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Old 08-17-2013, 01:18 PM   #631
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No, you can't go double on the slides. And you can't wait at the bottom of the slide to catch her either. She might not be ready to go on the slide.
Yea you are probably right. There isn't a little slide is there?
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:00 PM   #632
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You can bring your own water bottles, snacks in park too correct?? I'm forgetting
Yes, you can bring those into the parks. You'll go thru bag check, but it's no problem.
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:52 PM   #633
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My dad and I will be arriving at the BWI in a little over a week! Any recommendations for what to do on our first night? We don't have park tickets for that day so we'll be going to DTD for a bit and then spending some time at the resort. What should we see/do? Nothing 21+ as I won't be 21 until the next day
Hanging out on the boardwalk is worth an hour or two. There's usually one or two street performers. You can grab something from the pizza window, joes or the bakery and eat outside. The boardwalk bikes are kind of pricey when for the same amount of work, you can walk around the lake anyway. From the right spot you can see the illuminations fireworks and the MK high fireworks (which I didn't think was possible but I saw fireworks in that direction and I'm pretty sure there are no launchers in the yacht club parking lot).

You can go to the ESPN club but I avoid that place. The lines can be long and it's the same scene as any large sports bar.

I haven't done it because I typically have tickets but if you walk up to the international gateway at 9:00 you can catch some of illuminations through the trees. I don't think you can see the barges but you get some of the show.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #634
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Is ESPN crowded during the week in November ?
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:51 AM   #635
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Is ESPN crowded during the week in November ?
It's been our Expierence best time to visit ESPN is in the afternoon before 5 when the crowds arrive to the Boardwalk, as pp mentioned there is usually a long line to get in most evenings.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:11 AM   #636
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Fresh back from my first stay at the Boardwalk. It was a beautiful resort and very conveniently located for an adult trip. It was our anniversay, we went childless (with much guilt), and booked a standard view room. Pixie dust--got upgraded to a garden suite.

The suite was beautiful, and I did enjoy concierge. I liked the breakfast service and enjoyed hitting one or the other of the evening offerings most nights. I am glad I experienced the concierge because I often wondered whether it was worth it to me, but I was always reluctant to try it because of price. Having experienced it, it is not worth the money to me, but it was a delight to enjoy it under the circumstances.

The garden suite was really a beautiful room. I would not book it in August (or perhaps our room was simply an anomoly--1208). There was only one small vent on the second floor where the bed is. In order to keep the second floor tolerable, you had to keep the bottom floor uncomfortably cold. Additionally, you had to leave the upstairs fan on. With concierge, there are two instances where staff comes in, the housekeeping and turn down. Because of conservation concerns, the staff would turn the fan off. We did leave notes for them not to do so, which were honored most of the time. When the note was not honored, it took a while to cool the upstairs to a point we were comfortable.

Overall, it was a lovely stay, and I can't recommend enough the Boardwalk. The staff and the hotel itself were exceptional.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:13 AM   #637
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Wow Rookie Lady what a great upgrade! Sorry it was so warm in the loft area. We were there last week & it sure was HOT! We probably walked right past your cottage on our way to the quiet pool, we used that a few nights rather than the main pool. We had the pool to ourselves!
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Fresh back from my first stay at the Boardwalk. It was a beautiful resort and very conveniently located for an adult trip. It was our anniversay, we went childless (with much guilt), and booked a standard view room. Pixie dust--got upgraded to a garden suite.

The suite was beautiful, and I did enjoy concierge. I liked the breakfast service and enjoyed hitting one or the other of the evening offerings most nights. I am glad I experienced the concierge because I often wondered whether it was worth it to me, but I was always reluctant to try it because of price. Having experienced it, it is not worth the money to me, but it was a delight to enjoy it under the circumstances.

