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maryj11

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You just place it in the top of the coffee machine and switch on (fill with water first). The water filters through the pod and coffee drips into your cup below.
Sounds easy enough. So are the pods in the rooms not that good is why to buy them some where else?
 

princessemsmom

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Funny story...we are going to Mystic, CT for the 4th of July weekend and we went last year as well.

So today my DD says -
Mom what is the name of the hotel we are staying at in Mystic?
I said it's just the Hilton why?
Oh well, I don't remember it and I was wondering - are they going to meet us in the lobby and walk us to our room like they did at Yacht Club? Ummm no - we will walk ourselves.
But Mom - how are we going to know how to get there?
The same way we have known every other time we have stayed at a hotel before last week at Yacht Club. And no - there will not be chocolates on our pillow either!

One stay Club Level and my DD thinks that is just how we should roll from here on out! hahaha
 
  • Lovinallthingsdisney

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    We just booked a "tentative" Pre-Thanksgiving trip, November 16-22(club level). We usually do Disney in December, so this will be new for us. Have never stayed at YC, so that is new too! Out last 3 trips have been AKL CL. I LOVE AKL, but found CL staff and service to be lacking last year. So much so, that we decided to take a year off from Disney. Well, that lasted about 6 months and now we are trying something new! I look forward to learning all I can before we arrive.
     

    EasternShoreGal

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    Does Beach Club have any special Halloween activities on or around Halloween day? I was planning to do Halloween Party, but after the price increase I just can't justify spending almost $400 just for a few hours. (I have 2 little kids, and past 3 times we did Halloween or Christmas parties, we left park around 10p.m., we only managed to see parade, and not Hallowish)

    But I feel bad that my kids can't get to do any trick or treating, so wondered if there are any special activities at Hotel......
    DH and I were there for Halloween 2015. They did do a small amount of trick or treating and had a costume contest. There was a characters meet and greet for a while with Goofy for the first half and Minnie for the second half. We caught goofy as we were leaving the pool area and Minnie Ana we were leaving for dinner. I don't recall the poolside activities being much different from the normal activities Still music, but they did Halloween music (thriller, monster mash etc), games had a Halloween spin to them.

    Most of the activities were in the area under cover between cape may cafe and beaches and cream.

    Attached a picture with Goofy. Our Minnie picture was too blurry.
     

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    We just booked a "tentative" Pre-Thanksgiving trip, November 16-22(club level). We usually do Disney in December, so this will be new for us. Have never stayed at YC, so that is new too! Out last 3 trips have been AKL CL. I LOVE AKL, but found CL staff and service to be lacking last year. So much so, that we decided to take a year off from Disney. Well, that lasted about 6 months and now we are trying something new! I look forward to learning all I can before we arrive.
    Welcome!!! Checkout the first post for all the information you need to get started with the planning.
     
  • PooohBear

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    On this Memorial Day I just wanted to say to all active military, veterans and families...

    Thank you for your service!
    I second this !

    Hello Everyone !!

    For more than a month now I have been trying to book either The Beach Club or Yacht Club with absolutely no luck !! I have never had this much trouble finding a room at either one so I'm not sure what's going on ?! Does anyone know if there's something going on during my dates which are November 14-17 ? I figured Jersey Week, Veterans Day and Food And Wine guests would most likely be gone by then so ?? I have been trying every single day during different times of the day and nothing ever pops up except for the club level rooms ! I just can't believe I've had no luck
     
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    EasternShoreGal

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    A compare and contrast of VGF, Poly Villas and SSR.

    Dee thought some observations/comparisons of these resorts might be useful in this thread even though we did not stay at BCV this trip. For background, we are 12 year DVC members and have stayed 30ish times at BCV. We have also stayed at GF, ASM, Dixie Landings (remember when), WL, BWV, Poly, BLT, AKV at JH so we do get around although BCV is our preferred home most of the time.

    Hubby and I planned a last minute trip (about 6-7 weeks out) for some time in April after spring break. We could be flexible with dates but wanted to stay 5-6 days and only in a studio. We were able to book all nights at SSR but couldn't find anything else in a three week window we were looking at and decided even though our first stay there wasn't a great experience we thought we would give it a try again. In the mean time we would continue to look for availability.

    After many iterations, our stay became a 6 night triple split stay with two nights each at SSR, VGF and Poly in that order. When I saw the two night availability at VGF, we allowed it to drive the rest of the timing. We had been wanting to try the villas. We were driving and had a cooler so moving from room to room was easier.

