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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 07:59 AM
Hi Everyone. We have hit the 249 page mark on the current thread and per DIS guidelines we need to start a new one ( at 250 ) so here it is. I am going to move all alot of info and place it at the beginning here and then the new FAQ thread will be all set. For those of you who love to "chat" about the GF and other things we have a chat thread. Here is the link http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1736003.

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Welcome to the NEW Grand Floridian Resort and Spa FAQ thread ( May 2008).

Hi everyone this will be the new place for everything about the Grand Floridian. Please be patient as we move things and update all out dated information. Please feel free to post information about the resort and everything it offers. We are family here at the DIS and lets make this a special place where people can learn about the GF and all the wonderful things it has to offer.
Lets get started!!

Legendary elegance and lavish décor combine with impeccable service and spectacular views to create exceptional style that pampers Guests and responds to every whim. Live lobby entertainment by the Grand Floridian Orchestra, multi-paneled arch windows, turn-of-the-century gas lamps, regal chandeliers and a world-class spa define quintessential luxury at Disney's flagship Resort Hotel.

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Check In/Check Out
3:00 PM (EST) / 11:00 AM (EST)

Address
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-824-3000

Payment Method(s)
Disney Gift Card, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover, JCB.

Also here is the link to the old thread if anyone wants to go there.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=513609

Looking for great trip planning tips and info about all things Disney check out the
DIS PODCASTS and DIS UNPLUGGED Boards here:

http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=158

http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-podcast/

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:00 AM
The pages are for the last thread. You can find that thread here
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1629507


Services and Amenities


Dining Recreation
Menus can be found here on at the DIS at
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningmain.cfm

- 1 Quick Service location Gasparilla's Grille
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=30

- 6 Full Service restuarants
1900 Park Fare (Character dining) post 31 and page 90
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=28

Citricos
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=186

Grand Floridian Café
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=31

Garden View Tea POST #24
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=305

Narcoossee's
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=32

Victoria & Albert's
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=32

Victoria & Albert's Chefs Table
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=184

- 2 children's dining activities
Perfectly Princess Tea Party INFO ON PAGE 34 by Janet2K Also POST #10 Lives4Disney

Wonderland Tea Party INFO ON PAGE 34 post 503 by Janet2K ALSO POST #12 by Lives4DISNEY

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dinin...taurant.ID=227

Pirate Adventure - Children wear pirate bandannas and follow clues to search Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon for buried treasure. They sail to many exotic "ports of call" (Resort Marinas) to collect treasure. Children who are potty trained (no pull-ups) and ages 4-12 may attend. Lunch is provided (Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Gummy bears, Krispy Treat and Juice box).
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Available to all guests. Cost is $28.17 plus tax.
Reservations 180 days in advance at 407-WDW-DINE.

- 2 pool bars
- 3 lounges
- In-Room Dining: 24 hours
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_gfp.htm


Feature Pool: beach pool with
zero-depth entry, water slide
waterfalls, walking bridge, natural
springs setting & cabana rentals
- Child pool
- Whirlpool spa
- Children's playground
- Arcade
- Tennis
- Marina/boat rental
- Water cruises
- Fishing
- Beach area
- Volleyball
- Jogging trail
- Health club
- Full service spa
The opulent spa takes guest service to the highest level with a broad, balanced program of beautifying and well-being services such as facials, manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, body treatments, and nutrition and fitness counselling. For scheduling information, please call (407) 824-2332*.
www.relaxedyet.com

- Electrical Water Pageant view

Transportation Other Services
- Motorcoach transportation
Epcot®
Disney-MGM Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom®
Disney Water Parks
Downtown Disney®
Disney Resort Hotels*
*Requires one transfer at a Disney Theme Park
- Water launch to:
Magic Kingdom®
Disney's Polynesian Resort
- Monorail to:
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Magic Kingdom®
Epcot®*
*Requires a Monorail change at the Transportation & Ticket Center - Disney Resort Benefits
- 6 merchandise shops (gifts, sundries)
- Self service laundry facilities INFO ON THIS IS ON PAGE 34 post #508 by Janet2K
- Valet laundry service
- Club Level Concierge (Royal Palm Club in the Main Building and Sugar Loaf ) See below
- Business Center
- Convention/meeting space
- Salon/barber services
The Ivy Trellis Barber and Beauty Shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Valet parking

Stores on the 2nd floor Thank you princess!

As far as the stores, on the 2nd floor, there is:

Commander Porter's - Men's clothing, hats, GF logo apparel

M.Mouse Mercantile - gifts, apparel, pins, stuffed Disney characters,etc. Basically a mini emporium. Trust me, if your kids are like mine, you will become very familiar with this store!
It is strategically located next to where you get on and off the monorail!

Basin White - the awesome bath shop previously mentioned
http://www.basinwhite.com/

On the 1st floor :

Summer Lace- Womens, clothing, bathing suits, shoes,beach bags,etc. Also has H2O , Guerlain, etc.

Sandy Cove - Has great GF merchandise! ( I just got a beautiful Christmas ornament with the GF painted on it!)
Also has, Mickey Crocs, food, medicine and beauty supplies if you forget Tylenol or your toothbrush!,etc.
Sandy Cove is also where you pick up your packages if you choose to have them sent from the parks to the GF. If youre staying concierge, they will deliver them to your room.

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:17 AM
The pages are for the last thread. You can find that thread here
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1629507

842 Guest Rooms

Disabled accessible rooms available
All rooms non-smoking
Buildings offer elevators and stairs with interior corridors

There are 2 floorplans below but here is a link to a site that has TONS of them

https://home.comcast.net/~tammimcmanus/gf_rooms.htm

Tammi from here on the DIS and a regular on our GF thread has a nice homepage about the GF, her trips, and some floorplans. Its a great resource and we have gotten her permission to post the link so here it is
https://home.comcast.net/~tammimcmanus/
Thank You Tammi

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Room Amenities

In Each Room Upon Request (subject to availability)

Alarm Clock w/ CD player
Balcony/Patio
Ceiling Fan
Coffee Maker & Setup
Dial-Up Internet*
DVD Player (suites)
Evening Turndown Service
Hair Dryer
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
Minibar
Mini-Refrigerator
Robes
Table & Chairs
Tea Setup
Telephone*
Television
- ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN & more
Triple Sheet Bedding
USA Today Delivery (Mon-Fri)
Vanity Area
Voice Mail Bed Boards/Rails
Crib: Full Size
High Speed Internet (fee)
High Speed Internet Wireless (fee)
Microwave

* Local, 1-800, collect, credit card and third party calls placed from an in-room Disney Resort Guest telephone do not incur a surcharge. Charges will apply for directory assistance and domestic/international long-distance calls.



Rooom Information:
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/resorts/grandflrooms.htm

Picturesque views of the Seven Seas Lagoon or the Grand Floridian marina are available from more than half of the 900 rooms at the Grand Floridian. Garden views overlook the lush, landscaped gardens, Pool/Marina views overlook the interior courtyard pool or the marina, and Lagoon views offer a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

There are lodge rooms, concierge rooms and suites available as well as standard guest rooms. The following is a breakdown of the buildings and the type of accommodations found there:

Sago Cay, lagoon/marina view rooms, garden view dormer rooms, lodge tower rooms, hospitality suites and one- and two-bedroom suites

Sugar Loaf, concierge rooms

Conch Key, hospitality suites, one- and two-bedroom suites, pool/marina/lagoon views

Boca Chica, standard guest rooms, lagoon, pool, dormer and tower rooms

Big Pine Key, lagoon/pool/garden views

Main Building, concierge rooms and suites.

From www.allearsnet.com
What are the differences between a standard room and a dormer room?

Both types of rooms are furnished the same and contain the same features. The dormer rooms are smaller than the standard rooms, but seem larger, since dormer rooms have vaulted ceilings. Standard rooms sleep 5 people, while dormer rooms sleep only 4. Dormer rooms are also the only rooms to feature a private balcony.

What is a lodge tower room?

The lodge tower rooms are located in the semicircular protrusions you can see on the outside of some buildings. They include all of the features of a standard room. They also have a separate sitting area, with additional furniture, TV and phone. There are views out of five windows, as well as a separate balcony.

Also from www.allearsnet.com
Which rooms are closest to...

...the beach? - Guest rooms in the Main Building and in Big Pine Key are located just along the beach of Seven Seas Lagoon.

...the monorail? - Guest rooms in the Main Building are an elevator's ride away from the monorail station. Rooms in Sago Cay , Sugar Loaf Key , and Big Pine Key are all about equally the next closest.

The buses? - The bus stop is located just outside and below the monorail station. Room proximity to the buses is about the same as for the monorail.
The restaurants? - Guest rooms in the Main Building are located only a few floors above all restaurants, with the exception of Narcoossee's. Rooms in Conch Key are actually closest to Narcoossee's. Besides those in the Main Building, rooms in Big Pine Key and Sugar Loaf Key are quite near the main restaurants. Sugar Loaf Key is particularly convenient to both Gasparilla Grill & Games and the Grand Floridian Cafe.

The marina? - Guest rooms in Sugar Loaf Key and Conch Key are located just outside of the marina. These rooms, as well as those in Sago Cay, all have rooms that overlook the marina.

The pool? - Guest rooms in Boca Chica, Big Pine Key, and Sugar Loaf Key all are closest to the courtyard pool, as well as the kiddie pool.

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:19 AM
Kids Programs

Need someone to watch the kids for a while? Boy, have you come to the right place. From in-room child care to Discovery programs -- even special clubs just for kids. Disney's got it all. Just take a look. Bet you never had a babysitter as fun as this.

Please note: Babysitters and childcare supervisors are primarily English speakers. To inquire about additional language capabilities, please call in advance.

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Mouseketeer Clubhouse
Hours: 4:30 pm to 12 midnight
Information: (407) 824-2985 or (407) 939-3463
Offers supervised activities, entertainment, and refreshments for children ages four to 12. Charge is $11 USD per hour per child, with a four-hour maximum. Reservations required.


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Kid's Nite Out, Inc.
Kid's Nite Out caregivers can provide one-on-one in-room childcare in the comfort of a Walt Disney World® Resort room. The professional staff of Kid's Nite Out gives the child individual attention by playing a variety of fun-filled activities with him/her including reading books, coloring, or playing "I Spy" games. They can also provide a fun, well-trained sitter to just hang out with the family if they need a father's/mother's helper. Kid's Nite Out also plans and works children's parties, camps, and children's theme conventions.


Reservations:


Advance reservations are required - please call 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all Walt Disney World® Resorts
Guests can call up to 90 Days in advance. Will try to accommodate same-day calls or unusual hours.
Cancellations require 24 hours notice to avoid the 4 hour minimum charge.

Phone Number: 407-828-0920

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:20 AM
Remember that the pages are on the old thread. Here is that link.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1629507


Club/Concierge level service is available at the Grand Floridian and it is fabulous. The Main Building is only concierge level rooms and suites. There is also concierge service at the Sugar Loaf Building. It is keyed access as is the main building. Both have been renovated recently and will be be placing pictures here as they come in. Tete01830 just returned from a stay at the Sugar Loaf building and she will be putting pictures up of the new lounge area and her tower room.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
PH: 407-824-1775
FX: 407-824-3461
Grand.Floridian.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.com
HERE IS THE NEW UPDATED EMAIL AS OF JAN 25th 2008

Available at *ALL* Disney Deluxe Resorts for Concierge Guests :
Nightly Turndown Service
High Speed Internet Access (access fees apply)
Bathroom Amenities (shampoo, conditioner, hand/body lotion, bath & facial soap)
Complimentary Fax Assistance
Complimentary Health Club Access
2 Adult-Size Spa Bathrobes (in-room use, additional robes can be requested)
Club Level Check-In from 7am - 10pm
Club Level Assistance from 7am - 10pm (tickets, dining, recreation, special events)
Advanced Itinerary Planning
Refreshments throughout the day in Concierge Lounges
Secured Key Access to Club Level Floors
USA Today Newspaper
Coffee Maker with Coffee & Tea Assortment
Iron and Board
Safe
Hair Dryer
Refrigerator - not stocked (available upon request at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
Library of Disney Movies at Concierge Desk
VCR and/or DVD Players in suites (upon request at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
CD/Clock Radios in Suites

Services at *SELECT* Disney Deluxe Resorts for Concierge Guests
Private Pantry (usage fees apply) Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Wireless High Speed Internet in Concierge Lounge Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's BoardWalk Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Business Center Access Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's BoardWalk Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Picturesque views of the Seven Seas Lagoon or the Grand Floridian marina are available from more than half of the 900 rooms at the Grand Floridian. Garden views overlook the lush, landscaped gardens, Pool/Marina views overlook the interior courtyard pool or the marina, and Lagoon views offer a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

THE MAIN BUILDING CONCIERGE THE ROYAL PALM CLUB and the SUGAR LOAF KEY
The Concierge Lounge is located on the fourth floor. Here, guests may enjoy a continental breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The continental breakfast includes danish, bagels, cereal, fresh friuts, coffee, tea and juice. "Daily Delights" from 11:30am to 2:30pm (the menu varies daily, but usually includes a meat dish, fruits and a vegetarian dish, including cookies, coffee, sodas and juices). Afternoon tea from 3pm to 4:30pm (includes scones, fruit breads, cookies, jam tarts, and of course, tea). Twilight Refreshments from 5pm to 7pm (includes wine and cheese, with appetizer type dishes served.

Both lounges serve alcohol now and cordials. They also serve Champagne. :)

Resort Airline Check-in

The current hours for RAC are 5am to 1pm.

Here's a great thread about RAC:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=944813

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:22 AM
Here are some pics from the Sugar Loaf Concierge Lounge.
Newly remodeled.
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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:25 AM
Here are some pics of the RPC or Royal Palm Club in the main buidling at the GF. The main building only hold Concierge and suites.
Pics courtesy Lives4disney. Thanks Chan

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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:36 AM
There are some fun kids activites at the Grand Floridian. Here are some pictures of the Princess Tea Party. I think my older daughter (8 at the time) and I enjoyed it much more than my 4.5 yr old. DD4 got kind of bored sitting for so long. SHE's the one I thought would love this party! The music, songs & stories were very entertaining. I didn't take pictures of the food, which was good but didn't amount to much. We were served little tea sandwiches and red grapes, nice tea, and then a very pretty cake for dessert. The girls had about the same but with apple juice "tea". They started out the party by calling the girls' names and then crowning them with a pretty garland and escorting them in one by one to the tables. Rose Petal told stories and sang accompanied by Baron Von Branch. After the lunch Aurora came to visit. I unexpectedly enjoyed it. Somewhere in there the girls were given their Disney Aurora dolls. Then, at the end they were given little certificates to pick up their other gift items at the Mercantile store upstairs in the GF lobby.

