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Old 05-26-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation ***OFFICIAL Grand Floridian Construction Thread (new info!)***

With the hectic construction occurring at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, I have created a three to compile all of the information on the internet into a series of easy-to-read and simple-to-access pages. I will do my best to continually update this thread with the latest information and would appreciate it if any posters would post information they have on the matter. I will, also, continue to post updates on the progress of the construction on my website disneyparksplanning.com! The project is expected to be completed sometime by the end of 2013 with the work on the Beach Pool Bar ending this August. Please bump this thread, so all DISers can stay up to date! Stay tuned and thanks!

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Update with Photos from July 26, 2012
Update with Photos from May 23, 2012
Update with Photos from May 3, 2012
PHOTOS - Grand Floridian Beach Pool Bar & Grill Reopens

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Video from April 5, 2012
Video from March 20, 2012
Video from December 9, 2011

Other Resort Refurbishments
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will also undergo several refurbishments from now until December 2012. The Courtyard Pool will be closed from mid September to December 2012 when it will be converted into a zero-depth entry pool. The Spa will be reopening sometime between the end of this year and "early 2013." Here are some other refurbishments occurring.

Sandy Cove Merchandise: August 21 to November 17, 2012
Ivy Trellis Salon: October 20 to December 3, 2012
Gasparilla Grill & Games: September 13 to Mid December, 2012
Courtyard Pool: Mid September to Late December, 2012
The Spa: September 19, 2011 to 2013
*Guests will be able to use DDP credits at Mizner's and Beach Pool Bar to purchase QS food at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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We just booked an awesome deal for Fourth of July Weekend at Grand Floridian. I am guessing it was a "renovation rate" because of all the work going on there. Here's my question, though:

I know, as of April 2012, there was a temporary "wall" surrounding the Beach Pool. What are the chances it will be gone by July? The beach pool is one of our favorite spots and the "walls" just seem to detract from the experience. Just wondering.
Not likely, the new DVC building is not scheduled to be complete until the end of next year. It will stay up probably until it's ready to open.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:23 PM   #3
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. . . What are the chances it will be gone by July? . . .
1) Still there.
2) No chance of removal by July.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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We just booked an awesome deal for Fourth of July Weekend at Grand Floridian. I am guessing it was a "renovation rate" because of all the work going on there. Here's my question, though:

I know, as of April 2012, there was a temporary "wall" surrounding the Beach Pool. What are the chances it will be gone by July? The beach pool is one of our favorite spots and the "walls" just seem to detract from the experience. Just wondering.
Not a "renovation rate," especially since no renovations are going on at the GF - only the construction next door of the GF DVC. However,you bring up a valid point, there should be a reduced rate, especially for those booking RPC since their view is the most affected and those rooms are the priciest rack rate standard rooms on property.

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Old 05-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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Just got back from GF today. That wall will def still be there in July. The construction is in full swing - mostly ground work and first storey - although this did not affect our Beach Pool experience. You can see the cranes over the wall though. We stayed in an outer building and didn't see the construction unless we were at the Beach Pool.

At the Main Pool, I asked about the Marshmallow Roast and they said they do not have it right now because of most of the beach being walled off.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
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Just got back from GF today. That wall will def still be there in July. The construction is in full swing - mostly ground work and first storey - although this did not affect our Beach Pool experience. You can see the cranes over the wall though. We stayed in an outer building and didn't see the construction unless we were at the Beach Pool.

At the Main Pool, I asked about the Marshmallow Roast and they said they do not have it right now because of most of the beach being walled off.
This is my concern. We love chilling on the beach. Is there any beach not walled off?
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #7
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Hi, I was just over on the GF thread and I believe I just read that the whole beach is walled off and the hammocks are gone. You might want to check over there to be sure.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:36 AM   #8
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below is a video from YouTube that will show you just how much of the beach is left starting at 41 seconds. Hope this helps you out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxNai5-Jzro
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:28 PM   #9
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Question GF construction end

Hey everybody,

My family and I are in the midst of planning a trip to Disney this coming Feb 2013. I am just wondering if anyone has an opinion about the status of the construction then. I know that it SAYS the main pool will be completed in December, does anyone know how well disney stays on track with construction (as most places don't). and If all these things are opened by December does that mean the pool with the slide will then be closed for refurbishment come January. 2 years ago we stayed at the Poly and the day we got there they closed the second pool for refurbishment, and my entire crew were disappointed. I would hate to have that happen again as I fear that might turn my Dad off disney. So if anyone could help me (because my parents are booking next week) so that if there will be construction we can choose another resort (how ever we would much rather be in the Grand). Any help is good help. Thanks so much guys! Also I will be there for the marathon (as a runner) and for 7 days after.


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Old 07-25-2012, 09:12 AM   #10
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Disney is suggesting that we move from GF to Polynesian

We have been planning our trip to Disney for over 2 years. My parents scrimped and saved to take our whole family on the vacation of a lifetime - then we got "the letter". My Dad just talked to the guy that sent the letter. There is going to be more construction than indicated on the letter. Any building around there will have a construction wall view, plus they are re-furbishing rooms in the buildings so we could have noise from inside as well as outside. As far as the lagoon view that will be blocked also by construction at the beach. He suggested that we move to the polynesian. I am so disappointed it isn't even funny.
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We have been planning our trip to Disney for over 2 years. My parents scrimped and saved to take our whole family on the vacation of a lifetime - then we got "the letter". My Dad just talked to the guy that sent the letter. There is going to be more construction than indicated on the letter. Any building around there will have a construction wall view, plus they are re-furbishing rooms in the buildings so we could have noise from inside as well as outside. As far as the lagoon view that will be blocked also by construction at the beach. He suggested that we move to the polynesian. I am so disappointed it isn't even funny.
Sorry to hear it. When is your trip??
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can anybody scan the letter and post it here??
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I would love to see this letter too..

We are checking in August 31 and did not receive any letter.
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Sorry to hear it. When is your trip??
September 29-October 6. We are traveling with a four year old and 2 two year olds. We are concerned about the noise because we planned on returning to the room each afternoon for naps.
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We had ressies for Oct 6th - 11th and cancelled them at the GF and booked at AKL. The switch was painless. They were very accommodating. We are travelling with a 2-year old that loved the courtyard pool and the fountain right near it. Also, we don't like to be held down to ADR's, so we eat a lot of our meals at Gasparilla Grill. I just couldn't see paying all that money to stay at a construction site. We love the GF and it's serenity and close proximity to MK, but it's for another time. They assured us the GF will be all for the better after the construction, but for now, we will stay at AKL and deal with the busses.
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