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Posted by: RichKoster on April 12, 2003 7:15 am/pm

Curtains open or closed at night at Disney Resort?

Leave 'em open for the view or shut 'em?

When you are staying at a Disney resort hotel, do you sleep with the curtains closed or have them open to enjoy the view? You've probably paid a lot more to stay onsite, so do you leave the curtains open because you want to be able to enjoy the view even when you're drifting off to sleep? Or do you close the curtains because you think someone might look in and that kinda creeps you out?

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Once again, here are the choices in the poll:
  • :nod: I leave the curtains open while I sleep to enjoy the Disney night magic!
  • :no: No way! My curtains are closed!!  But I might peak out through them from time to time.

Tell us what you think! Please reply here after voting in the poll above.

Posted by: Mickey on April 12, 2003 7:23 am/pm

You mean some people can actually sleep when they're at WDW?!?

I'm always way too excited to sleep! I'm always moving around from one place to another!!


Posted by: Wisconsinmousermom on April 12, 2003 8:16 am/pm

:nod: Yep since I'm staying lagoon view I will absolutely have my curtains wide open to fall asleep to the magically changing colors of the castle!!

Of course I will close them momentarily when I dress  :blush:

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on April 12, 2003 10:14 am/pm

Hmmm.  Normally we sleep with the curtains closed.  Our son wakes up the split second one fleck of daylight hits the night sky  :rock:

However, we've never had the view we'll have this time.   :laugh:

Posted by: Tigger58 on April 13, 2003 4:14 am/pm

Always  curtains  closed!     :laugh:

Im way too bushed when I get back to the room
to know whats going on anyway.. haha!
I just  pass out!  Get ready for the next day
of fun!!!! :wink2:

Posted by: angie on April 13, 2003 8:55 am/pm

I think it would depend on where I was staying and what the view was .  I mean of course not if you were at the all stars or somewhere where people could walk right in front of your window but at the Polynesian maybe once everybody was in bed and the lights were off then I would open them.
Posted by: taylor1293 on April 13, 2003 10:34 am/pm

Last summer when we were at the Polynesian, we kept the curtains open at night.  

That way I could sit up and look at the castle whenever I wanted :).  Plus, I could see the Contemporary while lying down watching tv!

I'm not sure what we'll do this year.  It depends on the view we get at BWV and AKL!


Posted by: kwb999 on April 15, 2003 4:27 am/pm

:sleepy:  I keep them closed, because if I kept them open, I wouldn't sleep a wink for fear I would miss something!  :o
Posted by: TikiDave on April 18, 2003 8:41 am/pm

When staying at a value resort( all-star ), we keep the curtains closed :) , but at the Polynesian, with MK view, the curtains stay open :cool:
Posted by: addicted2disney on April 20, 2003 10:27 am/pm

Normally we keep them closed.  But for our first time at the Poly I think they will be opened.  I'll never sleep now!!! :mickey:
Posted by: RichKoster on April 25, 2003 7:54 am/pm

We just got back from 4 nights at two different WDW Resorts. The first two nights were at the Polynesian Resort where we were on the 3rd floor facing the water and the volcano - - we kept the curtains open (except when changing clothes). The next two nights we were on the 1st floor of Port Orleans French Quarter where folks walk right by your window on the exposed breezeways and balconies which the rooms open onto - - we kept the shutters and curtain tightly closed overnight there!

Posted by: Jimmalru80 on June 05, 2003 7:06 am/pm

If we had a great view of MK, we may be tempted to open the curtains. In our previous visits to the Polynesian ('96, '98, '00, '01, '02) we did not have a clear view. I really never thought about it, but it sure seems that it would be a neat thing to do. We'll see what happens in 19 days or so when we "come home" again. (6/25-7/2).
Posted by: RichKoster on June 05, 2003 7:42 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Jimmalru80!

I hope you have a great time at the Polynesian Resort! Thanks for joining the Disney Echo. Here's a mouse-eared lei for you:

Aloha and welcome!