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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:41 AM
Unfortunately Disney is ending the advnetures in cooking. I dont know why and its to bad, its wicked cute.

NEW PRICING FOR ALICE
Wonderland Tea Party - A tea party (lasting one hour) for children, hosted by characters from Alice in Wonderland. Children will make and eat cupcakes, enjoy a story, eat lunch, and have tea with the characters, and make flower bouquets. Lunch includes turkey and cheese or berry sandwich, chicken nuggets, fruit, dessert, and apple tea (apple juice). (Menu subject to change.) Children who are potty trained and ages 4-10 may attend.

Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Available to all guests, Cost is $40.00 ($42.60 incliding tax).
Reservations 180 days in advance at 407-WDW-DINE.


My girls have also done the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party which they enjoyed several times. It's very secretive, so I don't think I have many pictures to share.....it's a kids only thing and adults drop off and pick up. Here are some pics when I dropped the girls off. This party takes place in 1900 Park Faire. The kids are served lunch and cupcakes, which they decorate, and play fun games. During this party Mary Poppins and Alice ran the party. Other times it was Alice and the Mad Hatter. THey loved this, but actually their favorite kids activity was the Adventures in Cooking!

Alice tea party.........
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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:46 AM
Pictures of the Beaches, Pools and Cabanas.

I have to say the cabanas are a great way to spend a day or a half day. I had one in July 2007 and we did it for a half day and it was alot of fun and easy with the kids.

Here's some info directly from the GF concierge.........

Rental Cabana amenities include:
. Two padded chaise lounge chairs
. Two padded straight-backed chairs
. Plush towels
. 22 inch LCD television with cable access and optional earphones
. Sirius Satellite Radio
. DVD/CD/MP3 player
. Phone for internal resorts calls
. Oscillating Fan
. Mini refrigerator stocked with complementary sodas and water
. Complementary fruit basket
. Private dining and poolside massages are available at an
additional cost.

A half day is $60.00 and is from 10am - 2pm OR 3pm - 7pm
A full day is $110 for 10am - 7pm


Here are some theme pool pictures including the cabanas you can rent. Call 407 WDW -PLAY to reserve.

There are 2 pools at the GF the quiet pool which is in front of the Sugar Loaf Building and the Main Pool which is by the main building. Both pools offer food and drinks. When I was there in July 2007 there was a ping pong table at the quiet pool along with a hot tub.

The main pool give amazing views of the lagoon, you can see the monorail, there is food, a store, the cabanas and a spot where the kids can jump around and water shoots out of the ground. We were lucky enough to get a cabana in July 2007 and it was very nice. Here are some pics of the pools and the cabanas.


View of the quit pool from the Sugar Loaf Building.
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Alicnwondrln
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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:49 AM
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The Main Pool

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Some more cabana pics from Lives4Disney:

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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:57 AM
FROM LIVES4DISNEY

Pictures from cakes and treats from the GF Private Dining. The number is below.

OK, here are some goodies ordered from private dining......the number is 407-824-2474. Sometimes they can offer suggestions, other times you really have to know what you want to order. Depends on the CM it seems.

Tinkerbelle birthday cake. Huge 10 inch triple layer and was filled with fresh strawberries and custard. DELICIOUS. They delivered it to our roomwhile we were out in the parks and set it up very nicely on our table. Great surprise to come back to.

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I found these pics on one of the cake threads. This cake screams Alice in Wonderland to me.

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Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 08:58 AM
To order special cakes you can call the cake hotline this is good for all over Disney.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1173219

This is new cake thread http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=25734133#post25734133

Even the new seems to out dated with some phone numbers and other info. If you have questions just ask here. If you are needing a special cake at the GF you will call private dining and they will transfer you to Linda. If you have issues PM and I will give you an email address.

Here is the number to the cakehotline 1-407-827-2253.

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 09:10 AM
The Holiday Gingerbread house in the lobby.

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johnsonet
05-01-2008, 09:33 AM
I have many pics to share but here are some from our room on the 5th floor of the Main Building last August. It was room 4030, on the 5th floor. It was a "Turret room" which is a Deluxe King room in the Royal Palm Club. The room did not have a balcony, FYI.

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johnsonet
05-01-2008, 09:36 AM
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lovemy2boys
05-01-2008, 09:49 AM
Thank you for posting these. We are visiting Disney in June and have never stayed on site before. We'll be at the Grand Floridian in the Grand Suite. I would love pictures, if anyone has (I've only seen the two pix that are posted on wdwinfo I think?).

I also wanted to ask, what are the odds that we'll be able to check in early? Our flight arrives at noon.

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 09:56 AM
Hi Welcome to the GF thread!
You should be able to check in as soon as you arrive. If the suite is ready they will take you up and give you a tour. If not they will take and store your luggage and then give your room keys. They will also give you a number to call and check on your room. Sometimes they will take your cell # and call you when its ready. Your room keys will have your park tickets and dining plan if you purchased that on them so you can go off and start having fun!

oliviansmom17
05-01-2008, 10:23 AM
We'll have our first stay at The GF in December and were soo looking forward to it. We've booked a theme park view room- could someone narrow down the possible buildings we might be in?
TIA!

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 10:35 AM
Well there a few buildings you could be in. Did you make any requests?

Sago, Conch key and the main building. There are also some in boca chica

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:13 AM
Here are some pics of the walkway between the GF and the Poly. It's a very pretty easy 10 minute or less walk. I just thought they were pretty pics and many people don't realize you can walk between the GF and the Poly.:)

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Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:15 AM
room view from the main building.......

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/DSCF9724.jpg

zoomed.....

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/DSCF9722.jpg

vbarry
05-01-2008, 11:17 AM
So...am I to assume that the deluxe RPC rooms have a view of the gardens or the lagoon?? (but not the castle???)

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:19 AM
Dinner at 1900 Park Faire with Cinderella, Prince Charming, step sisters, and Lady Tremaine.....They are WICKEDLY FUNNY! :goodvibes

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/DSCF9504.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/DSCF9510.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/DSCF9507.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7560.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7558.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7555.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7554.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:20 AM
So...am I to assume that the deluxe RPC rooms have a view of the gardens or the lagoon?? (but not the castle???)

YES!! I will post a courtyard view....coming up!

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:21 AM
Here's a courtyard view from room 4411....the Walt Disney Suite. :goodvibes It was worth the trade off of not having the castle view to stay in this fabulous suite.;)

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4387.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4390.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3834.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:25 AM
Breakfast at 1900 Park Faire with Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, Pooh and friends.........Mary Poppins was in the foyer to greet guests....

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3570.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3578.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3576.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3575-1.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3571.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4446.jpg

johnsonet
05-01-2008, 11:27 AM
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/DSCF9510.jpg



OMG. My DD11 and DNiece10 are going to LOVE dinner at 1900 PF this summer princess: princess:

johnsonet
05-01-2008, 11:30 AM
Here is the view of the GF Lobby from the 5th floor in the evening :wizard:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/5-5-07099.jpg

Here is the King bed in our turret room

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/5-5-07112.jpg

And the desk, which looked out over the Volcano pool and over to the Polynesian :cloud9:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/5-5-07106.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:31 AM
FUN on a pontoon boat rented at the GF marina......don't try this kid on the lap thing:rotfl: ....it will get you busted by the Disney cops.....made for some fun pics, though.:goodvibes

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3717.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3716.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3709.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3729.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP3730.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7774.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7768.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:35 AM
The princess tea party at the Grand.........

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0513.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0508.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0506.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0505.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0512.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0511.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0502.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0501.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP0498.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:40 AM
another main building room view and room pics from Thanksgiving 2007

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7679.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7677.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7676.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7612.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7610.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7611.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7613.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7614.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7615.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7617.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7619.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7674.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7673.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7675.jpg

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 11:43 AM
Jojo is quite the little poser.

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:45 AM
Grand 1 pics........

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7789.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7788.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7787.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7785.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7786.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7781.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7782.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7783.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7784.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:46 AM
Jojo is quite the little poser.

Ya....I wasn't sure if I should have even posted that one...:rotfl: She's a goof.

johnsonet
05-01-2008, 11:47 AM
Lives4Disney ~ Awesome pics :thumbsup2 Is that the NEW Grand One? It sure looks brand new but I was not sure...

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:48 AM
Lives4Disney ~ Awesome pics :thumbsup2 Is that the NEW Grand One? It sure looks brand new but I was not sure...

Thanks! :goodvibes YES, that is the NEW Grand 1. I have pics of us on the old, but I won't bother putting those up. This new one is just gorgeous.

:)

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:51 AM
Concierge area in the main building....Royal Palm Club.....Not sure if these were posted yet.:confused3

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP6828.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP6792.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP6789.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 11:54 AM
More RPC concierge area......This is the 3rd floor where the concierge CMs sit. The stairway leads directly up to the lounge on the 4th floor.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7854.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7858.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7857.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7856.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7855.jpg

johnsonet
05-01-2008, 11:57 AM
From the Garden View Lounge looking into the central lobby at Christmastime:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/gflobby1.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 12:03 PM
Here's some Walt Disney Suite pics from 2006. It has been redecorated since.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4536.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4530.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4544.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4385.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4362.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4356.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4359.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4349.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4345.jpg

I have more, but need to find them....:sad2:

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 12:05 PM
Gasparilla's Grille...............

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7911.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7910.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7909.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7908.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7907.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7906.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7905.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP7904.jpg

mandymommy4
05-01-2008, 12:09 PM
OM Gosh, Channing! The Walt Suite Is awesome! You lucky girl you, I bet that made turning 40 a little easier! ;)

Thanks for posting those pic :)

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 12:12 PM
I wish I was staying in the W.Disney Suite. LOL
I love that pic of Jojo its so cute. The girls are soo cute.
Dont make me post those pics of you dumping your bag out when we met at RPC that day.

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 12:14 PM
OM Gosh, Channing! The Walt Suite Is awesome! You lucky girl you, I bet that made turning 40 a little easier! ;)

Thanks for posting those pic :)

Oh...I LOVED turning 40...I had dropped 50lbs and was feeling good. I had no problem with 40. PLUS, I planned myself a huge fun time at WDW...we also took the Grand 1 out for Wishes....I need to find some of those pics.:goodvibes :goodvibes It will make me feel good seeing them.:)

I wish I was staying in the W.Disney Suite. LOL
I love that pic of Jojo its so cute. The girls are soo cute.
Dont make me post those pics of you dumping your bag out when we met at RPC that day.

OH....do not post that!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:

oliviansmom17
05-01-2008, 12:20 PM
Well there a few buildings you could be in. Did you make any requests?

Sago, Conch key and the main building. There are also some in boca chica

I didn't make any requests, and I'm not RPC, which rules out the main building, right?

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 12:21 PM
Here's me and Lucy on the Grand 1 for my 40th. We ordered a lovely cake from the GF and had champagne and lemonade for the kids.....It was perfect.:cloud9:

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4485.jpg

praline3001
05-01-2008, 12:21 PM
Here are a couple of pics of room service.

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/806/165122t3-med.jpg
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/747/165122r41-med.jpg
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/747/165122r11-med.jpg
http://members.cox.net/pralinedisney/disney%202008%20memory%20stick%202%20090.jpg
http://members.cox.net/pralinedisney/disney%202008%20memory%20stick%202%20093.jpg
http://members.cox.net/pralinedisney/disney%202008%20memory%20stick%202%20095.jpg
http://members.cox.net/pralinedisney/disney%202008%20memory%20stick%202%20098.jpg
http://members.cox.net/pralinedisney/disney%202008%20memory%20stick%202%20099.jpg
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/165122m4.jpg
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/165122t1-med.jpg
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/747/165122r5-med.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 12:23 PM
We'll have our first stay at The GF in December and were soo looking forward to it. We've booked a theme park view room- could someone narrow down the possible buildings we might be in?
TIA!

Almost all teh buildings have TPVs....you could be in Sago, Conch, Boca, or even some rooms in Big Pine have TPV rooms. Sago and Conch are what most people prefer although there are some palm trees that can block the view. Those 2 buildings have the most chance of a castle view vs a Space Mtn type view.

On the previous GF Fact thread Kelly had a map posted on the front page...if it's on this one, take a look and you can get an idea of location/view etc.

johnsonet
05-01-2008, 12:50 PM
I didn't make any requests, and I'm not RPC, which rules out the main building, right?

Yes but if you have Theme Park View booked I am sure you are going to have a great view :thumbsup2 I am partial to Boca Chica. I don't think you can go wrong :cloud9:

Here's me and Lucy on the Grand 1 for my 40th. We ordered a lovely cake from the GF and had champagne and lemonade for the kids.....It was perfect.:cloud9:

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4485.jpg

You are so pretty. That cake is absolutely beautiful and truly up to GF/Disney standards :thumbsup2 Why do people seem to be having so much trouble lately with the cakes? How did you go about ordering this one? Did you go thru IPO or PD on your own?? Thanks!

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 12:59 PM
I dont know what the cake drama is either everything takes FOREVER lately and they have been making some mistakes.

thesupersmartguy
05-01-2008, 02:01 PM
Just returned from the GF, Got a upgrade to a attic room with a perfect centered view of the Castle, Train Station and Space Mountain.

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 02:06 PM
You are so pretty. That cake is absolutely beautiful and truly up to GF/Disney standards :thumbsup2 Why do people seem to be having so much trouble lately with the cakes? How did you go about ordering this one? Did you go thru IPO or PD on your own?? Thanks!

:flower3: Thanks, that's sweet. I think it was my happiness just shining thru...it was the most wonderful birthday I've ever had.:goodvibes I did the regular thing with the cake...called the GF bakery to order. I don't know why they are being so difficult lately. I wanted to order a cake for Easter, but with the way they were I just said FORGET IT.

I dont know what the cake drama is either everything takes FOREVER lately and they have been making some mistakes.

I wonder how Lindsay made out.:confused3

Just returned from the GF, Got a upgrade to a attic room with a perfect centered view of the Castle, Train Station and Space Mountain.

:thumbsup2 sounds great!!:wizard: Did that room have the daybed?? What building? Thanks for the info.

Lives4Disney :)

WishesQueen
05-01-2008, 02:21 PM
Channing - WOW WOW WOW!!! That suite is amazing!!!

Looking at your pictures, I am watching your girls grow up before my eyes!!! They are getting so big, so beautiful and mature!!:flower3:

johnsonet
05-01-2008, 03:47 PM
Just returned from the GF, Got a upgrade to a attic room with a perfect centered view of the Castle, Train Station and Space Mountain.

Congratulations on your upgrade :wizard: Can't beat that amazing view :cloud9:

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
05-01-2008, 03:51 PM
Subscribing to the new thread.

