Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by natebenma, Nov 26, 2012.
This makes me SOOO happy that I'll be turning 21 on my next trip. HOLY SMOKES.
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Oh my! If that is remotely what the bar tender looks like, I don't hold much hope for your laundry getting done! And they may find you somewhere under one of those Brad Pitt or George Clooney trees.
Pressure....DH tells me today "I have been watching lots of YouTube videos of the rooms and pool at Beach Club....do what you have to do to get us there."
I think this is a mission I can handle!
First PSA regarding the pool... The sandy bottom and quick changing shallow areas with no sand can stumble you up and damage a pedicure! Or a blister or hurt foot. dH just had foot surgery and I of course love a fresh pedicure before a trip and we both snagged our feet.
H2O products are no longer the blue one, but a grapefruit one that is much less luxurious. Oh and I was relying on using their products ... Housekeeping didn't leave us a new set today.
The aloe and clover scent at the beach club is just as refreshing as I hoped! Anyone have a link to getting something for the home to match? The company I was led to before seemed more like for hotel or very large home.
The walk from beach club to Hollywood studios seemed like a couple miles and took us 30 min... We thought we'd better just head over as there was no boat, and the boat near us by far. This isn't easy walking. Like I said, dh is just recovering from foot surgery. I would not walk it again unless I had to.
DisneyLAND is our home park, so of course everything seems like so much walking and so far away. And we are also used to be able to eat where we want relatively easy.
Our first day after flying from Seattle all day. We just wanted to check in, upgrade our annual passes to both parks and eat dinner. Then bed.... Thursday night, and everything was 1 hour wait. We didn't eat until 9... Ridiculous.... You should be able to easily dine at your resort!
Good thing the brown derby made up for that today!
Only one month left now!
12/30 to 01/02 PORFQ
01/02 to 01/06 BCR-CL
01/06 to 01/10 DCL Dream
01/10 to 01/13 CSR-BR
I love you!!! This made me , and the picture made me drool. And I laughed out loud at your plug story. I had not read this before leaving (we're at the airport now), but this morning as we were getting ready to walk out the door, my husband said, "Did you pack a power strip?" I was like, "What for?!" Clearly, you and he went to the same Vacation Preparation School.
Almost on the plane!!
Oh yes and wifi is beyond horrible.. I turned it off becausey iPhone 5 is faster with it's LTE.
It's really frustrating.
I took a few weeks off from the boards and all of a sudden we are less than 60 days from our first stay at YC. We have stayed faithfully at Poly CL every January and this year we are changing resorts. That said, I feel like I don't know the ins and outs of the resort. So - here I am, reading the boards and trying to soak up all of your wonderful knowledge.
Here's what I have booked so far:
We are staying Jan 26-Feb 1st, myself, dh, dd(11), and ds(5):
I booked the pirates and pals fireworks cruise on monday night (went to disney store and bought Captain hook's hook and will write a letter from him to my son and give to him for Christmas)
I booked an illuminations cruise out of YC for wednesday for my hubbys bday
I booked the epcot snorkeling nemo tank for my dd for Christmas and the scuba diving for my dh.
We are ap holders so we've done the parks and was looking for different activities that we wouldn't normally do.
If anyone has any suggestions at all about YC, please let me know - we are staying YC CL GV room and if anyone has a suggestion about a room, I would love to hear it. I am hoping we won't be comparing the Poly to the YC the whole time, that we will just enjoy the change. With most of the activities centered around Epcot and YC, I think its a good change. And my kids love to swim no matter how cold it is outside so Stormalong Bay should be a hit.
Thanks in advance for any advice - love this thread. YC may be our new home away from home.
For the most part my family is not amused about the woman that insists they pack underwear on a vacation. I have put the fear of God in my boys with the statement that "they only sell cartoon underpants at WDW". They are way beyond that stage so it was a motivator to say the least. I've put a suitcase out for each of them and two of them had underwear put in them right away!
When I'm at the resort I shall contact human resources and see if they will consider actually hiring a "Tom Collins" for the laundry room as a marketing tool. If they did I have a feeling that the BC/YC will be harder to book than the Castle Suite... I can just see women lined up for miles with suitcases filled with not so dirty laundry and a new ban on "Laundry room hopping".
