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Old 05-08-2013, 05:38 PM   #2896
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From our NYE trip.

We were fortunate to tour a few of the suites as it was not busy at the resort. I was so busy talking I forgot to take many photos.







Out last 3 or 4 trips the slippers and chocolate have been in our room.
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Can't wait to see the photo! (but take your time! )

Oh, my DD will be so envious about the SWW - she is a huge SW fan. We barely missed an opening event for the new Star Tours.



No worries, it isn't misinformation. Good to know about the suites, I just happened to remember posts about the deluxe rooms at GF. I haven't had time to look at my new suite photos, but noticed the Keurig in the Grand Suite photos on the first page.




Good luck with your choice, we love YC CL, too! SAB is pretty hard to beat, I understand your niece's dilemma.
I am having difficulty with the camera I used for that one it is quite old and I cannot find the download cord. I did post some photos from our last 3 trips since New Years.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:20 PM   #2898
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I am having difficulty with the camera I used for that one it is quite old and I cannot find the download cord. I did post some photos from our last 3 trips since New Years.
No worries, I'd love to see the photos but understand. I have a ton of them from our recent trip that I need to upload. Oh - can you insert your memory card directly into your computer? I used to forget I could do that, until I got my latest camera and rarely know where I've put the cord.

Thanks for the photos, love the one of the lobby with the Christmas decorations. Is that the Grand Suite? The layout looks similar to the ones posted by Pralines&Cheese that we have on the first page. Gorgeous, isn't it?! I have some of the Victorian Suite (beautiful, I'm dying to stay in it now!) and a 2-BR that is mostly like regular rooms, just roomier.
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k&a&c'smom- So glad to read that you had a nice stay at the Grand despite the lingering construction! Welcome back.

These Poly DVC construction rumors are making me think that we may very well end up back at the GF in January 2014. We prefer to go back to the Poly since it's been a while, but I would certainly not complain about being back at the GF! Looking forward to seeing the completed DVC and maybe even a pool expansion too?

Then again, this late summer 20% room-only discount that just came out for the Poly/GF is making me nervous that the days of 30-35% off might be over, in which case we could be swayed to stay elsewhere. We've been spoiled by past steep discounts, I guess. Wish I had a discounts crystal ball!
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k&a&c'smom- So glad to read that you had a nice stay at the Grand despite the lingering construction! Welcome back.

These Poly DVC construction rumors are making me think that we may very well end up back at the GF in January 2014. We prefer to go back to the Poly since it's been a while, but I would certainly not complain about being back at the GF! Looking forward to seeing the completed DVC and maybe even a pool expansion too?

Then again, this late summer 20% room-only discount that just came out for the Poly/GF is making me nervous that the days of 30-35% off might be over, in which case we could be swayed to stay elsewhere. We've been spoiled by past steep discounts, I guess. Wish I had a discounts crystal ball!
I know what you mean, if the discounts dry up we will not be able to visit as often. Probably alternate with Y&BC or AKL. I feel it isn't as much about being spoiled by the 30%+ discounts - during the days of deep discount, they took the opportunity to raise rack by quite a lot to offset. Now, with rack rates steeper, the 20% barely scratches the surface.

I need to check out the Poly rumors, I tend to stick around my own little pond.
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No worries, I'd love to see the photos but understand. I have a ton of them from our recent trip that I need to upload. Oh - can you insert your memory card directly into your computer? I used to forget I could do that, until I got my latest camera and rarely know where I've put the cord.

Thanks for the photos, love the one of the lobby with the Christmas decorations. Is that the Grand Suite? The layout looks similar to the ones posted by Pralines&Cheese that we have on the first page. Gorgeous, isn't it?! I have some of the Victorian Suite (beautiful, I'm dying to stay in it now!) and a 2-BR that is mostly like regular rooms, just roomier.
I think the photos are of the Grand Suite, we toured it and the Walt Disney Suite. I am much better at talking than taking photos and we were almost finished before I remembered.

The camera I took those on is really old the memory card does not fit the standard card now it says Smart Media on the card, I hope I did not leave the cord behind when we checked out.

As for the discounts, although we are going for SWW we still would have stayed at GF if they offered any kind of discount on CL but it was excluded from the AP discounts this time. I noticed the summer AP discount did include it though. I agree, the discounts have been very slim.
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baler31 - Oh, I hope you didn't leave it behind! It stinks when you lose a cord - why do all our electronics take different power cords?! I think it's a conspiracy.

I'd love to see the Roy and/or Walt suites. We very much enjoy touring suites when we get a chance, we toured the Presidential(?) at BWI years ago - very pretty. I think I forgot to take a single photo, I'm like you and get to talking and forget.

I did get some beautiful photos of the Victorian, I uploaded all of them from our recent trip today - I'll try to get some on Photobucket and post them soon. I miss DD, she used to do all my uploading and organizing of photos.

I meant to comment on your slippers and chocolate! I've noticed several posters talking about the slippers recently, I haven't had any in my room in years. Still didn't get them this time, we meant to call for some and forgot. With a newbie along, our days were very busy - by the time we were in the room, we fell into bed.

We did get chocolate, but it was much smaller than the one in your photos.

I've been meaning to tell everyone, the Garden View Tea Room has a different menu. There are no longer any a la carte items, they changed it the day before we had tea - April 21, I think. Only set teas now, which is a shame.
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baler31 - Oh, I hope you didn't leave it behind! It stinks when you lose a cord - why do all our electronics take different power cords?! I think it's a conspiracy.

I'd love to see the Roy and/or Walt suites. We very much enjoy touring suites when we get a chance, we toured the Presidential(?) at BWI years ago - very pretty. I think I forgot to take a single photo, I'm like you and get to talking and forget.

I did get some beautiful photos of the Victorian, I uploaded all of them from our recent trip today - I'll try to get some on Photobucket and post them soon. I miss DD, she used to do all my uploading and organizing of photos.

I meant to comment on your slippers and chocolate! I've noticed several posters talking about the slippers recently, I haven't had any in my room in years. Still didn't get them this time, we meant to call for some and forgot. With a newbie along, our days were very busy - by the time we were in the room, we fell into bed.

We did get chocolate, but it was much smaller than the one in your photos.

I've been meaning to tell everyone, the Garden View Tea Room has a different menu. There are no longer any a la carte items, they changed it the day before we had tea - April 21, I think. Only set teas now, which is a shame.
We have gotten that larger chocolate whenever we don't list a celebration

The slippers have been a funny thing. I have never purchased a pair of slippers for the kids. My parents household rules included footwear and appropriate robes at all times (unless you were sleeping of course, if they were still with us they would have a coronary at some of the lounge attire) and I despise slippers and really shoes. Now that I am an adult I go barefoot at home, so of course my kids loved the slippers and wanted to wear them all the time
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dreamcatcherkwe - very excited for you!

JenniD44 - Glad you are heading back to the Grand to celebrate your big day!

Of course, pixie dust can happen to anyone but I have to say, we have only had one upgrade in all of our WDW stays - from GF garden view to lagoon view. It seems most of the upgrades these days are for administrative reasons - e.g. they have all the garden view rooms booked but few lagoon and they want to open up the cheapest room option, or they were overbooked in TPV, etc.

I would never count on an upgrade, it only leads to disappointment. Either spring for the RPC room now so you can be sure you get what you want, or plan on staying in SL. If a surprise happens, all well and good, but you don't want to spend your special trip thinking of what might have been.
Thanks for your thoughts. I won't be upset at all if we don't get an upgrade (we never have before, except one we requested and paid for), I was just sort wondering if there was any chance at all.

I'm more hoping that we are able to get the turret room since we did get that last time. I'm worried that since we are checking in on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, it would still be occupied from the previous week since most people probably leave on Sunday. But since it's just a request, we'll have to see what happens.
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Hopefully some people on this thread will be able to help me make a decision. It has always been a dream of mine to stay at the Grand Floridian. I visit WDW often, but so far the only deluxe resort I have stayed at is the Poly. My husband has given the green light to switch my current resort reservation (CBR) to the Grand. I was thinking of what they call "Outer Building Club Level". I assume that means Sugarloaf? The thing that is making me hesitate is the DVC construction. I have been to the Grand a couple of times while the construction is going on, but I really didn't pay that much attention because I was just waiting outside to be called for a lunch reservation. Will it really have much of a negative impact on my stay there? Thanks for any replies.
Yes, Sugarloaf is the "Outer Building Club Level".

We just returned last week from staying at Sugarloaf. From our room, we could not see or hear VGF. They look rather ugly at the moment when viewed from the monorail but did not otherwise detract from our stay. We had a great time!
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Well unfortunately I'm not likely to get to speak at a conference at the GF again, so the lesson won't be applied. I'll be paying rack rates next time I'm there because I'm sure I'll fall in love and want to come back without the insane discount.

In terms of the time change, I travel a lot for business and find I just have to suck it up and adjust right away. Often I have to get up at 6 or 7am on the first morning for a business trip so I'm sure DH and I can motivate for Disney! My kids are also young enough that their morning process is simple and they can fall right back to sleep in the stroller, so its not like I have to motivate teenagers. Plus we have a late breakfast at Tusker House that morning and my DS4 loves Donald Duck, even has a Donald Safari shirt to wear, so he'll be so excited the sleep won't matter.

I leave Sunday and just checking the boards today got me so excited! I can barely wait to get to the GF, I am beyond impatient at this point.
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We have gotten that larger chocolate whenever we don't list a celebration

The slippers have been a funny thing. I have never purchased a pair of slippers for the kids. My parents household rules included footwear and appropriate robes at all times (unless you were sleeping of course, if they were still with us they would have a coronary at some of the lounge attire) and I despise slippers and really shoes. Now that I am an adult I go barefoot at home, so of course my kids loved the slippers and wanted to wear them all the time
Well, isn't that odd about the larger chocolate/no celebration? I think I did tell them our celebration was a "first visit"!

LOL about your kids and the slippers. I have gone barefoot all my life, my mom had a terrible time keeping shoes on me. As I grow older, I need socks during the winter, and I bought my first pair of real bunny slippers last year. They are so cute, but I never wear them. The slippers in the resort are more of a novelty than a need for something on our feet! I wanted my niece to feel pampered - but she did anyway, she's spoiled after RPC.

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Thanks for your thoughts. I won't be upset at all if we don't get an upgrade (we never have before, except one we requested and paid for), I was just sort wondering if there was any chance at all.

I'm more hoping that we are able to get the turret room since we did get that last time. I'm worried that since we are checking in on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, it would still be occupied from the previous week since most people probably leave on Sunday. But since it's just a request, we'll have to see what happens.
I read over my response, I hope it didn't sound like I was chastising. Not at all my intent, I just know how disappointing it can be if you hope for an upgrade that doesn't happen. Even after all this time, we sometimes think it might happen for us and when it doesn't, we feel a teensy bit let down.

It is possible, just not all that likely. They could overbook SL and have to upgrade some guests. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, and if not, for the turret room. I don't think many people know to ask for that, so you may get lucky there.
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Yes, Sugarloaf is the "Outer Building Club Level".

We just returned last week from staying at Sugarloaf. From our room, we could not see or hear VGF. They look rather ugly at the moment when viewed from the monorail but did not otherwise detract from our stay. We had a great time!

Great to hear about your stay, Dr Ken!
Did your wife fare well in the lounge with the food? Remember, I am the one that had the same surgery as your wife.

Also, did the SL provide slippers in the rooms also?

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Great to hear about your stay, Dr Ken!
Did your wife fare well in the lounge with the food? Remember, I am the one that had the same surgery as your wife.

Also, did the SL provide slippers in the rooms also?

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She was able to eat anything they offered. While we were there, they had oatmeal for breakfast, which she enjoyed.

We had to schedule about 30 min after each serving before we did anything because even walking disturbed her limited digestion. After that, we'd take a bus or monorail. By the time we'd reach a park, she'd be ready for anything. (She road SM twice in a row because the line was only 10 min. It was raining so we figured a dry repeat was better than a wet walk.)

We had robes in the room but I didn't see any slippers and didn't ask. She needs extra pillows at night to avoid bile reflux. There were lots of extra pillows in the room.

She came home at the same weight as when we left so she must have gotten enough food while we were there. (She's lost two more pounds since we got home.). She's disappointed that we don't have a magic CL buffet at home.
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She was able to eat anything they offered. While we were there, they had oatmeal for breakfast, which she enjoyed.

We had to schedule about 30 min after each serving before we did anything because even walking disturbed her limited digestion. After that, we'd take a bus or monorail. By the time we'd reach a park, she'd be ready for anything. (She road SM twice in a row because the line was only 10 min. It was raining so we figured a dry repeat was better than a wet walk.)

We had robes in the room but I didn't see any slippers and didn't ask. She needs extra pillows at night to avoid bile reflux. There were lots of extra pillows in the room.

She came home at the same weight as when we left so she must have gotten enough food while we were there. (She's lost two more pounds since we got home.). She's disappointed that we don't have a magic CL buffet at home.
Wonderful to hear your DW was able to enjoy everything fully. I laughed at the last sentence - that is my DD's reaction every time we return home from CL.
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