Cinderumbrella
05-01-2008, 05:09 PM
Garden View Room 7101 (Conch Key) (the infamous no wallpaper room :confused3 )

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0963.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0964.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0966.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0970.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0967.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_1255.jpg

Cinderumbrella
05-01-2008, 05:11 PM
More Details

See Tink in the comforter??

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0965.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0969.jpg
(Safe, hair dryer, robe)

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0988.jpg
Turndown service (complimentary to all categories of rooms)

Cinderumbrella
05-01-2008, 05:14 PM
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_1286.jpg

View from the ME bus stop

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_1279.jpg

Lobby

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_1280.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_1278.jpg
Entrance to GF Cafe

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0971.jpg
On the way to pick up a bride

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0985.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/kzimm7/Personal%20photos/IMG_0987.jpg

Special Anniversary surprise from the hotel

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
05-01-2008, 05:15 PM
A picture of the Grand Floridian from my Tower Magic Kingdom view room at the Contemporary.

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z259/CR-Resort-Fan-4-Life/IMG_0129-1.jpg

Taken from the beach at the Polynesian.

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z259/CR-Resort-Fan-4-Life/IMG_0557-1.jpg

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 06:24 PM
Great pics Jason thanks for sharing!

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 06:25 PM
I miss the Alice comforters!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
05-01-2008, 06:45 PM
Great pics Jason thanks for sharing!No problem. :thumbsup2

Cinderumbrella
05-01-2008, 07:04 PM
I miss the Alice comforters!

I never got to see those as we had 10 years between stays :sad2:

praline3001
05-01-2008, 07:40 PM
So do any of you GF addicts have any pics of the kiddie pool area I could show Savannah? :goodvibes
She loves looks at all these pics!!!princess:

Cinderumbrella
05-01-2008, 07:41 PM
So do any of you GF addicts have any pics of the kiddie pool area I could show Savannah? :goodvibes
She loves looks at all these pics!!!princess:

There really isn't a kiddie pool area, per se. It is zero entry near the beach and there are the spray jets near the cabana- that's it...

ivo004
05-01-2008, 07:56 PM
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk107/ivo004/ViajeaDisneyDec2007023.jpg

Brizite76
05-01-2008, 08:12 PM
Hi Guys!
Does anyone have pics of what a theme park view looks like from the rooms?
I'd greatly appreciate it! popcorn::

Thank you :)

ivo004
05-01-2008, 08:16 PM
This is the view from GV room at GF last december
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk107/ivo004/ViajeaDisneyDec2007021.jpg
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk107/ivo004/ViajeaDisneyDec2007139.jpg
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk107/ivo004/ViajeaDisneyDec2007022-1.jpg
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk107/ivo004/ViajeaDisneyDec2007306.jpg

ivo004
05-01-2008, 08:18 PM
Sorry about the last pic I found it so cute that i needed to post it in here :goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes

Jeanine3kids
05-01-2008, 08:37 PM
[QUOTE=Alicnwondrln;24845770]Unfortunately Disney is ending the advnetures in cooking. I dont know why and its to bad, its wicked cute.

Alice,
Disney is ending Adventures in cooking I have a reservation for August?

Jeanine

Lives4Disney
05-01-2008, 09:16 PM
[QUOTE=Alicnwondrln;24845770]Unfortunately Disney is ending the advnetures in cooking. I dont know why and its to bad, its wicked cute.

Alice,
Disney is ending Adventures in cooking I have a reservation for August?

Jeanine

The last date is in September....I thought the same thing...I have it booked for July. I emailed the concierge and she told me Sept is the end.....so sad. :guilty: It has been a favorite of my girls for years. I am glad I got one more date in.

Lives4Disney

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 10:16 PM
Hi Guys!
Does anyone have pics of what a theme park view looks like from the rooms?
I'd greatly appreciate it! popcorn::

Thank you :)


Hi there
come over to the GF chat thread

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1736003

Tinker*Shell*Bell
05-01-2008, 10:20 PM
Does anyone have a recent room service menu? Miss Brook maybe? Allears is dated 2005...just thinking a new one would be great (ok, I want to see it...selfish Sheli ;) )

Thanks!!!

praline3001
05-01-2008, 10:22 PM
Does anyone have a recent room service menu? Miss Brook maybe? Allears is dated 2005...just thinking a new one would be great (ok, I want to see it...selfish Sheli ;) )

Thanks!!!

You know, I almost swiped it but then thought that would be tacky :rotfl2:
I know Kelly had a copy but I think it is outdated.
I can try and 007 it and swipe the one in my room when I am there in 43 days

goofygal531
05-01-2008, 10:24 PM
[QUOTE=Jeanine3kids;24861658]

The last date is in September....I thought the same thing...I have it booked for July. I emailed the concierge and she told me Sept is the end.....so sad. :guilty: It has been a favorite of my girls for years. I am glad I got one more date in.

Lives4Disney

The last day of Adventures in Cooking is September 23rd. When I called, they assured me that the other children activities (Tea Party and Pirate Cruise) will NOT BE DISCONTINUED.

Does anyone have a recent room service menu? Miss Brook maybe? Allears is dated 2005...just thinking a new one would be great (ok, I want to see it...selfish Sheli ;) )

Thanks!!!

I bet you anything Brook knows it by heart!:rotfl2:

Alicnwondrln
05-01-2008, 10:30 PM
I can see if I can get one faxed over. Let me send someone an email.

praline3001
05-01-2008, 10:37 PM
Here is a copy of the room service menu. It is a tad bit outdated ... there are a few things different but it will give you a basic idea... I also wanted to add their french onion soup is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! I told the chef I was leaving my DH and running off with him :rotfl2: I ordered it every night for room service...:rotfl2:

Private Dining Experience

Our Romantic Packages...For guests seeking that special dining experience, our Romance Packages are the perfect answer. The Romance Packages are carefully selected menus served in the privacy of your own suite, on board our yacht, the Grand I, or one of our float boats or in one of many secluded and romantic venues around the hotel.

We also offer the option of serving items from the menus from any of our restaurants or have our Chefs customize a menu, tailored to your specific wishes. The meal is served butler-style, presenting each course separately. Our Private Dining managers will gladly assist in creating the perfect evening for you.

Pricing depends upon the individual options selected.

Entertaining in Your Suite...From an intimate dinner for 4 to a lavish cocktail party for 40, our Private Dining team can provide it all. Choose from our selection of hospitality menus, or allow our Chefs to create a personalized menu for you.

To arrange for these dining options, you must call Private Dining at the Grand Floridian. 24 Hour Notice will be required.


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Breakfast
served from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Fruits & Juices

Assorted Juices (orange, grapefruit, apple, cranberry, tomato, V-8, or pineapple) $2.99

Chilled Half Grapefruit $3.99

Fresh Strawberries & Cream $4.99

Rainbow of Fresh Sliced Fruit $6.99

Seasonal Melon $4.99

Natural Yogurt (with strawberries or bananas) $3.99

Breads & Cereals

Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat with brown sugar & raisins $4.50; with fruit $5.50

Assorted Cold Cereals $4.50; with fruit $5.50

Assorted Pastries (2 Danish, 1 croissant, 1 muffin) $7.50

Danish or Croissant (2 each) $3.99

Bagel and Cream Cheese $3.99

Toast (white, wheat, rye or raisin) $2.99

Beverages

Regular Coffee or Decaf $4.99

Hot Tea or Hot Chocolate $3.99

Milk or Chocolate Milk $2.99

Low-fat Smoothies $6.99

Assorted Soft Drinks or Bottled Water $3.29

Iced Tea small carafe $3.99; large carafe $7.99

Espresso or Cappuccino $3.99; flavored $4.99

Side Orders

Bacon, sausage links, or cured ham steak $3.79

Canadian bacon or turkey sausage $4.29

Southern-style Grits $2.29

Children's Menu

Entrees include your choice of beverage
(milk, chocolate milk or orange juice)
$8.99

Daisy's Eggceptional Morning - one scrambled egg with bacon and a biscuit

Lumiere's French Toast - with one scrambled egg

Mickey's Ears to You - two fun Mickey-shaped waffles

Chip 'n' Dale Chippy Cakes - pancakes with one topping of your choice (bananas, berries, or chocolate chips)

Mickey's Morning Surprise - large Mickey Mouse waffle served with lots of Mickey surprises $13.99

The Continental Approach - our Grand Floridian pastry basket served with butter and preserves; fresh seasonal fruit; your choice of coffee, tea or decaf; and your choice of juice $12.99

The Grand American Breakfast - two eggs, prepared any style, served with buttermilk biscuits; bacon, sausage or ham steaks; grits or hash brown potatoes; coffee, tea or decaf coffee; and your choice of juice $16.99

Other Breakfast Specialties
We gladly substitute regular eggs with "Egg Beaters" or egg whites in any of the following dishes.

Three Egg Omelet - ham and cheese, Western, or Spanish, served with hash brown potatoes or grits $10.99

Corned Beef Hash & Poached Eggs - homemade hash with potatoes, onions and green peppers $10.99

Spa Vegetable Fritatta - open-faced egg white omelet with tomato, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, chives, spinach and fresh seasonal fruit $9.99

Smoked Salmon with flavored cream cheeses, onions, tomatoes and a bagel $12.99

Eggs Benedict - two poached eggs on toasted English muffin with Canadian bacon and Hollandaise sauce $12.99

Steak & Eggs - two eggs, any style, served with a 8 oz. top sirloin steak, hash brown potatoes or grits $20.99

French Toast - $9.99

Belgian Waffle - $9.99

Old Fashioned Pancakes - $9.99

Add Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas or Pecans - $1.00


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To Go Lunches
$12.99 each

-- Choose one: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese,
Roast Beef & Cheese or Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
--Whole Fruit (banana, orange, apple)
--Bag of Chips and a Cookie
--Beverages (Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water, or a juice box)

Pizzas - served 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Cheese Pizza - a 16-inch cheese pizza with our own Italian pizza sauce $14.50
Add your choice of toppings at $1.50 each: pepperoni, sausage, ham, ground beef, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers.

Children's Menu -served 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Choice of entree as listed below, beverage (milk, soft drink or juice) and a chocolate chip cookie. $9.99

Minnie's Mini Burgers - two mini hamburgers served with fries
Mr. M's Steak Plate - grilled junior steak with French fries and vegetables
Chicken by Jiminy - fried chicken strips served with fries
Pluto's Double Dogger - two of Pluto's mini hot dogs served with fries
The Triple-Header - mini burger, mini hot dog and macaroni and cheese
Grand Goofy Griller - grilled cheese served with fries
PB&J Daisy's Way - American favorite, served with chips

Lunch served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Appetizers
Lump Crab Cake - with Cajun remoulade sauce $8.99
Garlicky Spinach Dip - with focaccia chips $6.50
Shrimp Cocktail $13.50

Soups
French Onion Soup - $6.79
Chicken Noodle Soup - $5.79


Grand Salads
House Salad - $5.99
Cobb Salad - $12.99
Caesar Salad - $6.99; with grilled chicken or shrimp $13.99
We also offer a reduced-fat Caesar and Ranch dressings.

Signature Sandwiches - All sandwiches are served with your choice of fries, chips or potato salad.

The Earl of Sandwiches - $11.99
New York Style Reuben - $10.99
Turkey Club Sandwich - $10.99
Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Homemade Veggie Burger - $10.99
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich $15.99
Pan-seared Chicken with Tomato Coulis $15.99
Penne Pasta Primavera tossed with olive oil, garlic and fresh vegetables $17.99; add chicken or shrimp $19.99
Daily Catch served with chef's accompaniments $17.99

Desserts
Florida Key Lime Pie $6.29
New York Cheesecake $6.29
Seasonal Dessert Selection $6.29
Strawberry Shortcake $6.29
Add a scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or cinnamon) $1.00


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Dinner
Served daily from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Appetizers
Lump Crab Cake - with Cajun remoulade sauce $8.99
Garlicky Spinach Dip - with focaccia chips $6.50
Shrimp Cocktail $13.50

Soups
French Onion Soup - $6.79
Chicken Noodle Soup - $5.79


Grand Salads
House Salad - $5.99
Cobb Salad - $12.99
Caesar Salad - $6.99; with grilled chicken or shrimp $13.99
We also offer a reduced-fat Caesar and Ranch dressings

Entrees
New York Strip Steak - 10 oz. steak served with baked potato $24.99
Seared Pork Tenderloin - served with Chef's choice of accompaniments $21.99
Roasted Prime Rib served with baked potato - 10 oz. $19.99; 14 oz. $22.99
Breast of Chicken - pan-seared with tomato coulis $19.99
Catch of the Day - inquire with your private dining host for details - $22.99
Filet Mignon served with a side of bearnaise sauce $28.50
Pasta Primavera tossed with garlic, olive oil, and fresh vegetables $17.99; with grilled chicken or shrimp $19.99
Turkey Club Sandwich served with chips, fries or potato salad $10.99
Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Homemade Veggie Burger served with chips, fries or potato salad $10.99

Desserts
Florida Key Lime Pie - $6.29
New York Cheesecake - $6.29
Seasonal Dessert Selection - $6.29
Strawberry Shortcake - $6.29
Add a scoop of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or cinnamon) - $1.00


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Late Night Dining
Served Daily from 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.

Appetizers
Lump Crab Cake - with Cajun remoulade sauce $8.99
Garlicky Spinach Dip - with focaccia chips $6.50
Shrimp Cocktail $13.50

Soups & Salads
French Onion Soup - $6.79
Chicken Noodle Soup - $5.79
House Salad - $5.99
Caesar Salad - $6.99; with grilled chicken or shrimp $13.99
We also offer a reduced-fat Caesar or Ranch dressing.

Signature Sandwiches - All sandwiches served with your choice of fries, chips or potato salad
New York Style Reuben - $10.99
Turkey Club Sandwich - $10.99
Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Homemade Veggie Burger - $10.99

Entrees
New York Strip Steak - with baked potato $24.99
Breast of Chicken - pan-seared with tomato coulis $19.99
Daily Catch - with chef's choice of accompaniments $22.99

Early Risers
Three Egg Omelet - to create your perfect omelet, choose from bacon, ham or sausage; cheddar, Swiss or American cheese; tomato, onion, chives, peppers or salsa; served with hash brown potatoes or grits $10.99
Old Fashioned Pancakes - $9.99
Belgian Waffle $9.99
Banana or Pecan Pancakes - $10.99

praline3001
05-02-2008, 04:46 PM
Whats the best way to get ice cream delivered to the room for Savannah's cake?
I don't want it to get all melty but I haven't seen anywhere that PD will send up a big bowl of ice cream?
Have any of you gotten ice cream delivered before at the GF?

Lives4Disney
05-02-2008, 04:51 PM
Whats the best way to get ice cream delivered to the room for Savannah's cake?
I don't want it to get all melty but I haven't seen anywhere that PD will send up a big bowl of ice cream?
Have any of you gotten ice cream delivered before at the GF?

