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Old 06-18-2014, 05:37 PM   #1216
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I worked for Dunkin Donuts for 5 years and the owner of our store looked like Fred. People would ask him to say "Time to Make the Donuts!" and yes, we made them at midnight.

For those of you who think this post is well, it is! But we were on the verge of slipping to Page 2 of the resort thread!

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Old 06-18-2014, 06:38 PM   #1217
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So it's noted on my reservation ( 125 days!! ) that I requested a courtyard/lakeside view - we booked Beach Club garden view.

Knowing that October is crowded at Beach Club and we check in on a Tuesday, I'm feeling like I don't have much of a shot at getting that request granted.

Soooo, are the garden views of the woods nice? Is it really dark/shady? I read sometimes you can see Spaceship Earth? I'm trying to get excited about this type of view in case I can't get the one I requested.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:29 PM   #1218
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So it's noted on my reservation ( 125 days!! ) that I requested a courtyard/lakeside view - we booked Beach Club garden view.

Knowing that October is crowded at Beach Club and we check in on a Tuesday, I'm feeling like I don't have much of a shot at getting that request granted.

Soooo, are the garden views of the woods nice? Is it really dark/shady? I read sometimes you can see Spaceship Earth? I'm trying to get excited about this type of view in case I can't get the one I requested.
On our November trip, we stayed at BC garden view and that's exactly what we got. From our room, we could see the wooded area that bordered Epcot. On our left was BCV. It wasn't anything great but it was very quiet and peaceful.
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So it's noted on my reservation ( 125 days!! ) that I requested a courtyard/lakeside view - we booked Beach Club garden view. Knowing that October is crowded at Beach Club and we check in on a Tuesday, I'm feeling like I don't have much of a shot at getting that request granted. Soooo, are the garden views of the woods nice? Is it really dark/shady? I read sometimes you can see Spaceship Earth? I'm trying to get excited about this type of view in case I can't get the one I requested.
We had a garden view room and it looked at the trees between the BC and Epcot. It wasn't shady in the section we were in. We could see the high fireworks from Illuminations. And we could hear the British group's music as clearly as if we were sitting in Epcot. Most of the garden view rooms are on this side of the resort.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:19 AM   #1220
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I want to thank everyone for all the great information. We check in in 8 days!
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:00 AM   #1221
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Does anyone know if you can still get Disney Dollars?
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:08 AM   #1222
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You sure can still buy disney dollars on Main Street at guest services and downtown disney. Not sure about anywhere else.

Last time we were at the beach club it was difficult to find a life vest so we asked a staff member and they said if its on or by a lounger and not on a child you are free to take it. Is that still the case?
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:01 AM   #1223
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Fred the Baker!!!

I worked for Dunkin Donuts for 5 years and the owner of our store looked like Fred. People would ask him to say "Time to Make the Donuts!" and yes, we made them at midnight.

For those of you who think this post is well, it is! But we were on the verge of slipping to Page 2 of the resort thread!

YIKES!
EEK !!!!!!!!!
Lucky you were able to divert that disaster from happening!!!!!!!
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:09 AM   #1224
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Does anyone know if you can still get Disney Dollars?
Yes, I believe you can but Ninja Mom dollars are a much better buy IMHO. You can get Disney dollars at the exchange rate of 1 US dollar for each Disney Dollar BUT Ninja Mom dollars are going at the exchange rate of 2 NM dollars for each US Dollar.

Now it's true that Disney Dollars are welcome in way more places than Ninja Mom Dollars (way more) but who can resist a bargain!?

Shall I print you up some Ninja Mom Dollars? I'll be stopping at the Mint of Ninja Mom (NM's printer) later on today and I can whip you up a batch.

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Old 06-19-2014, 11:15 AM   #1225
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You sure can still buy disney dollars on Main Street at guest services and downtown disney. Not sure about anywhere else.

Last time we were at the beach club it was difficult to find a life vest so we asked a staff member and they said if its on or by a lounger and not on a child you are free to take it. Is that still the case?
Yes I believe so. It sounds like the chair piggies at resorts everywhere (not just the Beach and Yacht Clubs) are branching out and hogging the children's life jackets.

The other thing that you can do is just duct tape the child to another child that is wearing one of those life jackets. Sharing is an excellent life lesson for children to learn and it might be good that it starts with something as important as a life jacket. Who knows! The kids might actually become friends and start swimming in the same direction. At worst they will oppose each other, try to swim in different directions and tire themselves out enough to need a nap. Either way it's a win win for the parents, who probably need a nap themselves.


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Yes, I believe you can but Ninja Mom dollars are a much better buy IMHO. You can get Disney dollars at the exchange rate of 1 US dollar for each Disney Dollar BUT Ninja Mom dollars are going at the exchange rate of 2 NM dollars for each US Dollar.

Now it's true that Disney Dollars are welcome in way more places than Ninja Mom Dollars (way more) but who can resist a bargain!?

Shall I print you up some Ninja Mom Dollars? I'll be stopping at the Mint of Ninja Mom (NM's printer) later on today and I can whip you up a batch.

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Yes I believe so. It sounds like the chair piggies at resorts everywhere (not just the Beach and Yacht Clubs) are branching out and hogging the children's life jackets.

The other thing that you can do is just duct tape the child to another child that is wearing one of those life jackets. Sharing is an excellent life lesson for children to learn and it might be good that it starts with something as important as a life jacket. Who knows! The kids might actually become friends and start swimming in the same direction. At worst they will oppose each other, try to swim in different directions and tire themselves out enough to need a nap. Either way it's a win win for the parents, who probably need a nap themselves.


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Please add us to the Be our Guest list--YC from 9/1 to 9/7. We had booked the WL on a bounce back as my husband and son really wanted to stay there. But now with the pool closure at the WL, everyone voted to return to the YC and since it is my favorite, I was not about to argue Looking forward to SAB and a
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Please add us to the Be our Guest list--YC from 9/1 to 9/7. We had booked the WL on a bounce back as my husband and son really wanted to stay there. But now with the pool closure at the WL, everyone voted to return to the YC and since it is my favorite, I was not about to argue Looking forward to SAB and a
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Ditto for us! Just got off the phone and changed to the BC. Please add us to the list. Dec. 23 - Jan 1
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:30 PM   #1229
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There seems to be a lot of August people here so maybe I can get some advice/insight from people who have done August before. I am starting to get a little concerned about the heat/humidity/storms. We went to a Pittsburgh Pirates game last night. It was hot in Pittsburgh (89). It was humid. We had a pretty strong storm. My kids acted like it was the worst day EVER. They whined, they freaked out about the storm, they dragged around not wanting to walk. A good time was NOT had by all!! It's going to be a lot more hot and humid at Disney when we go in August. We will probably have nasty storms every day. Every other time we have done Disney is early to mid June. That is my only frame of reference. Is it worse than June? The only reason we picked August is because of a very "magical" deal we got that allowed us to switch from POR to BC. Now I am thinking maybe I should postpone until November even though I would lose the magical deal and would need to book POR?
Please convince me August will be ok and we can still have a great trip!!!
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Please convince me August will be ok and we can still have a great trip!!!
When my son was growing up and I was still a single parent, our trips to WDW (and to the dark side US/IOA) were always in late August. There was that one week when all the summer camps had closed and the school year didn't start until after Labor Day.

We definitely experienced hot and humid weather but I knew that going in. I was prepared for the daily short rain showers (disposable ponchos) or we just dressed to get wet (bathing suits, quick drying swim shorts, and tevas). Only once did we have to seek shelter from a storm and all it did was change our dinner plans from DTD to the hotel.

It can be done but you need to plan accordingly - lots of water (and for some reason - soft serve ice cream made me feel better), alternating rides between those "outside", rides where you can get wet and love it, and those where you are seated indoors (for a rest and some a/c), and realizing that you can't go from rope drop to last call without exhausting yourself and your kids. Getting daily pool time, even if it's not until the evening, is a must.

Also, I don't do laundry while on vacation, so I packed double the amount of tops/shirts for the both of us. It felt great to freshen up before dinner.
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