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Old 09-20-2013, 11:48 AM   #2776
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Cabanas??

Hi there!
Has anyone booked the cabanas at the CR? What are they like? We have one booked for our upcoming stay at CR in Nov and are wondering what sort of amenities they include? Is there anything we need to request or order/pay extra for that would make our time there more special? Is there a difference in the different cabanas or one that we should request?

We are a party of 6, 4 adults one 3 year old and one infant that will (hopefully) be napping in the cabana. Any tips greatly appreciated!!

BTW, those pics of the club level rooms on the 14th floor look amazing! Do any of them connect?

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I am a long time lurker on the boards but now that I am planning my honeymoon I need to ask some questions! We are doing a triple split stay between AKL CL, BWI CL and CR CL from 8/5-8/17/14. We love to resort hop! However, we have only stayed at AKL and the poly before so we are unfamiliar with the contemporary and need a little help. We currently have atrium club level theme park view booked and I know there is only one king bed room that is available to be requested on that level. My question is if we choose the tower club level instead is it possible to actually book one of the two king bed rooms on that level or are the queen bed rooms in the same category? I know that there is a price difference but the fewer people make it worth it for us. Thanks in advance!
Welcome! If you are only two and you book the 14th floor, you will be booked in one of the kings if they are available. They are a separate booking code. I love your fun split stay! Will you be doing a TR of your CL adventure?


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We are considering switching from POR to CR for our trip during the first week of February, but are finding that there are only Tower Theme Park View rooms available. Does anyone know why this might be when early Feb is supposed to be a "slower" time? If the rooms are being held for a convention or something, when might available rooms be released? Thanks!
I'd only be guessing, but there could be conventions blocking rooms and I don't know when they would be released, if at all. Sometimes it's just one or two nights of your stay that's booked, like a Friday or Saturday for a convention, wedding, etc... If you drop out a day here and there, you would be able to see on what night(s) it's booked.

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Hi Everyone! I just returned from an amazing 5 night stay in room 4911 on the 14th Floor/Tower Club. This was our first stay at the contemporary and I am sure it will not be our last.
First of all the refurbished room was beautiful. I loved the decor and all the extra space. I loved the sliding doors into the bathroom area ( as well as the separate toilet space). One thing I wish they would add/improve is more storage area by the vanity as well as in the shower. There were no shelves to place your products on resulting on having to put them on the shower floor. Honestly, that is the only negative thing I could find!
Next the staff on the 14th floor are amazing and so friendly. When we first checked in the gentleman asked us what kind of wine we preferred. At the time I thought he would arrange to have it in the lounge for us or provide a glass after we checked in. When we came back to our room a few hours later there were two bottles of wine in our cabin, the one I preferred and one for my husband. It was service like this that made our stay truly magical!
The lounge was great and I wish we would of utilized it more. Since we were on the deluxe dining plan we really only used the lounge for a light breakfast before going to the parks. There were no bottles of water out at all but if you asked they would bring you small Dasani bottles (as many as you requested)
As far as noise from California Grill, there was none! We went to bed pretty early when the restaurant was still open and we heard nothing from the floor above ours.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am so happy we chose the contemporary and will definitely love to return to Tower club again
THANK YOU so much for posting your photos. The room is beautiful! Could I post them to the first page?

I'm so glad that you didn't hear anything from CA Grill and it sounds like the staff were just great. Love your story about the wine - that was so thoughtful.

So there is only one closet and not two? Are there drawers in the closet where the safe is? The shower is strange. You would think if you were rehabbing all the rooms, you would put in a shelf and maybe take out the bidet like they did to the Presidential Suite at WL.

Were you greeted downstairs when you arrived and escorted up? The lounge looks amazing and I know you didn't use it much, but did they have oatmeal and/or boiled eggs at breakfast? Did you see any snacks or apps?

You've made me even more excited about our June stay. Thanks again!

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I did my online check in and wasn't sure what to request for room selections? It's our first time staying at BLT. I selected the option for near the walkway bridge. Any other suggestions?
Online Check-In is really limiting and I recommend that if you have any requests, you call and add them to your reservation. I don't know what view you booked, but sometimes guests like a higher floor or would prefer being in an outer villa as opposed to the inner villas that can face other villas. There is a great room view thread that can help you. It has a room location chart.



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Hi all,

I hope you don't mind that I jump in with questions. We're planning a trip in a little over a year back to WDW. We're planning to stay at the Contemporary this time. We stayed at the Poly last May, and have also stayed at YC and AKL.

Question #1) How is the walk from monorail to the garden rooms? Is it comparable to what you'd walk at the Poly (we stayed in a building by the volcano pool)?

