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Old 06-28-2013, 11:20 AM   #3346
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Wish I was there right now to celebrate!
Me too .

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18 more days for us and I will certainly let everyone here know my impression of the model rooms.
The pics of the villas look beautiful. I might have to try to see one when we are there in December .

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We are also new DVC members with the Villas at the Grand Floridian as our home resort.
Congratulations on your DVC purchase. We've looked into DVC a few times and it's just not for us. I do like the extra space the 1 and 2 BDRM units provide, but other than that, it wouldn't benefit us as I don't want to see a kitchen and/or washer/dryer on vacation....LOL.

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We feel the lounge is extra space, too, our last trip to RPC was with 3 adults - plenty of room with the lounge as a retreat.
Same with us. When we stay CL, it's more for the lounge/extra space than it is for the food offerings. The food is a nice perk, but I love having the lounge for somewhere to go and relax other than in the room or other places around the resort .
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:49 AM   #3347
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MommyGina~ 18 days!! Nothing about those views seem standard..all quite lovely....

DrMomof3~ Congrats on your VGF purchase! LOLing about the peaceful moments room...maybe I should be doing laundry while we are on vacation!

k&a&c'smom~ In all of our trips we have never been at the GF around its anniversary .. wish I would have thought of that this year...

MickeyNut~ I will be on the lookout with you for those 2014 discounts...
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #3348
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Hello all, long time lurker needing your help! I can't decide... Should we stay 4 nights at the GF or 6 at the Poly? For the dates I wanted, the GF is only available 4 nights Ideally I'd want 6 nights at the GF, but it seems that is not in the cards. DISers... what would you do?!
Love Poly, and I would always go for the longer trip. 4 nights really isn't enough, IMO
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Hi Blue

Nope.....no such thing as calling CRO or IPO too much .

I agree about the 40% discounts.....I think they are gone and never to return .
yep, those days are gone boo!! Last time I got a 40% AP discount was at WL, jan 2012. I miss the days of 45%

Blue Skies no, can't decide on view yet!! Ugh. Either would be good lol.
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Hi Everyone! Just wanted to drop by and share my excitement! Just booked a long weekend stay at the GF for labor day wknd

Ive never stayed at the Grand before but always spend lots of time dining/visiting the resort and daydreaming what it would be like to actually be there as a real guest - I can't wait! I was able to get an AMAZING deal through a travel agency (I dont think I can post the name?) but I ended up saving about $350 more than the public discount rate .. I am a little nervous using an agency since i'm a bit controlling and particular and find that the planning of the trip is just as much fun as going...but I think I can manage if it means I can stay at my dream resort!

I guess from the looks of this thread I have a lot of reading up to do on things like best standard room location, QS dining options etc I better get started
It's a reputable agency, no need to worry! Congrats on your saving.
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Hi all- checked in yesterday and received our sago, marina view request. 2 floors above the room we has last time.
Enjoy the new seating at Gasparillas. The movie is on the lawn next to the courtyard pool and faces SL. I can see where that would be annoying.
Congrats on getting your request!! I'm still waffling between Marina & Pool view

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HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY GRAND FLORIDIAN!!!!


I know the official opening date is July 1st...but this date in disney history and other sites say today is the day the the GF actually opened...Wish I was there right now to celebrate!
And July 1 is also Canada Day so happy birthday to all

k&a&c since I'll be in wdw for 14 nights this trip, I'm going to try to catch an evening movie this time lol. Either at GF or YC!
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.... I don't want to see a kitchen and/or washer/dryer on vacation....LOL.



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LOL - I don't want to USE a kitchen, but it has been pointed out by friends with DVC the full sized fridge is very useful for storing leftover dessert, wine, milk, etc. Still, not likely I'll find out.


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k&a&c'smom~ In all of our trips we have never been at the GF around its anniversary .. wish I would have thought of that this year...

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I know!! We never manage to be there during the anniversary, don't know why. Partly due to going later in the summer for DD's b'day, I suppose.