Hey, they used to have Haagan Daaz (sp?) listed on the room service menu - I've seen it for years but not sure if it's still around....a pint of it. Isn't it still there?? I didn't look - sorry!!!:) You'd have to be there to accept the delivery of THAT though....I prefer when they set it all up as a surprise.:goodvibes I am sure you could arrange a specific time if they still have it - when you know you'll be in the room.:confused3

thesupersmartguy
05-02-2008, 05:11 PM
It was Sago Cay, and it did have a day bed.

praline3001
05-02-2008, 05:17 PM
Hey, they used to have Haagan Daaz (sp?) listed on the room service menu - I've seen it for years but not sure if it's still around....a pint of it. Isn't it still there?? I didn't look - sorry!!!:) You'd have to be there to accept the delivery of THAT though....I prefer when they set it all up as a surprise.:goodvibes I am sure you could arrange a specific time if they still have it - when you know you'll be in the room.:confused3

Thats kind of what I was thinking... a suprise. I can give them a time frame we will be in the room... I will see what I can find out :cool2:

tinklvr64
05-02-2008, 08:07 PM
:flower3: Thanks Kelly for the new thread

Alicnwondrln
05-02-2008, 08:08 PM
:flower3: Thanks Kelly for the new thread

Your Welcome but it wouldnt be much fun with out all of us doing it together. Thanks everyone for posting pics and contributing. I think its what makes us one of the most informative FAQ threads out there.:banana:

Lives4Disney
05-02-2008, 08:25 PM
It was Sago Cay, and it did have a day bed.

Thanks....before the room rehabs the dormer rooms only had 2 queens and slept 4. I heard somebody else say they had a day bed in a dormer on a recent stay, so I was just curious. :)

Your Welcome but it wouldnt be much fun with out all of us doing it together. Thanks everyone for posting pics and contributing. I think its what makes us one of the most informative FAQ threads out there.:banana:

:thumbsup2 We rock.:goodvibes

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

praline3001
05-02-2008, 10:02 PM
Your Welcome but it wouldnt be much fun with out all of us doing it together. Thanks everyone for posting pics and contributing. I think its what makes us one of the most informative FAQ threads out there.:banana:

No the reason this thread is so well done is because you and chan have the GF as a second home :rotfl2: :worship:

mandymommy4
05-03-2008, 03:23 AM
No the reason this thread is so well done is because you and chan have the GF as a second home :rotfl2: :worship:

True dat! :rotfl: :rotfl: When you meet me you will know just how funny that is coming from this little white girl! :rotfl: :rotfl:

allisonswonderland
05-03-2008, 12:04 PM
Does EVERYONE at the GF get turn down service or is it only club level?

BCV23
05-03-2008, 12:15 PM
Does EVERYONE at the GF get turn down service or is it only club level?

Everyone gets it.:thumbsup2 In fact the only time we had trouble getting it was in RPC.

princessesrule4
05-03-2008, 02:30 PM
Thanks Kelly, Channing,and everyone who has contributed to the new thread! It looks great!:)

tinkerrn
05-03-2008, 02:42 PM
Fantastic thread! It looks amazing!

mmmears
05-03-2008, 07:22 PM
Hi! This thread looks great! I especially love the photographs -- makes me miss being at the GF!

I have a question about concierge rooms at the GF. I read somewhere that there is no Sugar Loaf concierge lounge anymore and that the building is sharing services with the main building. Does anyone know if this is true? We stayed in SL once and loved it and are looking to go back, but I want to know what is going on before we book.

Also, when we have stayed in Boca Chica, we had fantastic lagoon view and castle rooms. Are there any views like that from a non-suite room in SL or the main building? What catagory are they so I know what to ask for when I call CRO?

Thanks in advance!

:lovestruc

Lives4Disney
05-03-2008, 07:26 PM
Hi! This thread looks great! I especially love the photographs -- makes me miss being at the GF!

I have a question about concierge rooms at the GF. I read somewhere that there is no Sugar Loaf concierge lounge anymore and that the building is sharing services with the main building. Does anyone know if this is true? We stayed in SL once and loved it and are looking to go back, but I want to know what is going on before we book.

Also, when we have stayed in Boca Chica, we had fantastic lagoon view and castle rooms. Are there any views like that from a non-suite room in SL or the main building? What catagory are they so I know what to ask for when I call CRO?

Thanks in advance!

:lovestruc


Hi, there IS a Sugar Loaf lounge. There are pics posted....maybe you missed them? It looks crowded, like a restaurant, though...I will try and find the post numbers with the SL pics. OK..edited to add post number SIX has the current pics of the updated SL concierge lounge area.

Some of my pics are castle views from the main building concierge rooms. Sl doesn't relly have any direct castle views. I suppose maybe a couple rooms have a side view from the balcony, but SL views are directly toward teh marina or the courtyard & pool area.

Posts 23 & 33 are of castle views we've had from main building rooms. The castle view from the RPC rooms is request only. We've been lucky and had it granted every time, though!! :)

Enjoy!

mmmears
05-03-2008, 07:32 PM
I did see the photos posted -- thank you. That's why I was confused after reading that it doesn't really exist anymore!:goodvibes It seems that things keep changing at WDW!

On all-ears, it says:
There are no longer 2 different types of Concierge Service at the Grand Floridian, just 2 separate buildings - Sugar Loaf Key and the Main Building.

Maybe that means the food service is the same then?

Lives4Disney
05-03-2008, 07:35 PM
I did see the photos posted -- thank you. That's why I was confused after reading that it doesn't really exist anymore!:goodvibes It seems that things keep changing at WDW!

On all-ears, it says:
There are no longer 2 different types of Concierge Service at the Grand Floridian, just 2 separate buildings - Sugar Loaf Key and the Main Building.

Maybe that means the food service is the same then?

Oooh...I gotcha. :flower3: Yes, the food service & offerings are supposed to now be the same. :thumbsup2 Sorry - I thought maybe you thought that SL pic was a restaurant, lol. It looks a lot different now than it did before it was rehabbed. That SL pic is the way it currently looks.:)

SL is a little less money because it's not the main building. That's all.

:)

mmmears
05-03-2008, 08:41 PM
Thanks for clearing up my confusion!:confused3

Would you happen to know what kind of views are offerred in the main building? Also, do you know what the difference between the standard and deluxe rooms are in that building?

Thanks so much!:flower3:

praline3001
05-03-2008, 08:55 PM
Thanks for clearing up my confusion!:confused3

Would you happen to know what kind of views are offerred in the main building? Also, do you know what the difference between the standard and deluxe rooms are in that building?

Thanks so much!:flower3:

I want to know too! I don't get the deluxe rooms vs standard room thing. :confused3 Does SL offer deluxe rooms as well and how do I know which one I booked? :laughing:

Lives4Disney
05-03-2008, 09:11 PM
Thanks for clearing up my confusion!:confused3

Would you happen to know what kind of views are offerred in the main building? Also, do you know what the difference between the standard and deluxe rooms are in that building?

Thanks so much!:flower3:

I want to know too! I don't get the deluxe rooms vs standard room thing. :confused3 Does SL offer deluxe rooms as well and how do I know which one I booked? :laughing:

Hey guys....well the deluxe rooms in the main building are about 200-250 sq ft larger than the standard rooms. The deluxe rooms only have 2 queen beds, though, and NO daybed. They can only be booked for 4 max. They have the two queen beds and a little sofa seating area, larger oval tubs, wetbars, and some have larger balconies. There are 6 of these deluxe rooms in teh main building - NONE of these have castle views. They all have a courtyard type view. They are only about $15 more per night than the standard rooms...a great deal for the extra space, but I like my castle view & it's a trade off.

We have always booked standard RPC rooms and been lucky with the castle view. :wizard: Some standard RPC rooms have courtyard views or theme pool views.

Praline, I guess the deluxe rooms in SL would maybe be the lodge tower rooms as they are a bit larger & have the sitting area but these are request only, where as the deluxe RPC rooms are a bookable category. There are no deluxe bookable rooms in SL. Does that make sense??

:)

praline3001
05-03-2008, 09:15 PM
Hey guys....well the deluxe rooms in the main building are about 200-250 sq ft larger than the standard rooms. The deluxe rooms only have 2 queen beds, though, and NO daybed. They can only be booked for 4 max. They have the two queen beds and a little sofa seating area, larger oval tubs, wetbars, and some have larger balconies. There are 6 of these deluxe rooms in teh main building - NONE of these have castle views. They all have a courtyard type view. They are only about $15 more per night than the standard rooms...a great deal for the extra space, but I like my castle view & it's a trade off.

We have always booked standard RPC rooms and been lucky with the castle view. :wizard: Some standard RPC rooms have courtyard views or theme pool views.

Praline, I guess the deluxe rooms in SL would maybe be the lodge tower rooms as they are a bit larger & have the sitting area but these are request only, where as the deluxe RPC rooms are a bookable category. There are no deluxe bookable rooms in SL. Does that make sense??

:)


Make sense to me... we low life Sugar loafers don't deserve a deluxe catagory :rotfl2:
The lodge towers, are these the ones without a balcony?

Lives4Disney
05-03-2008, 09:22 PM
Make sense to me... we low life Sugar loafers don't deserve a deluxe catagory :rotfl2:


:flower3: You are deluxe in my book, P. :thumbsup2


The lodge towers, are these the ones without a balcony?

The top floor doesn't have a balcony. That's the one we had. haha....it has the nice high dormer ceiling though. The other two DO have balconies. You would want a balcony in June. We were there in Feb and it was too cold anyway. Kelly needs to post a pic of these rooms....I know there were some on the other GF thread she started.

:)

praline3001
05-03-2008, 09:29 PM
Now I am confused... I confuse easily...

I thought the dormer rooms were a seperate booking catagory? The sleep 4 but your saying in SL they are bigger than the standard room but don't have a balcony?
So on my request I should ASK (not expect) a deluxe room with a balcony?

mmmears
05-03-2008, 09:38 PM
Lives4Disney,

Thanks for clearing that up for me. Now I know what to ask for!

Alicnwondrln
05-03-2008, 10:12 PM
there are only 3 tower rooms in the SL building and they are by request only

Alicnwondrln
05-03-2008, 10:13 PM
the dormer rooms are by request only as well to my knowledge they sleep 4 and are on the top floor of the buidlings and have an enclosed balcony

praline3001
05-03-2008, 10:23 PM
AHHH ok, I thought Dormers were a different booking catagory...

I like having a balcony :goodvibes so I am going to stick with a balcony. I thought the dormer rooms were smaller than the regular rooms? Why would it be a deluxe if the room was smaller? I am totally lost now :rotfl:
Does SL have the larger deluxe rooms? Like the rich folk get in RPC?!;)


I would like to note that I am a total ding bat ... I am guessing the tower rooms are the deluxe in SL and these are different than the dormers which are smaller than the regular rooms? Am I getting warm?

Alicnwondrln
05-03-2008, 10:42 PM
the dormer rooms are smaller. The tower rooms have the extra sitting area with tv and usually a balcony.

Tinker*Shell*Bell
05-03-2008, 10:43 PM
Are tower rooms in the GV category or are they a separate booking?

The picture of the slightly separated sitting room looked great! I would love that room if the couch is a fold out. But I am booked standard GV (only thing available when I booked!)

Is there any chance I could get this room as GV? or is it an unlikely upgrade thing?

Thanks! :) Sheli

Alicnwondrln
05-03-2008, 10:44 PM
tower rooms in the othe buildings are something you can book.
GV is just a garden view room

praline3001
05-03-2008, 10:45 PM
the dormer rooms are smaller. The tower rooms have the extra sitting area with tv and usually a balcony.

ahhh okay... I gotcha.
I am going to guess tower rooms are NOT on the first floor...am I correct? I guess thats why they would call them TOWER rooms :rotfl2: I crack myself up sometimes!

I really like the first floor... I know most don't but I do!

Lives4Disney
05-04-2008, 12:25 PM
Now I am confused... I confuse easily...

I thought the dormer rooms were a seperate booking catagory? The sleep 4 but your saying in SL they are bigger than the standard room but don't have a balcony?
So on my request I should ASK (not expect) a deluxe room with a balcony?

OMG...you have me confused. :rotfl: Tower rooms are different than deluxe club rooms....I was just saying that in SL, these lodge tower rooms could be considered deluxe due to the extra space - because really that is what makes the RPC deluxe rooms deluxe.;) BUT, the lodge tower rooms only sleep 4 also, and the tower rooms in SL are request only. Where the deluxe RPC rooms are a separate category. ALSO, lodge tower rooms in the other lodges (not SL) are a separate category. Ok, another thing about the tower rooms in SL, there isn't one on the first floor because these 2nd - 4th floor tower rooms overlook the lounge area. They are very convenient to the lounge and elevators. :thumbsup2

???? That is confusing. SL tower rooms = more space. There are 3. The 2nd and 3rd floor have balconies. The 4th floor does not - it has the dormer ceiling.

ALL tower rooms = more space & in any other building other than SL they are a bookable category - sleeping only 4 in ALL tower rooms including SL.

Dormer rooms seems like they do now sleep 5. Supersmartguy just came back and reported his Sago dormer room did have the daybed and I remember Hockeymom said the same of hers in Conch. The dormers have the high ceiling and the solid railed balcony. I don't think they are THAT much smaller than standard rooms and the high ceiling makes up for it. It feels roomy.

I don't know if this helps or hurts. :rotfl2: TMI.

:goodvibes

madysmom
05-05-2008, 11:04 AM
Can anyone describe for me what the Boston Whaler Montauk boats are? Or possibly provide a photo? Also, what are the rates? Also what are the rates for the Sea Raycers? Is it possible to reserve times in advance?

Thanks so much for all of your kind help.
:)

Lives4Disney
05-05-2008, 11:23 AM
Can anyone describe for me what the Boston Whaler Montauk boats are? Or possibly provide a photo? Also, what are the rates? Also what are the rates for the Sea Raycers? Is it possible to reserve times in advance?

Thanks so much for all of your kind help.
:)

I am going to post some pics....coming right up with answers to your questions,too!

:)

Lives4Disney
05-05-2008, 11:26 AM
Here's a pic showing the Whalers....they are the boats at the topmost of the marina in this pic....THey are kind of ugly IMO...

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4646.jpg

Here's a pic looking down on the pontoon boats....

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/csidi/IMGP4648-1.jpg

I cannot tell you exact cost...that is something I am going to photo when we go in July - the marina sign showing rates. I believe both the pontoons and the Boston Whalers are about $45/ per half hour. We have taken both out and prefer the pontoon boats. I just found out recently that AP holders can save 15% on boat rentals. NOT specialty cruises, though. I have never had any trouble renting when we want to....I really don't think you can reserve boats. I've never found the need.

