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Forum: Marriott Resort System January 31, 2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,441
Posted By davewasbaloo
Lol, there is a running joke that the Germans do...

Lol, there is a running joke that the Germans do this around the globe and indeed I have witnessed it many times. Though on cruises, I saw this most frequently with fellow Americans.

I am...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 23, 2012, 04:11 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 12,089
Posted By davewasbaloo
Absolutely, we deliberated for 7 years before...

Absolutely, we deliberated for 7 years before buying, and we narrowed it down between MVCI and DVC, and as we enjoy non Disney vacations too (this year is Centre Parks, Legoland Windsor Hotel, a gite...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 19, 2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 12,089
Posted By davewasbaloo
There is much to love about MVCI: 1. Lovely...

There is much to love about MVCI:

1. Lovely big units in themed and highly manicured environments (at least at the European resorts and Newport coast).

2. Wonderful amount of space that has...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 16, 2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,274
Posted By davewasbaloo
Sadly not any more. I love the Marriott resorts,...

Sadly not any more. I love the Marriott resorts, but when you an rent for a little bit more than a week's maintenance, I cannot in good conscience recommend them. The only exception, as others have...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 8, 2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,511
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks folks, I really do not think II is for us....

Thanks folks, I really do not think II is for us. Once the kids are grown and flown the nest, then it will likely make sense again. But I have not traded in about 3 years and getaways are worthless...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 3, 2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,511
Posted By davewasbaloo
Interval International Renewal???

Hi folks,

I wondered if any of you might be able to help me with my query? We have owned our MVCI for 4 and a half years and took out a 5 year membership with II. We used to love II before DVC...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 3, 2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By davewasbaloo
This is one that I have written to the board...

This is one that I have written to the board about before, I will try again, and I will grab the exec team when I am there in Easter. I would rather pay for a pool people can use, and that we as a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 30, 2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By davewasbaloo
Glad to hear you are enjoying our resort. ...

Glad to hear you are enjoying our resort.

Swice, since your visit, the indoor pool has been refurbed, the bar has new flooring, and flatscreens have been rolled out to all the units. also some...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 20, 2011, 03:04 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,181
Posted By davewasbaloo
That is a very good point Malcolm, being so close...

That is a very good point Malcolm, being so close to Paris probably is a big driver of cost indeed. Also, I think there is more bureaucracy and therefore cost in France than Spain too. I suppose we...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 19, 2011, 09:51 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,181
Posted By davewasbaloo
Ile de France

I was quite relieved, though after seeing MALC's posts, wished we bought in Spain now :doh:

2 bedroom unit in Ile De France

Operating fee: Euro 995.05 $1296
Replacement fee Euro 108.13...
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 13, 2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,189
Posted By davewasbaloo
My tip is this, while the internationally...

My tip is this, while the internationally reknowned cities may appeal (and are good), the real do not miss expereince in the area is Ronda - less touristy, and a living museum of 1000's of years in...
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 29, 2011, 04:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,094
Posted By davewasbaloo
Looks lovely, thanks for sharing. This one is on...

Looks lovely, thanks for sharing. This one is on our cards potentially for the future.
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,692
Posted By davewasbaloo
Well, we do tend to book and try to exchange...

Well, we do tend to book and try to exchange about 12 months in advance. I suppose I am always a little nervous of the request first option - "what if we do not get the trade/in enough time to get...
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 05:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,845
Posted By davewasbaloo
Sadly our resort has opened up membership to...

Sadly our resort has opened up membership to locals, MFs have still gone up, and the resort feels less exclusive. Bad idea all around.
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 05:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,961
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thank you for this thread. It was of great...

Thank you for this thread. It was of great interest to me because of how many timeshares (Disney, MVCI, Hilton etc. are on the island) and confirmed my hypothesis that it is not for us.

Thanks.
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 05:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,692
Posted By davewasbaloo
I must confess, I have given up on the idea of...

I must confess, I have given up on the idea of exchanges now in the school holidays. We have had a great time with MVCI, but it is no where near as flexible as it was before the kids started school,...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 9, 2011, 04:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,664
Posted By davewasbaloo
Aha, thanks. Since europe is not a part of the...

Aha, thanks. Since europe is not a part of the DC, that would explain why I have not heard about it.
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 7, 2011, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,664
Posted By davewasbaloo
Are we talking the regular Marriott newsletter or...

Are we talking the regular Marriott newsletter or a specific MVCI one? I get the former, but I only get one like the latter about once a year. Is that right?
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 31, 2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,607
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks for sharing Mark. I think with those...

