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Old 01-07-2014, 08:53 AM   #1531
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First Trip to BW in 11 short months!!!!

This thread has me so excited! I never thought we'd EVER be able to stay at BW which was my dream, but we will be doing it from Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2014. I will follow along to gather tips and advice here!

We will be staying in a BWV studio with boardwalk view. I am as excited about the view as everything else so I hope we get a great one. I'm thinking I should request a higher floor in the hopes of having a fireworks view? We don't mind a long walk, so that's not a big problem for us.

I'll surely have questions later, but for now I just had to share my excitement!

Thanks all for the VERY valuable information
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:35 PM   #1532
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Ahhhh such a hard question! If I HAD to pick, I'd choose BWI. I just love the atmosphere over there. Another plus is that the BWI CL lounge is very close to the Deluxe rooms, whereas at BC, none of the 6 deluxe rooms are close to the lounge, or even on the same floor. We were in 2557 which is over by the BC quiet pool and it was a hike to the lounge. That location was amazing though, we often had the quiet pool to ourselves, and we were literally a few steps away from Epcot.

As far as the room itself, both were great. The BC Deluxe room felt larger, but both were spacious. The balcony at BC was by far the largest I've ever seen, but each deluxe room at BC has a different balcony configuration.

As far as CL lounge, they were very similar. I'd choose BWI CL lounge, they seemed to have a better variety in food offerings than BC CL lounge. BWI lounge had a better view than BC.

The BC Deluxe CL room in peak (spring break) season was $536/nt including taxes. The BWI Deluxe CL room in August (not sure which season) was $494/nt including taxes. Both were booked with an AP room only discount.

Hope this helps!!
Very helpful!! We just switched from BCV to Deluxe CL at BWI. However, I was considering the deluxe room at BC as well.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:45 AM   #1533
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Very helpful!! We just switched from BCV to Deluxe CL at BWI. However, I was considering the deluxe room at BC as well.
You would have loved either, but you will be thrilled with BWI Deluxe CL! Have a great trip, I'm jealous!
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:17 AM   #1534
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This thread has me so excited! I never thought we'd EVER be able to stay at BW which was my dream, but we will be doing it from Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2014. I will follow along to gather tips and advice here!

We will be staying in a BWV studio with boardwalk view. I am as excited about the view as everything else so I hope we get a great one. I'm thinking I should request a higher floor in the hopes of having a fireworks view? We don't mind a long walk, so that's not a big problem for us.

I'll surely have questions later, but for now I just had to share my excitement!

Thanks all for the VERY valuable information

We have stayed at BWV with a boardwalk view twice, soon to be thrice in 17 days. The first time we were on the 4th floor, and the second time we were on the 2nd floor. Both times, we could see the fireworks without any issues.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:25 AM   #1535
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We are staying at BWV 3/7-3/14.....one bedroom....ate there one bedrooms with a boardwalk view or are they all garden/pool view.....is the any one bedrooms that are better than the other that can be requested??

If not it certainly won't ruin my trip I just love sitting on the balcony after I put the kids to bed

Plus.....is it smoke free or could I enjoy a cigar on the balcony after I put the kids to bed
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:27 AM   #1536
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Very helpful!! We just switched from BCV to Deluxe CL at BWI. However, I was considering the deluxe room at BC as well.
We've done both, and purely comparing rooms, I think the deluxe club rooms at BW are much better. Much more usable space with the extra "hump" at BW instead of just the wider rooms at BC. Plus I think a 3rd floor deluxe room at BW is closer to the lounge than the deluxe BC rooms by the quiet pool (where we were.) Finally, all deluxe club rooms at BW have balconies, while at the BC you have the chance for a deluxe club room with no balcony at all. (Although the ones with balcony by the quiet pool have a balcony that is friggin HUGE.)
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:04 PM   #1537
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We are staying at BWV 3/7-3/14.....one bedroom....ate there one bedrooms with a boardwalk view or are they all garden/pool view.....is the any one bedrooms that are better than the other that can be requested??

If not it certainly won't ruin my trip I just love sitting on the balcony after I put the kids to bed

Plus.....is it smoke free or could I enjoy a cigar on the balcony after I put the kids to bed
Last question first -- all balconies and all rooms in Disney World are now smoke free, so you can only smoke in the designated areas around the resort. Sorry.

