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Old 02-27-2013, 05:54 AM   #91
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Thank you for starting the new thread. I have gotten the greatest information here. I was looking at the map that shows the route to DHS and Epcot. Question......I see that there is an entrance to the World Showcase section of Epcot, but what about the Future World area. If the showcase doesn't officially open until 11 how do we get to the front entrance of Epcot for rope drop....is there another path, or do we need to take a bus?

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Others have answered your questions, but I thought I would post the info from the Other Useful Info section. If anyone has anything to add to this, please let me know.

Does anyone know yet if the French Bakery is open during Epcot early EMH? Anyone have a recent times guide???

Also, it sounds like the rope drop info I have listed may no longer be accurate. Should I just get rid of that?





How do I get to EPCOT?


Guests of the EPCOT resorts enter EPCOT through the International Gateway. This entrance takes you to the World Showcase, on a path that is in between France and UK.




Thanks for the pictures missyrose and pixeldust and pixarmom!


How do I enter EPCOT at rope drop/park opening?

Guests who enter EPCOT through the International Gateway prior to the park opening time should proceed on the walkway outside of UK and Canada. Cast members are stationed along the way (bridge to France being #1) to guide you through UK and Canada. After you pass the last little cart coming out of Canada you are directed onto the small pathway that leads toward the Fountain of Nations. There you will experience a real rope with CMs and characters milling around. Across from you, maybe forty yards away, are the guests that arrived from the front entrance.

After the countdown, the rope is removed and CMs will escort you to Soarin in an orderly fashion. Usually, you will arrive at Soarin' either at the same time or just a moment or so after those who enter through the main gates.

If you have a pre-opening breakfast scheduled at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, you will provide your name and/or reservation to a CM at the International Gateway. You proceed through UK and Canada as described above, then continue past Mexico to Norway.

Note: Starting in 2013, the French bakery is now open at 9 am when EPCOT opens, so you also have the opportunity to stop there in the morning for a treat.

However, guests of the BC/YC/BCV who need to be at the front of the park BEFORE park opening (for example, marathon runners or for special tours) will probably need to take a taxi from the resort to the front entrance of EPCOT.




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Thanks, Dee!


I took the opportunity to read through the first few posts again and had a question. It says pool hours are until 10pm, but I feel like I might have seen that this is no longer the case. Can anyone confirm? We're going in off-season, but it will still be hot (Sept), so I've thought we'd like to do some swimming.

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I think you are correct. I have edited my response in the Useful Info post. I would appreciate if a few people would report back with what time the pool closed when you return from your stays.

Like, next week will be a busy week (but perhaps cool weather wise). I would be curious what time the pool actually closes.

Thanks in advance everyone for the help in getting correct info out there.


Can you tell me the hours for Stormalong Bay pool?

Yes, I can!!!

Until recently, the closing time at night definitely varied throughout the year and was based on things like crowd level, weather, etc.

Beginning on February 12, 2012 the official operating hours of Stormalong Bay are 10 am to 10 pm daily.
These hours will be in effect until further notice.

The pool may remain open longer during the summer or other busy times of the year subject to the discretion of the lifeguards on duty.

OK- edit to add- it appears that the official operating hours are not year round. Others have reported that the pool has been closing around 8 pm in the winter (has anyone seen SAB close earlier than that). I also think that the pool stayed open later in the summer. So we may be back to the "old system"



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DH and I would love a date night while at WdW and luckily our youngest is finally old enough for the kids' club!
Problem is, now DD is too old...turning 14 in May, which is when our trip is. On our DCL cruise last May she roamed all over, mostly to the teen club, by herself. There isn't anything likethatfor her age at WDW though, right? I would feel fine having her stay in the room and rent a movie, but that is boring. What else can she do there? Is it safe for her to roam the resort alone? Should i just have her stay in the room? DH and I will probably go to DHS for date night.
As others indicated, this is a decision you need to make based on your family's comfort level.

The movie/campfire was a good idea. There should be lots of families around for that.

I don't know the spa hours, but I wonder if there is something like a mani/pedi that would interest her.

Can anyone think of something special to do while in the room?

One thing I may suggest is that she uses main stairways instead of the elevator if needed when she is alone. I would be uncomfortable being in an enclosed space while alone.

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One more thing, before I take a break and move on to other things this morning...

