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Old 09-13-2012, 09:03 AM   #1216
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We are staying at the GF SL for a few nights early December -- 9th-11th. We never received the letter everyone else did so yesterday I emailed IPO to ask what refurbs would be going on during our stay and this was the response from them:

Thank you for your email. During your length of stay, some of our amenities will be under refurbishment. Our courtyard pool will be closed while we are making it into a zero-entry pool. At this time, we do not have a definite date on the courtyard pool opening back up. Our beach pool with our new pool bar and grill and our new Mad Hatter theme water activity center will be open during your vacation time. Also, our Gasparilla Grill and Games will be closed for refurbishment. Our beach pool bar, Beaches, will be serving quick service items and our Mizner's and M. Mouse Mercantile will have grab and go items. Our Mousekeeter Club has permanently closed. The Neverland Club at the Polynesian Resort is still open and able to hold up to 99 children. Our hope is that all of our refurbishments will be completed early to mid December. We aim to make this experience as seedless and as magical as possible for you and your family, as well as any other future visits for your family. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have.
Well, at least they're trying to make it seedless. I hate when seeds interfere with an otherwise nice family vacation.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:06 AM   #1217
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Well, at least they're trying to make it seedless. I hate when seeds interfere with an otherwise nice family vacation.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:53 AM   #1218
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Well, at least they're trying to make it seedless. I hate when seeds interfere with an otherwise nice family vacation.
I guess I don't need to pack dental floss since they are planning on my vacation being seedless! Thanks for sharing!

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:13 AM   #1219
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My brain must auto correct...I had to go back and reread to find "seedless"
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:18 AM   #1220
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My brain must auto correct...I had to go back and reread to find "seedless"

Same for me -- fellow Connecticut resident!

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #1221
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OMG.. that is too funny..

Here is to a "Seedless" vacation!
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:36 PM   #1222
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Yes, there most definitely is a PhotoPass Desk in the 2nd floor of the main lobby in the GF. MUCH more convienent for GF guests!
Thanks! If we don't move resorts, I think it is the Photopass Plus for us!
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:55 PM   #1223
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Hi all! Well I'm finally finding time to sit down and right a review of our trip at the GF. Honestly, it's kind of sad in a way since I don't really feel a part of this thread anymore since it was probably a once in a lifetime trip there for us...being not only that we got a great deal, but we could all stay in one room since my DD was 2. Anyway....it was AMAZING!!! Wow...what a difference in many ways. We have stayed at POR and ASmu family suites before.

The grounds are just beautiful. And while at first I felt it a bit "undeluxe" to have to walk outside to a seperate building to get to our room...as the week went on I enjoyed it as the grounds are just beautiful and peaceful...while the main building seemed busy at times.

Being able to see the castle, watch the fireworks, hear the castle show and train whistle all from our room/balcony was really so special and such a great memory for disney freaks like us! I just loved watching the monorail go by, and have a glass of wine on the balcony while watching Wishes with DH while the kiddos were sleeping was....magical.

The pools were great....and EMPTY while we were there!! LOVED the courtyard pool...and the kiddos loved the slide and afternoon games at the beach pool....the fencing was a bit cumbersome...but I can only imagine how beautiful when that fence is down!

The SMELL...oh what is that heavenly seaside SMELL of the GF?!? I wish there was a candle of it...I would have bought 10!!!

While the monorail was great...there was a time just about everyday when it was down...unfortunatley one morning when it was supposed to be so special and DD and I were going for a girls only breakfast at CRT. We always called the front desk first to make sure it was up and running...the communication was not good as we got there and it was down...told to take the boat...walked all the way back there to find out they weren't running yet...and took a bus...whew!! Again...I know they are machines and life happens...but for what people pay to stay there in large part for some for the monorail...it was ...well a bummer.

The boat was great...although when leaving MK after Wishes one night we were lined up...not very far behind...and the CM told us we were looking at a 35 minutes wait till the next boat?!? So we took the monorail.

In conclusion...it was a GRAND time and I wish I could be part of the club and stay again...I am jealous...very jealous But took many pictures and have many wonderful, magical memories!
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #1224
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Thanks for the updated info. We were told about the Mousekeeter Club during out June trip but the CL CM's mentioned that many guests were upset and wondered if they would change their mind. Guess not.
Doesn't look like it.

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Well, at least they're trying to make it seedless. I hate when seeds interfere with an otherwise nice family vacation.
Yep, that's what it says -- seedless!!

At least I won't have to worry about seeds, just construction.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:11 PM   #1225
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What building and room type did you stay in? I'm going soon and booked outer building garden view - I'm curious if that's what you had and what your view was like.

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:01 PM   #1226
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The SMELL...oh what is that heavenly seaside SMELL of the GF?!? I wish there was a candle of it...I would have bought 10!!!
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I just have to say that I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. The smell just IS Disney World to me. The smell of the GF lobby brings back memories of when I was 12 years old and my parents brought my sister and I to stay at the GF when it first opened. When I walk in there, it is like a wave of happiness and memories comes over me and a large part of that is triggered by the scent.

SOOOO, last time I bought some soaps from the Basin store in the GF lobby that must be partly responsible for producing that smell. They are wonderful. Every time we used them at home, I was brought back to the GF. I did not buy nearly enough of them and will not make that same mistake twice! Hope Basin is ready for me!
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:49 AM   #1227
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Courtyard Pool

Well it seems that the Courtyard pool has closed. It was scheduled for refurbishments to begin "mid-September" but since I am going to be there in a week () I was really hoping that mid September meant 9/28!
This info comes from calling the resort directly and speaking to a CM there. If anyone is there now and can confirm I would appreciate it!
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:11 AM   #1228
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Hello, GF lovers! Sorry I've been MIA since our trip, right after we returned home I started battling a back injury and haven't been able to get online. I'm finally feeling a little better, so I'll try to join in here within the next few days. I wanted to check in and say I've missed everyone, hope to be back to my normal self soon.

I hope everyone headed to the World has safe travels and a magical vacation.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:33 AM   #1229
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Hello, GF lovers! Sorry I've been MIA since our trip, right after we returned home I started battling a back injury and haven't been able to get online. I'm finally feeling a little better, so I'll try to join in here within the next few days. I wanted to check in and say I've missed everyone, hope to be back to my normal self soon.

I hope everyone headed to the World has safe travels and a magical vacation.
You have my sympathy -- I've been on flexeril, heating pad, 800mg of motrin and bedrest since Tuesday afternoon myself. Finally standing upright!

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Same for me -- fellow Connecticut resident!

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Where are you...we are in forgotten Western CT ( as in....we break into your show because there is a storm that is looking menacing. Yeah, thanks for the heads up it's already been through here

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