    From an overall standpoint, we decided that a split stay with at least three nights in each property is much better than two nights. Going forward, there would need to be a compelling reason to do less, especially to move twice. We have done a three/two before where we could only grab two nights at our preferred resort but I would think twice before we did it again.

    The only room that was ready before 4 was our SSR room, which was on our arrival day and it was the only one where anticipated Checkin was 4 or later. We did online check in with SSR since we knew we would be arriving late. We got an email (not a text, even though I had requested a text) at around 1:30 saying our room was ready. We had asked for top floor either overlooking Disney Springs or close to a pool. Our room was on the second floor overlooking the bus stop on the busy back street of the resort as far away from any resort pool as was possible. Because DMIL was with us for the first night only and it was already late and we had made a last minute dinner reservation, and we were only there two nights, we decided to stay where we were. Our magic bands worked for our room without having to go to the front desk so that was a bonus. We did need to stop in to pick up the magic band for my DMIL later that evening after dinner as she was added too late to the reservation to customize her band. It wasn't there as a result of a DVC cast member error when adding her to our reservation but after a few minutes we were able to get that resolved. In the meantime we were talking to one of the managers and she asked us how we were enjoying our stay. When we mentioned our disappoinment over our room assignment and told her our original requests she expressed surprise and said for sure they could have been accommodated. She checked and offered to move us but by that time it was 10pm and we were only there another night so we didn't bother. Clearly the room assigner completely ignored our requests which were noted on our reservation as per the confirmation we received from DVC. Unfortunate and frustrating.

    SSR is a very large resort. The good-For those with a car, parking is very close and was extremely convenient for each building, which was great with our triple stay. In addition, it was easy to travel within the resort with your car. It was relatively quiet and peaceful. It was great to be able to walk to Disney Springs (and the walk was very pleasant). There is also boat service from a different part of the resort which we did not use. The room seemed fairly well designed and the room seemed to be in good shape. For the bad-The food options directly on property were pretty limited and a hike from where we were at the tip of the Paddock. I will say the pool areas did not seem large enough for the resort. The weather was beautiful when we were there and not overly hot but chairs were not overwhelmingly available 3pmish at the Paddock Pool. The bartender at the pool bar there wasn't particularly friendly either. I eventually walked over to the Feature pool at the Springs and the bartender at the pool there was much more friendly. Another unpleasant surprise was to find that we had to make the pullout couch bed when we opened it up at 11pm. Never stayed at a DVC property where the pullout couch wasn't made. Service overall definitely seemed a tad lower than other DVC properties. One final note, the hallways to the rooms are covered but open and concrete, not carpet. Made me feel more like I was staying in a motel, which I don't like. Our overall take-I wouldn't want to stay there without a car and I would choose most DVC properties over SSR.

    As early as possible, we headed for our Checkin at VGF. Can I just say the resort is beautiful? We had stayed at the Sugarloaf building club level here years ago and had wanted to see what the Villas would be like. The villas building is gorgeous with a beautiful lobby. You are directed to individual desks in the lobby of the villas building where you are seated while they check you in, which was very nice. Everyone seemed gracious and friendly. They had a pod coffee pot in the lobby as well. We checked in around 9 but our room wasn't available. We decided to walk the resort a little, and head over to the Magic Kingdom. The villas were very close to the beach pool and the parking, while not as convenient as SSR, was not as far as other resorts, particularly if you got lucky.

    We did have one unusual incident. As we were walking through the grounds towards Narcoosees, we observed a little boy of about 4 or 5 with what we assumed was his father. This is a wide open grassy area in from to the courtyard pool. The little boy dropped his pants and urinated in the courtyard, with the encouragement of his father who was standing right with him. Needless to say we were a little taken aback as was the other couple walking nearby as well. A cast member was observing the whole incident and it was only once both of us said something to her that she walked over to talk to the father. We were a little surprised.

    While at the Grand Floridian we only traveled to MK. The transportation options were great to MK. We particularly like the little boats. The captains were friendly and pleasant. Being right on the lake was such a different experience from the concrete pavements of the theme parks and the crowded buses and monorails although the monorails are better than the buses. I feel like it transported us elsewhere just a little. Definitely considering hopping over to rent watercraft from there or the Poly to head out on the lake on our own. Haven't done that in a while. But I digress.

