Specific Hotels – Listener Questions

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Concierge

Generally

1237 23:35 Brandon from Tennessee asks about Concierge resorts for an anniversary during Food and Wine

0668 26’00″: Mike from Colorado wants to know the rack rate for Concierge.

0585 10’40″: Steven from WA wants to know what Concierge provides, and whether it is worth the additional cost. Mr Wooster suggests Episode 141.

LS34 53’15″: Laura from TX has only got 1 out of 2 rooms Concierge so far, and thinks about asking for Concierge access.

LS31 Part 1 – 25’55″: A Netherlands Trip Report, and got a free concierge upgrade.

Part 1 – 30’00″: Gabriella from BC, Canada was also upgraded to concierge, and wanted some concierge tips.

LS30 Part 1 – 30’40” Kim from Maryland asks whether she should get the Dining Plan if she is staying Concierge.

0499 6’00″: Cagey from TX refers to Episode 434 – Deluxe Resorts [1], and asks which Concierge [link: http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Specific-Hotels-Listener-Questions#Concierge] service is the best.

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Steve of LA wants to know about utilizing concierge to save money on food.

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[2]Jonathon wants to know if he can get a discount on Contemporary Concierge with an annual pass discount
Len doesn’t think they offer AP discount on Concierge level rooms.

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Rick wants to know what a Concierge room is and how much more it is.
Len says a Concierge room gives a better view, there’s a food buffet on the Concierge level for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Len says the menu offerings vary by resort and you can often save some money by eating the food there.
Len says Concierge level allows you to get last minute restaurant and show reservations.
Len wasn’t that impressed with the ability of the Concierge staff in terms of what they can do.
Mike Scopa says it’s akin to being pampered.
Matt reads off some [3]rack rates for Concierge level.
Len says all the Concierge levels all have lounges and finds it very relaxing.
Matt mentions many people get a Concierge level rooms due to circumstance and luck.
Len says you might be able to just get access to the Concierge level (thus getting you the ammenities with that) and depending on who you talk to and other circumstances, you might be able to get Concierge access without staying at a Concierge room. You simply need to ask..

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Kevin Peace of Flagstaff, AZ wants to know what a concierge level is and what’s so great about it.
Mary says the concierge level vaires by resort, but there is a private lounge where there is complimentry food and drinks and it gives you a place to relax or meet up with others.
Mary mentions it’s more expensive than a regular room and says it depends on if it’s worth it or not depending on the resort and room you’d get.
Mike Scopa has heard so much great things about the Polynesian’s Concierge that he thinks it’s worth it.

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Josh also asks what our favorite concierge based resort offerings.
Len prefers Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Steve agrees with Len and mentions the Polynesian is a solid number two choice .
Len mentions [4]Sue Pisaturo has done a comparitive analysis of all the concierge offerings and recommends Josh emailing Sue and asking her about it.

Concierge – Animal Kingdom Lodge

1412 8:57 Jeffrey talks about a secret drink at the Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge lounge and asks about similar items at WDW

0582 10’25″: Matt from PA asks whether the Panel has stayed Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge, and done the Sunrise Safari.

LS033 97’05″: Kim from Maryland asks for room suggestions for Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge.

LS01 Part 1 – 26’40″: Kim says that she cannot book Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge in the first week in December (7 months out).

Concierge – Beach Club

1260 21:46 Caroline from Texas asks about room requests at the Beach Club, namely Club Level rooms

Concierge – Boardwalk

1154 13:38 Brandon from Tennessee asks about the benefits of staying concierge at the Boardwalk Inn during Food and Wine

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Stacey of OH wants to know if there are photos of the Innkeepers Club at Boardwalk.
Matt found photos at [5]Deb’s site.

Concierge – Grand Floridian

1298 16:58 Rachel asks about staying Club Level at the Grand Floridian

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Rich from Pottstown has reservations at the Grand Floridian where they have two levels of concierge service and wants to know what the difference is and if it’s worth it.
Chris says it depends on what you expect and how much you want to spend.
Chris doesn’t think personally it’s not worth it.
Len has stayed at Concierge at Grand Floridian and he says it’s the “least good” concierge service and would prefer any other concierge service available at the other resorts.
Len and Mike prefer the Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge.
Len also likes the concierge at the Polynesian.
Mike says to change Rich’s reservation to somewhere else.

Concierge – Wilderness Lodge

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Anna of NY wants to know if getting concierge level at Wilderness Lodge will help cut back on food.
Mike Scopa says she’s looking for a reason to book concierge.
Len says there’s a $160 difference in concierge and a regular room and says you won’t eat $160 worth of food.
Matt says concierge is a perk and for those who can afford it.

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RichO wants to know about how guests in a regular room can access concierge level ammenities at the Wilderness Lodge.
Len says what you need to do is request Concierge level access at the front desk and it’s a negotiable rate.
Len doesn’t think it works a lot and will cost around $15-20 per day.

Deluxe

Animal Kingdom Lodge

1322 16:41 Lauren from Massachusetts asks if upgrading to Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the extra money for a honeymoon trip over a Moderate Resort

1310 11:35 A listener seeks “must do” experiences at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

1289 20:33 Howie from Maryland asks about parking at multiple WDW locations in a single day, namely the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge

1266 15:29 Tom from Pennsylvania asks about the night vision goggles at Animal Kingdom Lodge

1260 8:31 Elizabeth from Ohio asks if her party can leave its car at Animal Kingdom Lodge for Fantasmic

1174 12:29 Mike from New York asks about things to take advantage of at Deluxe Resorts, specifically Animal Kingdom Lodge

0582 22’40″: Mark from UK refers to Episode 515 and recommends the Wilderness Lodge, and was bored with the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

LS033 19’35″: Malissa from TX calls in to defend Animal Kingdom Lodge, and compares it favorably with Coronado Springs.

0456 Laurie wants to know if she could be upgraded at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Brian wants to know how bad the construction is in terms of noise at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Sarah wants to know room recommendations for Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Scott wants to know if the “Wild by Design” tour at the Animal Kingdom is worth it.

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Matt suggests going to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

LS03 Walter wants to know the best rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge to see animals

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Kai Dean of Manchester, UK wants to know all about the Animal Kingdom such as the best and worst things about the resort.
Mike thinks everyone should visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge at least once because it’s so unique.
Mike stayed in the Savannah Rooms once because it’s so far remotely removed from everything else in the resort.
Mike doesn’t strongly recommend the Animal Kingdom Lodge because it’s not ideal for joggers.
Mike does however like Boma (restaurant).
Animal Kingdom Lodge is Mary’s favorite and she loves the restaurants, especially Jiko.
Mary also likes the fact that the Cast Members are from Africa and makes the experience very interesting.
Sue suggests if someone is going to stay there for 2 weeks that they rent a car because of the resort’s location and recommends using the rental codes at [6]Mousesavers.com.
Mary and Sue both agree that there is a refridgerator in the room.
Sue suggests if there are good disconts, to opt for a concierge room because Sue and Mary believe it’s the best concierge level on all of Disney property.
There’s also an Espresso machine, fruit juices every morning.
Sue suggests requesting a savannah view room .

Animal Kingdom Villas Sunrise Safari

0594 2’55″: Tera refers to Episode 589, and suggests proposing at the Animal Kingdom Sunrise Safari.

LS34 36’15″: Kim from Pittsburgh loves the Sunrise Safari in the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

0582 10’25″: Matt from PA asks whether the Panel has stayed Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge, and done the Sunrise Safari.

LS25 Part 2, 1’55” Kim from Pittsburgh will be transferring between hotels to go to the Sunrise Safari.

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Kim wants to know if she can go on the Sunrise Safari if she’s staying at the Animal Kingdom Villas.

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Kathy from Cincinatti wants to know if you’re staying at a Disney Vacation Club resort, can you book a Breakfast Safari.
Mike Scopa says the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s [7]Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure is only available to concierge level guests and costs $55 per adult/$27.50 for children and lasts 45 minutes and you go to the Tusker House for a buffet breakfast and then get a FASTPASS for Kilimanjaro Safari.
Matt says if you’re really interested in seeing animals and want to shell out the money, then its worth it.

Boardwalk Inn and Villas

1331 27:39 Jason from Ohio asks if his family should stay at the Boardwalk Inn or the Beach Club

1310 15:20 Chris from Washington asks if he can obtain free valet parking at the Boardwalk Inn if he wants to use Tables in Wonderland to eat at a World Showcase restaurant

1225 6:23 Dan from New Mexico asks the panelists for their opinions on the Boardwalk dining options

0692 Reuben from Maryland asks about the Garden suites in the Boardwalk, and any other suggestions for 3-4 18-year-olds.

0689 1’40″: Reuben from Maryland asks about the Garden suites in the Boardwalk, and any other suggestions for 3-4 18-year-olds.