Posted by: BrerRabbit on June 08, 2003 11:21 am/pm

Last year was the first time we went to WDW and stayed outside of Fort Wilderness...We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside.  We left the curtains closed.  We leave in just over 10 days for our next trip.  We will be staying Poly lagoon view consierge...we will be leaving the curtains open.  The whole point of staying lv is to look outside and see the castle and the MK any time we want.  ;)
Posted by: ladymarganne on July 07, 2003 3:39 am/pm

I have to admit to mixed emotions here. While we usually do sleep with the curtains, closed, there have been times we've kept them opened for *fear* of missing something! On occassion when we're on a business trip to Orlando, we usually stay at the ASMusic, POFQ, or CBR, in which case we usually keep the curtains closed. When staying at the YC or Winlderness cabins, it's curtains opened! The only problem is that we don't get much sleep this way. The other *problem* is that we're not normally early morning people, and no matter what we do, curtains open or closed, we just can't seem to sleep much past 8 a.m.! At the YC it's definitely open as we usually get a lovely room overlooking the lagoon with a balcony and it's awesome, day or night. Ok, I know....I need a Disney fix! :flag:
Posted by: utilidor27 on July 30, 2003 8:23 am/pm

When we stayed at the All-Star, P.O. River.,and Caribbean, we kept them closed, but could not resist having them open at least one night while we were @ the Boardwalk - the view was marvelous @ night!
As many times as I have visited the Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Wilderness resorts, I cannot imagine someone not enjoying a nighttime view, especially if you had a L.V.! Talk about romantic! :hearts: :mickey:

Posted by: Mary on Aug. 06, 2003 9:14 am/pm

While we do shut our curtains while we are sleeping, I leave them open during the day, including the sheers, so that people can "see" a room at the resort.  This is especially true in the evening, with the lights lit.  I know I love to see other resorts rooms, so I figure this is enjoyable for others!
Posted by: WhatsaPooh on Aug. 09, 2003 7:52 am/pm

My answer is based on our stay Dec 2001 at CBR.  We closed the curtains because the walkways are right outside the windows and we didn't want to give anyone a free show  :laugh:

Our trip this time is to the Poly, and depending on the view and floor that we have, we my leave them open more.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 09, 2003 3:35 am/pm

Since my eyes are shut when I'm sleeping I can't see out the window anyway.  I prefer the darkness, the quiet the curtain provides and the privacy to facilitate resting up for another day at Disney.
Posted by: MKBaughan on Aug. 17, 2003 12:14 am/pm

:sleepy:   I usually stay at All Star Movies, so I keep them closed.  But my dream is to stay in a tower room at the Contemporary and then I would keep them open to see the castle....

Posted by: muffycat on Aug. 31, 2003 10:17 am/pm

we always stay on the top floor, so there is no problem keeping them open.  Also for the view and that the kids won't sleep late. I always get up by the latest 6:30.
We just got back so I'll catch up on my sleep tonight!

Posted by: irishone1979 on Sep. 09, 2003 2:31 am/pm

Depends on where we are staying.  When we are at the All Stars we keep the curtains closed most of the time...Don't want people to watch us sleep now do we??(or maybe we could charge money for that??  :eyebrow:  )
On our honeymoon my DH and I were at the Wilderness Lodge Concierge so we kept the curtains open at night...Up too high for anyone to see anything  :D

Posted by: ItsAllAboutMe on Sep. 22, 2003 8:04 am/pm

Greetings!  This is my first post as a new member!

Curtains?    I didnt KNOW the curtains closed!  

Last trip i stayed at 2 different areas of the Grand Flo. One
lagoon view and the other the most perfect view ever of the Magic Kingdom.   I could watch the castle turn colors all night.

At the Contemporary I have only faced the castle.  And i dragged the bedspread off the bed to wrap myself in and sat on a chair on the balcony to watch the castle change colors.

One trip i was staying in Sugarloaf at the Grand Flo.   I pulled the inner sheer curtains there becasue the boats were kept right outside there and i was on the 2nd floor.

THIS IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP!    I will be going down in 2 weeks for 6 nights and days.   It looks like i will be staying at the Beach Club.  Any info or suggestions you can post would be great.   I bet there is another listing for questions on this site and i will search for that to post the question.

Thanks so much... :hula:


Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 22, 2003 12:12 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Flo / ItsAllAboutMe!

---------------------QUOTE BEGIN-------------------
Greetings!  This is my first post as a new member!

Welcome to the Disney Echo, Flo! :wave:

Curtains?    I didnt KNOW the curtains closed!

