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  1. familygoboston

    familygoboston Mouseketeer

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    So glad some of you are enjoying the postings! We had been having a great time - till last night. DD seems to have caught the noro virus. Ugh, :(but at least we have the two baths here!
    We are finding BLT very well sound proofed. Not only do we not hear anything from other rooms, but with all the doors closed we barely hear from room to room. Lucky for us DH and DD 2 were able to sleep through the tummy trouble and are off to EPCOT. I'm staying with DD1 till she feels better, mostly she just needs sleep and to avoid spreading this in the park.
    Someone asked about noise between units and here are my thoughts. We are in a 1 BR and the studio next to us ( which could be connected to make a 2 BR) is connected by a door in the entrance vestibule. Unless someone were standing by the closet or sleeping on the floor there I cannot see how one could hear between the rooms. Also the ventilation system is placed strategically in this vestibule, which creates white noise between the two spaces.
    Otherwise, the only sound we hear very faintly, from above or below might be the vacuume assist toilets flushing. Bit again, barely notice it, and I am such a light sleeper!
    BTW-OT, but we ate at BOG last night- it's amazing! The food is very good ( promise it's not DDs problem- we all had the same dish!) the main ballroom is incredible! "Snow" falling out the window; beast parades through as " your host" and the receives visitors ( for pics) on the room where you order your meals at lunchtime. The West wing was interesting with ripped drapes and the " rose" but request the ball room if you can- so much lovelier. They bring a lighted dessert cart around- very cool. The lunch line was terrifyingly long!
    That's it for now! Hoping for good health vibes!
     
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  3. Gryhndmom

    Gryhndmom Coast to Coast 2013....PHM and DL Half

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    We are here at CR right now on the Atrium floor. Breakfast offerings have been oatmeal, assorted cold cereals, bagels, pastries, fruit, milk, coffee, juice. There seems to be ample food when we have been at the lounge around 7ish. No lunch and snacks are small yogurt covered pretzels, chips, goldfish, nuts and assorted beverages. Happy hour as I call it has beer ,wine, cheese and last night small crab cakes and a shrimp offering along with spring rolls. All these items were more or less bite size so I would say not enough to make a meal. This is the time we have seen food disappear fast. Dessert and cordials are offered at 8 p.m. and also go quickly. All that being said I have see them replinish the food items. Cold drinks like soda and juice are always available. Two drawbacks for me are...no bottled water available after hours in the refrig and I am allergic to seafood so I could only eat spring rolls last night.

    All in all I would say breakfast can be done on atrium level and some kind of modest dining plan for all other meals.
     
  4. honeymo78

    honeymo78 Don't dream it, be it

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    If you are on the premium plan you'll get 3 meals a day and no matter where you eat you'll only spend one credit. Unless you are arriving early and leaving late, you'll end up with extra credits if you use the lounge for breakfast. We have never done CL on premium or platinum. There is just plenty of meals and snacks on the plan that paying extra for CL isn't worth it. You'll get the pre planning service with the package so all you'd miss are snacks/drinks. Our premium planner once gave us CL access at CR back when there was no place to refill mugs during construction. We only used the lounge to get drinks. We just weren't hungry between our regular meals.
     
  5. tommylicious

    tommylicious Earning My Ears

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    Thank you for the replies re: Atrium with Dining Plan. Last question: Do you feel like you get better/more consistent/more frequent Mousekeeping on the CL versus the rest of the tower, and, food aside, do you like having the option of going over to the lounge just to hang out as a change of scenery from the room esp. to "air out" the little one? How crowded is the lounge generally? Thank you.
     
  6. NJRRK

    NJRRK DIS Veteran

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    Except at Breakfast, we never found the lounge to be crowded. In fact one evening DW, DM, DF, DS, DD and I sat around the table and played a couple of games of pinochle. It was nice to have a table big enough for all of us to sit around.
     