Alicnwondrln
05-05-2008, 11:33 AM
Can anyone describe for me what the Boston Whaler Montauk boats are? Or possibly provide a photo? Also, what are the rates? Also what are the rates for the Sea Raycers? Is it possible to reserve times in advance?

Thanks so much for all of your kind help.
:)

You cant book sea raycers in advance let me see what I can find for pricing. Your best bet would be to call the resort and ask to be connected to the marina.

johnsonet
05-05-2008, 11:36 AM
I just found out recently that AP holders can save 15% on boat rentals. NOT specialty cruises, though.
Thanks for this info :thumbsup2
I will try and remember to take a pic of the rates when I'm there later this week :banana:

Lives4Disney
05-05-2008, 11:41 AM
Thanks for this info :thumbsup2
I will try and remember to take a pic of the rates when I'm there later this week :banana:

:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: Have fun!!! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

I just read taht discount info in my "Mickey Monitor"...I thought I had read about it before, but I never tried it. You'd have to get lucky and get a marina CM that even KNEW about it.:rotfl:

Lucky you!!! This week will fly by.:goodvibes

Channing

Tinker*Shell*Bell
05-05-2008, 11:50 AM
Channing- What do you prefer about the pontoon boats over the Montauk? My boys thought the Montauk looked faster (of course they want the faster one!) If the pontoon is better I will have to start convinving them now.
Thanks!
:) Sheli

johnsonet
05-05-2008, 11:51 AM
You'd have to get lucky and get a marina CM that even KNEW about it.:rotfl:

Exactly ;)

I hope this week goes by quickly but that our trip DOESN'T :cloud9:

Please anyone and everyone let me know what info/pics you'd like for me to get while at the GF :beach:

BCV23
05-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Exactly ;)

I hope this week goes by quickly but that our trip DOESN'T :cloud9:

Please anyone and everyone know what info/pics you'd like for me to get while at the GF :beach:

If you happen to be near Narcoossee's, could you take a peek at the menu? The menu on the DIS appears to be from the Fall and on allears it's a FEb. menu. We're dining there in less than two weeks now.:cool1: I would like to make sure lobster is still on the menu as our DD is looking forward to it after a long semester of dorm food.:sad2:

But mostly, have a great time!!!:yay: :yay: I hope this week flies by for you and that vacation is perfect and slow!:wizard:

WishesQueen
05-05-2008, 12:40 PM
Exactly ;)

I hope this week goes by quickly but that our trip DOESN'T :cloud9:

Please anyone and everyone know what info/pics you'd like for me to get while at the GF :beach:

Have a great trip, When do you leave?:goodvibes

mandymommy4
05-05-2008, 12:41 PM
If you happen to be near Narcoossee's, could you take a peek at the menu? The menu on the DIS appears to be from the Fall and on allears it's a FEb. menu. We're dining there in less than two weeks now.:cool1: I would like to make sure lobster is still on the menu as our DD is looking forward to it after a long semester of dorm food.:sad2:

But mostly, have a great time!!!:yay: :yay: I hope this week flies by for you and that vacation is perfect and slow!:wizard:

I ate there in march and got lobster :thumbsup2 I think next time I will do the surf and turf! Also, if you like cheese cake Narc's is AWESOME :lovestruc HTH

BCV23
05-05-2008, 12:53 PM
I ate there in march and got lobster :thumbsup2 I think next time I will do the surf and turf! Also, if you like cheese cake Narc's is AWESOME :lovestruc HTH

Thanks, Mandy. :goodvibes

I've read good reviews of that cheesecake. We haven't had dinner there since last May and I don't remember it being on the menu then. This is our daughter's first trip since last May and as it's her favorite spot for dinner, I don't schedule it unless she's with us. I'd just feel too guilty dining there without her.

Does anyone else miss lunch at Narcoossee's? It used to be a must do for us. It was so nice to have a morning in the MK and take the launch over to Narcoossee's for lunch.:boat: Ah, memories.

johnsonet
05-05-2008, 12:59 PM
If you happen to be near Narcoossee's, could you take a peek at the menu? The menu on the DIS appears to be from the Fall and on allears it's a FEb. menu. We're dining there in less than two weeks now.:cool1: I would like to make sure lobster is still on the menu as our DD is looking forward to it after a long semester of dorm food.:sad2:

But mostly, have a great time!!!:yay: :yay: I hope this week flies by for you and that vacation is perfect and slow!:wizard:

Thank you so much. I will find out when we have dinner there ::yes::

johnsonet
05-05-2008, 01:03 PM
Have a great trip, When do you leave?:goodvibes


Thank you:goodvibes
We are leaving later this week, for just a quick trip. :moped:

DeborahB
05-05-2008, 02:55 PM
Thanks, Mandy. :goodvibes

I've read good reviews of that cheesecake. We haven't had dinner there since last May and I don't remember it being on the menu then. This is our daughter's first trip since last May and as it's her favorite spot for dinner, I don't schedule it unless she's with us. I'd just feel too guilty dining there without her.

Does anyone else miss lunch at Narcoossee's? It used to be a must do for us. It was so nice to have a morning in the MK and take the launch over to Narcoossee's for lunch.:boat: Ah, memories.

BCV23 I miss lunch at Narcoossee's, too! Remember the alligator spread? Or the seven seas seven scoops sundae?

Only 2 more days!

BCV23
05-05-2008, 03:16 PM
Thank you so much. I will find out when we have dinner there ::yes::

Great. Thanks. Have a wonderful dinner!

BCV23
05-05-2008, 03:20 PM
BCV23 I miss lunch at Narcoossee's, too! Remember the alligator spread? Or the seven seas seven scoops sundae?

Only 2 more days!

:goodvibes I remember the alligator spread but not the sundae. I do remember the Maui Wowie at Captain Cooks. Our eldest ordered it once....huge.

And how about the sour dough bread/rolls that came with the spreads? Can't remember if it was rolls then bread or the other way around but both were great.

We still laugh about ordering lobster for lunch on Fridays during Lent. :rotfl: :rotfl:

You have a fantastic split stay coming up!!!!!:worship: Have a great time!

Lives4Disney
05-05-2008, 04:01 PM
Channing- What do you prefer about the pontoon boats over the Montauk? My boys thought the Montauk looked faster (of course they want the faster one!) If the pontoon is better I will have to start convinving them now.
Thanks!
:) Sheli

Hi, Sheli, I think the pontoons and the Whalers max out at about the same speed. :sad2: The Disney water police use the Whalers & they can cruise, but the ones they rent to US are WAY tamed down:guilty: ....they are nothing like the ones you see the cops riding in. Tell your boys not to get their hopes up.:rotfl: They won't be flying around Seven Seas Lagoon like the police boats do. I like the pontoons better because they are larger, more comfy, and to us they did seem like they went faster than the lame Whalers we had rented. They are VERY close, in max speed though. We never did rent the sea racers because we just like hanging out and laughing together - but if your boys are old enough they'd probably like those best for speed. :thumbsup2
:)

WishesQueen
05-06-2008, 09:29 AM
We like the Whaler too!!


The prices are listed as a recording on the 407-wdw-play phone number when you choose boating!!

I noticed that when I was calling for the Cabanas!! Sorry if you already got that answer!:goodvibes

PrincessPaczki
05-06-2008, 05:27 PM
I think that I may have to add sea racers to my to do list for August. I don't think I could possibly fit anything else in!!:thumbsup2
I have gone to the cake thread, and there are 3 phone numbers listed for the GF, which one is best to call? Thanks!:goodvibes

Lives4Disney
05-06-2008, 07:00 PM
I think that I may have to add sea racers to my to do list for August. I don't think I could possibly fit anything else in!!:thumbsup2
I have gone to the cake thread, and there are 3 phone numbers listed for the GF, which one is best to call? Thanks!:goodvibes

You are gonna have a FUN trip!:goodvibes

I use this number for everything.....407-824-2474. If you want a cake, I think they changed the number to call, but I just tell them I want a cake and they work it out. :thumbsup2 It will get you where you need to be. :)

lrab1126
05-06-2008, 08:39 PM
Can anyone who has taken ME to the GF tell me what the typical route is? What other resorts does it go to first?

thanks !!

Alicnwondrln
05-07-2008, 07:27 AM
yes they usually go to other places first I think it was the WL and poly

Alicnwondrln
05-07-2008, 07:27 AM
yes they usually go to other places first I think it was the WL and poly

heatherlynn444
05-07-2008, 10:01 AM
Can anyone who has taken ME to the GF tell me what the typical route is? What other resorts does it go to first?

thanks !!


you leave so soon! ahh!!!!! have tons of fun!
:cool1:

mr.mike
05-07-2008, 11:07 AM
Can anyone who has taken ME to the GF tell me what the typical route is? What other resorts does it go to first?

thanks !!

We used it last week and have used it before so i knew the order was WL then CR then Poly and then GF....(that is if there are people going to each one).

The driver asked us which resort we were going to when we got in and I told him the GF.
Once he started driving he announced we would be stopping at the WL, CR and Poly. he didn't mention the GF but I figured that was because it was the last stop. :confused3

So first was WL then he went to the Poly (instead of CR) and no one got off. uh oh.. Then he went to CR. I told them we were going to the GF and he apologized and said it was written down on his sheet for the Poly.

The cool thing was instead of driving back down past the Poly and up to the GF we went the other war and drove around the back of the MK. We got to see where they store the monorails and see glimpses of the MK. It was pretty cool.

So there you go...Mr.Mike learned a lesson. :)

dato63
05-07-2008, 12:42 PM
Does anyone know if the Grand Floridian offers the Grand Adventures on holidays? I was considering staying there for Thanksgiving, if the Mad Hatter tea party was available on Thanksgiving Day. I wasn't sure being a holiday if they would cancel such things (like the tea party, pirate cruises, etc.) or if the resorts are buisness as usual.

Thank you!

Lives4Disney
05-07-2008, 02:16 PM
Does anyone know if the Grand Floridian offers the Grand Adventures on holidays? I was considering staying there for Thanksgiving, if the Mad Hatter tea party was available on Thanksgiving Day. I wasn't sure being a holiday if they would cancel such things (like the tea party, pirate cruises, etc.) or if the resorts are buisness as usual.

Thank you!

I really think it's business as usual....you can call in just a couple weeks or so (if I figured it right;) ) and book & you will know for sure then. :thumbsup2 I do know they only run these "adventures" certain days of the week, so not sure what days the Mad Hatter party is going on.

We've been at the GF for several Thanksgivings and Xmas, too...I think it's just another BUSY day.:)

dato63
05-07-2008, 02:21 PM
I really think it's business as usual....you can call in just a couple weeks or so (if I figured it right;) ) and book & you will know for sure then. :thumbsup2 I do know they only run these "adventures" certain days of the week, so not sure what days the Mad Hatter party is going on.

We've been at the GF for several Thanksgivings and Xmas, too...I think it's just another BUSY day.:)

Thank you so much! I was trying to be ready with my meal reservation ideas when I call. I'm going to go as if it is business as usual I guess. I think my daughters would love the Alice in Wonderland tea party, and it seemed staying at the resort would be nicer than braving the Thanksgiving Day crowds at the theme parks.

lrab1126
05-07-2008, 03:16 PM
We used it last week and have used it before so i knew the order was WL then CR then Poly and then GF....(that is if there are people going to each one).

The driver asked us which resort we were going to when we got in and I told him the GF.
Once he started driving he announced we would be stopping at the WL, CR and Poly. he didn't mention the GF but I figured that was because it was the last stop. :confused3

So first was WL then he went to the Poly (instead of CR) and no one got off. uh oh.. Then he went to CR. I told them we were going to the GF and he apologized and said it was written down on his sheet for the Poly.

The cool thing was instead of driving back down past the Poly and up to the GF we went the other war and drove around the back of the MK. We got to see where they store the monorails and see glimpses of the MK. It was pretty cool.

So there you go...Mr.Mike learned a lesson. :)


Thanks! I was kinda hoping for 1st drop off, never fails that whatever resort we are staying at gets last drop off lol Sounds like you had a cool scenic trip on the way back around though ;) thanks !

praline3001
05-07-2008, 03:56 PM
you leave so soon! ahh!!!!! have tons of fun!
:cool1:

hey Heather I saw your pics of Global Wilflife on another thread :cheer2: my parents' ranch is like 5 minutes from that place!

heatherlynn444
05-07-2008, 03:59 PM
hey Heather I saw your pics of Global Wilflife on another thread :cheer2: my parents' ranch is like 5 minutes from that place!

you kidding me..i used to live on ten acres five minutes from that place....

praline3001
05-07-2008, 04:00 PM
you kidding me..i used to live on ten acres five minutes from that place....

no kidding! My parents own a large horse ranch there and we visit all the time! As soon as I saw the pics I knew where it was from :rotfl2:

heatherlynn444
05-07-2008, 04:03 PM
no kidding! My parents own a large horse ranch there and we visit all the time! As soon as I saw the pics I knew where it was from :rotfl2:

awesome i wonder if it is anywhere near where i used to live! there are hrse farms all around where we were. if you take a left out of global, go around the big turn that goes to the right and go down about a mile we were on the left, back in the woods down what used to be a dirt road

praline3001
05-07-2008, 04:05 PM
awesome i wonder if it is anywhere near where i used to live! there are hrse farms all around where we were. if you take a left out of global, go around the big turn that goes to the right and go down about a mile we were on the left, back in the woods down what used to be a dirt road

ahhhhh yeah I never lived in the area as my parents bought the ranch after I got married. We just visit almost every weekend when Its not raining!

heatherlynn444
05-07-2008, 04:52 PM
ahhhhh yeah I never lived in the area as my parents bought the ranch after I got married. We just visit almost every weekend when Its not raining!

cool! do you go across the causeway to get there or go around?

praline3001
05-07-2008, 05:02 PM
cool! do you go across the causeway to get there or go around?

we take 55 a lot less traffic that way :thumbsup2

allisonswonderland
05-09-2008, 11:35 AM
Quick question about Gasparillas and the refillable mugs

what are the drink selections there, I know some resorts have a slushie machine, do they? Also I take a med that make carbinated sodas taste terrible so I was wondering what they had that was non carbonated. Thanks

mandymommy4
05-09-2008, 12:08 PM
Quick question about Gasparillas and the refillable mugs

what are the drink selections there, I know some resorts have a slushie machine, do they? Also I take a med that make carbinated sodas taste terrible so I was wondering what they had that was non carbonated. Thanks

I'm pretty sure it is just sodas, juice like fruit punch, and hot chocolate and coffee.

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 12:33 PM
I'm pretty sure it is just sodas, juice like fruit punch, and hot chocolate and coffee.

