BTDT Help wanted!!

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BTDT Help wanted!!
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 2:33pm

We're just in the beginning phase of planning as our trip isn't until May 9, 2012, but I wanted to start gathering as much info as possible. Already I have a ton of qusetions and my head is starting to spin. I have never stayed on property before. We've always rented houses and drove to the parks. When I was a kid we'd stay at the cheapy hotels along 4. This trip will be on property because my husband had a chance to golf there last year and he stayed at Saratoga.


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Registered: 06-28-2001
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 12:13am

Welcome to the board! You must be so excited, although right now you're going through that "Oh, my goodness - I'm going to Disney World and what have I gotten myself into?" phase LOL

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 1:12pm

Just a quick clarification - If you stay at the DVC resorts (Val listed them off) as a cash guest instead of a DVC guest, you do get daily maid service. There is a coffee pot in the room also.

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Registered: 08-07-2002
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 3:03pm
Everyone else answered more than I know about accomodations, so I'll just reply about birthdays.

You can celebrate your child's birthday whenever you want. (As in, you could go in December and tell them it's your kid's birthday, even though it was actually in August.) So, being off by a few days is perfectly fine.

The past two years, we have taken trips in February (wow, I'm missing that this year!!!!). One daughter's birthday is 2/9, the other is 2/23. So, the first trip was early, we let DD wear a button every day until the last day of the trip. Then we let the other DD wear her button and have HER birthday celebrated instead. Second trip, we did the opposite (since it was late in the month).

Just tell them it's a birthday when you make dining reservations (and hotel - tell them it's both kids' birthdays - they might do something in the room). Get a birthday button. Whenever the kids wear the button, people will tell them "happy birthday" all day. And they might get some other special treatment.

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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 5:06pm

I don't have much to add except that we stayed at the Beach Club Villas in a 1 bedroom (2 kids, 2 adults) in 2009, and we all loved it.

Disney 2010
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Thu, 02-24-2011 - 6:27pm
thanks ladies for the info, I'm sure I'll be back numerous times with a ton more questions!

hmm, maybe he just meant the pool hopping in Beach club...not sure, I'll have to ask him. You are allowed to resort hop right? Take a look at all the different resorts?

Also, if we do rent a car- do we need to pay for parking at the park?


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Registered: 06-28-2001
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 7:22pm
The pool at the Beach & Yacht Club consists of a number of separate pools, some connected others just steps away from each other - so this may be what he was talking about :)

Yes, feel free to visit any of the Disney resorts, for meals, shopping, or just to explore :)

If you are staying on property at a Disney resort, parking at the parks is free (btw, this is includes the Swan, Dolphin, Shades of Green and the Hilton at DTD).

While I don't think anything "special" is done for Mother's Day, I do know that some of the restaurants will have special Mother's Day menus but they are usually not advertised until very close to the actual date. We go to WDW every Easter but we make our dining ADRs early at 180 days ahead, but as we get very close to our travel dates, they always announce some special Easter menus.

Hmmm...after posting that I decided to check out AllEars to see what was done for 2010 and I found this info which is supposedly for 2011:
http://allears.net/menu/men_mom.htm

Also, don't be surprised if you are acknowledge in some way on Mother's Day - Disney magic shows up all the time :)

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations