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Old 01-09-2014, 07:59 PM   #2146
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I've missed all of you, too.

LOL about the snooping - looking forward to your results.

I'm tagging onto your shout out to everyone, I hope you all are having a great week and staying warm.
Hello to you too, BlueSkies and k&a&c'smom! I hope you both are doing great. k&a&c'smom- I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time spending the holidays with your kids, but totally understand how tough it must feel immediately after they leave. Hopefully you will all be together again very soon!

We leave for the GF in exactly ONE week (eek!) and are so excited. I'm praying to the weather gods for heat, although it will be better than CT regardless!! At what point do you guys usually trust the Florida forecast? It seems to change every hour. Can't wait to share our GF experiences with all of you!

As nuts as it sounds, I'm most excited for that first moment when we hear the MK train and SSL boat horns from the GF grounds.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:13 PM   #2148
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Thanks about the kids.

LOL about not being sure - even when I have known the answer to a question for years, I sometimes space it and can't remember. I'm getting old.
You're welcome . Mine are still home, so I can only imagine how hard it will be if/when either one or both move away .

Don't feel bad as I space things off sometimes too. I know I know the correct answer, but sometimes I either can't get it into the right words or just draw a blank all together .

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We leave for the GF in exactly ONE week (eek!) and are so excited. I'm praying to the weather gods for heat, although it will be better than CT regardless!! At what point do you guys usually trust the Florida forecast? It seems to change every hour. Can't wait to share our GF experiences with all of you!
It won't be long now . Since the weather changes so often, I don't usually check the forecast ahead of time and only trust it once I'm there....and even then it's been known to be off .
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:29 PM   #2149
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It won't be long now . Since the weather changes so often, I don't usually check the forecast ahead of time and only trust it once I'm there....and even then it's been known to be off .
Ain't that the truth!
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Ain't that the truth!
We get Chicago weather, so we're used to our weather being all over the place and we've learned to never fully believe the forecasts until we're actually experiencing it .
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:42 PM   #2151
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Renovation dates and details

I know some of us have been wondering about the room renovation dates and details. I just saw this on EasyWDW (1/9/14) so I thought I would share:

"Speaking of the Grand Floridian, its rooms will be seeing a minor refurbishment from early 2014 through the end of July. Disruption should be minimal to nonexistent for most guests. All rooms will receive all-new carpet and wallpaper. The Conch Key building began January 5th. Boca Chica begins February 4th; Big Pine Key begins March 9th; Sago Key begins April 27; Sugar Loaf begins June 1; and the main building begins June 29."
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:23 PM   #2152
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I know some of us have been wondering about the room renovation dates and details. I just saw this on EasyWDW (1/9/14) so I thought I would share:

"Speaking of the Grand Floridian, its rooms will be seeing a minor refurbishment from early 2014 through the end of July. Disruption should be minimal to nonexistent for most guests. All rooms will receive all-new carpet and wallpaper. The Conch Key building began January 5th. Boca Chica begins February 4th; Big Pine Key begins March 9th; Sago Key begins April 27; Sugar Loaf begins June 1; and the main building begins June 29."

YAY!!!! Very happy to hear. Now if we can get those sleuths onsite to take some covert pics to post here on the DIS I love the anticipation of the first pics of refurbed rooms. It is so exciting to see who gets the first snapshots uploaded and the unveiling of the new look. Just hope they don't have anything as weird as those cheese wheels and fried eggs like the CR got

Must write a note to myself to keep vigilante watch over this thread around the first of February when Conch may start taking the first guests in the new rooms.....
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:32 PM   #2153
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Must write a note to myself to keep vigilante watch over this thread around the first of February when Conch may start taking the first guests in the new rooms.....
I'm excited because we are going the first week of February and we requested Conch Key a few weeks ago at online check-in! I'd love to end up in one of the newly remodeled rooms!
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:47 PM   #2154
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I'm excited because we are going the first week of February and we requested Conch Key a few weeks ago at online check-in! I'd love to end up in one of the newly remodeled rooms!
Lucky duck!!! I will cross my fingers for you that the refurb goes smoothly and you can be the first guests to christen the new room Enjoy!!!
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:26 AM   #2155
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Yay! Confirmed that SL will be done by the time we check in on July 15!

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Old 01-10-2014, 06:27 AM   #2156
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Yay! Confirmed that SL will be done by the time we check in on July 15! Hi all my friends!
So that means all the other buildings should be done too, right? Yeah!! :-)
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:25 AM   #2157
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Hello to you too, BlueSkies and k&a&c'smom! I hope you both are doing great. k&a&c'smom- I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time spending the holidays with your kids, but totally understand how tough it must feel immediately after they leave. Hopefully you will all be together again very soon!

We leave for the GF in exactly ONE week (eek!) and are so excited. I'm praying to the weather gods for heat, although it will be better than CT regardless!! At what point do you guys usually trust the Florida forecast? It seems to change every hour. Can't wait to share our GF experiences with all of you!

