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Old 07-18-2011, 11:44 AM   #3496
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is there a link for the new thread here?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 AM   #3497
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I've been reading this thread for days and got so many great ideas and tips. We're going in December and it seems like years away.

Originally we booked a lagoon view, but yesterday I switched to a club level garden view. I'm a little nervous about that decision though. I've read lots of positive comments and reviews about the lounge/food, but also lots of negative ones.

My biggest worry is that the snacks and food will be a big disappointment. I read many times there were low supplies and the staff was often indifferent. But my main reason for opting to stay club level is the easy access to snacks and drinks with three young kids. We plan on short trips to the parks so we'll be in the resort often (I think).

Any advice for me? Stay club level or switch back to lagoon view and get food via garden grocer?
I switched to GV for the first time in May and I can tell you I was in no way sorry. As a matter of fact I booked it for our upcoming trip in Nov/Dec!

It was nice having access to drinks 24/7 and to be able to watch Wishes from the lounge. The snacks were a bonus for us.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:29 PM   #3498
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:41 PM   #3499
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I haven't seen one yet. Rob was working on a new thread and I'm sure he will post a link when it's ready to roll.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:50 PM   #3500
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I've been reading this thread for days and got so many great ideas and tips. We're going in December and it seems like years away.

Originally we booked a lagoon view, but yesterday I switched to a club level garden view. I'm a little nervous about that decision though. I've read lots of positive comments and reviews about the lounge/food, but also lots of negative ones.

My biggest worry is that the snacks and food will be a big disappointment. I read many times there were low supplies and the staff was often indifferent. But my main reason for opting to stay club level is the easy access to snacks and drinks with three young kids. We plan on short trips to the parks so we'll be in the resort often (I think).

Any advice for me? Stay club level or switch back to lagoon view and get food via garden grocer?
I did almost the same thing - switched from GV to CL/GV. We are so excited. I wonder if we will be there the same time as your family? This will be our first stay at the Poly.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:56 PM   #3501
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Having 3 youngish ones myself and being one that also does shorter park trips (ie non commando), I HIGHLY recommend CL. Even *if* snacks are low (which we never had an issue with) having the extra space of the lounge to "chill" in was very much appreciated. It gave the kids some room to spread out (mainly sit in the kiddie area and watch TV and drink/snack) and us adult a little space to sit at a separate table to gaze at the castle and enjoy some uninterrupted conversation. We also loved getting the kids ready for bed, then walking to the lounge to watch the ELP and Wishes, have a little drink ourselves and then walk back to the room to put them to bed. The CL lounge is one of the things my kids remember most about our trips, they absolutely loved it in there.
This describes why we enjoyed CL as well. DS5 loved the "little fridg" where he could go and get a whole can of Sprite! And yes, it is a family vacation, but DH and I did appreciate getting 20 minutes or so to sit quietly and eat a snack while the kids sat at the little table eating their snack and watching cartoons. Really added a feeling of relaxation to our vacation.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:34 PM   #3502
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I did almost the same thing - switched from GV to CL/GV. We are so excited. I wonder if we will be there the same time as your family? This will be our first stay at the Poly.
We're going Dec. 11-16. I feel much better about upgrading to club level now. Seems like the benefits will far outweigh the possible negatives. Maybe we'll see you there!
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:28 AM   #3503
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Looking at ticker, getting close! I hope everyone is safe, Tropical storm coming in! Hope the rain disappears quickly!
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #3504
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Looking at ticker, getting close! I hope everyone is safe, Tropical storm coming in! Hope the rain disappears quickly!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! Look at it this way, during a storm the parks are way less crowded, LOL! No wait!
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:29 AM   #3505
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I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! Look at it this way, during a storm the parks are way less crowded, LOL! No wait!
Thx I need it, my hubby called me from work yesterday and said look up weather.com, HUGE tropical storm came out of no where right towards Orlando, I was like "you're freaking kidding me" but noticed it was more this week and we leave Friday for WDW Saturday- now rain is on my mind. I don't mind a little rain, but a tropical storm usually brings quite a bit behind it! Awwww- Pray for me, PLEASE!!!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:49 PM   #3506
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Has anyone been to The Grand Floridian Spa, I've scheduled a massage for my recent visit and just wondering your overall experience?
Well, we found out a little too late about the GF Spa.... there is a full gym in the facility that is open to ALL Poly guests for free.... also a little know fact... you can help yourself to womens and gentlemens lounge where there is free coffee, tea, fresh fruit, showers, hot tub, sauna, steam room etc... all free for the taking and using if you are staying at the Poly or GF.

We requested a late check out this past friday and our Magic Express bus did not leave until 4:30pm for the airport. We had 3 hours to kill and the girls walked over to see the Wedding Chapel. Across from the chapel is the Spa... they wandered in to explore and found the place vertually empty. The gal behind he desk gave them a full tour of the facility and told them about the use free use of the facilities.

Needless to say, I checked our carry on's with the Valet and headed over. Did a walk in head, neck and back massage and enjoyed the rest of the spa for 1.5 hours before heading back to the Poly.

If I would have known of this availability, I would have been over there every day soaking my sore muscles!

I highly recommend the short walk ... you will enjoy it. Just hand the desk person your room key and have at it.

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Old 07-19-2011, 02:51 PM   #3507
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Hey everyone! The "new" continuation of the thread can be found here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2762154

Once again, if I've missed something or failed to add something you'd like added, let me know via PM. Don't post in the thread in case I miss it.

Some people have sent me photos which I have to get inserted into the thread, and they'll be coming soon.

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Trying to find the pages on this thread regarding the cabanas....can anyone tell me what pages they are on Thanks so much!!!!
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