(CLOSED) Disney's CONTEMPORARY RESORT and BAY LAKE TOWER INFORMATION THREAD

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  1. bbak3030

    bbak3030 Mouseketeer

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    Can someone please explain the "renting points" thing to me? I know nothing about this stuff!

    We are planning a trip first week of march next year. I really really really want to stay here but I'm having a hard time choking down the prices! Help!?!?
     
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  3. princessap

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    If you go on the DVC rent/trade board you can find people willing to rent their points to you for a stay at BLT...downside is you usually have to pay all up front and there is no room for cancellations usually.

    I looked at doing it our past trip and didnt want to be locked in in case something happens but it does save you money! BLT is hardest to get though I have been told so you need to find someone whose home resort is BLT as they can book it sooner than others.

    Hope that helps!
     
  4. Jackiemarie21

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    Hi. I have made a few ADRs, I wish I would leave them alone but I just can't! Anyhow, we are now going to do the Hoop Dee Doo. My first question is how much time will it take us to get there? I have gatherered the best way is the boat is that correct?
    Also, our flight leaves at 6pm on our last day. What time should we plan on meeting the ME? We currently have an ADR at Akerhaus (spelling?)at 12:30, do you think we will have enough time?
    Thanks guys!
     
  5. AirGoofy

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    Renting points are from individuals, like me, who purchased a point based Disney time share. BLT is one of those time share resorts at WDW. You can attempt to rent from individual owners. There are also several DisBoard sponsors over in the DVC section of these boards that rent points as a business. They have contracts and will charge half up front/ final payment before check in. You may want to check that out.

    I can't answer about ME as we drive. The boat from CR dock to FW is the best route. It is a part of the CR, FW, WL loop. It is a short trip over - 15 minutes max - and short walk up to HDDR. Remember, even though you have the ADR, you still have to get the HDDR tickets. Concierge at CR should be able to print those out for you, unless something recently has changed.

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  6. WDWKOOK

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    I just tried to add on another night to our CR/CL reservation so that we could stay 11 nights instead of 10. ("Please, take my money WDTC":rolleyes:). But, the WDTC TA told me that the entire reservation system has been down since this morning (for "enhancements") and I should call back in a couple of hours. I know it's not her fault, but why can't the phone system let callers know it's down at the start of their call rather than after going through 5 minutes of prompts and then hold time? Rant over, I'll try again later...



    I'm excited for you! So glad you didn't try calling today:rolleyes1

    Yippee! You need a ticker!

    Congratulations and happy planning!

    Attention, Tag Fairy, may I have Melissa's bolded comment added to my tags?:rotfl:

    I'm so glad you're excited. CR/BLT is amazing:goodvibes

    Must agree with CG and it's a must-do for us every trip. Sure hope it re-opens for our July-August stay:hyper:

    Have you booked yet? Have you booked yet? Just don't call now:sad2:

    I'm not on the Autism spectrum and I feel the same as your son. A little of the Celebration song goes a long way with me. It's a great photo op, and I'd book it again for that reason only, but to be honest, there are much better dining/food choices at the CR.

    Yes, the Wave's breakfast buffet and their waitstaff have always been great when we've dined there. I highly recommend it for breakfast, but I wasn't crazy about their dinner service and I haven't tried it at lunch.

    That's a great difference you pointed out between breakfast and dinner:thumbsup2

    There are also travel companies that rent points. You can also apply any general public discounts (AP, military, FL Resident, etc...) to a DVC stay, such as BLT. This is called a cash reservation and you get daily housekeeping with those. When you stay "on points" daily housekeeping isn't included, but is available for an additional fee.
     
  7. bigAWL

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    ME picks you up approximately 3 hours before flight time (exact time will be assigned in a letter of instructions and sent to your resort room). If you want to use the resort airline check-in desk, you have to do that at least three hours before flight time, or you will take your bags with you on ME and check them in at the airport. Call the number on the instruction letter prior to using the resort airline check-in desk to pre-pay any baggage fees.
     
  8. WDWKOOK

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    Though I've never taken ME, I believe it always picks up guests at least 3 hours prior to your flight time, so you would be picked up at 3.
     
  9. princessap

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    thanks Kook! I am so excited and am sure I will have tons of questions over the next few months while I wait to book!

    I take it from the comments on here you are the expert!!
    looking forward to you helping me out
     
  10. RapunzelsGoodMom

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    I'm afraid to admit it but I'm cheating on the CR/BLT. I'm off to the AKV - Kidani on Thursday. I'm counting the SECONDS!!!! Soooo excited! But doing a studio with a family of four for a long weekend. Gonna be tight (amazing how quickly we acclimate to the space and kitchen - ha!). I'm so excited about this stay because I think it will be so unique. And since this isn't much of a park-visit trip, I'm sure that I will only miss the BLT when we do our morning visit to MK on Friday. My daughter will probably point and shout from the bus "look mommy, there's our hotel" like she always does as we go past it! Ha!

