We are visiting my inlaws in Fort Myers in February, and decided to try to do the Give a day Get a day promotion, driving up to Disney for just the one day. I called tonight to see if we could get into the Contemporary with the 40% of rack rate promotion, and the least expensive room they had was a studio in Bay Lake Tower. We booked it, but we could have gotten into the Poly for less, and we have never stayed in a DVC property, and I am hemming about a couple of things.
I read that we will not be able to go to the Top of the World lounge because we are not members paying with points. Does this mean we also can not access the outer viewing area for Wishes?? This may be a deal breaker, as one of the main draws for us to stay at the Contemporary is to see the fireworks the night before we go to the park for our one day.
Also, I noticed check in is an hour later than most resorts (4 pm) and we were hoping to get to the hotel as soon as possible and really enjoy our whole day there, as the next day we will be out first thing to go to the park. I understand we will not be able to use the pool or access the tower at all without a room key. Will we be able to hang out at the Contemporary while we wait for our room to be ready?? Will they let us over to the tower with our room key early ( if it's just that it won't be "activated" for us to get into the room until 4)??
Any thoughts?? We've never spent this kind of money per night for a hotel before (we usually do moderates) and don't want to feel restricted or like second class citizens (cash payers instead of dvc members) when we are there.