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Old 10-02-2013, 12:13 PM   #691
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So glad I found this thread! I'm taking my daughter to Orlando later this month for a college visit to UCF, and I decided to make a reservation at the Grand Floridian while we are down there. We have never been to GF before, but it has always been my fantasy. My daughter was critically ill this past spring and diagnosed with a very serious condition. I decided that life was too short, and the next thing I knew I was booking this trip! We received our magic bands last week, have our fast pass+ reservations all made and somehow even were able to get BOG reservations. Everything has just fallen into place, and the only thing left is to get through the next 22 days until we hit the road on our awesome mother daughter trip! Thanks for all of the great information on the thread!
how exciting! you're absolutely right, life is too short, you guys will have a wonderful trip.

since you're new to the thread, i have some youtube videos of the grand floridian as well as some photos on flickr from my last trip in august, i think they are linked on the first page of the thread.

please give us a recap after your trip!
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Here at GF now. Having a grand time!! The new splash pad had been closed since yesterday for "maintenance". Hoping it will open back up before we leave on Saturday!
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Thank you so much! I actually have decided on the CR for this trip. For all the reasons you and several others suggested! I booked TPV today!~ So excited!
You are very welcome! The TPV from the CR is just the best!

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So glad I found this thread! I'm taking my daughter to Orlando later this month for a college visit to UCF, and I decided to make a reservation at the Grand Floridian while we are down there. We have never been to GF before, but it has always been my fantasy. My daughter was critically ill this past spring and diagnosed with a very serious condition. I decided that life was too short, and the next thing I knew I was booking this trip! We received our magic bands last week, have our fast pass+ reservations all made and somehow even were able to get BOG reservations. Everything has just fallen into place, and the only thing left is to get through the next 22 days until we hit the road on our awesome mother daughter trip! Thanks for all of the great information on the thread!
Hope that your DD is doing well... Mother daughter trips are the best! Enjoy your time at the GF!

mickeynut I read mixed reviews on the MBs..I chose a pretty bright green! Maybe I will plan some outfits color coordinate with it!! LOL.. ...

Hey grannieminnie MommyGina BethClayton Trishadono k&a&c'smom mariamouse and all the rest of my fellow GF fans! Hope that you are having a wonderful Wednesday!
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #693
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I "heart" mom and me trips!

You girls will have a blast
Agreed! I'm 24 and have taken multiple trips with just my mom over the years- including one at the Grand over the holidays a couple years back! I will forever cherish those Disney memories with my mom. She is truly the best. I am sure your daughter will feel the same way. I hope she feels better soon and that you both have a fantastic time at a fantastic resort!
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Glad that you are having a GRAND time!!



You are very welcome! The TPV from the CR is just the best!



Hope that your DD is doing well... Mother daughter trips are the best! Enjoy your time at the GF!

mickeynut I read mixed reviews on the MBs..I chose a pretty bright green! Maybe I will plan some outfits color coordinate with it!! LOL.. ...

Hey grannieminnie MommyGina BethClayton Trishadono k&a&c'smom mariamouse and all the rest of my fellow GF fans! Hope that you are having a wonderful Wednesday!
Fabulous day here, Blue!! Wish we could bottle this weather and pull it out when needed...
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Thanks so much everyone for the good thoughts and kind words. My daughter and I are very close. In fact, she calls me her best friend. We are both going crazy waiting for the trip to get here, and it's all we seem to talk about these days. I'm so excited about the trip that I can hardly focus on work. I'm ashamed to admit that on more than one occasion, I've poked around on the boards and worked on the trip plans during office hours. Sometimes I forget that the real reason we are heading to FL is for a college visit. I don't know what I'm going to do if she does decide to go to UCF next year. I have a son at FSU, and now my daughter at UCF! There definitely won't be much reason for me to keep living 1,000 miles away in Illinois. The next trip I may be planning is a permanent move to be closer to my kids!
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Thank you everyone for the comments on where to eat! Good thing I have lots of time to decide . I'm sure we will try both at some point. Maybe I will let dh decide based on the menu. Make him think he has some control - hehe!

This time last year dd and I were just about to leave for our mommy and me trip at the gf. Sigh. I wish we could do that every year.

If both of my kids moved to Florida when they got older I would be packed before them
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Does Outer Building Club Level differentiate between "Pool View" and "Lagoon View"? Using the newly released Disney Visa discounts, we upgraded our Garden View to "Outer Building Club Level, Standard Room" and ended up saving a few $$$.

But for that building, I don't know what "Standard" means. Can it be either Pool or Lagoon? Or does "Standard" just refer to the room not being a Suite?

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Does Outer Building Club Level differentiate between "Pool View" and "Lagoon View"? Using the newly released Disney Visa discounts, we upgraded our Garden View to "Outer Building Club Level, Standard Room" and ended up saving a few $$$.

But for that building, I don't know what "Standard" means. Can it be either Pool or Lagoon? Or does "Standard" just refer to the room not being a Suite?

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What new visa discounts? Where does one find this??
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Does Outer Building Club Level differentiate between "Pool View" and "Lagoon View"? Using the newly released Disney Visa discounts, we upgraded our Garden View to "Outer Building Club Level, Standard Room" and ended up saving a few $$$.

