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  • natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
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    2 weeks ago we were at Beach Club Villas in a new renovated 2 bedroom villa .So much to report and pics to come. Playing catch up at work etc so look for posts soon . Have some pics but keep getting an error too large to post . Anyone?
    I posted instructions a couple of pages ago about making pictures small enough for direct uploading, but I also wanted to offer to post them if you are comfortable emailing them to me. You can use the address beachclubdee at yahoo.

    :surfweb:



    Hi! Wondering if anyone would have a guess-timate on the villas renovation timeline?? We're looking to stay in a one bedroom villa in June 2017. Thanks!
    :welcome:

    I'll pencil you in on the Be Our Guest list for next June.

    :cool1:

    I believe the rehab of the villas is almost done, if not finished as we speak. The last report we had, from yesterday, is that construction walls are down and final touches are being completed.

    ::yes::


    Hello BC thread! We're staying in a Deluxe room this Christmas from Dec 16-26! Only stayed at BC one time (spring break 2015) in a SV CL room and loved the lounge. Looking forward to the Holidays at this resort and especially the close proximity to Epcot!

    Quick question. Our general strategy is to wake up early and hit rope drop at any given park, then come back to the room in the early afternoon. It is always extremely disappointing if housekeeping hasn't been to our room by 2 or 3 in the afternoon -- is there a way to request early-ish housekeeping service? Or is it too common a request for them to be able to honor?
    :welcome:

    I'll add you to the Be Our Guest list we keep on Page 1.

    :woohoo:


    Thanks so much for all the live, on-the-spot reports!!!

    It is always nice to read about visits "home"

    :banana::banana::banana:


    We checked into the BC this morning and WOW! Awesome day! We arrived via magical express at 9:30 am and our room was ready! Best location for us too! Took it easy with a late breakfast at the marketplace and a pool day. Walked out to the pool at 1 pm and found loungers in the shade, and tubes to float in the pool. Our room is a nice cool temperature too!! Changed our schedule yet again thanks to dining and ended up at Park Fare for dinner. Very yummy. Everyone here super friendly and the CM's have all been very helpful and nice. I requested a pack and play in the morning and had to go back to the front desk in the evening since we had not received one. Within minutes someone came with an actual crib! So excited, I didn't think a crib here actually existed! Oh and ended up with the handle less mugs, however we were able to find four different colors...even though they mostly had red and blue. Love the mutiple outlets and ports for charging now in the room. Now our vacation can begin!!!
    Glad to hear about your great start!

    :goodvibes


    Hey, Beach Club experts! We just checked in today for the second half of our Disney visit, having transferred over from the Grand Floridian. One quick question: has anybody called housekeeping to request a clock and gotten one? We requested and received one at the Grand Floridian and at Animal Kingdom Lodge earlier this year, but housekeeping at the BC is telling us that they don't have any clocks...after the front desk told us they'd send one right up. Hmmm, I'm confused.
    I have to say, I was so excited to check in today to my favorite resort, but for a variety of reasons, it has actually been really disappointing so far. Maybe my expectations were too high from all of the great experiences we've had here, but I'm kind of regretting my split stay and wishing we had stayed put over at the Grand Floridian . We will make the best of it, though, because it's still better than being at home!
    And just so I'm not too much of a Debbie downer, I will add that the lobby still smells heavenly, Ashley at the front desk was super sweet and helpful, and we had an excellent dinner at captains grill :)
    Thanks so much for your comments!

    The clock thing gets under my skin, too and especially when you are given conflicting info!

    ::yes::


    Up to the minute reporting here....no mugs with handles. Sorry they are gone and according to the CM I just spoke to, the handled mugs have all sold or been pulled from shelves.
    Good morning from the BC lounge! Beautiful lounge, beautiful room and very helpful lovely CM's. :goodvibes

    A gluten free donut, delicious!
    Thanks for the info and great pictures. I have added them to my library!

    :hug:
     

    Sydnerella

    enough is as good as a feast
    Joined
    Mar 24, 2008
    We have a short stay and will do one resort day in October. It looks like the Captains Grill would be a better option than Marketplace in terms of choices and value for breakfast before a day at Stormalong Bay. Any disagreement with that or comments on your experience with breakfast at either?

    We intend to be pool ready with suits/coverups/bags and go directly from 8am breakfast at the Captains Grill to 9open for SB.

    Should we be reserving a few chairs with towels before 9am? Or dont people play that game at this resort?
     
  • natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
    Joined
    Jul 19, 2008
    page 630

    Update on BCV refurb...first floor wing to left of entrance done. Construction wall down. Progress being made and construction continues in several areas but have had zero impact on our stay. We are having a great trip no complaints about anything!
    Thank you so much!

    ::yes::


    Ok, we have been back from our vacation for a couple weeks, so I just wanted to let everyone know that we had a fabulous time on our honeymoon and I have converted DH into a Disney lover.

