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Old 09-18-2012, 08:20 AM   #1276
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Don't know what the odds are, but I really hope that by the time we get there, in about a month, the view from the Beach Pool is a little improved from what toodycat described!




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Old 09-18-2012, 08:34 AM   #1277
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I really hope that anyone traveling is not affected by the closures...

It is just hard to imagine so many people at the Beach Pool as it isn't that big to handle a full hotel..
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:48 AM   #1278
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I really hope that anyone traveling is not affected by the closures...

It is just hard to imagine so many people at the Beach Pool as it isn't that big to handle a full hotel..
Did I imagine it, or did I see that they are giving passes to use the Poly pool as well?

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:54 AM   #1279
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They are but with small kids it isnt the most convenient option to go back and forth...
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:58 AM   #1280
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They are but with small kids it isnt the most convenient option to go back and forth...
My small kid is 14!!! So, I think we might be swimming in the South Pacific -- which, given my screen name, won't be the first time!

I do feel the pain though for those of you with younger kids, as it would be a big inconvenience I'm sure.

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:03 AM   #1281
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We were able to walk into the GF Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no problem. They have evidently been fairly slow this year, but if you are going during a busy time, it would be a good idea to have a reservation.

cgulls - thanks for the new links, looks like the refurb is in full swing.

itisamymc - as phyllis1966 posted, it's not a long walk from any building to any other location at the resort. Pretty compact. Looking at the photos, the walls around the pool seem to be pretty well centralized to that area, without taking up the outer sidewalks, so it shouldn't take much longer to get to the boat dock from the beach pool, and not at all from Mizner's, which is in the main building. We don't go through the pool area from the main bldg. to the dock, as it isn't the direct route.

phyllis1966 - I'll keep my fingers crossed you are over the marina. I wouldn't want to look down on the pool construction, either.

Here are some photos we took of the expanded M. Mouse Mercantile merchandise, with Sandy Cove closed. As you can see, they have a wall of toiletries, not sure exactly what is included (I should have done a close up, but it was busy every time we were in there!) There was wine and liquor behind the cash registers.

















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Thanks for the update and the nice pix!

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #1283
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Hi,everyone. We are at the GF right now and it is lovely. We are staying in a RPC TPV room. Everyone is having a fabulous time, but the construction is definitely having its impact. To wit:

1. The courtyard pool is closed. We have heard from CMs that they are not only converting it to zero entry but actually making it shallower. The feature pool is open, but has no view of the beach. This is because there is no beach. Right now, it is a construction roadway and a reinforced sea wall. Several members of the recreation department confirmed that no additional pools will be added to handle additional guests from DVC.

2. The children's Alice in Wonderland water play area is nearly ready. The expectation is that it will open this week, pending approval from the building department.


3. Gasparilla's is closed. We like their food anddon't like the options at the beach bar or Mizner's. Additionally, dining at the beach bar means dining outdoors. Not sure what this means when it rains. The selection at Mizner's transcends limited.

4. Sandy Cove is closed through November. We had to go to Walgreen's for some basic toiletries and aspirin. Some of the items are available in the upstairs gift shop.

5. Monorail service has been fine. No problems at all.


We will post photos when we return home. Now, I am going for a swim.
Glad you are having a great time! Thanks for the update, good to know the monorail is running well - we had issues while we were there a few weeks ago.

I am not surprised to hear they are planning to make the courtyard pool shallower, it is as I feared. We love the 6 feet deep end, we will miss it.

Did you look for your toiletries/aspirin at M. Mouse? It looked like they had a decent selection when we were there, but I didn't take notice of the exact items offered.

Hope you enjoy(ed) your swim.

KonaKaiTom - We are big kids, but it would seem like a huge pain for us to go over to the Poly just to swim. We have never understood the whole pool hopping thing, as it doesn't appeal in any way - schlepping around in our wet suits.