    But can't wait for this unanticipated trip to the mouse. NEED a little R&R and that stupid annual pass that I bought because of marathon weekend and the family trip are starting to really add on to the contributions that I am making to the Walt Disney Co. this year!

    But once back, I can officially start obsessing over my trip to the BLT with the family in September for the "real" trip. I'm sure I'll flip around all my ADRs about 300 times. All but that BOG one, of course! :lmao:
     
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    We've decided to upgrade to two one bedroom suites but I have another question. Has anyone ever slept on the pull out sofas in the suites? Trying to decide whether to cram 6 people in each suite or book another standard room. Thanks.
     
  12. WDWKOOK

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    I hadn't seen your post before I posted, "neighbor" :)

    You're welcome, princess - there are many experts on the DIS, I'm more like a Bay Lake aficionado. We're all here anytime you have questions.

    You're not cheating, you're just increasing your breadth of resort experiences;). We'll be here when you're ready to plan a trip back to BLT:goodvibes. Hope you have a great trip and enjoy those Zebra Domes!
     
  13. princessap

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    Thanks KOOK....I was contemplating just going back to the poly but when I saw that TPV was only 30 more a night than what we paid for poly garden view I thought why not??
    Now my only concern is that we will have a parking lot view?! does that bother people with theme park view??

    I am waiting for packages to come out but maybe I should be booking room only right now?! My reasoning for not doing that is someone said that they won't release discounts for CR if the rooms are booked up and the only way we would stay there is with a discount so does it make sense to wait? because if I need to rebook with discount doesn't there have to be rooms available under the discount??

    I am also wondering if CR TPV ever books out with the disney visa offer that is usually offered first before general public? I would TOTALLY get one but for some reason they don't allow us Canadians to get one :(
     
  14. YCFAN

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    So, we ended up upgrading to a one bedroom suite, but just one with two standard rooms on the 14th floor. There were three MK view one bedroom suites available last Friday. Today there was only one!! Our trip is 15 months away and people accuse me of planning too far ahead!!!!! I am evidently not the only one that does. :)
     
  15. princessap

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    WOW...that seems so far in advance! How did you book so far ahead?? making me worry that I wont get a theme park view next february!
     
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    You can book room only via phone 499 days out.
     
  17. YCFAN

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    That's exactly what we did!
     
  18. psac

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    We haven't tried the Poly yet (doing that for the first time in Sept), but I think for the $30 difference, I would go with the Contemporary TPV. I have two favorite views at WDW -- Boardwalk view at the Boardwalk, and Theme Park view at CR. The Boardwalk view is something we go back to annually, while the TPV at CR is something I'm really happy we did once. I don't feel the burning need to do it again (I think mostly because of the price), but for that once, it was super-magical. I don't buy the "it's a parking lot view" stuff. Yes, you do see it, but think of it as wearing bifocal glasses. Down is parking lot, straight ahead and up is pure magic. Just don't look down. :rotfl2:

    Of course it is a recurring question here regarding whether the TPV is "worth it," and I would say you have to balance my comments above with the price. If you can afford it, like I said, it's definitely worth doing once. But if it really makes a big difference in your budget, and/or would impact your spending on other things during the vacation (dinners, souvenirs, etc.), or impact future vacations, then I agree with the sentiment that being at the CR or BLT with a Bay Lake view is better than breaking the bank for the TPV. Hope this makes sense!

    (ps -- Just to clarify the "if you can afford it" comment, often affording it is a factor of things such as discounts offered, seasonal pricing, length of stay, etc., more than any net worth!)
     
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    Thanks for your reply. I agree about doing it once and I really want to do it while my girls still LOVE it and truly believe in all the magic (a few of their friends keep telling them princesses aren't real etc) and it is only a matter of time before they start not believing :(

    So I would like to splurge!!!! Just wondering if I should book now or wait for discounts?!?!?! :confused3

    We LOVED the poly, but it was our first time onsite so now I am spoiled with deluxes I think :)
    I was looking at beach club too so maybe another trip we will try it out!
     
  20. psac

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    I always think its better to book and then try to apply discounts if they come out rather than not book and have it sell out.
     
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    I just priced out difference from lake view to theme park view and it was only 276 so if I stay CR it will be theme park view for sure...thankfully my husband likes to splurge on vacations...he used to say we wouldnt go back yearly but how that has changed now! LOL
     
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