I don't remember a slushy machine, but that doesn't mean they don't have one. Not sure. I think they have lemonade, too and maybe ice tea?? I am totally a Diet Coke junkie so that's what my radar zones in on....must have Diet Coke.:thumbsup2

BCV23
05-09-2008, 12:59 PM
I know they have ice tea as well as hot. :thumbsup2 Almost 100% sure that Minute Maid lemonade is one option.

SophiasDad
05-09-2008, 01:17 PM
I was wondering if the GF has bed rails for DD3 and DS2. We are doing a boy and girls beds and would only need one rail for each bed for a total of 2. Has anyone requested bed rails in the past. Would love to know so I can request them before we go next week:cool1:

magical4us4
05-09-2008, 01:21 PM
Quick question about Gasparillas and the refillable mugs

what are the drink selections there, I know some resorts have a slushie machine, do they? Also I take a med that make carbinated sodas taste terrible so I was wondering what they had that was non carbonated. Thanks


They do have a slushie machine. I just asked my daughter (who is home sick) and she said they have a couple of flavors in Gaspies!!

Magical:)

Tinkaroo
05-09-2008, 01:25 PM
I was just there last week :sad1: , and can confirm that both iced tea and lemonade were options for the refillable mug. I didn't care for the lemonade at all, but it's there.

I don't remember there being a slushie machien (and if there is, there is no mention that it's an option for the refillable mug). However, I would trust a child's memory in that regard far more than mine. ;)

Tinkaroo
05-09-2008, 01:26 PM
I was wondering if the GF has bed rails for DD3 and DS2. We are doing a boy and girls beds and would only need one rail for each bed for a total of 2. Has anyone requested bed rails in the past. Would love to know so I can request them before we go next week:cool1:

I know the GF has bed rails. I think you just need to request them from Housekeeping upon check-in.

sillyguys
05-09-2008, 02:07 PM
We're staying at the GF in the first week in June and I wanted to suprise my family with a limo or town car from the airport instead of ME. We have two DD's, 5 & 2, so I assume that I'd need car seats. Can anyone suggest a company that they've used. I was going to post this on the transportation board but it seemed as though any companies other than FL Tours are blocked out because FL Tours is a sponsor. By the way, I used FL Tours a couple of years ago with no complaints. However, I think that they can only put two car seats into a van and I was hoping for something else. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 04:26 PM
We're staying at the GF in the first week in June and I wanted to suprise my family with a limo or town car from the airport instead of ME. We have two DD's, 5 & 2, so I assume that I'd need car seats. Can anyone suggest a company that they've used. I was going to post this on the transportation board but it seemed as though any companies other than FL Tours are blocked out because FL Tours is a sponsor. By the way, I used FL Tours a couple of years ago with no complaints. However, I think that they can only put two car seats into a van and I was hoping for something else. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

We've used Southern Elegance for years. They're really the best IMO. We've done the stretch limo always....they are clean/new cars with flat screen DVDs, you can choose a giant stuffed animal ride along, bottled water, coke products...they have been safe and reliable. We were really happy to have found them after trying several other bleh companies.

I think you'd be really happy with SE. They have a website under their company name...southern elegance limousines dot com

:)

sillyguys
05-09-2008, 04:28 PM
Thanks so much for the information. A stretch limo would be really cool. I'm just wondering if the kids can ride without car seats. I'll give them a call to see what I find out. Thanks again.

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 04:30 PM
Thanks so much for the information. A stretch limo would be really cool. I'm just wondering if the kids can ride without car seats. I'll give them a call to see what I find out. Thanks again.

No...they need carseats til age 5 (I think - so maybe your older won't need one) but the limo co has them...you just have to let them know you need them...they aske the children's ages.

:)

lvloopingbag
05-09-2008, 05:33 PM
Do you mind me asking what they charge for a limo transfer from MCO to the GF and back? They don't have any rates listed on their website. Thanks!

praline3001
05-09-2008, 05:35 PM
Do you mind me asking what they charge for a limo transfer from MCO to the GF and back? They don't have any rates listed on their website. Thanks!

I think it was $280 after tax round trip with Southern Elegance... that might have included the 20% gratuity too as I can't remember... i just know that numbers stick out in my head :thumbsup2

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 06:09 PM
I think it was $280 after tax round trip with Southern Elegance... that might have included the 20% gratuity too as I can't remember... i just know that numbers stick out in my head :thumbsup2

yep....that's it and that does include the tip. I paid right about that last November including gratuity.

It's not cheap, but it's a very nice service. I have not ever been disappointed by SE.

Lives4Disney

praline3001
05-09-2008, 06:11 PM
The 2 drivers we had were great. We did the resort airline check in and had the driver meet us at the AK. That way the kids ran around the park until it was exactly time to leave for the airport. They slept the entire way to MCO :rotfl:

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 06:16 PM
The 2 drivers we had were great. We did the resort airline check in and had the driver meet us at the AK. That way the kids ran around the park until it was exactly time to leave for the airport. They slept the entire way to MCO :rotfl:

I remember your pics of you guys passed out.:rotfl:

We have only ever had the owner as a driver. Who did you have?? Do you remember their names?? I am jsut curious if they are some that worked for SE when Adam owned it.

:)

praline3001
05-09-2008, 06:19 PM
I dont remember their names :lmao:
I am really bad when it comes to names... I know the guy who brought us from MCO to GF was latino. He was super nice and stopped at the WDW sign so my boys could jump out and take pics... he said he had boys too so he understood... GREAT GUY!

The guy that brought us to MCO from AK... he was nice too but well.... I passed out before we left the parking lot and he was waking us all up when we got to MCO:rotfl2:

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 06:22 PM
I dont remember their names :lmao:
I am really bad when it comes to names... I know the guy who brought us from MCO to GF was latino. He was super nice and stopped at the WDW sign so my boys could jump out and take pics... he said he had boys too so he understood... GREAT GUY!

The guy that brought us to MCO from AK... he was nice too but well.... I passed out before we left the parking lot and he was waking us all up when we got to MCO:rotfl2:

MIguel?? Or George?? Or Leonard?? Just curious...Miguel owns it now (short middle aged guy). I just didn't know if he had any other drivers. When Adam owned SE he had some super nice drivers but I haven't seen them around anymore.:confused:

:confused3

praline3001
05-09-2008, 06:26 PM
MIguel that was the middle ages latino guy that took us to the grand!!!!!!! He stopped and let the boys take pics and all that good stuff... he even let Ds10 ride up front for a little while because he thought it would be cool to sit in the front of a limo :confused3

The guy that took us to MCO was a taller white guy but i didn't catch his name at all... like i said i was beat but hubby talked to him ... i just crashed :rotfl2:

praline3001
05-09-2008, 06:29 PM
Here's the back of his head :rotfl: :rotfl: thats the same guy right?

http://members.cox.net/boyscouts_rule/limo1.jpg

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 06:30 PM
:rotfl: :rotfl: Yep! That's Miguel. He owns it now. I wonder who the tall white guy was. :rotfl: :rotfl:

We have only had Miguel since Adam sold it. I'm just snoopy.:rotfl: :rotfl:

:goodvibes

praline3001
05-09-2008, 06:33 PM
sorry I am terrible when it comes to names :laughing:

EDIT TO ADD.... didnt get pics of the other limo driver... i was half dead and didnt think to lol

Lives4Disney
05-09-2008, 06:35 PM
sorry I am terrible when it comes to names :laughing:

That's OK. :flower3: I am just curious....I wonder if they are still driving for SE or if not why not.:upsidedow We had George and Leonard a few times over hte years and they were both nice guys. So I was just wondering.......

Tinker*Shell*Bell
05-09-2008, 07:18 PM
Southern Elegance is up to $250 plus tip (For my upcoming august trip)...so $300 round trip airport to GF and back.
Still not terrible.
:)

tink_lover
05-10-2008, 02:22 PM
Where is there a GF room/resort map? Is there a link? We were going to head back to the Poly, but now DH thinks he would like to try the last monorail resort so that we complete the circle. I'm just wondering which rooms sleep 5, do they all have balconies, where will a GV put us vs. LV or MKV? Also, does anyone have any pool pictures? How does the pool compare to CR and Poly - is there a good slide? Thanks.

mmmears
05-10-2008, 04:59 PM
I believe that there is a resort map for the GF on allears.net as well as lots of room photos and pool photos. There is a pool picture thread on the board that has photos of all the WDW hotel pools. The central pool at the GF is just a really big pool, but the 2nd one has a waterfall and a waterslide and a zero-entry side to it. It is located next to the GF beach.

GF is a great hotel and lots of fun to stay at! There are separate buildings but the walk from the lobby to the outer buildings is much closer than at most WDW resorts. The garden views are really pretty, and there are also lagoon and castle views available!

Good luck with your research!:flower3:

Alicnwondrln
05-10-2008, 05:34 PM
The Cr doesnt have a themed pool compared to the GF and Poly.
There is a map of the resort at the beginning of this thread. There are pics of the resort also here on the DIS just click on the resort tab at the top of the page.

Alicnwondrln
05-10-2008, 05:35 PM
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/Resorts/grandfl.htm

check out this link

tink_lover
05-10-2008, 06:12 PM
Thanks - that is what I was looking for! :)

magical4us4
05-10-2008, 08:50 PM
Southern Elegance is up to $250 plus tip (For my upcoming august trip)...so $300 round trip airport to GF and back.
Still not terrible.
:)

Shell...try and get a quote from Happy Limo. We only paid $220 round trip!! It was a stretch limo that fit eight of us.

Magical

Tinker*Shell*Bell
05-10-2008, 09:06 PM
Shell...try and get a quote from Happy Limo. We only paid $220 round trip!! It was a stretch limo that fit eight of us.

Magical

Can you tell me : Did the HL driver meet you in the baggage area? (with a sign?) Did the $220 include the tip? Tolls? MK entrance gate fee? Airport fees? Free grocery stop? Was there Bottled Water in the limo? Car seat? and is there a free grocery stop too?

I am not being rude (please read with a smile and a curious voice)
just honestly wondering.

So many limo companies seem to have hidden fees and little things that sem included but they are not. The main reason I booked with SE limo was their one price includes it all policy (except the tip.) Other companies I couldn't figure out what I'd end up paying in the end.


:) Sheli

tink_lover
05-10-2008, 09:54 PM
More room questions - if I'm understanding correctly, standard GV are Sago Cay, boca chica, Conch Key and Big Pine Key. Do all of the rooms have balconies or does a request need to be made? Also, do they all have a daybed? We have 5 so it's a necessity. Is the daybed in all the rooms like CR and Poly?

praline3001
05-10-2008, 10:51 PM
I did a lot of limo searching before deciding which service to depend on. I had booked happy limo first as it was cheaper. I read on the DIS some rather scary things about them ... and then I got a way creepy email from them a few weeks before our trip. I sent it to a few of the gals on this thread who are limo experts and they too thought the email was way creepy and not the norm... so being a little worried, I changed my ressies to Southern Elegance at kind of the last minute :rotfl2:

This doesn't mean at ALL that happy limo is a bad company as I didnt get the chance to use them. From their customer service dept and that 1 email it was enough to scare me away to taking Chan's advice and using SE. We were extremely happy with SE. They had a huge minnie mouse in the limo for Savannah... and kid movies on the DVD all set and ready to play. The limos were spotless and looked brand new. I am debating using a limo service for our june trip. The plan is to take DME but Savannah keeps whining she wants a limo :laughing:
If we do the limo thing again... FOR me its worth the extra money to have the company that took such good care of us a few months back.

praline3001
05-10-2008, 10:55 PM
More room questions - if I'm understanding correctly, standard GV are Sago Cay, boca chica, Conch Key and Big Pine Key. Do all of the rooms have balconies or does a request need to be made? Also, do they all have a daybed? We have 5 so it's a necessity. Is the daybed in all the rooms like CR and Poly?

We had GV in Conch back in Feb and we had 2 queens and a day bed and all 5 of us slept comfy. I think all the queen bed set ups have the day bed couch in the room. 90% of the rooms have balconies... there are a few tower rooms or what nots that do not have balconies. Those are special cases and a special booking class.

Sugar Loaf and the main building are club level. All the other buildings should have GV rooms to them ... but I am not the GF expert by any means :rotfl2:
just saw your post and was trying to help! A lot of the gals are out of town for the holiday weekend :thumbsup2

magical4us4
05-11-2008, 07:52 AM
Can you tell me : Did the HL driver meet you in the baggage area? (with a sign?) Did the $220 include the tip? Tolls? MK entrance gate fee? Airport fees? Free grocery stop? Was there Bottled Water in the limo? Car seat? and is there a free grocery stop too?

I am not being rude (please read with a smile and a curious voice)
just honestly wondering.

So many limo companies seem to have hidden fees and little things that sem included but they are not. The main reason I booked with SE limo was their one price includes it all policy (except the tip.) Other companies I couldn't figure out what I'd end up paying in the end.


:) Sheli

The driver greeted us at the end of the escalator as your are coming down to get your luggage, holding a sign with our names on it.

The price included all tolls, we didn't need to stop for groceries, so I don't know if that is extra. The price also included the tip and tolls, basically everything. Now with price of gas going up, maybe the prices are higher?

We didn't need a car seat, but I thought there is no charge for this, as when we had a little ones, we never had to pay for them.

Our limo was beautiful and new. There were sodas and water bottles waiting nice and cold for us. Our driver was real nice too. If you look on "Mousesavers" you get a discount just for referring them to Happy Limo.

Hope this helps.

johnsonet
05-11-2008, 08:46 PM
More room questions - if I'm understanding correctly, standard GV are Sago Cay, boca chica, Conch Key and Big Pine Key. Do all of the rooms have balconies or does a request need to be made? Also, do they all have a daybed? We have 5 so it's a necessity. Is the daybed in all the rooms like CR and Poly?

Yes, you are correct about those being the buildings with GV rooms :thumbsup2
Here is a photo including the daybed. It is the same type as at Poly (strap in the back to convert it into bed - but we've never had to use the daybed so I'm not experienced with them!)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF023.jpg

Have fun!

johnsonet
05-11-2008, 08:50 PM
Here are some pics I took yesterday from our balcony in Big Pine Key. Everything at the GF is pretty :cloud9:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF015.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF014.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF016.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF017.jpg

tink_lover
05-11-2008, 11:25 PM
johnsonet - thank you for the pics! Very pretty! What type of room was that with the balcony? The pic of the daybed reminds me of when we stayed at BWI, so I think I get what to expect. I would imagine our DS who would be 6 at the time will be okay with that. Thanks for all the help:) I'm getting excited to actually book the room.

johnsonet
05-12-2008, 10:18 AM
johnsonet - thank you for the pics! Very pretty! What type of room was that with the balcony? The pic of the daybed reminds me of when we stayed at BWI, so I think I get what to expect. I would imagine our DS who would be 6 at the time will be okay with that. Thanks for all the help:) I'm getting excited to actually book the room.
Thank you.
I was actually upgraded from a garden view room to a Magic Kingdom View. But this particular room was on a corner and had TWO balconies :yay: Those pics were taken from the long, lagoon view side of Big Pine Key. Our other balcony was on the short end of Big Pine Key and had views of the Contemporary Resort and the MK!

