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Old 10-08-2012, 10:07 AM   #1471
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k&a&c'smom - your pics are so great. Thank you! Can't wait to show them to DD. We are counting down the days 'til we're back at the Grand!

Add me to the list of those who can't wait to see the villas' decor.

pas30 - congrats on getting SL at AP rate. And hurray for MVMCP. So much fun. We've been only once (2004, I think) and it will be over by the time we arrive this year

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #1472
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Did I read correctly that the WiFi isn't that good at the GF? I'm going to be "working" for a few days and was only planning on bringing my iPad -- which only does WiFi, I didn't buy the aircard model. It worked really well at POR back in January. Can I get some clarification -- I hate having to "lug" my laptop.

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:34 AM   #1473
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Did I read correctly that the WiFi isn't that good at the GF? I'm going to be "working" for a few days and was only planning on bringing my iPad -- which only does WiFi, I didn't buy the aircard model. It worked really well at POR back in January. Can I get some clarification -- I hate having to "lug" my laptop.

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WDW isn't known for their great free wifi. There are some spots that work better than others. I have an iPad that I bring on vacation and had problems in my room in SL last April. It's your choice, and see what other's say, but this is a known problem at lots of the resorts. It's just frustrating the service isn't more reliable. It may be over at the convention center the service is better, but I have never heard one way or another.
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Have a wonderful trip! Have stayed in both and love them both the same!!

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:34 AM   #1475
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k&a&c'smom, I owe you a PM. Will send one soon, but the internet at the BC (much like what we found in SL at the GF) was spotty at best! Did anyone post about a crazy lady walking around the lobby a couple of weeks ago, first the lobby at the BC, then the YC looking for a strong internet signal with her iPad? That was me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE WDW, but have to say this free-wifi is a huge let down. My DH would rather have the option of paying $10 a day for the old hook-up!

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LOL about wandering around with your iPad. I am sooo with you on the wifi. We had decent luck at YC, but not good enough if you have work to do, in my opinion. GF was tough - couldn't keep a connection on my laptop for more than a few minutes at a time. Just enough to read one message, or type one reply, if we were lucky. DD's laptop wouldn't connect at GF at all, hers is about 4 years old.

This is why I was surprised to hear they did away with the possibility of using wired internet for a fee. Even were the wifi operating well, I would not want to do private business on open wifi.

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I got a mental image of Jungle Cruiser wandering the parks with her iPad, mumbling "where's the signal?!"

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k&a&c'smom - nice pictures! Never had the pool view from BPK so its nice to see (we've had the TPV and the lagoon view facing the Polynesian). And I've had that view from Conch Key - it's one of my favorites!! I love seeing the monorail across the water. I think I'm actually starting to like the garden view more than the lagoon or theme park view. Seeing the resort grounds really gives a special feeling.
We feel the same way - if we aren't staying club level (and that is becoming less available with a good discount!) we prefer garden view. Love looking at the grounds and other GF buildings, it adds to our stay.

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Very similar - 4th floor. It was gorgeous!!!! My son got excited every time the monorail would pass by!!
I'll bet! We love that view.

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That's what we saw as well in your pics of Boca Chica. So if we request a higher floor we should be ok. But I do love the location of Conch Key though. I think we may have a winner.



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hello to all my GF buddies Sugarloaf became available with the AP rate for next month...I am taking my 3 daughters for our 1st MVMCP....alas my HRH (DD8) wants to try Poly CL...so I resisted....I was not an easy feat
I think everyone has misunderstood your post about SL! I take it to mean you saw it available, but resisted the urge to switch from Poly CL for your DD. Right?! I'm sure it was tough.


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k&a&c'smom - your pics are so great. Thank you! Can't wait to show them to DD. We are counting down the days 'til we're back at the Grand!

Add me to the list of those who can't wait to see the villas' decor.

pas30 - congrats on getting SL at AP rate. And hurray for MVMCP. So much fun. We've been only once (2004, I think) and it will be over by the time we arrive this year

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Aww, thanks, and you are welcome! Sorry to hear you will miss MVMCP, it is a lot of fun. I think we have been 3 times, but had to give up our December trips due to DD's college schedule. Now that she is out and working, we won't be able to go this year - but maybe next!


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Did I read correctly that the WiFi isn't that good at the GF? I'm going to be "working" for a few days and was only planning on bringing my iPad -- which only does WiFi, I didn't buy the aircard model. It worked really well at POR back in January. Can I get some clarification -- I hate having to "lug" my laptop.

TIA,

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Only 13 days to go, woohoo!

We had a horrible time with wifi while at the GF, as I posted above, and we were using laptops! I wish I could give you better news, sounds like we aren't the only ones with this issue.

I did not try the wifi in the lobby or at the pool, but we did see several people out at the tables near the pool with their laptops. Possible the connection out there is better.


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Have a wonderful trip! Have stayed in both and love them both the same!!

