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Old 04-29-2013, 04:54 AM   #1156
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DH didn't care for the ZDs either, so you're not alone. DD and I had plenty for ourselves when we stopped by last trip:



I'm with you on those yummy CC cupcakes
Thank you for posting a photo of the zebra domes ... I had no idea what everyone was talking about and assumed it was I had missed on the AK Safari ride (rotfl)
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I didn't care too much for the zebra domes either, but those cupcakes sure look good .
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:21 AM   #1158
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Also, we mistakenly left our baby's carseat in the living room when we checked out yesterday at 11. We had gone down to the Contemporary's lobby to relax, grab a bite to eat, and wait for the ME. When we realized our mistake by 11:45, my husband ran over the BLT desk. They brought him up to our room, where the mousekeeper was cleaning, but the seat was already gone. Several managers, an hour, a bit of a language barrier problem, and lots of running around later, they determined that it had been "thrown out"!
Wow, thats pretty surprising.
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At what age does this stop?

This 52 year old "kid" sill has the wow if the castle, so does my mother who is 89!
I so agree!! I'm 53 and I still love the castle, too!
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it's still possible that your car seat was re-located and hadn't made it down to lost and found yet. Did DH fill out a lost and found card with your address?
Yeah, that's a possibility. The mousekeeper in our room told my husband and the manager that she had noticed the car seat and had moved it to another place, but when they went there, it was gone. The manager was running around trying to find someone who could open another room, then another office, etc... it was just a big mess. We were frantic trying to figure out how we were going to make it home without a car seat.

We didn't get a chance to fill out a lost and found card, but they do have our contact info. Now that you mention it, I might follow up with an email today before I go out and buy a brand-new car seat.

Thanks for sharing the story about the lost ring! Very impressive!

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Do you have plans to return?
Sadly, no. Our entire group (Me, DH, DS1, and three of DS1's grandparents) had a wonderful time, but I think I'm the only one eager to go back right away.

Traveling with our 13-month-old was kind of stressful. (As Touring Plans says, "the ecstasy and the agony"! So right!) We were extremely fortunate that just about everything went well. No one got sick, no chronic health issues flared up, the weather was decent, and DS was uncharacteristically easygoing and flexible.

We lucked out that he took one of his two naps in his stroller, slept well in our room most nights, and was generally cheerful on the plane, monorail and busses. Even then, he was only in the parks from 9am until noon or so each day. It was too hot to take him back after his second nap (and other than the MK, it took too long to get him there & back before bedtime). We took turns hanging out with him at the resort while the others went back to the parks for the evening. Not a hardship by any means, but it was definitely more complicated than our pre-baby trips! We were so glad that we invited our parents along to help.

If things had started going wrong, I'm not sure it would've been worth the $$$ and hassle. We might try a lower-stakes car trip this summer.

I do hope we go back again in a few years (maybe after we've added another toddler to our family). In the meantime, I'll have to settle for daydreams and DISboards.
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I am sitting on the balcony of my 6th floor BLT Lake View room (7617) and although my teenager is giving me hell, I'm in heaven. The sound of the fountain, music from the pool, laughter of children...so very relaxing.
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I am sitting on the balcony of my 6th floor BLT Lake View room (7617) and although my teenager is giving me hell, I'm in heaven. The sound of the fountain, music from the pool, laughter of children...so very relaxing.
Sounds amazing!
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I am sitting on the balcony of my 6th floor BLT Lake View room (7617) and although my teenager is giving me hell, I'm in heaven. The sound of the fountain, music from the pool, laughter of children...so very relaxing.
Heaven on earth!! Enjoy!!
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I am sitting on the balcony of my 6th floor BLT Lake View room (7617) and although my teenager is giving me hell, I'm in heaven. The sound of the fountain, music from the pool, laughter of children...so very relaxing.
We were in 7525, a LV room as well and I LOVED sitting on the balcony listening to all those sounds Didnt hurt bringing a beer out there either
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We just got back from our stay in a 2 bedroom theme park view villa at BLT! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread! It really helped me prepare.

A few tidbits:

The bus expansion site is featured prominently from most of the BLT theme park view villas. As I had posted up-thread, this wasn't a big deal for us either way... but if you really want to avoid it, you might want to request a room on the far north side of the building where we were. From our 6th floor villa, the monorail almost totally blocked our view of the construction site. That said, the view was half parking lot anyway (and half awesomeness). I'm not sure it would make a big difference to anyone.

Also, we mistakenly left our baby's carseat in the living room when we checked out yesterday at 11. We had gone down to the Contemporary's lobby to relax, grab a bite to eat, and wait for the ME. When we realized our mistake by 11:45, my husband ran over the BLT desk. They brought him up to our room, where the mousekeeper was cleaning, but the seat was already gone. Several managers, an hour, a bit of a language barrier problem, and lots of running around later, they determined that it had been "thrown out"!

To their credit, the managers did help us quite a bit. They arranged a cab for my husband because he missed the ME by a few minutes. (He actually arrived at the airport before us, even though the cabbie took the long way). They also promise to credit us the cost of the carseat, and gave us a spare seat that had not been claimed. As it turns out, it wasn't FAA-approved and didn't fit on the plane, and reeked of dried pee... but they did try to help us some. Long story short, we all made it back safely and my family split a nice bottle of wine when we arrived home. The experience kind of put a damper on the end of our trip, but it was partially our fault anyway.

