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Old 10-04-2014, 11:34 AM   #1
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2014-2015 Grand Floridian Resort & Villas FAQ!

Welcome to the FALL 2014 GF FAQ Thread!

Please read the first page of the thread for details and tips for the resort, gathered by DIS posters over the years. As times, schedules, and activities change, we will try to update as quickly as possible so that you have accurate information.


Yet ANOTHER transportation update, posted on the DIS Bus Schedule page: thanks, WDWKOOK!!

The Magic Kingdom hotels will be testing a new bus route from 10/12-10/25/14. The bus will run between the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, the Polynesian and Typhoon Lagoon. This will fix the problem of all Typhoon Lagoon guests having to transfer at Epcot after 2:00pm.

KOOK adds this note: BTW, the "test" ends 10/25 because TL will close 10/26 - 1/3/15 for its seasonal rehab.


Important Announcement Regarding Monorail Service in 2014 per the WDW website

As part of our continuing efforts to exceed the expectations of our Guests, select monorail services will not be available in the early morning and late evening from June 22 through the end of Summer 2014.

Please note the following monorail schedule changes:

see update below, dated 9-27-2014

During this time, watercraft and motor coach options will still be available to help transport you to your destination. In addition, all monorail services will offer standard operating hours on the weekend of July 4, 2014.


Here is a quote from johnsonet, posted early August 2014, regarding bus/boat transport during the curtailed monorail hours:

....I asked at the CR bus stop yesterday, and was told that buses for early dining start running "before 8" He said they really start coming through around 7:15/7:30. So don't worry about getting to the Polynesian (I think that's where you were going)!

MONORAIL UPDATE:
As of 9/27/14: The monorail will have a different operating schedule than normal as an automation upgrade takes place. An automated monorail will allow for faster switching times, more frequent dispatching of trains, and accurate arrival information.

Additional buses and watercraft will be available during this time (guests who have early breakfast reservations can also use watercraft or bus service). This schedule will be in place for a few months, but no specific end date has been set. The schedule will be:

Epcot - 8:00am-11:00pm or 1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes (whichever time is earlier)
Resort monorail - 7:00am-1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes
Express monorail - 8:30am-1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes


ROOM REFURB UPDATE:

August 2014 - The room renovation in progress at the Grand has been completed, except for some of the suites.

Photos of new room decor in Conch Key. More photos of the new rooms, and the outer bldg. lobby.




Disneys Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was opened in the summer of 1988 as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort; the name was changed in fall 1997 after the spa and health club were added. Walt Disney World's fifth resort hotel and considered their flagship resort for its opulent public spaces and outstanding service, the Grand Floridian is a AAA Four Diamond hotel. With six full service restaurants (including award-winning Victoria & Albert's) and one quick service location, it has the most dining options of any WDW resort, and standard rooms are among the largest on property.

Inspiration for the resort came from the grand old hotels built along the Florida coast during the early 20th century by railroad magnates Henry Flagler & Henry Plant. The outer buildings are named for islands in the Florida Keys, and the quick service restaurant and arcade is whimsically called Gasparilla Island Grill, a nod to the famed Florida buccaneer, Jose Gaspar, in whose honor the city of Tampa holds an annual festival.

The Grand is a deluxe resort situated on 40 acres along the white sand beaches of Seven Seas Lagoon southwest of the MK, with 867 rooms distributed among 6 buildings. The beautiful white buildings feature red gabled roofs, wide verandas, intricate gingerbread trim and a five-story Grand Lobby, with an Art Nouveau stained glass ceiling, Italian marble floors and enormous white chandeliers.

Themed as turn-of-the-century Victorian Florida, the Grand was reportedly designed using influences from the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA and the Belleview-Biltmore Hotel in Belleair, FL. The atmosphere is elegant and refined, but not overbearing - it's Disney, after all! Children are welcome here, and there are plenty of activities for all ages.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been designated by the Florida Green Lodging Program, recognizing the Resort's environmentally responsible practices.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a smoke-free resort; smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor locations.

THE VILLAS AT DISNEY'S GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

Construction began along the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon near the Wedding Pavilion in mid-2011, and Disney confirmed The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian in early December, 2011, with an expected 147 units. Sales for existing DVC members began on May 23, 2013 and for the general public on June 19, 2013. Grand Opening is planned for October, 2013!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407)824-3000


Check in/Check Out
3:00 PM (ET)/11 AM (ET)

Payment Methods
Cash, Check, Debit card, Disney gift card, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB

AMENITIES & SERVICES

Room Service
  • 24-hour room service
  • To order, touch Dining Options on your guest room phone.


Spa & Health Club

thanks, johnsonet!
  • **Starting January 16, 2013, all WDW spas are operated by Disney as Senses - A Disney Spa; more info here. Thorough review of the Grand Floridian Spa, posted by JoBird!
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Spa is staffed by trained professionals offering body treatments, therapies and massages developed to rejuvenate, invigorate and nourish.
  • Reservation and treatment hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call (407) WDW-SPAS or (407) 939=7727 to learn more and make an appointment.
  • Most Major credit cards accepted.
  • The Health Club is a full service gym available at no extra charge to guests of the GF & Polynesian Resort. A wide range of equipment is available, including treadmills, stair steppers, upright and recumbent cycles, elliptical cross trainers, Smith machine, cable crossover and free weights. The Health Club also features a full circuit of Life Fitness and Precor strength equipment.
  • Guests must be 14 years of age to use the gym, guests 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If you would like to use the Health Club during non-attended hours, you must use your room key.
  • Personal training available by appt.

Babysitting & Childcare Services
  • In-room babysitting provided for a fee by Kids Nite Out, for children ages 6 mos. to 12 years.
  • To make a reservation for Kids Nite Out, contact the Front Desk or concierge.
  • The Mouseketeer Club at the Grand Floridian was discontinued in August, 2012

IVY TRELLIS SALON
  • Located on the second floor of the main building.
  • Open 9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Offering a full range of salon and barber services, including hair cut, color and styling.
  • Call (407)824-3000 or the Front Desk from your in-room phone for an appt.


