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Old 01-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #16
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Good to know. Oy. I had read they were pretty accommodating when it was parents and minor children...no?
There was a point where we had a member who was an only child and multiple children who could not get connecting rooms. Many of those who complain here are parents and kids. There are only so many connecting rooms and Disney resorts are full of parents and kids. It would be impossible to guarantee all of them a connecting set of rooms.

They do their best, but it is always a possibility that you will not get connecting rooms. As such, you should weigh that into your decision.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:18 PM   #17
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There was a point where we had a member who was an only child and multiple children who could not get connecting rooms. Many of those who complain here are parents and kids. There are only so many connecting rooms and Disney resorts are full of parents and kids. It would be impossible to guarantee all of them a connecting set of rooms.

They do their best, but it is always a possibility that you will not get connecting rooms. As such, you should weigh that into your decision.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:37 PM   #18
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TY....very helpful!
No problem at all!

Also, I looked up maps of the resorts that showed the pools and the smoking areas. It looks like most have a smoking area close to the pool. My guess is the people complaining about those smoking "at the pool" were near these smoking areas and didn't know it. Thus, "people were smoking at the pool".
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:46 PM   #19
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Those kids look familiar


My mother is coming with us this time and she's a smoker and I'm dreading it! She is a very responsible smoker, but it's a PITA looking for smoking area's for her and waiting etc..... I wish she would quit before we go in September.


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Hello from another mom with an asthmatic kiddo who has to carry nebs, liquid ampules, and inhalers on all our trips. In fact, I have a designated bag just for medical supplies when flying since they don't count it toward the carry-on limit.

Minnie Mum's suggestion to bring the nebulizer and liquid ampules to the park then store them in a locker was what I would suggest, too (of course keeping your inhalers with you, but you know that).

If you need to do a neb treatment in the parks or just need to get in the A/C, there are nice family rest areas in every park that play Disney cartoons to keep the other kids occupied. It's a nice place to have a snack, rest, and cool off. And if you needed to do a neb treatment, I'm sure you could.

ETA: Misting fans are great to keep a little cooler in the heat. And you can rent a stroller in each park if your kiddo finds it difficult to walk around in the heat all day.
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Right now I'm trying to stay away from the Art of Animation and other value resorts. They seem to be the furthest from the parks and have the most unreliable bus service over all. If we need to beat a hasty retreat to an airconditioned room for a neb treatment, I don't want to have to wait half an hour for a bus, if that makes sense.
It's just not true that the values have unreliable bus service. I've stayed in every level if resort and have not been able to discern any difference in bus service.
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It's just not true that the values have unreliable bus service. I've stayed in every level if resort and have not been able to discern any difference in bus service.
I'll agree. The other nice thing about Pop Century in particular is that it has it's own dedicated bus, and only one stop so it is actually *quicker* than some of the other buses which share between two resorts, or for a resort which has multiple internal stops
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:26 PM   #23
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I would bring extra cash for a cab if you need to get back to any resort extra quick. The values have great bus service most if the time and I would not count the new AOA out. A family suite may be perfect for your family and it is a brand new resort. Most of the smoking sections are down by the lake and NOT near the pools.

One more thing a taxi ride on property anywhere is usually less than $25 and can be way less depending on where you are.

My husband smokes and I do not and I just looked up the smoking areas before we left. You could do it to avoid them...I do it to tell him where to go....lol!
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Thank you everyone...I really should just have come here first rather than reading reviews on trip advisor
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you should check out the DSA thread (a stickey near the top of the resorts board) you will probably want to check out where the DSAs are at the parks, too. so you can avoid them. you can also see where they are on the park maps you pick up on your way into each park.
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Right now I'm trying to stay away from the Art of Animation and other value resorts. They seem to be the furthest from the parks and have the most unreliable bus service over all. If we need to beat a hasty retreat to an airconditioned room for a neb treatment, I don't want to have to wait half an hour for a bus, if that makes sense.
While I haven't stayed at Arts of Animation, I have stayed at all three All Stars and Pop Century - the latter most of the time. I have waited twenty minutes for a bus ONCE in about 10 trips to those resorts. And that bus was just because one had just pulled out in the morning. Most of the time, it's ten minutes or less. If that.

If your child has an attack while in a park, make sure you know where the First Aid Stations are and head there immediately. Don't try and get yourself back to your resort on your own. Grab a Cast Member and tell them you have a medical emergency. They will get you the help you need right away.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #27
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First aid doesn't have nebulizers you can use. They will store yours, and give you a place to use it.

Also, one advantage that Pop/AoA have in terms of bus service - the bus stops at parks tend to be adjacent to each other, but they don't have combined bus service. We would occasionally take an AoA bus if it came first, then walk to Pop, because our room was near the bridge.
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It's just not true that the values have unreliable bus service. I've stayed in every level if resort and have not been able to discern any difference in bus service.
I agree! I've stayed at all levels as well and have found that the bus service you get solely depends on your luck or bus "mojo" that day/ trip then it does on what level you are staying. I would never base my decision on where to stay based on what somebody says their bus service was on their trip as yours will probably be completely different.

As someone whose daughter ended up visiting the ER (not at WDW) because of her asthma, I would definitely bring the neb with you.
If you want more info. about the best way to go about it, you may want to ask over at the disABIILITIES board.
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same thing with ALl stars, Music is in the middle. If you are staying at sports or movies, you can catch a Music bus if it comes first. or vice versa.
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It's just not true that the values have unreliable bus service. I've stayed in every level if resort and have not been able to discern any difference in bus service.
Agree...I think out of as many stays that we have stayed, POR had the worst busing of ANY. Now we have only been there once, so dont know if its the norm. But can say the values had fine busing for us, and we have stayed in them over 15X. Waited for a HS bus at POR for almost an hour in April (not easter week either).
On another note, the one thing I notice every trip is the CM's DO NOT enforce smoking areas. You will have to complain for them to do anything. We just get a map and circle the smoking areas so we are aware. Now we have memorized where they are and avoid them. The most annoying is when they smoke as they are walking, you will pass 3 CM's who say nothing.
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