I have been adding a few new pictures to the first page posts (mostly to the SAB section, but a few other places too) and I am working on resizing some of the ginormous pictures.

I wanted to let you know that I added a bunch of pictures provided by Missyrose/Pixeldust to Pixarmom's SAB thread. Here is the link to that thread and a direct link to the new photos if you want to check them out:

Many more excellent pictures may be found on the following thread, posted by pixarmom with photos from her August 2011 and January 2013 visit to Stormalong Bay:

SAB Photos, Pixarmom August 2011 and January 2013
More SAB pictures, by Pixeldust October 2012


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Once again, great info with photos. Thank you. I will be happy to send you a Sunken treasure, but I never give anyone something I haven't tried myself....so you will need to wait until May.

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This gal takes ONE day off from her YC/BC peeps and this is what she finds......a whole new thread! Are you trying to tell me something?!?

Hahaha. Now that I've finally found you...since you weren't in my subscribed folder on the wonderful DISboards app on my iPad (LOVE it!), I'm off to read the first six pages.......

Will someone please hand me my Sunken Treasure? It's right next to my PinaCoolava......
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I'll pencil you in on the Be Our Guest list. You can let me know if anything changes.

Pencil away! It will help keep me motivated to save the money I'll need to stay here and use as a bargaining chip when my sister starts advocating to stay at the Grand Floridian instead. I can say "but we must stay at the Beach/Yacht Clubs, I'm on the Be Our Guest List and Dee is way too busy to take me off!" I think that'll work
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Hi All - These threads have been a wealth of information. Thank you all for the time and detail you put into it!!! Now on to my questions!!!

I am planning my first trip ever to disney with my family this summer. We are staying at the YC (booked a GV) and I have searched out several maps of the resort and can't seem to find any stairwells marked but I have to believe they exist due to fire codes. Are they located near the elevators?

Second, my only real room request is that we have two queens and a day bed. We are a party of 4 and it won't ruin my trip if we didn't get it (otherwise I would have booked the Poly), but it would be nice. Does anyone know if most of the rooms at YC are this configuration or is it a more even mix of 2Q only and 2Q and a daybed. One website indicated that most of the rooms were 2Q and a daybed with a few kings here and there.

Thanks for all your help!!!
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However, guests of the BC/YC/BCV who need to be at the front of the park BEFORE park opening (for example, marathon runners or for special tours) will probably need to take a taxi from the resort to the front entrance of EPCOT.
You've done a great job with the information on this thread, Dee. Thanks for that.

We have stayed at BC and have participated in the 5K fun run that they hold on marathon weekend. We were allowed to walk through Epcot to the starting area that was located in an Epcot parking lot. I think the race numbers that we had were the ticket to getting through the gates.

I know that Disney provides buses to the race starting place for the marathon and half marathon from the resorts. The runners get picked up in the wee hours of the morning, like 3 am.
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Our kids participate in the YES program (Youth Education Series) at WDW and last year, our class was at Epcot at 8am. We were admitted thru IG without any problems at all. Rope Drop was at 9am. You are definitely able to enter before Rope Drop at IG. Hope this helps!
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As promised - GF CL versus YC CL

Although I really didn't want to, we stayed at the GF in the Sugar Loaf CL building last week (2/18 - 23). DW has always wanted to stay there, so we gave it a try. I know, I know... 20 lashes with a wet noodle for even thinking about not staying YC CL.

No one greeted us when we arrived and we had to ask one of the CMs standing curbside how we went about checking in. Once she realized were staying CL, she was very nice and walked with us over to the SL building, pointing out different things as we went. When we arrived in the building, the CM at the desk handed her our check in packet (we did not do online check in) and she escorted us up to our room. Once she made sure everything was ok, she left and we headed back downstairs to the desk to set up the PIN code for charging to our KTTW cards. So far, so good, but no WOW factor here. Every time weve stayed CL at the YC, we were greeted by name and escorted up to check in. So, the score is YC 1, GF 0.

Our room was on a short hallway (4 rooms) on the top floor with a dormer balcony, a cathedral ceiling, two queen beds, desk, dresser and a chair with an ottoman. As the week progressed, we enjoyed a very quiet room (no connecting door probably helped). Maybe it was me, but the room didn't seem as big as the YC rooms we've stayed in, and I'm sure it would have seemed even smaller without the cathedral ceiling. However, Ill be fair and say that it was a comfortable room, so the score is YC 1, GF 1.