Lobby Concierge Assistance
  • Available to GF Resort guests, located in the main lobby
  • Open 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Services include park tickets, dining reservations, show seats, etc.

Parking
  • Self-parking is available in the self-park lot located across Floridian Way
  • Valet parking available for a fee (currently $15/day)

Laundry
  • 24-hour self-service laundry rooms are located in each building (except Sugar Loaf) with a couple washers/dryers each. (one washer, one dryer in the main building, second floor)
  • Soap/softener/dryer sheet: $1; Washer: $2; Dryer: $2
  • Dry cleaning & valet laundry service available for a fee, call Housekeeping from your in-room phone for details & pick-up.

Internet Access
  • As of 2012, free wifi has been installed in all GF rooms and high speed wired has been discontinued.
**Link to a Resorts Board sticky thread regarding internet access at the World.

Convention Center
  • Offering 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space.
  • Planning a meeting? Please call Disney Meetings at (321)939-7129 or check out the website.

Business Center
  • Located within the Convention Center, open 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.
  • Provides fax, photo copy, mail and computer services for Resort guests.

Services for Guests with Disabilities
  • Mobility and medical equipment use
  • Accommodation of special requests, including allowances for service animals
  • Telephones/TTY for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms and bathrooms
  • Valet parking

Room Amenities
  • Satellite TV (includes Disney programming)
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Free WiFi
  • Desk
  • iHome alarm clock
  • Coffeemaker
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room wall safe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Voice mail
  • Turn-down service
  • Pack 'n Play Playard or full crib (upon request)
  • Bed rails (upon request)
  • Microwave (upon request)
  • Personal fan (upon request)
  • Feather pillows (upon request)
  • Laundry facilities/services
  • Robes
  • Make-up mirror
  • Phone in bath area
  • H2O toiletries

Important Numbers:
407-824-3000 - GF
407-939-7727 - GF Spa
407-939-3862 - Victoria and Albert's Reservations
407-824-2474 - GF Private Dining
407-934-4004 - Disney's PhotoPass
407-824-1775 - GF Itinerary Planning Office (Club Level Guests ONLY)

BUILDINGS

Sago Cay (Building 5)
Garden/Monorail/Marina View, Lagoon &Theme Park Views

Sugar Loaf (Building 6)
All Club Level Rooms & suites with Pool/Marina View

Conch Key (Building 7)
Garden/Pool/Marina View, Lagoon & Theme Park Views

Boca Chica (Building 8)
Garden/Pool View, Lagoon & Theme Park Views

Big Pine Key (Building 9)
Garden/Pool View, Lagoon & Theme Park Views

Main Building (Building 4)
All Club Level rooms & suites with Garden/Pool Views & Theme Park View

Transportation
  • Resort monorail, located on the second floor of the main building, provides direct transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary, TTC & Polynesian.
  • Monorail to Epcot: take the Resort monorail to the TTC, transfer to Epcot monorail.
  • Boat service to the Magic Kingdom & Polynesian Resort, dock located on Seven Seas Lagoon.
  • Bus service, located just outside the main building, to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon & Blizzard Beach.

Important Announcement Regarding Monorail Service in 2014 per the WDW website

As part of our continuing efforts to exceed the expectations of our Guests, select monorail services will not be available in the early morning and late evening from June 22 through the end of Summer 2014.

Please note the following monorail schedule changes:

see update below

During this time, watercraft and motor coach options will still be available to help transport you to your destination. In addition, all monorail services will offer standard operating hours on the weekend of July 4, 2014.


MONORAIL UPDATE:
As of 9/27/14: The monorail will have a different operating schedule than normal as an automation upgrade takes place. An automated monorail will allow for faster switching times, more frequent dispatching of trains, and accurate arrival information.

Additional buses and watercraft will be available during this time (guests who have early breakfast reservations can also use watercraft or bus service). This schedule will be in place for a few months, but no specific end date has been set. The schedule will be:

Epcot - 8:00am-11:00pm or 1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes (whichever time is earlier)
Resort monorail - 7:00am-1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes
Express monorail - 8:30am-1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes



Informational Links
For a look back, check out the
2014 FAQ; 2013 FAQ; 2012 FAQ; 2011 FAQ; 2010 FAQ and the 2009 FAQ
Link to large scale map of the Grand Floridian.
Link to an aerial map of the GF.
Great tool for determining travel times and directions from any point in WDW to another.
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MAIN LOBBY & GROUNDS

Main Lobby from Second Floor

Overlooking Entry

Staircase

Check In Desks

Seating near Check In

Hallway leading from back entrance, past Sandy Cove to Lobby


Grounds

Looking out of Big Pine Key entry, back of Courtyard Pool house

Turning right from Big Pine Key entry area

Looking toward lagoon from Big Pine entry portico; Pool house & end of Boca Chica on left, end of Big Pine Key on right

Turning left from BPK entry

Walking toward Main Building, Courtyard Pool on right

Courtyard Pool





Near Big Pine, looking past Summerhouse

Path to Beach Pool





Beach Pool entry path


Walking around back of Main Bldg., toward Gasparilla Island Grill



Path to SL and Conch Key, marina on left

Gasparilla outdoor seating

You can see Sago Cay in the background

Entry steps to Gasparilla Island Grill
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GUEST ROOMS
**info from WDWKOOK regarding room requests:

...I asked a WL Room Assignor once about OCI room requests Vs. those that are called in or emailed to the IPO when staying CL. He assured me that ALL requests are seen by the Room Assignor. The way it works is that the reservation is dropped into the resort about a week prior to arrival. At about the 3-5 day mark, the Room Assignor assigns your room, taking into consideration the requests in your reservation. This is why all requests need to be in about a week prior to arrival.

