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Old 04-06-2014, 09:03 PM   #166
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My daughter and I are doing a split stay. First part of our trip at POR and second at Contemporary. I'm soooo excited I FINALLY made a decision

Question - I was reading that if you request and pay for a theme park view that it's actually a bit of a crap shoot as to whether or not you actually get a good view or if you are looking at the roof of the convention center.

Just wondering how true that is. What to manage my expectations!
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Actually we always end up on end by convention center which has a better view across to poly and gf and still has great view of sm and castle

Also request an odd numbered room so you can see the castle from your bed. It is an option for on line check-in or call CRO.

I love seeing the other resorts. As jack spence from allears always said " I'd rather stay at cr and have a great view of the other hotels vs staying at gf and have a view of cr" .
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:52 PM   #167
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Add me to the 2014 list!!! Staying BLT theme park view Sept 30-Oct 7! Can't wait!!!!!!
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:39 AM   #168
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We are staying for the first time at the CR and I have two questions about the pool area at the CR. We too are renting a cabana for the day and I have searched endlessly for info about the cabanas and can only find that there are four available around the bullseye pool. Since my kids will likely be spending all their time on the slide, I'd like to be able to supervise from the comfort of my cabana. When I called to book, they assured me there was a cabana by the main pool (yes, I know they are often wrong over the phone), so I am checking with the experts... anyone know for sure if there is one? I suspect not, but am wishfully thinking...

Second, one reason we booked the CR is the pool slide at BLT, but I have since learned that those staying DVC at BLT can access the CR pools, but CR customers cannot access BLT. Can someone explain this to me? I can't think of a DVC where the pools aren't one and the same (BW, GF for example) or at a bare minimum shared (AKL, WLV, BCV). Am I right in assuming this exclusive pool for DVCers applies to BLT only, and what could possibly be the reasoning? My kids would have loved to have tried their slide, I am sure... now I have to make sure they don't accidentally see it!

Anyone know why they did that? And why sharing only works one way?
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #170
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You should be greeted by a CM who will escort you to the 12th floor. If you aren't, just ask for a Club Level Runner or CM who can escort you to the 12th floor where you will check-in. We always drive so the gate guard announces our arrival which alerts the staff. A CM should be waiting to greet guests outside as soon as they arrive, but that doesn't always happen.
Is this true, even if on checks in online ahead of time? Summer of 12 we stayed CL at BWI and were just told by a couple of College Program kids at the Bell Desk to schlep our bags up to the Club Level and we'd be checked in there. The cast member who buzzed us in was appalled and rolled her eyes about the College Program, but then told us our packet was waiting at the downstairs check in since we had already checked in online. There was not a dedicated downstairs check in for CL, which is why the College Program kids sent us upstairs in the first place. Now online check in was still pretty new then, but in our previous experience staying CL at the BC, we were greeted by a CL cast member the minute we stepped off the Magical Express.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:46 AM   #171
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We are staying for the first time at the CR and I have two questions about the pool area at the CR. We too are renting a cabana for the day and I have searched endlessly for info about the cabanas and can only find that there are four available around the bullseye pool. Since my kids will likely be spending all their time on the slide, I'd like to be able to supervise from the comfort of my cabana. When I called to book, they assured me there was a cabana by the main pool (yes, I know they are often wrong over the phone), so I am checking with the experts... anyone know for sure if there is one? I suspect not, but am wishfully thinking...

Second, one reason we booked the CR is the pool slide at BLT, but I have since learned that those staying DVC at BLT can access the CR pools, but CR customers cannot access BLT. Can someone explain this to me? I can't think of a DVC where the pools aren't one and the same (BW, GF for example) or at a bare minimum shared (AKL, WLV, BCV). Am I right in assuming this exclusive pool for DVCers applies to BLT only, and what could possibly be the reasoning? My kids would have loved to have tried their slide, I am sure... now I have to make sure they don't accidentally see it!

Anyone know why they did that? And why sharing only works one way?
Just got back, and yes there are only 2 cabanas by the bullseye pool and there are def cabanas by the main pool.

Not sure the exact reasoning why the BLT pool is exclusively for people staying at BLT except size. I was staying at BLT and didn't use that pool once we liked setting up at the bullseye pool (warmer) and going back and forth to the main pool.
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The pool at KIDANI I believe is exclusively for guests staying at KIDANI as well.

The BLT pool is small and could never handle the crowds that sharing would bring. As a soon-to-be owner.at BLT, I am happy it's that way.
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The pool at KIDANI I believe is exclusively for guests staying at KIDANI as well.

The BLT pool is small and could never handle the crowds that sharing would bring. As a soon-to-be owner.at BLT, I am happy it's that way.
No Kidani Village and Jambo House share the pools as well. Although DVC members are not allowed to pool hop to those pools.

I own at BLT as well since before it was finished being built and this past stay was my first time there unfortunately it was a disappointment. It's a great location for MK for sure but both bathroom doors were broken we had to have someone fix the TV. Housekeeping never came for our full cleaning mid stay and when we called they apologized that it hadn't been done 2 days prior brought some towels and apparently that was supposed to be the end of it. I called the following morning to make sure they were coming the gal got snippy and said she wasn't sure and hung up. Rather bizarre glad I didn't make a big deal about the bathroom doors.
I found the reports about the rooms being worn for it's age and somewhat dirty to be spot on.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:47 AM   #174
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No Kidani Village and Jambo House share the pools as well. Although DVC members are not allowed to pool hop to those pools.

