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  1. deezeealum

    deezeealum Mouseketeer

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    Add me to the long list of Somerset COunty residents here; Basking RIdge to be exact. Dis703 which elementary... my daughter goes to OSS!
     
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  3. Angeejoe

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    Maybe you guys can answer this or me... Why did the BC put in Juliet balconies? Nobody really likes them. Was BC built 1st & they decided on all full balconies for YC? I just don't get the purpose of them. :confused3
     
  4. Sue M

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    :laughing: good to know you have your priorities straight!!! Stay safe. Saw the pics on the news, :scared1:
     
  5. Sue M

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    Ugh! What a time to be sick :flower3: hope you're feeling better soon, and not too long without power. At least you can have hot food!

    One winter we had no power for 3 days. And my stove is electric. At least I have a gas water heater, so could have hot shower!

    Stay safe.
     
  6. Sue M

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    We love SciFi for lunch. I've always had a good meal. Love the Rueben sp? Sandwich.

    We ate at the Brown Derby last Aug. loved the salad. I had that as my lunch. And the grapefruit cake :goodvibes

    GF has a few different tea services to pick from. And a gazillion types of tea. We had the sandwiches, scones, and pastries. It was called The Buckingham.
    Allears.net has the menu.
     
  7. Sue M

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    Well I guess I'll give it another try, and hope it doesn't sting my back :crazy2:

    I thought HH looked good too. Was there doing Sunken Treasure research ;) now if only they could get rid of the millions of wasps buzzing around. No way I could sit at that bar. :faint:
     
  8. logpey

    logpey Disney or bust!

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    Quick Question! I've always checked-in early online for our resort, any con's for early online check-in? :listen:TIA!
     
  9. Sue M

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    I've been told that if you have specific room requests it's best to wait and check in on arrival.
     
  10. logpey

    logpey Disney or bust!

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    Sue, Thx! That's what I thought, but I noted on my reservation my request, wouldn't they take that into consideration or does the computer select, sorry I have know idea! As a BC CL guest would I miss out on anything by early check-in? TIA!!!!!
     
  11. natebenma

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    Here's the section from the FAQ on Page 1 of this thread about room requests and on-line checkin:


    How do I make a request on my reservation? How many requests should I make? What should I request?

    You should note any requests on your reservation through Disney's CRO (Central Reservation Office) or your travel agent can add it when your trip is booked, or anytime thereafter. Requests should be made no later than 2 weeks before you will arrive at the resort.

    Please remember that requests are not guaranteed.

    The fewer requests you have, the more likely there will be a room available that meets your most important preference(s).

    Your best bet is to request what you want in words, not room numbers. The chance that a particular room will be available during your trip is not as likely as finding a room that satisfies your room preferences. If you request a specific room, and there is someone staying in the room on the day you check in, the room assigner will have to place you in a different room. If they don't know what your priorities are, they will have trouble giving you another room that has the attributes you want.

    When you arrive at the resort for checkin, you can ask before you take your keys if your requests were granted, and if not, see if there is anything available that meets your needs. Please note that you should do this through REGULAR checkin.

    Online checkin is designed for grabbing your keys and going, no questions asked, so if there is a possibility you will ask for a room change, you shouldn't do this.

    There may not be a room available with the request you made when you check in (e.g. full balcony, daybed, king bed). If your request is important enough that you are willing to change rooms later in the week, ask when a room will be available and see if you can arrange to switch rooms.

    Requests vary because what is important to one family may be different for another family. Some popular requests are full balcony at the Beach Club, a day bed, close to lobby (or elevator or Stormalong Bay), close to Concierge Lounge (if you are staying club level) or close to EPCOT.


    Should I checkin online in advance or wait until I am at the resort?

    As noted in the responses above, if you don't have any questions and if you are going to just grab your keys and go, then you are great candidate for the online checkin. If there is a possibility that you will ask for a room change because you are not satisfied with the one that has been assigned to you, then you should wait until you arrive at the resort to check in.

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    Hope this helps! The second section provides the answer, the first explains why.
     
  12. EagleScout

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    Yes, you are correct they take requests into account when doing online, but "things change" (cancellations, etc), so the conventional wisdom is that live check-in gives more wiggle room, so to speak (and also allows you to try to ensure that they dont miss anything). However, it is also true cl has limited inventory, so presumably less of a difference (but others can correct me), and thus cons of online seem to be less of a risk. Moreover due to ltd inventory, i could also see scenario where online checkin people "use up" the rooms you want within cl, but that is pure speculation. (Of course, in a month or two, there may be a huge pro to online-accessing the fastpass plus system, but NOBODY has publicly released precise timeline). Have fun!
     
  13. natebenma

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    I have not seen the answer to this. Once I think someone speculated that the resort looks more architecturally pleasing with the mix of balconies, so that could be why.

    But I don't like it either!!!
     
  14. natebenma

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    WOW! Use of the word speculate in two different posts within a minute!

