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Old 09-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #1291
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phyllis1966 - I'll keep my fingers crossed you are over the marina. I wouldn't want to look down on the pool construction, either.

Thanks for all great info! This is my first post....We are heading down with our 5 year old in late october...Which building would anyone recommend as avoid looking at the construction! I so will miss looking out at the courtyard pool. We were booked at a garden view....

I was thinking marina view (hope for an upgrade)? - Pine Key or Boca chica, but perhaps Conch Key/garden or marina is a better request?

What do you think?

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

Thanks for all great info! This is my first post....We are heading down with our 5 year old in late october...Which building would anyone recommend as avoid looking at the construction! I so will miss looking out at the courtyard pool. We were booked at a garden view....

I was thinking marina view (hope for an upgrade)? - Pine Key or Boca chica, but perhaps Conch Key/garden or marina is a better request?

What do you think?

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Welcome and have a great trip! I personally LOVE Conch Key Marina view.. Close to boat launch...Loved the view and watching the monorail go by !
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #1293
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Pas130.... Let's go!!!!!!!

Next visit I am booked at Boardwalk but am hoping a nice bounce back will be waiting so I can book for Spring.... Love the Grand... Should come with a warning... May be highly addictive. Lol
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:35 AM   #1294
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I managed to break my ankle on Aug. 28th so I've kinda been MIA from the Dis...missed ya!!!!
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[B]junglecruiser is living it up at the BC!!!

I've missed all of you, too. How awful you broke your ankle! How are you doing?! I've broken my left ankle twice, I have pins, screws and a plate in it now. I used to set off the airport security and had to get the wand/pat down.

I hope you are healing well.

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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!
Poor baby, I'm glad she is all better. I'll bet that was scary for everyone. Kids seem to recover so quickly, thankfully.

I agree, the construction gives you a perfect excuse to go back and check out the new look.

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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.
Congrats on adding GF days, we love the Grand at Christmas!

I'm sure you can do as you say, take your bags to the bell staff and they will transfer. We hate waiting, too, so we often just wheel ours down - but usually put into a car, I've never done it with a transfer. Still, I'm sure that will be fine, no reason you couldn't do it.

The path used to be well lit, I haven't walked it since the construction started. It is easy to hop on the boat, though, and the Poly is the next stop. Usually - when we had monorail issues last month, the boat captain warned us the boat was simply for MK-GF-MK transfers, so that is a possibility. I usually ask the captain upon boarding if he doesn't announce the destination(s).

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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.
Wow, how unlucky you had to go through the DLH refurb and are now due to be there for the GF refurb! Hopefully, it won't be as much of an impact as you describe for DLH.

I'll have to look at the photos again, but I think they have beer at M. Mouse Merc? I know they have wine and liquor. If not, I'd probably grab some from elsewhere for the room. ETA: Check out the last photo in post #1281, previous page. If you look at the bottles on the left of that cooler, I think they are single bottles of beer?

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Thanks for all great info! This is my first post....We are heading down with our 5 year old in late october...Which building would anyone recommend as avoid looking at the construction! I so will miss looking out at the courtyard pool. We were booked at a garden view....

I was thinking marina view (hope for an upgrade)? - Pine Key or Boca chica, but perhaps Conch Key/garden or marina is a better request?

What do you think?

Love this forum, so much info here!
Welcome! Glad you've joined the DIS and the FAQ!

To be clear, marina views are from either Sago Cay or Conch Key (with garden view - you can also get a marina view in Sugar Loaf, but that is a club level building). The marina is in front of Gasparilla's, check out the map on the first page. A marina view or pool view are both part of the "garden view" category.

If you want a water view in either Boca Chica or Big Pine Key, it would be classified as "lagoon view" and an upgrade from garden view category. Confusing, right?! At present, Big Pine is the building you might want to stay away from, especially lagoon view, as it is closest to the construction - lagoon view rooms there would overlook the DVC building construction. We were in Boca Chica this past trip and loved it, but garden view rooms will likely overlook the pool construction. Lagoon would be nice, if they see fit to upgrade.

I agree with Butterflygirl, Conch Key is in a wonderful location. Great access to the boat launch and courtyard pool (thought it sounds like you'll be there while the courtyard pool is closed), with a back door to the marina and Gasparilla's. Sago Cay is a bit more removed, but it is the closest to the bus stop.

Hope this helped a little.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:54 AM   #1295
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Pas130.... Let's go!!!!!!!