    The bartenders at the Beach Bar were Amazing, particularly Peter. I sat at the Beach Bar with a breeze blowing off the water. We ordered crab cakes (good, but I'm picky, we're from Maryland) and chicken Caesar salad (excellent). We watched the Masters golf tournament final round and didn't move for hours. We paced ourselves and never once were we rushed. We found all the bartenders/servers were good-it was little things. At the pool the next day we wanted a Caesar salad and wanted it as soon as we replenished some cocktails from our room. Our server Dustin said he would put the order in in 20 mins and waited til we were back at our chairs then brought the salad immediately. Like I said, the little things.

    Our biggest disappointment was with our initial room. We had a standard view and had requested a high floor overlooking the Main hotel. When we checked in, I specifically asked if we were assigned a handicapped room. We really didn't want that to be our first/perhaps only, given availability, experience at the VGF. Our cast member told us no. She wouldn't elaborate on the view any further but said yes, we had a high floor. We waited all day for our text to come saying our room was ready and at 4:30 hubby walked over without ever having received a text. Lo and behold, our room had "just" become available and it was a handicapped room on the 3rd floor. A different cast member worked with hubby and reworked some room assignments and we were eventually, at 5:30, able to move into our room directly one floor above the one we had originally been assigned, with a beautiful view of the fountain and the main hotel. We also had a nice view of the fireworks. Our room number was 1411.

    Our room was lovely. The two shower bath was very functional. We loved the walk in shower, which was paired with the vanity. I believe a pocket door separated this part from a separate shower tub combo and the toilet. Our one comment was we would have liked more storage space in the room. It was pretty limited. We also liked the sea marine and sea salt h2o bath products better than the h2o scents at the other DVC properties. I have been using the sea salt shower gel at home for several years now. I wish they would use it at all the DVC properties. There was a tv in the mirror but we couldn't seem to get it to work. Sure that was just us but it would have been nice to have some instructions. It wasn't that big of a deal. If we had been there longer we would have made more of an effort.

    Other than the Beach bar, we ate at the Grand Floridian Cafe which is table service. Family members met us and we had a Gluten free dairy free diet member of our party and they handled it beautifully. I recommend the burger with lobster on it. We have had it before and it is consistently absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. Better than the burger at Crew'so Cup. We also grabbed quick service at the quick service location. We were a little disappointed with the options. We had seen a menu on a different website and none of the items we were looking for were there. The service was efficient and matter of fact there. They also had a wonderful area to grill, beside the spa, near the Villas building with big beautiful gas grills. We didn't use them but a huge upgrade to the metal open charcoal grills at the BCV, which we have used before.

    The laundry room was on the 4th floor just a couple doors down from our room and we did take advantage of it since it was so convenient. Exactly what I expected and perfectly fine.

    Overall take of VGF, although we missed being able to walk into Epcot, the property itself was gorgeous. Everything appeared immaculate. The room was lovely. Wish all properties would do the walk-in showers. I never use a tub in a hotel so I could completely do without it. Understand why it won't happen at BCV due to space issues and the fact that a tub is necessary for the kiddos, but boy I wish they could. Hard to give up SAB but my ideal vacation I think would be a GF/BCV split. We would certainly take any opportunity to image.jpeg stay here given that they don't come along often.

    We reluctantly checked out of VGF and checked into Poly. We had a lake view booked. This was our third stay at the Poly since the opening of the villas. Our only request was 3rd floor. At the Poly villas, only the Moorea building of the three DVC buildings has lake view rooms. Directly in front of this building are the bungalows, which detract from your view of the lake so the higher your room, the better. Once again we never received a text and at 5:00 we go to check on our room and the front desk tells us it "just" became available. This was clearly not true as when we walked into our room, the temperature, although set at 68 was 77 degrees since it had been that long since someone had been in our room to activate the motion detectors for the air conditioning. This was truly annoying especially since the motion sensors turned the air off every time we left the room, which we were doing since we were unloading the car and then going to dinner since it was late when we finally got our room. At 10 pm, our room was still only 74 degrees. Also, the room was second floor, room 2016 so my only request was not met. Parking was moderately close, not as good as SSR but better than others. The Morrea building is the furthest of the DVC buildings from the parking lot but it is the only DVC building with a laundry room.