For the one bedroom, it depends on how you booked. There are three categories for DVC booking -- Standard (parking lot & entrance), Preferred/Non-Boardwalk (garden/pools, canal going towards HS, etc.), and Preferred/Boardwalk (guaranteed BW view). Obviously there what you get will depend on what was booked.

If you booked a regular cash stay through Disney and not DVC, those rooms are all in the Preferred/Non-Boardwalk category. So no chance of Boardwalk, but mostly good views of one of the pools, the canal, etc. Most people seem pleased with those views.

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Old 01-08-2014, 01:53 PM   #1538
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Has anyone booked a deluxe room with new discount? I can't get ANY rooms to come up for our dates May 17-23 2014.

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Old 01-08-2014, 03:56 PM   #1539
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Has anyone booked a deluxe room with new discount? I can't get ANY rooms to come up for our dates May 17-23 2014.

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The Club Level lounge is closed during the month of May for renovations. So all Club Level room categories are not available and that's why you can't get a reservation.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:14 PM   #1540
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The Club Level lounge is closed during the month of May for renovations. So all Club Level room categories are not available and that's why you can't get a reservation.
The CL rooms are available for our dates, May 5-9. We're considering upgrading to CL, is there a specific date that renovations will start? TIA
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:20 PM   #1541
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The Club Level lounge is closed during the month of May for renovations. So all Club Level room categories are not available and that's why you can't get a reservation.
Ahhh that explains things...ok well it helps me in my decision making. Thanks
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:27 PM   #1542
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Last question first -- all balconies and all rooms in Disney World are now smoke free, so you can only smoke in the designated areas around the resort. Sorry.

For the one bedroom, it depends on how you booked. There are three categories for DVC booking -- Standard (parking lot & entrance), Preferred/Non-Boardwalk (garden/pools, canal going towards HS, etc.), and Preferred/Boardwalk (guaranteed BW view). Obviously there what you get will depend on what was booked.

If you booked a regular cash stay through Disney and not DVC, those rooms are all in the Preferred/Non-Boardwalk category. So no chance of Boardwalk, but mostly good views of one of the pools, the canal, etc. Most people seem pleased with those views.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Bummer no cigar but I can deal with that lol...just a perk I sometimes like in vacation

We booked through an exchange through RCI....I think the ressie just said garden/pool....my husband deals with that stuff though so I.m not totally sure about that...lol
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:50 PM   #1543
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You would have loved either, but you will be thrilled with BWI Deluxe CL! Have a great trip, I'm jealous!
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We've done both, and purely comparing rooms, I think the deluxe club rooms at BW are much better. Much more usable space with the extra "hump" at BW instead of just the wider rooms at BC. Plus I think a 3rd floor deluxe room at BW is closer to the lounge than the deluxe BC rooms by the quiet pool (where we were.) Finally, all deluxe club rooms at BW have balconies, while at the BC you have the chance for a deluxe club room with no balcony at all. (Although the ones with balcony by the quiet pool have a balcony that is friggin HUGE.)
Thanks! We are traveling with our two year old daughter. Does that sway your opinion at all between the deluxe CL rooms at BC vs BW? I would think more kids are at BC with SAB, but we'd really like to try BW. But, we also don't want to disturb others who may go there to get away from kids

We have the option of a garden suite as well. I know we'd be further from the lounge and would have to go outside to get anywhere, but it seems like it might work? Those rooms appeal to me for some reason. Thanks

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Old 01-08-2014, 07:58 PM   #1544
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Bummer no cigar but I can deal with that lol...just a perk I sometimes like in vacation

We booked through an exchange through RCI....I think the ressie just said garden/pool....my husband deals with that stuff though so I.m not totally sure about that...lol
You can call Member Services when you get the confirmation from RCI and request either Luna Park (themed pool) or the leisure pool.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:27 AM   #1545
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If I'm going to request a specific area of the hotel, when does one usually do that? We are 37 days out. Also we would love a view of the fireworks somehow but only reserved a standard room. Any advice appreciated
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