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Old 13 May 19, 06:12 PM  
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No more cans of drink at GF Sequoia Lodge

Hi all,

Arrived today and went to the lounge to get some drinks to take back to the room and they donít have cans you can help yourself to anymore! Now thereís a Ďbarí and a server who will pour you a glass of coke/sprite etc.

It might but be a big deal to some but itís annoying! A small bottle of coke is Ä3.69 from their shop, which is probably why they donít have a help yourself selection anymore!

FYI - we went to the mini shop at MLV Station and got 1.25l coke for Ä2.20 each. Also got wine but forgot you have to take it back to hotel by bus as canít it through downtown Disney (or whatever itís called)

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Old 13 May 19, 08:22 PM  
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Oh no. Thatís a real pain. One reason I was looking forward to GF is the ability to take drinks into the park and not have to pay their ridiculous prices. Itís not as if GF is exactly cheap! I expect some previous guests have completely taken advantage and helped themselves to far more than was necessary. We have never stayed at SL before so have no point of reference, but it is a shame.
Thanks for the update.
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Originally Posted by Animagus View Post
Oh no. Thatís a real pain. One reason I was looking forward to GF is the ability to take drinks into the park and not have to pay their ridiculous prices. Itís not as if GF is exactly cheap! I expect some previous guests have completely taken advantage and helped themselves to far more than was necessary. We have never stayed at SL before so have no point of reference, but it is a shame.
Thanks for the update.
Yep, we are/were the same. Iím really disappointed in this, I feel that they should have updated guests to the changes.
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Not done GF yet (some day Abu...) but on our last trip, at least three British families boasted to us about how much food they had taken from the buffet breakfast to have later.

Not really surprised GF are stopping this - some guests were probably taking enough to start their own bar...!

Itís a shame for the majority who play by the rules though.
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Not done GF yet (some day Abu...) but on our last trip, at least three British families boasted to us about how much food they had taken from the buffet breakfast to have later.

Not really surprised GF are stopping this - some guests were probably taking enough to start their own bar...!

Itís a shame for the majority who play by the rules though.
Itís a tricky one because on one hand youíve paid for it so should be able to have whatever you like. But I suspect the drinks have made them realise thereís money to be made so theyíve cut right back.
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Really unhappy with this. We would usually collect 2 cans a day each for the parks so we don't have to buy drinks. Is bottled water/juice still available to take out?
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They had a server there monitoring the fridge the last time we went, if you said to take away for later do you think you could still get this? Will certainly be trying in August!
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Originally Posted by arielrocks View Post
Itís a tricky one because on one hand youíve paid for it so should be able to have whatever you like. But I suspect the drinks have made them realise thereís money to be made so theyíve cut right back.
Have you though? I donít know what the conditions are of this sort of thing generally (not just in Disney). I would expect it to cover food and drink you choose to have while actually in the room. If you can take stuff away for later, to me that is a nice bonus but I wouldnít expect it.

In the same way as if you go to an Ďunlimited pizza buffetí like Pizza Hut do, I would not expect to be able to take a pizza home for later.

I know that in Salon Mickey at DLP you can have free hot and cold drinks but you canít take them away for later.
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I can see why they've made this change; it's the same reason they removed "free" breakfasts from the hotels... I lost count of the number of times I saw people making a production line at the breakfast table of ham/cheese rolls to take with them into the park as a picnic. It will be the same with the GF lounge; for the past few years people have been using this lounge as a way of taking "free" drinks within them into the parks which is not what the lounge was intended for, now I'm sure if it was just one drink each no-one would have batted an eyelid but we've heard people bragging about taking 3/4 each every day.. that soon adds up.

So once again it's a case of a few ruining it for all.
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My understanding from staying in GF twice was that officially the food and drink was always meant to be consumed in the Golden Forest Lounge - however the staff were happy for you to take a couple of drinks up to your room for the evening etc.

It seems some people have taken the wee wee and they are now enforcing the rule that the drinks are for when you are in the lounge.
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