, but I don’t understand why the wait is so awful. You really must get a FP in Florida. Our other observation was the cue and cast members were lacking compared to California.)
8. Living with the Land
9. Friendship Boat to World Showcase
10. Teppan Edo (Reservation was for 1:30pm. We didn’t make it there until 2:30pm. We were seated with another party that had allergy issues. So they basically made three separate meals, which made our dinner take much longer than we had planned. But we did enjoy our meal.
11. 5pm: Candlelight Processional. The crowd was pretty thick and so our plan to see Santa before or after was scrapped. Little did we know that would be our only chance to see Santa in WDW. In California there are so many more places to see Santa including your resort if you stay at The Grand Californian.
12. China - Reflections of China in circle-vision
13. Germany (no Hummel’s?!?! Our last trip about 10 years ago one of the new generation was there signing Hummel’s and I was so looking forward to getting another one. So sad to learn Goebel is no longer producing them.)
14. Norway - Maelstrom Viking Boat and Movie. My sons name is from Norway, and he just finished a big report on immigration from Norway. On our last trip there were more things important from Norway for sale.
15. Mexico - Grand Fiesta Ride
16. 8:30 Illuminations - fireworks and water show. We had preferred seating with our dining package. In retrospect I think you can probably see the show from anywhere and instead of lining up in our assigned area we should have made our way over to Canada, UK and France, which we missed on our last trip as well! Basically Epcot is a two day park. Or a park to pick up a few things here and there when you pop in for a dinner reservation. We did miss out on Le Cellier Steakhouse because they had no reservations and our trip was pretty last minute. If we had planned to stay longer we could have picked up the last few things we didn’t get to see before or after dinner one evening.

Sunday, December 2
Day 4 – Magic kingdom (20)

1. Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Card Adventure. We probably shouldn’t have wasted our first hour doing this, but if you go to WDW all the time it’s a fun idea.
2. Castle Photo Pass.
3. Buzz Lightyear Spinner
4. Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
5. Buzz Meet and Greet
6. Carousel of Progress
7. Space Mountain X2 (Gotta try out both tracks!)
8. Shop for new Mickey Ears… disappointed with selection… commiserate with WDW Corporate Employee about how Magic Kingdom just makes us homesick for Disneyland. Disneyland is just so much more charming. Bigger is not always better. Sometimes it’s just bigger.
9. Mickey PhilharMagic 3D
10. Crystal Palace Character Meal with Pooh and Friends. We could have skipped this. Lunch was OK, but not great and our little guy seemed a little grown up for the crowd there. We should have checked out Be Our Guest, the new restaurant in Fantasyland.
11. Peter Pan with Fast Pass.
12. Haunted Mansion – the new interactive cue is super fun!
13. Hall of Presidents
14. Splash Mountain
15. Jungle Cruise
16. Pirates of the Caribbean
17. Thunder Mountain
18. Magic Kingdom closed at 7:00pm for the new ticketed Christmas Party. Cast Members instantly turned cold and we thought we would be able to talk out through the shops. Wrong – “Get a Wristband” became our new family catch phrase as we were kicked out of the park. We debated about buying tickets to the Christmas Party all day… but we were there for such short visit. Maybe it would have helped our day feel more leisurely instead of so rushed.
19. Swim at Storm Along Bay
20. Beaches and Cream for dinner. Where my husband finally got to order THE KITCHEN SINK! I chose the tomato soup and it was so good we knew we were be back just for that.

Monday, December 3
Day 5 – Animal Kingdom (17 attractions)
1. Oasis walk through
2. Tree of Life Photos
3. Discovery Island Trails
4. Kilimanjaro Safaris
5. Pangani Forest Trail
6. Festival of the Lion King
7. Christmas Mickey and Safari Donald Duck Meet and Greet
8. Yak and Yeti for lunch. It was so hot and muggy all morning with cloud cover. Lunch was cool and relaxing. The little guy had seared ahi appetizer for his entrée. I chose the salmon and Kenneth a steak and shrimp prepared like a volcano!
9. Finding Nemo – The Musical
10. Boneyard Playground
11. Dinosaur x2 No wait, they would have let us stay in that car all day if we wanted to! New family catch phrase, “We’re not gonna make it, we’re not gonna make it! …. We made it.” Which was basically the theme of our trip. We basically waited for nothing, but also that meant we never took a break, never sat on a bench, didn’t even really have a snack. Even the shows were always made it just in time. It was exhausting!
12. Everest x3 Ok, no one told me this went backwards… And as it went backwards in complete darkness I yelled “Are we supposed to be going backwards!?! Are we going upside down!?!” My boys laughed at my surprise and assured me we didn’t go upside down. I screamed, “Well I went upside down!” This was also walk on. I guess evenings at Animal Kingdom are just super slow as everyone leaves because the animals go in for the night.
13. Kali River Rapids x5 This is pretty short compared to the raft ride in California with less thrills so it wasn’t quite so “Soakin’ Awesome!” as it could be. But we still managed to get soaked!
14. It’s Tough to be a Bug
15. Russell and Doug Meet and Greet - Park closed 7:00pm
16. Beaches and Cream for Dinner - 3 Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Please!
17. Swim Storm Along Bay

