Has anyone ever bought a microwave just for their trip?

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  1. classicpooh

    classicpooh <font color=FF66FF>Wishes everyone a Disney day!

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever purchased a microwave in Orlando just for their trip. I was thinking of doing this and doing things like instant oatmeal, easymac etc in the room, but I can't decide if I really will be saving $ or not. What do you think? Then I guess I will ship it back home - maybe too much work... Walmart has some small microwaves for only $30.00
     
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  3. ceecee

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    Shipping it home might cost as much as it's worth. Are you staying somewhere that might already have one. How about getting a hot pot to make boiling water and using that for oatmeal, soups, etc.?
     
  4. ceecee

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    Shipping it home might cost as much as it's worth. Are you staying somewhere that might already have one. How about getting a hot pot to make boiling water and using that for oatmeal, soups, etc.?
     
  5. brivers222

    brivers222 Former DVC member

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    You might want to call your hotel, they may have several options for you:

    A) Possibly have one for your room at a fee per night

    B) I know All-Stars and AKL both had microwaves in the food courts to use free of charge. Great for making soups.
     
  6. hercamore

    hercamore <font color=blue>beagle boy mom<br><font color=tea

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    Nope my dh would croak if I asked him to carry a microwave as luggage.

    I'd rather have the Krispy Kremes at the AKL anyways.

    herc.
     
  7. Bella the Ball 360

    Bella the Ball 360 Keyboarding is not my thing excuse typos.<br><font

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    OMG I have often thought of buying one too BUT why do you need to carry it with you. Just go to one of the super Wal Marts down there and purchase it there. I gurantee you if you rent it from a hotel it will be more than 5 dollars per day(10 at WDW) AND when I was at Wal Mart I saw lots of people buying them and it was obvious from their order that they were tourists. I say go for it. the amount of money you will save is worth it. I take particular pleasure in trying to outsmart the high prices at the Disney Hotels and food courts. Wal Mart had them for 25 or 30 when I was down there last summer. wal mart had tons of microwave products.
     
  8. Bella the Ball 360

    Bella the Ball 360 Keyboarding is not my thing excuse typos.<br><font

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    sorry I misread you DO want to buy it there and then bring it back. Look, my mother used to fly to California every year and it was amazing the items she was able to bring home on the plane. She brought me an upright vaccuum, a large pedistal table with a diamiter of about 30"(she put it in her hanging garment bag and removed the pedistal). Trust me a microwave is not a big deal. I view things like this as a giant challenge.
     
  9. classicpooh

    classicpooh <font color=FF66FF>Wishes everyone a Disney day!

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    Sorry if I wasn't clear!:confused:

    I was thinking of buying one once we were down there and then taking it home (or selling it). I may just use the one at the AKL if it is convient...
     
  10. lkohawaii

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    I took an electric skillet to cook there. You could buy one down there and cook. A microwave might be of more use though. Maybe you could sell it to someone going down after you. If you can get it cheap enough and it saves you buying one or two meals it would be worth it. I looked for the Super Wal Marts on the web on my last trip and bought groceries there too.
     
  11. SlightlyGoofy

    SlightlyGoofy <font color=green>I shall be forced to take you on

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    Once upon a time I posted that I take a small microwave when we visit DW (we drive) and was called everything but lovely. LOL

    At the risk of being berated once again I will offer these observations.

    Having a simple relaxing meal in the room is worth far more than the dollars that you save by doing so. The last thing I want to deal with first thing in the morning or after I get off the overcrowded new buses is a crowd, no matter how delightful the people might have been earlier in the day when we were ALL in a much better mood. (grin)

    There are so very many microwaveable options that you can have quite a delicious meal with a zap of your finger.

    I always unplugged mine after using and it was a very clean and safe way to fix food in the room.

    I asked my mousekeeper if it was allowed and she told me that my room was cleaner than most and that many people do the same so no problem. IMHO there was much less smell than that you would get from a few leftover pieces of pizza moldering overnight in the trashcan.