    :goodvibes

    Just wanted to add to the EagleScout's reply above:

    I think the main reason to do the advanced online checkin is so that you don't have to wait in a potentially long check-in line*. At CL, the line is going to be the same (usually none) whether you did online or not.

    * Although with the new MDE stuff, that may change and there may be further advantages.

    Your room should already be assigned based on your requests and I don't necessarily think the online checkin will have an impact on whether or not the room requests are granted. I think... The online checkin mainly ensures that your keys and packet are ready when you arrive. You don't have to wait for the info to be entered into the computer.

    I haven't done the online checkin. What are the options provided for room requests? It's still a set checklist, right? Or can you add a request in words?

    I'm honestly not sure if checking in 10 days in advance, with a request of a full balcony gives you a better shot at the balcony than if you just arrive and checkin at the desk in person.

    Anyone have opinions about that?
     
  15. MickeyT

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    Hey Dee!
    Good to see the green dot by your name. Guess you guys made it through the storm OK?
    Sounds like a lot of folks in your state without power. That would be the pits.
    Maybe they can recover reasonably quick.......
    And to all those folks out there working in less than ideal conditions :worship:
     
  16. natebenma

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    Thanks, Mike!

    You are correct- there are some dedicated workers- power, medical, fire, police- out doing important jobs no matter what!

    It was very smart of the folks who put in the travel bans for non-essential personnel. Really helped keep people safe

    We were very fortunate- no power loss here. Maybe about 20 inches to 2 feet of snow in our neck of the woods. It was difficult to tell with the drifts.

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    A lot of difficult, sad stories out of the storm, though. Coastal homes were hit pretty hard during the high tides.

    Positive thoughts and energy to our friends out there still dealing with the aftermath!

    :grouphug:
     
  17. natebenma

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    :welcome: back!!!

    I'll add you to the Be Our Guest list.

    :woohoo:


    :welcome: fellow northerner!

    Would you like me to add you to the Be Our Guest list?

    April?

    :cool1:


    :welcome: and Happy Anniversary!

    We celebrated our 25th last March with our first trip sans kids and it was WONDERFUL!

    Would you like to be added to the Be Our Guest list? When is your trip?

    :yay:

    I don't think that you can get through the IG unless EPCOT is open. Even if it was an EMH opening, it would be a haul to get from the IG entrance to the front gates by 8:15. I think you would be safer to get a cab from the lobby to the EP front gates. Shouldn't cost too much and well worth it.


    :welcome:

    Would you like me to add you to the list?

    Good luck with your waitlist! Fingers crossed for you!

    :goodvibes


    :wave2:

    Not sure if you have posted recently so thought I would give you a little greeting.

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  18. Ziggy

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    Saw the snow in NY on the tv this morning, good grief there was a lot! Hope everyone is safe.

    As for the online check-in I did it last year at BWI CL. I'd requested, two beds, close to lounge and an illuminations view and I got all three. Don't know if I was just lucky or what. We were met off the MME, the CM got our keys and took us straight up to our room, pointing out bits of interest on the way :).
     
  19. hamom

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    Hi, Dee. I used Online Check-In for our upcoming BC Stay from 3/24 to 3/28, because I was concerned that we might get thrown into one of the Magic Band/Fast Pass + tests unexpectedly.

    Some info on how it worked:

    - The advanced online check-in is now available 60 days before your check-in date (though for me, the option wasn't available until the 59th day before.)

    - You complete online check-in via the new My Disney Experience section of the Disney World web site. You also may be able to do this via the new My Disney Experience mobile app, but the app still has a lot of bugs/kinks, so we didn't want to risk it. (The web site also has bugs/kinks, but the check-in functionality worked relatively smoothly.)

    - There isn't an open field for typing room requests. The only options are 3 pre-defined "check mark" boxes, and you can select 2 of three choices:

    - Large balcony
    - Lower floor
    - Near transportation

    Based on the smart thinking of everyone on this thread, we followed up with a call to WDW to add more specificity to make sure our request (close to lobby, 2nd floor) was clear.

    - The system also asks for a credit card for purchases you may make while at WDW as well as a PIN number that you set and will need to enter when makin g purchases using your KTTW card or Magic Band (depending on the timing of the rollout of Magic Bands, which, regrettably, no one knows at this point.) I don't recall whether adding a credit card was optional or not -- I did this too many weeks ago to remember.

    Hope this is helpful.
     
  20. ddluvsdisney

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    Hey Dee~ those pics look awfully familiar!!! That could have been my DH doing the driveway.

    My parents had to sleep here last night. They lost power Friday night at 8 and didn't get it back until 1 this morning :(

    You really don't appreciate your power until you lose HEAT.
     
  21. jfranklyn

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    Can you add me to your list? I'll be at Beach Club from 4/18-4/23 for a girls weekend with my sister and friend. Can't wait!
     
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