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Old 06-08-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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11 night stay but resort is not available on Night 8 -- WWYD? Need ideas.

We are looking at BCV for an 11 night stay but there are no villas available on night 8 (all other nights are available). So far these are the ideas I've come up with:

* Book regular Beach Club room for the 8th night. Move back to a villa next night. (bad part is this is three separate bookings--yikes) Hope that maybe a spot opens up and we get to keep our villa for that night and don't have to move anywhere (probably major wishful thinking there).

* Book regular Beach Club room for nights 8-11. (2 bookings and we lose our villa but at least we get to stay at BC)

* Split stay at totally different resort for nights 8-11... suggestions?? Daughter wants to try POR royal rooms but I'm afraid that will be a huge step down after 7 nights at BCV... but maybe it would be okay?

* Forget Beach Club altogether and just find a villa or other resort we can stay at for all 11 nights, maybe OKW again, or SSR.

(Note: we are not DVC.)

What would you do?? We like the villas because we use the kitchen and the washing machine A LOT. I am torn about what to do and I feel like I might be overlooking some obvious solution.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:32 AM   #2
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I'd probably find another place to stay nights 8-11

Do you have a favorite resort? I love WL so maybe VWL to try it

what are your dates and how many people?
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:21 AM   #3
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While it would be ideal not to have to "step down" from a resort, it sounds like the Royal Rooms are fun and this would be an opportunity to try it without dedicating too many days to it. Then you will know for next time.
Sounds like you are in at least a 1 bedroom villa? since you mention laundry. Is there a Studio available for the one night, so you don't have to go too far?
I would check out other resorts and see what else interests you. If you want a Villa, try AKL for a total different theming? Or BLT or previously mentioned VWL? I would go for an area different from EPCOT if you do switch locations.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:14 AM   #4
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I'd probably book night 8 at the swan or dolphin and just manage with the moving
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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Yes, it's a one bedroom. No other sizes available for those dates. There are only three of us (one adult, two teens) but we just like the space--and the washing machine, LOL. So no biggie if we have to stay in a regular room.

Didn't think of the Swan or Dolphin--thanks for the idea!

And yes we are strongly considering POR Royal room.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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We are looking at BCV for an 11 night stay but there are no villas available on night 8 (all other nights are available). So far these are the ideas I've come up with:

* Book regular Beach Club room for the 8th night. Move back to a villa next night. (bad part is this is three separate bookings--yikes) Hope that maybe a spot opens up and we get to keep our villa for that night and don't have to move anywhere (probably major wishful thinking there).

* Book regular Beach Club room for nights 8-11. (2 bookings and we lose our villa but at least we get to stay at BC)

* Split stay at totally different resort for nights 8-11... suggestions?? Daughter wants to try POR royal rooms but I'm afraid that will be a huge step down after 7 nights at BCV... but maybe it would be okay?

* Forget Beach Club altogether and just find a villa or other resort we can stay at for all 11 nights, maybe OKW again, or SSR.

(Note: we are not DVC.)

What would you do?? We like the villas because we use the kitchen and the washing machine A LOT. I am torn about what to do and I feel like I might be overlooking some obvious solution.
I'd find another resort for nights 8 to 11 and keep a watch out for the nights you want at BCV. I wouldn't move twice.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #7
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I haven't done it myself but I know it's kind of rule of thumb in the split stay world to stay at the "lesser" resort first and build up to the better resort. You'd be doing the opposite by going to a royal room. Frankly, I think there would be disappointment and some regret if you ended your trip like that. The royal rooms are decorated with subtle princess flair and I have read that kids are intrigued for a few minutes and then they're over it. I feel like it would be anti-climactic coming from BCV as well.

Personally, I would probably book a standard room at BC for night 8 and then do BCV again for the remainder. If you notate your reservation that you'd prefer to stay in the villa if one becomes available, and you mention it again at check-in, they may be able to keep you in it. You just have to make it known that that's what you'd like to do. In the mean time, keep checking availability - especially as you near the 45 day mark when people have to make their cancellations (without penalty) by. I'd think your chances are fair that you'd be able to stay in the villa and worst case, you'd just have to move to a new room for the one night.

Although it would be annoying to pack up everything, bell services can store anything you won't need for that night and just bring it to your villa the next day. Essentially, you could just pack an overnight bag for the night without having to lug everything to the new room. Just a thought!
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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rent points?

Sometimes DVC rooms are available to members through DVC Member Services when they are not available to the public through Central Reservations Office (and vice versa). Separate inventory.

Have you considered renting through a company like David's DVC rentals? They act as middle man for members who have extra points, so they use DVC inventory.

11 nights is a long stay, so I'm not optimistic that there would be availability, but it's an option, and it probably would be cheaper if available.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
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Sometimes DVC rooms are available to members through DVC Member Services when they are not available to the public through Central Reservations Office (and vice versa). Separate inventory.

Have you considered renting through a company like David's DVC rentals? They act as middle man for members who have extra points, so they use DVC inventory.

11 nights is a long stay, so I'm not optimistic that there would be availability, but it's an option, and it probably would be cheaper if available.
Even if they don't have the whole stay they might have that one night available and then you could stay at the BCV the whole time
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:58 PM   #10
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I think I read somewhere that BCV was the only place that was available for most of your dates. If I read wrong, I would look at Villas at BWI. They are in the same location and just as nice. If I read it right, I would do a split stay with the Royal Suites. Really, if you go into this expecting to experience something totally different from your first resort you shouldn't be let down. IMHO I would find a place to stay that would encompass the entire stay. I don't think I would have the patience to pack up and move.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:08 PM   #11
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I'd move to BC for nights 8-11.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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I definitely wouldn't move 2x! That's a time eater. I'd find somewhere (BC is a terrific option, but so is POR. BC may be a 'grander' hotel, but POR / grounds/ recreation is beautiful!) that could accommodate nights 8 - 11 so that you can relax rather than make moving one of your "adventures". I hope it goes well, no matter what!
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I definitely wouldn't move 2x! That's a time eater. I'd find somewhere (BC is a terrific option, but so is POR. BC may be a 'grander' hotel, but POR / grounds/ recreation is beautiful!) that could accommodate nights 8 - 11 so that you can relax rather than make moving one of your "adventures". I hope it goes well, no matter what!
I respectfully disagree that it would be a time eater. Especially not if you stay at Beach Club for both moves. You would need to pack up, have bell services take your belongings and store them and then have them dropped off to your new rooms. I guess the most time consuming part would be packing but if you keep things relatively organized and don't unpack everything, that shouldn't take long either.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #14
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So, nansmama, did you book your stay with DVC points? Or did you book with cash from Disney Reservation Center? You won't be able to link a cash stay through DRC with a points stay through DVC. So you will have to check out and check in again and you might have to move.

I wouldn't book a hotel stay after a stay in a one bedroom villa. You'd lose the king sized bed, you'd lose the full kitchen, you'd lose the washer and dryer. Now if you had a studio, the hotel room would be better.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #15
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If I had to move for one night, than I would just go ahead and move to another resort. If we had to go to the trouble of packing, then I would just go and experience a whole new resort. They all seem so wonderful, why not just go for it and do a "split stay" say a AKV if available, or BLT. I would not want to move twice, that is for sure. I hate packing and unpacking.
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