    We have a stroller swap and I read somewhere where they were considering a fridge shop so why not a microwave swap? Rather than leave the microwave or whatever in the room, as I bet loads of people do, why not ask a few people checking in if they would like the item. Would make someone's day I bet. I had someone in line offer me a free park day once but would you not know it I was checking out. LOL

    Ducking for cover, SG/Linda
     
  12. CarolA

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    I do a lot of volunteer work with Girl Scouts and some of our troops do travel with microwaves. We have had some hotel managers really let them have it about using them. This is especially true if you blow the fuses LOL! (These were NOT Disney hotels) That is just a warning.

    My feeling that a microwave is fine. I generally discourage the leaders from anything else. Personally, I don't think it is good Girl scout move to cook anything smelly in the room (i.e., frying onions etc... ) Other rooms have to smell the stuff and it lingers after you leave! (We had tacos last night and I could smell the taco cooking smell in the kitchen this morning!)

    We also had a troop do a crockpot. The maid unplugged it every day! WHen they finally complained the manager told them that the maids were instructed to unplug all appliances to help prevent fires and then wanted to charge them a damage depoist for cooking in the room. They called me and I told them they were on their own, I would not help them get out of the damage charge ( I think he let them go without paying it!)
     
  13. DMRick

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    The person to ask, would have been the manager. I'd say bet the answer would have been different, but I would no longer bet on it. Seems they let people do whatever they wish with the "rules" so as to not get anyone mad.
    The maids IMO, are not the ones to ask, as they will usually say whatever you wish, since they are dependant on a tip, to get a decent wage.
    There are lots of great suggestions in other threads of how to have a great meal without cooking, and of course most know that the values and mod's have microwaves you are welcome to use in the cafeteria. The rooms are not set up to clean out cooking materials, (it's a bathroom sink) and you then have to have food garbage the rest of the day, and into the next, since there is no garbage dumpster. Although our maid was very good this past trip, I noticed she wasn't able to get the big spot off the rug near the sink..she apologized, and said that they will have to replace the carpet soon, because the stain won't come up. She said something was spilled and left overnight...although it could have been something besides food, and she didn't know what it was. She did bleach it while we were there.
     
  14. MOMTOMOOTOO

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    ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes::

    My husband has a hard enough time bringing the kids let alone a microwave!:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
  15. SlightlyGoofy

    SlightlyGoofy <font color=green>I shall be forced to take you on

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    DMRick, while I see your point it does not apply here as the person I asked is the head of housekeeping and in charge of such. I have also talked to the manager and some other people on property about such and sundry. They were the ones who told me that the towel animals were NOT to be taken home. LOL It is such a difficult question on what is proper or not. There are people who do not take electrical appliances but do spill drinks (beer, ugh) and such on the carpet and bedding or do other unpleasant things in rooms. I do not do anything in the room that I would not want anyone else doing before I got there or want done in my own home. I feel that taking food from the food court back to your room could lead to problems if you are not careful too. I try not to do anything that would infringe upon anyone else or hurt any motel property, Disney or otherwise.

    I still stand by my stance that a microwave is a lot safer and less messy than an electric skillet, crockpot or whatever. I use disposable plates and such as I would not think of washing dishes in a motel sink for several reasons.

    I have had a hard enough time getting my mousekeepers to give me towels and such lately as they have not spoken much, if any English, so I doubt that I would ask them anything more complicated. Will not speak of the mousekeeper who short sheeted my bed on the last trip. I still left the tip but no smiley face. LOL

    Anyone who wants to disagree is fine with me as long as I am allowed to disagree also. Different strokes etc. (smile)

    SG/Linda
     
  16. Southern4sure

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    but I feel trying to cook anything in a hotel room is wrong. When we go on vacation anywhere, we plan a food budget. If it means saving longer to meet this budget, then that is something we have to/will do. The hotel rooms are not designed for any cooking whatsoever, unless it comes with a microwave or has a kitchenette. then you know it was designed for such. If cooking you own meals is that important, use the microwave most hotels provide in the food courts and etc. I want to save money just like everyone else, but "cooking" in a room not designed for it is dangerous and puts innocent families in jeopardy. Whether management or who gives the ok to use these items from home is not the question. Its a common sense thing. I guess WDW has been fortunate no fires have been started yet. WDW is a time for family and relaxation, but after reading what all everyone brings to "cook" in a room, is scary.
    I know Im the odd ball here, but I had to give my opinion. Just because alot of people do this doesnt mean its OK and is safe.

