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Old 11-01-2012, 11:12 AM   #1726
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...It is the items you mentioned - monorail, fireworks and water parade - that are part of the Grand Floridian vacation feeling that makes me smile...
Speaking of the monorail, during our 8 days at the Grand, we rode the monorail multiple times daily, and it was always smooth sailing...not one single incident of delay or breakdown, as has been the case for the last couple of years. In fact, when we left MNSSHP on Thursday at 11:30-ish, the line was so long that we had to wait for the fourth monorail before we could board. We only waited 10 minutes! They were running constantly and without issue - it was great and we were back at our room in less than 25 minutes.

While the launch would have been more direct, the line was super-long and would've most certainly taken longer...so, GOOD NEWS MONORAIL DEVOTEES!!




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Old 11-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #1727
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phyllis, thanks for the update on the monorail operations, good to hear.

BCV23 is currently in the World and sent me these photos of the artist renderings of Gasparillas and Sandy Cove!: Enjoy!

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #1728
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WOW!

Thanks for posting the picture it going to be beautiful!!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:22 AM   #1729
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Holy cow!!! Gasparilla's will be ....... WOW
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:37 AM   #1730
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Love it!! I can't wait to see it!
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:45 AM   #1731
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Hi Everyone, we are finally got. Got stranded at the GF due to Sandy and were forced to stay until last night. Vacation was wonderful, I will post more details, however, I came home to complete destruction of the first floor - the ocean was 3-4 feet deep inside and the first floor is history, waiting on engineer to determine if there is structural damage and what the extent is.

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:53 AM   #1732
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Hi Everyone, we are finally got. Got stranded at the GF due to Sandy and were forced to stay until last night. Vacation was wonderful, I will post more details, however, I came home to complete destruction of the first floor - the ocean was 3-4 feet deep inside and the first floor is history, waiting on engineer to determine if there is structural damage and what the extent is.

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So very sorry Tom...what a way to come home from a Grand vacation
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Hi Everyone, we are finally got. Got stranded at the GF due to Sandy and were forced to stay until last night. Vacation was wonderful, I will post more details, however, I came home to complete destruction of the first floor - the ocean was 3-4 feet deep inside and the first floor is history, waiting on engineer to determine if there is structural damage and what the extent is.

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Hi Everyone, we are finally got. Got stranded at the GF due to Sandy and were forced to stay until last night. Vacation was wonderful, I will post more details, however, I came home to complete destruction of the first floor - the ocean was 3-4 feet deep inside and the first floor is history, waiting on engineer to determine if there is structural damage and what the extent is.

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Tom- so sorry, I thought you were in the middle of the state and not in harms way. That must have been so difficult to be away with only pics to show what was going on.

On a lighter note, I happy your trip was Grand.
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Holy cow!!! Gasparilla's will be ....... WOW
Talk about an upgrade, can't wait to really see it!
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Talk about an upgrade, can't wait to really see it!
Me too!!! Wonder if it will be ready in August So much for my budget
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:58 AM   #1737
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So sorry to hear that ,we live in New Jersey but we were lucky not to have much damage where we are but the shore area was destroyed! I can't believe what I have been seeing on the news!!!!

Best wishes to you and your family!!!!!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:03 PM   #1738
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Well, I just got off the phone with Disney and the CM confirmed my fears that all GV rooms are booked for August 7-12, 2013.

She said a lot of people book this far out to make monthly payments? Hopefully, someone will cancel because it is an additional $57 per night in a LV. We usually book in January, but we may have to book earlier this year. Can anyone guess the likelihood of a cancelation?
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Tom- sorry to hear about that... I hope that you at least had a Grand vacation!
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:57 PM   #1740
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So very sorry for your loss, Tom, what a nightmare! I hope the rest of our East coast posters fared better. Take good care, we'll be thinking of you.

BTW - glad your vacation was good, anyway.

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Well, I just got off the phone with Disney and the CM confirmed my fears that all GV rooms are booked for August 7-12, 2013.

She said a lot of people book this far out to make monthly payments? Hopefully, someone will cancel because it is an additional $57 per night in a LV. We usually book in January, but we may have to book earlier this year. Can anyone guess the likelihood of a cancelation?
I wouldn't worry too much - the CMs in reservations can only tell that the rooms are not in inventory, not whether they were "booked" or blocked for convention, TAs, etc. Don't give up, you will likely be able to get a garden view room in the next few months, if that is what you still desire. Keep checking.
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