Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by natebenma, Nov 26, 2012.
I feel that the dining choices are just so so at DHS, except for the Brown Derby which is delicious!
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I've been reading everyone's post and loving all the information and stories!! I don't post much, but I like to every once in a while to see my "countdown". Wish we were heading out tomorrow, but the anticipation is lovely.
Hi everyone I'm new to the boards and totally loving it.
My family has been to WDW twice before in July 2009 and July 2012 and we are hoping to go back in July 2014 and stay at the Beach Club so thank you so much for all the wonderful information posted in this thread
My DS will be 18 next year and doesn't want to go on holiday with his parents anymore so it will be me, DH, DD16 and her BFF16. As we can't afford two rooms, I am toying with the idea of staying Club Level so that we could use the lounge as an extension of our room, so that my DH and myself have somewhere to go while the girls would be getting ready, to give them extra privacy.
We are coming from the UK so will be there for at least 14 nights, possibly 16 nights, so the cost of upgrading for those nights is substantial. What im wondering (yes im getting to it, sorry for the long story lol) is how busy the lounge gets in July, we would be arriving 1st July?
My DH doesnt want to spend all that money upgrading to Club Level if the lounge is going to be totally packed and we are not going to get any use out of it. Can anyone help? Thanks so much
I think you can see water from most of the gazebo rooms albeit at an angle (as in sticking your head out and looking left or right.
Ah. Love you UK visitors. Most of you stay those long visits that we would all envy. Not necassarily your trip over though.
As you might expect the lounge does get quite crowded at peak timees. 8-10 in the am and when it opens in the evening are the worst. We usually go early in the am and if we are there for the evening opening we usually carry our food back to the room.
Happy Valentines Day Friends!!!
Has anybody experienced toddlers being provided toys and/or blocks at SAB? Another general travel website made reference to that. The only thing i knew about was the hh kids meals being served in a sand pail with shovel. Related to that, do there tend to be extra sand toys available for use, or is it best to plan on bringing one's own or buying the hh meal? Thanks as always (and happy v day)!
When we were there last Feb. there were at least 20 or more pails and shovels in the sand for kids to play with. Not sure if that is the norm or if we just got lucky.
I keep trying to remind myself the same thing.......................
Right back at ya!!!
I'll pencil you in for November to the Be Our Guest list on Page 1. Let us know when your plans solidify.
I'll add you to the Be Our Guest list.
Sounds like you have received some great advice from some of our DL/DW experts.
to this forum and the DIS!!!
I'll add you to the Be Our Guest list.
Should be fun showing some newbies around.
Glad you are finding this forum helpful!
We have already started listing people for 2014, so I'll pencil you in on the Be Our Guest list.
My family has only used the lounge from 7 am to 7:30, and it was definitely not crowded at that time. Don't know when it starts getting busy in the morning, but others have indicated after 8 am.
It is busy when the appetizers come out at 5, too.
When we have stopped by in the evening for a late night sweet, the lounge was empty.
During the late morning and afternoon, I would expect the lounge to be uncrowded since most guests will be at the parks or the pool.
Bumping this up, although I'm not sure if anyone will know how quickly these rooms book.
Some of the posters here have stayed in a Deluxe room, hopefully they can give some sense of the size difference between these rooms and regular rooms.
ETA: Have you looked at the pictures from the Deluxe Room thread? The link is on Page 1, I think both under the Club Level Posting and the Beach Club Room posting.
Thanks for the welcome!
The plane journey over isnt great but its totally worth it once you're there
We are normally early risers and would probably be at the lounge for breakfast starting at 7am. Is it normally hard to get a seat at that time? I know we are going at a very busy time but we have no choice with school schedules and my DH wants to enjoy the Sounds Like Summer concerts in Epcot
Im totally sold on CL but my DH is taking some convincing to spend the extra money. Thanks again
We posted at the same time! I had to edit in your welcome, and I answered your exact question! See above.
Not busy from 7 am to 7:30 am in my experience. Our two club level experiences were the second week in July.
I think they are slightly larger, and are corner rooms. Some of them have more than one balcony (I think one has a patio and is on the first floor, and there's another one that has only standing balconies). One thing that has discouraged me from wanting to get one is that they are not located on the club level. I'm not sure that the extra cost is worth it if it's not as convenient. You could get lucky and get one of the 4th floor rooms, but I think one of those is also the standing balcony only rooms as well.
Just an FYI- I will be away for a few days next week. I'll be around today and tomorrow. Although it is not a trip to the World, it is a much anticipated getaway. Ill fill you all in when I return.
MickeyT is in charge in my absence- listen to him and play nice everyone!!! He will try to keep track of the new friends who join our merry band over the next week.
I have updated the Be Our Guest list, so I would appreciate it if everyone would look it over so I can make any necessary corrections before I leave.
Post 15: Be Our Guest list
I'll do one more sweep of the thread tomorrow morning, and then I will hand over the reins.
It doesn't matter to me how you track our new friends- you can either copy the existing BOG list and bold any new entries, or just list the new guests and I will input them when I get back.
Thanks so much!
Oh, and Mike, if you get a chance, could you fix the space in the IPO email address while I am gone?? Muchas Gracias!
Oh crap....I knew I was forgetting something..... (Just kidding)
Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day
I have always seen sand pals and shovels lying around the kid sand pool everytime I have been
DH and I are getting very excited. We will be sailing the Wonder in 2 days
Leaving this Sunday, possibly Saturday evening, for my happy place! Can't wait to try out "The Beach Club Resort for FIRST time!" I will definitely be checking on the DIS, if anyone has any question or pics they want taken! Woot... But nervous about my Princess half, scary but fun.....:0
That's exactly the way I feel with DDP!!! But maybe I'll give it a try in the future)
I've never done a dining plan. Whenever I looked at it and did my own calculations, I could only justify it if we were doing a lot of character meals. What I noticed (and I haven't looked at it in a couple years now) was that the cost of the adult dining plans weren't saving that much off the regular menu prices, unless you always ate the expensive meals at the expensive restaurants, or unless you were always going to get that dessert anyway. And pretty much the same for the cost of the kids meals, except in the case of character dining (specifically the ones that only require 1 TS credit)... where the cost of paying out of pocket for a kid at a character meal is much greater than the cost of that child's dining plan TS credit for the day.
So my rule was: "Lots of kids? Lots of character meals? Then take a close look at the dining plan."
The other thing to think about... if your plans change and you end up leaving one meal on the table (so to speak), you may have ruined any savings you had hoped to get.
As far as just doing it so you know your meals are paid for and you can relax about dining... I completely understand that. But I do love the idea that someone else posted earlier (I think it was on this thread?). Take the money you set aside for the dining plan and put it on a gift card. I guess you could concievably run out before you had planned to, but it's much more flexible.
And one more plug for the TIW card before I shut up. If you qualify for it, and you are planning a good number of days within a 12-month period, it can be a great deal.
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