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Old 03-16-2014, 09:30 PM   #76
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Thanks for the new thread, KOOK! Very helpful for our Anniversary/ Christmas trip this year. New to DVC & 1st time @ BLT.
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I am always late to the party!! Thanks for another lovely new informative thread KOOK!
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:49 PM   #78
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The kids check in is SO cute. Never noticed that anywhere else at Disney
I must have missed this... can someone fill me in?
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:01 AM   #79
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Whew! I bet that was a lot of work! Thanks for keeping everything up to date for us
It was a bit of a chore since I had 3 threads to do. The BWI thread has the most dining menus since I include most of the BW and Epcot are resort menus.

I noticed that the private dining menus aren't available on AllEars anymore. I have one for WL and I'll have one for BWI in June, but if anyone can post a recent one for CR, I can link to it on the first page. I only have an older one.

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Hey everyone :-)

I have part of our September split stay booked at the CR.

I have a few questions :-)

If I want to stay in the building that is closest to the tower... how should I best request it? Preferably also a room in that closest building that is yet closest to the tower... I do not care about the view - at all. We have garden view booked but only because standard was not available.

There is only one GW building. The rooms in the GW that are closest to the Tower are the Standard View rooms which have a view of the parking lot with the monorail beyond. The Garden View rooms aren't that much further from the Tower. All the rooms are pretty close and there are elevators and a covered walkway right to the Tower.

Is the only place to use refillable mugs on the 4th floor in the tower? What about the place by the pool?

The Contempo Cafe on the 4th floor is where the CR's refill station is located. The CR pool doesn't have a refill station. The BLT pool does, but that is only available to BLT guests.
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Thanks for the new thread, KOOK! Very helpful for our Anniversary/ Christmas trip this year. New to DVC & 1st time @ BLT.
Made it just for you. You're going to love BLT. The villas and views are amazing.

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I am always late to the party!! Thanks for another lovely new informative thread KOOK!
Glad you made it and welcome!

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I must have missed this... can someone fill me in?
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At the CR check-in there is a registration book just for kids to sign. It's on top of the counter at the check-in nearest to Bell Services. At least that's where it used to be a couple of years ago when I last noticed it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:19 AM   #80
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We are staying at the Contemporary for the first time next month (Garden Wing, Garden View Room) - me, DH and DS (2). We mainly chose the Contemporary to be close to MK and on the monorail since we'll be heading back to the resort for naps each afternoon (and also because it's the only Deluxe resort we haven't tried yet and we wanted to check it off our list .) Can anyone tell me the order of stops the busses will make for HS, AK, DTD and the water parks - for both the trips there and the return trips? I know there is some sharing with other deluxe resorts but I'm not sure of the specifics. Thanks!
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:09 PM   #81
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Parking question.....
We will be taking the Magic Express but have some friends that will be at Disney same time as us with a rental vehicle. We will probably use there
car from time to time as well. Can I register the car for myself since I will
be staying at the Contemporary which would allow our friends to come to
the Contemporary so we can go to the parks together? I know there is a 3
hour limit for non guest but thought we might be able to get around that
since we would be using the car some as well. .

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Old 03-17-2014, 02:40 PM   #82
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:55 PM   #83
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We'll be making our 3rd trip to the CR this July! I booked a MK view months ago. Sadly, no discount was available when the summer discounts were released today. Made "lemonade" 'cause our Dreams agent was able to change us to a MK Atrium Club view saving us $115!

Many years ago, we stayed on the 14th floor. The views were amazing! Can't wait for our 12th floor stay.

A couple of questions, if anybody knows.
What is the current situation with bottled water in the lounge? Our past stays have had a large bottle available to pour into cups. I heard a rumor the individual water bottles are back.

I'm assuming b/fast is the typical muffins/fruit/cereal, etc. And midday is chips and cookies. What is available in the evening? Is it just cheese and crackers or are there a few more choices? Do they do nice dessert around 9pm? (I was so disappointed with our AKL selections. They were generally some zebra domes and a few cookies and/or bite size pastries. And if you weren't in the lounge when they were put out, you were out-of-luck as they didn't replenish.)