Helpful hints: Brevity and specificity help and not having conflicting requests is a plus! Try to describe room features or locations or specific buildings instead of asking for specific room numbers. If the specific room number isn't available, the RA won't know why you requested the room and will have a hard time finding a similar room.

Disclaimer: I have no experience with GF RAs, but I assume they all function the same way. Also, in my experience, some resorts do a much better job than others in trying to fulfill guests' requests.
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Even if a reservation has been dropped into the resort's system, it doesn't mean the RA has actually assigned your room. I really can't tell you what would happen if your room's been assigned and you call after that to have your request amended/added. The room is usually assigned a few days prior to arrival so if you're outside that window, I say go ahead and call.

I always recommend to guests with requests that they ask at check-in if their request(s) were met. Describe your requests to the CM: "high floor," "corner room," "close to the marina" "no connecting door…" because often the CM doesn't see your requests, but they do know the room number, even if your room isn't available yet. They have a (proprietary) room map they can look at to see if your room matches your type/location request. You may have to wait longer for the room or they may have to get a manager, but they may be able to fulfill your request upon check-in or even the next day, if you're willing to switch."


Here is a link to photos of the new room decor.

Standard guest rooms average about 448 square feet and have either two queen beds or one king bed, desk & chair with nesting table, arm chair, armoire with flat screen TV, ceiling fans, vanity area with 2 sinks, and bath. Most rooms offer day bed and nearly all have a private balcony. In the vanity area, H20 brand toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and shower cap are found and there is a retractable clothesline in the shower. A Cuisinart pod coffee maker is available in each room.

A typical room sleeps 5, but the deluxe garden view (formerly known as Lodge Tower - see layout below) and Queen Deluxe (main building) rooms sleep 4. ETA: after the summer, 2014 room renovations, the queen deluxe rooms in the Main Bldg. now have a queen sleeper sofa, stay tuned for an update regarding occupancy. Dormer or "attic" rooms at the Grand Floridian are in the upper floors under the gabled roofs. These rooms are slightly smaller than the Standard guest rooms but appear larger because of the vaulted ceilings, and have enclosed balconies. Dormer rooms should all have day beds now, so sleep 5.

Outer Buildings - Garden Deluxe Rooms (formerly Lodge Tower)


There are 26 one, two and three-bedroom suites available. Suites have two queen size beds, or one king size bed, and a separate parlor area with a wet bar. These rooms can sleep between 4 and 10 adults, depending on the suite type.

There are two room types within the Main Building/Deluxe/King category. These include the 6 turret rooms located in the towers of the main building, and the 9 second floor (Clarendon Level) honeymoon rooms. The second floor honeymoon rooms are approximately the same size as the standard rooms, have a Jacuzzi tub and a balcony with views of the MK, but no wet bar or walk-in closet. Turret rooms are larger than the 2nd floor rooms, but do not have the Jacuzzi tub or private balcony. Instead, you'll find a spectacular view with windows all the way around the suite, walk in closet and a garden tub.

TIP: You don't have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy a honeymoon suite, it's perfect for anniversary or second honeymoon trips too. Note that these rooms now accommodate 3 guests.

Rollaway beds are offered free of charge. Guests may request bed boards, bed rails, down pillows, heating pads, microwave oven (limited number available), extra pillows, blankets, towels, robes, International Electrical Adapters and foot stools. Call Housekeeping from your in-room phone to do so.

If there are more than 2 adults in the same room, there is an additional charge of $25 per person, per night.

A limited number of handicapped accessible rooms are available, and early booking is advised. In Sago Cay, there are 3 rooms, Sugar Loaf has 2, Big Pine Key has 2, there are some in Conch Key and there is at least one accessible room in the main building (some reports say 2). Some accessible rooms have roll in showers, others have tubs, so guests must describe their particular needs at booking to be assigned the correct room type.

ROOM CATEGORIES
**All rooms non-smoking.
  • Outer Building/Garden View - Views of Courtyard, Marina or Themed Pool Areas
  • Outer Building/Lagoon View Views of Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Outer Building/Theme Park View Views of MK Theme Park
  • Outer Building/Deluxe Room/Garden View Lodge Tower Rooms offer views of the Courtyard Pool or Marina
  • Outer Building/Standard Room/Club Level - Located within the Sugar Loaf building, with views of the Courtyard Pool or the Marina.
  • Main Building/Standard Room/Club Level - Offers views of the Courtyard Pool or Seven Seas Lagoon.
  • Main Building/Theme Park View/Club Level Offers views of the Magic Kingdom theme park.
  • Main Building/Deluxe Room/Club Level - Views of Magic Kingdom theme park or the grounds of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Big Pine Key, New Lobby Decor (Aug. 2014)
















SUITE DESCRIPTIONS(thanks to CaliforniaDreaming for this info!)


B1 is a one bedroom suite with 2 queen beds in the bedroom. There is a wet bar, 1 ½ baths and 2 balconies. They are located on the fifth floor in the main building with a view of the theme pool. Sleeps 4. 633 or 678 sq. ft.

BD is a one bedroom suite that sleeps 4 and is located in Sago Cay on the second and third floors with a Theme Park View (Sanibel and Biscayne Suites). There is a king bed in the bedroom and a queen sleeper sofa with hospitality bar in the parlor. There are 2 baths and 3 balconies. 1048 sq. ft.

B4 is a one bedroom, 2 bath suite with 2 queen beds in the bedroom and a queen sleeper sofa in the parlor. There is also a conference table and 2 wet bars. It is located in Sugar Loaf Key with a view of the courtyard pool. Sleeps 6. 931 sq. ft.

