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Novatrix

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i’m not paying close attention. Were you guys checking into YC or BCV?

Pre-COVID, BCV would likely be later, supposedly because the DVC rooms take longer to clean. But I’m not sure about these days.
I'm BCV. DVC usually has later checkin not necessarily because the rooms take longer to clean (at least, not the studios which I book), but because they run at 95% capacity.
 

Lalabubbles

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i’m not paying close attention. Were you guys checking into YC or BCV?

Pre-COVID, BCV would likely be later, supposedly because the DVC rooms take longer to clean. But I’m not sure about these days.
Yesterday with the really early check in it was YC. But we did stay at BCV this past week also and got our room around 2pm that day.
We stayed in a total of 4 resorts this past week, I even had trouble keeping up with where we were staying :upsidedow
 

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ofcabbagesandkings

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Which resort would you choose for best accessibility, Yacht Club or Beach Club? My dad was in a bad car accident several years ago that injured his spine, and while he can walk with a cane I want to rent him a scooter for when we are at WDW. Ideally, I would like to walk to Epcot, Skyliner to HS, and monorail or maybe bus to MK (once all of these are up and running again). Which resort would you pick, and any building preferences? I'm open to booking a villa direct through WDW if it's more convenient. I would hope for us to get ground floor too. Thanks!
 

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Which resort would you choose for best accessibility, Yacht Club or Beach Club? My dad was in a bad car accident several years ago that injured his spine, and while he can walk with a cane I want to rent him a scooter for when we are at WDW. Ideally, I would like to walk to Epcot, Skyliner to HS, and monorail or maybe bus to MK (once all of these are up and running again). Which resort would you pick, and any building preferences? I'm open to booking a villa direct through WDW if it's more convenient. I would hope for us to get ground floor too. Thanks!
Are you choosing between Yacht Club and Beach Club?
Or between Yacht Club and Beach Club Villas?

My guess is the latter, because Beach Club does not have a re-opening date yet

If so, you might want to edit your post so that the answers you receive will be more useful.

If you are in BCV, there are no restaurants or shops in the building. You have to go over to either BC building or YC.

Even when the Epcot monorail is running, the only way to take the monorail to MK from YC/BC/BCV is to go into Epcot through the International Gateway entrance, walk all the way through Epcot, go out the front entrance of Epcot, and pick up the monorail there. And that won't work until they allow full day park hopping again. Current plan is to only allow park hopping in the afternoon. So if you enter Epcot in the morning, you would not be able to go to MK that morning. Even when park hopping was allowed, this was a very tiring start to the day.

If you are thinking of Skyliner to DHS, you better find out what time it starts running in the morning. I don't know that it starts early enough to get to DHS for rope drop.

None of these resorts has a "building preference." Each is comprised of one building. People do have room preferences.
 

GADisneyDad14

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My husband said it looked like a 5G cell tower.

Oh, there are Christmas decorations in Epcot now!!!!
Kinda random, but just back from WDW and I saw new 5G cell towers at BWI, Poly, and WL. Seems like something they are rolling out everywhere I guess. Wonder if they are AT&T?

Should help with those RotR Boarding Groups. 🤣
 

GADisneyDad14

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Hmm let's ponder that... AT&T is the Official Wireless Sponsor for WDW so I am going to take a random guess that there is a 100% chance they are AT&T powered.

Dave
Well that is what I was going to ‘assume’ too given their sponsorship relationship, but wasn’t confident enough to know how those towers work with carriers, etc.

But I’ll take AT&T - good for me!
 
  • ofcabbagesandkings

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    Are you choosing between Yacht Club and Beach Club?
    Or between Yacht Club and Beach Club Villas?

    My guess is the latter, because Beach Club does not have a re-opening date yet

    If so, you might want to edit your post so that the answers you receive will be more useful.
    Thanks for the response! I'm assuming we won't travel to WDW again until most of the resorts have reopened, park hopping is allowed, and the Monorail and Skyliner resume normal service. In the past, traveling without my dad, we have stayed at AKV, Poly, WL, and the Contemporary. I found the buses tedious when staying at AKV and WL, and that was when traveling without someone who would need an ECV accommodated. Yacht Club seems closest to the Friendship Boat launch for Epcot and HS at least, and those fit ECVs, so I'm leaning in that direction at the moment.

    If anyone has accessible room/wing recommendations, I'm all ears! :earsboy:
     

    AGoofykindagirl

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    Thanks for the response! I'm assuming we won't travel to WDW again until most of the resorts have reopened, park hopping is allowed, and the Monorail and Skyliner resume normal service. In the past, traveling without my dad, we have stayed at AKV, Poly, WL, and the Contemporary. I found the buses tedious when staying at AKV and WL, and that was when traveling without someone who would need an ECV accommodated. Yacht Club seems closest to the Friendship Boat launch for Epcot and HS at least, and those fit ECVs, so I'm leaning in that direction at the moment.

