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Old 03-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #2491
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I would be ecstatic if i got an upgrade from standard to a lagoon view this Thursday when we arrive. So happy for you on your wonderful unexpected upgrade!!! Fingers crossed for me!
Good luck!!! We got upgraded from a standard view to a Theme Park View last December and we thought we hit the absolute jackpot....until my friend called and trumped me with his Grand Suite upgrade. FYI-this is the friend that I had to give a Disney Crash course to last week because he was asking me how much fast passes cost! I loved it when he called me from WDW telling me how right I was about Disney magic and how he definitely has the Disney bug now! I think they are already planning their next trip...he's currently trying to explain to his 4 year old that next time they will have a little bitty room compared to what they had this time.
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Good luck!!! We got upgraded from a standard view to a Theme Park View last December and we thought we hit the absolute jackpot....until my friend called and trumped me with his Grand Suite upgrade. FYI-this is the friend that I had to give a Disney Crash course to last week because he was asking me how much fast passes cost! I loved it when he called me from WDW telling me how right I was about Disney magic and how he definitely has the Disney bug now! I think they are already planning their next trip...he's currently trying to explain to his 4 year old that next time they will have a little bitty room compared to what they had this time.
That is tooooo funny!!! A grand suite upgrade would be awesome but i'll just take that itty bitty upgrade of a lagoon view. Actually as long as im not put in a building that views pool walls or dvc construction, i'll consider that an upgrade.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:28 PM   #2493
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I think a grand suite upgrade means they weren't expecting any celebrities that week...
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I think you are right Tink!!!
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Those that got free upgrades, I wonder what time of day they checked in.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:06 AM   #2496
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:23 AM   #2497
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We were upgraded once 4 years ago from garden view to SL! We were there in August and arrived around 10:30 as well. That was the one and only time we were ever upgraded. I had tears in my eyes when the front desk told us at check in that we would be in SL!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:37 AM   #2498
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Oh MY! Driving this trip?! And yes, you're right we missed each other in 2011 but by two days that time I think! One day the stars will align...



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ooh, I agree! Good points all of them.

PAS-- I might be tempted to request Conch Marina view, just bc it's closest to what a SL Marina View would be. And all of the reasons Above as well.
I was looking at the map...and I agree Conch is a nice location

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omigosh, pas, you are so sweet. i turn 40 on 8/23. we will be there, seriously, the EXACT same dates as you. although we are at BC from 8/18-8/21, checking in at GF 8/21. i will totally meet up with you. let me tell you... i have always been totally against meeting anyone from the boards. it makes me nervous that they will end up being a creepy stalker or something! then JC passed without my getting to meet her- even though we were at GF at the same time last year. i regret not meeting her so much and i am going to loosen my rule now! that is... if you ACTUALLY do stick with your GF ressie... ha ha! you RC'er, you!

when in august is your bday?
My DH thought I was nuts the first time I planned a meet...agreed some people out there but I've have met my bestest buds here on the DIS

My birthday is the 19th. We can have a tribute to JC

I hope I don't change...a week at the GF

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Pas~ as I always say...we book gv requesting marina view sago. We liked it there the first time and so we stick with it. We self-park and drive everywhere, run over to Gasparillas all the time and sit at the top of the marina for wishes. Wr tended to be courtyard pool sitters and if my younger wanted the beach pool he would just run over. ( yes, my kids are older than yours)

No school yesterday last day now June 21, the day we leave
It really doesn't look like there is a bad spot overall!! But being by the pool AND boat launch...would be awesome

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Beth....we used to meet up all the time, us old DISers. Yes, there's some real whackjobs, but you do end up getting to know the "real people" here!
I remember when kacsmom and I met at a GF meet... had a blast and we all enjoyed a cabana party! Fun times!
Speaking of cabanas....I have one rented 8/19

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Pas,we will be at GF 8/18 & 8/19 before moving to YC. I requested a Sago or Conch marina view on the recommendation of this thread. I sure hope the beach will be open. PM me if you'd like to get together, we can have a Dis pool meet! Isn't someone else there the same time too?
Oh we definitely have to meet up!!! I hope the walls are down at the beach too!!!