Next visit I am booked at Boardwalk but am hoping a nice bounce back will be waiting so I can book for Spring.... Love the Grand... Should come with a warning... May be highly addictive. Lol
I'm at BWI too (always subject to change though)

OK let's roll...off to the Grand...everyone hop in
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I've missed all of you, too. How awful you broke your ankle! How are you doing?! I've broken my left ankle twice, I have pins, screws and a plate in it now. I used to set off the airport security and had to get the wand/pat down.

I hope you are healing well.
Last year I broke my left foot, got my right ankle this go around....I need to stay off it..but that's not quite happening
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It sounds like they are trying to keep the construction as unobtrusive as possible. Since my niece and I are both early risers, I doubt we will hear any construction noise as we will already either be in a park or on our way to a park when they are working. I asked her which view she hoped we had as I had booked garden view. Her response was "It is the Grand Floridian, I don't care if we have a view of the garbage cans." She does manage to put a smile on my face on a regular basis!

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It sounds like they are trying to keep the construction as unobtrusive as possible. Since my niece and I are both early risers, I doubt we will hear any construction noise as we will already either be in a park or on our way to a park when they are working. I asked her which view she hoped we had as I had booked garden view. Her response was "It is the Grand Floridian, I don't care if we have a view of the garbage cans." She does manage to put a smile on my face on a regular basis!

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I'm at BWI too (always subject to change though)

OK let's roll...off to the Grand...everyone hop in
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I was just about to say the same thing!!!
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Wow, how unlucky you had to go through the DLH refurb and are now due to be there for the GF refurb! Hopefully, it won't be as much of an impact as you describe for DLH.

I'll have to look at the photos again, but I think they have beer at M. Mouse Merc? I know they have wine and liquor. If not, I'd probably grab some from elsewhere for the room. ETA: Check out the last photo in post #1281, previous page. If you look at the bottles on the left of that cooler, I think they are single bottles of beer?
Thanks! I was focusing on Mizner's and not paying that much attention to what was added at M. Merc. You are absolutely right! Well, there's another issue solved. Since M. Merc closes at 10 and a lot of times we don't get back to the room in time to make that, DH will just have to buy a few when we get there and put them in the refrigerator in the room for his nightly WDW post-park wind down. He can still wander over to Mizner's to find a snack to go with it. Funny what little vacation rituals we pick up! Now DH is taken care of, so the only issue we have left is DD's pancake/waffle issue.

We are definitely refurb unlucky lately when it comes to resorts! I hadn't been keeping up, and I couldn't believe it when I got the letter from WDW advising of the construction that would be going on when we were there. I thought we were done with that! Oh well, I'd rather deal with some rehab at a Disney resort than be at home any day!
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Thanks! I was focusing on Mizner's and not paying that much attention to what was added at M. Merc. You are absolutely right! Well, there's another issue solved. Since M. Merc closes at 10 and a lot of times we don't get back to the room in time to make that, DH will just have to buy a few when we get there and put them in the refrigerator in the room for his nightly WDW post-park wind down.
Don't forget that you can also get beer and wine at the Hess Station, which is a quick walk from Downtown Disney -- Ask me how I know?
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I was just about to say the same thing!!!
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I was just about to say the same thing!!!

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ktlm - I wouldn't give up all hope yet for the waffles or pancakes, though it does seem to be unlikely. I certainly understand, my middle child would only eat chicken strips and pizza whenever we were in the World - and that lasted into his teens!

We have hit the refurbs often, too. We were there for the 2007 room renovations, which booted us out of the main bldg. mid-trip. Again in 2010 for the outside maintenance, with lifts and canvas tunnels near the back entrance. Again in late summer 2010 for the marble and carpet replacement in the main bldg. Our recent stay, with the DVC construction. Oh, well, we managed to enjoy ourselves.

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Good point! I had been trying to remember tips I've read from those who stay in the MK area. The Hess station at the MK gates is too far for a walk, the one near the BWI is a bit of a hassle (getting to BWI from MK area, then walking over to Hess, then return). I had forgotten the one across from the DTD Marketplace entrance!

We have had a rental car lately, but need a plan for the next time we are without one.
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I wanted to post a few pictures I took last night.

Gaspirillas is closed. Here's the proof!



I took a picture of Mitzner's setup. Sorry it is a bit blurry, I am going to take a another one. Just for perspective I took the picture from in front of a counter with coffee urns set up.



A couple of pictures from around the courtyard pool.





The water play area still isn't open. The were digging the grass up around the entrance last night. No clue what they are doing.

We are going to Narcoossees tonight. I will run up to MMercantile and confirm they have beer and what type!
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