0627 20’30″: Robbie from Alabama would like room hints for the Boardwalk.

LS36 89’45″: Brian from Pennsylvania comments on staying at the Boardwalk.

LS31 Part 2 – 47’00″: Henry asks whether the Boardwalk or Beach Club area would be better.

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Rick wants to know if he should stay at Boardwalk (Boardwalk view) or Beach Club Villas.
Matt mentions an episode about a trip Len took.

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Adam want to know about Yacht & Beach club or Boardwalk rooms getting renovated.

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Alan of NY wants to know if he can get into the Boardwalk for the time of the year he’s going.

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Len thinks Boardwalk is better than Beach Club because of the dining options.

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Rob from NJ wants to know if he should stay at Wilderness Lodge or Boardwalk for 19 year old kids.
Len says Wilderness Lodge will be cheaper and calls it a “really upscale moderate”.
Matt thinks money aside, Boardwalk would be better.

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Jay from Saco, Maine wants to know opinions of the Boardwalk Resort.
Len recently stayed there a few weeks ago but recommends avoiding the water view because it’s noisy with the boats.
Len likes the resorts because it has ample dining and highly recommends the cookies at Seashore Sweets (around the corner from the Flying Fish Cafe).
Christina says it’s a great resort if you’re looking for a “romatical” trip.
Matt likes the resort and mentions it’s walking distance to Epcot or the Disney-MGM Studios and the Boardwalk area has lots to offer.
Matt recommends trying to buy Disney Vacation Club points off an owner to get a good deal on staying at Boardwalk.
Mike really likes that you can easily walk to Epcot or the Disney-MGM Studios and Mike also likes the jogging areas.
Mike recommends Boardwalk for a first time visitor.

Contemporary

1367 16:10 Alexander asks whether the Contemporary or the Beach Club is better

0665 25’10″: Mardy from Illinois asks for thoughts about the DVC studios in the Contemporary.

0660 4’55″: Steve refers to Episode 651 remembers the game room in the Contemporary.

0651 26’45″: Amy asks about the game room in the Contemporary.

0630 3’35″: John, staying in the Contemporary, asks for suggestions for early evenings with young children.

LS25 Part 1, 7’25” Abbey from Connecticut also asks about the water mice at the Contemporary.

LS25 Part 2, 33’55” Mr Voice discusses the Contemporary Resort construction works.

0239 [8]Jonathon wants to know if he can get a discount on Contemporary Concierge with an annual pass discount
Len doesn’t think they offer AP discount on Concierge level rooms.
Jonathon wants to know if he should stay at either regular level Contemporary or a moderate resort.
Len suggests Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge as a cheaper alternative.

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Justin of Indiana wants to know if the Swan or Contemporary resort is better.
Mike Scopa says it’s hard to say because it depends on what the person is looking for.
Mike Scopa says it would be cheaper to stay at the Swan and the Swan is more convenient to the Disney-MGM Studios or Epcot.
Mike Scopa says the Contemporary are for people who love the Magic Kingdom and want to be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom.
Mike Newell prefers the Contemporary.
Len says before the rehab, the Swan was hands down the winner but the new rooms in the Contemporary really make it quite comparable.
Len says if you can get a refurbished room at the Contemporary it’s every bit as good as the Swan if not better.
Len says if you have small children and plan on spending more time at the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary is for you but says you really can’t go wrong with either one.

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Bob from Delaware wants to know about the rehab going on at the Contemporary resort.
Mike Scopa says the South Garden Wing is undergoing refurbishment and will be going on through September of 2006. The Tower building will be done one floor at a time and then once that’s complete, they’ll move over to the North Wing which will run until about October 2007.
Len recommends asking for a refurbished room.

Generally

1406 30:37 Beverly from Indiana ponders the best resort, moderate or deluxe, for access to DHS and Magic Kingdom

1322 13:24 Brian from Canada asks about resort hopping to other Deluxe Resorts from the Boardwalk Inn using only Disney transportation

1097 6:10 Karen from Kansas asks the panel to weigh deluxe resort options.

0665 22’20″: Mardy from Illinois refers to Episode 434 and Episode 515 asks about the favorite and least favorite Deluxe Resorts for adults.

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Simone of Austrialia wants to know if she should stay at Contemporary, Yacht & Beach Club or Swan & Dolphin resort .

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Paulie of NY wants to know if the deluxe resorts are worth the cost.

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Amanda wants to know activities to do at the deluxe resorts.
Len mentions [9]Steve Seifert’s Polynesian Resort website.

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Len says the deluxe resorts are getting a thread count sheet upgrade.

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Walter asks what is the best deluxe resort for adults?.
Mike Scopa says it depends whats in your wallet and likes either Beach & Yacht Club or Polynesian.
Len also would recommend Boardwalk resort or the Swan & Dolphin resorts.

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Someone asks what is the best deluxe resort to stay at for adults and when is the best time to go to Walt Disney World regarding crowd sizes and weather.
Mike says picking a deluxe resort depends on your personal tastes, budget and a few other considerations.
Mike prefers to stay at the Polynesian Resort.
Len agrees but also likes the Swan resort.

Grand Floridian

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Jen of MD wants to know the best rooms in the Garden View category at the Grand Floridian.
Len says these rooms are best….
72-11, 72-13, 72-15, 72-17, 17-19, 17-21.
73-11, 73-13, 73,-15, 73-17, 73-19, 73-21.
74-11, 74-13, 74-15, 74-17, 74-19, 74-21.

Polynesian

1415 7:20 Ann wonders how the Polynesian renovations will affect the resort’s Christmas decorations

1412 6:50 Esriah from the Atlantic Ocean asks if the west side of the Polynesian will be renovated. The hosts get dizzy by saying “West Siiiideee”

1382 16:15 Ben from Georgia asks when construction at the Polynesian Resort will end

1361 11:22 Jim from England asks if Dole Whips will be available at Captain Cook’s in August

1361 7:46 Jim from England asks if he should change his Polynesian Resort reservation due to the construction

1358 20:35 Riley from Canada asks if the ongoing Polynesian construction is affecting the parking situation there

1355 13:16 Christopher asks for the better upgrade option at the Polynesian: a castle-view room or a club-level room

1307 13:16 Nicola from the UK asks if her family should book another resort because of the construction at the Polynesian

1304 9:59 Michael from California asks if the Polynesian or the Beach Club is better for his family. He also asks how long he should stay.

1234 3:13 Wade asks if non-Polynesian guests can watch the New Years Eve fireworks from the resort’s beach

1228 20:12 Mary from Massachusetts asks if a car is more useful at the Polynesian or at the Beach Club

1171 28:20 Chris from Massachusetts asks about the timing of the upcoming Polynesian renovation

1145 20:50 Elizabeth shares observations about the Polynesian

0639 16’35″: Dave from Indiana would like a balcony in his Polynesian room, and asks whether the non-balcony rooms have more space.

18’35″: Steve Seifert would like a mention to his Polynesian website, www.tikimanpages.com/tiki

0576 7’50″: Kirsten from Massachusetts asks about activities at the Polynesian.

LS31 Part 1 – 50’20″: Kim from Maryland is going to stay at Swan and Polynesian, and asks which should be first.

0507 21’40″: Mark from Illinois asks about favorite rooms for the Polynesian with a Garden view. Len recommends going to Steve Seifert’s site (http://tikiman2001.homestead.com/)

0460 Jennifer of NY wants to know if the Polynesian or Beach Club resorts have playgrounds.

0451 JillAnn and Lisa of IN wants to know if it’s worth splurging to stay at the Polynesian.

0451 Sarah of MO wants to know about an early checkin at the Polynesian at Club Level.

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Len mentions [10]Steve Seifert’s Polynesian Resort website.

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CJ of SC wants to know a standard view room at the Polynesian with a lagoon view or Magic Kingdom.
Len recommends [11]Steve Seifert’s site.
CJ also wants resort specific activities at the Polynesian are worth it.

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Christa also wants to know if the Polynesian has gotten any better recently.
Len says he’s received more than 4000 reader responses and only one complaint about the service at the Polynesian so it has gotten better.

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Matt of NY wants to know if all the rooms in the Polynesian rooms have been updated.
Mike Scopa recalls all the rooms have been updated.
Len says the bathrooms at the Polynesian are well designed.

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Mark wants to stay at the Polynesian resort but heard Len said he wouldn’t recommend it anymore and wants to know why.
Len says the issue wit the Polynesian was bad reader surveys complaining about the service at the Polynesian in an Unofficial Guide survey.
Len says the area of concern were front desk, valet and housekeeping.
Len says the Polynesian is working on the issues.
Matt thinks [12]Steve would still recommend the Polynesian.
Mike Scopa doesn’t think Mark should stay at the Contemporary and would recommend the Polynesian.