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Lulu'sMom, we have been so spoiled. This will be our third RPC stay. As I'm travelling with my DM - not as spry as she once was - a little comfort will not go amiss. I won't mention vicarious enjoyment of that comfort .


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Hope you get that upgrade! While you're there can you do a little sleuthing and ask if the beach walls will be down by August?


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Old 03-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #2499
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Those that got free upgrades, I wonder what time of day they checked in.
We got an awesome upgrade and we checked in about 1:30 pm. We went for my birthday and booked a garden view. Now for me, ANY view at the GF would be awesome... it's just that beautiful. But when we were checking in, the CM said, "oh, I see it's your birthday, can you excuse me a moment?" We were like, okay....maybe she's getting me a birthday button. So then she came back (with the button) and told us our room wasn't ready yet. We said that it wasn't a big deal, we would head to the MK and check back later on.

Well, about 5:30 we came back to the GF to see if the room was ready (we never got a text) and get ready for dinner. Our room was ready and we headed off. Well, our room was just gorgeous and when we walked in there was a BIG chocolate Mickey Mouse sitting on a plate w/ chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and candies. And Mickey was holding a banner "Happy Birthday Jill". It was the coolest thing ever!!! And they also had birthday cards from the characters, a white chocolate "GF Postcard" and a red rose for our anniversary. Honestly, it was so magical. Until we opened the curtains and saw the view.... they had upgraded us to a castle view. I burst into tears (I know...sappy).... but I was just so overwhelmed and so grateful.

You have to understand, my DH and I had been planning that trip for our DD (who was 4 at the time) for about 2 years, in secret. So to see my DD's face when she saw that we could see the castle....well, it was overwhelming, to say the least. My DH, who was a Disney non-believer, fell in love with Disney that first day. (they had him on Magical Express, to be honest!!)

One of the best parts about the week was watching the Electric Parade from our balcony and seeing our DD with her head in the refrigerator each morning nibbling on the chocolate Mickey like a squirrel with a nut!

One thing about the GF, they will truly go out of their way to make your vacation truly the most magical vacation there could ever be. We debated going to a different resort for this upcoming trip and went back and forth....until finally, my DH said, "look....we've got all these Disney dollars saved up, that's pretty much our "discount" if we don't wind up getting a discount, so I say we go back to the GF and have some more magic". You see why I married him!!

If you go there not expeciting anything, you won't be disappointed if you don't get an upgrade.... but you never know when magic might fall on you. I wish you luck for a great upgrade!!!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:18 AM   #2500
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Ok, we're 8 months away from our next Disney vacation.... We're staying at the Grand Gloridian, in the main building, club level, in a theme park view room.
We would just love to see pictures of the rooms, and views.
PLEASE and THANKS!!
mndisneylovinmom, there are many, many pictures throughout this thread starting on page one.

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That is tooooo funny!!! A grand suite upgrade would be awesome but i'll just take that itty bitty upgrade of a lagoon view. Actually as long as im not put in a building that views pool walls or dvc construction, i'll consider that an upgrade.
I hear you, butternut!
And I was doing the AP math on the GF CL discount, it is 5%! WTheck???? If we stay at GF this next month, it's going to be non-CL, where they are offering 25% off discounts. This is awful, just awful!
God, I hate being spoiled. Something tells me I need to be WDW'd "humbled" again.

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Those that got free upgrades, I wonder what time of day they checked in.
Early am and one time we got upgraded into the Pres suite at the CR in the late afternoon. Go figure.

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We were upgraded once 4 years ago from garden view to SL! We were there in August and arrived around 10:30 as well. That was the one and only time we were ever upgraded. I had tears in my eyes when the front desk told us at check in that we would be in SL!!
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We got an awesome upgrade and we checked in about 1:30 pm. We went for my birthday and booked a garden view. Now for me, ANY view at the GF would be awesome... it's just that beautiful. But when we were checking in, the CM said, "oh, I see it's your birthday, can you excuse me a moment?" We were like, okay....maybe she's getting me a birthday button. So then she came back (with the button) and told us our room wasn't ready yet. We said that it wasn't a big deal, we would head to the MK and check back later on.

