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Old 11-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #1636
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Hello! I just booked GFV 1 bedroom for 2 nights in June. Then we check into our old standby YC for the rest of the week. Can't wait to get in the gorgeous room! have NEVER stayed on monorail so this is new.

Couple of questions:

1. Anyone know if GFV 1 bedroom have patio rooms? I don't want that at all so will request Upper floors but just wondered if first floor existed for one bedroom on standard side...

2. Pool size...not as big as SAB I know but bigger than Poly?

3. Best counter service among the monorail resorts?

4. Is a dedicated pool day at GF feasible in terms of pool being entertaining enough for teens or should I stick with SAB as my dedicated pool day>

thanks!
Welcome, and congrats on your upcoming VGF stay! I'll try to help, but I'm not very familiar with the DVC and they just opened the Villas at the GF.

1. I think there are first floor standard view rooms, seems I've seen them in photos - I'll post the link to a lot of photos after this post.

2. There are two decent sized pools at the Grand, the Beach Pool is the themed pool with the slide and activities, courtyard pool is the quieter pool. The courtyard pool used to be the feature pool so it is larger than most resort quiet pools, but it recently underwent a renovation that has made it very shallow nearly halfway across the pool. Much more of a wading pool now, with pop jets at the zero entry end.

3. Gasparilla Grill has always had a large selection, but I think a lot of people have said they really enjoy both Captain Cook's at the Poly and the Contempo Cafe at CR equally - some even more. We don't eat at the CS locations often, so when we do we generally stick with our own resort for convenience.

4. You will definitely want to make SAB your pool day! There is very little to appeal to teens at the GF pools now, and they were never as entertaining as SAB! The courtyard pool used to be a favorite of many due to the depth (6 ft. at the deep end, which was quite large), but that is gone now. Still, they are nice to relax and unwind in the middle of the day! And looking at the beautiful surroundings is so peaceful.

HTH! If you have more questions, someone will be happy to answer.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:28 AM   #1637
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Well hello!!!

The GF shares just like other resorts. The resorts may change, but I know when I stayed at WL, ME dropped at GF, Poly, WL and CR.
When we took the DME we stopped at WL, CR, and it was supposed to go Poy and then GF -- we hopped off and got on the monorail and were at the GF in no time at all.

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #1638
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Here is the link to the VGF homeowner's thread, the photos start at post #194 - in the very first photo, you can see first floor rooms, and it certainly looks like these are standard view.

Lots of photos in this thread.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #1639
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Here is the link to the VGF homeowner's thread, the photos start at post #194 - in the very first photo, you can see first floor rooms, and it certainly looks like these are standard view.

Lots of photos in this thread.
THanks! Very helpful and thanks for opinion on pool I was trying to rationalize staying at GFV for 3 nights but I think I will stick with 2 so we can have our pool day at SAB..THANKS!!!
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Skimming once again... LOL..this is getting to be a habit...Nice that there is lots of posting going on ...

MickeyNut Hey there! Looks like we will both be chatting over of the CR thread..

k&a&c'smom Hope that your DS is doing well...Thanks for the VGF link...always enjoy looking at any GF pics...

Wow so many of your staying at the GF in August...you could start your very own GF in August thread! lol...

And so many celebrations too...What better place to celebrate!! Many congratulations!!

Mama36 So sorry that you had a rough start to your vacation..Hope that your DH is feeling better...A few of the school age children in our family and some of their friends..a couple of parents too.. have come down with a nasty stomach bug..Seems that there are a few things going around!

KonaKaiTom Sounds like you found a quicker way to get to the GF than the DME alone had to offer..LOL...

In our experience the arrival loop is generally WL, CR, Poly and finally the GF...pick up to return to the airport however the GF is last...more time to squeeze a bit more resort time..!!

mommyrosa You asked the million dollar question ..we are all waiting to find out what kind of refurb the rooms at the GF are going to get..dosent seem to be much info available yet...

The bedding has already been replaced...it is now white ..triple sheeted...the top sheet is heavier than a regular sheet..and patterned...there is also a navy scarf at the foot of the bed...

kittyab Haven't stayed..but recently visited the VGF..it is very very lovely...well appointed rooms...spacious and bright...close to the GF proper and the beach pool... and of course one monorail stop to the MK

Hope that all of my fellow GF fans are having a magical Monday!
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KonaKaiTom Sounds like you found a quicker way to get to the GF than the DME alone had to offer..LOL...

In our experience the arrival loop is generally WL, CR, Poly and finally the GF...pick up to return to the airport however the GF is last...more time to squeeze a bit more resort time..!!
Yes, my niece had flown down post the end of my conference as an unaccompanied minor, and she needs to take dramamine to travel -- it had begun to wear off, and I didn't want her to have to take another one nor not feel well, so a bit of fresh air as we walked to the monorail, and a quick monorail ride with only a brief stop at the Poly and we were home.

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If you look at the Forum drop down at the bottom of the page, you can scroll down to DVC threads.
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Hi Ladies!

Our trip and the first stay at GF is coming up in less than two weeks and I have a quick question for you guys.

