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Old 02-28-2013, 05:18 PM   #2416
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Thanks for the info! We will plan on self-parking.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:17 PM   #2417
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Love this thread, you GF fans have so much great info. I've read through the first 30 and last 10 pages but probably won't make it through the rest in time so I'm posting my questions.

I'm going to the GF in May to speak at a conference. Since my travel is covered and we have a great rate we decided to bring the family and add on a few days, which turned into a week and extended family...you know how it goes. So trying to figure out what room to request, whether I should do online checkin, and whether I have any chance to upgrade. I'm booked in a standard garden view with 2 adults 1 child 1 infant and a 3rd adult joining us for the last 3 nights. We'll have a double stroller and want to avoid multiple slow elevators and being far away from transportation and the conference center. So my specific questions:

1. What are the 1st floor patio's like? Are there high railings that will contain adventurous little ones? I only saw balcony pictures. Any downsides to requesting 1st floor if I don't care about the view?

2. Is requesting Sago Cay a good bet to be close to the monorail, buses, and conference center and away from the construction? (Close to the pool is less important to me)

3. Has anyone had success upgrading a conf. rate room to a suite or club when its not part of the negotiated deal? I'd consider paying in advance instead of relying on a CM-fairy godmother.

4. Will checking in online give me the option to pay the 3rd adult fee for only certain nights? Or can I specify this with the GF in advance? (Conf. Svcs said to work with the hotel) Seems like reversing the fee is harder than preventing it so I don't want to get charged automatically for the entire week.

Thanks in advance for any tips on all this! Can't wait to see the GF in person!
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:34 PM   #2418
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Love this thread, you GF fans have so much great info. I've read through the first 30 and last 10 pages but probably won't make it through the rest in time so I'm posting my questions.

I'm going to the GF in May to speak at a conference. Since my travel is covered and we have a great rate we decided to bring the family and add on a few days, which turned into a week and extended family...you know how it goes. So trying to figure out what room to request, whether I should do online checkin, and whether I have any chance to upgrade. I'm booked in a standard garden view with 2 adults 1 child 1 infant and a 3rd adult joining us for the last 3 nights. We'll have a double stroller and want to avoid multiple slow elevators and being far away from transportation and the conference center. So my specific questions:

1. What are the 1st floor patio's like? Are there high railings that will contain adventurous little ones? I only saw balcony pictures. Any downsides to requesting 1st floor if I don't care about the view?

2. Is requesting Sago Cay a good bet to be close to the monorail, buses, and conference center and away from the construction? (Close to the pool is less important to me)

3. Has anyone had success upgrading a conf. rate room to a suite or club when its not part of the negotiated deal? I'd consider paying in advance instead of relying on a CM-fairy godmother.

4. Will checking in online give me the option to pay the 3rd adult fee for only certain nights? Or can I specify this with the GF in advance? (Conf. Svcs said to work with the hotel) Seems like reversing the fee is harder than preventing it so I don't want to get charged automatically for the entire week.

Thanks in advance for any tips on all this! Can't wait to see the GF in person!
Hi ! we are also attending a conference the 14th of this month and are also extending our stay for the week. I also was interested in trying for an upgrade but not sure about handling that as well. I do know they try to keep all convention reservations in Sago Cay which ls next to the convention center but i was hoping to at least get a lagoon view. Im not asking for anything free but right now they only gave us a garden view and was told to ask upon check in for a switch.As far as the extra person fee, we have that situation as well. We were told to make the reservation for the entire week with the 2 extra people in the room and when they check out have the desk take the extra fees off. Hope they follow through.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:25 PM   #2419
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We're staying here for the first time in November! So excited!
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #2420
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Love this thread, you GF fans have so much great info. I've read through the first 30 and last 10 pages but probably won't make it through the rest in time so I'm posting my questions.