LOL That's the funniest reply here yet!

THIS IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP! I will be going down in 2 weeks for 6 nights and days. It looks like i will be staying at the Beach Club. Any info or suggestions you can post would be great. I bet there is another listing for questions on this site and i will search for that to post the question.

Yes, I see you've already found the Yacht & Beach Club Resort forum and posted your question there, Flo.

Congratulations on your upcoming WDW trip and thank you for joining the Disney Echo! Here's a pair of Disney EchoEars I picked out for you which I think are very appropriate since you'll be staying at the Beach Club:

Have a magical vacation, Flo!

Posted by: Tikiman on Sep. 22, 2003 12:32 am/pm

I like the curtains open but I have forgotten a few times that they are open when getting out of the shower or changing. This is not a problem during the day because the tint helps with how much you can see in but at night you can see right in. Sorry if you were any of the guests who were walking by the beach then. Hopefully the fireworks were a good distraction.

If not leave tips at the door….just kidding.



Posted by: Peggo on Oct. 18, 2003 11:06 am/pm

Close those curtains!!! And give me a Mousekesleepmask while you're at it too!. I just got back this week, and the street light was right outside my window. I couldn't tell if it was day of night. It was always bright. LOL. And I couldn't get the drapes all the way closed to block the light in the corners out.
I never even look out the window, so I'm so glad I don't pay extra for the view. :sleepy:

Oh I forgot to mention this was at the Caribbean Beach Resort. If I were in a MK view resort with no one walking by the window it might be a different story.

But then I would never get any sleep. :hearts:

Posted by: SwampKat on Oct. 20, 2003 6:03 am/pm

I must be in a poll taking mood today, that or being a mere 67 days from our next Disney trip is causing my Disneytude to go into overdrive. I haven't slept at a resort yet but I'm pretty sure I'll have the curtains open at the WL. I may just camp out on the floor with my pillow on the balconey! :wink2:
Posted by: DebiDebiDebi on Nov. 11, 2003 12:04 am/pm

Recently at AKL we would leave the drapes closed...our savanah view room was a bit too well lighted with the artificial "moonlight" and besides, they do warn you that there are cameras, the curtains remained closed at night! :blush:
Posted by: Little John on Nov. 21, 2003 7:53 am/pm

I always close the curtains.  I don't want anyone looking into my room when I am there.  Also, if the curtains are open, I am constantly looking out the window and planning the next day.  I would never get any sleep if they were open.  

And, I recommend bringing a couple of clothespins with you to get the curtains closed all of the way.  Attach a few to the curtains and you can block out most of the light. :D

Posted by: SouthernBoyBlue on Nov. 24, 2003 11:15 am/pm

Well 95% of the time we stay in our camper in Fort Wilderness with the curtains closed. BUT.... When we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge we kept them wide open. When we stayed at the All Star we kept them closed and when we stayed at the Contemporary(best view we ever had) we kept them wide open.
Posted by: Dorie on Nov. 29, 2003 1:24 am/pm

When I have a view like the castle from the Polynesian, I ALWAYS keep the drapes open to watch the view. (I change in the bathroom)

In All Stars I close the drapes for changing and sleeping, though, for privacy.

I love seeing WDW just outside my room so that I live the magic every second that I am there!

Dorie :love:

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 29, 2003 1:28 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Dorie!

I'm the same way. I especially love leaving the curtains open when at the Polynesian Resort (if I have a water view) and the Contemporary Resort.

Welcome to the Disney Echo, Dorie! I'm glad you joined the fun here. As my thanks for joining and posting your first message, here's a pair of Disney EchoEars for you:

Posted by: OswaldRabbit on Dec. 10, 2003 2:48 am/pm

I chose open but then I remembered two trips ago.  I had the door at the Disneyland hotel slightly open and the curtains open so I could keep an eye on the beautiful view.  The next morning I woke up to a room with three birds in it, and they didn't want to leave!  

They were after my food, my company-they were so used to people one sat on my bed to stay warm.  I could not get them out, it took over half an hour.  The door stays closed now, but the curtains stay open.

Posted by: RichKoster on Dec. 10, 2003 3:04 am/pm

That's a great story, OswaldRabbit! Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks for joining the Disney Echo, too!

You certainly deserve your EchoEars:


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