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Old Oct 30th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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escargot, you didn't mention when in January you'd be there. I'm not exactly sure when all the holiday decorations come down, but I believe that at MGM, the Osborne Family Lights runs thru Jan. 7th. If you're there then, it's pretty cool to see the gazillions of lights they've got on the streets of the backlot at MGM.

Sounds like you're all set. Good for you! And good choices you have between those 3 places.

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Old Oct 30th, 2006, 08:58 AM
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I would have loved to see the decorations, since we were never there at the holidays when the kids were little - but son doesn't arrive home from India until Jan 10, so we aren't going down until the 25th....
but thank you - maybe next time
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Old Oct 31st, 2006, 08:01 AM
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escargot - we've stayed at both the Beach Club and the Boardwalk. Both are lovely hotels and will suit your purposes. We were not concerned about noise at the Boardwalk as we had a room that faced the pool, not the boardwalk itself. As the Boardwalk Inn and Villas are large properties, you should not have a problem requesting and receiving a room away from the "noise". Are you considering condo style accommodations or regular rooms? Both hotels have both styles available. The condo style are very convenient though more expensive.
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Old Oct 31st, 2006, 08:39 AM
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bennie: thanks, we are trying to firm up plans. -
I looked at some villa/condos on line, and soem looked like the first floor was open to the second, and with a 21 and 24 yr old, who likely will stay out later than us and stay up longer than us, we are thinking two rooms, one for us, one for the kids.
I am thinking we won't get the 'use'of a condo -
the "kids" can go all day long and into the night
and we, while we like to go out at night, will likely be asleep by 11 or 12 or maybe earlier ----

Thank you for answering about the boardwalk/noise - so if you come back and have any pros and cons about the boardwalk vs. beach club, since you've stayed at both I'd appreciate it - or tell me if it is one of those "the same, but different" as far as amenities, location, etc in your mind - thankss.
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Old Oct 31st, 2006, 11:42 AM
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We ended up changing our reservations from the Dolphin to the Boardwalk Inn. I am so glad to hear good things about the Boardwalk here...thanks!
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Old Oct 31st, 2006, 05:08 PM
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Hi again escargot. . .and mms,
We stayed at the Boardwalk nine years ago and LOVED it! We had a villa on the pool side and noise was never an issue. Too expensive for us now. This summer we want to stay at the Swan or Dolphin because I can use my starwood points and get that location. We have a friend who loves the Beach club. I think anywhere in that location is great.
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 06:08 AM
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Beach Club - great pool. Kids had a ball with it. Rooms don't all have full balconies so you have to ask specifically for one. Some just have sliders that open and have just enough room to stand out on but not to sit.

Boardwalk - more shops and restaurants available including Spoodles which was my favorite (I think I've eaten there 4 times). You might enjoy Jellyrolls but I've never been. The pool is silly looking but the bar makes a nice pina colada. I think the room you descirbed is actually a suite at the Boardwak Inn (two stories right?). The Boardwalk Villas are on one floor as I recall and have a kitchen, jacuzzi, laundry (except the studios are more austere).

Decor wise they both are nice but not truly luxorious.

To be honest - our favorite place to stay is Coronado Springs. Its one of the moderate hotels but it has a great pool area, laundry, in room frigs, coffee makers, the food court is very good and the grounds are lovely. It is serviced by a bus just like BC and BW but it does not share bus service with any other hotel so the service seems quicker (no stops at other hotels).

One main reason why we like CS is because it is so different from New England (Mexican theme) and so it feels like we really on vacation. Both the Boardwalk and Beach Club have architecture/theming based on old fashion East Coast resorts. As New Englanders we can and do just go to the Mt. Washington, Wentworth by the Sea, Chatham Bars etc to see the real deal.
Silly little thing but that really is what made us consider CS and we ended up loving it. Plus its less expensive and we don't feel like we've given anything up.(except a balcony that never got used)

Have a great trip!
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 12:45 PM
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Thanks Bennie, I'll look into that one too - hoping to wrap this up by end of the week
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 01:19 PM
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Isn't it great that you have so many wonderful choices? Our last few trips have even found us staying at an off-site resort or condo at a much better price than the resorts offer.

You just have to decide what your daily routine will be and where you want to be at the end of the night. Sure, the BC/YC/BW areas are the most pricey (aside from Grand Floridian), but the easy walking access to/from Epcot is a real plus to staying there. Just depends on what you're actually looking for.

All of the Disney properties are serviced by shuttles, some with better connections than others. Prices will range from probably around $79 to over $300 per night per room.

Some would prefer to spend the money on tickets, food and entertainment rather than a hotel room that they're really not spending much time in anyway. Others have something else in mind.

Whatever you choose, the memories you make with your family will be very special. Have a great time.
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 02:56 PM
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On the disneyworld.com website, you can customize maps to fit your interests. They send these maps to you via mail. All you need to do is log onto their website, choose your options, and they'll ship it out.

Once on the website, click on "My Disney Vacation", then "customized maps," and take it from there.

I just ordered a map from each park with ALL the attractions, etc. listed. But you can highlight areas you want, restaurants, entertainment, etc. Might make it easier to find your way around once there.

Plus it looks like it might be a pretty good "scrapbook" souvenir.
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 06:58 PM
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kopp--Thanks so much for that map idea! I just got ours all ordered, and checked the calendar for events while we are there. So overwhelming, but it is coming together with everyones help
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What a great thread, escargot! And reading about your trip with your adult children to WDW really put a smile on my face. What happy memories you can relive while you make new ones to cherish!
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 07:29 PM
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kudos for the map idea !! I've got my work cut out for me tomorrow -
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Escargot:

Disney is offering a deal on packages with and without dining this morning. They are including the hopping portion of the ticket for free. This could be a nice savings for you.

Go to mousesavers.com for the details.

Good luck!
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Old Nov 2nd, 2006, 09:44 AM
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mikesmom: Thanks ! I just filled out that info and sent them an email - so glad you thougth to post that for us, we appreciate the contact info !
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mikesmom: I got it ! Thank you I just booked that special - and everyone above thank you for all the good advice -
I didn't end up with it thru the link you gave me, mikesmom, b/c I got the same price from Disney direct as well as some great air fares they were able to coordinate as one is leaving from nyc and one from boston - and the luggage pick up, ground transport, etc - We are staying at the Boardwalk Inne - so now we can just relax and anticipate !

Thanks again everyone - it was a tad overwhelming for me initially - when we used to go when they were younger, it was always, as I said, one of the on monorail resorts and no 'thinking' - so with all my ??? b/c of their age, different interests so different location, you were all so incredibly helpful - sometimes all you 'fodorites' just make it like we have our own personal travel agent at our fingertips with all the advice one needs !! Thanks again.
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escargot:

Sounds like you have a great plan. I'm sorry I wasn't clear about mousesavers.com I was just directing you there for some good information about the deals available, not as a place to actually book the trip.

I'm glad it's working out for you. I'm sure you will enjoy the Boardwalk Inn. It's our favorite.

Have fun!
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