2) is there a tunnel to get from the tower to Garden rooms? In other words, after exiting the monorail, can we get to the garden rooms without going outdoors?

3) Besides cost, is there any benefit to staying in a garden room over the tower?



I had originally thought we'd stay in the Tower, but the price difference is swaying me to consider the Garden.

This trip will include my husband, myself and our 3 kids. Our kids will be 10-boy,7-boy, and our daughter will turn 5 there. My mom will meet us there, too.
Welcome! Jump in anytime.

1. The walk from the GW to the monorail is about 5 minutes. Once in the Tower, you can take the elevator to the 4th floor and then the escalator to the monorail. You can skip the elevator and instead take two sets of escalators to the 4th floor.

2. Nope, no tunnel, but there is a covered walkway from the Tower to the GW. You won't get wet like at the Poly.

3. I would say the only benefit to the GW besides cost would be if you had a fear of heights or just had to be in the same building as the laundry or you needed a patio.

There is a maximum of 5 in the non-suite and non-Deluxe CR rooms, so if Mom is joining you, she won't be able to fit in the same room. The Deluxe rooms are all in the GW, but they only fit 4.

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Hi there!
Has anyone booked the cabanas at the CR? What are they like? We have one booked for our upcoming stay at CR in Nov and are wondering what sort of amenities they include? Is there anything we need to request or order/pay extra for that would make our time there more special? Is there a difference in the different cabanas or one that we should request?

We are a party of 6, 4 adults one 3 year old and one infant that will (hopefully) be napping in the cabana. Any tips greatly appreciated!!

BTW, those pics of the club level rooms on the 14th floor look amazing! Do any of them connect?

TIA!!

I've never rented one, but there are two at the Bay Lake/Quiet pool and two at the Mickey-shaped/main pool. Here is more information from the first page:

FOUR CABANAS are available for rent at the Contemporary. Standard cabanas with amenities can be reserved and include furniture, electronics and refreshments. Standard cabanas not featuring amenities are available on a walk-up basis only.

Standard cabana amenities include:

2 padded lounge chairs
2 padded straight-backed chairs
Plush towels
32-inch LCD television with cable access and optional earphones
DVD/CD/MP3 player
Phone for internal Resort calls
Ceiling fan
Mini refrigerator stocked with complimentary sodas and water
Fruit basket (may not be available without advance reservation)
Private dining and poolside massages are available at an additional cost.

For reservations, please call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7589. Amenities featured may vary by location.




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Old 09-20-2013, 07:23 PM   #2780
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Thank you, WDWKOOK!

Do you happen to know if there is any difference amongst the 4 cabanas? Would you recommend booking either one above the others?

Thanks again!
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:36 PM   #2781
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Thanks WDWKOOK!!

My Mom will be staying in her own room, so we'll be fine for maximum capacity. I'll have to think about what I want to do. It will be about a thousand dollars difference, which could go a long way towards paying for other things. I think I have to decide whether a grand is worth getting to stay in the same building as all the action or if a 5-10 minute walk is ok.

We loved the Poly and it was easily a 10 minute walk to the monorail and we didn't mind. However, the thought of staying in the tower with the monorails, shops, restaurants right THERE.

Ugh, I'll have to do some considering!
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #2782
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I am sure you will love it! It was a treat to stay at this CL.
Thanks....I'm thinking we will too .
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THANK YOU so much for posting your photos. The room is beautiful! Could I post them to the first page?

I'm so glad that you didn't hear anything from CA Grill and it sounds like the staff were just great. Love your story about the wine - that was so thoughtful.

So there is only one closet and not two? Are there drawers in the closet where the safe is? The shower is strange. You would think if you were rehabbing all the rooms, you would put in a shelf and maybe take out the bidet like they did to the Presidential Suite at WL.

Were you greeted downstairs when you arrived and escorted up? The lounge looks amazing and I know you didn't use it much, but did they have oatmeal and/or boiled eggs at breakfast? Did you see any snacks or apps?