But for that building, I don't know what "Standard" means. Can it be either Pool or Lagoon? Or does "Standard" just refer to the room not being a Suite?

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Yes std is any non suite. You will get a pool or marina view.

Both are nice
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What new visa discounts? Where does one find this??
Historically, the room and package discounts Disney offers to the general public are made available a few days early to Disney Rewards Visa holders. Chase has not yet promoted this but I read about it on other posts.

I already had February room reservations for Yacht Club and GF. I called Disney Reservations this morning and asked for the Disney Visa discounts for my existing reservations. Some rooms available, some not. But it saved us a few $$$ and we got to upgrade! Garden View to Outer Building Club at GF; Garden View to Pool/Lagoon View at YC (though I'm not sure that's much of an upgrade).
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I called this morning.(not available online). Start was 1/5/14.

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Yes std is any non suite. You will get a pool or marina view.

Both are nice
In April, we had a nice, unobstructed view of the pool in our Boca Chica Garden View room. Loved it. Do you have any preference for Lagoon View or Pool in Sugarloaf? I think I'm inclined to take whatever they give us but wonder if I should make any requests for our February visit.
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In April, we had a nice, unobstructed view of the pool in our Boca Chica Garden View room. Loved it. Do you have any preference for Lagoon View or Pool in Sugarloaf? I think I'm inclined to take whatever they give us but wonder if I should make any requests for our February visit.
We had pool view but I am hoping for marina next time. Dh loves boats

One thing is dormer rooms have smaller balconies. When just dd and I it did not matter but next trip is all 4 of us so I made a "non dormer room " request so we all fit on balcony. Either view will be fine,we need space more.
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We had pool view but I am hoping for marina next time. Dh loves boats

One thing is dormer rooms have smaller balconies. When just dd and I it did not matter but next trip is all 4 of us so I made a "non dormer room " request so we all fit on balcony. Either view will be fine,we need space more.
I think we wouldn't get put in a dormer room because we are a family of 5 and the dormer rooms sleep only 4 (that is correct, isn't it?).

Thanks for your insight. I guess there really should be too many crummy views in that building considering how it's sited. Are they any rooms that should be avoided?

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mickeynut I read mixed reviews on the MBs..I chose a pretty bright green! Maybe I will plan some outfits color coordinate with it!! LOL..
I've seen the colors and I love the bright green . As a matter of fact, I would have a hard time choosing as I think all of the colors are great (except the grey ).

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Fabulous day here, Blue!! Wish we could bottle this weather and pull it out when needed...
I agree......our weather was gorgeous here yesterday and today it's cloudy and rain is on the way .

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Thanks so much everyone for the good thoughts and kind words. My daughter and I are very close. In fact, she calls me her best friend. We are both going crazy waiting for the trip to get here, and it's all we seem to talk about these days. I'm so excited about the trip that I can hardly focus on work. I'm ashamed to admit that on more than one occasion, I've poked around on the boards and worked on the trip plans during office hours. Sometimes I forget that the real reason we are heading to FL is for a college visit. I don't know what I'm going to do if she does decide to go to UCF next year. I have a son at FSU, and now my daughter at UCF! There definitely won't be much reason for me to keep living 1,000 miles away in Illinois. The next trip I may be planning is a permanent move to be closer to my kids!
How nice that you and your DD are very close . You two are going to have a great time. I can't relate from experience to kids being away at school as my two DSs are going local, but I did have to think about them going away as that was a possibility (and I wasn't doing well with just thinking about them going away). It looks like a move to Florida is a great idea for you......you would have the best of both worlds.....close to your kids and WDW .

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Does Outer Building Club Level differentiate between "Pool View" and "Lagoon View"? Using the newly released Disney Visa discounts, we upgraded our Garden View to "Outer Building Club Level, Standard Room" and ended up saving a few $$$.

But for that building, I don't know what "Standard" means. Can it be either Pool or Lagoon? Or does "Standard" just refer to the room not being a Suite?

Thanks.
As trishadono said, your view will be either of the courtyard pool or marina. We had a marina view and I loved it, although I think a view of the courtyard would be just as nice .

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What new visa discounts? Where does one find this??
As cgulls posted, sometimes Disney Visa holders get advanced notice on promos. From what I've read on other threads, the new promo for a RO discount and S/P/D package offer for select dates January-March is supposed to be released on October 8th .

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I already had February room reservations for Yacht Club and GF. I called Disney Reservations this morning and asked for the Disney Visa discounts for my existing reservations. Some rooms available, some not. But it saved us a few $$$ and we got to upgrade! Garden View to Outer Building Club at GF; Garden View to Pool/Lagoon View at YC (though I'm not sure that's much of an upgrade).
Congrats on upgrading your rooms and saving money at the same time .

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That's a great savings .

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In April, we had a nice, unobstructed view of the pool in our Boca Chica Garden View room. Loved it. Do you have any preference for Lagoon View or Pool in Sugarloaf? I think I'm inclined to take whatever they give us but wonder if I should make any requests for our February visit.
I loved our marina view in SL, but IMO, you can't go wrong with either view as they are both nice .
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