Thanks for sharing Mark. I think with those prices, I would be more inclined to stay at MVCI and book dinner at AMA AMA instead. We did wonder about a split visit between the two, but I am not sure...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Well the Circus is not owned by Disney and I...

Well the Circus is not owned by Disney and I agree, Cafe Mickey is very poor. We never eat there (hence my suggestions I made for other Tuggers). There are some great dining options in the Val De...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 27, 2011, 07:09 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
In the Uk, they cut to the chase. Some pie has...

In the Uk, they cut to the chase. Some pie has beer in it. MMMMmmmmm Pie.

But fruit pies suck here though. They make great fruit pies in the US, the Netherlands and Germany, but not in the UK....
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,391
Posted By davewasbaloo
It's great that MVCI offers such diverse...

It's great that MVCI offers such diverse opportunities. Nothing bores me more than hanging around one resort by the pool (unless playing with the kids). And of course we like to soak up the markets...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,391
Posted By davewasbaloo
This is very true. Our 10 day vacation in the...

This is very true. Our 10 day vacation in the Netherlands this month, it rained every day. It made us decide the next vacation will probably be Italy (shame there is no MVCI there).
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 06:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Interesting, i am guessing you are not theme park...

Interesting, i am guessing you are not theme park people....I find the queus are no worse than most theme parks around the globe. We have been to 68 parks, and at Park asterix, the wait for Tonniere...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
Welcome to the internet, a place people seem to...

Welcome to the internet, a place people seem to love to go to argue :hysterical:

But I think the purchase price is often disregarded because they paid peanuts to begin with or becuase they have a...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 12:49 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
absolutely, though our deed is for 75 years (well...

absolutely, though our deed is for 75 years (well 70 now) If we worked the purchase price out over that time, then it is only really about the MFs.

My mood has changed about where I want to...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
Peak season rental for our villa can still be...

Peak season rental for our villa can still be $560 a night I have noticed.
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
In fact, our week in the Netherlands earlier this...

In fact, our week in the Netherlands earlier this month, we staying in a Holiday Inn and then a cottage at Efteling. The accommodation was $2000. If we wanted accommodation to sleep 6, it would have...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
To be fair Jeremy, it does save us huge amounts...

To be fair Jeremy, it does save us huge amounts of money still. I work away and have lived in hotels for 15 years, so staying in a budget hotel does not feel like a vacation. Disneyland Paris is 3...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
One thing I wish though is that our resort had...

One thing I wish though is that our resort had more 2nd hand to buy at the time we bought ours. Sadly now we can buy 2 weeks for what we still own on our developer week. Tuggers warned me at the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 903
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks for the update. We too love both of them....

Thanks for the update. We too love both of them. For different reasons. I think Marbella have more activities and refreshment options on offer, and I love the spa tubs in the units.

I think Playa...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 06:27 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,171
Posted By davewasbaloo
I do consider the costs of my purchase as a part...

I do consider the costs of my purchase as a part of the overall costs of my vacation. Overall, I am still quite happy with my purchase. It does annoy me that rentals are only a couple of $/£100's...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 06:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Congratulations on becoming a grand parent. Some...

Congratulations on becoming a grand parent. Some things are more expensive here (Diesel is $10 a gallon), but some things are cheaper - theatre tickets, fruit and veg, bread, baby items, free...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 06:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
It depends, the first week of June is school...

It depends, the first week of June is school holidays for the UK (we get a one week holiday at the end of May or beginning of June dependent on the year). It can be quite busy.

School holidays in...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
I don't understand why you would sleep with the...

I don't understand why you would sleep with the windows open, that is what the aircon is for.
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
I agree Son Antem is a great resort with little...

I agree Son Antem is a great resort with little ones. It has the very best indoor pool IMHO. Also there are great little excursions such as the train from Palma to Soller, the Drach Caves, the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
again, by European standards, that is not bad. We...

again, by European standards, that is not bad. We live 40 miles north of London (MVCI is about 25 miles East of Paris). We pay £12 (14 euro, $18) to park for the day at our local station. And to take...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Welcome to the Eurozone and also modern inflation...

Welcome to the Eurozone and also modern inflation I am afraid. In the last 12 months we have been to Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland. Overall, we found the cost of fuel, food...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Another tip, if you are planning to go to DLP for...

Another tip, if you are planning to go to DLP for a day or two, you can buy an annual pass for as little as 99 euro. This includes free parking. We park at DL and then take the train. Parking is free...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
there is lots to do, check some of my older...

there is lots to do, check some of my older threads:

Disneyland
Walt Disney Studios
Park Asterix
Val D Europe and the aquarium
Cheese and Wine markets in the local village
The Louis Braille...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Oh, you missed out, except for the weekends, the...