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF056.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/johnsonet/mothersdayGF063.jpg

allisonswonderland
05-12-2008, 12:00 PM
we are off to the GF in 2 days!!! So excited! Thanks for all of your help!

Donald & Daisy Duck
05-12-2008, 02:33 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't posted on this thread since last summer just before we stayed at GF for the very first time. I have to say everyone's advice was right on the money. We actually were upgraded from MKV to CL Main Building as a YOMD for our 20th anniversary.

Okay, now to my question. We have to cancel our DCL in September and are contemplating an early December to WDW. As we have never been to WDW in December, I was wondering....what does the GF do that is special for the holidays and does anyone have any favorite things to see and do that time of year. I am trying to decide between WL and GF and would love your opinions. Thanks for your help.

mmmears
05-12-2008, 03:07 PM
The GF has beautiful decorations, including a really tall Xmas tree in the lobby and a huge (like the size of a big kids' fancy playhouse) gingerbread house, also in the main lobby.

WL is, of course, really nicely decorated for Xmas (it just goes with the woodsy/cabin theming so well).

SophiasDad
05-12-2008, 10:35 PM
Just wondering? Can adults fit on the day bed in the GF or are they for children?:confused3

Corryn
05-12-2008, 10:43 PM
Hi guys :)

I was just on *bay and there's a store there, Disney Surplus....They've got comforters, pillows and even Wallpaper from the GF! So if you would like to style your master suite after your favorite hotel, it's there.

P.S. In no way am I affiliated with anyone I have listed above. I happen to be looking for Polynesian stuff and I noticed this. Just want to give you fans a heads up:surfweb:

Lives4Disney
05-12-2008, 10:51 PM
Just wondering? Can adults fit on the day bed in the GF or are they for children?:confused3

My 17 yr old son sleeps just fine on it. He is almost 6 ft tall. It might be twin but I think it's just a touch smaller.

:)

s&k'smom
05-13-2008, 05:55 AM
So excited we got our tax rebate and plan to put the downpayment on our next trip this week and definately back to the GF!

FirstTimer@WDW
05-13-2008, 08:12 AM
I'm so happy! I was starting to have second thoughts about GF since we were going to pay rack rate for our stay. The code e-mail had been sitting in my hubby's inbox for almost three weeks! Luckily I just happened to stumble upon on it last night. I am double excited about the trip now!

I tried to upgrade to concierge but there is no availability. We're going in October... I wonder if there is a convention or something happening during that time frame.

Cinderumbrella
05-13-2008, 04:18 PM
I'm so happy! I was starting to have second thoughts about GF since we were going to pay rack rate for our stay. The code e-mail had been sitting in my hubby's inbox for almost three weeks! Luckily I just happened to stumble upon on it last night. I am double excited about the trip now!

I tried to upgrade to concierge but there is no availability. We're going in October... I wonder if there is a convention or something happening during that time frame.


Doubtful... concierge rooms are EXTREMELY limited when discount codes are relaeased (not that there aren't rooms available, just not at that rate)

K&C
05-13-2008, 06:29 PM
We stayed at the GF last October for 14 nights and it was very, very busy with conventions and charity dinners.

We also tried to upgrade to RPC but it was full (SL was still being refurbed)

The one problem we had in October was the people at the conventions seemed to go a bit wild:banana:I'm Scottish and do like a few glasses of wine and a good party, but at 2am they were still drinking round the pool and throwing sunbeds in the pool:sad2: we had to call the front desk a few nights about this. I would request or book a room that didn't overlook the pool or Gaspies as this seemed to be where they were all meeting. I think they all had great expense accounts!! Saying that we are going back to GF this year and it did not spoil our trip we had a great trip last October and the weather was fab, one rain shower in 14 days and that was at BB so we were wet anyway.

triplefigs
05-13-2008, 09:25 PM
Hi, everyone. We might try to go a day early in December. Kelly, it doesn't look like RPC is available (Dec 9th). Do you think we'd have a problem booking GV for the night and then moving to RPC the next day? I'd love to arrive in time for MVMCP that night as it is an AP discount night. Oh, and we have the Bounceback booked for Dec 6-10 (not looking like we'll be there for 8 nights) at the YC water view. Can you change the BB to only one night if the GF has it? Or is there a minimum stay required for the BB?

MLC
05-14-2008, 02:46 PM
any pics of standard view rpc level

FirstTimer@WDW
05-14-2008, 03:03 PM
Thanks for your input K&C.

Our trip is very short, only 3 nights with just 2.5 days to visit the parks. So I really hope it will be a smooth stay at the GF. I probably wouldn't want to upgrade to concierge if I didn't have the discount code. But now that I do, I wish there was availablity.

Lives4Disney
05-14-2008, 03:09 PM
any pics of standard view rpc level

All the views I posted were main building (RPC) views. A standard RPC room view would be either courtyard or marina with the castle in the distance...others might have a theme pool view looking toward the Poly....some post numbers are 23, 27, 33 on the first couple pages of this thread.

MLC
05-14-2008, 03:32 PM
All the views I posted were main building (RPC) views. A standard RPC room view would be either courtyard or marina with the castle in the distance...others might have a theme pool view looking toward the Poly....some post numbers are 23, 27, 33 on the first couple pages of this thread.

Thank you My sister-in-law called and they told her all they had was standard view rpc room. She asked what view is that and the rep said parking lot view.

Lives4Disney
05-14-2008, 04:54 PM
Thank you My sister-in-law called and they told her all they had was standard view rpc room. She asked what view is that and the rep said parking lot view.

omg!:eek: There are really no bad views at the GF in any of the buildings...with the exception of the back of Sago, but even that is not parking lot!!!;)

Ugh....too bad the CRO CMs don't know much about the resorts. :rolleyes: RPC views are all really nice - there are NO parking lot views from any RPC rooms.:goodvibes

:)

praline3001
05-14-2008, 05:03 PM
Chan are there any parking lot views at the GF?

Racking my brain on the set up of the resort and it seems the parking lot is way away from the other buildings...

I could be wrong ..been known to happen :rotfl2:
But I was curious ... I am sure there are "bad" views there but as the parking lot is in the front and the buildings are in the back... nice little treck to get to your room from the parking lot :rotfl: which is its own complaint I guess:rotfl2:

Lives4Disney
05-14-2008, 06:01 PM
Chan are there any parking lot views at the GF?

Racking my brain on the set up of the resort and it seems the parking lot is way away from the other buildings...

I could be wrong ..been known to happen :rotfl2:
But I was curious ... I am sure there are "bad" views there but as the parking lot is in the front and the buildings are in the back... nice little treck to get to your room from the parking lot :rotfl: which is its own complaint I guess:rotfl2:

The only thing near what would be a parking lot view would be the back of Sago (GV category) that would over look the convention center and the drives around there. Other than that, it's courtyard and pool and really garden and lagoon views. STAY away from taht backside of Sago!!!!!! I learned that lesson!!!:rotfl:

Ya..the parking lot is kind of far...across the street and a hike....but hey, that can be a good thing!:)

In SL you will have the pretty marina or the courtyard pool out your windows.

shaup
05-14-2008, 09:35 PM
I am a newbie to the Grand Floridian and wanted to know what a Theme Park View at the Grand Floridian is. I see conflicting info on whether or not there is an official theme park view that I can reserve. Can anyone help me out? Thanks so much...and I love this thread...it has been very informative and I am SO excited to be booking the Grand Floridian!!!

~S

karensi
05-15-2008, 06:28 AM
All the views I posted were main building (RPC) views. A standard RPC room view would be either courtyard or marina with the castle in the distance...others might have a theme pool view looking toward the Poly....some post numbers are 23, 27, 33 on the first couple pages of this thread.

Lives4Disney, I have a standard RPC room and am wondering just how far "in the distance" is the view of the castle? Are you able to really see the castle? Can you see it change colors?

Also, do all the standard RPC rooms have balconies?

I've been to WDW many times but this is my first time in concierge :goodvibes

Thanks,
Karen :)

minniesota
05-15-2008, 07:33 AM
I'll try again - picture didn't post!

minniesota
05-15-2008, 07:45 AM
Here is the view of the castle we had last October from our RPC standard room. You can definitely see the changing colors, and if the wind is blowing in the right direction, you can hear the train whistle, the forecastle shows and other magical sounds! Pretty sure all standard rooms have balconies. Help me out here Channing!;)

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff124/wetschka/CIMG3885.jpg

princessesrule4
05-15-2008, 08:35 AM
I am a newbie to the Grand Floridian and wanted to know what a Theme Park View at the Grand Floridian is. I see conflicting info on whether or not there is an official theme park view that I can reserve. Can anyone help me out? Thanks so much...and I love this thread...it has been very informative and I am SO excited to be booking the Grand Floridian!!!

~S

TPV is a category you can book at the GF!

laalaa
05-15-2008, 08:37 AM
Can anyone tell me what the price difference is between a standard room and concierge?

Looking to go Dec 2009

laalaa
05-15-2008, 08:38 AM
Can anyone tell me what the price difference is between a standard room and concierge?

Looking to go Dec 2009

Thanks

princessesrule4
05-15-2008, 08:40 AM
Can anyone tell me what the price difference is between a standard room and concierge?

Looking to go Dec 2009

I don't think the 2009 rates are out yet. If you go to the Resorts page, you can pull up the GF room rates to get an idea by looking at the 2008 rates.There are 2 levels of concierge,also.

paxton
05-15-2008, 08:58 AM
My wife and I and our two kids checked into the GF this past Jan. for two nights. We had booked a MK view, but to our surprise we were told they were giving us the Grand Suite as part of the year of a million dreams promotion. I can tell you that I have seen a lot of great things in my time, but nothing rivals this suite. It had five balconies, three full baths, a great room the size of the first home I bought, a piano, five flat screen TV's, it's own elevator etc. etc. Apparently it is where Princess Di and Michael Jackson stayed when they came to Disney. I would post pictures but this is my first post, and I believe I need more posts to put up photos.

Aside from having such a fantastic stroke of luck, we loved the GF. We have previously been to the Poly twice, CR, WL, POF. I have enjoyed them all, but the GF has everything that appeals to us from the pools to the location to the incredible atmosphere. We are returning in October to the CR, but some day I hope to do the GF again.

karensi
05-15-2008, 09:01 AM
WOW :goodvibes Thanks Minniesota, I :love: that view.
Would it be "proper" to contact concierge and request a "castle view" as opposed to a theme park view? As I posted earlier, we will be in a standard RPC room. I'm not sure if it would be concierge or CRO, that I should contact.

I'm going in August with my DGD (14 years old) and want everything to be special for our trip.

Thanks, Karen :)

Lives4Disney
05-15-2008, 09:04 AM
My wife and I and our two kids checked into the GF this past Jan. for two nights. We had booked a MK view, but to our surprise we were told they were giving us the Grand Suite as part of the year of a million dreams promotion. I can tell you that I have seen a lot of great things in my time, but nothing rivals this suite. It had five balconies, three full baths, a great room the size of the first home I bought, a piano, five flat screen TV's, it's own elevator etc. etc. Apparently it is where Princess Di and Michael Jackson stayed when they came to Disney. I would post pictures but this is my first post, and I believe I need more posts to put up photos.

Aside from having such a fantastic stroke of luck, we loved the GF. We have previously been to the Poly twice, CR, WL, POF. I have enjoyed them all, but the GF has everything that appeals to us from the pools to the location to the incredible atmosphere. We are returning in October to the CR, but some day I hope to do the GF again.



WOW! What a fabulous upgrade!!! That is incredible. :goodvibes I have only seen a couple pics of that suite, but it looks beautiful. I remember seeing a photo of Princess Diana when she was at WDW with her sons years ago in People magazine, leaning over a balcony looking out from her GF room.....I am SURE that's where she was staying!princess:

Glad you had a nice time.:wizard: I just love that place.:lovestruc

Lives4Disney :)

Lives4Disney
05-15-2008, 09:09 AM
Lives4Disney, I have a standard RPC room and am wondering just how far "in the distance" is the view of the castle? Are you able to really see the castle? Can you see it change colors?

Also, do all the standard RPC rooms have balconies?

I've been to WDW many times but this is my first time in concierge :goodvibes

Thanks,
Karen :)

Karen, we've had that view Minniesota showed you. It is wonderful. You can sit on your balcony (YES all RPC STANDARD rooms ahve balconies) and watch Wishes and see the colors on the castle. It's LOVELY!:goodvibes

PS...the RPC rooms w/out balconies are the turret rooms. They are the honeymoon rooms. It's a trade off...no balconies, but much more floor space.

Here is the view of the castle we had last October from our RPC standard room. You can definitely see the changing colors, and if the wind is blowing in the right direction, you can hear the train whistle, the forecastle shows and other magical sounds! Pretty sure all standard rooms have balconies. Help me out here Channing!;)

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff124/wetschka/CIMG3885.jpg

BEAUTIFUL PIC!!! I think I"ve been in that room!;) :goodvibes

WOW :goodvibes Thanks Minniesota, I :love: that view.
Would it be "proper" to contact concierge and request a "castle view" as opposed to a theme park view? As I posted earlier, we will be in a standard RPC room. I'm not sure if it would be concierge or CRO, that I should contact.

I'm going in August with my DGD (14 years old) and want everything to be special for our trip.

Thanks, Karen :)

Karen, you can contact IPO and request the castle view. Standard rpc rooms could have that view, courtyard pool/garden views/ or theme pool views. I wouldn't bother with CRO - go straight to the IPO with that room request.

Have a wonderful time!

Lives4Disney :)

tink_lover
05-15-2008, 09:12 AM
Now that we have decided on GF for our next visit, I'm wondering about the fireworks view from the beach. Are you viewing them from a sideview? Do many people sit on the beach and watch (like the Poly)?

Love the room pics posted! I'm not sure I can wait until my next stay.:)

Lives4Disney
05-15-2008, 09:22 AM
Now that we have decided on GF for our next visit, I'm wondering about the fireworks view from the beach. Are you viewing them from a sideview? Do many people sit on the beach and watch (like the Poly)?

Love the room pics posted! I'm not sure I can wait until my next stay.:)

I usually watch them from the balcony & we always have a view like Minnie posted....I have never felt like it was a side view at all. In that pic, Minnie posted, just lower out of the frame, would be the marina & Gasparillas Grill. That is where most people sit to view Wishes....there and there are tables and chairs. Sometimes the music is piped in.