LS03 Steve from MI wants to know Steve’s opinion which longhouse at the Polynesian is the best

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Ray wants to know which would be better: Polynesian, Pop Century or Beach Club.
Len says the Polynesian will allow him to have easy access to the Magic Kingdom but Len is wary of the Polynesian after alot of Polynesian complaints to the Unofficial Guide this year.

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Josh of Woodbury, Connecticut wants a suggestion to stay between the Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge.
Steve recommends the Polynesian Resort (surprise, surprise) but Steve also likes the Grand Floridian or Contemporary for those who might not enjoy the Polynesian’s theme.

Swan and Dolphin

1403 14:14 Tim from Texas ponders Disney amenities at the Swan and Dolphin

1322 8:24 Michael from Maryland asks if FastPass Plus is a perk for guests at the Dolphin. Len offers a related tip for offsite guests.

1295 22:10 Glenn from New Hampshire asks if the Swan is included in My Magic Plus

1292 19:26 Jason from Alabama asks if the Swan and Dolphin are using My Magic Plus

1225 11:33 Michelle from New York asks whether her party should stay at the Dolphin or Old Key West

1216 24:06 Robert from Tennessee asks for the panel’s opinion on the Swan and Dolphin Resorts

1192 18:50 Brian asks whether the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is better than Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

1177 16:23 Jeff from Ohio comments on the Dolphin, emphasizing the parking situation there.

1121 20:55 Dan from Massachusetts discusses the Swan and Dolphin

Wilderness Lodge

1322 16:41 Lauren from Massachusetts asks if upgrading to Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the extra money for a honeymoon trip over a Moderate Resort

1168 3:30 Steph from Kansas praises the wireless service at Wilderness Lodge

1124 17:32 Alicia from New York asks about Wilderness Lodge and Pt. Orleans French Quarter

0636 6’00″: Melinda who asks whether upgrading from Port Orleans Riverside to Wilderness Lodge is a good deal.

0633 25’20″: Tim from Colorado asks whether he can have an ordinary toaster in his Wilderness Lodge room.

LS34 50’45″: Henry asks for the best room in the Wilderness Lodge DVC.

0582 22’40″: Mark from UK refers to Episode 515 and recommends the Wilderness Lodge, and was bored with the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

LS033 120’40″: Brian from NJ says that Stan from the Wilderness Lodge gives tours every morning.

0456 Yvonne of MD wants to know about the weight limits for the Segway tours.

0454 Raffy of the Philippines wants to know the difference in rooms between the Wilderness Lodge Villas versus Wilderness Lodge.

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Kathy of SC wants to know if she should stay at Port Orleans French Quarter or Wilderness Lodge based on their pools.

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Susan wants to know what we don’t like about Port Orleans Riverside and if she should move to the Wilderness Lodge.

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Lynne of CT wants to know if she should upgrade from a Wilderness Lodge room to a Studio.

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Carol wants to know room number recommendations at Wilderness Lodge Concierge level.
Len says rooms 5005-5023; 5147-5165; 5035-5041; 6005-6023; 6147-6165; 6035-6041; 6123-6129.

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Rob from NJ wants to know if he should stay at Wilderness Lodge or Boardwalk for 19 year old kids.
Len says Wilderness Lodge will be cheaper and calls it a “really upscale moderate”.
Matt thinks money aside, Boardwalk would be better.

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Joe from PA wants to know if there are tours of the Wilderness Lodge.
Mike Scopa says a tour is offered every morning and only offered a few days of the week.
Mike Scopa says the tour talks about the architecture, landscaping and how the resort was built.
Len says the tour is free.

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Joe of Pennsylvana is going to the Wilderness Lodge and wants to know what the best things to do are at the Wilderness Lodge.
Mike Scopa mentions the pool is really neat and they have a great jogging path.
Mike Scopa likes Trails End for breakfast or dinner.
There is also a boat launch to the Magic Kingdom from the Wilderness Lodge.
Mike Scopa isn’t a big fan of Whispering Canyon.
Mike Newell mentions the entertainment is pretty good.
Len recommends not to be put in a room that overlooks the lobby because those rooms are quite noisy.

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Josh of Woodbury, Connecticut wants a suggestion to stay between the Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge.
Steve recommends the Polynesian Resort (surprise, surprise) but Steve also likes the Grand Floridian or Contemporary for those who might not enjoy the Polynesian’s theme.

Yacht and Beach Club

1367 16:10 Alexander asks whether the Contemporary or the Beach Club is better

1334 20:44 Mark from Indiana asks about activities at the Beach Club

1331 27:39 Jason from Ohio asks if his family should stay at the Boardwalk Inn or the Beach Club

1304 9:59 Michael from California asks if the Polynesian or the Beach Club is better for his family. He also asks how long he should stay.

1228 20:12 Mary from Massachusetts asks if a car is more useful at the Polynesian or at the Beach Club

0680 18’20″: Dale from Maryland trips after listening about the ghost in the Yacht Club.

0677 22’40″: Deborah from NJ asks for quiet room recommendations for the Beach Club. Len refers to Episode 629.

0600 5’00″: Charlotte from UK asks about activities at the Beach Club.

LS31 Part 2 – 47’00″: Henry asks whether the Boardwalk or Beach Club area would be better.

LS30 Part 2 – 1’05” Justin from Indiana wants a comparison between Beach Club and Coronado Springs.

0460 Jennifer of NY wants to know if the Polynesian or Beach Club resorts have playgrounds.

0460 Tim of MA comments on the Beach Club resort.

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Rick wants to know if he should stay at Boardwalk (Boardwalk view) or Beach Club Villas.
Matt mentions an episode about a trip Len took.
Holly of MO wants to know if the views at the Beach Club villas aren’t that good.

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Brian wants to know which rooms at the Beach Club have a good view at the Concierge Level.
Adam want to know about Yacht & Beach club or Boardwalk rooms getting renovated.

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Martin of CT doesn’t think the Beach Club is that bad as recent survey results indicate.

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John of Australia wants to know if staying at Yacht & Beach Club is a waste if staying in December.

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Kelly of VA wants to know if she should stay at the Beach Club.
Len likes the Beach Club for it’s location.
Len doesn’t enjoy the theming of Beach Club and the food is ok.
Len thinks Boardwalk is better because of the dining options.
Len thinks the pools are a ltitle bit better at Yacht & Beach club.

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Choi of NY wants to know if its possible to get studio reservations at the Beach Club during August.
Mike Newell says he should be able to.
Matt mentions the second half of August is not that busy.

LS05 George of VA wants to know if he should make a request for a specific floor at the Beach Club

For standard view rooms with a view of Epcot, you want even numbered rooms 3512-3536, 4578-4598

For the villas, look for odd numbered rooms 229-251, 329-351, 429-451

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Ray wants to know which would be better: Polynesian, Pop Century or Beach Club.
Len says the Polynesian will allow him to have easy access to the Magic Kingdom but Len is wary of the Polynesian after alot of Polynesian complaints to the Unofficial Guide this year.
Mike Scopa says to get to Animal Kingdom, Pop Century would be a good choice.
Len recommends the Beach Club.

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Bob of Cortland, OH wants to know if the Beach Club Resort has had any recent rehabs.
Mary mentions any hotel has ongoing maintenance and if your timing is bad it can look worse than it is.
Mary was there in November and didn’t notice any problems.
Matt mentions that he would think a higher end resort like the Beach Club wouldn’t be as suspect to suffer from problems that often.

DVC

Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village

1204 20:15 Scott discusses DVC room layout

1195 7:34 Jeff from New Jersey asks the hosts for their opinions on Kidani Village and its rooms

Bay Lake Towers

1358 6:58 Greg from Illinois asks if staying at Bay Lake Tower is worth it with a toddler for proximity to the Magic Kingdom

1292 19:49 Joesph from Kentucky asks about renting DVC points for Baylake Tower, Boardwalk, or Beach Club

1189 18:39 Jean from Maryland comments on and asks about the fold-out sofas and chairs at Bay Lake Towers

1159 20:32 Jennifer from Tennessee asks about Bay Lake Tower for a large group

0639 21’30″: Elizabeth asks about the Baylake Towers Vacation Club.

0573 8’35″: Lori from Georgia wonders about the Contemporary crowds when the Bay Lake Towers open.

LS30 Part 1 – 22’45” Amy from Kentucky comments on Baylake Towers.

0391 John mentions some legal language related to Kingdom Tower DVC property.

Beach Club Villas

1421 3:21 Amanda from New York asks about renovations to the rooms at the Beach Club Villas

1322 6:48 Christine, probably not Len’s sister, asks about requesting rooms at Beach Club Villas

1301 11:41 John from New York asks if he should use a travel agent to book a stay at Beach Club Villas and whether a travel agent can get him DVC and Annual Pass discounts

1109 Andrew from Missouri asks about staying at the Beach Club Villas.

1109 Andrew from Missouri asks about the best way to get to AK and MK from Beach Club Villas

Boardwalk Villas

1231 7:34 Mike from New Jersey comments on the bus service at Old Key West and Saratoga Springs as compared to the Boardwalk.