Oh, you missed out, except for the weekends, the parks are quieter in August than they are in the April or October School holidays. And they are open until 11pm/midnight - offering more...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
Have you been to the Disney Hollywood Studios in...

Have you been to the Disney Hollywood Studios in walt Disney world? Then you know what to expect. My kids love WDSP. The meet and greets with the characters are less mobbed than in disneyland for...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,195
Posted By davewasbaloo
I wish I had known you were going. We own at IDF...

I wish I had known you were going. We own at IDF and have for 5 years, but I have been travelling the region a 57 times over the last 20 years. My kids have grown up with the parks and are 6 and 8....
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,391
Posted By davewasbaloo
Interesting review. We own at Ile De France and...

Interesting review. We own at Ile De France and have done for 5 years now, having been to the resort 7 times (and Disneyland Paris and the surrounding area 57 times). We have also been to Playa,...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By davewasbaloo
This looks pretty fair. then again it does not...

This looks pretty fair. then again it does not surprise me. Of the 5 MVCI's we have stayed at, Playa's manager seemed to be the best.
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By davewasbaloo
It is a shame too. I love Dubai. It feels like...

It is a shame too. I love Dubai. It feels like Vegas without the gambling. The museums and spice souk are great, as is dune bashing, golfing, and Wild Wadi water park is excellent.
Forum: Marriott Resort System July 6, 2011, 04:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,878
Posted By davewasbaloo
MALC as always has great advice here. The other...

MALC as always has great advice here. The other thing I would totally recommend is the Drach Caves as well as the electric train from Palma to Soller.
Forum: Marriott Resort System June 17, 2011, 04:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,880
Posted By davewasbaloo
and there is the rub, these days, owning is...

and there is the rub, these days, owning is pretty much the same cost as renting. Not cool as I bought not as an investment per se, but as a way of reducing the costs at places I knew I wanted to...
Forum: Marriott Resort System June 17, 2011, 04:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,725
Posted By davewasbaloo
agreed, although there is a filter pot, we never...

agreed, although there is a filter pot, we never use it far preferring the Nepressos
Forum: Marriott Resort System June 16, 2011, 02:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
Posted By davewasbaloo
OMG, I hope they get this sorted. Having so many...

OMG, I hope they get this sorted. Having so many on our home patch was one of the reasons we bought (earn points to aid our trips). That coupled with the ability to trade into DVC via Interval (no...
Forum: Marriott Resort System June 4, 2011, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 948
Posted By davewasbaloo
Difficult. I have been miserable any time I have...

Difficult. I have been miserable any time I have vacationed without a car, but it sounds like you made your mind up. If you are only interested in chilling at the resort, then go for it.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 19, 2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By davewasbaloo
Oh ya, I am looking forward to Aulani.

Oh ya, I am looking forward to Aulani.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 19, 2011, 10:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By davewasbaloo
I think that is what surprised me. Given I...

I think that is what surprised me. Given I imagine the Hawaiian resorts are ones where folks spend a lot of time on resort, I guess I was picturing something a bit more stereotypical hawaiian themed.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 19, 2011, 03:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By davewasbaloo
I think that was my point gblotter, and...

I think that was my point gblotter, and especially the outside. I have stayed in Playa Andaluza, Marbella, Son Antem, Ile de France (where we own) and Newport Coast. I have looked into Williamsburg...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 18, 2011, 03:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks for the info. It just surprised me as it...

Thanks for the info. It just surprised me as it did not look as themed as the other MVCI's properties we have stayed at or been to. It looked very low key. Is it one of the older ones?
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 17, 2011, 04:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks for sharing. Was this a hotel converted to...

Thanks for sharing. Was this a hotel converted to a MVCI?
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 10, 2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By davewasbaloo
For me, the must dos are dinner at sunset at...

For me, the must dos are dinner at sunset at Llewelyn's at Harveys (we had our wedding reception there, it was fab). A trip on the paddle wheeler MS Dixie. And be sure to take a drive out to Virginia...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 10, 2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Lol, I must confess I am nervous to stray away...

Lol, I must confess I am nervous to stray away from anything that is not MVCI/DVC/Four Seasons/Hyatt when it comes to time shares.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 10, 2011, 09:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks, a glutton for punishment. I wish Interval...

Thanks, a glutton for punishment. I wish Interval had properties available in the Netherlands, but sadly they do not.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 10, 2011, 05:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Next major trip will be the Netherlands this...