    If anyone has accessible room/wing recommendations, I'm all ears! :earsboy:
    On page 1724 of this thread are some of my pictures of our stay at the end of October. This was a water view accessible room with roll in shower. I have 2 people with mobility issues (2 ECV’s) so I usually request ground floor to avoid the elevator. If you have any questions after looking at them, feel free to ask. (We did not go to MK or AK because Pop and Sis aren’t crazy about buses.)
     

    ofcabbagesandkings

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    On page 1724 of this thread are some of my pictures of our stay at the end of October. This was a water view accessible room with roll in shower. I have 2 people with mobility issues (2 ECV’s) so I usually request ground floor to avoid the elevator. If you have any questions after looking at them, feel free to ask. (We did not go to MK or AK because Pop and Sis aren’t crazy about buses.)
    Thank you so much! I've bookmarked your post so I can request that room on our next trip, looks perfect!
     

    AGoofykindagirl

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    One reminder for when you go: with an ECV, you will need to exit from the lobby (not really that far) to use the ramp. All of the other exits down the hall open to steps. There are photos ion the first page as well from Beach Club rooms as well. They were not necessarily handicapped accessible, but show that ECV’s fit in the rooms fairy well. We needed the roll in shower since Pop (88) broke his leg last year and uses a wheelchair now instead of a cane in the room.
     
  • The Foolish Mortal

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    Thanks for the response! I'm assuming we won't travel to WDW again until most of the resorts have reopened, park hopping is allowed, and the Monorail and Skyliner resume normal service. In the past, traveling without my dad, we have stayed at AKV, Poly, WL, and the Contemporary. I found the buses tedious when staying at AKV and WL, and that was when traveling without someone who would need an ECV accommodated. Yacht Club seems closest to the Friendship Boat launch for Epcot and HS at least, and those fit ECVs, so I'm leaning in that direction at the moment.

    If anyone has accessible room/wing recommendations, I'm all ears! :earsboy:
    FWIW, I think YC is a bit easier to navigate in terms of the hallways feeling a bit more spacious. It also feels like each time I stay at BC, the lobby is cluttered with people, displays, etc., much moreso than YC. Hope that helps
     

    Lalabubbles

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    Would we be able to request a rollaway cot while staying in a 1 bedroom Villa? Booked a cash reservation through Disney and we will only have 4 people in the room. We would prefer three sleeping surfaces.
     

    Ferrentinos

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    Hi all! I looks like our 5th reschdeduled trip for WDW in 2020 may actually happen in a few weeks! So I am trying to figure out a few things for YC - we will be renting a car for the very first time (we have always used Disney transport) so any tips for driving around WDW would be welcome.

    Also, for morning coffee, what are my best options at YC these days? I'm not sure what is actually open vs. what I remember doing in years past.

    Finally, if we order. groceries from GG will we be able to pick them up on arrival? We don't land at MCO until 10pm so it would be rather late. If not, no big deal, we can pack what we need for the most part I think. I wasn't sure how late we could do that these days.

    Things seems so different since our Thanksgiving 2019 trip and I'm just trying to digest it all! Looking forward to a taste of the magic to help recharge my Disney batteries! Thanks for any tips!
     

    Best Aunt

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    Would we be able to request a rollaway cot while staying in a 1 bedroom Villa? Booked a cash reservation through Disney and we will only have 4 people in the room. We would prefer three sleeping surfaces.
    The rule is that you are not supposed to be able to get a cot in a DVC room. I have read that people did have success when requesting one, but I think I read that twice in the past 10 years -- and that was at any DVC resort, not just BCV.

    People who want another sleeping surface sometimes bring an air mattress and sheets. If the air mattress gets in the way during the day, they stand it up and lean it against something.

    When people post on the Dis saying that they are considering a DVC room, my typical reply is to make sure they understand what the sleeping surfaces are. When a DVC room "sleeps" a certain number of people, that does not mean that each person gets a real bed; depending on the hotel, a sleeping surface can include a sofabed, a pull-down murphy bed of varying sizes, and a sleep chair. Also, it assumes that most sleeping surfaces are shared.

    I love the 1-bedroom villas, but that's an awful lot of cash to pay if you are not happy with the sleeping surfaces.
     

    GADisneyDad14

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    Hi all! I looks like our 5th reschdeduled trip for WDW in 2020 may actually happen in a few weeks! So I am trying to figure out a few things for YC - we will be renting a car for the very first time (we have always used Disney transport) so any tips for driving around WDW would be welcome.