The garden suite was really a beautiful room. I would not book it in August (or perhaps our room was simply an anomoly--1208). There was only one small vent on the second floor where the bed is. In order to keep the second floor tolerable, you had to keep the bottom floor uncomfortably cold. Additionally, you had to leave the upstairs fan on. With concierge, there are two instances where staff comes in, the housekeeping and turn down. Because of conservation concerns, the staff would turn the fan off. We did leave notes for them not to do so, which were honored most of the time. When the note was not honored, it took a while to cool the upstairs to a point we were comfortable.

Overall, it was a lovely stay, and I can't recommend enough the Boardwalk. The staff and the hotel itself were exceptional.
What a terrific upgrade -- except for the air conditioning part. A very nice anniversary celebration treat.

I'm interested in your comments about the club level offerings and service. I've always wondered whether it is worth the extra expense and can never bring myself to pay for it. I think I'd be in agreement with you -- especially for only two people.

Thanks for posting!
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:51 PM   #639
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I'm interested in your comments about the club level offerings and service. I've always wondered whether it is worth the extra expense and can never bring myself to pay for it. I think I'd be in agreement with you -- especially for only two people.

Responding to the above comment, I did not take advantage of everything concierge had to offer because I was upgraded at check in. I made my own dining reservations, and our trip was scheduled such that other amenities concierge may have provided didn't really work into our trip. I did ask concierge to help when buying my MNSSHP tickets, but they were unable to do so. They did try, but they complained bitterly about the upgrades going on with their computer systems. Because I knew of these issues, I certainly didn't blame them for their inability to get the tickets.

The food was good. The morning fruit was beautiful. I found the wine in the evening okay (and I can be a snob about that), and I enjoyed a cordial a couple of nights, which is something I don't usually do. The staff was friendly and answered questions, but I expect and have encountered that at most Disney resorts.

I can see how some people would enjoy this experience, but I don't think it is worth it for me. I drive, so all that breakfast and snack food is easily transported in my car. Given the price difference, I can stay another night, and that is the choice I would make. However, I certainly understand why others might make a different choice.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:05 PM   #640
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4 days till I am in our 1bd!!! WOOT!
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:22 AM   #641
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4 days till I am in our 1bd!!! WOOT!
Woo hoo! Enjoy!


Thanks for posting your comments RookieLady. Even though we do stay club on occasion, we never feel it's a "must have," more of an occasional splurge (we also own and stay DVC as well), and sometimes we do it just for the special room categories offered only in club, like the Deluxes at the Boardwalk (or those cottages!!!) Nice upgrade, we've always wanted to try them, but the vent info is useful, wife is especially sensitive to heat, we might have to stay away from those. Glad you enjoyed the trip!
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:50 PM   #642
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It has been reported that all DVC rooms, including studios, will not have their refrigerators replaced. I assume that is because even the studio refrigerators are larger and a different brand than the one involved in the recall.

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Yes, only mini fridges are affected and not all of them. Family Suites, FWC and DVC are not impacted.
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Re the fridges I read somewhere that they are hoping to have it completed by the end of July.
Are there any recent reports on Frig availability at BWV?

We will be checking into a Studio on Sept 11th and just received this nice little letter in the mail today......

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LJD2143 Very I interesting, I was also under the impression that the Frdges in the Villas were not included plus I read about the switch outs being complete in so many resorts.

Maybe it is just a covering all bases on their part regardless of room type booked.
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LJD2143 Very I interesting, I was also under the impression that the Frdges in the Villas were not included plus I read about the switch outs being complete in so many resorts.

Maybe it is just a covering all bases on their part regardless of room type booked.
They were not affected by the recall.
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Can anyone tell me how long the day beds are in a standard room?

We're considering a standard C/L room with me, DH, DS4, DS9 and my mother, but no one wants to sleep with the kids, so my mother would take the day bed. She doesn't move once she's asleep, but I'm wondering if the day bed is long enough. She's about 5'5".

And we really want to stay in a deluxe resort but they don't all have the day beds.
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