BN - sleeps 6 and is located in the outer lodge buildings on the fifth floor with either a marina or courtyard pool view. It is one bedroom suite with 2 queen beds. There is a queen sleeper sofa and a conference table in the parlor area. There are 2 wet bars, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. 931 sq. ft.

B2 has 2 bedrooms, one with a king and one with 2 queen beds. It has a sitting area, 2 ½ baths, a wet bar and 3 balconies. It is located on the fifth floor of the main building and has a view of either the theme pool or the courtyard pool. Sleeps 6. 1082 sq. ft.

B5 - is a 2 bedroom suite, located in Sugar Loaf Key, with a king in the master bedroom and 2 queens in the second bedroom. There is also a queen sleeper sofa in the living area. Parlor area has a conference table. There are 3 baths and 2 balconies. 1362 sq. ft. Sleeps 8.

BC - sleeps 8. It is a 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath suite with a king bed and 2 queen beds. The parlor area has a queen sleeper sofa. There is a hospitality area with a wet bar, refrigerator and dining table and chairs. It is located on the first floor of Sago Cay (Cape Coral Suite) and Conch Key (Everglades Suite). 1792 sq. ft.

BQ - is 2 bedroom suite with a king bed in the master bedroom and 2 queens in the second bedroom. There is a parlor area with a queen sleeper sofa and conference table. There are 3 baths and 2 balconies. It is located on the fifth floor of the outer lodge buildings with a view of the monorail, marina, or lagoon. Sleeps 8. 1362 sq. ft.

BU - is a 2 bedroom, 3 bath suite on the second and third floor of the Conch Key building (Cypress and Wekiwa Suites). The master bedroom has a king bed and the second has 2 queen beds and a daybed. The parlor area includes a hospitality bar and queen sleeper sofa. There are 4 balconies, and a Theme Park View. Sleeps 9. 1496 sq. ft.

BS - is located in the main building on the third and fourth floors (Roy Disney and Walt Disney Suites). It has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 with a king and 2 twins. There are 2 ½ baths, a parlor area, and a balcony with view of the courtyard pool. 1690 sq. ft.

BW - Vice Presidential (Victorian Suite) - is a one bedroom suite located in the main building on the fifth floor. The over-sized bedroom has a king bed and a seating area. There is also a parlor and 1 ½ baths. There are 4 balconies with a view of the courtyard pool. Sleeps 2. 1083 sq. ft.

BK - Presidential (Grand Suite) - is located in the main building on the fifth floor. It has 2 bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with two twin beds, 2 ½ baths, with a jacuzzi tub. There is also a formal living area, a hospitality area, large screen tv, piano, wet bar, and 5 balconies with a view of the courtyard pool. Sleeps 4. 2200 sq. ft.

Link to previous FAQ, where Misti posted photos of the Cape Coral Suite; post #577.
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ROOM PHOTOS

Dormer room & view photos, Big Pine Key, posted by gilsan
TPV photos, posted by Misti
Views from Sago Cay; Views from Sugar Loaf; Views from marina side, Conch Key; Views from RPC, Main Building, posted by minniesota;
Views lagoon & courtyard pool, Big Pine Key; Views over courtyard pool, Boca Chica; Views over Narcoossee's, Boca Chica; Views of lagoon (TPV), Boca Chica


New Room Photos, thanks, DisneyDreamingInMI!!


Close up of headboard

Night Stand

Bed

Bedroom art

TV & Armoire

Daybed

Daybed pillow

Mirrored sconce

Desk and chair

Drapes

Sheers

Dressing area

Dressing area mirror

Dressing area art

Shower

Shower curtain close up

Dressing area/bath wallpaper, close up

Entry hall light fixture

Entry hall and dressing area flooring

Balcony

Closet - iron, board

Closet - robe, safe, hair dryer


Pack and Play (thanks to beckysko for this photo!)
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ROOM PHOTOS, CONT.
Links to previous FAQs: posts 25, 26, and 27 where Little Lulu posted photos of the Deluxe Garden View - Outer Building; Photo of Deluxe Garden View - Outer Building, posted by minniesota.


Deluxe Queen - Main Building
Layout thanks, Misti!


Deluxe Queen, triangular (Option 2) thanks, cinmell!!
cinmell's Deluxe Queen video and Deluxe Queen balcony view (villas, Beach Pool) video







Deluxe Queen, rectangular (Option 1) thanks, davale4 & trishadono!!










Connecting door

Garden tub



Deluxe King - Main Building (Honeymoon Suite - Octagon)
Layout thanks, Misti!


Photos of King deluxe, 2nd floor rectangular layout, room 4201 thanks, trishadono!!

King Deluxe, Octagonal layout - New decor!!



Fold out couch

Bed

Armoire with TV

Chair, end table, desk

Wet bar

Sinks in dressing area, closet beyond

Closet

Garden Tub

View, Overlooking 3rd floor balcony

Courtyard (prior to 2013 pool renovation)

Big Pine Key & Lagoon
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SUITE PHOTOS
Link to bethclayton's flickr page with Grand Suite photos.
Link to bethclayton's youtube page, with video of Grand Suite.
Link to ahcupcake's youtube video of Grand Suite.
Link to previous FAQ, Misti posted photos of the Cape Coral Suite; post #577.
Links to posts 3598 and 3605 of a previous FAQ, Pralines & Cheese posted many photos of the Grand Suite.

Victorian Suite - Main Building























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CLUB LEVEL

Concierge service at the Outer Building Sugar Loaf Club and the Main Building Royal Palm Club includes personalized Front Desk and Guest Services, turndown service and a lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks, afternoon tea, evening wine, cheese & hors d'oeuvres, and late night cordials & desserts. The CL rooms have DVD players.