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And July 1 is also Canada Day so happy birthday to all

k&a&c since I'll be in wdw for 14 nights this trip, I'm going to try to catch an evening movie this time lol. Either at GF or YC!
The Grand, Canada and America, all celebrating at the same time.

LOL about the movie - good luck!
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MickeyNut~ I will be on the lookout with you for those 2014 discounts...
The 2014 rates are supposed to come out on July 10th, so at least we can play with the numbers and keep our fingers crossed for a good discount for spring .

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yep, those days are gone boo!! Last time I got a 40% AP discount was at WL, jan 2012. I miss the days of 45%
My last 40% discount was at GF RPC in May 2011.....boy, how I wish those 40% discounts would come around again .

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I'm still waffling between Marina & Pool view
I know it's hard deciding, but I think they're both great and you can't go wrong either way . That's one thing I like about both the Poly and GF......I don't think there are bad views at either resort .



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LOL - I don't want to USE a kitchen, but it has been pointed out by friends with DVC the full sized fridge is very useful for storing leftover dessert, wine, milk, etc. Still, not likely I'll find out.
That is one big advantage, but I'm like you and will likely never find out how useful that would be . I love being pampered and having more of a resort experience (with CL ) over a little more space and home amenities.
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Glad I made everyone laugh with my comment about peace and quiet in the laundry room. As much as I love taking vacation with my family, they can get on my last nerve!!!

We really do use a kitchen, mostly for breakfast. I love not spending all of that money on breakfast at restaurants. And I'm an early riser so I make my coffee and start breakfast while waiting for the rest of the family to wake up. I do understand not wanting to cook on vacation but I'm spoiled in real life because my nanny does a lot of cooking during the week. (I'm a surgeon and often leave the house before all 3 of my children are awake.)

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Want to book some spa services for myself and 11 year old daughter... What do they offer for 11 year old??? Also when I book do I pay before my trip or when I get to the spa???
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HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY GRAND FLORIDIAN!!!!

I know the official opening date is July 1st...but this date in disney history and other sites say today is the day the the GF actually opened...Wish I was there right now to celebrate!
I was there today! had a spa service in the morning and spent some time at the resort. Also checked out the construction progress on DVC and visited to model over at SSR since we are planning to add some points there. The model is stunning and I asked the guide how the hotel is going to keep up with it because the rooms in the hotel will look quite rough around the edges compared to this jewel. Here are some photos I took but they really don't even do it justice. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=e7ecb065d3
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Want to book some spa services for myself and 11 year old daughter... What do they offer for 11 year old??? Also when I book do I pay before my trip or when I get to the spa???
I can't answer your questions, but hopefully someone will come along with some information .

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I was there today! had a spa service in the morning and spent some time at the resort. Also checked out the construction progress on DVC and visited to model over at SSR since we are planning to add some points there. The model is stunning and I asked the guide how the hotel is going to keep up with it because the rooms in the hotel will look quite rough around the edges compared to this jewel. Here are some photos I took but they really don't even do it justice. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=e7ecb065d3
Thanks for sharing the pics......the villas look beautiful. Hope you're having a nice trip .
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JD99 thanks for the pics!

I keep 2nd guessing my cash ressie for 12/19-24 in a 2 bdrm lake villa. The price is so

Then I see the pictures and

Ds doesn't Love Disney like dd and I do but he will LOVE the showers

Dh will alike the king bed

Dd will love the mirrors and built in TV's.

I will love it all
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I'm here, but you wouldn't know that today was the birthday...we'll see in they do something Monday.
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Congrats on getting your request!! I'm still waffling between Marina & Pool view


k&a&c since I'll be in wdw for 14 nights this trip, I'm going to try to catch an evening movie this time lol. Either at GF or YC!
sue m, i am going the exact same day as you, for ten days, also at GF and BC (i know you are YC). we are doing 6 days at BC CL then 4 at GF RPC!
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