I'm going to the GF in May to speak at a conference. Since my travel is covered and we have a great rate we decided to bring the family and add on a few days, which turned into a week and extended family...you know how it goes. So trying to figure out what room to request, whether I should do online checkin, and whether I have any chance to upgrade. I'm booked in a standard garden view with 2 adults 1 child 1 infant and a 3rd adult joining us for the last 3 nights. We'll have a double stroller and want to avoid multiple slow elevators and being far away from transportation and the conference center. So my specific questions:

1. What are the 1st floor patio's like? Are there high railings that will contain adventurous little ones? I only saw balcony pictures. Any downsides to requesting 1st floor if I don't care about the view?

2. Is requesting Sago Cay a good bet to be close to the monorail, buses, and conference center and away from the construction? (Close to the pool is less important to me)

3. Has anyone had success upgrading a conf. rate room to a suite or club when its not part of the negotiated deal? I'd consider paying in advance instead of relying on a CM-fairy godmother.

4. Will checking in online give me the option to pay the 3rd adult fee for only certain nights? Or can I specify this with the GF in advance? (Conf. Svcs said to work with the hotel) Seems like reversing the fee is harder than preventing it so I don't want to get charged automatically for the entire week.

Thanks in advance for any tips on all this! Can't wait to see the GF in person!
We have never had any luck with any paid upgrade when staying for a conf. We also were told they did not take building requests as they place the entire group in one area/building block of rooms.

Usually the rates for these are so low it does not matter to most people but frankly on the two stays we had I would have preferred to just book our room normally to get what we wanted. Hope you have better luck.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:09 AM   #2421
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Is it faster to drive to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and AK from GF? What's best way to get to these parks? (We have a 5 year old child.)

If we eat at Poly on Epcot morning, may walk to TTC to get on Epcot Monorail. The late return to GF with us tired may be too slow.

Any ideas?
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:56 AM   #2422
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Convention rooms are booked out at special rates. Often lower than Rack rates...

Upgrading to a room with a view you might like better, may cost you...

But I can guarantee... that upgrading to a suite... would give you sticker shock!!!

Here are the rates

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/disne...2013.htm#grand
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:53 AM   #2423
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We arrived yesterday and the GF is really nice. Just as nice if not nicer than I remember it being over 10 years ago. The construction doesn't bother us, but the pool walls are still up and the beach is blocked off completely. I will take some pictures today/tomorrow and post them.

We were also upgraded from our standard room to a club level king bedroom suite at no charge. It is my girlfriend's birthday week and I asked how much it would cost to upgrade when we arrived. They came back with free!

Needless to say, the staff is very accommodating and nice.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #2424
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baler31 - How bad were the conference rooms you got? What made you prefer to upgrade? Did you call conference services or the GF to make requests?

I really have no desire to be adjacent to others from the same conference! Its a business event, my room/family vacation are the personal part. I'd actually prefer to have my family in a different building. But if Sago is the one, that may be fine with me. DS would love a monorail view so that works out!

Tink rules - Thanks. I knew the rack rates when we decided to book and how $$$ Suites are. View isn't important to me, I'm more wondering if I can upgrade to club for less than full rack (i.e. apply the discount or lose it). I thought at some resorts you could at CL for $100/night or something.

We're paying about 1/3 what we would if I booked online right now, so we doubled the length of our stay. I know I really can't complain. Just wondering what I can expect.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:44 AM   #2425
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Hi - We are driving to Disney in June (from WI )...it will be our first time at GF. Can someone explain a little about the valet parking at the resort? We are not planning on leaving the grounds for the 6 days we are there, so how much will it cost total? I read somewhere that it is $15 a day. Does that mean we pay $15 a day to park or just each day they have to park our car for us? Are we better off just parking in a lot by ourselves, or is it super far from the resort buildings? Thanks for any info!
I am so far behind, you might have already received an answer. We drive down from CT and always self-park. We do tend to go somewhere everyday, but stay in Sago so it's not really that far. It is 15- a day plus a couple bucks everytime they get your car for you. If you aren't using your car, it would be better to self park. We do use bell service when we arrive
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Love this thread, you GF fans have so much great info. I've read through the first 30 and last 10 pages but probably won't make it through the rest in time so I'm posting my questions.

