(CLOSED) Disney's BOARDWALK INN and VILLAS Information Thread ~2012~

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  1. WDWKOOK

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    Starbucks will replace Fountainview Ice Cream in Epcot:

    This location will be closed March 2013 through Mid-Summer 2013 to convert to a Starbucks location. The restaurant and cast member costumes will be themed to fit in with the futuristic atmosphere of Epcot. Offerings will include Starbucks beverages, artisan breakfast sandwiches and a selection of baked goods, including muffins, scones and specialty treats.
     
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  3. elgerber

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    Wth are they thinking?? Can't they just serve Starbucks coffee without taking out the Main Street Bakery and Fountainview Cafe? I cannot believe Walt would approve. Stupid!!!
     
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    Does anyone know specifically which BWI water view rooms have the recessed--and thus restricted view--balconies? I was very disappointed with my first BWI stay in Sept due to this issue. I'm giving it another try for DBF's sake on an upcoming trip, but would like to have a balcony that I can actually see the Boardwalk from. Thanks.
     
  5. themrsp

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    We are staying at the BWI for 4 days before we embark on the Disney Fantasy. My question is about check in parking. We stayed at one of the value resorts last year and when we pulled up to the main entrance, we were told if we were not going to have them take our bags to the room or valet park, we had to park in the "check in parking" area and then drive around to our room. Does the BWI make you do this as well? I was hoping to avoid that since this is a deluxe resort. Thanks!
     
  6. Deb & Bill

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    You can either have Bell Services remove your luggage from your vehicle and take it to your room or you can take it yourself. But you cannot park at check in. You have to either stop and unload and then park your car with someone standing by your stuff or park and then haul the stuff from your car to the room. There is no "drive around to your room" at the BW. Everyone enters at the same area.
     
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    My husband and I will be checking in to BWI in 10 days:cool1:
    We have booked a standard room. Is there any room request I should make when I do online check in?
     
  8. fizbobunny

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    We booked a 3 night stay in a Studio at BWV for next September. I'm so excited!!
     
  9. Butterflygirl35

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    Is it January yet?????

    No patience... :lmao:
     
  10. sjs314

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    In 16 Days we will be back at BWI, Can't wait! :banana:
     
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    YAY for 16 days Sheila!! :cool1: You must be so excited!
     
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    I'm surprised you got a room with double beds. I thought that the standard rooms had queens?
     
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    What does IPO stand for?
     
  14. sjs314

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    Hey Shelly and your going right behind me :cool1: Just saw the link to your PTR heading there now..........
     
  15. psac

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    The standard rooms do all have queens. However, I would swear the Disney queens (this isn't limited to the BW) are slightly smaller than regular queens. We also thought our beds were doubles on a prior trip, and asked the Club CM and he went into the room and confirmed they were queens.

    Yup! The panorama function on the iPhone5 (or 4S with iOS 6) is excellent. It really works well.

    Fountainview is fine with me, Main Street Bakery is the one that boggles my mind. I still think the best place would be the Tomorrowland Terrace
    Noodle place, especially since it's closed during a lot of the year.
     
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    Yep - we're right behind you!! :cool1: Staying at the GF and Poly this time. But next time will be the BWI, so I always like to keep an eye on this thread! :goodvibes
     
  17. psac

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    Hellooooo from the Boardwalk. We've been here since Friday, and with the exception of a few missteps, we've been enjoying it so far.

    Arrived via Towncar after a quick stop for cereal, coffee, water and snacks for our Villa stay. Met by a greeter who brought us over to the check-in lines (did not do online check in), and with the lines all taken, he went over to the concierge desk, and asked if they could take us, which they did. For our 1br boardwalk view, we asked for high floor near elevators, and got just that. Fifth floor about a third of the way down the hallway. Nice room, no housekeeping issues.

    The first night we tried Bluezoo for the first time, and liked it. Will definitely add it to the list for future trips.

    Saturday was a crazy day with a mini-marathon at AK in the morning and a half-marathon at Epcot in the evening (easywdw had it as a 9), so we decided to just pop into Epcot during the day, did the whole Seas, spending time enjoying the aquarium, etc., then hit the food and wine for lunch, and high-tailed it out of there before it got too crazy.
    (Too be continued...)
     
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    Saturday evening is where the fun began. We had reservations for Kona for dinner, so we decided to leave early, take the bus to MK (took about 40 mins including wait), stayed for a little bit, then took the boat to the Poly. Had a good dinner there, as always, then jumped in a cab back to the BW. BIG MISTAKE. Remember that Epcot half-marathon? Well, they closed off most of the roads in the area, including around the BW. It took us 45 mins to get there, and the meter on the cab (which normally is around $15-20) was $48.15!!!! The cabbie said to just give him $25, which was super-nice, so we gave him $35. Afterwards we did read the flier in our room which said guests should take the WDW buses after 8pm because of numerous road closures. Whoops.

    But the fun didn't end there. It really got fun when our smoke alarm went off at 4:30am.

    Of course we jumped out of bed, and began putting clothes on. The alarm went off after about 3 minutes. We looked in the hallway and out on the balcony, and everything seemed fine. Called "the front desk" (ha), and they didnt have any record of any issues or other reports. We were shaky from being jolted out of bed so quickly though.

    Eventually we decided to go back to bed. Until the smoke alarm went off again at 5:15am. This time it went off after about a minute. I threw my pants on again and went down to the lobby. They weren't aware of any alarms, so apparently it was just our room. They said they would send someone from Engineering, but they would have to get there from the Yacht/Beach club.

    We decided to stay up since we had planned to hit AK at rope drop, so we took our showers and wearily started the day.
     
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    That guy got more sleep than we did. Someone from Engineering came at about 7-7:30 and took the smoke alarm with him. We got to the bus stop a few minutes before 8, the AK bus came right away, and we went straight there, getting on line at the turnstiles at about 8:15. Did our usual half day there, and went back. (To be fair, every park is a half day park to us. We spread things out.). We had the smoke alarm back in the room and a message from one of the managers apologizing for everything and saying to contact her, which we didn't do because we collapsed in bed and took a nice long nap.

    We met up with friends also from NY who are down for a few days, showed them the lobby, which they went crazy over, and went to Flying Fish. A fantastic meal, everyone enjoyed it. It's always #1 or 2 for us. The waiter comped our desserts because he realized we never had bread plates for the table and were just using the paper drink napkins. We didn't really care, but were happy for the comp. We watched two performers on the boardwalk, both of whom we liked, and the friends headed back.

    Today was thankfully un-eventful. We layed by the pool in the morning, went over to Beaches and Cream for lunch, then came back exactly when the room was being cleaned, so we went back to the pool to sit in the comfy rocking chairs. Tonight's agenda is Brown Derby and the Osbourne Lights. And hopefully no smoke alarms!
     
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    Panoramic living room/kitchen in the 1BR. (Yes, my wife likes Coach bags!) :)
     
  21. MMrules

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    95 days til we are back at the world! I cannot wait!!!:cool1:
     
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