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Old 05-25-2014, 09:44 AM   #271
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Sending Get well wishes to Teena

Big hello to Dee as well I haven't popped in since I actually HAVEN'T changed in awhile, and I get the itch to switch easily..especially with a spanking new thread like this. another great job Dee!
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our trip was up in the air for a while, but it looks like it is going to happen. We will be at the beach club aug 12-19!!! I have a ton of questions thank you in advance for any info or insight you can share.

We booked the labor day special through an agency and could only book standard. I'm not even sure I can offer to pay for an upgrade to a garden view because it was a group booking. What would be the best chances of getting some pixie dust for a garden view: online checkin or checkin upon arrival. I will be ok with standard if that's what I get also.

This is an odd question: How loud are the AC fans in the rooms? My kids have slept with small fans in their rooms for white noise since they were babies. We are flying and can't bring a fan with us. I know the AC fan was loud enough at POR last time we didn't need our fan. Does it do the trick for white noise? IF not, any suggestions?

Does anyone have any input about location requests? We have 3 kids 11 and under, will be going to the pool several days, will be going to Epcot , and would like to be somewhat near a drink refill station. Any centralized location ideas? I've never been to the resort to even eat or visit before, so no real idea about size and locations of the resort.

Any tips about navigating SAB with young kids and how crowded it might be during my timeframe?

Any tips in general about mid august: crowds, weather, how crowded resort might be, etc. . . .

THanks so much, we are SUPER excited
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Teena, sending you good thoughts all the way from Montreal (long weekend trip for DP's birthday)!

For all you Cirque du Soleil fans (I've seen "La Nouba" twice), we saw their new show, "Kurious" here yesterday. Fantastic!

And was someone talking about breakfast options near BC/YC? I can't recommend Kouzzina enough. It's open through September at BWI, and though the dinner menu doesn't do much for me, the breakfast is my favorite at WDW. I ALWAYS order the turkey hash over a salad with a poached egg on top. Yum!
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Poor Teena! I sure hope you're feeling better soon!

Our countdown is now at 10 days!!!!!!! I have one day off work between now and then....tomorrow. Yikes! I was able to get my CM discount for our first night at POR so we will stay there instead of POP. So on this trip we are staying at all three resort categories.....moderate, deluxe and value. I was able to get a decent price ($14/day) on a full-size car from Priceline so we are renting a car. My husband is going to take two of our kids to Cocoa Beach for the day. I prefer the beach at BC.

Did anyone see The Middle last week when they went to WDW? We watched it as a family and everyone agreed I'm Sue when it comes to Disney planning.....binder and all!

I can't wait for the day we arrive at BC!!!!!!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you are having beautiful weather like we are here in Chicago!
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our trip was up in the air for a while, but it looks like it is going to happen. We will be at the beach club aug 12-19!!! I have a ton of questions thank you in advance for any info or insight you can share.

We booked the labor day special through an agency and could only book standard. I'm not even sure I can offer to pay for an upgrade to a garden view because it was a group booking. What would be the best chances of getting some pixie dust for a garden view: online checkin or checkin upon arrival. I will be ok with standard if that's what I get also.

This is an odd question: How loud are the AC fans in the rooms? My kids have slept with small fans in their rooms for white noise since they were babies. We are flying and can't bring a fan with us. I know the AC fan was loud enough at POR last time we didn't need our fan. Does it do the trick for white noise? IF not, any suggestions?

Does anyone have any input about location requests? We have 3 kids 11 and under, will be going to the pool several days, will be going to Epcot , and would like to be somewhat near a drink refill station. Any centralized location ideas? I've never been to the resort to even eat or visit before, so no real idea about size and locations of the resort.

Any tips about navigating SAB with young kids and how crowded it might be during my timeframe?

Any tips in general about mid august: crowds, weather, how crowded resort might be, etc. . . .

THanks so much, we are SUPER excited
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We are booked at BC for 2 nights in August through the travel agent deal as well. My understanding is that there's not much hope for Pixie Dust, but you can keep your fingers crossed, and it's not illegal to offer to pay for an upgrade at check-in. I say, give it a try!
As far as location, standard rooms are on the first 4 floors, and mostly (if not all) on the front of the building. I believe that more than a few of them sneak a peek at Spaceship Earth. I actually don't find BC to be that big of a resort once you get your bearings. I can't imagine any room being more than a 3 min walk from the lobby, drink refill (in the BC Marketplace), or pool. Just follow the signage, and study all of Dee's great information and maps on the first 2 pages of this thread. If you really want to be close to everything, I'd request. "1st floor, close to lobby please."

We've been many a time in mid to late August, as I am a teacher and have to travel on vacations (grumble) and find it to be the best time to travel when schools are on vacation. Yes, it's hotter than the surface of the sun, but it's Orlando right? The crowds aren't bad as long as you do a bit of pre-planning.