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Welcome! I think you mean you love both GF and the BC? If so, I agree - they are wonderful resorts.
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hello to all my GF buddies Sugarloaf became available with the AP rate for next month...I am taking my 3 daughters for our 1st MVMCP....alas my HRH (DD8) wants to try Poly CL...so I resisted....I was not an easy feat
For how long?!?!......
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pas30 - congrats on getting SL at AP rate. And hurray for MVMCP. So much fun. We've been only once (2004, I think) and it will be over by the time we arrive this year
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I think everyone has misunderstood your post about SL! I take it to mean you saw it available, but resisted the urge to switch from Poly CL for your DD. Right?! I'm sure it was tough.

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Hey pas130 You are a funny lady. How exciting for the SL and you and your DD's first MVMCP.
At least it's not only my friends and family I confuse yes k&a&c'smom is correct...I DIDN't change to SL....it killed me not to book it ..... Tell me again why I let the Princesses dicate when I book...OH, they are in charge, I forgot I'm but a monorail stop away.....
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I know Candace, my hand wants to dial CRO.....MUST RESIST
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At least it's not only my friends and family I confuse yes k&a&c'smom is correct...I DIDN't change to SL....it killed me not to book it ..... Tell me again why I let the Princesses dicate when I book...OH, they are in charge, I forgot I'm but a monorail stop away.....
I know Candace, my hand wants to dial CRO.....MUST RESIST
As I told my now 25 year old nephew many years ago, you might think you are in charge and the one making the decisions, but trust me, some day you will thank me, the girls are ALWAYS in charge -- they just occasionally let you think you actually made a decision on your own.

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #1479
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As I told my now 25 year old nephew many years ago, you might think you are in charge and the one making the decisions, but trust me, some day you will thank me, the girls are ALWAYS in charge -- they just occasionally let you think you actually made a decision on your own.

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So very very true...DD8 (also know affectionately on the DIS as Her Royal Highness) is one of the biggest Grand fans there is...BUT she can't stay there if there is construction...which she has made clear....however if RPC happened to openup....I could probably sway her a bit
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So very very true...DD8 (also know affectionately on the DIS as Her Royal Highness) is one of the biggest Grand fans there is...BUT she can't stay there if there is construction...which she has made clear....however if RPC happened to openup....I could probably sway her a bit


Lol... 8 going on 18... My Dd9 is Definitely the one in charge!


I can't wait to be back at the Grand after all the construction! if they would close Basin white on me than I would have some serious issues.. lol
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Does anyone know if there is Grand Floridian specific clothing for sale and if yes, where? I was surprised when I was at POR that there was nothing specific to POR at Fulton's.

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Lol... 8 going on 18... My Dd9 is Definitely the one in charge!

I can't wait to be back at the Grand after all the construction! if they would close Basin white on me than I would have some serious issues.. lol
me too....we are coming back in Aug...the new courtyard pool..splash area....perfect..imho

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Does anyone know if there is Grand Floridian specific clothing for sale and if yes, where? I was surprised when I was at POR that there was nothing specific to POR at Fulton's.

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There definitely is...when we were at sugarloaf DH was wearing a universal t-shirt. Well a management type fellow was in the lounge chatting with my daughter and mentioned daddy needs a grand Floridian shirt...less than 30 min later.....I remember seeing it in the window of a shop.....the exact one.....I know the expert panelists here can help!!!!
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At least it's not only my friends and family I confuse yes k&a&c'smom is correct...I DIDN't change to SL....it killed me not to book it ..... Tell me again why I let the Princesses dicate when I book...OH, they are in charge, I forgot I'm but a monorail stop away.....
I know Candace, my hand wants to dial CRO.....MUST RESIST
And for this very reason is why k&a&c'smom is the creator of this thread and not me. I just went back to read your post again and I understand it now. Yes, you are only one stop a way. Still calls for a the

Whether we have princesses or princes, I think they are the ones who are in charge when it comes to vacation. At least for us anyway. Our DS16 still has a great impact on where we go and what we do.
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And for this very reason is why k&a&c'smom is the creator of this thread and not me. I just went back to read your post again and I understand it now. Yes, you are only one stop a way. Still calls for a the

Whether we have princesses or princes, I think they are the ones who are in charge when it comes to vacation. At least for us anyway. Our DS16 still has a great impact on where we go and what we do.
Because we want everyone to love Disney like we do...so I'm willing to sacrifice picking the resort just to give the kiddos their choice...hrh will want to go back home to the grand...she just thinks construction is too loud..she is very sensitive to noise. So she's the boss
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I imagine this might be listed somewhere in this thread, but I don't think I noticed it in the first few pages of description:

I know that the rooms feature varied patterns of spreads, etc. Is it consistent throughout each resort building though? Or is it completely random? We visited my cousin's room in Sago Key on our February trip. Her room's decor was nice, but some of the standard rooms look so much prettier than others. I am requesting Conch Key or Boca Chica for our January Trip and just wondered what it might look like. That is in case they are consistent in a building. Not that my husband (or the rest of our crew either) is looking for overkill frill! lol...

I keep looking at the rehabs and praying that none are behind schedule. It would be so nice to have most of the walls down and the locations back up and running as they expect.

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