When we went to put water in the refrigerator, we discovered that it was full of open drinks in cups, bottles and cans along with left over food. Not good... We emptied the drinks in the sink and took out all the food. Next we attempted to put some things in the safe, only to discover that it was locked (key code electronic lock). So, we called housekeeping and, finally, 30 minutes later they sent someone up to take away the food and unlock the safe. We've only had one time where we had any room issues at the YC, but certainly not as bad as a refrigerator full of old food and drinks. Whoever the housekeeper was, prior to our check in, they did a really poor job. We did have one other housekeeping issue one day, when we went back to the room about 4:30 and found the beds stripped and all the dirty linens and towels in a bag in the bathroom. A call to housekeeping had a manager in our room within 5 minutes and two housekeepers a couple of minutes later. Our regular housekeeper (a different one than the day above, according to the manager) every other day, was excellent and probably the best one we've had at any WDW resort. Score... YC 2, GF 1.

Ok... lounge is next. The lounge at GF SL is much larger than the one at the YC. There are 12 tables with seating for four at each one, plus a couple of sofas. There is a kids area in the large hallway going out the back door towards the marina (small tables, chairs and a TV). The layout is kind of awkward because the door to the service area is right beside the drink station and the guests and CMs were constantly playing "dodge 'em". The breakfast food offerings were about the same as YC (pastries, fruit, oatmeal, etc.) but no hard-boiled eggs. However, the afternoon snacks were seriously lacking just cookies, with scones and tartlets at 2:30. No chips, pretzels or gummi treats like at the YC. They do have a small refrigerator full of sodas, like the YC. We weren't there many evenings, but I did see some items different from YC. Unfortunately, I don't recall exactly what they were, and didn't think to write them down, but I think they're listed on the GF FAQ thread here on the DIS. The desserts and cordials were about the same as YC. All in all, I have to give this one to the YC, especially because of the lack of afternoon snacks. Score... YC 3, GF 1.

Two more points about the lounge offerings, that I considered very poor... absolutely no bottled water, large or small, glass or plastic. When we asked, we were told that they don't do that there. And for the icing on the cake they completely take away all coffee and tea service at 10:00PM. DW loves a cup of decaf tea before bed, but its not going to happen at the SL lounge after 10:00. I didn't think to check if the soda refrigerator was locked as well. Score... YC 5, GF 1.

The CMs all over the resort were friendly, but we've found that to be true at the YC as well. No points for either one.

Overall, I have to say that our stay was just ok. I really expected GF CL to have more WOW, since it is supposed to be Disney's flagship resort. I have no way of knowing anything about RPC CL in the main building, but for almost $1000 a night for a standard room (regular price) I have no intentions of finding out. Now that we've stayed there we can say "been there, done that", but we wont be going back. The next time we stay CL, it will definitely be back at the YC!

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As others indicated, this is a decision you need to make based on your family's comfort level.

The movie/campfire was a good idea. There should be lots of families around for that.

I don't know the spa hours, but I wonder if there is something like a mani/pedi that would interest her.

Can anyone think of something special to do while in the room?

One thing I may suggest is that she uses main stairways instead of the elevator if needed when she is alone. I would be uncomfortable being in an enclosed space while alone.
The campfire is a good idea. And good tip about the elevators! So there are stairs to all levels?
Hopefully she will be tired and happy to watch a movie/surf the web for a few hours. If not, she could always come with us, but that isn't much of a date.
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Dee , Thanks again for the wonderful job you do , have a magical day and wish you all the pixey dust in the Kingdom on your next vacation you deserve it

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I'm new to YC/BC, but is there no gaming arcade for a teen to hang out in?

I looked on the DisneyWorld site at the Beach Club's Recreation section, and I don't see one listed there.

But interestingly, I did notice that they list a children's playground "near the kiddie pool." Didn't I read here that they removed that playground equipment?
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I'm new to YC/BC, but is there no gaming arcade for a teen to hang out in?

I looked on the DisneyWorld site at the Beach Club's Recreation section, and I don't see one listed there.

But interestingly, I did notice that they list a children's playground "near the kiddie pool." Didn't I read here that they removed that playground equipment?
Can't recall about the playground, but there is an arcade near Beaches & Cream.
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