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Old 05-11-2013, 01:00 PM   #151
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How often do the friendship boats go to DHS?
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #152
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Thanks Tarheel girl and NM!!!


I figure we can either take a cab or it might be nice to visit a different resort ( that's short for get DH beignets ) before going back to BC !

Now where exactly is the boat dock at DTD?
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:25 PM   #153
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I noticed last year when we visited The Y&B that there was some refurbishments going on - I'm particularly interested in whether anyone has pictures of the new Periwig and Ship Shape Health Club after the refurbs?

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Old 05-11-2013, 02:07 PM   #154
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We just upgraded from Lagoon/Pool view to GV CL! We'll be there Sept 8th - 14th. I'm so excited for this! I figure it'll save us a lot of money just off the beer and wine provided at night.

I do have a question though. I have some weird allergies like cream cheese, chocolate and nuts. How far in advance should I contact IPO to see if anything will be available to eat that will be safe? (especially desserts) I don't expect them to go out of their way, but if 1 dessert is safe, I'd be very happy.
We filled out the form for Special Diets for our dining reservations and they told us to note on it that we were staying club level which we did. I also mentioned it to IPO and they told me to just inform them when we check in and that they will get a chef to talk to me.
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We (I) debated and debated about the dining plan. I had it on my original reservation but after careful calculations I made a "final" decision to cancel it. WELL, the closer my trip got and the more menus I looked at I decided to add it about a week ago. My reasoning is probably very different than everyone else's but I know my DH will totally freak out at some of the prices of meals. I honestly think the dining plan will end up costing us a little more but it is going to be so worth that money if I don't have to deal with a grumpy DH! This is our first trip, so we will see how this works out. We don't usually drink soda with our meals (water or wine) or eat desserts and I am sure we will order some appetizers, soups and salads but we have some nice meals ($$$) planned and I don't want to deal with my DH bolting from the restaurant as soon as he sees the menu! Ha!
This is my husband too! Exactly! . I dont think the dining plan is necessary for many families but pre-payment relieves a lot of stress here. My husband doesn't look at prices. I don't have to worry about him nickel and dime-ing us. We prefer the DxDDP, actually, (a fun character/themed breakfast or lunch plus a signature for dinner which isn't too much food for us) but will likely do the regular plan this time because of the additional havoc and expense of having one Disney adult and two jealous brothers.
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How often do the friendship boats go to DHS?
Not sure on that one my hubby dear! Perhaps someone else knows...

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Thanks Tarheel girl and NM!!!


I figure we can either take a cab or it might be nice to visit a different resort ( that's short for get DH beignets ) before going back to BC !

Now where exactly is the boat dock at DTD?

I think there are three. The one I always take to POFQ is located right by the Rainforest Cafe, which is located on the retail shopping end of DTD and beyond Captain Jack's restaurant which juts out over the water.

The middle one is near Paradiso 37, another restaurant and then the third one is located at the Cirque Du Soleil end.

I have no idea how they organize these boats and if one is just dedicated to ferrying people between the 3 DTD stops and then there is one that also transports guests to the hotels. Anybody else know? Perhaps one of you lurkers!! You know how Ninja Mom likes to lure the lurkers out of hiding..... C'mon!! You can do it! Post and fill us in!!

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We filled out the form for Special Diets for our dining reservations and they told us to note on it that we were staying club level which we did. I also mentioned it to IPO and they told me to just inform them when we check in and that they will get a chef to talk to me.
Thank you Dis703! I haven't contacted IPO yet, because I've already set up all the dining and added the allergies. I guess I'll just bide my time for the next 120 days.
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Thanks Tarheel girl and NM!!!

I figure we can either take a cab or it might be nice to visit a different resort ( that's short for get DH beignets ) before going back to BC !

Now where exactly is the boat dock at DTD?
To get theboat back to POFQ you need to use the boat dock near the Rainforest Cafe.
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This is my husband too! Exactly! . I dont think the dining plan is necessary for many families but pre-payment relieves a lot of stress here. My husband doesn't look at prices. I don't have to worry about him nickel and dime-ing us. We prefer the DxDDP, actually, (a fun character/themed breakfast or lunch plus a signature for dinner which isn't too much food for us) but will likely do the regular plan this time because of the additional havoc and expense of having one Disney adult and two jealous brothers.
Same here. We will probably lose some $, but at least I might look beyond the cheap chicken at each TS we dine at
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How often do the friendship boats go to DHS?
Approximately every 20 minutes.
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To get theboat back to POFQ you need to use the boat dock near the Rainforest Cafe.
Yup, you need the boat by the Rainforest Café. If you are at the other boat docks, you have to take one of those boats over to the RC dock, and transfer to the resort boat. Still a fun boating experience.
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This is my husband too! Exactly! . I dont think the dining plan is necessary for many families but pre-payment relieves a lot of stress here. My husband doesn't look at prices. I don't have to worry about him nickel and dime-ing us. We prefer the DxDDP, actually, (a fun character/themed breakfast or lunch plus a signature for dinner which isn't too much food for us) but will likely do the regular plan this time because of the additional havoc and expense of having one Disney adult and two jealous brothers.
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Same here. We will probably lose some $, but at least I might look beyond the cheap chicken at each TS we dine at
Soooo funny. Love it. Glad I'm not the only one!!!! I think having the dining plan is just going to make for a stress free vacation and it will be worth every penny. No looking at the menu prices FIRST before we decide if we are going to eat at a specific restaurant.
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Just gotta say thanks so much to all that make this thread so great and informative. I spend a lot of time planning our Disney vacations and this thread has been so helpful.

Looking forward to our first Beach Club stay on July 18-25. Can't wait to see my name on the Be Our Guest List.
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Thanks everyone!! Rainforest cafe is usually where we are, so that's perfect

Now, where oh where has Teena been? Is she visiting Jeanne?? I do hope everything is ok with her and Bob.

Dee: I can't wait to see "The Hobbit" birthday pics!!!

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Greetings from the beach club. Our room is very near the epcot end of bc, and my family was amazed when I took us thru the "secret" entrance -our total walk less than 5 or 6 minutes. We did about an hour at sab, then ate at hh, then crashed in room for bit, then literally traversed entirety of epecot, sampling the various special food kiosks set up for festival, plus took my mom into china movie, which she loved. Our toddler slept through most of it, but now just woke up and likely not want to sleep until 10 or so. We will probably take him and my mom for some quick but nice dinner (maybe captain's grille?), and appreciate helpful advice and well wishes from all. I think our son is in love with sab (and getting a replacement spritzer fan)
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