The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Owners & Lovers Group - 2.0

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  1. Breyean

    Breyean DVC Since '93

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    The three trips we made to VGC this past year, that door slammed shut each time. I have no doubt it would be really noisy in that room. But I still don't get why it can't have a quiet soft closing mechanism rather than just a quick slam.

    It probably could still be heard in the room, but it would have to be quieter than what we heard on the way in and out as it slammed each time. I even gave up trying to catch it - I was afraid of losing a finger.
     
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  3. aymekae

    aymekae Ayme of the Southern Isles

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    Checked out yesterday (Sunday morning) from the VGC from our first stay, and I am still sitting in awe of the place.

    First, I have to give a huge thanks to nonsuch. :worship: I used your room request template to try and get an awesome view of WoC from the room, and we ended up with 5508, which was number 2 on the list of 1 bedrooms! My family could not stop gushing about it. For them, it was just the beginning of the Disney magic. Due to some changed plans, they ended up not being able to see it in the park on Saturday, so I was really glad they had at least experienced it from the balcony on Friday. We're all looking forward to our reunion next January, when I assured them I would get a 2 bedroom so we could fit more family comfortably.

    Second, we were in love with our "home" and the service we all experienced around the resort. I, for one, took a whirlpool bath each morning, and being 30 weeks pregnant, I cannot stress enough how much that restored me each day. I really miss it already.

    And last but not least, my DH and I even decided we are going to spend a few more short vacations there over the next year instead of going to Aulani next summer. With a baby on the way, short trips to DLR will be easier for all of us than a long vacation to Hawaii. Can't wait to go "home" and next time, bring our son with us. :love:
     
  4. Nonsuch

    Nonsuch DIS Veteran

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    You are very welcome :goodvibes
    It's great to hear room requests are being granted :wizard:

    5508 is a great villa :thumbsup2
     
  5. rentayenta

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    I know nothing is guaranteed but just wondering what my chances are booking right over Christmas at the 7 month mark? :goodvibes
     
  6. boiseflyfisher

    boiseflyfisher <font color=red>I'm curious, too<br><font color=ro

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    Yikes. If you want it you had better plan on walking it. Right now it is wide open, but as soon as that window opens, BAM!, it will be slammed shut.
     
  7. rentayenta

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    Whats walking the reservation? :blush: Our ideal dates would be 12/22- 12/27.
     
  8. boiseflyfisher

    boiseflyfisher <font color=red>I'm curious, too<br><font color=ro

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  10. sechelt

    sechelt Mouseketeer

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    You would make a reservation for an arrival date earlier than you require, for example 12/15-12/20. Then every day you call MS, add a day to the end and drop the first day. Repeat until you have the dates you want.
     
  11. rentayenta

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    Thank you! Simple and I understand it. :blush: Because we're looking at weekdays and will be borrowing for this trip, it don't think it will work :( We'd have to borrow for the weekend points and then if our sun-thurs came through we'd be out those extra points, that's my understanding. They'd go back into the year they'd be borrowed from......
     
  12. sechelt

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    Since you'd need to call MS to 'walk' the reservation, make sure they use the borrowed points first. That would leave the current UY points available to bank. Does that make sense?

    My understanding is that cancelled points, that were borrowed, remain in the UY they were borrowed into. They cannot be banked. Someone please correct me if this isn't the case.
     
  13. Lucille1963

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    I wanted to share this snapshot I took on our January trip. No filters or wonky settings. The sunrise was really this amazing.
    I've yet to be assigned a room with a Paradise Pier view (and I would like to try it out) but this is something that needs the eastern view to experience. Taken from room 4516.

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  14. EEyorelover22

    EEyorelover22 I want to live in the Castle

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    Awesome pic. Love it and that's the view we had on our one visit. The moon rising was beautiful as well. Love this place!!
     
  15. DebbieB

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    Walking works best at 11 months. At 7 months you could hit a day already soldout.
     
  16. taaren

    taaren "There is more treasure in books than in all the p

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    Oh that's a lovely picture ... I really want to try an eastern view and have gotten Paradise Pier the last several stays ... not that I mind since its great watching WoC from your room, but still, I'd love to see the Grizzly from my room since GRR is my 2nd favorite ride!
     
  17. sechelt

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    Thought I'd share that my daughter and family checked in yesterday at 5 p.m. and were given 5506, which was one of the villas I had requested. The detailed email request seems to have had more influence than an early check-in, at least in this case.
     
  18. PoohsFan1

    PoohsFan1 DIS Veteran

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    How is your DD liking that room/view? I requested 5504 (we are staying in a Studio) and would love to know her thoughts on the location/view :goodvibes.
     
  19. sechelt

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    She's sent two emails but both described the view as 'amazing' and our grandsons, ages 3 & 5, are in awe. Our son received 6504 a few years ago without a request but we've also received a view of the 'forest' of Redwood Creek and I loved it. It was very peaceful after a long day in the parks. Did you request just the one villa? I actually requested six different ones to increase the chances. No matter where you are, you'll love it.
     
  20. PoohsFan1

    PoohsFan1 DIS Veteran

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    Thank you, I know we will love wherever we are placed. Yes I did request just the one villa, however I also said I wanted Theme Park view with high floor. I am not used to requesting actual villa numbers because we are WDW vets and the room assigners at WDW do not like actual room number requests...it's too hard for them. I haven't told the rest of the family that I requested the actual villa because if we get it, I want to make it a surprise for them. Keeping my fingers crossed :goodvibes.
     
  21. bigAWL

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    Hey, Nonsuch, I've always liked these diagrams you made. But I noticed today that the room numbers don't match the floor plans. Looks to me like the 2BRs you labeled here as X503, should be X505. Or am I missing something?

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