1225 16:28 A listener comments on his stay at the Boardwalk Villas based on Episode 1096 – Deluxe Resorts: Epcot. He also requests resort recommendations for his upcoming trip

1133 21:39 Rick asks about walking from the Boardwalk Villas to DHS

Interval International

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Lisa of AZ shares a positive experience with Interval International.

Old Key West

1231 7:34 Mike from New Jersey comments on the bus service at Old Key West and Saratoga Springs as compared to the Boardwalk.

1225 11:33 Michelle from New York asks whether her party should stay at the Dolphin or Old Key West

LS35 105’45″: Dean from NY talks about his surprise upgrade offer, and asks which the Panel prefer: Saratoga Springs, or Old Key West.

0564 3’35″: Rod from UK asks about the bus service from Old Key West and Saratoga Springs.

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Mike wants to know about the DVC plans to extend the lease for those who own at Old Key West.

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Jeff wants to know if he’s staying at a studio at Old Key West he should get the dining plan.
Mike Newell says in the studio, you only get a microwave and a mini-fridge and says you really can’t make breakfast and for other meals you’re limited to frozen foods.
Mike Newell says a one bedroom unit and larger offers a full kitchen.
Mike Newell says the studio is really only good for making a snack like a bag of popcorn and would recommend the dining plan.

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Choi wants to know the next refurbishment for Old Key West.
Mike Newell says there have been some recent upgrades to the room and hears the next change is coming to the restaurant Olivia’s.
Mike Newell says the main pool was given a new slide about two years ago.

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Len mentions there’s a free boat ride that goes between Port Orleans Riverside, French Quarter, Old Key West and Downtown Disney.

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Erin wants to know our opinions of the Old Key West resort.
Len mentions that he’s stayed there a few times and it’s one of his favorite resorts.
Since it was one of the first Disney Vacation Club resorts, Disney went all out during it’s construction.
Len likes the pools as well.
Len’s only problem is the on-site dining is nothing to write home about and Len recommends having a car if you’re planning on staying there.
Len mentions you can also sometimes find studios at Old Key West online sometimes.
Len also recommends if you want to try it out, try renting someone’s Disney Vacation Club points and having a stay there to see exactly what it’s like.

Saratoga Springs

1409 22:54 Lucas from Indiana comments on potential noise at Saratoga Springs from Downtown Disney construction

1364 12:07 Erica from Indiana asks for quiet buildings at Saratoga Springs because of ongoing construction at Downtown Disney

1272 22:11 Kevin from Belgium asks whether Saratoga Springs or Coronado Springs is better for transportation

1251 11:37 Steve from the UK asks for ways to balance a stay at Saratoga Springs with actual park touring

1231 7:34 Mike from New Jersey comments on the bus service at Old Key West and Saratoga Springs as compared to the Boardwalk.

LS35 105’45″: Dean from NY talks about his surprise upgrade offer, and asks which the Panel prefer: Saratoga Springs, or Old Key West.

0564 3’35″: Rod from UK asks about the bus service from Old Key West and Saratoga Springs.

LS30 Part 1 – 17’15” Bradley from FL asks about activities in Saratoga Springs.

0448 Simon also wants to know the best location at Saratoga Springs for bus service

0336
Catherine of MA wants to know about getting a free upgrade at Saratoga Springs.

0236
Sandy of NY wants to know if she should rent a car if she’s staying at Saratoga Springs.
Mike Newell rented a 15 passenger van and a little pricey, but liked it.
Skiyalater stayed at Saratoga Springs and recommends renting a car.
Mike Newell recommends renting a car if you’re staying at Saratoga Springs.

Treehouse Villas

1137 13:27 Matt from Pennsylvania asks about golf cart transportation at Saratoga Springs

0567 14’00″: Brad from Illonis asks about the pool in the Tree House Villas.

Wilderness Lodge Villas

1168 3:30 Steph from Kansas praises the wireless service at Wilderness Lodge

1158 4:57 Steph from Kansas asks about WiFi quality at Wilderness Lodge Villas

Epcot

Generally

1254 4:29 SK asks for good accommodations for large parties near Epcot

0361
Rachel of FL wants to know the closest resort to Epcot.

0260
Linda of CA wants to know if it’s necessary to stay at an Epcot resort during Food & Wine Festival.
Len thinks it’s a fabulous idea to stay at an Epcot resort so you can always eat at Epcot during the Festival.
Len would stay at the Swan and Dolphin or a cheap studio at the Beach & Yacht Club.
Annette says being able to walk between World Showcase and your room is great.

Swan and Dolphin

0698 4’10″: Kim from Maryland refers to the solo Episodes and says that Matt should stop picking on the Swalphin.

LS033 83’15″: Dena from TX asks whether staying at the Dolphin as magical as staying at Scopa Towers.

LS31 Part 1 – 50’20″: Kim from Maryland is going to stay at Swan and Polynesian, and asks which should be first.

0490 32’10″: Molly says that Scopa, Testa and the Guide can’t tell the difference between the Swan and the Dolphin hotels.

0364
Cheryl also wants to know if the Swan or Dolphin is better than the other.

0182
Holly wants to know if you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at the Dolphin.
Len says the Swan & Dolphin do participate in extra Magic Hours.
Holly also wants to know if the Disney Dining Plan is available to guests at the Dolphin.
Len says no.
Holly also wants to know if there is Disney theming in the Dolphin’s decor.
Len says generally speaking no, but there are gift shops with Disney stuff.

0131
Jamie from AR heard about the teacher and nurse discount at the Swan resort and if it’s available at other resorts.
Mike Newell says you must book through the Swan directly for the teacher or nurse discount by calling them at 1-888-828-8850 and let them know you are a teacher or nurse and when you show up to check-in, you’ll need proof of your profession.
Mike Newell says there is no other teacher and/or nurse discount at any of the other Disney resorts.
Len finds the transportation to Swan fine although the transportation to Epcot is somewhat lacking although you can walk there.

0089
Ben of Springfield, OH is planning a trip at the Dolphin resort and wants to know what we think of the Dolphin resort and if it’s feasible to eat at MGM and Epcot because they’re so close by.
Len likes the Dolphin and because he got the teacher’s rate, it’s a great value.
Len thinks the walk to International Gateway at Epcot is going to be a little bit of a walk but wouldn’t be terrible (allow 20-30 minutes).
Matt says the Dolphin is quite close to the Studios and it’s closer to the Studios than it is to Epcot.
Matt says it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Studios.

0086
Justin of Indiana wants to know if the Swan or Contemporary resort is better.
Mike Scopa says it’s hard to say because it depends on what the person is looking for.
Mike Scopa says it would be cheaper to stay at the Swan and the Swan is more convenient to the Disney-MGM Studios or Epcot.
Mike Scopa says the Contemporary are for people who love the Magic Kingdom and want to be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom.
Mike Newell prefers the Contemporary.
Len says before the rehab, the Swan was hands down the winner but the new rooms in the Contemporary really make it quite comparable.
Len says if you can get a refurbished room at the Contemporary it’s every bit as good as the Swan if not better.
Len says if you have small children and plan on spending more time at the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary is for you but says you really can’t go wrong with either one.
Mike Newell says there are good rates for teachers, nurses and government officials at the Swan.

Moderate

Caribbean Beach

1406 16:18 Janette from New Jersey, based on Episode 1384 – One Conversion, ponders ways to connect Epcot with the Caribbean Beach Resort. She also discusses adding DVC to Caribbean Beach.

1385 25:05 Len discusses rumors involving the future of the Caribbean Beach Resort

1385 22:39 Todd from Washington asks if he can walk to the Caribbean Beach Resort from a nearby offsite resort such as to use Disney transportation

1286 13:06 Abe from Indiana asks if Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach is better, both from a transportation standpoint and overall

0585 15’20″: Mellissa wants to know the best between Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside for her honeymoon.

0576 18’30″: Kelly from Georgia wants to persuade her family to stay at the Caribbean Beach.

20’00″: Kelly from Georgia wants recommendations for the Pirate rooms at the Caribbean Beach.

0552 18’55″: Scott asks which is the best: Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach or Coronado Springs.

LS31 Part 1 – 16’15″: Kelly from Suvannah wants to sell Caribbean Beach to a deluxe snob.

Part 2 – 8’40″: Bruce asks whether he should go to Caribbean or Riverside.

Part 2 – 10’20″: Bruce asks for building recommendation for Caribbean.

0534 14’00″: Gary from Illonis asks whether Port Orleans Riverside or Caribbean Beach is better.

