BLT? For those that don't go in elevators...

Discussion in 'DVC Resorts' started by Desnik, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Desnik

    Desnik <font color=teal>I actually love packing and plann

    Oct 16, 1999
    On another thread about BLT it was brought to my attention that BLT might be a problem for us on our upcoming trip.

    DH can't go in elevators. I thought it might only be an issue if we wanted to go to the lounge. Now I'm hearing that there are no stairs available on the 1st floor to access the upper floors of the building. Is this true?

    On all our trips this has never been a problem because there is always a staircase accessible for DH to use. He doesn't care about how many flights he has to walk up. We have a lake view room booked & am I correct that those are all on higher floors? How the heck is he going to get to our room? Am I going to have to switch to a different resort?
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  3. cvjw

    cvjw DIS Veteran

    Dec 22, 2005
    I don't know if they keep the stairs locked from the outside, but we found them locked from the inside one afternoon. We had a great 2 bedroom on the 14th floor that was right by the stairs. My boys decided to take the stairs down to the pool one afternoon, and DH and I took the elevator. My boys walked down all 14 flights of stairs, only to find the door to the outside locked! The had to go back up and take the elevator anyway.

    On another note, we reserved a lakeview studio for some family that was joining us at BLT, and they were only on the 4th floor. Not all lakeview villas are on the higher floors.
  4. gmi3804

    gmi3804 DIS Veteran

    Nov 7, 2002
    Maybe BLT, a high rise, isn't a good fit? Request a low floor?
  5. Swimmergirl

    Swimmergirl DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    Hmmm, I would think that there would have to be an open staircase - in case of a fire people are supposed to take the stairs, not elevators. Sounds like a fire hazard to have the doors locked!

    KAT4DISNEY Glad to be a test subject

    Mar 17, 2008
    Being locked from the outside would be a violation of fires codes I believe and should have been reported. That's why stairs are there.

    Sorry OP, can't help with your question since BLT is the one resort I haven't used stairs.
  7. wdrl

    wdrl DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2009
    I think, but I'm not ultra-positive, that you can enter the stairwells from the first floor.

    I am positive that once you are in a stairwell you can enter and exit on all floors except perhaps the 16th floor where the Top of the World Lounge is located.

    Remember that you can enter and exit BLT via the skybridge from the Contemporary Resort. You ride escalators to get from the first floor of the Contemporary the skybridge - no elevators required. Once you cross over to BLT, you'll be on BLT's 5th floor. I know you can then access the stairwells to get to any floor at BLT (with the possible exception of the 16th floor).

    There are several Lake View villas on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors. Since a lot of guests request a high floor, perhaps it will be easy for you to request as low a floor as possible. Perhaps the 5th floor would be best because then you'll only need to use the skybridge to access your villa.

    Good luck!
  8. supersuperwendy

    supersuperwendy any happy little thought?

    Aug 6, 2006
    That's kind of scary! What would be do in the event of a fire?!

    Yikes... I hope there's open stairs when we are there in June!
  9. DebbieB

    DebbieB DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 1999
    In my office building (17 floors), the door at the bottom of the stairs is alarmed. There's a sign saying you will be fined if you try to exit during a non-emergency. So maybe when they said they were "locked", they were actually alarmed.
  10. Sammie

    Sammie DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 1999
    Many office buildings for security reasons have exit to stairwells only. Once in the stairwell you would have to exit the ground floor, you would not be able to enter another floor from the stairwell.

    It is very possible that some hotels are this way too.

    If elevators are a concern, I would never book BLT.
  11. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    The Life Safety Code usually requires that every other floor have reentry from the stairwell. But the Life Safety Code isn't mandatory.

    Doors can be locked to keep people from entering the building, but not from leaving the building.
  12. DVC Dude

    DVC Dude Disney World Rocks!

    Oct 5, 2006
    I have used the BLT stairs a few times in January and the only floor that was locked was the 16th
  13. DebbieB

    DebbieB DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 1999
    All of the doors to reenter the floors in my building are locked for security reasons (mulitple tenants). But I believe if the fire alarm goes off, they unlock.
  14. downontheBW

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    Mar 6, 2000
    I used the stairs a few times when we were there in February (for exercise) and never noticed a stairway door locked on the inside of the building. Besides the stairs in the middle of the building, there are stairwells at each end of the "C" - actually a cool design. There are great views from there. Here's a picture of the pool from the stairwell so you can get an idea of where where these stairs are; you can see the line of windows of the stairwell on the other end of the building in this pic as well.


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