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Old 10-23-2012, 05:28 PM   #1651
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CoachBagFanatic and k&a&c'smom :

Thanks for your replies about the phone call from Contemporary (likely IPO)We are staying Concierge, so I hope they were just checking in. That makes sense though this is our 4th time staying GF Concierge in 5 years and I've never gotten a call before. An email, yes, but not a phone call. I just wish they'd left a message. We are looking forward to it. Actually, I cannot wait! My dad is planning on listening to the piano and the band with lots of goodies to eat throughout the day. He is just going to do one day at MK, which I can't imagine but he's not able to get around very well and he wants to enjoy watching his 3 granddaughters one day at the park and the other days he'll spend enjoying the hotel. So the hotel is really ALL he's interested in . Now my mother, is really looking forward to all of it. My DH who hasn't always been a big Disney fan, but loves GF is excited too. Weather forecasts in the high 70s and sunny.
You are most welcome.

I understand your dad completely - I often spend most of my time at the resort and let my DD and her friends enjoy the parks. The Grand is a great place for it, there are so many areas to while away the time.

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Hi all! I am new to the WDW side of the Dis, but we decided to do a pre-cruise stay at GF, and I need help with room location request. We just have one night booked, and we aren't going to the parks. We are staying at GF mostly for convenience for our ADR at 1900 Park Fare. We booked a TPV room, because Wishes is scheduled for the night we will be there. We booked TPV so we could watch Wishes, but in reading the comments, it looks like some of the views are obstructed. Any suggestions on a location to request? Should I note my request to see the theme park in my TPV room when I checkin? TIA!
Welcome! I would suggest requesting either Conch Key or Sago Cay, these buildings usually get top marks for good MK views. If you would like to qualify your request with "good view" or "nice view of the castle" etc., you certainly may, but probably isn't necessary. Most guests love their TPV.

Keep in mind, if you check in early and find your view blocked, call or return to the front desk and see if they have another room. If they do not, don't despair - you can usually still see the fireworks, even with a tree in the way. You just can't see the castle without some stretching.

On a personal note, I don't consider a blocked view a "theme park view" room, so some gentle persuasion may be in order if you get a tree blocking your view of the MK.

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Thank you very much jillmc40, CoachBagFanatic and k&a&c'smom! We'll see how we go. As long as we can connect occasionally and make sure our country is still there, all will be well.
You're welcome!

I'm sure you'll be able to connect enough to check in. We had a hard time staying connected, but I noticed several guests using their laptops near the pool - maybe the pool and lobby have better wifi access.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:49 PM   #1652
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Every time I have been to the GF Cafe, I have had a great meal. It really is a hidden gem, so I highly recommend it!

Anybody at GF now, or going very soon, I would love to hear an update on the Gasparilla's and courtyard pool progress. The pictures posted a week or so ago were GREAT! Any CM's willing to answer questions as to completion timeline??

We can't wait, we'll be there soon with 6 of us!
I'm not there but did just get off the phone w/a CM. His report is that the G.Grill will be opening by or near the 15th and the pool area the 'end of the month.' However, the online cm I chatted w/today stated that the pool area is scheduled to open on Dec 17th. Unfortunately, I can't book w/o knowing for sure. We <3 the Grand but we love it for that nice hot tub at the end of the day or in Dec while the boys are swimming. Looking less and less like a Grand Christmas this year.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:41 PM   #1653
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Welcome! I would suggest requesting either Conch Key or Sago Cay, these buildings usually get top marks for good MK views. If you would like to qualify your request with "good view" or "nice view of the castle" etc., you certainly may, but probably isn't necessary. Most guests love their TPV.

Keep in mind, if you check in early and find your view blocked, call or return to the front desk and see if they have another room. If they do not, don't despair - you can usually still see the fireworks, even with a tree in the way. You just can't see the castle without some stretching.

On a personal note, I don't consider a blocked view a "theme park view" room, so some gentle persuasion may be in order if you get a tree blocking your view of the MK.
Thanks for the welcome, recommendation, and words of comfort in case we are parked in front of a tree!
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:55 AM   #1654
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Every time I have been to the GF Cafe, I have had a great meal. It really is a hidden gem, so I highly recommend it!

Anybody at GF now, or going very soon, I would love to hear an update on the Gasparilla's and courtyard pool progress. The pictures posted a week or so ago were GREAT! Any CM's willing to answer questions as to completion timeline??