    What was shocking to us was the lack of cleanliness in the hallways. Apparently the hallways are not vacuumed every day. We saw the same dried up piece of lime in the hallway on our floor for the two nights we were there as well as other trash. It was a little disheartening. Not sure if it is just a lack of attention to details at the property or lack of staffing, but I don't recall seeing the same level of dirtiness ever at BCV. We certainly didn't see it at the Grand Floridian. We could have reported it and perhaps it would have been cleaned up but wanted to see if it would be cleaned up without any interference on our part. After all, we did see laundry baskets each day with linens so housekeeping staff was on the floor. We were disappointed. And I am not the only one who has noticed. I have seen many posts since we came home noting the same.

    The new East pool is very nice. The pool area has a bar/grill and it is centrally located. We did not order from there but we talked to people who said it was pretty good. I believe they even had a sushi option. There are shaded areas like cabanas on a first come first served basis and I must say folks were rather piggy with them. At one point we just saw a bunch of towels and a stroller in the entire area, and no one showed up for an hour. The areas have wonderful cushy chairs and sofas with a nice large cocktail table in the middle. I do feel as if the pool areas aren't large enough for the resort as a whole. There is so much of each pool that is zero entry that there isn't so much full depth water area. This will seriously be an issue on an extremely hot day. As it was, the pools looked like there was very little room to move around with so many people in the water and the resorts were not at peak when we were there. The infinity hot tub over looking the water at the main pool is nice when not overcrowded.

    The villa rooms are large although storage once again is an issue. Even the kitchen storage was minimal. We ended up using the top of the unit holding the Murphy bed for our snacks. I really don't like all that clutter. One of the under the bed drawers is useless because it can't open all the way because of the nightstand. These studios have a split bathroom with a wonderful rainfall shower and vanity in one room and a toilet and vanity and tub/shower combo in the other. However there was lots of wasted space in the tub/shower combo room. I wish it could have been redesigned to provide more storage.

    We tried a few of the quick service options. Tonga toast was not as good as it used to be. It was very dry and mostly bread. We got a side of bacon which I asked for crisp and it came back soggy. I think it was only three strips. Not worth the price. We did enjoy the fish tacos at Captain Cooks, given that they were quick service. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. Dole whips are always a hit! Love the pineapple vanilla swirl. We didn't try Trader Sams this visit but were there on a previous trip and felt the drinks were very overpriced and mostly ice. The atmosphere was fun, however. Every time someone ordered a specialty drink the room would react. The lights might dim, a wall painting might light up, etc. It was entertaining.

    Overall thoughts on the Poly Villas-a better choice than SSR, but I would definitely choose VGF and BCV first. I do believe the Poly is still a good option of you have little ones but as an adult, it wouldn't be my first choice.

    Overall comments about the changes in the villas. I terribly miss the ceiling fans. They have been eliminated from new construction and are being pulled out during refurbs. As someone who sleeps in a cold room at home, this is extremely upsetting given the motion controlled air conditioning. I have been routinely waking up several times a night on our recent visits sweating and have to walk around the room to activate the air conditioning. I also miss the alarm clock. I don't use my phone to check the time in the middle of the night and don't use my phone as an alarm. Another thing that is apparently being eliminated from the villas is the dvd players. On our January trip to the villas we counted on having one and had a movie morning planned when there was a forecast for torrential flooding rain. When we requested one we were told that they only gave this to VIPs but they would make an exception in our case. Not sure if they have been removed from the BCV on renovations or not. So now there are three things we need to bring with us that we didn't need to bring a year ago. A small portable fan for my nightstand, an alarm clock and a did player. Soon we will need to rent a u-haul.

    So I know this was a very long post and not sure if it will be useful to anyone but there it is.
     

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    natebenma

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    A compare and contrast of VGF, Poly Villas and SSR.

    So I know this was a very long post and not sure if it will be useful to anyone but there it is.
    Wow!!!

    Thank you so much!

    As it happens, I am working on the post where I have trip reports, reviews and resort comparisons, so I am excited to add a link to your very detailed report. People really find this type of information to be helpful when they are planning trips to a resort they haven't been to before.

    Thanks for thinking of us!

    :thumbsup2
     

    EasternShoreGal

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    So we have noticed that our recent DVC rooms have not had DVD players in them. Can anyone currently at BCV tell me whether they still have a DVD player in their room? Want to know if we should bring one. We really like it to wi d down in the evening.
     


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