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Old 12-22-2012, 03:00 PM   #31
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Beach Pool and Alice in Wonderland water playset at night ~









From the marina side of the Sugarloaf building looking up at our room. Ours is on the third floor, right in the center with the lights on. JoBird and family were in the room to the right of us.



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Sugarloaf CL Offerings, Cordials and Desserts (8-10pm) ~










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Old 12-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #32
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:29 PM   #33
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:49 PM   #34
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More lobby pics (from the second floor) ~





Mizner's ~







From the second floor balcony of the main building ~







Second floor looking down at the Gingerbread House ~




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Old 12-22-2012, 08:57 PM   #35
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Ah, this was just what I needed to escape from the Christmas madness, Shelly's trip report. Welcome back!

I really enjoyed your GF pics. We stayed there last August and enjoyed it so much. I don't know what we would have done without Gasparilla, though, as it was open during our stay and we went there quite a few times. The kiddie pool area was still under construction at the time. I know we'll probably never get to stay at GF again ($$$), but I'll always have fond memories of it.

I also love the Poly very much. We stayed there 4x and it's one of our nostalgic favorites, especially at Christmas with all the Hawaiian Christmas carols. I know my grandson would love to stay there again.

Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:00 PM   #36
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I just wanted to say that I made it here and I'm enjoying looking at all the photos, even if I'll probably never stay at GF.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:35 PM   #37
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I don't remember ever seeing this before. Is it temporary while the other place is closed? Great report!
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:02 AM   #38
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Great report Shelly! Seeing all the pix of the GF brings back such good memories. I had no idea they made a separate play area for the Alice splash thing. I thought it was put at the edge of the pool lol! Thank goodness that's not the case.
I can't believe how much is built for the DVC. We haven't been over there since we stayed at the Poly in 2011.
I thought the CL offerings were better there (Yum!) than the BC.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:40 AM   #39
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I don't know how I existed without knowing about this website! Reading these reviews is SO amazingly helpful! Thank you for your detailed review! Anxiously waiting to here about the Polynesian since that is where my heart is set on staying next October!
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Thanks for your review. We've stayed at both the GF and Poly and although we've had great stays at the GF, the Poly is still our favorite. Having stayed both SL and RPC, I love RPC but didn't care for SL. I don't like how the lounge is located right inside the lobby as you walk in and it was always very chaotic during our stay. I think SL is in a great location as it's located right next to the courtyard pool and is close to Gasparilla's and the main building, but if we stayed at the GF again and RPC wasn't available, I would opt for a GV room over SL again.
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I love all your pictures of the Grand Floridian. DH and I stayed there for our wedding/honeymoon, so it makes me all smiles to see it Can't wait to see pictures of the Polynesian as we will be staying there in about a month with DD!!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:01 PM   #42
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Ah, this was just what I needed to escape from the Christmas madness, Shelly's trip report. Welcome back!

I really enjoyed your GF pics. We stayed there last August and enjoyed it so much. I don't know what we would have done without Gasparilla, though, as it was open during our stay and we went there quite a few times. The kiddie pool area was still under construction at the time. I know we'll probably never get to stay at GF again ($$$), but I'll always have fond memories of it.

I also love the Poly very much. We stayed there 4x and it's one of our nostalgic favorites, especially at Christmas with all the Hawaiian Christmas carols. I know my grandson would love to stay there again.

Can't wait to hear more.
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Thank you Joanne! Glad you are enjoying the reviews.

I bet last August at the GF was wonderful! I think it's a better place to stay in the summer, less hectic.

The Poly was wonderful, lots on it to come!


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I just wanted to say that I made it here and I'm enjoying looking at all the photos, even if I'll probably never stay at GF.
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I don't remember ever seeing this before. Is it temporary while the other place is closed? Great report!
Mizner's was there before, but it was a lounge maybe.....someone correct me if I'm wrong...They have added some CS items there for the time being since Gasparilla's was closed.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:08 PM   #43
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Great report Shelly! Seeing all the pix of the GF brings back such good memories. I had no idea they made a separate play area for the Alice splash thing. I thought it was put at the edge of the pool lol! Thank goodness that's not the case.
I can't believe how much is built for the DVC. We haven't been over there since we stayed at the Poly in 2011.
I thought the CL offerings were better there (Yum!) than the BC.
Thanks!

The water play area isn't right at the edge of the pool, however it is VERY close.

I really thought they'd be further along with the DVC. I didn't think it looked that much different than when we were there in May. But they are definitely working on it everyday!

I've never heard too much about the BC CL. I hear the BWI CL is awesome! I'd love to try it someday.


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I don't know how I existed without knowing about this website! Reading these reviews is SO amazingly helpful! Thank you for your detailed review! Anxiously waiting to here about the Polynesian since that is where my heart is set on staying next October!
to the DIS!! This is a great place for all things Disney!! Lots of valuable info here!

Glad you are enjoying the review! The Poly is coming up shortly! Hope you get to stay there next October.


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Thanks for your review. We've stayed at both the GF and Poly and although we've had great stays at the GF, the Poly is still our favorite. Having stayed both SL and RPC, I love RPC but didn't care for SL. I don't like how the lounge is located right inside the lobby as you walk in and it was always very chaotic during our stay. I think SL is in a great location as it's located right next to the courtyard pool and is close to Gasparilla's and the main building, but if we stayed at the GF again and RPC wasn't available, I would opt for a GV room over SL again.
You're welcome!

RPC must be awesome! I never hear anything bad about it. I wasn't crazy about the SL set up either. Just too busy and crammed all the time. But yes you are right, the location is super!


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I love all your pictures of the Grand Floridian. DH and I stayed there for our wedding/honeymoon, so it makes me all smiles to see it Can't wait to see pictures of the Polynesian as we will be staying there in about a month with DD!!!

Thank you!

How awesome that you got to stay at the GF for your honeymoon! Did you get married at Disney?

Congrats on your upcoming Poly stay. You are going to love it!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:36 PM   #44
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Outside the front entrance again ~







Sugarloaf CL offerings, Afternoon Tea (2:30-4) ~











At the Beach Pool ~



















By the pool bar ~







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Old 12-23-2012, 04:38 PM   #45
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Back of the main building ~



And shots from our balcony during the day.

To the right ~





Straight ahead ~





And to the left ~





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