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Old 12-14-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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I've fallen in love with the VGF - TR (pics from Jan. trip, 2/23, p.22)

Hello everybody and welcome to my newest TR. It was a short 5 day trip to the new Villas at the Grand Floridian. Now just because it was short doesnít mean it wasnít action packed and tons of fun. This was another of my mother/daughter trips. Iím the daughter part of the duo. My name is Pam and my momís name is Jeanette.

Here we are, Iím on the left, momís on the right



This is mainly going to be a picture TR, Iím hoping I can stick with that and let the pictures tell the story. If I start to get a little long winded, please forgive me, Iíll get back on topic quickly.

First a teensy bit of history. Iím a DVC member largely thanks to momís prodding. We were on a fabulous trip in 2011, one of those Ďonce in a lifetimeí trips that I honestly thought would be once in a lifetime, and she suggested we do the DVC tour. The rest is history. Well thanks to DVC weíve been able to go on once in a lifetime trips several times since then, and will have many more in the future. Sorry if that sounded like a sales pitch. It was, buy DVC if you havenít already, itís totally worth it. Sorry, couldnít help it. We have both wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian ever since I can remember. We visited there on my first trip when I was six years old, and itís stuck in my mind ever since. So, when they announced the Villas being made I knew I just had to have some points. Not too many, I already have enough, but just a little to be able to say, thatís mine, I own part of that gorgeous place. I already had a December trip booked at AKV CL, but the day I bought VGF switched the reservation over to a lakeview studio per momís request. Sheís a sucker for a view, and I must say she lucked out on this trip. I really donít care about what view I have except for a savannah view at AKV. Well even I thoroughly enjoyed our view this trip. So, without further ado, here we go!
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First Trip - YC '89, CSR '98, Pop '07, Music '08, AKL CL 1/11, SSR 12/11, 5N Dream Cruise & AKV 3/12, AKV CL 9/12 , OKW 12/12, 4N Wonder Cruise 1/13, 7N Fantasy Cruise & AKV CL 3/13, AKV 6/13, DL 9/13, VGF 12/13, OKW/AKV 1/14, 5N Wonder Cruise/VBR 3/14, Western Fantasy/BCV 5/14

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Old 12-14-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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Arrival

Room 1514

More room and lobby pics

Heading to MK

Enjoying the afternoon

Day 1 afternoon continued at MK

Day 1 evening and dinner

Day 2 beginning

Restaurant Marrakesh

CP featuring Whoopi Goldberg

Day 2 evening

Day 3, BB and HS

Day 3 HS

Day 4 boat ride

Boat ride continued and MK

More MK

Day 4, more MK and sleigh ride

Day 4 wrapped up, Epcot

Day 5, another morning at MK

Day 5, trip complete



Extra pictures from January trip:

OKW 1BR

MK

AK - kangaroos

AK - safari

More AK

Maharajah Jungle Trek
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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We were excited! They used our Magic Bands to get through the DME line which was new. We loaded our bus around 10 am but had to wait a little bit before leaving.



Here they are if youíre at all interested



We stopped at the Polynesian first and then we were off the bus, made it here just before 11 am. We almost couldnít stand it we were so excited!!!

Main building



Our building



We used this mode of transportation quite often this trip which was a first



Walking to the villas



Beautiful garland along the way



I love these mats



We found the concierge who checked us in, of course I took pictures the whole time. The lobby was absolutely gorgeous. My first thought was that it was on the small side, but it was positively perfect.



Main focal point





Besides these beauties



Sitting areas





There was some trouble linking my MB to the room. The CM called IT and they said he needed to cancel and rebook my reservation to see if that would fix itÖ I first asked if my FP+ info and ADRs would be affected and he said definitely not, that would all remain the same. With some trepidation I said ok, what else could I say, I wanted my MB to work! Good and amazing news was that our room was ready. He gave us KTTW cards and let us go up. He was completely willing to bring us the fixed MBs which would be in about 15 minutes, but I said Iíd be back, I was awaiting a grocery delivery. Famous last words.

So up to the room we went. I immediately fell in love with the carpet.





Impatiently asking mom to hurry up



We were on the 5th floor



We were both blown away at first glance, the mock rooms at SSR donít give you the full feeling of the place.



I took pictures with the big camera and the cell phone, Iím going to integrate them all, hopefully the difference isnít glaring.




Two showers, we each picked one and that was ours. This was momís.





That one was mine



The sink was gorgeous



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Old 12-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Very nice H20 offerings





















Now as beautiful as this is, it caused a bit of headache for me. Gone are all the drawers usually in the armoir because they have been replaced with a Murphy bed, which allows the studios to sleep 5. Problem is, they didnít replace the storage elsewhere. There are some drawers at the bottom of the bed, but only one is accessible because the other is blocked by the night stand.





The details are gorgeous though











Also lakeview but not MK view



Like we magically had



The balcony was huge!





Looking out



The other way



Looking down



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Old 12-14-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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Poly villas in the making



Back in the room, you can see the drawers at the bottom of the bed









More than 15 minutes had passed so I went in search of our MBs.







Looking down



The elevators were very pretty



More lobby pics













Nice little Christmas touches, but nothing overhwelming



They had artwork all over the place




There was a moment of unhappiness when the CM thought hed have to switch out my MB for a new green one. But that wouldnt have my name on it I said. Luckily he was able to get mine to work. Still waiting on groceries I headed back up to the room with MBs in hand.

Just in case you didnt get a good look at the carpet.




To be continued...
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WOW! WOW! WOW!


Here for the love story.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:14 AM   #7
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WOW! WOW! WOW!


Here for the love story.
Thanks so much for coming over!
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Thanks for posting.
I love, love and love seeing your pics - the VGF looks beautiful !
Makes we want to purchase before the price goes up in February.
Have been thinking about it ---
a small contract and use every other year !
Enjoy your vaca !
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Thanks for posting.
I love, love and love seeing your pics - the VGF looks beautiful !
Makes we want to purchase before the price goes up in February.
Have been thinking about it ---
a small contract and use every other year !
Enjoy your vaca !
Thats exactly what I thought too. Enough to go for 4 nights every other year, or a week every three years.

I'm surprised how often they raise the prices on points...

Lots more pictures to come.
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Beautiful!!! There is a room #/pic thread on the DVC resort boards.. you should definitely post yours
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Beautiful!!! There is a room #/pic thread on the DVC resort boards.. you should definitely post yours
Thank you!

Now I'm really confused, is it VGF or GFV? I'm seeing both so I think both are ok.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:07 PM   #12
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I'm here, catching up, been looking forward to this report.
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We were neighbors! We were in 1510
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Very nice pictures of the VGF. The view outside of your room is very nice where you can see everything.
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I didn't think I would like VGF but I'm loving your pictures!

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