    Also, for morning coffee, what are my best options at YC these days? I'm not sure what is actually open vs. what I remember doing in years past.

    Finally, if we order. groceries from GG will we be able to pick them up on arrival? We don't land at MCO until 10pm so it would be rather late. If not, no big deal, we can pack what we need for the most part I think. I wasn't sure how late we could do that these days.

    Things seems so different since our Thanksgiving 2019 trip and I'm just trying to digest it all! Looking forward to a taste of the magic to help recharge my Disney batteries! Thanks for any tips!
    Hey @Ferrentinos - hope all is well and that this trip happens for you. I’ve been a few times since reopening and they have been great trips. Different, but great.

    We’ve either been driving of flying/renting a car too. When there, we’ve been using a combo of Disney transport and driving ourselves, depending on the destination, conditions, etc. I’d like to think I know WDW property pretty well, but I still have to put the destination in Waze (or similar mapping app). Signage usually leads the way just fine, but I find with all the twists and turns (especially around the Epcot resorts and with all the newer roadways leading to DHS) I don’t mind having Waze as a guide too.

    For morning coffee, I like the Keurigs in the YC rooms. The coffee is Joffrey’s, which to me is decent. I do prefer to make it with bottled water though, the tap water is kind of icky IMO. You can call housekeeping from the room and they’ll bring extras if needed. Otherwise The Market at Ale & Compass opens at 7am and you can get coffee there. They generally want you to mobile order, but if I’m not mistaken I think you can still walk-in as usual (I think, not totally sure).

    We’ve been CL to GG converts during this mess. With GG you pick your delivery window, 8-12, 12-4, or 4-9. But you don’t need to be there so it doesn’t really matter. Bell Services will store things until you arrive (and keep refrigerated/frozen items in their coolers as needed). When you arrive, you can either pick them up yourselves or call from your room for delivery.

    Caveat, I ‘assume’ (although don’t know for sure) that there will still be some form of Bell Services at that late hour. May be a skeleton crew or you have to ask at the front desk, but I don’t think they just shut down completely. Even these days people are often arriving/departing at all hours. Would love to know what you experience on your trip in case I’m really off here.

    Side note, I was over-ambitious with my refrigerated items on our last stay a few months ago. The YC fridges are pretty darn tiny (and of course no freezers) - we could barely fit everything in.

    For car rentals at MCO, in case you don’t know - they are only using the Terminal A side at the moment.

    Hope that helps and hope you get to go!
     

    Wood Nymph

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    Here is a copy of the post I made to the Yacht Club room view thread.

    Yacht Club room 4183
    Water View
    2 queens, a daybed, connecting door
    overlooking lakeside entrance, convenient to elevator


    We stayed at the Yacht Club from October 25th to 30th, 2020 in a water view room. Room #4183 was on the 4th floor, close to the main elevator, and had a full balcony. There was a tree directly below this room which wasn't tall enough to block the view of the lake, but gave us some privacy from the people walking in and out of the lobby doors. We spent a lot of time on the balcony and enjoyed the view very much. We saw some beautiful sunrises when we were there. The room was in a great location. I only took one picture of the room in order to show the layout. The bathroom had a tub with the sliding glass shower doors. It had a rain shower head and a wand shower head, which were both very nice.

    room 4183
    YC room 4183 WV.JPG

    view from balcony

    YC room view 4183 WV.JPG

    yellow circle indicates room 4183 location

    YC lakeside entrance room 4183 location.JPG

    sunrise

    sunrise from 4183 YC.JPG
     
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    GADisneyDad14

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    Here is a copy of the post I made to the Yacht Club room view thread.

    Yacht Club room 4183
    Water View
    2 queens, a daybed, connecting door
    overlooking lakeside entrance, convenient to elevator


    We stayed at the Yacht Club from October 25th to 30th, 2020 in a water view room. Room #4183 was on the 4th floor, close to the main elevator, and had a full balcony. There was a tree directly below this room which wasn't tall enough to block the view of the lake, but gave us some privacy from the people walking in and out of the lobby doors. We spent a lot of time on the balcony and enjoyed the view very much. We saw some beautiful sunrises when we were there. The room was in a great location. I only took one picture of the room in order to show the layout. The bathroom had a tub with the sliding glass shower doors. It had a rain shower head and a wand shower head, which were booth very nice.

    room 4183


    view from balcony



    yellow circle indicates room 4183 location



    sunrise
    Too funny, that was our room in October.

    We had a bit of an issue with a funky room odor from the HVAC - at the time we suspected we might have been the first people in the room since reopening since it sort of had that stale/funky/hadn’t been lived in kind of smell. It never really did go away during our stay, but hopefully it has by now. :-)

    We enjoyed the balcony and the views too!
     

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