Since we're getting bands now, how does the elevator work? I always liked getting the "gold card" before.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:54 PM   #84
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At the CR check-in there is a registration book just for kids to sign. It's on top of the counter at the check-in nearest to Bell Services. At least that's where it used to be a couple of years ago when I last noticed it.
Thanks!!! My kids will love this! Especially my DS6... He is just as excited as I am to being staying at CR. It makes our trip there so much more special to be sharing that excitement with him. And it's my daughter's first trip to Disney! I'm afraid I'm spoiling both of them (as well as my DH and I) for our future trips!

Honestly - this thread has made planning our first trip to CR such an enjoyable experience! I don't know what I would do without it! The info I've gathered on here is invaluable... I can't thank you enough WDWKOOK!
And to all of you who answer so many of the questions I have Thank YOU!
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:35 AM   #85
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We are staying at the Contemporary for the first time next month (Garden Wing, Garden View Room) - me, DH and DS (2). We mainly chose the Contemporary to be close to MK and on the monorail since we'll be heading back to the resort for naps each afternoon (and also because it's the only Deluxe resort we haven't tried yet and we wanted to check it off our list .) Can anyone tell me the order of stops the busses will make for HS, AK, DTD and the water parks - for both the trips there and the return trips? I know there is some sharing with other deluxe resorts but I'm not sure of the specifics. Thanks!
In the past, CR was the first dropped off and picked-up. Hopefully, if this has changed, someone will correct me

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Parking question.....
We will be taking the Magic Express but have some friends that will be at Disney same time as us with a rental vehicle. We will probably use there
car from time to time as well. Can I register the car for myself since I will
be staying at the Contemporary which would allow our friends to come to
the Contemporary so we can go to the parks together? I know there is a 3
hour limit for non guest but thought we might be able to get around that
since we would be using the car some as well. .
Cars aren't actually registered to the guest. At check-in, you're given a parking pass that has your reservation number on it. This goes in the windshield of the car after you park it. You could put it in any car. If you're using any car and you need to park at CR where you're a registered guest, just ask for the pass when you check-in.

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We'll be making our 3rd trip to the CR this July! I booked a MK view months ago. Sadly, no discount was available when the summer discounts were released today. Made "lemonade" 'cause our Dreams agent was able to change us to a MK Atrium Club view saving us $115!

Many years ago, we stayed on the 14th floor. The views were amazing! Can't wait for our 12th floor stay.

A couple of questions, if anybody knows.
What is the current situation with bottled water in the lounge? Our past stays have had a large bottle available to pour into cups. I heard a rumor the individual water bottles are back.

I'm assuming b/fast is the typical muffins/fruit/cereal, etc. And midday is chips and cookies. What is available in the evening? Is it just cheese and crackers or are there a few more choices? Do they do nice dessert around 9pm? (I was so disappointed with our AKL selections. They were generally some zebra domes and a few cookies and/or bite size pastries. And if you weren't in the lounge when they were put out, you were out-of-luck as they didn't replenish.)

Since we're getting bands now, how does the elevator work? I always liked getting the "gold card" before.
Welcome back! There are photos of some of the lounge food and drinks in the CL section of the thread. The hyperlink is at the beginning of Post #1. There are usually two hot apps. served along with quite a few cold apps. every night from 5-7. Several desserts are served from 8-10 and replenished as needed. The cookies are generally only available in the afternoons. We were able to ask for some at night once and they brought us some. I haven't stayed CL at CR since 2010 so hopefully someone who has stayed recently can fill you in on more specific app. offerings.

None of the CLs, that I'm aware of, offer small bottles of water. They have larger bottles and/or a decanter with filtered water.

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Thanks!!! My kids will love this! Especially my DS6... He is just as excited as I am to being staying at CR. It makes our trip there so much more special to be sharing that excitement with him. And it's my daughter's first trip to Disney! I'm afraid I'm spoiling both of them (as well as my DH and I) for our future trips!