    *snip*

    Overall, we truly enjoyed the Beach Club. We loved the ambiance, the smell, and our close location to the elevators/marketplace. We had good luck with buses and I don't think we ever waited more than 10 minutes. We probably will not stay deluxe again for awhile, but when we do, I am sure we will be back at the BC. The closeness to Epcot and Hollywood Studios was amazing. Let me know if any of you have questions and I will be happy to try and answer them!
    Thanks so much for letting us know about your trip! So glad it went well.

    I haven't seen the view from that room- I love it! I'm going to add your picture and description to the BC View Thread.

    Also, thanks for the picture of the toiletries. I'll add that to the room post.

    :thumbsup2


    How late does Stormalong bay stay open ? We are coming in tomorrow and thats the first thing
    the grandkids will ask .
    is it possible to bring ones with handles and have them activate them again ?
    :welcome: to the thread!

    Want to wish you and your family a fabulous l trip!

    :cool2:
     

    natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
    Joined
    Jul 19, 2008
    We have a short stay and will do one resort day in October. It looks like the Captains Grill would be a better option than Marketplace in terms of choices and value for breakfast before a day at Stormalong Bay. Any disagreement with that or comments on your experience with breakfast at either?

    We intend to be pool ready with suits/coverups/bags and go directly from 8am breakfast at the Captains Grill to 9open for SB.

    Should we be reserving a few chairs with towels before 9am? Or dont people play that game at this resort?
    I love breakfast at Captain's Grille! You have an option of some really interesting a la carte items or the buffet. There are a few reviews (some of them mine) in Post 7, Dining on Page 1 of this thread.

    You won't be able to go into Stormalong Bay until it opens, which won't be before 9 am. Not sure if it will be 9 am or 10 am in October. You will not have any trouble finding chairs at that time of day.

    :fish:

    Some inconsiderate guests do reserve chairs with towels early and then leave. :sad2:
    :mad:


    But they run the risk of having NinjaMom suddenly jump out of the bushes and beat them senseless with a pool noodle.... :-)
    Here's the FAQ post about the towel game and about Chair Piggies from our favorite resort correspondent:


    Is it true that I need to set out a towel on a lounger 3 days in advance to reserve a lounger at SAB?

    No. Please don't (see next post)

    random survey of pool chair availability, mid-August 2014


    Do guests play "The Towel Game" at Stormalong Bay? How do I deal with "Chair Piggies?"

    Check out this useful post by NinjaMom:
    Chair Piggies



    :rotfl2:
     
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  • Scott MC

    DIS Veteran
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    Mar 1, 2009
    image.jpeg Good morning from BC!
    It's been a wonderful stay so far. We don't miss the alarm clocks at all (it's nice not to be too tied to time), we've eaten at FF THREE nights in a row (it's that good!), and I'm most looking forward to today. Today we have about 2 hrs in SAB, followed by a Soarin' FP, then World Showcase all day, only pausing for dinner at Coral Reef.....
    :cloud9:
     

    Hi Pluto

    "Hi Pluto, bye Pluto, missing you already Pluto!"
    Joined
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    We have a short stay and will do one resort day in October. It looks like the Captains Grill would be a better option than Marketplace in terms of choices and value for breakfast before a day at Stormalong Bay. Any disagreement with that or comments on your experience with breakfast at either?
    Marketplace has a pretty good breakfast platter and hot choices. In terms of VALUE, marketplace wins. We spent about $80 on breakfast for 2 adults and 1 child because we did the buffet at Captain's Grille. Maybe if you order off the menu you can manage to save a bit, but the marketplace definitely is way cheaper.

    ~Cari~ pluto:
     
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    Wood Nymph

    DIS Veteran
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    Sep 19, 2012
    Later today we say goodbye to this lovely view. As always, this is our favorite and we will be back! Bravo! To the CM's at the Beach Club, especially those here on Club Level! We have had an incredible stay.
    What a wonderful view you had. It looks like your room was somewhere in the vicinity and two floors above the room that @kanssasdisneygal had.

    I'm dying to know your impressions of your GF/BC split stay. :)

    We have a short stay and will do one resort day in October. It looks like the Captains Grill would be a better option than Marketplace in terms of choices and value for breakfast before a day at Stormalong Bay. Any disagreement with that or comments on your experience with breakfast at either?
    Captains Grill is a very nice choice for breakfast. Some of the ala carte items are very reasonably priced. :)

    Should we be reserving a few chairs with towels before 9am? Or dont people play that game at this resort?
    That is a very touchy subject around here. There is nothing we hate worse than people who reserve the lounge chairs first thing in the morning. In fact, most guests wish that CMs would be more aggressive about stopping the practice. And people have gone beyond just putting a towel down. I'll seen chairs in prime locations being reserved with random items like a pair of flip flops, a hat, a shirt, and other objects that make it look like they are in the pool but a head count and a long period of time gives them away as chair piggies. I have been known to do a little clean up of the leftover towels when it has looked like the swimmers were just too lazy to put the wet towels in the bin. I call it public service. ;)

