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Old 05-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #1411
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Hello. I may book a Theme Park View Atrium Club Level Room for the Fall. If I do, what requests if any should I make regarding location, etc. Any advice be great. Thanks!

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #1413
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The 4th floor observation deck is currently closed, is that correct?
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:32 PM   #1414
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Hi! I recently booked CR for a September trip (21-27). My first stay in a deluxe resort. I am really excited about being so close to MK and right on the monorail.
I was wondering if there are any quiet courtyards or places to relax and read? This year we are traveling in a group of 5 adults. I am the only one who doesn't really like watching tv so most years I just wander to a quiet spot to unwind and get away from the crowd for a bit. I think that's why I enjoy POFQ and CSR so much. They both have courtyards with fountains and soft music in the background. Any good spots at CR. we do have garden wing garden view booked.

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Welcome and I think once you stay Deluxe, you'll be hooked. The transportation options are great.

As far as places to relax, outdoors there are chairs in and near the pool area. You could also walk over to BLT and relax in the back courtyard area. There are benches underneath all the trees in the inner courtyard. There is also a beach in the back with chairs.

Indoors at CR there are really comfy sofas just up the outdoor steps behind the pool and near the GW walkway. This is the 3rd floor where the convention rooms and CG check-in is. There is always plenty of seating up there. Up one level from there is the 4th floor Concourse where there is seating near Outer Rim facing out to Bay Lake. This is not off the beaten path like the 3rd floor, but the view is amazing.

You can even take the Blue Flag over to WL and relax there. There is plenty of seating both in the lobby and the upper levels have cozy seating areas, too. And, of course you can take the monorail to the GF where there are multiple seating areas surrounding the lobby that are comfy and seldom crowded. You can even listen to the live band.

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Since you have a garden wing room booked that's perfect. See if you can get a first floor room opposite the pool. You can sit on you patio and just enjoy the view. IMHO one of the quietest spots; you will hear some boats but I think that's kind of relaxing.
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OK... so I am a resort changer. For our upcoming Aug trip, CR is the fourth resort I have switchted to (POR, AoA, GF, and now CR).

DD8 "caught" me looking at some pictures of another resort yesterday and said "Dad, we're NOT switching resorts again! Stick with the Contemporary!".

She really wants to be close to MK.

CR-GW it is, Aug 18-24th. Please add me to the log-orail!
I laughed when I read about your DD. Last summer, mine wrote on a dry erase board in the kitchen, "Don't change BLT." It worked, I didn't change it and I loved it there. I think CR will stick for you since DD is really looking forward to it. But, I may use my magical erasing posting ink to log your dates. Let us know if you get the itch to switch and we'll help talk you down.

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This made me laugh out loud!! I lurk on this thread and the WL one because I want to stay at one of them in 2014. We are planning to go to Pigeon Forge the week after Thanksgiving this year, instead of Disney (DH's choice, not mine!!). One of my arguments to DH was, yes the cabin will be nice, but you can't walk OR boat to MK!!

Well, in both our defenses, we'll be just a short drive to Dollywood and a million other activities. The fresh air will do us both some good, right?

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Hello. I may book a Theme Park View Atrium Club Level Room for the Fall. If I do, what requests if any should I make regarding location, etc. Any advice be great. Thanks!

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Your room will be located on the 12th floor. There are really only a few requests you could make:

~An odd numbered room will have the beds facing toward the castle as you're seated in bed.

~Some ask to be located away from Chef Mickeys.

~And, some ask for a room without a connecting door (though I don't know how many rooms like yours exist w/o a connecting door.)

Let us know if you have any other questions

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Will be staying at BLT May 25-June 1, 2014! So glad to find this thread-first time staying at BLT & first time traveling as parents! So excited!
and I put you in the nifty log-orail.

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The 4th floor observation deck is currently closed, is that correct?
I thought someone had posted that it had re-opened, but now I can't find the post. I originally thought it was re-opening when CA Grill re-opens in September, but I thought someone reported it being open now

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Old 05-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #1415
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We had a fantastic stay at BLT last October. So much so that we're planning another WDW vacation for January/February 2015!!!

I would like to add that BLT has ruined us for other locations, at least for while the kids are small. The fireworks, location, monorail, and theme can't be beat!!!

This trip looks like it could be 6, 8, or maybe 9 people. We stayed in 2BD MKV and were thinking of the same again (but renting points this time). Then I was looking at David's website and it's actually cheaper to rent 2 studios (if the 9th person doesn't come).

I'm curious about what might be easier to rent...2 studios or a SV 2BD (most likely the last week of January).
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:24 PM   #1416
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Hi! I recently booked CR for a September trip (21-27). My first stay in a deluxe resort. I am really excited about being so close to MK and right on the monorail.
I was wondering if there are any quiet courtyards or places to relax and read? This year we are traveling in a group of 5 adults. I am the only one who doesn't really like watching tv so most years I just wander to a quiet spot to unwind and get away from the crowd for a bit. I think that's why I enjoy POFQ and CSR so much. They both have courtyards with fountains and soft music in the background. Any good spots at CR. we do have garden wing garden view booked.

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Another vote for the Outer Rim during the day, before it actually opens in the evening for drinks. There is noise from Contempo Cafe, but the primary sound is the regular hum of the monorail passing through. The chairs and couches are really comfy, too.