The real difference between the two is the location, otherwise you receive the same services and food offerings. Outer building Club Level is in the Sugar Loaf building, while the Royal Palm Club is in the Main Building. In RPC, you are near the hustle and bustle of the lobby, and in the evenings you can hear the piano player and/or the orchestra while relaxing in the lounge. You have the option of booking, and paying extra for rooms that have a view of the MK theme park. In Sugar Loaf, you are in a more casual, clubby atmosphere, and all rooms will have a view of either the courtyard pool or marina.

The third, fourth and fifth floors of the main building are home to the 83 Club Level rooms (including suites). Access to these floors is by private elevator only. Staff is available on the third floor to answer questions, plan outings, to make dining arrangements, ticket purchases, make transportation arrangements and to fill requests for special dining or accommodation needs. The RPC lounge is located on the fourth floor, with food offerings and various seating areas.

All of the rooms in the Sugar Loaf building are Club Level, and access to the whole building is keyed. The SL lounge is located on the main floor, in the center of the building, and the cast member desks are located within the lounge.

LOUNGE OFFERINGS

All Day
7:00am - 10:00pm
Whole fresh fruit & Beverages

Grand Beginnings
6:30am - 9:30pm
Espresso & Coffee

7:00am - 10:30am
Cappucino, espresso, coffee, assorted teas & hot chocolate; Whole & skim milk; Apple, orange & cranberry juices; Sparkling & still waters; Pastries, bagels, croissants & breads; Ham, turkey & cheeses; Fruit, yogurt, oatmeal & assorted cereals; Butter, jellies & cream cheese

Mid-Day Delights
11:30am - 2:00pm
Iced tea, lemonade & pink lemonade; Sparkling & still waters; Assorted crackers & chips; Spinach, hummus & roasted pepper dips; Crudités & ranch dip; Sugar, oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies

Afternoon Tea
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Scones; Jam tartlets; Tea cookies; Fruit breads; Trifle; Coffees, assorted teas, hot chocolate, whole & skim milks

Twilight Refreshers
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Appetizers & hors d'oeuvres; Crudités & dips; Selected cheeses with assorted breads & crackers; Beverages, wine & beer

Grand Indulgences
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Assorted desserts and Cordials


Pre-Arrival Information

As soon as you make a Club Level reservation you should email IPO and introduce yourself. Include your name and confirmation number in your subject line. If you would like assistance with your dining reservations, send a list of your choices approximately 2 weeks before the booking window. IPO will contact you with an itinerary as soon as your reservations have been made.

One of the benefits of Club Level is itinerary planning. Personal Itinerary Planning assistance includes:
  • Recreational Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Childcare
  • Dining
  • Special Arrangements
  • Special Events
  • Spa Services
  • Golf
  • Cabana Rental

Club Concierge Itinerary Planning Office
(For Confirmed Club Level Reservations Only)

PH: 407-824-1775
FX: 407-824-3461
Grand.Floridian.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.com
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Club Level Photos

Link to CL photos. Still working on this post.

Brand New RPC lounge! thanks, cinmell!!












New children's area thanks, garada3 & trishadono!!


New SL lounge photos! thanks, baler31!!







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SHOPS

Sandy Cove
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Summer Lace
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SHOPS, CONTINUED

Ivy Trellis
Hair Salon, Product, Second Floor





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M. Mouse Mercantile
Souvenirs, Children's Wear, Second Floor



Commander Porter's
Men's Wear, Second Floor





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DINING & LOUNGE

LOUNGES

Mizner's

Food/Dining type: Lounge/Bar
Meals: Snacks, Cocktails
Location: Lobby, Second Floor
Hours: 4:30 pm - 12:00 am

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Website with link to menu

Citricos Lounge

Food/Dining Type: Lounge/Bar
Meals: Appetizers, Cocktails
Location: Lobby, Second Floor, Inside Citricos Restaurant
Hours: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Website

QUICK SERVICE: 3 Locations

Gasparilla Island Grill

Food/Dining Type: American/Casual
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Location: First floor, outside entrance, overlooking the marina
Reservations: Not Accepted or needed
Hours: Breakfast - 6:00 am -11:00 am; All Day Dining 11:00 am - 11:30 pm; Late Night Dining 11:30 pm - 6:00 am
Link to menu with prices on allears, updated March 2014.

Beach Pool Bar & Grill

Food/Dining Type: American/Casual
Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Location: Beach Pool
Reservations: Not accepted or needed
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 pm (Varies by Season)
this location closes for inclement weather; reopens when weather clears during normal operating hours

Website with link to menu

Courtyard Pool Bar

Food/Dining Type: American/Casual
Location: Courtyard Pool
Reservations: Not accepted or needed
Hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (Varies by Season)
this location closes for inclement weather; reopens when weather clears during normal operating hours

Website with link to menu


FULL SERVICE: 6 Locations

1900 Park Fare
(Character dining)

Food/Dining Type: American
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Character
Location: Main Lobby
Reservations: Suggested
Hours: Breakfast: 8:00 am - 11:10 am.;Dinner 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 1900 Park Fare Restaurant is located inside the Main Building, to the left of the front entrance on the first floor. This is a large dining area with whimsical touches that enhance the character meal experience. "Big Bertha", a turn of the century organ, takes center stage. Built in France, this beautifully crafted instrument plays while you're dining.

There are two Character Meals offered. Both are served buffet style:
The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is hosted by Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and friends.

The Cinderella's Gala Feast Dinner is hosted by Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drusilla.

Price includes non-specialty drinks such as soda, coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade, punch and milk.

Dress is Resort Casual. Wine list featuring Kendall Jackson Merlot and Chardonnay, Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon and Caymus Conundrum

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Link to menu

Citricos

Food/Dining Type: Mediterranean-inspired
Meals: Dinner
Location: Main Lobby, Second Floor
Reservations: Suggested
Hours: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Considered one of WDW's premier restaurants, Citricos serves a seasonal menu inspired by the cuisines of Provence, Tuscany and the Spanish Riviera. With an award-winning international wine list, they serve wines by the bottle or glass for guests age 21 and older.