I own at BLT as well since before it was finished being built and this past stay was my first time there unfortunately it was a disappointment. It's a great location for MK for sure but both bathroom doors were broken we had to have someone fix the TV. Housekeeping never came for our full cleaning mid stay and when we called they apologized that it hadn't been done 2 days prior brought some towels and apparently that was supposed to be the end of it. I called the following morning to make sure they were coming the gal got snippy and said she wasn't sure and hung up. Rather bizarre glad I didn't make a big deal about the bathroom doors.
I found the reports about the rooms being worn for it's age and somewhat dirty to be spot on.
Odd (the pool exclusivety) then.

Sorry your room was less-than. Ours was wonderful on our last trip. Our room at BWV, though, was sub par. We bought BLT for the location (CR is our favorite resort) and for the length of the contract.
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Odd (the pool exclusivety) then.

Sorry your room was less-than. Ours was wonderful on our last trip. Our room at BWV, though, was sub par. We bought BLT for the location (CR is our favorite resort) and for the length of the contract.
Always pick what you love for sure. I couldn't help myself had to walk every time we went to MK! I haven't stayed in a BWV since the year it opened wow that's a long time ago. I don't let the little things bother me (even tho it was rather uncomfortable having whoever passed be able to see into the bathroom) was just a report, my vac time is spent vacationing I prob should have followed up with housekeeping after snippy girl hung up on me. I will hopefully get an email for a review.
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Actually, my favorite resort has always been and probably always will be the CR for sentimental reasons going back to childhood. I stayed there once as a child and again more recently in the Garden Wing (free upgrade from POR!). This will probably be my one and only time staying in the tower but only because of the cost (split it with DM). I would stay there every time if I could! My second favorite (and much more affordable) resort is the WL. We all love the atmosphere there and it's my DD's favorite... because it was her first?? Her first WDW visit (and my first visit back as an adult) was perfect... full of pixie dust and magical experiences. We stayed at the WL then.
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We are staying for the first time at the CR and I have two questions about the pool area at the CR. We too are renting a cabana for the day and I have searched endlessly for info about the cabanas and can only find that there are four available around the bullseye pool. Since my kids will likely be spending all their time on the slide, I'd like to be able to supervise from the comfort of my cabana. When I called to book, they assured me there was a cabana by the main pool (yes, I know they are often wrong over the phone), so I am checking with the experts... anyone know for sure if there is one? I suspect not, but am wishfully thinking...
Welcome to the thread and for the first time to the CR! I have some photos of the feature pool cabana and info. HERE. There were originally four cabanas surrounding the Bullseye/Bay Lake pool. Several years ago they took two of the cabanas and placed them at the feature pool. So don't worry, they are there

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Is this true, even if on checks in online ahead of time? Summer of 12 we stayed CL at BWI and were just told by a couple of College Program kids at the Bell Desk to schlep our bags up to the Club Level and we'd be checked in there. The cast member who buzzed us in was appalled and rolled her eyes about the College Program, but then told us our packet was waiting at the downstairs check in since we had already checked in online. There was not a dedicated downstairs check in for CL, which is why the College Program kids sent us upstairs in the first place. Now online check in was still pretty new then, but in our previous experience staying CL at the BC, we were greeted by a CL cast member the minute we stepped off the Magical Express.
We also stayed CL at BWI in April of '12 and after the bellman took our luggage (we drove), we were greeted by a CL Runner who escorted us upstairs. I also did Online Check-In, too and all our materials (except our itinerary) were waiting for us up on the 4th floor of the Innkeeper's Club.

We were once over-looked at YC though. We also arrived by car and the bellman took our luggage and no one greeted us. We wandered around the lobby and asked where to check-in and we were told to just go to the check-in desk. I knew this wasn't right and it wasn't until I explained that we were staying CL that suddenly a CL Runner appeared, apologized, and escorted up to the 5th floor. My guess is the gate guard didn't notify CL of our arrival.

I don't have any experience with ME arrivals so I can't comment on how well that works with CL. I assume there is a CM who has the list of CL guests who checks to see if any are on the bus so they can be escorted upstairs.
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So I'm hoping this is the right place to ask this question. I'm staying BLT but I'm wondering if there is a place to use our refillable mugs to get seltzer water? I just saw a picture of the bar down at the BLT pool and it did not have a dispenser for it. Do you think the actual bartender would refill the mug with seltzer water? Anyone have experience with this?
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So I'm hoping this is the right place to ask this question. I'm staying BLT but I'm wondering if there is a place to use our refillable mugs to get seltzer water? I just saw a picture of the bar down at the BLT pool and it did not have a dispenser for it. Do you think the actual bartender would refill the mug with seltzer water? Anyone have experience with this?
Due to food handling rules/restrictions, refillable mugs can only be refilled at refillable mug locations and can't cross over into food prep/handling areas. Sometimes, CMs have been known to put a beverage into a cup and hand it to the guest who has a refillable mug, but I've only heard of this happening at the Sand Bar at CR and it's not a common practice.
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After four previous stays in the Contemporary tower (Lake View - love the Lake View), we will be staying at BLT for the first time at the end of August. Using a AAA room only rate, it was cheaper to stay in a studio room here than a room in the Contemporary tower. We had considered renting points, but the thought of coughing up 1700+ non-refundable dollars, almost a year before the trip, scared me away. I'm hoping we don't end up with buyer's remorse over moving away from the CR. The CR tower room is larger, we love the view on the CR tower Lake side (we turned down an upgrade to the MK view on our last trip), and honestly we take comfort in the familiarity of it. But, we've wanted to stay at BLT since it was announced, so we're giving it a try. I have a feeling if we like the amenities enough, we'll be saving up for a 1-bedroom for our next trip.
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Due to food handling rules/restrictions, refillable mugs can only be refilled at refillable mug locations and can't cross over into food prep/handling areas. Sometimes, CMs have been known to put a beverage into a cup and hand it to the guest who has a refillable mug, but I've only heard of this happening at the Sand Bar at CR and it's not a common practice.
Good to know! Thanks for the reply!
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