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Unread 17 May 19, 11:12 AM  
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Originally Posted by Gill H View Post
We do both. Set a Mickey alarm call on the room phone for 6am, get to breakfast 7am and be at the park for the beginning of EMT. Nothing beats dancing down an empty Main Street! I can sleep when I get home...
This used to be us. However with a 2 year old and a 4 month old our parks days are very different as weve found out 😂
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This used to be us. However with a 2 year old and a 4 month old our parks days are very different as weve found out 😂
LOL. Well, apparently I never slept more than 1 hour a night as a child so I would probably have been OK...!
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Just returned from Newport Bay compass club and it is run very differently to how it was when we went back in January 2016.
No small bottles of water at all, when I asked for one for my toddler I was told no, then reluctantly the lady gave my husband some after I had walked away.

I only ever saw large glass bottles of water out on the side at breakfast.

The cold drinks (cans of coke, Fanta, still apple and orange juice etc) were locked in the fridge until after breakfast had finished.

The afternoon tea was very minimal this time. Mostly sweet items. In January 2016 when we went there were snacks out all day, crisp, cakes, packets of little biscuits etc.

Not sure how compass club compares to SLGF but I was very disappointed this time round compared to 2016.
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Just returned from Newport Bay compass club and it is run very differently to how it was when we went back in January 2016.
No small bottles of water at all, when I asked for one for my toddler I was told no, then reluctantly the lady gave my husband some after I had walked away.

I only ever saw large glass bottles of water out on the side at breakfast.

The cold drinks (cans of coke, Fanta, still apple and orange juice etc) were locked in the fridge until after breakfast had finished.

The afternoon tea was very minimal this time. Mostly sweet items. In January 2016 when we went there were snacks out all day, crisp, cakes, packets of little biscuits etc.

Not sure how compass club compares to SLGF but I was very disappointed this time round compared to 2016.
At least they have cans still! For me the GF upgrade is worth it as we love the breakfast, having a room in the main building etc. However the afternoon tea is a waste of time almost.
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Aerialrocks I was coming on today to post the very same thing as we have just returned from a 6 day stay at Sequoia Lodge Golden Forrest and we were very disappointed with this change as to be honest it was one of the main reasons we always upgraded to Golden Forest.

Although we had a great stay and cant fault the hotel it really made us realise that upgrading to Golden Forrest really isnt worth if for us anymore. On previous visits we would grab a few cans on our way to the parks then again going back to the room but on this trip we had to buy small bottles at the carts in the park for 3.50 each so as a family of 3 buying 2-3 bottles each per day we were easily spending 30 extra a day so I dread to think how much we spent over our 6 day stay. I really wish now we had just booked a standard room and used the extra cash to buy snack & drinks at the parks ☹️.

Just to clarify the changes...

Breakfast 7-10.30am - Was the same, hot American breakfast in the Golden Forrest Lounge. You can help yourself to fruit juice (Apple & Orange) and a wide selection of hot drinks. No small bottles of water or soft drinks are available at breakfast.

Golden Forrest Lounge 12-10pm - Hot drinks, soft drinks & bottles of water can all be served to your table, soft drinks will be poured from a 1.5ltr bottle into a small glass. If you ask to take any drinks away they will do this for you no problem but they will be dispensed into a small paper cup with a lid (imagine the smallest costa cup).

Afternoon Tea 4-6pm - Hot drinks, bottled water, soft drinks & fruit juice poured into small glasses. Savoury snacks are a selection of small ham, salmon & cheese mini seeded rolls which are definitely not to my families taste as they are all spread with some sort of strong sandwich spread (I wish they would just put out all the ingredients and let you create your own it would be so much better), there is a wide selection of sweet cakes & pastries E.g. brownies, madelines, muffins, pear/plum tarte tatin and some sweets for the kids like haribo & marshmallows. The only highlight my son did enjoy was warm crepes with maple syrup/nutella which he enjoyed but not enough to make me want to return to the hotel for if I was at the park.

The Breakfast in the Golden Forrest Lounge is lovely but not worth paying hundreds of pounds for. I would really be interested to hear from anyone returning from Newport Bay Compass Club to find out the changes they have made and if it would be worth giving it a try, if not it will be a standard room for us next time x
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We are going to Newport Bay this monday- Friday and will be sure to report back on If it's the same. We are hoping not but suspect it will be
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We are going to Newport Bay this monday- Friday and will be sure to report back on If it's the same. We are hoping not but suspect it will be

Hi Stitchbounce, I hope not but Im sure youll have an amazing time either way.

Initially I thought Compass Club would just be the same but Im thinking now that Newport Bay is officially a 4 Key hotel and Sequoia Lodge is still a 3 then maybe not as Id imagine guests would maybe expect a bit more from the Compass club now that it has a higher rating than Golden Forrest 🤔?

Ill be excited to hear all about your stay x

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