The main dining room is decorated in a warm Mediterranean decor of yellow and orange with hints of blue, featuring wrought-iron railings and mosaic tile floors. Citricos was designed by the firm of Martin Dorf, who also designed the Flying Fish Cafe and California Grill, and you can see those influences in the stylish yet inviting space.

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Link to menu

Chef's Domain
For an exclusive gourmet dining event, reserve the Chef's Domain at Citricos. Diners may order from the traditional menu or choose to have the chef create a menu for them in a private dining room that seats up to 12 Guests. Minimum purchase of $650 required, non-inclusive of tax and gratuity. There is one seating daily at 6:00 pm; reserve early.

Grand Floridian Café

Food/Dining Type: American
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Location: Main Lobby, First Floor, near Courtyard entrance
Reservations: Suggested
Hours: Breakfast: 7 am - 11:30 am; Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm; Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
this location closed from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Elegant yet unpretentious, the Grand Floridian Cafe is a delightful restaurant. The Victorian motif features lovely florals and muted tones. A wall of windows overlooks the courtyard of the Grand Floridian Resort.

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Link to Menu

Garden View Tea Room

Food/Dining Type: Lounge
Meals: afternoon tea
Location: Main Lobby, First floor
Reservations: Suggested
Hours: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea is offered in the Garden View Lounge, with a number of aromatic herbal and exotic teas to appeal to all tastes. This lovely, light filled room overlooks the manicured gardens and pool area of the Grand Floridian Resort. It is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon alone or for a Mother/Daughter outing. You can indulge in a centuries old English tradition in one of the most beautiful resorts on Disney property.

Most of the offerings are three courses, so be sure to bring your appetite. If you are looking for a unique experience outside of the theme parks, Afternoon Tea is a great choice. Priority Seating is highly recommended for this popular event. Specialty coffees and champagne are also available.

Tables in Wonderland 20% discount available for the Afternoon Tea ONLY.
Link to Menu

My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party is held in the Tea Room on select mornings at 10:30 am for a set fee. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. To make reservations, please call (407)WDW-MYTEA or (407)939-6983.

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Narcoossee's

Food/Dining Type: Seafood
Meals: Dinner
Location: On the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon
Reservations: Required
Hours: Dinner: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This Victorian-style seafood restaurant sits on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon in an airy, octagonal building. Due to its location, Narcoossee's offers spectacular views of Wishes fireworks in the MK; ask for a window seat at check in.

Narcoossee's serves a nice selection of coastal favorites including lobster, swordfish and scallops, while appealing to a wide range of tastes with filet mignon, chicken and pasta dishes.

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Link to Menu

Victoria & Albert's

Food/Dining Type: American
Meals: Dinner
Location: Main Lobby, Second Floor
Reservations: Required
Hours: Two seatings: 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm - 9:45 pm

A 10-year recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star winner, Victoria & Albert's serves fine cuisine paired with wines from an award-winning cellar. The six course, prix fixe menu is exquisitely prepared each day with market fresh ingredients from around the world.

Victoria & Albert's is Disney's ultimate dining venue, and one of the finest restaurants in the Southeast. Personalized menus, elegant decor, fine china and sparkling crystal, gentle harp music and a long stem rose for the ladies combine for a dining experience unlike any other.

This upscale dining experience is now offered solely to guests age 10 and up. (Note that the price/menu remains the same regardless of age.)

Valet parking available free of charge.

There is a dress code. Gentlemen are asked to wear a dinner jacket with dress pants and shoes. (Ties are optional.) Ladies are requested to wear a cocktail dress, dressy pantsuit, skirt/blouse or nice dress. The following are not allowed: jeans, shorts, capris, flip-flops, sandals or sneakers.

This restaurant has its own reservations line, at (407)939-3862. Cancellation policy applies, details explained at time of booking.

Main dining room menu: $135.00 per person (Tax, alcohol and gratuity additional)
Main dining room wine pairing: additional $65.00 per person

V&A's website

Tables in Wonderland - 20% discount, Holidays excluded
Link to menu

Chef's Table at V & A

Food/Dining Type: American
Meals: Dinner
Location: Main Lobby, Second Floor - Inside the Kitchen of Victoria & Alberts
Reservations: Required
Hours: One Seating only at 6:00 pm

At Victoria and Albert's Chef's Table, guests are seated at a special table in the kitchen, and can interact with the chef and staff as they prepare the meals.

Nine to ten-course meal featuring American regional cuisine with classical influences.

Prices are per person and do not include tax, gratuity or alcohol unless indicated.

$210.00 per person (tax, gratuity & alcohol additional)
$105.00 per person wine pairing
Link to menu

Queen Victoria's Room

This dining room is behind closed doors, off the main dining room, and with just 4 tables you are guaranteed an incredible dining experience. This room will utilize the French gueridon service, a rolling cart that goes from table to table, adding sauces or providing cheese selections.

Dress code remains the same as for V&A's main dining room.

$210 per person (tax, gratuity and alcohol additional)
$105 per wine pairing

**The Queen Victoria Room can be reserved for a private gathering. Cost is a mandatory $295 per person; minimum expenditure of $2100, plus tax and gratuity.


All Dining Prices plus tax where applicable.