    View attachment 188722 Good morning from BC!
    It's been a wonderful stay so far. We don't miss the alarm clocks at all (it's nice not to be too tied to time), we've eaten at FF THREE nights in a row (it's that good!), and I'm most looking forward to today. Today we have about 2 hrs in SAB, followed by a Soarin' FP, then World Showcase all day, only pausing for dinner at Coral Reef.....
    :cloud9:
    Flying Fish must be really good. :)
     

    natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
    Joined
    Jul 19, 2008
    Page 631-632

    Can someone explain the secret door at the YC to me? I read the posts about how to find it and where it is? But why do we use it? What does it make easier. Thanks!
    :welcome: to the thread!

    Do you have an upcoming stay at the resort?

    Wood Nymph and Katesdad did a great job explaining the where and why of the secret door.

    ::yes::


    Live from day 2 at the beach club! We started off the day with breakfast at the garden grill in Epcot. The breakfast was really good (especially the warm cinnamon sticky bun!), and it ended up being a perfect strategy for getting on Soarin before the crowds arrived. Our reservation wasn't until 8:25, but the restaurant wasn't crowded at all - I don't think the tables were ever more than half filled - and they were able to seat us as soon as we arrived. All of the characters passed our table at least 4 times and were super interactive. At one point, Dale took my 2 year old by the hand and led him in a circle around the restaurant. I would definitely recommend breakfast here, especially if you don't have a fastpass for Soarin.
    We spent the evening at the pool. I don't know if this has already been mentioned (or if anyone besides my children care), but the whirling waters whirlpool section was not working, and a lifeguard said it had been broken for a few months but that it was fixed a few days ago, worked for two days and then broke again. My older kids have been known to spend hours whirling around in circles there, so they were bummed for about a minute and then went off to find one of the many other things to do at the pool.
    Mousekeeping has been wonderful so far, both here and at the Grand, and we've had only positive interactions with cast members throughout the parks. I did verify with a different person than my husband talked to at the front desk that, indeed, there are no more clocks in storage at the BC. We have trained my poor kids that if they make a peep before 6:30, they may not live to see 7:00, so they are a bit lost without the clock, but I suppose we'll let them slide for the next few days.
    One other thing to note: if you spend a lot of time on your balcony (we're out here every evening when our kids go to bed) and bugs tend to like you, pack your bug spray in case you end up in a room on the woods side or the resort. This is the second time we've been in a woods room and the mosquitos have snacked on me both times. Of course, my husband hasn't gotten a single bite. I guess I'm just that much sweeter :flower:
    If there is any recon mission anyone would like me to try to take care of while I'm here, please let me know!
    Thanks for the info about the whirlpool- I have not seen that info posted yet. :(

    That is too bad, a few years back, my son spent about an hour going 'round and 'round. In fact, he did that so long that I missed out on my window to order my first Sunken Treasure! (No worries, I have since remedied that injustice)

    So sorry to hear about the mosquitos- protect yourself!

    If you happen to be in the Marketplace and remember, can you check to see if they sell cases of soda/tonic/soft drinks (whatever you call them) or if they are just sold in individual bottles/cans.

    Thanks!

    :thumbsup2


    Having an awesome time too here at BC! Found the secret BC entrance on our way back from EP tonight and it was awesome! All the CMs here at BC have been super nice. We are living without a clock, but it is not as bad as I thought. Just wish I had a better way to dry all of our bathing suits .....we have been doing a lot of swimming! It is not!!
    Thanks for your comments!

    :goodvibes



    There appears to have been some type of ruckus near the lobby of BC this evening. My son and nephew heard sirens and my wife, daughter and brothers family saw 2 police cars and a sheriffs car and someone with a bloody arm. Stabbing or fight?

    I saw and heard nothing
    DH and little ones were back at our room at 7. Our room is ground level right off the lobby and he heard nothing.
    We appreciate the live updates! Especially this intriguing one... Hmmmm

    :eek:


    Checking in today! Just had to share - SO EXCITED!!
    :welcome: to the thread!

    Have a magical trip!

    :cool1:


    Video of Stromalong Bay recently posted by Allearsnet:

    Thanks for posting this! Awesome!

    :fish:
     

    TeenaS

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 31, 2000
    So it's 6:30 AM here and I'm sound asleep. All of a sudden a little whirlwind enters my room screaming at the top of her lungs "Nanny, Nanny, Nanny, Elena is coming to Disney World and we can see her when we go". I'm still in shock ... my heart is pounding ... scared me to death. But I am definitely excited to see Elena LOL!!! Living with a little Disney Princess is such fun and of course she has taught me to get my priorities straight!

    Miss you all!!!!
     

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