LS25 Part 1, 30’35” Jay from Long Island wants general advice about Caribbean Beach.

LS25 Part 2, 43’10” Ashley from Chestpeak asks about the refurbished rooms at Caribbean Beach.

0451 Stacey of MO wants to know what building to request for a king size bed at Caribbean Beach and be close to it all. Stacey also wants to know if she will go crazy without a rental car at Caribbean Beach. Stacey also want to know if any of the rooms at Caribbean Beach have been updated recently.

0430
Gary of UK wants to know if he should stay at Caribbean Beach or the All Star Family Suites.

0427
Nicole of WI wants to know if she should stay at Shades of Green or Caribbean Beach.

0358
Jenny of PA wants to know if she should change resorts because the Caribbean Beach pool will be closed during her trip.

0305
Mark wants to know if the Caribbean Beach pool is going to be closed in 2008.

0206
Gabriella of CT wants to know if she should stay at either Caribbean Beach of Coronado Springs.
Len likes the ambience and food court better at Caribbean Beach but since she likely can’t rent a car, it’s going to be a tough walk.
Matt doesn’t like either of them because of their size.
Len reitterates his love of the air conditioners at Caribbean Beach.

0161
Carrie Ann of HI wants to know if 2 teens and 2 adults would be too crowded at Pop Century.
Mike Scopa says you’re really stretching it when it comes to teenagers and would recommend the Caribbean Beach resort.
Len recommends two value rooms.

LS03 Phil also wants to know the best section is the best to stay at at the Caribbean Beach Resort

0098
Tim in Baton Rouge has heard some horror stories about the buses at Caribbean Beach Resort and wants to know if there is a problem .
Mike Scopa suggests asking for the village of Martinique as the building to stay at, although that is a preferred village and will cost about $10 extra per night.
Len says asking for Trinidad North or Jamaica as they will not cost you extra and Jamaica has it’s own bus stop and has a path to the food court.

Coronado Springs

1364 24:58 Dave from Ohio asks about complementary upgrades to a suite at Coronado Springs

1286 13:06 Abe from Indiana asks if Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach is better, both from a transportation standpoint and overall

1272 22:11 Kevin from Belgium asks whether Saratoga Springs or Coronado Springs is better for transportation

1237 8:13 Todd from Michigan gives his opinion on Coronado Springs

0597 4’45″: Colm from UK asks why the Panel hate Coronado Springs.

0585 15’20″: Mellissa wants to know the best between Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside for her honeymoon.

LS033 19’35″: Malissa from TX calls in to defend Animal Kingdom Lodge, and compares it favorably with Coronado Springs.

27’20″: Kelly from Savannah asks what rooms to ask for in Coronado Springs, Pirate rooms.

0561 10’40″: Karen from Pennsylvania likes Coronado Springs because it is quiet.

0552 18’55″: Scott asks which is the best: Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach or Coronado Springs.

0549 10’25″: Alex likes Coronado Springs.

LS30 Part 2 – 1’05” Justin from Indiana wants a comparison between Beach Club and Coronado Springs.

0400
Shawn comments on eating at Coronado Springs.

0394
Mario wants to know our experiences at Coronado Springs resort.

0391
Shawn wants to know is there always going to be a convention at Coronado Springs.

0323

[13]Bryan wants to know building and room recommendations for Coronado Springs

0311
Shawn of TX wants to know which rooms at Coronado Springs will be closest for his pregnant wife to request.

0242
Sarah of IA wants to know where in Corondao Springs she should stay if she wants to stay close to the first bus stop.
Matt and Mike Scopa aren’t fans of Coronado Springs because of it’s size and the business people who go there.
Len recommends the Cabanas B for bus stop 1, Casitas 4 for bus stop 2, Ranchos 6A for bus stop 3 and Cabanas 8B for bus stop 4 and overall recommends Cabanas 9B or 9A.

0206
Gabriella of CT wants to know if she should stay at either Caribbean Beach of Coronado Springs.
Len likes the ambience and food court better at Caribbean Beach but since she likely can’t rent a car, it’s going to be a tough walk.
Matt doesn’t like either of them because of their size.
Len reitterates his love of the air conditioners at Caribbean Beach.

0149
JT of WI wants to know our thoughts about Coronado Springs.
Len likes Coronado Springs as well as the food court.
Mike Scopa doesn’t like Coronado Springs because of the convention people.
Matt likes Coronado Springs but would rather stay at Port Orleans French Quarter.
Mike Scopa mentions Coronado Springs has a nice gym.
Matt mentions Coronado Springs has room service.

Fort Wilderness Campground

See Fort Wilderness Campground

Generally

1406 30:37 Beverly from Indiana ponders the best resort, moderate or deluxe, for access to DHS and Magic Kingdom

1322 16:41 Lauren from Massachusetts asks if upgrading to Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the extra money for a honeymoon trip over a Moderate Resort

1310 27:14 Brian from Rhode Island deliberates the ethics and the logistics of squeezing a fifth person into a four-person moderate resort room

1286 3:13 Bill from Ohio asks for hotel recommendations for his family of five. Len recommends DVC resorts, while Matt discusses adjoining rooms at Moderate Resorts

1251 15:40 Mike from Rhode Island asks for the best-overall moderate resort, especially for food court quality

0671 27’25″: Mary from Canada wants to stay in a Moderate resort for 10-14 days.

0657 20’35″: Mardy asks for the difference going down from Deluxe to Moderate resorts.

23’40″: Mardy asks for the Moderate resorts to be rated.

0606 11’25″: Kathleen wants to compare an All Star family suite and a moderate resort.

0552 20’55″: John from Maryland wants a Moderate resort with activities and Kosher.

0516 4’40″: Jen in NC asks for recommendations for Moderate hotels.

0338
Nicole also wants a recommendation for a moderate resort.

0332

[14]Jackie wants recommendations for resort restaurants on a moderate budget

0278
Frank wants a recommendation for a moderate resort.
Len likes Caribbean Beach for the ambiance and the air conditioners.
Matt says Caribbean Beach is huge.
Matt recommends French Orleans French Quarter.
James of PA wants to know how we rank the Moderate Resorts.
Mike Scopa says “the best” resort depends on how you’re ranking them and what you consider important.
Mike Scopa ranks them as Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs.
Len ranks them Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach Resorts, Port Orleans Orleans resorts.

0239
Jonathon wants to know if he should stay at either regular level Contemporary or a moderate resort.
Len suggests Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge as a cheaper alternative.

0131
Jay from ME wants to know the best moderate is overall.
Len really likes Coronado Springs for many categories.
Matt likes Port Orleans French Quarter but doesn’t like the bus service and Len doesn’t like the food court.
Mike Scopa doesn’t like Coronado Springs because of the convention center and the large size of the resort.
Matt mentions Coronado Springs is the only moderate resort with room service.
Len likes Caribbean Beach for their old air conditioners and the white noise it emmits.

0067
Brian Logan wants a recommendation for a Moderate resort for kids that are 8 & 5.
Len says during warmer months, the pools at Port Orleans Riverside are pretty good.
Len votes for Coronado Springs.
Mike Scopa votes for Caribbean Beach Resort because of the amount of pools available.
Matt likes Caribbean Beach but mentions some of the buildings are quite far from the main building.
Mike Scopa says Martinique is the best choice at Caribbean Beach but costs $10 per night extra. .
Len says Trinidad is the next closest (no additional fee per night).

0066
Todd of LaFayette, LA wants to know what the best moderate resort is for him if he wants to consider cost, bus wait time and closeness to the main building.
Mike Scopa says cost is a wash since they’re all about the same price.
Len thinks Coronado Springs may be the best choice.

Port Orleans

1412 17:89 Jennifer from Alabama compares Port Orleans French Quarter to the real New Orleans

1328 17:32 Carolyn from Texas asks if the Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside are worth the money

1260 2:19 Liesl from Australia asks how the cost of a room with murphy beds at Port Orleans Riverside compares with that of adjoining rooms at a value resort

1240 26:15 Scott from New York asks for the best way to get to the TTC Epcot monorail station from Port Orleans

1228 24:27 Roger asks if his experience at the Port Orleans Riverside arcade is typical

1222 11:50 Adam from Minnesota comments on WDW Today Reunion and recommends Yee Haw Bob’s show at Port Orleans Riverside

1124 17:32 Alicia from New York asks about Wilderness Lodge and Pt. Orleans French Quarter

1091 16:50 Melinda from Tennessee praises Port Orleans, Electrical WaterPagent, Jiko, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, YeeHaw Bob, the Lines Ap, and MouseFan Travel

0767 6’50″: Peter from Canada asks about the bikes from Port Orleans Riverside.

LS46 37’20″: Mickey from Massachusetts asks if building 7 at French Quarter makes sense, and whether it has wi-fi.