I'm going to the GF in May to speak at a conference. Since my travel is covered and we have a great rate we decided to bring the family and add on a few days, which turned into a week and extended family...you know how it goes. So trying to figure out what room to request, whether I should do online checkin, and whether I have any chance to upgrade. I'm booked in a standard garden view with 2 adults 1 child 1 infant and a 3rd adult joining us for the last 3 nights. We'll have a double stroller and want to avoid multiple slow elevators and being far away from transportation and the conference center. So my specific questions:

1. What are the 1st floor patio's like? Are there high railings that will contain adventurous little ones? I only saw balcony pictures. Any downsides to requesting 1st floor if I don't care about the view?

2. Is requesting Sago Cay a good bet to be close to the monorail, buses, and conference center and away from the construction? (Close to the pool is less important to me)

3. Has anyone had success upgrading a conf. rate room to a suite or club when its not part of the negotiated deal? I'd consider paying in advance instead of relying on a CM-fairy godmother.

4. Will checking in online give me the option to pay the 3rd adult fee for only certain nights? Or can I specify this with the GF in advance? (Conf. Svcs said to work with the hotel) Seems like reversing the fee is harder than preventing it so I don't want to get charged automatically for the entire week.

Thanks in advance for any tips on all this! Can't wait to see the GF in person!
We had first floor sago the last time we were there. Actually if you look at the entrance, it was the second to the right. The patio does have an enclosure

We always request sago garden view marina view.
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We arrived yesterday and the GF is really nice. Just as nice if not nicer than I remember it being over 10 years ago. The construction doesn't bother us, but the pool walls are still up and the beach is blocked off completely. I will take some pictures today/tomorrow and post them.

We were also upgraded from our standard room to a club level king bedroom suite at no charge. It is my girlfriend's birthday week and I asked how much it would cost to upgrade when we arrived. They came back with free!

Needless to say, the staff is very accommodating and nice.
Awesome upgrade! Congratulations.

Thanks for the live update. Hope the courtyard pool opens while you are there.
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Is it faster to drive to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and AK from GF? What's best way to get to these parks? (We have a 5 year old child.)

If we eat at Poly on Epcot morning, may walk to TTC to get on Epcot Monorail. The late return to GF with us tired may be too slow.

Any ideas?
We usually drive to DHS and DAK but the bus may be just as fast or faster if one pulls up as you arrive. We just prefer driving. Yes, it's very easy to walk to the TTC after breakfast at the Polynesian. The return from Epcot via monorail is not bad IMO. Two rather quick monorail rides. But if it's too much for you, there are cabs.
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We arrived yesterday and the GF is really nice. Just as nice if not nicer than I remember it being over 10 years ago. The construction doesn't bother us, but the pool walls are still up and the beach is blocked off completely. I will take some pictures today/tomorrow and post them.

We were also upgraded from our standard room to a club level king bedroom suite at no charge. It is my girlfriend's birthday week and I asked how much it would cost to upgrade when we arrived. They came back with free!

Needless to say, the staff is very accommodating and nice.
that is so cool! a similar thing happened to us at the poly a few years ago, i cried when they told me it was at no charge!

can't wait to see pics. there is just something i love about seeing pics posted by people who are there currently. i have a coworker at wdw right now and i asked her to text me a pic of anything, just something from disney, lol.
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We usually drive to DHS and DAK but the bus may be just as fast or faster if one pulls up as you arrive. We just prefer driving. Yes, it's very easy to walk to the TTC after breakfast at the Polynesian. The return from Epcot via monorail is not bad IMO. Two rather quick monorail rides. But if it's too much for you, there are cabs.
We also usually drive to the other parks. If we are going to world showcase, we tend to park at dhs and walk or ride the boat over.
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