    Southern4sure
     
  17. ceecee

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    We did have a really bad garlic smell in our room once and wondered if it was from someone cooking. We had the maid spray it and it still smelled!!!
    Part of the vacation experience for me is eating out and NOT having to cook. I really don't like eating in the rooms....they just never feel clean enough! I know some of the resturants probably aren't that clean either.
     
  18. SlightlyGoofy

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    Southern, I totally agree with your right to disagree. *smile*

    What makes me nervous in the DW rooms right now is the fact that they have ironing boards and irons. I am sure that there is an off switch on the irons but they still scare me silly, that and being in a room next to a smoker who is a bit tired.

    It is not a money thing for me as much as staying on my diet, down about 90 pounds, and the fact that my husband needs his daily fix of grits each morning. (you have to understand that one) More and more motel/hotel rooms do have a fridge and microwave nowadays and I truly believe that DW does not offer them in every room because they do not want to lose the income from their food courts and such as well as the fact that it is easier to clean rooms if people do not cook, smoke, drink or maybe even sleep in the rooms. I am sure that they have people who do damage to the rooms and since they have the credit card number they can bill the offenders for the costs.

    This is a subject that just plain has no set answer. What is right for one is not right for another. Taking baths in a room is considered perfectly alright but there are those who do not tend to it as they should and floods and such occur.

    Take care and see you around the parks one fine day where we can find much to agree on I am sure, just not this particular subject. (smile)


    SG/Linda
     
  19. Southern4sure

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    agree to disagree.....I understand the diet thing, I too have lost 80 lbs. and I esp. understand the grits thing, I love my grits. But when its all said and done, the hotels do provide for this, just not in each room so therefore bringing cooking appliances from home and cooking in a room is not OK.

    True, but if this happens it only causes damage to the property without placing any one in danger. With a fire, not everyone will/is going to make it out ok. There will be some casualties in a place like WDW.

    This is exactly why I request a non-smoking wing, at least it will give me a few more precious minutes to get out.

    Im not going to say anymore on this subject. I think I have voiced a valid point in the dangers of cooking within a room. Will it make anyone stop, probably not. But at least I gave something to consider.

    Southern4sure
     
  20. DMRick

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    There is a set answer. If you either write to Guest services, or ask the hotel manager (not the maid service manager..they don't get to decide what is allowed to be done in hotel rooms) you will get the official answer. I don't think you will like the official answer. I have to say that I am very surprised that a Disney hotel manager said it was ok, since they have to follow fire codes, and that was the reason I was given when I wrote guest services. That manager could have been fired for giving you permission.
    IMO there is a big difference between hotels set up, with counters, ground falut interupter plugs, etc, than a motel room meant for sleeping. When food is cooked in rooms (and it may be that you wouldn't cook anything YOU wouldn't want to smell, but I don't want to smell grits) the smell gets into the bedspreads, curtains etc, which means when you leave, I get to "enjoy" the smell, or it comes in through the vent. I always ask for (and get) a non smoking building, and even then I have to smell the smoke sucked into my vent...I'd really rather not smell it in the room where I sleep. I use a vent at home to keep smells out, and never rent at hotels that have cooking in the rooms (which is prob where you should rent).
    It's not about an opinion, it's about what the manager/owner of the hotel allows. The values and mods have a place for you to cook and eat your food. You even have enough chairs to go around for a family, and if you spill it on the floor, it won't affect the next guest. Byt he way..that iron does have a turn off, and if the tub overflows (which is hard, since it has an overflow hole in it) I can guarantee, you won't drown. Heck, you won't even smell it.
     
  21. SlightlyGoofy

    SlightlyGoofy <font color=green>I shall be forced to take you on

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    Many valid points on here and being the paranoid person that I am I have to say that I agree with some. I am always afraid to share a roof with anyone, especially people I do not know.

    Nothing more to be said although I can think of some. We just plain do not agree. I love America. LOL

    SG/Linda

    Edited to change room with roof as that is a whoooole other subject. LOL
     

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