I'm excited for you. You'll get all the BC info you need from this thread!

Happy planning!
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Some bad news. Teena let me know that she is hospitalized due to more kidney stone trouble. She may be released tomorrow but will not be in the lobby Sunday or Monday as scheduled. She says she will miss everyone who is around. Ill keep you posted on how she is doing.
Feel better soon Teena, sending you prayers and positive thoughts!
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our trip was up in the air for a while, but it looks like it is going to happen. We will be at the beach club aug 12-19!!! I have a ton of questions thank you in advance for any info or insight you can share.

We booked the labor day special through an agency and could only book standard. I'm not even sure I can offer to pay for an upgrade to a garden view because it was a group booking. What would be the best chances of getting some pixie dust for a garden view: online checkin or checkin upon arrival. I will be ok with standard if that's what I get also.

This is an odd question: How loud are the AC fans in the rooms? My kids have slept with small fans in their rooms for white noise since they were babies. We are flying and can't bring a fan with us. I know the AC fan was loud enough at POR last time we didn't need our fan. Does it do the trick for white noise? IF not, any suggestions?

Does anyone have any input about location requests? We have 3 kids 11 and under, will be going to the pool several days, will be going to Epcot , and would like to be somewhat near a drink refill station. Any centralized location ideas? I've never been to the resort to even eat or visit before, so no real idea about size and locations of the resort.

Any tips about navigating SAB with young kids and how crowded it might be during my timeframe?

Any tips in general about mid august: crowds, weather, how crowded resort might be, etc. . . .

THanks so much, we are SUPER excited


I have an app on my cell phone that I use for white noise- I plug the phone in on the desk and turn it on- it does the trick for us. We found that when the ceiling fan is on it is way to cold to try to sleep.
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Just checking to see if you received my reply to your email. Sent it to the email through the DIS, and didn't get a rejection, but I haven't used that process much...

Yes, thanks so much!!

My reply to you was stuck in my outbox for some reason.
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Did anyone see The Middle last week when they went to WDW? We watched it as a family and everyone agreed I'm Sue when it comes to Disney planning.....binder and all!
The kids and I watched it and quickly pointed out all the mistakes! They walked towards Fantasyland when they said they were leaving to go to Epcot. Unless MK has a new back door we know that's not going to work! Then over in France they had tables setup in front with a panoramic view, totally doesn't exist! Then when they were in Italy and said they were leaving to go to Mission Space they walked towards Via Napoli, which is a dead end. It was pretty cool how they put them in a grand villa at the GF, but we all know the chances of that happening in real life are pretty much impossible!
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Poor Teena! I sure hope you're feeling better soon!

Our countdown is now at 10 days!!!!!!! I have one day off work between now and then....tomorrow. Yikes! I was able to get my CM discount for our first night at POR so we will stay there instead of POP. So on this trip we are staying at all three resort categories.....moderate, deluxe and value. I was able to get a decent price ($14/day) on a full-size car from Priceline so we are renting a car. My husband is going to take two of our kids to Cocoa Beach for the day. I prefer the beach at BC.

Did anyone see The Middle last week when they went to WDW? We watched it as a family and everyone agreed I'm Sue when it comes to Disney planning.....binder and all!

I can't wait for the day we arrive at BC!!!!!!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you are having beautiful weather like we are here in Chicago!
We are also staying in all 3 resort categories! 1 night value, 1 night moderate & 10 nights deluxe :-) We are leaving in 3 days and time is moving sooooooo slow right now. Maybe we will run into each while at the Beach Club.
When we were watching the Middle and Sue kept doing the countdown my husband just looked at me and laughed. That is totally me
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Does anyone know what is the fee that the BC charges to ship/hold a box, since it's a convention resort? I would like to send something as a surprise for the kids but I didn't see what the fee from the resort is. And does anyone know where or how I would pick it up once I check in? Thanks
The fee is based on the weight of the package. Haven't done it since March 2012, but here's what it was back then:
Package retrieval fee:
Up to 5 pounds: $3
5-20 pounds: $5
above 20 pounds: $10

I walked over to the Convention Center to pick up my box, but I believe you can call over and have them deliver it to your room. I don't have the phone number. When you check in, you could ask them what the phone number is.
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We are also staying in all 3 resort categories! 1 night value, 1 night moderate & 10 nights deluxe :-) We are leaving in 3 days and time is moving sooooooo slow right now. Maybe we will run into each while at the Beach Club.
When we were watching the Middle and Sue kept doing the countdown my husband just looked at me and laughed. That is totally me

We are leaving in 5! It's going to be a HOT one!!!!
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