0751 12’45″: Joe from Nebraska asks about building recommendations for Port Orleans Riverside (he is using Disney transportation).

LS45 39’30″: Scott asks which building he should stay in Port Orleans Riverside.

LS44 13’40″: Ron from Kentucky asks if it is worth $200 extra to stay 3 nights at Port Orleans French Quarter inside of Scopa Towers or off-site.

LS42 37’35″: Trish couldn’t stay in building 90 at Port Orleans Riverside, and asks whether she should request the Mansions and/or Building 90.

58’25″: Darleen from NY asks whether Port Orleans French Quarter also has less spicy food.

80’00″: Ryan from Wisconsin asks for a quiet room for Port Orleans French Quarter.

0701 7’15″: Enrique and Linda asks how soon they should book a trip to French Quarter.

0695 17’40″: Donna from SC says the Port Orleans French Quarter food is worth going for.

0677 15’30″: Louis from UK asks which of the Port Orleans’ resorts are better.

0648 7’55″: Louis from UK asks for a recommendation for moderate resorts, especially considering both Port Orleans resorts.

0642 17’25″: Erin from Ohio asks whether she should try Scopa Towers instead of Port Orleans.

LS37 46’00″: Spencer from Maryland asks which is better: Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter.

LS36 8’55″: Jennifer from NY asks why Port Orleans French Quarter is Scopa’s favorite moderate resort.

0606 23’45″: Ken from Kentucky asks what he can expect from French Quarter, after staying in Deluxe resorts.

0585 15’20″: Mellissa wants to know the best between Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside for her honeymoon.

LS033 61’00″: Keith from NY asks whether the Panel would choose a cabin at Fort Wilderness or a room at Port Orleans Riverside.

0564 31’55″: Jimmy likes Yeehaw Bob at Port Orleans Riverside.

0561 20’05″: Marjory from NY asks about Mardi Gras and the food court in Port Orleans French Quarter.

0552 18’55″: Scott asks which is the best: Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach or Coronado Springs.

LS31 Part 2 – 8’40″: Bruce asks whether he should go to Caribbean or Riverside.

0534 14’00″: Gary from Illonis asks whether Port Orleans Riverside or Caribbean Beach is better.

LS30 Part 1 – 48’30” Kevbot (of Episode 524 fame) asks about getting to the parks from Port Orleans Riverside.

0522 12’10″: Terry in Nashville wants building recommendations for Port Orleans Riverside.

0499 13’40″: James asks about having 6 people (including 3 children) in Port Orleans.

0469 Ann of GA wants to know about which building to request at Port Orleans French Quarter.

0454 Ted of NY wants to know if there is a privacy divider in the Port Orleans resort.

0436
Nicole of PA wants to know about king size beds at Port Orleans Riverside.

0379
Kathy of SC wants to know if she should stay at Port Orleans French Quarter or Wilderness Lodge based on their pools.

0367
Susan wants to know what we don’t like about Port Orleans Riverside and if she should move to the Wilderness Lodge.

0361
Patty tells us of her ordeal with not having a rental car at Port Orleans Riverside.

0343
Dan wants to know our opinions of Port Orleans Riverside.

0323
Stephanie wants to know about room size at Port Orleans Riverside.

0299
Nick wants to know why Building 5 and Port Orleans French Quarter is so good.
Len says the number to call for Port Oreans French Quarter is 407-934-6000.

0269
Laura of NJ wants to know if she should stay at Port Orleans French Quarter or Riverside.
Deb would stay at French Quarter because it is the first bus stop and because of the nice pool.
Deb warns there is no sit down restaurant at French Quarter.
Matt recommends building 5 at French Quarter.

0260
Valierie wants to know the best mansion at Port Orleans Riverside that is centrally located.
Len thinks Building 95 & 90 would be good bets.
Annette says Building 14 in Alligator Bayou is the most requested building.

0257
Alex also wants to know if he should stay at Port Orleans Riverside or Pop Century.
Len recommends Pop Century.

0251
Nick wants to know why Building 5 in French Quarter is so good.
Mike Scopa says it’s so great is because Building 5 is so close to everything at the resort.
Mike Scopa says unlike other resorts, being close to the pool area at French Quarter is not noisy.
Nick also wants to know how to request building 5.
Mike Scopa says you can call your travel agent and they can do it for you.
Matt says if you don’t have a travel agent, call the French Quarter front desk 5 days before check-in and request it (407-934-5000).

0164
Todd of LA wants to know about non-smoking rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter.
Len says building 4 is a smoking building.
Mike Scopa recommends Todd stay in building 5 for it’s proximity to the buses and food court.
Len says the two top floors of buildings 4 and 6 are smoking rooms.

0155
Dennis also wants to know if we prefer Port Orleans French Quarter or Riverside.
Len likes the French Quarter and doesn’t think the French Quarter pool is all that bad.
Len doesn’t like either Riverside of French Quarter for lunch or dinner.

0149
Matt likes Coronado Springs but would rather stay at Port Orleans French Quarter.

LS02 Mushed from Iowa City wants to know to if Port Orleans Riverside or Pop Century would be a better choice for a large family

0080
George Pierce corrects us about the two themes that are at Port Orleans Riverside, not just the rustic one found in Alligator Bayou.
Len recommends that if you want to get a photo of the grounds in the Mansion part of Port Orleans, wait for afternoon when the sunlight will be beneficial for taking such photos.

0061
Kelly Mix wants to know our opinion between Port Orleans Riverside vs. Port Orleans French Quarter.
Mike Scopa prefers French Quarter because room access is better and better themed..
Mike Scopa doesn’t like the size of Riverside.
As far as food, Mike Scopa thinks Riverside’s food court is better.
Matt doesn’t like that Riverside has 4 bus stops and having to go to all of them.
Matt thinks French Quarter is the better option despite it’s short comings.
Len prefers French Quarter as well, and doesn’t like lunch or dinner at all at French Quarter.
Len recommends that if Kelly has a car that she consider other options for food outside of the resort.
Mike Newell thinks the rooms at French Quarter are better.
Len mentions that the French Quarter rooms were the most recently rehabed of the two resorts.

0060
Len mentions there’s a free boat ride that goes between Port Orleans Riverside, French Quarter, Old Key West and Downtown Disney.

0045
David Ross wants to know if there were any tributes to the struggles of New Orleans residents at Port Orleans resort?.
Len didn’t see anything in late October 2005 .

0008
Our last question comes from Gary and he wants to know what tips about Port Orleans we might offer.
Mike says building 5 (at Port Orleans French Quarter) is the best and Len likes building 3 because they’re both close to everything.
Mike recommends making a request for the building at the time of the reservation, of if the reservation has allready been made, call back and make the request ASAP.
Len likes to stay on the first floor rooms because it’s easy to walk out, go to the food court or pool and then get back.
Mike adds Port Orleans is divided into 2 resorts, Riverside & French Quarter. Riverside is made up of huge buildings and at times, it’s like walking through a maze to get to your room so Mike recommends French Quarter over Riverside..
Len mentions he’s gotten lost at Riverside a few times..
Len adds the French Quarter rooms were recently rehabed earlier this year.

Value

1243 3:24 John from New York asks how All Star Vacation homes differ from Disney’s Value Resorts

1082 29:45 Brendan asks about the value of his package-Art of Animation and Free Dining are emphasized.

LS39 20’45″: Brian from Pittsburgh asks about the differences in the Value resorts.

0662 15’00″: 14-year-old Evan from TX asks about the best value resort.

0502 13’10″: Jamie from Virginia asks about value resorts, including specific buildings and their transportation.

0430
Shelby wants to know an affordable way to come to WDW without spending a lot of money on a hotel.
Kenneth of NC likes the 192 West area, specifically the Comfort Suites.

0391
Jenny of OH mentions she can pay for her hotel reservations with cash.
Deedee of IL writes in to follow up her original question about using cash for booking a resort.

0382
Rob also wants to know how much to save up if he wants to pay for the trip in cash.

0338
Andrew of FL wants to know how much it is for an additional adult at a resort.

0191
Steve of FL wants to know how to stay onsite for a reasonable price.
Len recommends the Hilton, Swan or Dolphin hotels who all particiapte in Extra Magic Hours.
Matt recommends going during dead times of the year such as Hurricane Season (September-October), January-February.

0152
Jim of PA wants to know in our opinions how much is too much for park tickets, meals, hotel rooms, etc.
Len would like to see more packaged deals to make it more affordable.
Len has[15] a chart of the increases of prices of Disney tickets in relationship to prices of other commodities.

0048
McMillanmom of Shrewsbury, MA wants to know if sites like Orbitz or Travelocity work for official Disney hotels?.
Len likes a meta search agent called [16]TravelAxe.
For official Disney hotels, Matt believes Expedia has a special deal with Disney but we will have to followup for next week’s show.