There are also tables and chairs out by the marina/dock area. Also a good spot
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #1417
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We had a fantastic stay at BLT last October. So much so that we're planning another WDW vacation for January/February 2015!!!

I would like to add that BLT has ruined us for other locations, at least for while the kids are small. The fireworks, location, monorail, and theme can't be beat!!!

This trip looks like it could be 6, 8, or maybe 9 people. We stayed in 2BD MKV and were thinking of the same again (but renting points this time). Then I was looking at David's website and it's actually cheaper to rent 2 studios (if the 9th person doesn't come).

I'm curious about what might be easier to rent...2 studios or a SV 2BD (most likely the last week of January).
In general it's very hard to get any standard view rooms at BLT unless you book right at the 11 month window. It may be possible to get January, since that is a slow time, but I would doubt it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:01 PM   #1418
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I thought someone had posted that it had re-opened, but now I can't find the post. I originally thought it was re-opening when CA Grill re-opens in September, but I thought someone reported it being open now
That would be great if it was open . . . hopefully someone there now or very recently can update us!
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:30 AM   #1419
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When I stayed there in April part of the observation deck was open (the part with the chairs).
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #1420
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We had a fantastic stay at BLT last October. So much so that we're planning another WDW vacation for January/February 2015!!!

I would like to add that BLT has ruined us for other locations, at least for while the kids are small. The fireworks, location, monorail, and theme can't be beat!!!

This trip looks like it could be 6, 8, or maybe 9 people. We stayed in 2BD MKV and were thinking of the same again (but renting points this time). Then I was looking at David's website and it's actually cheaper to rent 2 studios (if the 9th person doesn't come).

I'm curious about what might be easier to rent...2 studios or a SV 2BD (most likely the last week of January).
I agree that BLT 'spoils' you, but I wouldn't book a Studio, especially after staying in a two-bedroom. The Studios are actually smaller than a room next door at CR. I understand if you have to have the kitchen or you have to use points, but if you don't, I would book at CR before booking a Studio.

I can't answer your question about what's easier to rent (my guess would be Studio). But, I think that BLT and CR's location, with or without children is just perfect. I think you'll find it great for you and your kids for years to come.

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That would be great if it was open . . . hopefully someone there now or very recently can update us!
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When I stayed there in April part of the observation deck was open (the part with the chairs).
Danke! There is seating near the railing closest to Seven Seas Lagoon (background) and some near the entrance to CR and BLT (foreground). So everyone will know, which side was open? I'm going to post your information to the first page

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Only the side with the chairs right under the monorail beam was open. I can imagine that it gets pretty crowded due to the small size (but I did not watch fireworks from there).
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:34 PM   #1422
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We had a fantastic stay at BLT last October. So much so that we're planning another WDW vacation for January/February 2015!!!

I would like to add that BLT has ruined us for other locations, at least for while the kids are small. The fireworks, location, monorail, and theme can't be beat!!!

This trip looks like it could be 6, 8, or maybe 9 people. We stayed in 2BD MKV and were thinking of the same again (but renting points this time). Then I was looking at David's website and it's actually cheaper to rent 2 studios (if the 9th person doesn't come).

I'm curious about what might be easier to rent...2 studios or a SV 2BD (most likely the last week of January).
Like others have said, getting a standard view villa at less than 11 months out will be difficult especially if you plan on renting points from David. Often he doesn't have owners right at 11 months out to book these hard to get reservations. And the BLT studios are among the smallest of all the studios. When the sleeper sofa is opened up, there is almost no room between the queen bed and the double sleeper and between the sleeper andthe window. And there already very little room between the wall and the bed. Most of the space in the studio is in the bathroom, kitchenette and the entryway.
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I don't know the reasoning behind it, but I do know that you won't be able to apply Gift Cards to your room when you check in. What we have done is every 2-3 days go to the front desk and apply them to any charges we have made up to that point. I've tried multiple times to have them applied at check in and have always been told they can't do it. I have also seen many others here on the DIS state the same thing.
I'm confused about this. We have a room-only reservation at CR for December. If we wait until the last night, can we apply the gift cards to the hotel cost then? Or are you unable to apply Disney gift cards to your hotel costs?
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I'm confused about this. We have a room-only reservation at CR for December. If we wait until the last night, can we apply the gift cards to the hotel cost then? Or are you unable to apply Disney gift cards to your hotel costs?
What the PP was taking about was the expenditures you charge to your KTTW card which is attached to your room. You can absolutely pay the amount due at check in on a room only reservation when you arrive. You just can't pay more than you owe. Like others I just go to the front desk (or concierge if staying CL) advert couple if days to pay my account balance from items I have charged to the room just to make sure they don't hit my credit card even though I believe your credit card is not charged until you accumulate $1500 in charges.

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What the PP was taking about was the expenditures you charge to your KTTW card which is attached to your room. You can absolutely pay the amount due at check in on a room only reservation when you arrive. You just can't pay more than you owe. Like others I just go to the front desk (or concierge if staying CL) advert couple if days to pay my account balance from items I have charged to the room just to make sure they don't hit my credit card even though I believe your credit card is not charged until you accumulate $1500 in charges.

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Can you charge meals to your KTTW card? It would be nice to be able to bill everything to our room then pay with gift cards!
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