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Old 04-12-2013, 01:57 PM   #2296
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There are only 9 of these rooms and I think they all have full balconies.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #2298
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Still way behind! I have mostly lurked for the past few days and I have 20 pages I need to catch up on. YIKES!!!

Although most of the performances for Pom Pom Zombies were last weekend, the kids did one more show for the middle school student body today and I finally got a picture of Ben as Skipper, the long lost captain who has been missing for 30 years.

And to make this post relevant to this thread, I have also included a photo of Flat Ben (and StephH's sons) being named Captains of the Day at the Yacht Club- obviously taken before Flat Ben/Skipper was marooned.





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Old 04-12-2013, 05:14 PM   #2299
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[SIZE="3"] Being in Ithaca the small regional airports are convenient as far as location but extremely limited when it comes to choice.
Since Ithaca is on the list of "you don't really need air traffic controllers anymore" airports, I'd stick with Syracuse.
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You can fax it 5 days before but I wouldn't. The room assignor really just looks at the reservation comments. They don't have time to do the reservation comments plus go through a pile of faxes every day ... no rooms would ever get assigned.

Best way to get your full balcony:
(1) Make sure "full balcony requested" is on your reservation (call reservations and confirm about two weeks before your arrival date) and not a lot of other requests too.
(2) Do a regular check-in and when you get to the desk, tell the CM immediately that all you care about is a full balcony and that you don't care about getting in a room early or anything else. Tell them if one is not available today, then you would like to get one tomorrow --(if that's the case).
Are you saying not to do online check in?
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:45 PM   #2301
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Are you saying not to do online check in?
I'm telling you that I personally wouldn't do one. I'd rather talk to the CM at the desk, have her check all the options in case the room assigned to me doesn't have what I requested. When you do an on-line check-in, the room is assigned and the keys are already printed waiting for you. I'd rather take the time to talk to the CM and get my options. An on-line check-in is designed to walk up and take your keys and go.
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I'm telling you that I personally wouldn't do one. I'd rather talk to the CM at the desk, have her check all the options in case the room assigned to me doesn't have what I requested. When you do an on-line check-in, the room is assigned and the keys are already printed waiting for you. I'd rather take the time to talk to the CM and get my options. An on-line check-in is designed to walk up and take your keys and go.
Does that suggestion apply to both cash and dvc reservations?

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Old 04-12-2013, 07:57 PM   #2303
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Does that suggestion apply to both cash and dvc reservations?

Thanks for all your great info
Yes ... and you are very welcome.
You can still talk to a CM if you do an on-line check-in and ask these questions but it slows down the whole process.
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Still way behind! I have mostly lurked for the past few days and I have 20 pages I need to catch up on. YIKES!!!

Although most of the performances for Pom Pom Zombies were last weekend, the kids did one more show for the middle school student body today and I finally got a picture of Ben as Skipper, the long lost captain who has been missing for 30 years.

And to make this post relevant to this thread, I have also included a photo of Flat Ben (and StephH's sons) being named Captains of the Day at the Yacht Club- obviously taken before Flat Ben/Skipper was marooned.





. Enjoy these days, they go by so fast! My baby is graduating college in June. It seems like just yesterday I was watching her band preformances, sport games, etc in high school.

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You can fax it 5 days before but I wouldn't. The room assignor really just looks at the reservation comments. They don't have time to do the reservation comments plus go through a pile of faxes every day ... no rooms would ever get assigned.

Best way to get your full balcony:
(1) Make sure "full balcony requested" is on your reservation (call reservations and confirm about two weeks before your arrival date) and not a lot of other requests too.
(2) Do a regular check-in and when you get to the desk, tell the CM immediately that all you care about is a full balcony and that you don't care about getting in a room early or anything else. Tell them if one is not available today, then you would like to get one tomorrow --(if that's the case).
I knew you'd have a good answer
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First, feeling a little sad as our APs expire today. Actually, four of our APs expire today. My husband skipped our WDW visit in April last year, so we purchased his AP in October. The irony here is that the non-Disney fan of our family still has a valid AP. And even more ironic is that fact that we're upgrading his WDW AP to a Premier Pass in August so that we can get the DL discounts! In the past, I've upgraded mine to Premier for DL, but the timing worked out differently this time.



Love Southwest for this reason. Even though it's a credit instead of a refund, it's similar to a room-only reservation at Disney, because I'm comfortable booking knowing that I can take advantage of discounts that pop up later!



I like the idea of POFQ/boat launch - sounds like a relaxing way to get there! Has anyone tried to get a cab direct from AK to DTD? If no cabs, we'd go with the POFQ boat launch idea, or maybe bus to AK and cab from there to DTD.
So sad! I hate when AP exp. and ours will I think on the 3rd day of our Aug trip I'd love to get a Premier Pass and go to DL. But even though we live in the West Coast, it just doesn't happen (yet). But I'm working on it

Too bad SW rarely has good deals from here!