0042
Katherine wants to know if she can pre-pay for her stay at Walt Disney World.
Len says you can. When you book the trip you must make a deposit for the first night’s stay and after that you can pay as much or as little as you like between when you make the reservation and when you arrive.
Len says you post-date checks.
Matt recommends looking at Expedia, Orbitz and other mega travel sites to find the best rate and then call up a travel agent and see if they can beat those offers.
Len recommends [17]MouseSavers for more money saving tips.

All Stars

1225 18:16 Alan from Washington asks about dealing with the small rooms at All Star Movies

0606 11’25″: Kathleen wants to compare an All Star family suite and a moderate resort.

0540 10’35″: Gary asks about All Star building recommendations, and the bus service.

0513 4’00″: Brian from Pennsylvania asks whether Wifi is accessible in All Star Sports and the Parks.

0502 24’25″: Chris from CA asks about the renovation to All Stars Sports.

0430
Gary of UK wants to know if he should stay at Caribbean Beach or the All Star Family Suites.

0385
Dave wants to know if the All Star Movies resort has refurbished rooms .

0343
Kelly of CA wants to know about the family suites at the All Star resort.
Kelly also wants to know about the bar at the All Star resort.

0338
Bill also wants to know where to stay at All Star Music if he wants it to be quiet.

0333
Chip wants to know about movies by the pool at night at All Star Movies resort.
Jennifer of IN wants to know about the suites at the All Star Resort.
Matt mentions [18]photos of the suite.

0263
Libby of Des Moines, IA wants to know about king size beds at the All Star Sports.
Len says make a room request when booking a room and also 5 days before check-in.
Matt says some of the rooms that have King size beds have standup showers because they are handicap rooms.

0248
Steve of FL recommends All Star Sports.

0194
Len thinks 10 days in All star is going to be a tough fit.

LS05 Ryan of IL wants to know if there is any room size difference between the All Star Resorts and Pop Century

LS01 Part 2 – 5’15″: A caller asks for a comparison between Scopa Towers and All Stars. The Panel later talk about dynamic buses.

Part 3 – 18’35″: Someone asks for Matt’s All Stars tip, which is the best All Stars hotel to stay in.

0067
Starting this week the family suites at All Star Music are available to be booked.
The suites feature two baths, refridgerator, large television and high speed internet access.
For value season the price (pre-tax) will be $169 per night, $209 for regular season, $239 for peak season, $259 for holiday season.
Len says these new rooms are the largest on Disney property.

Art of Animation

1418 9:41 Brad from Indiana asks if suites at Art of Animation will comfortably accommodate four adults and two children

1400 12:18 Brit from Georgia wonders what the nightly rate will be for the Art of Animation’s Little Mermaid rooms next May

1394 15:09 Dawn from New York asks where her group of five, including three children, should stay for one night. Mike Scopa and Matt recommend Art of Animation

1373 15:22 Michael from California asks if he should book two rooms at Pop Century or a suite at Art of Animation

1334 18:46 Maureen from Massachusetts asks about the family suites at Art of Animation

1246 20:27 Heather from Kansas asks about the rooms at Art of Animation

1231 20:40 The panelists discuss the Art of Animation resort

Pop Century

See Scopa Towers below.

Scopa Towers

Generally

1373 15:22 Michael from California asks if he should book two rooms at Pop Century or a suite at Art of Animation

1254 13:30 John from New York asks if Pop Century has king-sized beds in adjoining rooms

1183 18:24 John from Illinois comments on the mattress quality at Pop Century and asks how these compare to mattresses at other WDW resorts

1174 28:38 Nora from Florida asks about the best buildings at Pop Century when relying on bus transportation

LS46 47’00″: Ron asks if there are elevators at Scopa Towers.

LS45 82’00″: Philippa from the Netherlands asks what room in Scopa Towers she should get.

LS44 4’10″: Karen from Pennsylvania asks for the closest building to the buses in Scopa Towers.

13’40″: Ron from Kentucky asks if it is worth $200 extra to stay 3 nights at Port Orleans French Quarter inside of Scopa Towers or off-site.

LS42 5’00″: Karen from Pennsylvania asks about accessible rooms at Scopa Towers.

8’05″: Karen from Pennsylvania asks whether the Scopa Towers weekend rate is higher than weekday.

0698 19’50″: Kevin refers to Episode 609 and makes suggestions for two children who don’t want to sleep in the same bed in Scopa Towers.

0642 17’25″: Erin from Ohio asks whether she should try Scopa Towers instead of Port Orleans.

0618 28’25″: The Cliff family from Indiana asks how to get the best building in Scopa Towers.

0609 15’30″: Mark from UK asks about a third bed in Scopa Towers.

LS34 63’35″: Ryan from Wisconin wants room recommendations for Scopa Towers for 2 adults and 2 young adults.

0582 20’05″: Megan from Georgia asks about Downtown Disney hotels versus Pop Century, with regards to shuttles, EMHs and losing the Magic.

23’45″: Christian from NY asks Scopa about the rebranding of the Scopa Towers, and what Scopa likes most about Scopa Towers.

0552 10’40″: Stacy and Frank from Ohio asks about Yankee signs at Scopa Towers.

0528 4’30″: Michelle from Iowa asks about buildings at Scopa Towers.

LS28 Part 1 – 15’20″: Kim from Pittsburgh asks about the rumors regarding remodelling of Pop Century.

0442
Jason wants to know why staying at Pop Century is better than staying off property .
Jason also wants to know how Pop Warner kids affect Pop Century .

0433
Bruce of PA wants to know the best building to stay in at Pop Century.

0418
Lucy of Ontario, Canada wants to know the status of the construction at Pop Century.

0406
Nick of IN wanted to know about wireless internet in Pop Century.

0391
Mary wants to know about the wireless capabilities at Pop Century.

0385
Chuck wants to know general Pop Century resort advice .

0323
Renee of OH wants to know about the preferred rooms at Pop Century.

0311
Jimmy of LA mentions that Pop Century is the only value resort with an indoor bar.

0305
Tommy of NY wants to know about requesting buildings at Pop Century.
Tommy also wants to know the best building at Pop Century for proximity to the food court and buses.

0281
Tony of FL wants to know if there is any way to get posters from Pop Century.
Mike Scopa mentions [19]MouseSurplus.
Jennifer also wants to know rooms at Pop Century that are good if you have a rental car.

0263
Phil of NY wants to know which section at Pop Century to stay at that isn’t prefered.
Mike Scopa says Phil needs to make a request for a room in the 50’s or 60’s building but in the non-preferred rooms of those buildings.

0257
Alex also wants to know if he should stay at Port Orleans Riverside or Pop Century.
Len recommends Pop Century.

0198
Mike Scopa says you can sometimes see fireworks from the 50s buidling at Pop Century.

0194
Jeanine wants to know room requests for Pop Century for a room near parking and ice machine on the ground floor.
Mike Scopa says the preferred rooms are in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s buildings.
Mike Scopa suggests the 70’s building because it’s not that far from the Food court or buses.
Mike Scopa doesn’t like the 60’s building because it’s very noisy and you’re paying extra for it.
Len thinks if you’re in the 50’s building close to the parking, it’s nice but the other buildings are no good.
Len recommends avoiding the 80’s building because it’s a real walk.

0185
Ann of GA wants to know the best building to stay at in Pop Century.
Mike Scopa recommends the 70’s buildings, specifically building 6 or 7.

0164
Josh of GA wants suggestions for buildings and rooms at Pop Century.
Mike Scopa says from his room at Pop Century he can see Illuminations.
Mike Scopa says any room facing hourglass lake, specifically buioldings 2, 3 & 4 (4 is a preferred building) will offer a view of Illuminations.

0161
Carrie Ann of HI wants to know if 2 teens and 2 adults would be too crowded at Pop Century.
Mike Scopa says you’re really stretching it when it comes to teenagers and would recommend the Caribbean Beach resort.
Len recommends two value rooms.

LS06 Live caller Kelly reports that he played a joke on his wife and told her that he wanted to stay at Scopa Towers. His wife tried to find information on Scopa Towers and couldn’t! Kelly told his wife to contact Disney and they didn’t have any clue about Scopa Towers either, but did find information on Pop Century.

0152
Tom of TX wants to know what rooms at Pop Century are preferred.
Mike Scopa says the last he heard the 60’s building were the preferred rooms.
An email to Annette of[20] MEI-Mousefan Travel indicates that some portions of the 50’s and 70’s buildings are preferred rooms. .

0137
Russell also wants to know if the prefered rooms at Pop Century are worth the extra price.
Mike Scopa doesn’t believe it’s worth the extra price.