Next major trip will be the Netherlands this summer.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 10, 2011, 05:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thank you for your very kind reply jlp879. The...

Thank you for your very kind reply jlp879. The camera used was a new one - the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V. although I would love to take SLR pics, it is not conducive to theme parks, lots of miles and...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 05:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Overall, we had a fantastic trip, even at...

Overall, we had a fantastic trip, even at Disneyland Paris. It is just that seeing the other site and parks shows how although the imagineers did a fantastic job, the management has really slid, and...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 03:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Glad you enjoyed! We did.

Glad you enjoyed! We did.
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 21 - Brugges and the voyage home

Day 21 - Our last day in Europe - Brugges and the trip home to the UK

We decided to go into Brugges and explore th Venice of the north. We met one of the most horrid people of the trip in a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 20 - Brussels and Gent

Day 20 – Brussels and Gent or rather, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and Epcot Center?

To save some money, we decided to have some apple sauce and cookies in the room and get a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 06:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,783
Posted By davewasbaloo
The key is to buy where you will use. we bought a...

The key is to buy where you will use. we bought a 2 bedroom gold in Paris before the kids started school. We have exchanged into Playa and Son Antem in Spain, and Newport Coast in California. we have...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 06:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Sounds like a great plan Tina. Mid June can be...

Sounds like a great plan Tina. Mid June can be quite busy as that seems to be when most Americans come across and some schools are out already (though august is the absolute busiest followed by...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 6, 2011, 06:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 19 - Phantasialand

After the amazing night, we decided as long as it was not pouring down, we would go into the park.

When we awoke, the sky was a little grey, but we decided to chance it. I am so glad we did.
...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 18 - Cologne and Phantasialand

And here comes Phantasialand, Day 18:

We were so tired the next morning and the weather, after being glorious for so long, was wet and cold. We packed up the car and had plans to head to Collogne...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 10:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 17 - By the Rhine

Day 17 - By the Rhine

Well, I felt we had to go and explore the Rhine on our last full day. My sat nav only covers the UK, and as the cost for each added country = 1 DLP Dream pass, we took...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks folks. More to come...

Thanks folks. More to come...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 06:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 16 - Luxembourg

After visiting Trier, we were only about 10 miles from the border of Luxembourg, a very small country that is nestled between France, Germany and Belgium. We thought it would be great to have a look...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 05:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 16 - Roman Trier

Ok, now Trier is a wonderful city that I had heard much about over the years. It was a roman settlement with some of the best ruins and restorations outside of Italy, the capital for the Roman...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
More to come.

More to come. I am currently uploading the pictures from Roman Trier - Sarah's favorite city of our trip, and certainly my favorite German city that we visited. Followed by the Rhine, Cologne,...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 15 - Easter and our Wedding Anniversary

Day 14 was a very lazy day. As the bank holiday weekend meant the stores would be closed most of our time in the region, Mikey and I got up to go the bakery for breakfast and some provisions. We then...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 14, chilling by the Mosel

Day 14 was a very lazy day. As the bank holiday weekend meant the stores would be closed most of our time in the region, Mikey and I got up to go the bakery for breakfast and some provisions. We then...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 13 - Heidelburg and the Mosel

We woke up and decided to go out for brunch. WE ended up at McDonalds - kids choice, but it is always great to try the differences of a McD's. Not proud, but on a long trip, it has to be done.

We...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 12 - Swimming at Europa Park, Freiberg, and the Black Forest

Day 12 - Swimming at Europa Park, Freiberg and the black Forest enroute to Heidelburg.

It was time to move on from Europa Park to Heidelberg via Freiburg and the Black Forest. We decided to have a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Day 11 - Day 2 in Europa Park

We had an awesome second day, this time after our character breakfast, we headed off into the Portugal section and the kids wanted to ride Atlantica Splash - a water coaster that shoots you down a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:32 AM
Replies: 42
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Posted By davewasbaloo
Evening at Europa Park

In the evening we had a great meal with some Cervezas and Sangria in the Spanish themed hotel, and then we explored the 2 Spanish themed and the wonderful Portuguese monestary themed hotels, followed...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:32 AM
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Day 10 - Afternoon in Europa Park

We had an amazing afternoon with a chinese/thai lunch in a dark restaurant in the Pirates of Batavia ride. WE enjoyed exploring Russia, though the dark rides are not DIsney quality, they have a charm...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:31 AM
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Day 10 pt 1 - Morning in Europa Park

When I was first looking into the place, I was concerned it would all be carnival and steel rides, afterall that is what MACK is known for, is it not? I could not be more wrong.

