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Old 07-17-2013, 09:41 AM   #1951
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I always said I would only stay in the tower with TPV...but now I am wondering if it will be worth it if we are in the park at night for MNSSHP and I am hoping to do dinner at California grill and watch wishes from the lounge another night...my concern with garden wing is that people say it is a far walk to the tower.

I am hoping to book VGF if there is availability for it! but if not am considering CR/AKV split...crazy I am!
It is not a long walk at all. It is very close from the exit of the Tower to the entrance of the Garden Wing, and it is covered. Now, if you had the furthest room into the Garden Wing (which would net you a nice view), it might be a slight walk, but really, it is not far at all. And the rooms are identical in terms of size, decor, etc.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #1952
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It is not a long walk at all. It is very close from the exit of the Tower to the entrance of the Garden Wing, and it is covered. Now, if you had the furthest room into the Garden Wing (which would net you a nice view), it might be a slight walk, but really, it is not far at all. And the rooms are identical in terms of size, decor, etc.
are you staying in the garden wing or tower when you go?

I like the idea of being so close to the MK especially after MNSSHP. plus DH wants to try other dining options and CR has some great ones!
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:53 AM   #1953
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are you staying in the garden wing or tower when you go?

I like the idea of being so close to the MK especially after MNSSHP. plus DH wants to try other dining options and CR has some great ones!
I will probably be in Tower (we are going for a conference and you can request Tower room at same conference rate as Garden Wing). We have stayed twice before in Garden Wing (once South and once in the old now torn down North Wing). Is the Tower room more convenient and magical? Yes, but noisier and busier and some have reported elevator issues, although we did not experience that when we were there. However, for the price difference, if I were footing the bill, I would def not hesitate to do Garden Wing. I just don't get why everyone thinks it's a long walk from there to Tower. It's much shorter than our walk from a POR preferred room to the Riverside food court, and it's covered.

Only you know what you can afford and what will please your family, but if it comes down to the walk to the tower, that is a total non-issue IMHO.

Regardless, CR can be a magical place to stay and has great access to the MK Enjoy!
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I asked the WL/CL IPO when CA Grill would be re-opening, but she didn't have an answer. However, MouseSavers is reporting that it is closed through 8/24, which implies it will be re-opening 8/25. I'm disappointed it won't be open before we leave on the 10th, but I hope some of you get to book it!
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I asked the WL/CL IPO when CA Grill would be re-opening, but she didn't have an answer. However, MouseSavers is reporting that it is closed through 8/24, which implies it will be re-opening 8/25. I'm disappointed it won't be open before we leave on the 10th, but I hope some of you get to book it!
Keeping fingers and toes and everything else crossed that it will be open when we are there the 2nd week of Sept.

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Is the Tower room more convenient and magical? Yes, but noisier and busier and some have reported elevator issues, although we did not experience that when we were there. However, for the price difference, if I were footing the bill, I would def not hesitate to do Garden Wing. I just don't get why everyone thinks it's a long walk from there to Tower. It's much shorter than our walk from a POR preferred room to the Riverside food court, and it's covered. be a magical place to stay and has great access to the MK Enjoy!
I've never stayed in the Tower, but I agree with everything you say about the garden wing.
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I am wondering how people are able to keep the air condition running during the night while sleeping in bay lake towers.

Does anyone have some good ideas?
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Any updates/pictures on the 14th floor refurb? I am booked for my honeymoon in a king room tower club for September.
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I've never stayed in the Tower, but I agree with everything you say about the garden wing.
Have you stayed in garden wing before?
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Just sitting here thinking resorts and wondering if anyone here has ever been upgraded to TPV from the garden wing before? I am not expecting to at all before people say don't expect it! Lol. I was just wondering what kind of upgrades they do at the CR?
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Yes, I was there a few weeks ago. Why?
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Yes, I was there a few weeks ago. Why?
Just wanted someone who had stayed there before to answer a few questions if you could?
Did you enjoy it or wish you were in the tower?
What room requests did you submit?

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Just wanted someone who had stayed there before to answer a few questions if you could?
Did you enjoy it or wish you were in the tower?
What room requests did you submit?

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Well, since I wasn't in the Tower, it's a little unfair for me to make comparisons, but it appeared to me that getting to your room in the Tower was a bit of a hassle since I saw people waiting for elevators frequently. There didn't seem to be many elevators in general, but I didn't count them.

The room I was in wasn't too far from the main building and since it was on the first floor, I had a little patio area. My son and I left through the sliding glass doors to go to the pool, which was a nice perk. The water slide connected to the pool could have been better. I happened to see the play area at the Grand Floridian (2nd picture on this link) and thought it would have been nice to see something similar at the Contemporary.

For requests: first floor, near the main building, facing the pool, and if it's a special occasion like an anniversary, they may surprise you with some mini chocolates in your room.

BTW, I booked "Garden Wing - Garden View" on the website. I doubt you can get a pool side room if you book "Garden Wing - Standard View." There is a $54 a day rate difference (before discounts), so keep that in mind.

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Well, since I wasn't in the Tower, it's a little unfair for me to make comparisons, but it appeared to me that getting to your room in the Tower was a bit of a hassle since I saw people waiting for elevators frequently. There didn't seem to be many elevators in general, but I didn't count them.

The room I was in wasn't too far from the main building and since it was on the first floor, I had a little patio area. My son and I left through the sliding glass doors to go to the pool, which was a nice perk. The water slide connected to the pool could have been better. I happened to see the play area at the Grand Floridian (2nd picture on this link) and thought it would have been nice to see something similar at the Contemporary.

For requests: first floor, near the main building, facing the pool, and if it's a special occasion like an anniversary, they may surprise you with some mini chocolates in your room.

BTW, I booked "Garden Wing - Garden View" on the website. I doubt you can get a pool side room if you book "Garden Wing - Standard View." There is a $54 a day rate difference (before discounts), so keep that in mind.
Did you enjoy your stay there? It will be five of us there (one infant) and I like the close proximity to MK without the big price tag! Lol

I agree about the splash pad at grand Floridian. It looks super cute! I am going to attempt to get a studio there if I can for our trip so the cr is our back up if we don't get it or poly is under construction. For some reason I cannot get over the lack of kid friendly pool there.
My DH likes all the food options there and he wants to try somewhere new so we are in a great debate!
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Any updates/pictures on the 14th floor refurb? I am booked for my honeymoon in a king room tower club for September.
Welcome and congratulations on your engagement! I haven't seen any new Tower Club room photos yet, hopefully, someone will post some soon
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