LS05 St. Chris of NJ wants to know what is it about Pop Century that grabbed Mike Scopa

Ryan of IL wants to know if there is any room size difference between the All Star Resorts and Pop Century

LS02 Katherine from New Jersey wants to know if the preferred rooms at Pop Century are worth the extra price per night

Jay from Asheville shares a story about staying at Pop Century

Mushed from Iowa City wants to know to if Port Orleans Riverside or Pop Century would be a better choice for a large family

Mushed also wants to know the percentage of adjoining rooms at Pop Century

LS01 Part 1 – 38’50″: Steve from Saint Louis asks Scopa how many bowling pins are there in the 50s of Scopa Towers.

Part 2 – 5’15″: A caller asks for a comparison between Scopa Towers and All Stars. The Panel later talk about dynamic buses.

0101
Ray wants to know which would be better: Polynesian, Pop Century or Beach Club.
Mike Scopa says to get to Animal Kingdom, Pop Century would be a good choice.

0098
Chris wants to know the best place to get an adult beverage close to Pop Century as well as at Pleasure Island.
At Pop Century, Len says Classic Concoctions.

0053
Kevin Faux of Ontario, Canada asks if Pop Century is the last resort on the bus route and how much time to give himself to get from resort to theme park.
Mike Scopa says that each resort has it’s own bus so there is direct bus service to Pop Century.
Mike Scopa mentions that Pop Century is centrally located and is about 5-7 minutes from the Disney-MGM Studios, 10-12 minutes from Epcot, 15 minutes from Animal Kingdom and 20 minutes from the Magic Kingdom.13:30 John from New York asks if Pop Century has king-sized beds in adjoining rooms

Legendary Years

Episode 720: Touring plans questions you always wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask Beginning to 2’50” – In memoriam, The Legendary Years.

LS39 57’10″: MH asks about the future of the Legendary Years.

0588 21’35″: Paul from UK asks about the 00s in Scopa Towers, the Legendary Years.

0412
Mike of IN wants to know how far along construction went on at the Legendary Years section of Pop Century.

0320
Jennifer of PA wants to know if the Legendary Years at Pop Century will ever be finished.

0190
Shannon of GA wants to know what is going on with Pop Century’s Legendary Years.
Mike Scopa says as recently as October the Legendary Years will be open by 2010 and will be suites similiar to the suites at All Star Music.

0104
Keith of New York wants to know if the Legendary Years are open yet and if not when.
Mike Scopa says it’s not open yet with no opening date yet but he does know they are converting the rooms over to family suites.
Mark has heard all the rooms in the Legendary Years will be family suites.

0012
“Lost & Confused Mouseketeer Tom” wants to know when the second phase of Pop Century will be opened and why has construction stopped?.
Mike says construction stopped either because there’s no need to continue or they dont want to spend the money.
Mike thinks they don’t need to open the second half because there’s enough rooms on property to handle demand.
Len thinks if anything they have too many rooms available to guests.
Len has heard a rumor that they are considering making the second half of Pop Century into family suites to help compete against the low-cost suites found off-property.
Matt has heard they are experimenting with suites at the All Star Music resort so perhaps that’s a pre-cursor to doing the same thing at Pop Century.

Others on-site

Downtown Disney Hotels

Generally

0591 18’25″: Jennifer from Canada asks whether she can get EMH when staying in a Downtown Disney hotel.

0582 20’05″: Megan from Georgia asks about Downtown Disney hotels versus Pop Century, with regards to shuttles, EMHs and losing the Magic.

Hilton (Downtown Disney)

0612 6’00″: Matt asks about the Hilton Hotel.

0143
Patrick wants to know about the perks of staying at the Hilton at Downtown Disney.
Len says you can’t do billing back to your room or delivery to your room from the park when staying at the Hilton.
Len says the bus service is better than the off-property buses but not quite as good as Disney’s.

Fort Wilderness Campground

1412 12:02 Bradley asks if staying at a Fort Wilderness campsite is worth it for non-campers looking to save money

1400 15:47 Emily from Minnesota asks how to get to Fort Wilderness to see the Christmas overlays

1328 24:30 Erica from Indiana asks if Fort Wilderness Cabins are worth it for her party

1301 18:03 TJ asks why Fort Wilderness wasn’t included in Episode 1236 – Moderate Comparisons

1228 10:14 Jeff asks about the logistics, most notably safety, of hooking up a trailer at Fort Wilderness Campground

1148 11:11 Lorraine asks if she can use her own kayak at Fort Wilderness

0654 3’40″: Tony asks about renting golf carts in Fort Wilderness.

LS033 60’35″: Keith from NY asks whether there is maid service at Fort Wilderness.

61’00″: Keith from NY asks whether the Panel would choose a cabin at Fort Wilderness or a room at Port Orleans Riverside.

0546 4’30″: Scott asks about the Fort Wilderness Sleepy Hollow Halloween Hayride.

0457 Jamie wants to know if the golf cart rentals are worth it at Fort Wilderness.

LS25 Part 2, 20’00” Martin from Pennsylvania asks about booking at Fort Wilderness cabins when there are currently no AP discounts for January.

0430
Monica of OK mentions a blurb in Motorhome Magazine about pool enhancements for Fort Wilderness.

0305
Rob of IN wants to know our thoughts on the Fort Wilderness Cabins.

0239
Ralph wants information on the Haunted Hayride.
Matt mentions it is at Ft. Wilderness.
Mike Scopa says during the Christmas season, they hold a sleigh ride.
Mike Newell and Scopa tried to ride it one time but it was closed.
Matt says it costs about $10 and you meet in front of Pioneer Hall.

0209
Mark wants to know why he can’t find any hookups at Fort Wilderness in mid-February.
Matt says mid-February is a busy time with schools getting out for winter break.

LS01 Part 2 – 19’25″: Lisa from “:Team Scopa”: asks about the Camp Fire at Fort Wilderness.

Four Seasons

1391 6:21 Molly shares information about the new Four Seasons Resort and My Magic Plus

0263
Billy of CT complains that Disney should have come up with a deluxe resort on their own instead of using the Four Seasons.
Len says Four Seasons brings a level of service and name recognition to their property.
Len says what Disney is doing is common in the industry.
Len says higher thread count sheets at Disney’s resort is already an impact of bringing in the Four Seasons.

Shades of Green

1418 6:34 A listener from Tennessee asks about military discounts and benefits at Disney World, especially Shades of Green

1399 3:44 John from New York asks if his brother is eligible to stay at Shades of Green

1391 10:05 Brian from Ohio talks about ordering Disney park tickets through the Shades of Green resort

0695 19’45″: Dave from Connecticut says that Dyson hand drivers are in Shades of Green.

0624 19’50″: Libby asks why Shades of Green has been not much discussed.

0427
Nicole of WI wants to know if she should stay at Shades of Green or Caribbean Beach.

0400
Dee Dee of IL wants to know about the Shades of Green resort.

0119
Ben of MO wants to know if he should stay at Shades of Green for $100/night.
Mike Scopa and Newell both say Ben should stay at Shades of Green without a doubt.

0104
Kaylee of Minow Air Force Base in North Dakota wants to know if Shades of Green is their best option.
Len says without a doubt stay at Shades of Green.
Len says there have been some complaints about transportation but not to worry about it.
Len and Mike Scopa mention that the price is based on your rank.

0083
Ed of Montgomery, AL wants to know how Shades of Green resort compare to other resorts.
Len says in terms of scope, it’s same as a deluxe resort and it’s rooms are bigger than anything the Grand Floridian has in a standard room.
Len says the price depends on your rank in the military with the higher your rank, the more you pay per night.
The Shades of Green website is [21]http://www.shadesofgreen.org.
Len loves the rooms and every room has either balconies or patios.
The downside of the resort according to Len is the shuttle service isn’t that great and doesn’t find the on-site dining exciting.

Others off-site

All Star Vacation Homes

See Accommodation – Listener Questions

Aulani DVC, Hawaii

13914:28 Roger talks about Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii

Comfort Inn

LS34 82’10″: Tim from FL talks about the Comfort Inn.

Hilton Head DVC, South Carolina

1409 1:14 Len describes his stay at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

1331 19:51 Eric from Pennsylvania discusses Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and the surrounding area

1286 24:22 James asks about Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

1279 12:43 Tracy from Pennsylvania asks about Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

0558 Jack and Sally like the Hilton Head DVC.

Home Sweet Home

0507 23’45″: Jake refers to Episode 414, and uses Lynx buses and taxis from the Home Sweet Home resort on the 192.

Orlando Vista

0463 A listener wants to know a good off site hotel near the Disney College Program area. Len says the “Orlando Vista”.

Vero Beach DVC

1195 8:30 Matt discusses the movie theater in Vero Beach, Florida, near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

0332
Linda of CO wants to know about getting a king size bed at Vero Beach resort.

Westgate

LS25 Part 2, 37’25” Mr Voice discusses the Westgate Resort.

Unofficial WDW Today Wiki – by Phillip Burton and Andrew Carrieri

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