PRIVATE DINING
Charges include 18% gratuity, $3.00 delivery fee and 6.5% sales tax

24-hour room service is available, the menu is in each room. Link to photos of in-room menu

Menu of current amenities, thanks to Angel16 for obtaining this list:

Tuxedo or Pearl strawberries - $6 each (these can be done mixed on a plate)
Tuxedo strawberries, plate of 5 (standard) - $30
Pearl Strawberries, plate of 5 (standard) $30
Truffle Screen Print Amenity - $30
Gourmet Cookie Amenity - $35
Fruit Box - $40
Chocolate Mickey & Tuxedo Strawberries - $55
Chocolate Minnie & Pearl Strawberries - $55
Deluxe Snack Box - $80
Fruit & Cheese Basket with water (medium) - $85
GF Chocolate Box (small) - $90
GF Chocolate Cigar Box - $90
Chocolate Lovers Amenity - $95 (Don't remember what all this included)
Deluxe Chocolate Mickey - $115
Deluxe Chocolate Minnie - $115
Gourmet Hat Box - $130
Chocolate Champagne Toast - $135 (This is two chocolate flutes filled with Truffles & chocolate champagne bottle)
GF Chocolate Box (large) - $135
Signature Chocolate Box - $135
Fairy Tale Amenity - $145 (Don't remember what this was. Sorry)
White Chocolate Figurine -$35 (Tinkerbell, Mickey, Minnie and some others. They do not do anything in Winnie The Pooh or Toy Story)
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RESTAURANT PHOTOS

Gasparilla Island Grill







































Garden View Tea Room



Grand Floridian Cafe
Looking into restaurant

Looking out on resort grounds

From restaurant, out toward lobby


Narcoossee's


From boat dock
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RESTAURANT & LOUNGE PHOTOS, CONTINUED

1900 Park Fare

Hallway leading from Lobby to 1900 Park Fare

Doors

Seating

Big Bertha


Citricos

Check in podium & waiting area for Citricos, V&A's doors on left

Entry

Bar (looking toward entry)

Onstage kitchen

Wine Room

Seating

View of Courtyard

Octagonal seating, view over marina

Looking back toward kitchen, entry


Victoria & Albert's


Ceiling dome








Mizner's Lounge



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RECREATION

Pools

Link to photos of pools (some of the Courtyard Pool prior to refurb), Beach Pool house with hair wrap station, showers, lockers & the Cabanas.

There are two pools at the GF; complimentary towels and life vests are provided at each. The original, larger of the two is the Courtyard Pool, which is located in the middle of the GF grounds. Recently renovated to include zero entry and pop jets, the deep end was made shallower (from 6 ft. to 4-1/2 ft.) and it is now fenced. There is a hot tub located at the Courtyard Pool, a ping pong table and a pool bar. During the DVC construction, the movies on the beach have been relocated to the Courtyard Pool, and are shown nightly during high season, weather permitting.**Update, as of late summer, 2013, it is reported the movies have been relocated to the fire pit, on the beach near the Beach Pool.** Link to new courtyard pool photos.



thanks, mariamouse!!

thanks, mariamouse!!

On the beach, there is the themed pool with zero entry, rock waterfall and waterslide. The Beach Pool is located on the south end of the main building, near the Summerhouse and facing the Polynesian Resort and VGF. There are lifeguards on duty here with posted hours. Pool bar and hair wrap station are located near this pool. Beach Pool construction walls are down! Recently refurbished and expanded, the beach pool bar and grill was opened Sept. 2012. Link to Beach Pool Bar & Grill photos. Link to Beach Pool House photos with showers, etc.

thanks, BCV23!!

thanks, JoBird!!

Beach Pool Bar













Splash Zone

NEW Alice in Wonderland-themed Splash Zone now open on the beach, near the Beach Pool Bar & Grill!! Link to photos.






You're welcome to head to the private sandy beach where you'll find canopied lounge chairs, but please note that swimming in the Seven Seas Lagoon is prohibited. Here you will find the path to the Spa, Wedding Chapel and Polynesian Resort. Due to construction of the Villas at the Grand Floridian, the beach has been fenced off for some time but reopened as of late summer, 2013. Hammocks do not seem to be replaced as of yet.

thanks, JoBird!!

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thanks, JoBird!!



Cabana Rental:

Rental Cabana amenities include:
. Two padded chaise lounge chairs
. Two padded straight-backed chairs
. Plush towels
. 22 inch LCD television with cable access and optional earphones
. Ceiling Fan
. Mini refrigerator stocked with complementary sodas and water
. Complimentary fruit basket
. Private dining and poolside massages are available at an
additional cost.

A half day is $110.00+ tax, and is from 10am - 2pm OR 3pm - 7pm
A full day is $185+ tax for 10am - 7pm

Credit card needed to reserve; 24-hour cancellation policy; weather-related cancellation less than 24 hours, no fee, but any other reason and your CC will be charged.

Call 407 WDW-PLAY to reserve.

the following info contributed by CoachBagFanatic on 1/10/2012: "The cabanas can be rented 180 days out and all you have to do is give a CC # just to hold the cabana. You pay when you check in for the cabana. Last time I remember we were able to charge the additional cost of the cabana to our room."

Watercraft Rental

Other water related recreational activities include rentals at the marina of Sea Raycers, sail boats, pontoon boats, pedal boats or water skiing.

Grand 1 Sea Ray Yacht - A new level of luxury awaits you for cruises around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Available for rental, it is routinely used for anniversary parties, birthdays, fireworks cruises and special events.

The yacht has a top speed of 36 miles per hour. It features a small kitchen and dining area as well as three, fully furnished staterooms. A microwave oven, four televisions, a heating / air conditioning unit and a state-of-the-art Bose stereo system round off the amenities.

The cost to rent this fantastic vessel starts at $520 per hour, and it can accommodate as many as 13 guests. Call 407-824-2682 for reservations.

Sea Racers (2 Guests Maximum)
$32 per 30 minutes
$40 per 45 minutes
$45 per 60 minutes

21' Sun Tracker Pontoon Boats (10 guests maximum):
$45 per 30 minutes

17' Boston Whaler (6 guests maximum)
$45 per 30 minutes

Sailboats (13' Catamaran)
$25 per 60 minutes

Specialty cruises - Basic (8 guests maximum)
starting at $275, includes driver

Specialty cruises - Premium (10 guests maximum)
starting at $325, includes driver

Guided Bass Fishing Cruise (5 guests maximum)
$270 per 2-hour trip (7:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.)
$235 per 2-hour trip (afternoon)
$455 per 4-hour trip (7:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.)


