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Refrigerators being temporarily removed from all rooms

Discussion in 'WDW Resort Hotels' started by nepalostparks, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. nepalostparks

    nepalostparks Well-Known Member

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    Just got a message from Disney:

    Just a heads up for anyone about to travel.


    EDITED TO ADD:

    The following units are NOT affected according to Disney:

    - All DVC units, including Studio, 1, 2 and 3 BR units
    - Art of Animation Family Suites
    - All Star Music Family Suites
    - Cabins at Fort Wilderness

    All other mini-fridges across all resorts are affected, including those at Deluxe, Moderate and Value level resorts (this includes standard rooms at Art of Animation).

    Disney has said they expect this to take at least four months to resolve because of the number of units needing to be replaced. Available replacement units will be given on priority basis to those who have a medical need, if available (not guaranteed).
     
  2. Nemo14

    Nemo14 Well-Known Member

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    There's going to be some pretty upset guests!
     
  3. nepalostparks

    nepalostparks Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Of course. It sounds to me like there's a safety issue, and that has to trump everything else. Heck, it's even part of Disney's mantra.

    My guess is that as they start receiving replacements, they'll be available first to medical needs, then to guests who complain, then to all rooms as they get enough.
     
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  4. rael ramone

    rael ramone Well-Known Member

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    I intend, before I allow them to charge my card for the room, to ask:

    1. Real water view, and not make believe (pool, etc), and
    2. Working refrigerator in the room.

    This is a deal breaker...
     
  5. Zman-ks

    Zman-ks Well-Known Member

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    Exactly...a fridge is pretty critical for us.
     
  6. I_heart_Tigger

    I_heart_Tigger Well-Known Member

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    To be safe I would just cancel your trip now. Hopefully you are within the cancellation period and don't have to pay. The refrigerators will be extremely limited and if its a deal breaker for your Disney vacation you should stay home.
     
  7. Master Yoda

    Master Yoda Pro Star Wars geek. Premium Member

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    It will depend on where you are staying. If there are not separate water view and pool view room categories they have no way to guarantee you one or the other. You also of course have to book that specific category if it is available.
     
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    I_heart_Tigger Well-Known Member

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    On my last two visits the fridge didn't work (Pop and CB) and they had no spares. It was inconvenient but I don't have a medical issue that requires a fridge so it wasn't urgent.
     
  9. DisneyJoe

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    FYI - DVC resorts and Ft Wilderness Cabins will not be swapped out, as they are not mini-fridges. I am not sure about the DVC studios however.

    It could take up to 4 months for the swap.

    A limited number of fridges will be available to be requested (not guaranteed).
     
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    lostpro9het Well-Known Member

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    We have two resort stays, October and December, and received no such message! Did you get an email or was this posted somewhere?
     
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    Wdwprince Well-Known Member

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    This should save TDO a lot of $$$ in electricity bills in the next 4 months.
     
  12. nepalostparks

    nepalostparks Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    It was sent out this morning via email to travel agents.

    Since your reservations are still several months out, they may be waiting to see how quickly they will be able to replace them before communicating directly.
     
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    "will be notified of the refrigerator removal via a letter in their room."

     
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  14. Hannah1284

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    That's gonna make the Disneyland Half a little more difficult...where to put the pre-race foods for 3a consumption??
     
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  15. DisneyJoe

    DisneyJoe Well-Known Member

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    This.

    Your resort may be done before you get there.
     
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  16. Master Yoda

    Master Yoda Pro Star Wars geek. Premium Member

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    I am sure they would rather pay the power bills then deal with the guests who will demand free premium APs for life, a 7 day DCL cruise in the Roy Disney suite and a 1000 point DVC contract because the lack of a mini-fridge ruined their once in a lifetime trip.
     
  17. nepalostparks

    nepalostparks Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Another update from Disney:

     
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  18. MR FERRET

    MR FERRET Well-Known Member

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    **** i planned my trip at the wrong time :mad:
     
  19. Dwarful

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    well this really stinks. We are arriving in a 11 days for a two week stay. With late night park hours and food court/drink stations closed at midnight we were counting on the fridge in our room for drinks in our room at POR.
     
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  20. Slowjack

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    Probably not related, but on our last trip our fridge never really got cold enough for my tastes, even after I dialed it down all the way. This was at WL. I'm surprised the things can work at all though, seeing as they are in cramped cabinets with no ventilation that I can see.
     
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