Tuesday, December 4
Day 6 – Travel
Magic Kingdom Early Morning Hours (16 attractions)
1. Ears
2. Space Mountain x2
3. Buzz Lightyear Spinners
4. Jungle cruise
5. Pirates of the Caribbean
6. Thunder Mountain X2
7. Splash Mountain
8. Haunted Mansion

Check out of The Beach Club and have a quick Snack Lunch

9. Friendship boat to Hollywood Studios
10. Rock n Roll x2
11. Tower of Terror
12. Behind mouse
13. Friendship boat back to Beach Club

4:00pm Town Car arrived to take us to the airport for our 6:30 pm flight home to Seattle… The airport was a nightmare and super busy. The flight was long and cramped. We should have used our afternoon to enjoy a leisurely meal… I just couldn’t click my heels fast enough to get home! I usually have suitcases dumped out and laundry started by the time Kenneth settles with the cab driver. If it weren’t for the wet clothes packed I would have left everything as it was by the front door because I was just completely drained. But I managed to sort loads and put the luggage away before falling into bed by midnight.

And just like our last visit, which was for a week I told Kenneth, next time we need to go for 10 days or more and really take it easy!
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I know you are on vacation and you don't want to have to deal with it, but if you can, call housekeeping and ask to speak with a manager. Tell them about your concerns. They need to know if something isn't up to snuff or there are shortcomings with the service. it's the best way to get it corrected for the rest of your trip. It sounds like somebody needs more training or they are not being enabled to do a good job.




HOLY COW that's a LOT! You did great I have never been to California's Disneyland so I can't compare but Epcot is a thing onto itself with all of the many things you can do. IMO Epcot is deceptively large and the walking to get from here to there takes a toll. Trust me, you did really well.



This is just hysterical! If it were me, I'd put a note near the elevator thanking them for the cheese...

With all the touring you are doing it sounds like you are going to need that cheese. I hope you find your groove and feel more comfortable with the difference between California and Florida WDW. Thanks for the report and have a great trip!

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So our 2nd or 3rd day I ran into housekeeping in the hall. I left a few requests with the woman after she started a conversation with me. We came home to find the room in much better shape, towel animals, soaps, stationery, pens, etc. She had also lovingly rescued some small personal item and folded it neatly. I left her a note and a nice tip hoping we would see an improvement from that day on, but things kind of went back to before, no soaps, etc. Weird? After that I just didn't care.


Yes and that cheese and cracker plate kept us going with a few days of snacks! God Bless Glen and Sylvia where ever they are! I just posted our trip report. As you can see we all need a vacation from our vacation. Friends keep asking when plan to do WDW again. My reponse it not for a long time! Hahaha!
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Yay!!!

I am just so excited. I have wanted to stay at the Beach Club for as long as I can remember and it is finally happening. Hubby and I will be celebrating our anniversary there July 6-11!!! Woo hoo
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AMommy21, thanks for the report and hope you get some rest! As I mentioned in an earlier post, WDW is SO different from DL! Although DL was my original home park, and WDW is my favorite now, I still enjoy both. We do love to walk and really enjoy the walks from BC to both Epcot and DHS - our kids (especially our 5-year-old) love to try and "beat the boat" and we're usually successful. But it's definitely not GCH to DCA! Really sorry to hear about your difficulties upgrading your AP - when I upgraded from a WDW AP to the Premier two years ago, everything I read here indicated that Epcot's International Gateway could not process that type of upgrade and that I would need to go to the front entrance for a Premier, so we were able to work that into our plans. In any event, sounds like you may be willing to give WDW another try someday - our touring styles are always changing and we learn new things every trip, so maybe you'll enjoy the next time a little more.

Would love to see your BC photos after you are settled in at home again!
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Just booked Beach Club !st week of May! WooWoo!

Amommy21- Really appreciate your mini report. It's going to be our first major family vacation to WDW and its nice to get DLR vets perspective and experience, seems like you got alot done, ups and down good and not so good.
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