My parents will be arriving our first full day at around 7:30 pm. We will have already eaten with the kids (Citricos at 5 pm) when they arrive. We are on the DxDP and need to have something in the room when they get there or soon after for their dinner. What are my options to get delivered to the room besides pizza for their evening meal?

Will any of the nice restaurants from downstairs deliver meals up to the room?
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Hi Ladies!

Our trip and the first stay at GF is coming up in less than two weeks and I have a quick question for you guys.

My parents will be arriving our first full day at around 7:30 pm. We will have already eaten with the kids (Citricos at 5 pm) when they arrive. We are on the DxDP and need to have something in the room when they get there or soon after for their dinner. What are my options to get delivered to the room besides pizza for their evening meal?

Will any of the nice restaurants from downstairs deliver meals up to the room?
Is it okay if a man replies, lol? When I picked up my niece at MCO at 9pm, we didn't get back to the GF until 10:30 and she was starving -- she looked in the room service directory that was in our room and managed to get herself a new york strip steak and a garden salad and cheesecake - I don't know where they came from, but I suspect, that they were from one of the downstairs restaurants. Her personal favorite at the GF was and is, Narcoossees

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Thanks Tom...I saw your post above after I posted and thought, "oops."

Thanks for the information....
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Thanks Tom...I saw your post above after I posted and thought, "oops."

Thanks for the information....
You are welcome I'm on a boring conference call, so my mind is wandering and I found this on All Ears:



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Private In-Room Dining


Menu Date: April 2013


Private Dining $3.00 delivery, 6% sales tax and
18% service charge will be added to all orders.


[B]Dinner[/B]

Served daily from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Appetizers

Pan-seared Lump Crab Cake $13.99
Shrimp Cocktail $17.99
Caramelized Onion Soup au Gratin - $8.99
Chicken Noodle Soup - $8.49
Seasonal Soup $8.49
Mixed Greens Salad - $5.99
Caesar Salad - $6.99

Entrees

New York Strip Steak - flame-broiled with chef's choice of accompaniments $35.99

Pan-roasted Breast of Chicken -mushroom risotto, roasted mushrooms and chicken pan juice $22.99

Today's Sustainable Catch -with chef's choice of accompaniments - $22.99

Pasta with Shrimp with prosciutto, peas and four cheese cream sauce $26.49
As a vegetarian entree $18.99

Turkey Club Sandwich - traditional sandwich stacked with fresh roasted turkey and bacon, served with fruit cup, house-made chips, fries or french fries $14.99

Angus Chuck Cheeseburger - flame broiled burger topped with your choice of cheese $15.99


Desserts

Dessert Sampler (serves two) - fresh berry tart, key lime tart, Boston cream pie, lemon cheesecake $12.99

Key Lime Pie with chocolate crust topped with caramelized sugar $3.99

Boston Cream Pie - vanilla chiffon cake filled with vanilla custard and topped with a dark chocolate glaze $3.99

Lemon Cheesecake Dome topped with white chocolate ganache $3.99

Fresh Berry Tart - layer of almond cake topped with seasonal berries $3.99

Fruit Plate $6.99

Late Night Dining

Served Daily from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Appetizers

Pan-seared Lump Crab Cake $13.99
Shrimp Cocktail $17.99
Caramelized Onion Soup au Gratin - $8.99
Chicken Noodle Soup - $8.49
Seasonal Soup $8.49
Mixed Greens Salad - $5.99
Caesar Salad - $6.99

Signature Sandwiches - All sandwiches served with your choice of fruit cup, fries, or house-made chips

Reuben Sandwich - corned beef, swiss sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing on rye bread $14.49

Turkey Club Sandwich - traditional sandwich stacked with fresh-roasted turkey and bacon $14.99

Angus Chuck Cheeseburger - flame broiled burger topped with your choice of cheese $15.99

Entrees

New York Strip Steak - flame-broiled with chef's choice of accompaniments $35.99

Pan-roasted Breast of Chicken -mushroom risotto, roasted mushrooms and chicken pan juice $22.99

Pasta with Shrimp with prosciutto, peas and four cheese cream sauce $26.49
As a vegetarian entree $18.99

Early Risers

Three Egg Omelet - ham and cheese, Western, or Spanish, served with breakfast potatoes $13.99

Vanilla-Laced French Toast - includes your choice of bacon or sausage $13.99
include strawberries, blueberries or bananas $1.99

Mickey Waffle - includes your choice of bacon or sausage $13.49
include strawberries, blueberries or bananas $1.99
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meredith1, I hope you and your parents have a wonderful time.

KonaKaiTom, it's just past breakfast time down here. In room dining sounds good to me. May I have some MIckey Waffles? I'm still tossing up whether to add blueberries.
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KonaTom-Thank you for the c/p...I'm going to forward to my parents.

Followthatmouse-Thank you so much for the well wishes....my parents haven't been to Disney since 1983! I've tried to make this very memorable for all of us. They are in great health, nearing their 70's so, I will absolutely cherish this time. It'll, most likely, be the trip that I remember for the rest of my life and hopefully, my children, as well. I'm excited for them to share the time with our kids. I didn't have kids until my late 30's so, the parents are in love with their only grandkids.
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