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Old 06-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #676
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So I am checking in for the last time, before leaving tomorrow night for the big drive from DE.

I decided to take tomorrow off, to get some last minute things done at home - we also have a wicked storm coming today - and I might have to call a contractor in the morning for some repairs.

We should be arriving something around 10:00 am or so on Saturday. We are rotating two drivers all through the night - on nothing but adrenalin and the fact that after two years of planning - we are on our way.

I hope to bump into a few people - and I cannot wait to see Todd at the lounge. I am sure I will be ready for a glass of wine the first night.

Wishing everyone safe travels that is going to check-in this weekend! Hope to see you there.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:45 AM   #677
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This is not popular to state but Mousekeepers are not a tipped position, if you want to tip, some leave daily tips because your room attendant may change during your stay..$1-2 per person per day.

We always tip our bellhop/driver based on the pieces of luggage we have, usually $5. Tip is already added in for room service...I have tipped in the past for room cleaning service (honestly from the fact I would be perceived as inconsiderate), but do not plan on tipping this upcoming trip..the crazy rate for hotel prices also include the higher pay rates they receive over tipped positions...they do not change sheets daily, we leave our room neat, and in this economy, free dining no longer including the tip, any extra goes to tips for servers which are considered tipped positions. Just being honest.
Amen.

I usually tip in the beginning, and then the service turns out to be total crap. (Housekeeping) We seem to have had a lot of trouble with them at Disney resorts.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:12 AM   #678
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I just realized that I haven't stayed in a hotel in literally 15 years! Can someone refresh me on tipping etiquette please? I thought the tip was left at the end of the stay for housekeeping, not day by day? And how much per day?

Also we are planning on carrying our own bags. Will a bellman (bellwoman?) show us to our room anyway? Do we tip if we carry our own bags? If so, how much?
Room tips are generally considered to be around $1 per person/night, but from Disney's point of view it is "Tipping Optional" (i.e. they won't refuse it, but shouldn't expect it either). We always try to tip daily, as the regular maid could be off-shift on the day you leave.

If you carry your own bags, they generally won't send anyone with you (they have hundreds of checkins a day) they'll just show you where your room is on a map.

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we tipped $5 a day they were great. towel animals every day extra shampoo my 4 year old slept in the fold down bed and wanted another blaket so we gave her one off the other beds mousekeeping saw this and left us another blanket. maybe we were just luckey
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Oh eeek! In less than 24 hours we will be checking in for our first visit to POR! 😃
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:49 AM   #681
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I hate to contribute to another tedious discussion of tipping, but we forgot to tip our first morning. We got a towel animal. We tipped $5 for the five days after, and got one more towel animal. We definitely had different housekeepers every day. It really is luck.
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Oh eeek! In less than 24 hours we will be checking in for our first visit to POR!
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I hate to contribute to another tedious discussion of tipping, but we forgot to tip our first morning. We got a towel animal. We tipped $5 for the five days after, and got one more towel animal. We definitely had different housekeepers every day. It really is luck.
Oddly, we had the same mousekeeper for our whole week. I thought, doesn't she get a day off? I don't think that's customary.
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Oddly, we had the same mousekeeper for our whole week. I thought, doesn't she get a day off? I don't think that's customary.
How do you know who your mousekeeper is?


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We saw her. She was on our floor. We said hello to her. My DD lost a tooth and had some blood on the pillowcase. She came back the next day and checked on her. She was very sweet.
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MICKEY MAIL IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think we're 37 days out!
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:23 PM   #686
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We saw her. She was on our floor. We said hello to her. My DD lost a tooth and had some blood on the pillowcase. She came back the next day and checked on her. She was very sweet.
Wow, that was so nice! And what a special memory, to lose a tooth at DisneyWorld!
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Room placement question...

How likely is it that 2 adults who booked a Standard View room will be placed in the AB section? I'm assuming since that is the only section that sleeps 5 they would be more inclined to give that area to larger parties??

I am not one to put in room requests, I'm sure I would be happy with either section. I just really love the look of the Mansions, and I'm asking purely out of curiosity just to have a general idea
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Room placement question...

How likely is it that 2 adults who booked a Standard View room will be placed in the AB section? I'm assuming since that is the only section that sleeps 5 they would be more inclined to give that area to larger parties??

I am not one to put in room requests, I'm sure I would be happy with either section. I just really love the look of the Mansions, and I'm asking purely out of curiosity just to have a general idea
Rare, especially if they are busy. I would still put in a request for mansions.
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Disney Florist will be able to have access to the room once it shows up on the computer as available.

It is not like they have to go to the front desk, like if you use an off-site services Like Memories by Betsy. They all work for the same person and most likely have a master key card to get in all of the resort rooms.

Just like where I work, in facilities management, we have 24/7 access to all of our buildings to gain access by master key card.
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We were just there in May. We checked into our room and went to Epcot. When we got back the room had been decorated and a gift left (it was Mother's Day). My husband said that he just had to text Disney florist the room number. It was great!!
Awesome, this is what I want to achieve. TWICE! Once for our 30th anniversary and a few days later her birthday.

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I couldn't quote your post for some reason. No alcohol needed so I will be good to go!
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Just a forewarning, you might want to bring a sound machine. That's what we did and I am so glad we did! The AC unit in the room is really loud and if you're late sleepers you will definitely have kiddos running by your window, excited to start their day!
I have to laugh at this. Our first trip to WDW, almost 6 years ago, we were delayed on flights into Orlando. We ended up FINALLY getting into our room around 1:30 am.

At 6 am, my husband whispered to me as I was peeking out of our window (Wilderness Lodge), "What are you doing?!?!"

I ran and jumped up and down on our bed and whispered back, "I'm so excited! We're in Disney World!" Yes, a nap later that afternoon was perfect.
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