Honestly - this thread has made planning our first trip to CR such an enjoyable experience! I don't know what I would do without it! The info I've gathered on here is invaluable... I can't thank you enough WDWKOOK!
And to all of you who answer so many of the questions I have Thank YOU!
Thank you so much, EveClark. I really appreciate your sweet comments about the thread. My goal is for the thread to be informative, friendly and helpful and to make you even more excited about your trip so I'm glad we succeeded. Don't worry about spoiling the family, think of it as setting a fantastic precedent
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Cars aren't actually registered to the guest. At check-in, you're given a parking pass that has your reservation number on it. This goes in the windshield of the car after you park it. You could put it in any car. If you're using any car and you need to park at CR where you're a registered guest, just ask for the pass when you check-in.

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Thanks WDWKOOK! So I'm assuming after pick up at CR, the bus will stop at the Poly and GF before heading on to the park, correct? I'm trying to decide if it might be faster for us to walk to the MK bus stop and take a bus directly to HS or AK. (Every second counts with a 2 yr old - need to maximize our time and get back to CR quickly for naptime!) I think we'll be good on the return trips if CR is the first stop. Although maybe it would be faster to take a bus back to MK from AK to avoid stopping at Blizzard Beach...
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Aw, thanks much, psac. I hope no one takes your comment the wrong way
That was REALLY funny. If I was drinking my coffee it would have ended up on the screen!
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I posted this over on the Restaurant Board but I didn't get any replies, so I thought I would try here... which is probably what I should have done in the first place!
We will be staying at the CR on our trip in September... My DH loves a big breakfast before heading into the parks, so we'd like to eat at The Wave on 3 mornings of our vacation but I'd rather not make an ADR for those days... This is our first trip with both of our children (DS6, DD2.5) and I'm not sure how tired they will be, what time we will wake up, etc... We prefer not to set alarms on vacation but, alas, we are breaking that rule (twice!) with Chef Mickey's and Hollywood & Vine. All the more reason to be a little more "relaxed" with our mornings on the other days.
We have the Deluxe Dining Plan, so we'd prefer to go to a TS restaurant, not the QS in the hotel. ( I understand that many think that breakfast isn't a good use of a TS credit, but we've gotten this before and it works out well for our family)

For those of you who have eaten there for breakfast, do you think we would be ok with just walking up on those mornings for breakfast? I'm assuming we will be down there about 8:00/8:30 (based on weekends around here at home )
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Thanks WDWKOOK! So I'm assuming after pick up at CR, the bus will stop at the Poly and GF before heading on to the park, correct? I'm trying to decide if it might be faster for us to walk to the MK bus stop and take a bus directly to HS or AK. (Every second counts with a 2 yr old - need to maximize our time and get back to CR quickly for naptime!) I think we'll be good on the return trips if CR is the first stop. Although maybe it would be faster to take a bus back to MK from AK to avoid stopping at Blizzard Beach...
It may only stop at Poly because some of the WL buses go to GF after WL.

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That was REALLY funny. If I was drinking my coffee it would have ended up on the screen!
Thanks for giving us all a chuckle, psac. Will you be doing a TR on your One Nighter?

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I posted this over on the Restaurant Board but I didn't get any replies, so I thought I would try here... which is probably what I should have done in the first place!
We will be staying at the CR on our trip in September... My DH loves a big breakfast before heading into the parks, so we'd like to eat at The Wave on 3 mornings of our vacation but I'd rather not make an ADR for those days... This is our first trip with both of our children (DS6, DD2.5) and I'm not sure how tired they will be, what time we will wake up, etc... We prefer not to set alarms on vacation but, alas, we are breaking that rule (twice!) with Chef Mickey's and Hollywood & Vine. All the more reason to be a little more "relaxed" with our mornings on the other days.
We have the Deluxe Dining Plan, so we'd prefer to go to a TS restaurant, not the QS in the hotel. ( I understand that many think that breakfast isn't a good use of a TS credit, but we've gotten this before and it works out well for our family)

For those of you who have eaten there for breakfast, do you think we would be ok with just walking up on those mornings for breakfast? I'm assuming we will be down there about 8:00/8:30 (based on weekends around here at home )
Thanks!
If it isn't a holiday, you shouldn't have any problem being seated at The Wave for breakfast. We always have an ADR there for breakfast, but it's never been full mid-late morning. If there's a convention group, you may have to wait a bit, but you should be just fine without an ADR. The buffet is one of our favorites! (Trail's End is the other favorite of ours.)
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