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    flounder1959 reacted to School Belle in WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas   
    He is actually correct.

     
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    flounder1959 reacted to dbeedle in WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas   
    I first rented DVC points before becoming a member!  It worked quite well for me!  If someone has booked and has it available for rent, you may be able to get in at WL.  My wife and I have tried to book at WL for early Dec this year and have had no luck, at least for a studio or 1BR.  At this point we'll be at Saratoga Springs.
    And, wihumphery is correct as is the map that was posted.  The cabins look nice but, like those at the Poly, tend to be a little on the pricey side for us!
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    flounder1959 reacted to wlodge_man in WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas   
    dbeedle - may I ask if you used a rental company to do the transaction, or did you work directly with the DVC owner?
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    flounder1959 reacted to dbeedle in WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas   
    It's been a long time ago but if I recall correctly, I worked directly with the owner.  I did this a couple times.  It may be a bit safer working through a rental company but may cost a bit more, don't know for sure.  Depends on your level of comfort and risk acceptance I suppose.  Just taking a quick look on another board, it appears the going rate dealing with the a member directly is about $13-$15 per point.  Many folks offer references and I've also seen renters offer up some sort of contract/official paperwork.  At least many appear to take it seriously.  Which makes sense as the points are use 'em or loose 'em.  A member may as well get something out of them if they can't use them.
    On the other hand...looking at a rental site (that happens to share my name) they do show availability at WL early in December.  Cost per point doesn't seem to be out of line.  At least with a quick look. Haven't looked at the details, commission or what not.
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    flounder1959 reacted to kbmum in WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas   
    My parents booked a trip a few years ago through David's DVC Rentals. They were very happy with the transaction. However, you have to pay the entire amount up front and there are no refunds. David's gives half of the payment to the DVC owner when they make the reservation and the second half on the day the reservation begins (transaction through PayPal).
    As for Copper Creek, we're staying in a two-bedroom next month. It will be our first time staying at WL, so we're really looking forward to experiencing something new (for us, anyway).
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    flounder1959 reacted to wihumphrey in WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas   
    Before we bought into DVC, Belle and I rented points, twice from individuals and once from a service. We had good experiences from all. The only major thing you really need to have with these transactions is a contract. Don't even deal with people who say you don't need one. The contracts protect both you and the renter ( My info is , of course, correct because Fiz says so)
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    flounder1959 reacted to ryknow in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    This stinks that Ustream is going away. I will be happy to help test any new streaming service you need. I hope we can keep EOE going for many years to come! 
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    flounder1959 got a reaction from Fizbain in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    It certainly is an alternative idea.  Preface the name with EOE and a search would bring up the streamers names, EOE Flounder. 
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    flounder1959 reacted to newharmony in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    I don't know if there is a way to EASILY put FB streams on EoE, but we streamers who are on FB could have a separate FB page just for streaming. Just use our nicknames instead of real names. I have something kinda like that now...the problem might be getting the live streams here.
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    flounder1959 reacted to kbmum in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    This is a bad move on their part. I think they'll lose a lot of streamers.
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    flounder1959 reacted to Fizbain in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    Agreed, but they must have determined the amount of revenue lost ver what it takes to maintain is not worth it. Must have lost ROI. Probably too many people running ad blockers
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    flounder1959 reacted to Fizbain in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    The key we need to find is cost and can we embed. 
    Facebook live for example seems to create a new URL for every video so we can not embed that into EOE
    YouTube live seemed to be that way as well, but if you notice, the DL HoJo cam is embeded in a web page. SO that is encouraging. 
    So, please, search around for live stream options. Lets see what we find
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    flounder1959 reacted to HiddenMickey in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    When IBM purchased Ustream, it was pretty clear where they were headed.  You can hardly find an internet service that is not subscription based and IBM is following that model.  Their focus is on the "big bucks" accounts (business/professional/corporate) and discontinue the free ad-supported accounts.  It's a loss for the "little guy", for sure.  There will be two plans:  professional and enterprise.   A professional plan costs $99 up to $999/month (100-5000 streaming hours depending on the plan you chose)  Clearly, most of those with free accounts cannot afford and/or justify such a high subscription fee. Unfortunately, the options for an alternative to IBM/Ustream are very limited as far as I can tell. 
    Facebook Live has grown by leaps and bounds, but it is not without its limitations.  Some that come to mind are the lower video quality and time restrictions (I think there is a 4-hour limitation per stream)  All streams would have to be generated through the EoE facebook page and viewed on FB.  I am not aware of a way to embed those streams to a website as I write this.  
    YouTube live is also very popular now.  The video quality is top notch and can be embedded.  However, unlike Ustream, each YouTube live stream has its own embed code, so keeping a website updated with the current live streams would be very time consuming and a lot of ongoing work.   
    Livestream is subscription based and has never been an affordable option. 
    Not good news for individuals or small sites..... but the days of anything for free on the interest are pretty much history.
     
