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Old 05-23-2013, 12:45 PM   #46
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In September the lady and I will staying at AoA for the first night of our six-night trip (the other 5 are at OKW on points generously donated by my parents).

So, I know we'll only be there for about 24 hours, but I have to ask. What is one thing we absolutely have to know about AoA. It could be a serious strategy thing or just a fun thing, but I'd just love to hear anything anyone has to say about the place. We're pretty excited to give it a try.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #47
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Thanks for chiming in on my decision. Definitely helps me to hear thoughts from others.

Poly is actually cheaper during our dates because of the summer discount (30%) vs NO discount on the Nemo family suite at that time. Also, it has to do with the way the pricing season works at the values compared to the deluxes. That's the other reason I was thinking of doing AoA after Poly-we would be taking advantage of a cheaper season @ AoA if we wait until August 4th to go there. Over the weekend we'll be at WDW, it would cost us $400/night to stay in the suite while it would cost about $300/night at Poly. While there are just 4 of us, our kids need to sleep in separate beds, and separate spaces altogether if possible which is why the suite really appeals to us. We could get a 15% discount if we switched to a Cars or LK suite, but my kids love Nemo,
Sure no problem! thanks for answering my question and sharing your info! Ok yes that makes sense! I guess I was thinking fd not room discount! Going to have to consider that for our next trip!
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #48
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I was wondering if there is a full size coffee maker in the rooms or is it mini one.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:33 PM   #49
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I was wondering if there is a full size coffee maker in the rooms or is it mini one.
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In the suites, it is this type of Cuisinart 1/2 cup pod maker (photo from this Disney Food Blog report).

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #50
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Does anyone know if the Cones at the Cozy Cone pool costs extra to use or is it just first come first serve?

I am so excited for our first stay at AoA, we are going to spend a whole day at the resort just rotating the pools and letting our DS play, I think he will love it!
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #51
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Does anyone know if the Cones at the Cozy Cone pool costs extra to use or is it just first come first serve?
The cones are first-come first-serve.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #52
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Wrong thread, sorry!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:19 AM   #53
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Checked in today and here are some if my thoughts:
-ME was awesome, I've never stayed onsite before and this just saved us a lot of hassle plus was vet speedy! We left the plane and once checked in with ME walked right on a bus, waited about 15 mins and took maybe 25 mins to AOA. Note AOA was first ME stop, then Pop
- Check in at AOA was fast and painless, we received the Cars building we wanted (1), 2 nd floor right next to stairwell on side closest to the lobby. Outside noise so far us limited to the stairway doors and occasional talking in hallway but to me the noise is minimal, ill update as our stay continues.
-Impressed with the Cars suite, spacious with nice bathrooms and amenities. Has a luggage area in LR and in bedroom with hanging rod above each. One big drawer in LR under luggage shelf. Two long drawers fairly deep and two smaller drawers under LR TV, plus under sink storage and two shelves above wet bar area in LR. Bedroom has a drawer in each nightstand and 4 under TV like LR does. There are also two nightstand drawers by the Murphy bed
- I like the fact that the main bath has a sliding door entrance, then a regular door to the tub/toilet area.
- the Murphy and sofa bed were easy to use, plus we have nice soft (although thin) white blankets. Apparently they got rid of the stiff ones I had read about? There is one yellow stiffer one on the main bed
-AC will not go below 68, I tried lol
- fridge holds a lot: I've got 7 water bottles in freezer, 6 in frig along with 8 cokes and the ice bucket with room to spare
- has plastic silverware, cups, bowls, plates, paper towels,
- we checked in around 6ish, ate at Landscapes and went to Downtown Disney, returned at 9:30 and our checked bags and my shipped box and Staples order were all in our room waiting on us

Tomorrow we rock MK, it opens at 6 and we want to try for rope drop and leave after lunch since the 24 hr crowds will be in force by then I imagine
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:35 AM   #54
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Driving to Orlando now! Has AoA switched to Joffrey's yet? My mom is one of the few who enjoyed NesCafe and literally the first thing we do when we check in is get out mugs and get coffee!
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Vey excited about our AOA stay in November. My family thinks we are staying in a LM room but I upgraded us to the Nemo suite! I am not going to tell them until we get there! My kids love arcades and we usually dont let them blow alot of money in them, but when they saw the pictures of the arcade at AOA they asked if they could go and we said yes of course! Does anyone know if the games take tokens or can you swipe your Key to the World and it is charged to your room?
When you go into the arcade, there is a machine you will put $$ bills in. Depending on the amount of $$ to put in you will get a certain amount of credits put on an arcade card (similar to what you would get at a Dave and busters).
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Driving to Orlando now! Has AoA switched to Joffrey's yet? My mom is one of the few who enjoyed NesCafe and literally the first thing we do when we check in is get out mugs and get coffee!
AoA switched to Joffrey's the morning we left (this past Monday). We were in fact parked right beside the guys from the company and as we were getting in our van to leave I asked why they couldn't have been there a week earlier.

Oh and one other thing we didn't realize (despite the fact that its on the signs), there are laundry facilities in the building next to the Cars pool. We (read: my husband) had already hauled ours to the one at the main pool before we noticed this.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #57
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Thank you for the Jofferey's confirmation- it's so much better! I'm here now if anyone needs any pictures or updates!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:13 AM   #58
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I was just wondering if anyone has decorated their door in the family suites? This is something we love to do at the values, and I have heard that the doors in the LM section are metal, but I've had some trouble finding out about the family suite doors since they are inside.

Any info would be appreciated!!
We were at AoA in April in a Nemo room, and I do remember seeing some rooms with decorations on the outside. I didn't notice how they were attached to the door.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:21 AM   #59
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We stayed in LM rooms last year regrettably we did not look at the suites while we were there. My question is with my myself two daughters one being an infant and my mother in law do u think we will have enough room? Trying to decide between two standard rooms there or at a moderate or renting points at dvc and get a 1 bedroom with two baths. Thanks
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:18 PM   #60
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So excited! I just added 2 nights to our Aug stay! We will be in a LM room again & I can't wait to go back to AoA!! We stayed for 2 nights on our Xmas trip last year (after a week in a 1bedroom at WLV) and we liked the resort so much I was dying to go back! So now we will have 2 nights at AoA just to enjoy the resort before we move over to BLT!!
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