The we loooooove Bonnet Creek thread Part 4

robinb

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Congratulations!!!!! I would add though that if you have an early morning ADR in one of the parks - please, please Minnie Van it. The Minnie Vans (through the Lyft app) are the only cars that can get you as close as the Disney Buses are allowed to get. Most Ubers or other car shares can take you to Ticket & Transportation, but not the actual park entrances. We made that mistake one morning trying to get to CRT for an early breakfast and got there 30 min late. Uber dropped us at the TTC and we took the ferry over (monorail lines were much worse). Luckily the hostess took pity on us and still was able to let us have our meal. A Minnie Van would have been probably twice the price of an economy size carshare, but it would have been INVALUABLE in saving us that stress!
You can Uber to the Contemporary and walk over.

Edited: I’m at the Contemporary now and it’s less than a 10 minute walk.
 
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PavlovPluto

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If you Uber to the Contemporary, what do you say to the guard at the gate? We went to Chef Mickey's there a couple of years ago, and the guard grilled us about why we were there, and wanted to see papers from the driver. I'm hoping there was just heightened security at the time...
 

pepperandchips

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If you Uber to the Contemporary, what do you say to the guard at the gate? We went to Chef Mickey's there a couple of years ago, and the guard grilled us about why we were there, and wanted to see papers from the driver. I'm hoping there was just heightened security at the time...
The Uber driver says “I’m dropping off guests, Uber” and the gate attendant either asks to see Uber Driver’s ID or waves and says welcome home.
 
  • AK Tay

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    I have heard there are now wrist bands required at the resort. I have family that comes every year for the afternoon down from Jacksonville just to visit and BBQ. Will they still be able to come as our guests?
     

    pepperandchips

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    We are usually onsite vacationers but stayed once in a WBC 4 bed presidential unit (before the days of 60 day vs 30 FP+ in MDE). We are once again looking to stay next April at WBC. I am wondering, for those who have recently stayed at WBC, if you had any trouble booking FP+ for attractions in Star Wars Land and/or Pandora, etc. Did everyone get to ride the newest attractions even with only reserving FPs 30 days out? Thank you!
    Star Wars doesn’t have fastpass yet and there hasn’t been an announcement about when fastpass might be available.

    You’re probably not going to be able to book Flight of Passage in Pandora or Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at 30 days. With all the money you’ll save by staying at WBC I would suggest looking at after hours or early morning event offerings (up charge tickets) to ensure you can ride those attractions if it’s important to your party. Otherwise, as has been noted, you can always wait in standby and check for same day fastpass with refreshing. Flight of Passage in particular has a very low wait at park closing (in addition to the previous recommendation of rope drop) and the new Millenium falcon ride waits look like they haven’t been too bad.

    Personally I would choose WBC anyway but I have the luxury of visiting often, and we don’t all get that opportunity so only you can decide!
     

    chicagoshannon

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    We weren't able to book Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog, or 7 Dwarves at 30 days. Haven't tried since we originally booked yet. We go in 2.5 weeks.
     

    Belle5

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    I have heard there are now wrist bands required at the resort. I have family that comes every year for the afternoon down from Jacksonville just to visit and BBQ. Will they still be able to come as our guests?
    How many of relatives come from Jacksonville? How big is your condo? If your condo sleeps 8 but you only have 4 using it most of the week, and if there are four relatives coming from Jacksonville, you could just register them as staying in your room for the week and get wrist bands for them. However, if you are staying in a condo that sleeps four and there are four of you staying for the week, plus eight relatives coming from Jacksonville...:scratchin
     
  • Cordy2424

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    The Uber driver says “I’m dropping off guests, Uber” and the gate attendant either asks to see Uber Driver’s ID or waves and says welcome home.
    That is good to know. When we were there in November, we were often grilled by guards about going on property with an Uber. We tried to Uber to Wilderness Lodge so we could check out the resort and ride the boat over to MK, but the guard made our Uber turn around since we weren't staying at that resort and didn't have a dining reservation. Our other drop offs we luckily had a dining reservation, but it made us nervous about trying the Contemporary drop off.