Well, about 5:30 we came back to the GF to see if the room was ready (we never got a text) and get ready for dinner. Our room was ready and we headed off. Well, our room was just gorgeous and when we walked in there was a BIG chocolate Mickey Mouse sitting on a plate w/ chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and candies. And Mickey was holding a banner "Happy Birthday Jill". It was the coolest thing ever!!! And they also had birthday cards from the characters, a white chocolate "GF Postcard" and a red rose for our anniversary. Honestly, it was so magical. Until we opened the curtains and saw the view.... they had upgraded us to a castle view. I burst into tears (I know...sappy).... but I was just so overwhelmed and so grateful.

You have to understand, my DH and I had been planning that trip for our DD (who was 4 at the time) for about 2 years, in secret. So to see my DD's face when she saw that we could see the castle....well, it was overwhelming, to say the least. My DH, who was a Disney non-believer, fell in love with Disney that first day. (they had him on Magical Express, to be honest!!)

One of the best parts about the week was watching the Electric Parade from our balcony and seeing our DD with her head in the refrigerator each morning nibbling on the chocolate Mickey like a squirrel with a nut!

One thing about the GF, they will truly go out of their way to make your vacation truly the most magical vacation there could ever be. We debated going to a different resort for this upcoming trip and went back and forth....until finally, my DH said, "look....we've got all these Disney dollars saved up, that's pretty much our "discount" if we don't wind up getting a discount, so I say we go back to the GF and have some more magic". You see why I married him!!

If you go there not expeciting anything, you won't be disappointed if you don't get an upgrade.... but you never know when magic might fall on you. I wish you luck for a great upgrade!!!!
Oh, sydneysmom~what a wonderful upgrade and DH you have! Plus, great advice !!!!

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Old 03-12-2013, 10:36 AM   #2501
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Those that got free upgrades, I wonder what time of day they checked in.
We were probably around 4:00 p.m. I think it has more to do with how full the resort is, and how many rooms in certain categories aren't booked and a good deal of luck than time of day. I think we were making a spectacle out of ourselves between my outgoing DD bouncing all over the place with excitement and turning on her charm, and me acting as excited as a 3 year old on her first trip, and I think the CM just kind of got a kick out of us...or maybe just felt sorry for DH having to deal with the 2 crazies. They told us that when they saw what garden view room we were going to be assigned that it was basically a total construction view, and so they wanted to put us somewhere better. I was almost in tears I was so happy.


Tink Rules, I'm sure you are right! I'm sure if a celebrity had suddenly decided to show up last week, they would have been kicking themselves for filling the suite with my friends!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:11 AM   #2502
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Hi everyone- I have a question is there a main pool that is zero entry near the garden view rooms? We are going in June.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:23 PM   #2503
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Hi everyone- I have a question is there a main pool that is zero entry near the garden view rooms? We are going in June.
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There is a main pool in sight of many of the garden view rooms that when it's done with its current renovations will have zero entry. The renovation, per the Disney website, is scheduled to run through this month so it sounds safe to assume it will be up and running by your June trip.

The other pool, the Beach/Theme Pool, is open and is zero entry. You can see at this link there are a couple short periods during which it is scheduled to be closed.

http://www.wdwmagic.com/refurbishments.htm

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Old 03-12-2013, 02:39 PM   #2504
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Any update on the courtyard pool?

We are leaving for the GF on Saturday, March 16th, and was wondering if anyone is there right now and can post updated pics of the courtyard pool?

I'm hoping it'll be open in the next week, but I'm not holding my breath.


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Old 03-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #2505
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We are leaving for the GF on Saturday, March 16th, and was wondering if anyone is there right now and can post updated pics of the courtyard pool?

I'm hoping it'll be open in the next week, but I'm not holding my breath.


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Hi Doug, we're going in April. Any chance you could post some photos of the pool while you're down there? Sorry, I know that's not why you posted but while you're here . . .
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