  7. HokieKT

    HokieKT Earning My Ears

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    In a studio at BLT, what's the best place for the pack and play? I will have the couch pulled out too. Will it need to be by the entry door or will it fit at the foot of the pullout couch?
     
  8. tommylicious

    tommylicious Earning My Ears

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    Gryhndmom do you feel like you're getting better Mousekeeping and all around service on the Atrium floor vs rest of the tower?
     
  9. Gryhndmom

    Gryhndmom Coast to Coast 2013....PHM and DL Half

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    Totally feel like we have much better service. The lounge would be a great place to take a break from the rest of the group...there is a TV that can entertain little ones and tables for playing games. There hasn't been a request that they haven't jumped on right away. I would say being club level is like flying first class on an airplane...you are paying extra money to be pampered and your request met . One example this week is I had a package sent to the hotel and asked the club level concierge if it had arrived...it had and she personally went downstairs to get it AND put it in the room.

    I also like having the park view...great to sit on the balcony and watch the fireworks a night:)
     
  10. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

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    Mine are too old, but there is not much room at the foot of the fold out couch. There is an oval table there, big enough for two people, with two chairs. You may be able to move those closer to the entry door and put the pack n play there. There is some space between the door entry and wall, where the connecting door to a 1 BR would be. The BLT studio is smallest of them all, but there are some nifty space saving innovations there. Good luck.
     
  11. disneynanacat

    disneynanacat Lovin' Disney Too!

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    I'm a little worried about 2 people on the double fold out sofa and thinking about bringing the 9yo a small sized air mattress. I just want everyone to sleep well. Thought about a 1BR but that wouldn't have been any better and don't need a kitchen.

    Where in Kentucky are you?
     
  12. babyberger

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    I am going to break this up in to a few posts, as I havent been able to find time to comment lately.

    I am sorry you had such a hard time at check in. When we stayed CL in Feb, we had a CM at our car before we even got out waiting to take us up to the 12th floor. You should not have had to go through that :( I cannot wait to see your pics!!!

    My crew sleeps in and we never had a problem getting fresh food, it was always being replaced. With that said however, I do not think I would do CL if I had the premium dining plan, unless you know you are eating at a signature every day.

    OH NO, I am sorry DD is sick :crazy2: My DS had it last week and it was quick moving. I hope she is feeling better quickly. BoG sounds wonderful, we tried to go for lunch when we were there in Feb, but they were having "magical issues" :confused3

    Having stayed CL in Dec and then non-CL in Feb, I can honestly say our mousekeeping was not affected at all. I actually think we had a better mousekeeper non-CL. I think it just depends on who is working your floor at the time. We did enjoy having the CL to spread out, we brought up dinner from Contempo Cafe one night and enjoyed having tables and chairs instead of sitting on the beds in our room.

    Mornings were always more busy than evening for us. We too found it very quiet in the evening and enjoyed our dinner and watching Wishes.

    I have to say we thoroughly loved or TPV in Feb! With CL being closed we knew we had to switch from BLV, and we are so happy we did!!!! I am happy the CL staff is being so wonderful, they were to us as well when we were there :thumbsup2
     
  13. babyberger

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    My posts are backwards, so you will see below I am in a similar (though not as severe situation) but we also have a 20 yr old DS and he has been AMAZING and makes the days possible sometimes :goodvibes

    First, I have to comment on "Andover"...I grew up in Westford with cousins in Andover :)

    Next, as I said above I have DS20. Then I have DS9 on the Autism spectrum and DD7 who is not on the spectrum, but has blessed us with ADHD, ODD (opposition defiance disorder) and anxiety disorder. I can honestly say autism is easier to deal with :lmao: My DD more so than my DS does not understand danger....even at 7 is an issue, climbing, running into traffic, etc. When we started cruising DH refused to get a balcony for the fear they would climb. As they got older we did get a balcony and explained over and over and over the rules, of never going outside without an adult, and if they did the balcony would be off limits the rest of the cruise. They learned eventually but it still scares me to death :scared: I have to say that finally at 7 and 9 they were able to sit on the CR balcony and watch Wishes and my heart was not in my throat.

