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Old 02-18-2013, 09:36 AM   #3451
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If you google "craftsman" style, you'll see. It was a period in architecture that influenced furniture and interior design. Gustav Stickley did lots of the furniture. The lodge is more rustic and rugged -- like a mountain cabin on a grand scale. I've been out of the history biz for such a long time, my descriptive vocabulary has gone by the wayside. But try googling and you should see some differences. I love both looks!!!!!!!
I guess I was just thinking about the Frank Lloyd Wright type windows, and the furniture and the lamps.
But you are right, the lodge itself is definitely rustic!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #3452
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #3453
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We go to the bridge that crosses from France to UK, International Gateway bridge I believe it is called. Go closer to the UK side, get as close to the rail facing towards show as you can, maybe 15' in after bridge begins to cross water(to verify this, look over bridge where boats enter. This is where they park the boats to view during Illums. cruise. Thus it affords a very great view of the show. We have arrived with 10 mins to spare and been able to see very well, depends on time of year. Arrive 30 mins prior to set your nerves at ease, if you wish. After the show, you can mosey towards front or you can walk to BW area, depending on where you park(you didnt hear me say that either)
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #3454
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Hi everyone

Thanks for all the wonderful answers to my Q about the Grand Californian

I knew you guys were the ones to ask!

I'm actually staying at the Disneyland Hotel whilst I am there but will certainly be popping into the GCH for a bite to eat and to soak up the atmosphere

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:15 PM   #3455
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:23 PM   #3456
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Great minds think alike. That is our exact plan for watching Illuminations, even the parking location
So JimmyTammy and Nutsy -- do you have to provide a reservation number to park where you do?

We will have a long-ish break mid day -- from noon or so, till about 4:00. So we'll be coming back to Epcot then. We will be doing a few things in Future World. I guess we'd have to park in the Epcot lot -- then leave at 7:00 to cruise around and park in the other place. But mid-summer, would there be places available around 7:00, assuming that we could convince the attendants there that we even had a legitimate reason to be at Boardwalk?

I appreciate all the info! I'm getting so excited. As of March 7, we will be 3 months away!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:19 PM   #3457
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:30 PM   #3458
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:20 PM   #3459
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In summer, Im not sure how crowded BWV parking will be, and at less crowded times we have been turned away, so knowing this, I would go with staying parked at Epcot lot, dont move the car, otherwise, you will spend at least an hour of lost park time moving the vehicle, plus getting back into the park. After the show, you can stroll by Canada, through the Rose Garden and out towards the front or if you choose, you could so a little shopping in Mouse Gear or one of the shops along the way, or stop and get a snack or drink. We are always so focused getting out, I cant clarify these places are open, but others may chime in if you ask.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:22 PM   #3460
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:36 PM   #3461
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bagsmom - I would not waste time moving the car. Also, they are pretty strict with parking at resorts. It is for resort guests only, or for people dining there. I've heard of lots of people being turned away at BWV. When we leave after the fireworks we take our time. You can shop on your way out. MouseGear is open they will let you shop as long as you like.


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Old 02-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #3463
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Hi everyone

Thanks for all the wonderful answers to my Q about the Grand Californian

I knew you guys were the ones to ask!

I'm actually staying at the Disneyland Hotel whilst I am there but will certainly be popping into the GCH for a bite to eat and to soak up the atmosphere

Thanks again everyone
Thanks for asking, we will be staying at the Grand Californian for 4 nights in September before we get on the Wonder for a PC Repo cruise, it will be our first time at DL ever.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #3464
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Thanks for asking, we will be staying at the Grand Californian for 4 nights in September before we get on the Wonder for a PC Repo cruise, it will be our first time at DL ever.
The PC is on my bucket list. And I would love to do it on DCL! The Celebrity ships that we love (S class) are too big to fit through the canal and I have no interest (well, not yet anyway) in going through the bigger canal that is being built now. I will have to live vicariously through you and your cruise!

H me, again??

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