View Full Version : Staying at Peabody this weekend

04-20-2006, 08:07 PM
Dh, the kids and I are heading up to Orlando for 2 nights this weekend. We are going to Sea World on Sunday but wanted to relax around a nice pool all day Saturday so we found the Peabody for a fantastic price being Spring Break time. It looks really nice so I'm excited! I've heard the beds are fantastic.

Will let you all know how it goes when we get back...

04-20-2006, 08:14 PM
Don't forget to go watch the ducks....

04-21-2006, 09:02 AM
Ooh...and have brunch in Capriccio's if you have time, it is fantastic.

04-21-2006, 05:37 PM
Don't forget to go watch the ducks....
I just read about this in a book and intend to go and watch in June. If you could pass on any details about the duckies pls do! I saw the penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo and it was sooo cute, so hope it'll be similar.

Have a lovely stay :sunny:

04-22-2006, 10:02 AM
Did you find the good rate from the Hotel or another source?

04-22-2006, 10:43 AM
Have a great weekend!!! :sunny:

04-22-2006, 10:41 PM
Have fun! We visited the hotel on one trip to see the duck parade. It looked like a really nice hotel!!


04-23-2006, 09:49 PM
We are back from the Peabody. It is a beautiful hotel and we would definately stay there again. I got an internet price of $99 a night and it was more then worth it. We got a room on the 15th floor facing Disney World. We could see Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, the Contemporary and we watched Illuminations the first night from our room. Very cool!

People boast about the beds here but we weren't very impressed. They were only double beds which my dh and I don't fit very comfy together in. The pillow top mattress was night but otherwise the mattress seemed stiff. And the pillows were down but seemed to be thicker then they were long which I don't like. But everything else about the room was wonderful, even had a tv in the bathroom!

We saw the ducks come out yesterday morning, it was very cute but I tell ya... if you blinked you would have missed it. They came running out and into the fountain. I did get a cute pic though.

04-25-2006, 12:23 PM
I stayed Saturday night and friends stayed Friday and Saturday with Hotwire rates of $94 and $90. My friends upgraded to an Executive Suite for an additional $35. I had a 2 queen room on the 13th floor with a balcony. I was happy with everything but did notice hallway noise. This was probably my 8th stay at the Peabody and I will return for those rates.

troy mcclure
04-25-2006, 12:30 PM
I just read about this in a book and intend to go and watch in June. If you could pass on any details about the duckies pls do! I saw the penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo and it was sooo cute, so hope it'll be similar.

Have a lovely stay :sunny: This information is from the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The Legend of the Ducks

The tradition of the famous Peabody Marching Ducks began in the 1930s. Peabody General Manager Frank Schutt, an avid sportsman, and a friend Chip Barwick, returned empty-handed from weekend hunting trip in Arkansas. The two friends had a bit too much Tennessee sippin' whiskey, and decided to play a prank and put their live duck decoys (which were legal at the time) in the fountain in the hotel's Grand Lobby.

Three English call ducks were placed in the fountain, and the reaction from hotel guests was nothing sort of enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks would replace the original ducks.

In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1991. The late Mr. Pembroke's portrait hangs in the entrance to The Peabody, a luxury suite is named for him and a building in Peabody Place development is named Pembroke Square.

In 2003, The Peabody Memphis conducted an extensive search for a new Duckmaster, garnering the attention of national media outlets such as CNN, the CBS Early Morning Show, and The Wall Street Journal. Daniel Fox was selected from a crop of 250 candidates to carry brass duck-head cane and continue The Peabody's time- honored tradition. As Duckmaster, Fox is solely responsible for the care and wellbeing of the Peabody Ducks, including feeding, exercise, and training the teams for their daily march. In addition to his duties as Duckmaster, Fox gives tours of the "South's Grand Hotel."

Today, the ducks are housed in the "Duck Palace" on the hotel roof. Every day at 11 a.m., they are led by the Duckmaster down the elevator to the Italian travertine marble fountain in the Peabody Grand Lobby. A red carpet is unrolled and the ducks march through crowds of admiring spectators to the tune of John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March. The ceremony is reversed at 5 p.m., when the ducks retire for the evening to their palace on the roof of the hotel.

The Peabody's famed ambassadors are five Mallard ducks - one drake with his white collar and green head, and four hens with less colorful plumage. The ducks are raised by a local farmer and a friend of the hotel. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before the ducks are retired from their Peabody duties, at which time they are returned to a reserve to live out the remainder of their days as wild ducks.

04-28-2006, 08:15 PM
I haven't stayed at the Peabody, but had read about the ducks, so I convinced our friends from Canada that we should go watch the ducks parade out into the lobby one morning at 9am. We got there, the ducks RAN from the elevator to the fountain. They were very adorable, however, there proceeded to be not one but two ducky rape incidents right in front of us and the Duckmaster didn't do anything about it. He told us it was one male and the rest were females and he couldn't stop it because it was "just nature". Yes, that's true, but I'm telling you those females did NOT want what happened to them. My poor friend from Canada was traumatized by it. Our husbands found humor in the situation, saying at least it was "premature duckulation". :rolleyes:
I will say that on a future trip, my Mom wanted to see the ducks, so we went there in the afternoon to see them parade from the fountain to the elevator. This was a much more pleasant experience. No ducky rape.
The ducks have their own apartment that you can go peek in. I believe it was a floor or two down, but I don't remember exactly. A gentleman in the lobby told us about it, so we went and watched them there for a few minutes.
Hmmmmmmmmm, I just realized I sound like a duck stalker, but I swear I'm not. :guilty: