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Old 08-21-2013, 08:32 AM   #646
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I think they need to do a better job making sure people parking in the lot belong there. We were there for Food & Wine in Oct 2 years ago. We came back one night around 7:30 couldn't find a spot in the main lot, we had to park across the street. A few night later we came back at 9:30. There was a mass exodus from the main lot. We were able to get a spot in the first row of the main lot.
I'm sure these weren't resort guest going out for the night.
for the past few years, access to the main resort lot (the one across from the convention ctr) has been more strictly enforced.
we go every year: 10-12 days during the F&GF, and again during the F&WF (and sometimes another trip in august).

during peak times (F&GF fri-sun, and F&WF just about any time EPCOT is open), there has been a guard stationed at the lot entrance (across from the convention ctr) checking BWI/BWV guest parking passes, often asking for matching photo ID.
at the guard shack, they usually instruct non-BWI/BWV guests to park in the lot across the street, else use valet (since they put up poles at the lot's first entrance & a guard at the second, ppl can't sneak in any longer).
however, if there is a convention or special event, they will open that lot to ppl attending. i heard there was a problem with that lot being filled with convention goers a few years back - perhaps you had gone during that time. personally, i would find parking across the street from a resort i was staying at totally unacceptable - i would've asked for either a spot in the left side lot (behind valet) or comped valet.

we haven't had any problems whatsoever finding parking spots near the front since they started restricting lot access
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:41 PM   #647
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Just wondering if anyone staying at BWV has received a FPP or My Magic + invite?
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:52 PM   #648
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Can you take beverages from your room to the pool? I understand no glass bottles obviously, but plastic cups with drinks? Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:08 PM   #649
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Can you take beverages from your room to the pool? I understand no glass bottles obviously, but plastic cups with drinks? Thanks!
Sure! We packed red solo cups and used those poolside
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:10 PM   #650
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Can you take beverages from your room to the pool? I understand no glass bottles obviously, but plastic cups with drinks? Thanks!
Sure! We have used both red solo cups and other reusable plastic cups
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:46 PM   #651
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Since there have been some questions regarding MagicBand implementation, here are some posts I found on THIS THREAD regarding MagicBand testing:


The ONLY scheduled test right now is for check-ins from August 2-25 at Pop Century, AKL, YC, and the Contemporary. That is all we know of right now. Of course there are rumors of other tests/complete roll-out after August, but these are just rumors.


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1) There is no known test I am aware of past this month - but things are also pretty vague. This test seems more like a controlled rollout more than a test.

2) DVC has been left out of most tests so far, because they have a separate reservations system. There was just this past week the first DVC test, with select guests at BLT. DVC is not part of the August test.

However, making Fastpass+ selections, even as part of the test, does seem to require having park tickets registered with your profile, and is limited to the number of daus on the tickets


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The following is an internal memo regarding the June rollout from Post 1 of the thread I hyperlinked above:


As part of the test and adjust process for MyMagic+, a test involving Guests will begin onsite June 20. Selected Guests will be contacted beginning as early as June 3, inviting them to participate in the test. Test participants will:

Touch to enter their rooms, touch to enter the parks and touch to pay at eligible locations starting upon check in and continuing through their departure (all eligible parties will depart by July 6)
Redeem FastPass+ selections at all four theme parks between June 20 and June 26

Below is an outline of how eligibility for the test has been determined:

Eligible Guests:

Check-in date of June 20, 21 or 22 AND
Staying in Walt Disney World accommodations at Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House or Disneys Contemporary Resort only

Ineligible Guests:

Check-in date outside testing window (before June 20 or after June 22) OR
Staying in a Disney Vacation Club villa (Jambo House, Kidani Village, Bay Lake Tower) OR
WDW Resort Guest staying anywhere other than the eligible locations above OR
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #652
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Just booked at BWI for 3/27-4/5!! Changed from AOA suite, to Poly, to now BWI. Couldn't be happier.... just waiting for discounts to cut down cost!
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:22 PM   #653
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RapidFill up and running at BWV or BWI?

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:28 AM   #654
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Just booked at BWI for 3/27-4/5!! Changed from AOA suite, to Poly, to now BWI. Couldn't be happier.... just waiting for discounts to cut down cost!
Congrats! I'll add you to the BB and I hope you get to apply a discount soon!

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RapidFill just started being rolled-out last month at All Stars. I haven't heard that its made its way to any Deluxe resorts yet.

Here is more information about the program.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:09 AM   #655
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Congrats! I'll add you to the BB and I hope you get to apply a discount soon!


RapidFill just started being rolled-out last month at All Stars. I haven't heard that its made its way to any Deluxe resorts yet.

Here is more information about the program.
Just the old style mugs last week in the bakery.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:07 PM   #656
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Some folks on my 9/21 cruise just started getting MBs. Nobody from BWI or BWV, but I'm holding out hope. So it seems to be going into September.

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:17 PM   #657
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Some folks on my 9/21 cruise just started getting MBs. Nobody from BWI or BWV, but I'm holding out hope. So it seems to be going into September.

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I haven't heard anything about BWI for Sept, either. So far it looks like YC/BC for the Epcot resorts.
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Just the old style mugs last week in the bakery.
Thanks!
Just wondering what to expect when we get there in 20 days!
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #659
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any news about the fridge replacement at BWI?
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On the mugs:

On 8/18, the bakery started selling the new mugs, but it was the old machine. The staff said that the new machine was being installed on 8/26.
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