Hubby & I booked a studio (standard view, #4133) last minute for a 1 night 'getaway' during the busy weekend between Christmas & New Years. We took advantage of "online check-in" and were able to pass the 'longer line' for those without that benefit. Our room was ready at 2:30 p.m. even with this fully booked resort. I knew that the view would most likely be of the parking lot - which has it's advantages (quieter). Our room was very clean, well appointed, and updated (hdtv, furnishings) since our last visit to this resort several years ago. The only negative for this last minute adventure was that our studio was about as far away from the elevators (only 1 location for all elevators in the villas) as possible. I counted at least 375 steps from the elevator to our room (not much else to do while making this jaunt). If you like to walk - then that's not an issue. If that is an issue - do request a room as near the elevators as possible. They do try to accommodate those requests, but be sure to make that request at booking.
Other than the long trek, all else was nice. We took advantage of the valet parking ($15 per day) but since we have "Tables in Wonderland" and dined at a Disney 'sit-down' restaurant, our valet was covered. (DVC members used to get free valet, but that ceased.) Note that you do have to take your dinner receipt and TIW card to the valet desk (each day) to get this perk.
We took the boat across the lake to dine at the Captain's Grille at Yacht Club. Upon our return decided to pick-up a light breakfast in advance from the bakery on the Boardwalk and a funnel cake for dessert. Then returned to our room for the evening. From our balcony you could see some of the fireworks at the Hollywood Studios. You could also hear very well the fireworks from EPCOT, but they were not visible from our balcony. Note: 4133 is one of the rooms (4th floor) which has an uncovered balcony. Most of the balconies have awnings or are covered by the balconies above them, this one did not...which when it rained, made it difficult to enjoy the outdoor space.
One other difference from previous studio visits at Disney is that there was no coffee table/ottoman in front of the sofa. When calling the front desk to request a packet of decaf coffee (regular coffee is provided, decaf is free but should be requested), my husband asked about the lack of coffee table. He was informed that the fire marshall made them remove them because there was not enough room in the studio when the sofabed was extended. I hope they'll figure out some way to make a smaller coffee table work in this type room. We brought in and utilized the little balcony table for extra table space when using the sofa.
All in all a delightful stay - typically great castmembers making us feel welcome and great accommodations.
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