    We will have to try this in January when we are back!!
     

    chicagoshannon

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    What kind of bracelets do they make you wear now? Last Feb there weren't bracelets. Are they removable? I don't want to keep a bracelet on for 11 days!
     

    Biggen

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    Yeah, I've not heard of bracelets either. We check in on Friday (10/11) so and I'll post if this is a new thing or not.

    It seems strange they would require bracelets. Its not like a beach resort where guests from different condo/hotels can walk the beach and enter the resort. WBC is basically walled off from everything.
     

    IrishGuy

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    Looking to book a trip June 1st to June 15th it says on the website none available is that because they are booked up or not released yet?

    Thanks
     
  • Biggen

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    Looking to book a trip June 1st to June 15th it says on the website none available is that because they are booked up or not released yet?

    Thanks
    Are you talking about the hotel or the actual condo? Most of us book through 3rd parties. I've never used their webpage to book a unit.
     

    Belle5

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    We also sometimes book our arrival night at a Disney value resort and book any hard to get fastpasses on that first day using the 60 day window.
    When we stayed onsite at SSR a year and a half ago I wasn't able to get FoP, Frozen and something else (can't think at the moment) until 60+5 days out. In other words, all the onsite people had booked up the hard-to-get FPs using their own 60+ ?(however many days out) benefit. If I had only booked SSR for one night it would have done me absolutely no good as all the FoP FP+ were gone right at 60 days. As I sit here thinking of staying onsite for one night before moving to Bonnet Creek...I'm thinking it might be a lot of hassle with little benefit. Thoughts?
     
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    chicagoshannon

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    When we stayed onsite at SSR a year and a half ago I wasn't able to get FoP, Frozen and something else (can't think at the moment) until 60+5 days out. In other words, all the onsite people had booked up the hard-to-get FPs using their own 60+ ?(however many days out) benefit. If I had only booked SSR for one night it would have done me absolutely no good as all the FoP FP+ were gone right at 60 days. As I sit here thinking of staying onsite for one night before moving to Bonnet Creek...I'm thinking it might be a lot of hassle with little benefit. Thoughts?
    Yes now that they closed the loophole of being able to book 60 days out daily after your check in day (we had AP's and would stay one night at Disney and then were able to daily book 60 days out) it isn't worth the hassle of having to move resorts.
     

    Belle5

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    Yes now that they closed the loophole of being able to book 60 days out daily after your check in day (we had AP's and would stay one night at Disney and then were able to daily book 60 days out) it isn't worth the hassle of having to move resorts.
    Let me make sure I have this straight. It used to be that if we stayed one night on property but had 7 day tickets attached we could book 60 days out for each of the 7 days...one day at a time. You are saying the 7 day passes no longer matter...that the only days we can book FPs 60 days out is 60 days from our onsite stay. Do I understand correctly?
     

    chicagoshannon

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    Let me make sure I have this straight. It used to be that if we stayed one night on property but had 7 day tickets attached we could book 60 days out for each of the 7 days...one day at a time. You are saying the 7 day passes no longer matter...that the only days we can book FPs 60 days out is 60 days from our onsite stay. Do I understand correctly?
    yes. You could book arrival day and checkout day, so 2 days. The rest you would have to wait until 30 days out. I believe that changed in February. You would also loose your FP if you happened to cancel your onsite stay.
     

    Biggen

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    Can’t you still use the Ft Wilderness loophole and reserve a campsite but not use it. That way you can get the 60 day FP that way as well?
     

    pepperandchips

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    That is good to know. When we were there in November, we were often grilled by guards about going on property with an Uber. We tried to Uber to Wilderness Lodge so we could check out the resort and ride the boat over to MK, but the guard made our Uber turn around since we weren't staying at that resort and didn't have a dining reservation. Our other drop offs we luckily had a dining reservation, but it made us nervous about trying the Contemporary drop off.

    We will have to try this in January when we are back!!
    The word on the street is that there is one CM at WL who’s pretty grumpy and overly turns people away more than necessary. It’s happened to us in our car, never an Uber. They really should have no problem letting you in in an Uber. The Uber is not parking there. I would say “we’re getting breakfast with friends at Contempo Cafe” or something if they ask at the Contemporary, but I’ve personally never gotten any questions. You can always make a friend in the lobby 😉
     

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