We can't wait, we'll be there soon with 6 of us!
We will be at WDW staying at the GF tomorrow. Wish us luck... we need two adjoining rooms and I'm hoping we are not near construction. We have Lagoon View. I will try to take some pics while there and post an update on Gasparilla's and pool. My DH will have computer with him.

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Looking forward to the update!

Hope you have a magical time!!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:10 AM   #1656
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We will be at WDW staying at the GF tomorrow. Wish us luck... we need two adjoining rooms and I'm hoping we are not near construction. We have Lagoon View. I will try to take some pics while there and post an update on Gasparilla's and pool. My DH will have computer with him.

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:45 AM   #1657
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We will be at WDW staying at the GF tomorrow. Wish us luck... we need two adjoining rooms and I'm hoping we are not near construction. We have Lagoon View. I will try to take some pics while there and post an update on Gasparilla's and pool. My DH will have computer with him.

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This would be fantastic!!! Thanks! I hope you have a great vacation at the Grand!!

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I'm not there but did just get off the phone w/a CM. His report is that the G.Grill will be opening by or near the 15th and the pool area the 'end of the month.' However, the online cm I chatted w/today stated that the pool area is scheduled to open on Dec 17th. Unfortunately, I can't book w/o knowing for sure. We <3 the Grand but we love it for that nice hot tub at the end of the day or in Dec while the boys are swimming. Looking less and less like a Grand Christmas this year.
15th of November or December?? Maybe we'll get some on-site updates soon to help you plan your Christmas trip. Sounds like fun to me!
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:46 PM   #1658
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15th of November or December?? Maybe we'll get some on-site updates soon to help you plan your Christmas trip. Sounds like fun to me!
Sorry, 15th of Dec. I'm not sure if I can link or post another site, but AE is reporting both Gasparilla Grill and the Courtyard pool to be opened by the 17th (Dec).
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We will be at WDW staying at the GF tomorrow. Wish us luck... we need two adjoining rooms and I'm hoping we are not near construction. We have Lagoon View. I will try to take some pics while there and post an update on Gasparilla's and pool. My DH will have computer with him.

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I can't wait to see your update, too. So excited for you!
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We will be at WDW staying at the GF tomorrow. Wish us luck... we need two adjoining rooms and I'm hoping we are not near construction. We have Lagoon View. I will try to take some pics while there and post an update on Gasparilla's and pool. My DH will have computer with him.

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I am looking forward to any updates you have too. I hope you get the 2 adjoining rooms. We have that request in for next week so I am hoping with decreased reservations due to construction we will both get our requests! I am looking forward to our girls being able to wander back and forth to their grandparents' room and adjoining rooms will be so much easier. Good luck and .
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I'm not there but did just get off the phone w/a CM. His report is that the G.Grill will be opening by or near the 15th and the pool area the 'end of the month.' However, the online cm I chatted w/today stated that the pool area is scheduled to open on Dec 17th. Unfortunately, I can't book w/o knowing for sure. We <3 the Grand but we love it for that nice hot tub at the end of the day or in Dec while the boys are swimming. Looking less and less like a Grand Christmas this year.
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Sorry, 15th of Dec. I'm not sure if I can link or post another site, but AE is reporting both Gasparilla Grill and the Courtyard pool to be opened by the 17th (Dec).
Thanks for the update. The WDW website still has "mid-December" and "late December" for the finish of the grill and pool, so this is added info.

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Thanks for the welcome, recommendation, and words of comfort in case we are parked in front of a tree!
I'm hoping you will get a perfect view.

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We will be at WDW staying at the GF tomorrow. Wish us luck... we need two adjoining rooms and I'm hoping we are not near construction. We have Lagoon View. I will try to take some pics while there and post an update on Gasparilla's and pool. My DH will have computer with him.

Can't Wait!
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Safe travels (is it today?) and have a Grand vacation!!
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What are the chances of them opening up earlier?
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:52 AM   #1663
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Hello GF lovers!

I just booked a RPC TPV room and I am beyond excited! It's only for one night before we head over to the Dolphin for NYE and then on to BC CL for the rest of our stay, but regardless I am so happy to get another taste of RPC

A quick question for the experts. Is there a way to hear the fireworks soundtrack from the GF TPV rooms? I want to make sure we get the full experience for Fantasy in the Sky and I may have to resort to bringing my own music if I can't get it there TIA
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Hi I Heart! The music for Fantasy in the Sky fireworks is piped in at the marina by Gaspirillas, as well as the dock by Narcoossees. You might be able to hear the music from a TPV RPC room, but it really depends on the noise level outside and your room's location. Worst case is you have to leave the room and go down stairs to the marina. Very excited for you!
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