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    flounder1959 reacted to Fizbain in Ad supported ustream, going the way of the dodo   
    I am sure you are all aware that Ustream is the blood that flows through the veins of EOE. This is the service that allows our streamers to share their vacations with the rest of us Disney Fanatics. It has been a love hate relationship over the last few years but one that we have needed to embrace.
    Ustream is announcing the closing of the ad supported channels that EOE uses on Aug 1 2018. 
    While this is not really a surprise since they were purchased by IBM, it does leave us in search of a new service. 
    See below copy paste from the ustream email. I will try to keep you updates as we discover more.
    Excerpt from email:
    Free plan will be discontinued in 2 months
      Come August 1st, 2018, IBM Cloud Video (formerly Ustream) will be sunsetting ad supported free streaming.
      As part of this change, your ad supported free account will no longer be able to broadcast or have viewers watch your content.
      We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for you. To keep your videos and access to our streaming platform, please upgrade to a paid plan before August 1. This will also provide you with lots of premium features.
      We hope you will upgrade and stay with us. If you decide not to upgrade, be sure to download any remaining videos and data, because you will not be able to use our product starting August 1.
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    flounder1959 reacted to wihumphrey in EOE SSS 2018 Planning   
    Though Belle and I appreciate the offer, we are used to establishing our own pace at the parks. Face it, we're older, slower and need to know we can take a nap when needed. Unfortunately, we can't totally predict when naps are going to be necessary. I don't think Flounder knows that either but perhaps I underestimate her. Besides too much wihumphrey is probably not a good thing. Schoolbelle, is of course, always delightful
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    flounder1959 got a reaction from TiggerPiglet in Thanks Tiggerpiglet   
    TP, thanks for your streams...they were fabulous!!  Enjoyed them all
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    flounder1959 reacted to wihumphrey in Received the button   
    I don't know. I think speedos make me look fat.
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    flounder1959 reacted to Mrhub in What is your go to counter service ?   
    I love Sleepy Hollow! The Nutella waffle & the spicy chicken waffle are both awesome. Colombia Harbor has a very good Tuna salad sandwich platter. 
     
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    flounder1959 got a reaction from Mrhub in What is your go to counter service ?   
    Sleepy Hollow actually has my favorite Nutella Waffle with fruit!  My favorite anytime
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    flounder1959 got a reaction from weatherwatcher514 in Happy Birthday Weatherwatcher!!   
    Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays and a magical year ahead!! ºOº 
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    flounder1959 reacted to Fizbain in No More Antics at Whispering Canyon   
    Someone had shown a tweet saying they are always evaluating offerings and to keep an eye out for updates 
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    flounder1959 reacted to Albinotrout in No More Antics at Whispering Canyon   
    I sent an email Saturday. Haven’t heard back yet. Just the usual form letter stating I will hear back soon.
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    flounder1959 reacted to Albinotrout in Challenge accepted   
    Sure thing if I can get them to post.
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    flounder1959 got a reaction from Albinotrout in Challenge accepted   
    We have managed to clean the sink at a few SSS gatherings....its yummy!!  Enjoy!!  Pictures before and after...or it didn't happen
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    flounder1959 got a reaction from Fizbain in Challenge accepted   
    We have managed to clean the sink at a few SSS gatherings....its yummy!!  Enjoy!!  Pictures before and after...or it didn't happen
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