So, moral of the story: Don't forget anything important in your room. And, if you're flying with a baby, bring a copy of their birth certificate even if you bought them a seat (just in case).

Otherwise, we had a fantastic time! BLT is a great choice if you're travelling with little ones. Our 1-year-old slept in his stroller for his morning nap, but we always went back to the villa by 1 pm for his afternoon nap and 7 pm for his bedtime. We had 5 adults, so we took turns staying back with the sleeping baby while the others ran off to the MK for the evening. We loved watching the fireworks from the living room. They were closer than I had expected!

Our little guy LOVED the BLT pool and splash area. Even in the mid-afternoon, it was never too crowded. The living room was very large and about as soft and baby-proofed as a hotel room could be. We spent hours relaxing by the large picture window, watching the world go by.

I hope you all enjoy your upcoming trips!
Sounds like we were there at the same time! Maybe we passed each other at the pool or lobby I had 2 boys, 3 and 5 months We LOVED BLT....I dont think I ever want to stay anywhere else! Walking to the MK, taking the monorail to other resorts and Epcot, the pool area, the CMs, it was all so magical
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Hi, newbie here to the CR thread.I have a few questions to ask,sorry if they've been asked here before.We are planning to stay in one of the Garden rooms and i was curious how long a walk is it to Contempo Cafe? What time is the Sand Bar open until,and if we're there at the end of August at what point does the sun go behind the main building? TIA x
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I am sitting on the balcony of my 6th floor BLT Lake View room (7617) and although my teenager is giving me hell, I'm in heaven. The sound of the fountain, music from the pool, laughter of children...so very relaxing.
Isn't that what teens are supposed to do? With a good dose of eye rolling thrown in for good measure. Don't let him/her ruin your vacation - enjoy every minute and don't spare the whirlpool tub!

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Hi, newbie here to the CR thread.I have a few questions to ask,sorry if they've been asked here before.We are planning to stay in one of the Garden rooms and i was curious how long a walk is it to Contempo Cafe? What time is the Sand Bar open until,and if we're there at the end of August at what point does the sun go behind the main building? TIA x
Welcome! I can assure you that no one has probably asked what time the sun is behind the Tower, but repeat questions are not a problem here either

From the furthest GW room, which would be at the south end facing Bay Lake, the walk to the CC is about 5 minutes or so.

The Sand Bar hours are 11 AM - 7 PM.

I'd be guessing on what time the sun is behind the Tower (I assume you mean over the pool area?) I know that it sets over Bay Lake, but maybe someone else can help you - perhaps someone who is there now.
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Isn't that what teens are supposed to do? With a good dose of eye rolling thrown in for good measure. Don't let him/her ruin your vacation - enjoy every minute and don't spare the whirlpool tub!


Welcome! I can assure you that no one has probably asked what time the sun is behind the Tower, but repeat questions are not a problem here either

From the furthest GW room, which would be at the south end facing Bay Lake, the walk to the CC is about 5 minutes or so.

The Sand Bar hours are 11 AM - 7 PM.

I'd be guessing on what time the sun is behind the Tower (I assume you mean over the pool area?) I know that it sets over Bay Lake, but maybe someone else can help you - perhaps someone who is there now.
Thanks for the info.Yes i did mean what time does it disapear over the pool area We are planning a 16 nights stay here next year(UK free dining has just been released) and im trying to convince DD15 and DS13 that we need to try a different resort this time,and DH and i have always wanted to stay at The Contemporary
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Sounds like we were there at the same time! Maybe we passed each other at the pool or lobby I had 2 boys, 3 and 5 months We LOVED BLT....I dont think I ever want to stay anywhere else! Walking to the MK, taking the monorail to other resorts and Epcot, the pool area, the CMs, it was all so magical [/QUOTE]

HI!! we just got back too from a 2 bedroom standard villa! We were at BLT from 4/18 to 4/27. We had standard view that used to be a MK view. It was awesome! We loved it. I have pictures from our view but need to figure out how to post them. Can't beat walking to MK!!!

We also LOVED the red velvet cupcakes at Contempo café and breakfast at the Wave was one of our favorite meals!

Pool time was another biggie for us. Our two youngest are autistic and the pools were perfect for them. We are DVC and have stayed here before but not for this long. We really had time to enjoy all of BLT and the Contemporary! So sad to be home
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I didn't care too much for the zebra domes either, but those cupcakes sure look good .
Me neither. I liked AKL, but not for the zebra domes.

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We also LOVED the red velvet cupcakes at Contempo café and breakfast at the Wave was one of our favorite meals! :
Those red velvet cupcakes were good.

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Yeah, that's a possibility. The mousekeeper in our room told my husband and the manager that she had noticed the car seat and had moved it to another place, but when they went there, it was gone. The manager was running around trying to find someone who could open another room, then another office, etc... it was just a big mess. We were frantic trying to figure out how we were going to make it home without a car seat.
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Sorry to hear about the ordeal. DW forget a backpack with personal hygiene/ prescription medications inside. We realized it the next day after we made the drive home. Fortunately, it was a call to lost and found, they located it, and shipped it to us. A great relief.

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I am sitting on the balcony of my 6th floor BLT Lake View room (7617) and although my teenager is giving me hell, I'm in heaven. The sound of the fountain, music from the pool, laughter of children...so very relaxing.
My oldest is 11 going on teenager. I told her that if she wants to act up, I will drop her off at her grandparents and go to WDW without her.
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