Nope, but thanks for the compliment.
Thanks for the report. I hope hubby's foot is feeling better. Can you or anyone else there now tell me about the weather? I can't decide if I should over pack for warm weather or cold weather. Your tip about the hair care products has me thinking I will just bring my own. Be sure to talk with housekeeping about the lack of products in your room and see if you can request the other kind that you like. I'd bet if they had that in stock they'd run it up to your room as a special delivery and then you would be wagging your tail over that. The other thing we do no matter what resort we stay at is call housekeeping when we leave the room and request that they come while we are out in the morning. We do this in case someone wants to come back in the afternoon for a nap (DH!) Sometimes they can accommodate that request and sometimes they can't.
Have a great trip!!
Thanks for the advice. Sounds like a great plan, but not sure I could get my hubby to go along. I'll also have some tired kiddos. We will have to see everyone's energy level. But, it's a great option. I would also love to see the "Kiss Goodnight" show.
Hope you have a great trip too! If I see you chasing your boys with the pool noodle, I'll say "hi."
Sounds like a great way to reveal the surprise!
Have a fantastic trip!
Over the guy or the drink he is making???
Hello everyone I have been a lurker for some time now. We r planning our next trip to wdw. The only thing we can decide on is the BC lol! Originally we were planning on MNSSH in sept but then I found a travel agency with a unbelievable deal for the last week in August. I just don't know what to do now. Ahhhhh! Ok finally my questions. Info first our family room 1-me, DH 2kids (2&7) at the time of travel. Room2 mom& 82 grandmother.
I read on another thread that the standard view rooms, views are horrible. I know standard is a standard view. I am just happy to be at the BC. My concern is I want a full balcony. If we book standard view can we possible get a full balcony? Question#2 time difference...... I'm concerned about the August heat. Aug 25-sept1 we are traveling with 2 kids(2&7) and my 82 yr young grandmother. If we travel that week I save $500 on each room. If we travel in September 15-26 , would it really be any cooler? I am soooo torn on what to do. Our whole trip was centered around MNSSH but a $500 saving per room is making me wonder. MNSSH who? Should I take the August deal? What would u do? Question #3- if we stay in August the deal does not include DDP we would pay OOP. We do have the option of CL with the deal. It would cost the same price as if we traveled in sept on disney prices. Without having the DDP which we r accustom to having because with the kids we have to sit down for a TS meal everyday is having the option of CL worth it. My husband & kids are use to having 3 meals lol at home.
My mom and I have been going back and forth with these questions for over a month. We keep changing our minds. Maybe some other opinions would help. BC is my dream resort, I can't wait!!!
I'm pretty sure I read that half of ALL rooms at the BC have the full balcony so if you put your first request on the reservation for a balcony you stand a decent, but not guaranteed, chance of getting one. Remember when you check in at the hotel to talk to the person checking you in about how important this is and I think they should probably be able to help you out.
As for the heat it's not going to be any cooler in a couple of short weeks so you can factor that out of the equation. If it were me I'd think about the main focus of the trip. Is it about where you stay or what you will be doing? The nice thing about Disney is that things like the Halloween party or the hotel will still be there the next year, so if you had to choose between the savings date or the Halloween date you could decide which you really wanted to do more. If you go earlier and there is no party just decide if you will go again later a few years from now and catch it another time.
I have never experienced club level so others will have to speak to that. I would think that with 5 people in the room and only having to pay for the room upgrade to club level, versus per person, that club level would be a bargain for your sized family with savings over having to pay for a dining plan breakfast. With club level you can cross breakfast off the list as well as appetizers and treats eaten at night. That could be a lot of savings, especially if you are coming back to the hotel during the day for a break.
Many people think the dining plan is a time hog and a money waster, but if you have big eaters that eat like that, even when it is hot out, then that may be the way to go for you.
I think the key here is to decide what kind of a trip this will be. In that kind of late summer heat I would definitely plan on a sensible touring plan and pool breaks in the middle of the day. This would mean that you would use club level even more than just for breakfast, as opposed to if you were park commandos and didn't stop until you dropped, which is unlikely due to the heat and the younger kids and Grandma.