    I hope you have a wonderful time! We honestly love that WDW is so Autism friendly, the GAC (guest assistance card) changed our lives for sure! We had gotten down how to do Disney with DS just about as perfectly as you can with an autistic child, then in December we learned that he is severely allergic to wheat. So our Feb trip was all about preventing meltdowns and keeping him gluten free :eek:

    I LOVE all your pictures!!!! I am sorry you had such a disappointing experience at check in :rolleyes2 and with most of the staff. It seems that you didn't let any of it ruin your vacation though! We too were on the 9th floor in early Feb and absolutely loved it!

    KOOK is AMAZING ::yes:: Everything you could want to know she has covered!! I agree it is the BEST resort thread ever :thumbsup2

    The highest floor without being CL is 11. I had requested it this time around but because there was construction we were on 9. We didn't have a problem with noise at all! We were on 12 in Dec and 9 in Feb, and never once heard anyone above, below or next to us! Once in a blue with the door open you heard a screaming child in the concourse, but nothing that disrupted us in the room.
     
  14. honeymo78

    honeymo78 Don't dream it, be it

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    Even without using the kitchen, the 1 bedroom still might be better. Instead of a double sized sofa bed, you'll get a queen sleeper, plus the chair opens into a twin sized bed. And laundry facilities right there are great even for me and I hate doing laundry.
     
  15. disneynanacat

    disneynanacat Lovin' Disney Too!

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    I didn't realize the chair opened too. Oh well, too late now but will know next time. Thanks!
     
  16. Annie78

    Annie78 Mouseketeer

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    I will be in a Lake View studio with my 3 yo and am trying to figure out location requests.
    I see references to trying to get on the 5th floor for skybridge access - is needing to take the elevator that much of a hassle? It will be just me and DS and a stroller, so stairs are out.
    Are there any other location requests you recommend with a little kid and stroller involved? I have seen some mentions of the EWP being noisy, but we're not too sensitive to noise.
    Also, assuming my room doesn't have a view of Wishes, is the skybridge my best best for a viewing location? Would going over to the Contemporary be better? (We are renting points, so my understanding is that we can't use the Top of the World lounge.)
     
  17. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

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    Owensboro. There is a KYDVC thread over in DVC Mousecellanous if you want to stop by. There isn't a whole lot of posting in that one though. We haven't stayed at CR, so not sure how there room set up goes. For BLT studio, you can't get 5 in there without a child under 3. The 1 BRs at DVC Resorts are amazing. It is not just two adjacent rooms, but one room with a King bed, and the other room with fold out queen couch, and some have the sleeper chair. We do not use the kitchen much either, but having the extra space and washer/dryer in the room is a luxury. Plus, BLT has an extra bathroom in the 1 BRs and above. The debate for us is one trip a year in a 1 BR or two trips in a studio.
     
  18. WDWKOOK

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    Tables in Wonderland
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  19. fflmaster

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    Subscribing ... Great thread with a ton of information
     
  20. letsgoreds

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    Looking at a BLT reservation (renting points) where we would have one room for the first four nights, and switch (2br dedicated to 2br lockoff) for the last night. How much of an inconvenience is this and what would bell services do with our refrigerated items? Is there a place where they can be stored in a refrigerator if our new room is not ready at check-out?

    What are the chances of getting a wait list approved (for the one night) between now and the second week of December?

    Thanks!
     
  21. toniosmom

    toniosmom AKV, BCV, BLT Owner!

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    I had that exact same situation -- we were in a 1BR for the first 4 days and had a studio for the last night. Our waitlist for the 1BR for the last night came through within a couple of weeks, so now we don't have to move. Note: that last night is the Saturday night of the week before Easter, spring break week and we still got our waitlist, so you never know. A little advice -- if it doesn't come through on your waitlist, then ask when you check in. Perhaps they can work it out for you. Can't hurt.
     
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