We were allowed (nay, encouraged!) to pool hop to all the Universal resort pools, but didn't take advantage, even when we were at RPR without a slide.

ETA: you're welcome! I meant to post these upon our return, but got sidetracked...
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #1284
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Aww, thanks, pas. I'm feeling much better.
Very very glad to hear

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Hi,everyone. We are at the GF right now and it is lovely. We are staying in a RPC TPV room. Everyone is having a fabulous time, but the construction is definitely having its impact. .
Thanks for the live update.....glad your having a Grand time!!!

junglecruiser is living it up at the BC!!!


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Old 09-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #1285
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Clearly this builds my case that DD and I will HAVE to go back when the construction is complete

15 days and I can hardly wait!!!!! My dd5 is up and doing great...Like she never even had her appendix out! Amazing!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:40 AM   #1286
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Clearly this builds my case that DD and I will HAVE to go back when the construction is complete

15 days and I can hardly wait!!!!! My dd5 is up and doing great...Like she never even had her appendix out! Amazing!
I'm glad to hear she is doing so well -- not surprising, kids recover so much faster than us old folks! I do believe you have a very good rule -- all those who have been to the GF while it is under construction must go back post construction!

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Old 09-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #1287
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I'm glad to hear she is doing so well -- not surprising, kids recover so much faster than us old folks! I do believe you have a very good rule -- all those who have been to the GF while it is under construction must go back post construction!

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #1288
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I have added 3 nights @ the GF to the front end of my previously scheduled YC vacation and have a couple of questions:
Most important, I have never done a 'split' stay, I am a bit independent and go crazy waiting for bell services to show up @ the room to schlepp bags for me - can I just wheel my bags myself to the lobby bell services, give them my bags and tell them to send them to the YC on GF checkout day? Then call for or retrieve them over @ the YC? Note, I always fly in and use DME to get my bags into my room on arrival and just wheel them down for RAC or DME when leaving - so this bit is new to me.
My first evening I'll be late-ish getting in (the joy of flying from the west coast,) is it possible to wander over to the Poly for dinner @ Kona - is the pathway far, lit, fairly safe feeling @ night? Or would you stick w/ the GF cafe (is that it's name?)
Despite the construction, I felt this was my last chance to enjoy the GF before the influx of DVC guests impacted things, so I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Plus, of course, I love the lobby during the holidays.
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JillMc40, glad to hear your DD is doing well!

Thanks so much Cgulls and K&A&C's mom for the updates with photos. The photos actually make me feel much better about the construction and options. The grounds and walls don't look nearly as bad as I expected, and with Mitzner's open until 2:00 a.m., that solves DH's return from park late night snack and drink issue. We stayed at the DL Hotel twice during their 2 year construction/remodel, and this doesn't look too bad at all compared to what we dealt with there, especially during our second construction stay there when practically every path through the resort was blocked at one point or another and the paths you could take were mostly just a fairly narrow path between two construction walls.

I think for DH and I, this wouldn't be bad enough to warrant switching resorts (although DH would take any excuse to switch to the Poly which he much prefers over GF). My only concern now, is the lack of a waffle or pancake anywhere other than room service for DD (6) for breakfast, which is her WDW staple. DD(6) is the biggest proponent of staying put at GF though because she loves it there, so I think I will tell her if she wants to stay there, then I don't want to hear one whine about breakfast. Toodycat, can you confirm whether the beach bar has any type of waffle or pancake available for breakfast, as it sure wasn't on the menu posted a couple of days ago. I never thought about what happens over there if it rains though...we eat breakfast in the room...but does this mean standing out in the rain to get it?
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Uh Oh-- just looked at the photos again and realized there was no beer in the Mizner's refigerator that I can see. HMMM...this might be a problem for DH when we get back from the parks after all. After a long day in the parks with DD, he generally wants -he would tell you needs- a beer when we get back (except for Epcot where he just has a beer there). Okay- nobody tell him.
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