I think what's called for here is a balanced "Do a little of everything" plan with the expectation that you will be spending some time in the parks, some time at the resort (swimming when it's that hot out!). Next you will be planning the meal breaks carefully to utilize the club level breakfast, snacks and possibly appetizers. Don't forget that when it's hot out it's hard to eat a lot, especially at the restaurants. When my guys were little and it was hot they always wanted to graze and not sit down to a big meal. Now they are eating machines so that is out the door!
If it were me I'd plan a couple of table service meals, pay out of pocket and then just do counter service and the Club Level breakfast and treats back at the hotel. That should be plenty of food, especially when it is hot out and you will save money (and time!) over the dining plan.
The expectations here are the key. If this is a "Do a little of everything" trip then go in August and save the money. I think that due to the heat and the make up of your traveling party (older/younger people) your plans are pretty much going to go the way of the afternoon break.
The best part about your whole touring quandary is that the BC is a really great place for a vacation during your time period and with your family needs. I think you are going to have a great trip. Just have a reasonable expectation in mind about what you want to do (lots of sit down meals or more time at the resort, swimming and snacking on club level) and you should be good to go.
Welcome to the thread and keep us posted on your thoughts and concerns. We are happy to help!
PS. just thought of something else. If you do do Club level then I would request a room close to the club level lounge as my other request.
It is hot hot hot! High 70's
We are from the northwest and that's August summer... We are dying. And I am frustrated by the lack of a/c.
Disney LAND is our home park and every building feels so cool and refreshing. Here some of the buildings are hotter than outside.
But there are people with Christmas sweaters.
We brought sweatshirts but haven't even bothered to being them with us even at night.
Given the different ages and having multiple rooms, I'd highly vote for the CL options. Like NinjaMom said, with the number in your party, CL is a good deal. What I love most about CL is the opportunity to have a relaxed breakfast at everyone's pace, and the availability of snacks and beverages when you return to the room.
We've never been able to convince ourselves that we would rather have DDP over CL. For us, my husband is an early riser and my son is a typical late teen, so when my husband gets up he goes and grabs a bagel, and then we all three go for our breakfast later, or if our son isn't getting up, my husband and I go back for my breakfast.
When we come back from the parks, and might be tired or cranky, stopping for a treat and drink is a perfect pick me up.
I think your mom and grandmother would love being able to walk down the hall for a treat, or when the 2 year old is down for the night, the lounge will be a nice place to take the 7 year old for a snack, and the adults for an night cap.
Just my thoughts. CL really is a different experience and decision for everyone.
NM, thanks for finding Tom's picture. I can't wait to meet him in July! Pretty soon, no one will care if they get a full balcony at BC. They will all want a quiet pool/"loaded doing loads" laundry room view. Or just simply, a "TC view" room!
To all who are there now, have fun!
Thanks so much for your suggestions I am such a over planner. I think too much, then re-think it again. Lol. It's funny the one thing my mom and I are sold on from the beginning is BC. In April we had dinner at cape May's clam bake with family from FL it is now on our must do list for every trip.
I have completely planned our OOP for food if we travel in August. I am going to rework the"numbers" seriously factoring in CL. I would love to do it. My husband just goes along with what I say (love him!) my mom is the one that has to be won over lol.
I'm afraid if a splurge so much on this trip how will I ever go back. I found out on our trip in April I am truly a deluxe disney girl. I promise I am far from a snob. I just like smaller resorts, balconies and interior corridors
I'm back and trying to read all my emails, open mail, do wash, and I'm back at the Beach Club Sunday, Monday and Saturday this week. I can use the extra bucks for the holiday shopping and to pay for all the drinks Bob had on the cruise!
Missed you all while I was away and thanks Dee for posting all the pictures I've sent you.
Teena and Bob are back from the cruise. She sent me pictures and I will post them as soon as I can. I am experiencing techincial difficulties with my computer today. It keeps crashing when we are working with photos.
Are there any updates on when Hurricane Hanna's will be open? Is it still set for the 18th of December?
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