Imagine taking a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:29 AM
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Hotel Colloseo Europa Park, Germany

Ok, the first of the Europa Park pics are coming. We were amazed. I had heard good things, but no where near as good as we encountered. While the hotel is not perfect (no turn down or a/c or a safe,...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:28 AM
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Day 9 - Strasbourg and Hotel Colloseo Europa Park

Day 9, April 18th - the amazing Strasbourg and the sublime Hotel Colosseo at Europa Park in Germany

WOW! Today was amazing. We woke up in our jr suite, plenty of room for all of us. We quickly got...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:26 AM
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Champagne, Metz and Strasbourg

Day 8, April 17th on the road to Strasbourg via the Champagne district, Verdun, and Metz - 300 miles in total.

We were up and breakfasted, checking out at about 9:45 and set off on the next part...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:25 AM
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Day 7 - last day at DLP

Day 7, Apr 16 Walt Disney Studios Paris

We were exhausted, so we let nature wake us from our tourist induced slumber. We watched cartoons from bed and then the girls decided to take a trip to the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:24 AM
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Day 6 - Disneyland Paris

Day 6, Friday 15 April - Disneyland Paris

Typical, the day we want to get up early and go to Extra Magic Hours, the kids oversleep and fart about. So much so, I said they were spoilled about...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:22 AM
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Day 5 - Rest Day at the resort

Day 5, Thursday 13th April 2011 - Rest Day at the Marriott Village Ile de France

After a few heavy days, and with the days to come, we decided to have a fairly easy day and simply stay at the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:21 AM
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Day 4 in Paris

On this day, it was right to head to the City of Lights. Although the kids have traveled a lot in their short lives, we were nervous in the past to take them into Paris. But they seem to take much...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:20 AM
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Day 3 - Walt Disney Studios Paris

Day 3, 12 April 2011, DLP's 19th Birthday (though nothing special going on), we opted for the Walt Disney Studios (now very much more than a full day park).

Went to WDSP's as per the kid's choice...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:19 AM
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Day 2 - Disneyland Paris and the welcome party

Day 2, April 11, 2011, first day at DLP:

Up early for EMH Extra Magic Hours - before opening we managed the paddy wagon (I love starting our visit in a Main Street vehicle), peter pan, dumbo,...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:18 AM
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Day 1 - Going down to Village Ile de France

Day 1 - April 10, 2011 - travel from the UK to DLP.

Sadly, not everything was finished at home and I had some work to finish off before we could leave. So Although up at 4:45 am, we didn't leave...
Forum: Marriott Resort System May 5, 2011, 04:16 AM
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3 weeks in Europe Trip Report including Village Ile de France

I was not sure whether to put this on the Marriott Board or the Europe Board, but as this is the one I frequent the most and we started with a week in Village Ile De France, this seemed the most...
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 9, 2011, 04:24 AM
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Lol, maybe it is because we have kids, and are...

Lol, maybe it is because we have kids, and are theme park fans, but I found the week we spent in Marbella last August was perfect. There was a great buzz at the resort, but we never found it too...
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 6, 2011, 04:01 PM
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The article hardly said anything IMHO. I do love...

The article hardly said anything IMHO. I do love owning MVCI, but I must confess, if points come to Europe, I may well consider going that route. Using Interval is a pain in the rear if I want to go...
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 6, 2011, 02:31 AM
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In our experience, normally we get an email a...

In our experience, normally we get an email a week or two out asking for any requests, do we want to book excursions, messages etc.
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 6, 2011, 02:28 AM
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I am not 100% sure, but I would have thought it...

I am not 100% sure, but I would have thought it would be THree bedroom VIlla.

What a great deal!!! Interval and MVCI used to be so much better for us before the kids' started school :(
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 5, 2011, 05:20 PM
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The three bed units I believe are mainly sea...

The three bed units I believe are mainly sea views. As for weather, difficult to tell. for decades it could be 60's - 70's with sun/fog in the day, dipping into the 40's and 50's at night. Last year...
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 4, 2011, 10:52 AM
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This is why I prefer the two bedroom villas of...

This is why I prefer the two bedroom villas of Ile De France, Son Antem, and I suspect the new ones in Orlando. They feel more private than the appartment types, though the appartment types feel more...
Forum: Marriott Resort System April 3, 2011, 04:37 AM
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Mostly to the right of the clubhouse (the 2400's...

Mostly to the right of the clubhouse (the 2400's for example). Like I say, they may have finished the refurbs right now, I am just not sure.
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