You've made me even more excited about our June stay. Thanks again!
Sure, you can post the pictures on the first page!
There is only one closet in the foyer. That is where the safe is and there are no drawers. There are three large drawers under the TV. I thought the shower was a little strange with no place to put our things. Its a nice sized shower so I am not sure why they didn't think to put up any shelves.
There were a few cast members walking around by the bus so I asked where we check in for club level and she asked our name and took us upstairs.
There was definitely oatmeal and a nice selection of toppings. I don't eat oatmeal but they said it was "steel cut" ( not sure if that the proper term) and supposedly its very good. I saw boiled eggs one morning but don't remember seeing them throughout the week.
The daily snacks were chips, yogurt pretzels, gummy bears, goldfish, and nuts. They always had bananas and apples out as well. There were sodas and apple juice boxes in the fridge throughout the day.
We were in the lounge one evening at five for a glass of wine and they had a selection of cheeses and vegetables. There were also two hot appetizers out. We had a dinner reservation at Narcoossee's that evening so I did not eat anything in the lounge.
I have a few pictures of the breakfast offerings I am trying to post but am having some difficulty. I will try to get them up ASAP
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My younger son and I rented a cabana in 2012. We had the one closest to the Sand Bar snack place. It was very nice and the attendant bent over backwards to make our experience a magical one. It was my son's birthday and she brought balloons and a brownie with a candle. When she found out that he doesn't eat chocolate she made it her mission to get him something he liked. She really did go all out.

We had a fruit basket, sodas, water, tv, towels and of course the best thing......shade!!!!

I'd probably do it again.
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I did my online check in and wasn't sure what to request for room selections? It's our first time staying at BLT. I selected the option for near the walkway bridge. Any other suggestions?
Totally a matter of your presence and room size. I've now stayed on both sides of the Tower in a 2br and I really think I liked the even numbered (outer edge) villas a bit better. The view from the odd number is lovely but I think I'm swayed by the use of space in the outer villas. And liked those views as well. I would call and request even number and you might have a view of the lake/contemporary/boat dock,etc
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Totally a matter of your presence and room size. I've now stayed on both sides of the Tower in a 2br and I really think I liked the even numbered (outer edge) villas a bit better. The view from the odd number is lovely but I think I'm swayed by the use of space in the outer villas. And liked those views as well. I would call and request even number and you might have a view of the lake/contemporary/boat dock,etc
We have a GV, park view. I'll call and see what they say. Thanks for the info
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I need help with a room request for our upcoming trip at BLT. We have a TPV studio booked, but my problem is I'm terrified of heights. I'm hoping for nothing higher than the 8th floor.

Are there even TPV studio's that low?? If I request low floor will that work.
I know these are only requests and if they aren't met, it won't be the end of the world, I just won't go out on the balcony.
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Sure, you can post the pictures on the first page!
There is only one closet in the foyer. That is where the safe is and there are no drawers. There are three large drawers under the TV. I thought the shower was a little strange with no place to put our things. Its a nice sized shower so I am not sure why they didn't think to put up any shelves.
There were a few cast members walking around by the bus so I asked where we check in for club level and she asked our name and took us upstairs.
There was definitely oatmeal and a nice selection of toppings. I don't eat oatmeal but they said it was "steel cut" ( not sure if that the proper term) and supposedly its very good. I saw boiled eggs one morning but don't remember seeing them throughout the week.
The daily snacks were chips, yogurt pretzels, gummy bears, goldfish, and nuts. They always had bananas and apples out as well. There were sodas and apple juice boxes in the fridge throughout the day.
We were in the lounge one evening at five for a glass of wine and they had a selection of cheeses and vegetables. There were also two hot appetizers out. We had a dinner reservation at Narcoossee's that evening so I did not eat anything in the lounge.
I have a few pictures of the breakfast offerings I am trying to post but am having some difficulty. I will try to get them up ASAP
Thanks so much. It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation and I hope DH got some much-deserved R&R.

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My younger son and I rented a cabana in 2012. We had the one closest to the Sand Bar snack place. It was very nice and the attendant bent over backwards to make our experience a magical one. It was my son's birthday and she brought balloons and a brownie with a candle. When she found out that he doesn't eat chocolate she made it her mission to get him something he liked. She really did go all out.

We had a fruit basket, sodas, water, tv, towels and of course the best thing......shade!!!!

I'd probably do it again.
Thanks for posting your experience and it sounds wonderful...and tempting.

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I need help with a room request for our upcoming trip at BLT. We have a TPV studio booked, but my problem is I'm terrified of heights. I'm hoping for nothing higher than the 8th floor.

Are there even TPV studio's that low?? If I request low floor will that work.
I know these are only requests and if they aren't met, it won't be the end of the world, I just won't go out on the balcony.
There is a great BLT villa type/number map HERE. It looks like the lowest MKV Studio would be the 5th floor.
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There is a great BLT villa type/number map HERE. It looks like the lowest MKV Studio would be the 5th floor.
I asked before, but I'm not sure it was answered. The bridge comes across on the fifth floor of BLT, right? Is that the floor that would also be even with the monorail, then? We also don't want to be super high, but were unsure as to whether the monorail would completely obstruct your view if you were in the fifth or sixth floor. Thanks!
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