I've seen Wishes from the Poly, too, and really didn't notice much difference as far as front/side view. I prefer being at the GF, though....maybe my opinion doesn't count.:rotfl:

karensi
05-15-2008, 09:23 AM
Sorry to be such a concierge dunce :sad2: but who/what is IPO?
I would like to contact them and even, just now, looked in my Unofficial Guide Book, but can't find info on IPO.

Once again :thanks:
Karen :)

Lives4Disney
05-15-2008, 09:29 AM
Sorry to be such a concierge dunce :sad2: but who/what is IPO?
I would like to contact them and even, just now, looked in my Unofficial Guide Book, but can't find info on IPO.

Once again :thanks:
Karen :)

oh..no. Don't worry about it. IPO stands for "Itinerary Planning Office". They are CMs that take these room requests and other planning issues you may need....they can book your ADRs, tours, "cruises" ...stuff like that. Concierge (well RPC anyway) has its own set of room assigners, separate from the rest of the GF so go to IPO w/the room requests.

THE IPO email addy and phone number are on the front page of this thread.

Any more questions -
Ask away!

Lives4Disney :)

karensi
05-15-2008, 10:02 AM
Thanks again Lives4Disney.
I will contact them, I guess about 1 week prior to our arrival,unless, of course, it is better to contact them sooner rather than later. Are they like CRO, where you contact them about a week before your arrival? I would be so happy with a wonderful view like that.

Karen :)

oliviansmom17
05-15-2008, 10:44 AM
How concerned do I really need to be that we won't get a view of the castle if we've booked a TPV room? I'm trying to relax my husband who's drivin' me crazy!:crazy2:

Alicnwondrln
05-15-2008, 11:15 AM
I just wanted to let everyone know I have the new GF room service menu. If you want a copy please PM and I will get one to you.

Alicnwondrln
05-15-2008, 11:17 AM
Can anyone tell me what the price difference is between a standard room and concierge?

Looking to go Dec 2009

right now you could look into booking a room only and then turn that into a
package. The rates will be 2008 and then Disney will adjust them when 2009 rates come out.

minniesota
05-15-2008, 02:55 PM
Thanks again Lives4Disney.
I will contact them, I guess about 1 week prior to our arrival,unless, of course, it is better to contact them sooner rather than later. Are they like CRO, where you contact them about a week before your arrival? I would be so happy with a wonderful view like that.

Karen :)

I would contact IPO now and put in your room requests and any dining arrangements you'd like them to make. I think the best way to work with IPO is to try to get the name/email of one CM in particular and develop a working relationship with them. Tell that person about your trip and what you're trying to do for you GD - the good ones get to know you before the trip and I think it has helped make things a little more magical!;)

karensi
05-16-2008, 12:26 PM
Thanks Minnie, I just called IPO and spoke with Calvin and put that request in.
I had been dealing with Denny last week re my ADR's, etc (just didn't realize I was speaking with "IPO" ) and he has been wonderful. I asked for Denny today but was told he wasn't in. I plan on calling back on Monday just to make sure Denny is aware of the request (as I put it in today with Calvin).

Karen :)

Lives4Disney
05-16-2008, 12:30 PM
Thanks Minnie, I just called IPO and spoke with Calvin and put that request in.
I had been dealing with Denny last week re my ADR's, etc (just didn't realize I was speaking with "IPO" ) and he has been wonderful. I asked for Denny today but was told he wasn't in. I plan on calling back on Monday just to make sure Denny is aware of the request (as I put it in today with Calvin).

Karen :)

They are both good IPOers.;) They will be very helpful. I haven't used IPO for anything in a long time but I have only heard good about both of them.

Happy planning,

Lives4Disney :)

Alicnwondrln
05-16-2008, 12:32 PM
Calvin ROCKS!!

princessesrule4
05-16-2008, 12:34 PM
Calvin ROCKS!!

Yes he does!
We've never worked with Denny before, just Calvin and he is awesome!

heatherlynn444
05-16-2008, 01:14 PM
hey girls I think we are switching to a GV room from SL and doing deluxe dining. whats a good GV room to request? never stayed GV. thanks!

Lives4Disney
05-16-2008, 01:15 PM
Yes he does!
We've never worked with Denny before, just Calvin and he is awesome!

Denny is great. We met him in person once while he was working the concierge desks. He traded pins with my girls and he is super friendly and Disney ish.

:)

tinklvr64
05-16-2008, 09:56 PM
hey girls I think we are switching to a GV room from SL and doing deluxe dining. whats a good GV room to request? never stayed GV. thanks!

I love Boca Chica :goodvibes

tink_lover
05-17-2008, 06:22 PM
Ok GF experts, I need some help. My TA is saying that I cannot choose a GV with a marina view. Choices are GV/pool view or next step up which is marina/lagoon view then next step up is TPV. Does this seem right? I thought I could do GV with a request for marina view. You have all been so helpful - thanks!!

heatherlynn444
05-17-2008, 06:46 PM
thanks, i request boca or conch. i would be happy with either:goodvibes

Lives4Disney
05-17-2008, 07:39 PM
Ok GF experts, I need some help. My TA is saying that I cannot choose a GV with a marina view. Choices are GV/pool view or next step up which is marina/lagoon view then next step up is TPV. Does this seem right? I thought I could do GV with a request for marina view. You have all been so helpful - thanks!!

That is sooooo wrong. :sad2: Sago and Conch are both buildings that have marina views as a GV category. Lagoon view is a separate booking category, and then there is TPV also separate. You can see the map at the front of this thread and the placement of the marina in regards to Sago and Conch. I am 100% positive on this. ONE THOUSAND PERCENT!!!!

Good luck with the TA.

Lives4Disney :)

princessesrule4
05-17-2008, 09:20 PM
Denny is great. We met him in person once while he was working the concierge desks. He traded pins with my girls and he is super friendly and Disney ish.

:)

We'll look for him next month!:)

mom2my2gr8kids
05-17-2008, 11:43 PM
Okay we are staying at GF for the first time ever!! This is my mom's dream to stay there, but there are 5 of us and all we can afford is Garden View. What would you suggest that I request???

Thanks!

Alicnwondrln
05-17-2008, 11:47 PM
check out the map at the beginning of the thread
I like BC

AuroraBeauty
05-18-2008, 01:08 AM
Hello my GF Friends,

I have decided to surprise my best friend for her 40th birthday with a trip to WDW in November, and guess where we're staying? ::screams loudly::

She has been to WDW once and that was about 8 years ago and they stayed at the campground. It ended up being a super stressful trip for her b/c her dad said he'd pay for it all and when they got there he gave her $100 for food -- for 5 people (friend, husband, 3 kids) for 5 days. She hated it and always talks about how she wishes she never even went. That has been the only vacation she's taken in all her life. Seriously!

So here's my question:

I'm going to WDW (staying at GF for the first time!) with my family in September. I have 7-day MYW tix. Two months later I'll be back for 4 days. Would it be better to convert my 7-day MYW tickets to an AP before I leave?

So, if I become an AP holder could I get a discount on my room for the November stay?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you all very much!

Maxie86
05-18-2008, 07:28 AM
Hello my GF Friends,

I have decided to surprise my best friend for her 40th birthday with a trip to WDW in November, and guess where we're staying? ::screams loudly::

She has been to WDW once and that was about 8 years ago and they stayed at the campground. It ended up being a super stressful trip for her b/c her dad said he'd pay for it all and when they got there he gave her $100 for food -- for 5 people (friend, husband, 3 kids) for 5 days. She hated it and always talks about how she wishes she never even went. That has been the only vacation she's taken in all her life. Seriously!

So here's my question:

I'm going to WDW (staying at GF for the first time!) with my family in September. I have 7-day MYW tix. Two months later I'll be back for 4 days. Would it be better to convert my 7-day MYW tickets to an AP before I leave?

So, if I become an AP holder could I get a discount on my room for the November stay?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you all very much!
You can wait until you are there to upgrade your tickets to an AP. Just go to guest services at any park or DTD and tell you want to upgrade to an AP.
It is possible to get a discount on the room, but I wouldn't count on it. If you are planning to go to table service restaurants you can buy the DDE card and save 20% on your bill, including drinks, for up to 10 guests. It costs $60.00. We used it on our last trip and it paid for itself on two meals. If you have a Disney Visa, you can buy it with your Rewards Card. You also get a lot of other discounts with an AP, so IMO it would be worth it to upgrade.

minniesota
05-18-2008, 08:42 AM
Thanks Minnie, I just called IPO and spoke with Calvin and put that request in.
I had been dealing with Denny last week re my ADR's, etc (just didn't realize I was speaking with "IPO" ) and he has been wonderful. I asked for Denny today but was told he wasn't in. I plan on calling back on Monday just to make sure Denny is aware of the request (as I put it in today with Calvin).

Karen :)

I have worked with both Denny and Calvin - they were great!

minniesota
05-18-2008, 08:45 AM
Ok GF experts, I need some help. My TA is saying that I cannot choose a GV with a marina view. Choices are GV/pool view or next step up which is marina/lagoon view then next step up is TPV. Does this seem right? I thought I could do GV with a request for marina view. You have all been so helpful - thanks!!

Channing is right about Sago and Conch having marina view rooms but there is not a category called marina view. You book GV and request marina view as part of your requests. When you check in, you can ask again if you were assigned a view of the marina and if not, maybe they can find you one! Good luck!

johnsonet
05-18-2008, 09:08 AM
Hello my GF Friends,

I have decided to surprise my best friend for her 40th birthday with a trip to WDW in November, and guess where we're staying? ::screams loudly::

She has been to WDW once and that was about 8 years ago and they stayed at the campground. It ended up being a super stressful trip for her b/c her dad said he'd pay for it all and when they got there he gave her $100 for food -- for 5 people (friend, husband, 3 kids) for 5 days. She hated it and always talks about how she wishes she never even went. That has been the only vacation she's taken in all her life. Seriously!

So here's my question:

I'm going to WDW (staying at GF for the first time!) with my family in September. I have 7-day MYW tix. Two months later I'll be back for 4 days. Would it be better to convert my 7-day MYW tickets to an AP before I leave?

So, if I become an AP holder could I get a discount on my room for the November stay?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you all very much!

You are such a good friend! If that is the only vacation she's ever taken then she is probably going to freak out when you treat her to the Grand :dance3:
Wow!
I would upgrade your pass to an AP when you get there if you are planning to spend most days on the 2 trips in the parks. It will be worth it when you combine that with a potential savings of somewhere around $100 per night at the Grand on your Nov. trip. But as others have and will mention, you cannot count on that room discount. An AP is expensive (almost $500), but so worth it if you're in the parks a lot and especially if you stay at Deluxe resorts and can get that discount :thumbsup2 My AP usually pays for itself with my first trip and then I go several more times during the year...

Good luck:thumbsup2

Laurenoc
05-18-2008, 09:49 AM
I am overwhelmed with the amount of information on this site - amazing! This is our first time staying at GF - sooooo excited - and our first time back to Disney in 8 years so I am out of the loop. I am hoping someone can help me with a room request.

We're booked at the GF June 21-28. I am travelling with my DH, 2 DD (19, 21) and DD's boyfriend (19). I have a garden view room booked.

I guess priority for us is the largest room possible in our catagory since we have 5 adults travelling. I would also like a balcony. Any ideas of what to request? Also I have read you should fax your request and then I read you should call IPO. Help! Which is the best way to get word about your room request out?

Thank you SO MUCH for any help.

minniesota
05-18-2008, 09:57 AM
I am overwhelmed with the amount of information on this site - amazing! This is our first time staying at GF - sooooo excited - and our first time back to Disney in 8 years so I am out of the loop. I am hoping someone can help me with a room request.

We're booked at the GF June 21-28. I am travelling with my DH, 2 DD (19, 21) and DD's boyfriend (19). I have a garden view room booked.

I guess priority for us is the largest room possible in our catagory since we have 5 adults travelling. I would also like a balcony. Any ideas of what to request? Also I have read you should fax your request and then I read you should call IPO. Help! Which is the best way to get word about your room request out?

Thank you SO MUCH for any help.

Hi Lauren-
There is a lot of info! All the rooms at the GF in the GV category are about the same size and all rooms have a balcony (though some are smaller and enclosed). If it were me, I would request Sago or Conch with a marina view.
You can fax a request 5 days before arrival if you like (some say it works and some say they are thrown away!) but requests to IPO are only if you are staying club (concierge) level. Hope that helps!

AuroraBeauty
05-18-2008, 01:13 PM
JOHNSONET and MAXIE86, thank you for the info on the AP upgrade. I knew I would get the right information here.

I am going to get the DDP because I don't want my friend to pay for food. I'm sure she'll get a few snacks on her own but I'd rather she sit down for a nice meal and not be concerned about how much it will cost.

I've had to find out what dates she would be available and with a husband and 4 kids (whom she homeschools) I tried to be as sneaky as I could. But I got Nov. 6 - 9th (only last night to realize that's Jersey Weekend). I'm flying out on the 5th so I can meet her at the airport with a big sign to welcome her to her "40th Not So Surprisey Surprise Birthday Weekend". By then she'll know all about it -- can't keep all the magic bottled up!

I have a subscription to TGM so that will really help with which parks to go to and not be too overwhelmed. I think if she gets nothing other than a picture of the two of us in front of the castle she'll be elated.

I think I'm more excited! I'm fortunate to have an amazing husband that encouraged me to do this for my best friend. I've known her since I was 6 and she was 7. We were penpals (from a TV show from the 70s called Big Blue Marble) and didn't meet in person until I graduated high school. In the 33 years I've known her I've seen her in person 4 times (when I graduated high school, when she got married, when I had my daughter and when DH had a conference in her town and I tagged along). She's more like a sister to me and I usually refer to her as my sister. She's just an amazingly wonderful woman who has never once asked me for anything. We never got to just hang out and be kids together, so now that's what we're going to do.

Thank you all for sharing in my excitement and helping me to figure out my ticket/AP issue. Any other suggestions to help make this an even better weekend, just let me know.

Alicnwondrln
05-18-2008, 01:23 PM
I just came back from using the Deluxe plan and it was great. It is alot of food but it was nice to eat at the all really good places at night.

Lives4Disney
05-18-2008, 01:23 PM
Aurora Beauty.....oh...that is such a nice story.:goodvibes You had me teary. How wonderful of you to do that for your friend.

I have the AP and the DDE, but I see you already know you prefer to to the DDP. I know NOTHING about that.

Have a great time planning your trip. I don't know how you're going to manage to keep it a secret for long!:rotfl: :rotfl: I'd bust!!!:headache: :rotfl:

Lives4Disney :)