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    Just got back from a way too quick weekend at Disneyland. My husband and I flew out from NY for micechat.com's 5th anniversary. I used to live in L.A. so we both have been to DL many times.

    WE bought into Bay Lake Tower (BLT) last summer, but our first stay was at Grand Californian (GCV). We had a studio with a theme park view. It was AWESOME. Muholland Madness was RIGHT THERE and we were able to see them working on and testing the Silly Symphony Swings.

    I loved how convenient it was (since I'd never really stayed at the hotel due to the expense). The walk to the park was so short, and it was nice meeting a friend for a quick breakfast at Whitewater. Interesting the changes since DVC moved in lol I also liked the walkway to the main lobby - big time saver.

    Overall I really liked the room. It was a good enough size. The bed was soooo comfy, and the couch was too. I liked having so many places to sit. The balcony was nice too. The bathroom area outside was very roomy. The little kitchenette was functional. But strangely, the thing i liked the most was the deep dresser drawers lol And it still smelled new

    My negatives are the same as with almost every hotel room: the toilet/tub area was really small,and the toilet didn't flush very well. Most of the time the tp would stick in the pot or it would shred and come back up. There was also no place to hang all the towels. It would be so easy to add another towel rack. Ditto with a space in the tub - that tiny shelf couldn't hold all of my and my husbands stuff. And the pillow was too fluffy. Lol There also wasn't a nightstand on both sides of the bed - I hate having to put my glasses and clock on the floor. IIRC BLT has one on both sides. Very nice.

    Anyway... it was an enjoyable stay, and a great way to start our DVC journey. I can't wait until we can afford to buy into it. lol

    Lori Beth
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...


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    Pics will hopefully be up this week.

    Trying to figure out our next DVC trip, since our use year began Feb. 1st.

    Trying to talk her into May 1st.
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      April 10 WDW!!!!

      I still can't get over the view LOL, and it wasn't even one of the best views! Man, it was so so great. I loved watching DCA "wake up" in the morning
      Good morning, son
      In twenty years from now
      Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
      And I can tell you 'bout today
      And how I picked you up and everything changed
      It was pain
      Sunny days and rain
      I knew you'd feel the same things...


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        Thanks so much for the mini review. We'll be there for a week, in about a week and half. I am really looking forward to it.

        We've got a 2 br since we're bring since we are bring the BIL, SIL, and niece with us.

        We've got points at both BLT and VCG. Lookking forward to our first stay at BLT too. Hope next year.
        My Disney blog: http://disneyhistory-myjourneyofdiscovery.blogspot.com/

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          I also got to see the testing of Silly Symphony Swings and WOC
          test.

          One bed room No Dish towel and hard to clean one glass.
          Still need work on Vent fans.
          What I found on the toilet is to push handle all the way down.
          Still big and nice room.

          Day View



          Night time view

          Last edited by akfandisney; 02-04-2010, 06:58 AM.
          AKfandisney Have a Magic Disney day šoš 2010
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            Wonderful view

            I don't even know if we had a dish towel!
            Good morning, son
            In twenty years from now
            Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
            And I can tell you 'bout today
            And how I picked you up and everything changed
            It was pain
            Sunny days and rain
            I knew you'd feel the same things...


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              Great Review! I can't believe how great the views are from the balcony. Especially of Paradise Pier. Talk about "front row seats" for World of Color.

              Anyway... it was an enjoyable stay, and a great way to start our DVC journey. I can't wait until we can afford to buy into it. lol
              Wife and I have been members since our WDW Honeymoon (2003) and have never been happier with the decision. You will absolutely love the Disney Vacation Club!
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                Completely forgot to add pictures!

                Here we go:

                Night view from our room.


                Day view from the balcony of the room.


                Bathroom area. These sliding doors seem to be all the rage in the new DVC units- BLT has them too.


                Sink area directly outside bathroom.


                Small kitchen area in the Studios. Microwave did come in handy for breakfast though.


                Closet, complete with robes.


                Overview of the room (MiceChatters not included.)
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                  LOVE IT! Beautiful rooms!
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                    Great review NNL and yoyo, thanks for updating with pics! Hoping to get a DVC membership myself soon.
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                      Originally posted by disneyland255 View Post
                      Wife and I have been members since our WDW Honeymoon (2003) and have never been happier with the decision. You will absolutely love the Disney Vacation Club!
                      We are DVC members... new members lol We bought into BLT, but I wish we could afford GCV right now too Eventually...
                      Good morning, son
                      In twenty years from now
                      Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                      And I can tell you 'bout today
                      And how I picked you up and everything changed
                      It was pain
                      Sunny days and rain
                      I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                        :d welcome home! :d
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                          They have robes??? Wow I have never seen that in FL's DVCs!

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                            Originally posted by wishyouwell View Post
                            They have robes??? Wow I have never seen that in FL's DVCs!
                            Yeah, we were definitely surprised. I think they are part of the Grand Californian amenities, but I could be wrong...
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                              In all the rooms at GC resort Have two robes in each room.

                              I have stay On points at GC resort.
                              you also can buy the robes at gift shop and also with cost have your name put on.
                              AKfandisney Have a Magic Disney day šoš 2010
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