Love the POR/FQ boat to DTD. We used it a few times during our POFQ stay in January.
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I haven't managed to read the thread for a few days, so I just paid the appropriate price of having to try to read all the posts to catch up. There is lots going on right now - lots of potential for some great meet ups, and some great potential for doses of some BC medicine to treat the things life is throwing people's way. I hope everyone gets the trip they need!

I need to keep this short so I can be the first to hop in the shower and then torture the teen with a nice good morning kiss, but I did want to post one thing....


I'm definitely in for the Jimmy Buffet meet up! (yet another post where I wish there was a GG Slushie emoticon)
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Tomorrow....tomorrow...tomorrow...

We leave tomorrow!

Thanks so much to everyone for all your help, tips, advice. Thanks to you we feel totally prepared to have a great vacation!
Congrats to you both on your upcoming trips!!
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I am from Norwich originally

Where do you fly out of? Being in Ithaca the small regional airports are convenient as far as location but extremely limited when it comes to choice. Only two or three airlines and no direct flights to FL unless you can get to Elmira and don't mind flying into Sanford. Even then they only offer that schedule on specific dates. I've been flying in and out of Syracuse because it's cheaper and I love Jet Blue.
Normally I fly out of Binghamton but this year we are leaving from JFK.
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One step closer to making our BC trip happen! I think I can work out my DDs trip to visit my sister and going to Orlando, but it restricts our flight options to one on the trip down. I have to speak to some seasoned travelers and see if it can work. She was scheduled to return with my sister from Edmonton, changing planes in Toronto. If I can get my sister to get her on an earlier flight, she can arrive in Toronto at 1 pm and we can all get the 3:30 flight to Orlando. She will be unaccompanied on that one leg but I should be able to meet her at the gate if we are on an earlier flight in to Toronto. Is this madness???
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I should also say that my signature is out of date and DD will be heading for 13 and Grade 8 at the time of this trip and very independent.
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Made it to page 145 so far...


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We were Just there yesterday and they Had Yuengling, Heineken, Bud Light and Samuel Adams seasonal Alpine Spring.


And thanks, again for the very helpful info about the beer offerings!!!!




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Well I have been reviewing our ADRs, and can't wait to get to some of them!!! But, while looking over the menus I noticed that Sanaa isn't showing my FAVORITE dessert....Orange sesame cake.

I have been thinking about this cake since we got home last year.

Has anyone been as sad as me to see a favorite be replaced??? I really feel ridiculous to be so sad right now.

But the positive part of this post is that we are Sooooo close to double digits!!!!!
Ask Robyn about the key lime tart at Captain's Grille.


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This thread has been very informative!!! We head down to the YC in less that 60 days and I'm trying to get my game plan on. This will be my first trip to Disney and it is very overwhelming for me. I am very accustomed to lazy beach vacations and I'm trying to wrap my head around having to wait in lines. (well that and making dining reservations 180 days out (although we were just over 100 days out when we booked.)

Finally, I see that Yuengling is available at CL but is it available at the Marketplace? Yuengling is a special treat for us since we don't live in an area they distribute to and I would love to have some bottles in the Room for DH to enjoy after the girls go to sleep. I've also booked an Illuminations Cruise and would like to have some drinks to take on it.

Thanks!!!


I'll add you to the Be Our Guest list on Page 1. June?



I have just added "Investigate brands of beer and wine available for purchase at The Marketplace and Fittings and Fairings, along with approx. prices" to my mission list for anyone who wants to investigate.

Pixarmom- don't know if you can zoom in enough on your photos to see any of the brands.


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hi teena! we saw you on our stay at the bc in 08! you were so nice! we hope to do a trip to wdw in sept please let us know how your cruise on the fantasy is. we have never cruised but have put some serious thought on a disney cruise. have a great trip!


It looks like you don't have any firm plans in place, but let us know when you book a trip, especially if it is a Yacht or Beach Club stay.


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Oh, LOL a cruise (my brain is fried!!)!!

I would LOVE to!! I just have to convince my fraidy cat wife that the Perfect Storm isn't going to take place when we are out at sea!!!!

Jay
Speaking of perfect storms, Jay, how did you make out in October and over the winter? I think the last time you posted may have been prestorm and I have wondered if all was ok (and since learned about your other troubles)

Plum Island, near me, was really hit hard, although nothing like our NY/NJ friends experienced from Sandy.




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BVC August 24-31 (following AKV)

We are driving from Rochester NY for a 2 week trip staying at Universal, Clearwater, AKV and BCV. AKV will be a new WDW resort to add to the notches in our Rafikki Stick. After that we need Poly, All Star (will cheat to count as one), Pop and AoA to say we've stayed in them all!


Will do!!!



Have you done the "Darkside" before? We visited in 2011 and my "Welcome Foolish Muggles" trip report describes the vacation and offers lots of tips. We are returning for a couple of days before our Beach Club trip this July (but don't tell Teena...)

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