All prices plus tax

Here's the link to a very informative thread regarding the Sea Raycers and their rules.

Marina
Boating prices

Sea Raycers

Pirate Cruise boat

Pontoon Boats

Boat shack, clock

Side of boat shack with lockers

Life vest storage


Fireworks Sailings

Fireworks from the Magic Kingdom Park can be viewed from the lagoon on a boat cruise on the Grand 1. On this elegant cruise, you can have private dining served by a butler for up to 12 people. For more information, call 407-824-2439.

Pontoon boats can also be reserved for fireworks cruises, check the info under "Specialty Cruises" above.

Campfire & Movie
NOTE: Movies on the beach are back, as of Summer 2011 - now it is Movies at the Courtyard Pool!**Update, as of late summer 2013, it is reported the movies are moved back to the beach, near the Beach Pool.** The Camp Fire had been suspended for construction, but a new fire pit has been built and is relocated near the Beach Pool.
On select evenings, the Grand Floridian hosts guests around a Mickey-shaped campfire on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Guests will roast marshmallows and sing their favorite campfire tunes and maybe a few Disney favorites as well. Be prepared to see the "stars" both on the big screen and up in the sky, as your family enjoys a family friendly Disney film on the beach! S'mores and marshmallow roasting kits are available for purchase. For more information call 1-407-824-4321.

thanks, JoBird!!

thanks, JoBird!!
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*1996 Dixie Landings * 1998 Boardwalk Inn * 1999 Polynesian * 2000 Polynesian * '01 HRH * '02 GF * '03 AKL & BC * '04 Poly/AKL & Poly/BWI & POR * '05 AKL/Dolphin & POFQ * '06 Poly/GF & Christmas at the GF * '07 GF & HRH/BWI/WL/YC/GF & GF * '09 Poly/AKL & WL & GF * '10 AKL/GF & RPR/BC/GF *'11 GF & BC * '12 HRH/PBH & YC/GF * '13 GF/PBH
Thnx WDWKOOK! Forever in our hearts, JungleCruiser

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Photo links for DVC news:

Photos of model rooms, Lagoon Walkway, August 2013 Construction Photos, Video Look Inside the Villas, VGF Homeowner's Thread, and Photos of Accessible 2 Bedroom Villa, thanks, BCV23!!

VGF Map with Villa Numbers and List of Villas/Views at VGF, both posted by wdrl on the DVC forums. thanks, trishadono!

VGF laundry area located on the 4th floor, near the elevators.

CATEGORIES

DELUXE STUDIO
Lake view; Standard view
Sleeps up to 5
1 queen-size bed, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa, 1 pull-down bunk size bed

Kitchenette
Paper plates and bowls, and plastic utensils
Small refrigerator
Wet bar
Full bathroom with separate tub and shower
Private porch or balcony

ONE BEDROOM VILLA
Lake view; Standard view
Sleeps up to 5
1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa, 1 pull-down bunk-size bed

Fully equipped kitchen
Dishwasher
Dishes, glasses and utensils
Pots and pans
Refrigerator
Stove and oven
Toaster
Washer and dryer
Victorian style tub with bubble jets
Walk-in shower
High chair
Private porch or balcony

DEDICATED TWO BEDROOM VILLA
Lake view; Standard view
Sleeps up to 9
1 king-size bed, 2 queen-size beds, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa, 1 pull-down bunk-size bed

Fully equipped kitchen
Dishwasher
Dishes, glasses and utensils
Pots and pans
Refrigerator
Stove and oven
Toaster
Washer and dryer
Victorian style tub with bubble jets
Walk-in shower
High chair
Private porch or balcony

TWO BEDROOM LOCKOFF (1-Bedroom and Studio)
Lake view; Standard view
Sleeps up to 10
1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed, 2 queen-size sleeper sofas, 2 pull-down bunk-size beds

Fully equipped kitchen
Dishwasher
Dishes, glasses and utensils
Pots and pans
Refrigerator
Stove and oven
Toaster
Washer and dryer
Victorian style tub with bubble jets
Walk-in shower
High chair
Private porch or balcony

3 BEDROOM GRAND VILLA
Lake view
Sleeps up to 12
1 king-size bed, 4 queen-size beds, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa

Fully equipped kitchen
Dishwasher
Dishes, glasses and utensils
Pots and pans
Refrigerator
Stove and oven
Toaster
High chair
Laundry room with washer and dryer
4 bathrooms 1 with whirlpool tub and shower, 1 with shower only, and 2 with combination tub/shower
Media room with home theater system including flat panel TV and Blu-ray" player
Flat panel TV in living room and each bedroom, with Blu-ray" player in living room
Dining room with dining table and chairs
Private porch or balcony

Room Amenities
  • Coffeemaker
  • Microwave
  • Alarm Clock/Radio
  • Flat Panel TV
  • DVD Player
  • Free Wifi
  • Mirror TV in bathroom
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-room Safe
  • Voicemail
  • Pack 'n Play Crib
  • Bathrobes
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*1996 Dixie Landings * 1998 Boardwalk Inn * 1999 Polynesian * 2000 Polynesian * '01 HRH * '02 GF * '03 AKL & BC * '04 Poly/AKL & Poly/BWI & POR * '05 AKL/Dolphin & POFQ * '06 Poly/GF & Christmas at the GF * '07 GF & HRH/BWI/WL/YC/GF & GF * '09 Poly/AKL & WL & GF * '10 AKL/GF & RPR/BC/GF *'11 GF & BC * '12 HRH/PBH & YC/GF * '13 GF/PBH
Thnx WDWKOOK! Forever in our hearts, JungleCruiser

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