As nuts as it sounds, I'm most excited for that first moment when we hear the MK train and SSL boat horns from the GF grounds.
The forecast changes so much it can make your head spin

We just got back and this is January weather we had. 1/1 at arrival at 10pm was very foggy/ couldn't see across 7 seas lagoon.
1/2 75 and more shorts and t shirts even in evening.
1/3 65 and wore a sweater and jeans and it rained a little and I had an umbrella in my purse.
1/4 50 and wore a long sleeve shirt, sweater, vest and gloves and boots and still cold it not too bad.
1/5 80 and finally got my swimsuit on and sat in hot tub at CR( we moved )
1/6 60 but chilly wore long sleeve t and sweater.
1/7 45 even colder than 1/4

So check and be prepared. I brought it all and for the first time I actually used it. For gloves I just had my vera Bradley fleece. You just don't want to have to buy the $8 gloves they have!

Also I did get a smitch of sun burn so be careful.

You will probably get the good weather so enjoy!
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:08 AM   #2158
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when do I need to put in a request for the rollaway?? I check in on Jan 19
They usually say to wait for all housekeeping requests until check in and call from the room. If you want, no reason you can't call now and ask for it to be added to your reservation - unless you've done online check in. I'm not sure now (I never use it) but I know in the early years, it sometimes kicked off your requests if you messed with an already checked-in reservation. ??

If anyone has recent experience with either (adding housekeeping requests or calling after online check in), please jump in!

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Hello to you too, BlueSkies and k&a&c'smom! I hope you both are doing great. k&a&c'smom- I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time spending the holidays with your kids, but totally understand how tough it must feel immediately after they leave. Hopefully you will all be together again very soon!

We leave for the GF in exactly ONE week (eek!) and are so excited. I'm praying to the weather gods for heat, although it will be better than CT regardless!! At what point do you guys usually trust the Florida forecast? It seems to change every hour. Can't wait to share our GF experiences with all of you!

As nuts as it sounds, I'm most excited for that first moment when we hear the MK train and SSL boat horns from the GF grounds.


I'm so excited for you! One week, woohoo!! I don't think it sounds nuts at all, we love to hear the MK sounds as soon as we arrive. Makes it official - we're in the World.~sigh~

I don't really trust the forecast until the day before we leave, but I keep up with it starting 10 days out. It may change, but it gives a general idea of the trend, so I can decide whether to pack my normal FL gear or add the kitchen sink.

As trisha said, I nearly always pack some light gloves for all the winter months - even when it is 60s in the daytime, the cooler evening temps can give a chill. DD and I were waiting for Illuminations one December evening and our hands got soooo cold from the breeze off the water. Now I have some cheap stretch gloves I keep with the toiletries bag.

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You're welcome . Mine are still home, so I can only imagine how hard it will be if/when either one or both move away .

Don't feel bad as I space things off sometimes too. I know I know the correct answer, but sometimes I either can't get it into the right words or just draw a blank all together .
Me, too - maddening, isn't it?!

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We get Chicago weather, so we're used to our weather being all over the place and we've learned to never fully believe the forecasts until we're actually experiencing it .
Missouri weather is mercurial, too, we never trust any forecast! Whatever they say, we scoff until it hits us in the face!

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I know some of us have been wondering about the room renovation dates and details. I just saw this on EasyWDW (1/9/14) so I thought I would share:

"Speaking of the Grand Floridian, its rooms will be seeing a minor refurbishment from early 2014 through the end of July. Disruption should be minimal to nonexistent for most guests. All rooms will receive all-new carpet and wallpaper. The Conch Key building began January 5th. Boca Chica begins February 4th; Big Pine Key begins March 9th; Sago Key begins April 27; Sugar Loaf begins June 1; and the main building begins June 29."
Thank you, thank you!! I'm going to copy this to the first page.

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YAY!!!! Very happy to hear. Now if we can get those sleuths onsite to take some covert pics to post here on the DIS I love the anticipation of the first pics of refurbed rooms. It is so exciting to see who gets the first snapshots uploaded and the unveiling of the new look. Just hope they don't have anything as weird as those cheese wheels and fried eggs like the CR got

Must write a note to myself to keep vigilante watch over this thread around the first of February when Conch may start taking the first guests in the new rooms.....
I know, I'm always stalking resort threads when there is a refurb, to see the new photos as soon as possible. I laughed at the "cheese wheels and fried eggs" - I somehow missed the CR photos, now I've got to go look.
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I know, I'm always stalking resort threads when there is a refurb, to see the new photos as soon as possible. I laughed at the "cheese wheels and fried eggs" - I somehow missed the CR photos, now I've got to go look.

So true! Besides the obvious here......I am currently lurking over on BWI, WL(for the VWL), and CBR for the refurb info....you know...just in case(that's my excuse anyway)

Yes.....the CR soft goods refurb included "cheese wheel" pillows on the bed (or they could be seen as yellow eyeballs with the bed runner as the mouth...haha) and the hallway carpet looks like it has fried eggs on it! Very bizarre looking.
Why didn't they make those yellow pillows bolsters?? Would have looked much better IMO.
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