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Old 06-15-2014, 01:21 PM   #1111
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I was just reading about the pool cabanas on another thread,
http://www.easywdw.com/forums/showth...-Cabana-review
(this one was at the Poly, but I'm assuming they're all similar)
and the poster mentioned that tips were not allowed.
Can anyone who's used one recently confirm this?
I just assumed a tip would be expected?
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:27 PM   #1112
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The hours have been on multiple sites, including one that took it from the Hub. The end date comes from a friend working with the reduced hours. My guess is upper Disney management has a bit of a clearer idea than "early September" but I don't have access to anyone at that level familiar with this specific situation.

In terms of reasoning behind the closures, they're automating the monorails (don't worry there will still be CMs inside the driver's station.
Until early Sept?? : just great. So basically no morning monorail for my entire 2 weeks. Ugh.
Pool closures monorail closures all during summer I don't get it.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:54 PM   #1113
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Checked into GF this afternoon. We booked GV and gentleman that walked us to check in desk sad "I'm sorry to report you've been upgraded to a lagoon view room" !!! So awesome - love having a little magic to start the vacation! We have ground floor room facing the Poly/wedding. Pavilion/villas and beach! Love the large patio also!!
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Checked into GF this afternoon. We booked GV and gentleman that walked us to check in desk sad "I'm sorry to report you've been upgraded to a lagoon view room" !!! So awesome - love having a little magic to start the vacation! We have ground floor room facing the Poly/wedding. Pavilion/villas and beach! Love the large patio also!!
Wow fabulous!! So nice to get so me pixie dust on your first day and I love the lagoon view : ) have a magical trip and keep us updated on the fun at Floridian as you have time
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Checked into GF this afternoon. We booked GV and gentleman that walked us to check in desk sad "I'm sorry to report you've been upgraded to a lagoon view room" !!! So awesome - love having a little magic to start the vacation! We have ground floor room facing the Poly/wedding. Pavilion/villas and beach! Love the large patio also!!
How exciting!!! What an amazing way to start your vacation!
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I was just reading about the pool cabanas on another thread,
http://www.easywdw.com/forums/showth...-Cabana-review
(this one was at the Poly, but I'm assuming they're all similar)
and the poster mentioned that tips were not allowed.
Can anyone who's used one recently confirm this?
I just assumed a tip would be expected?
Seems to me I remember us tipping several years ago, but the policy may have changed. If the "cabana boy" waits on you (brings drinks, etc), why shouldn't we be allowed to tip him?
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Any stories of pixie dust experiences at GF... Love to read about those magical moments : )

Here's ours from GF:

We were upgraded from a garden view standard room to SL club ... An incredible surprise
My twin grandsons each received a small red wagon filled with Mickey goodies ect. Balloons and a small birthday cake for each of them for their 5th birthday ... So so surprised!

We had our shopping purchases sent from DDT to the Grand and it never arrived. We called front desk and they checked for us and it seems it was lost. The concierge called us and came and got our receipt for our purchases ... She drove to DDT and got everything for us we had bought and added some extra special treats and figurines for the two boys. Yep she drove to DDT and back to make sure we had everything, amazing!

We booked a lagoon view and our room was in conch key dormer room with a theme park view as well ... So fun!
That's the nicest thing I have ever heard. How sweet of her.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:56 AM   #1118
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Seems to me I remember us tipping several years ago, but the policy may have changed. If the "cabana boy" waits on you (brings drinks, etc), why shouldn't we be allowed to tip him?
We rented a cabana last Summer at the Polynesisan. We also ended up renting a cabana another day at the Grand because of one being destroyed during a storm at the Poly. We tried to tip both attendants at both resorts and neither would accept it. They both told us it was not allowed. I agree; I felt awkward not tipping when they took care of so much for us. They brought extra towels, kept the fridge stocked, etc. But they said they couldn't accept it and we tried very hard to give them money!

On another note...we are VERY excited to check in on Wednesday for our first stay the Grand!!! We are Poly converts due to the construction and we are so excited!! Thank you to everyone who provides information on this board, it's so helpful!!
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Thank you grannyminnie & addiesmom for the info re: cabana tipping.
I'm going to offer the tip on the off chance they can take it. I would feel like a real cheapskate if I didn't at least offer; and I'll feel a whole lot better if they're able to take it.
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Thank you grannyminnie & addiesmom for the info re: cabana tipping.
I'm going to offer the tip on the off chance they can take it. I would feel like a real cheapskate if I didn't at least offer; and I'll feel a whole lot better if they're able to take it.
We have rented cabanas in the past at the Poly (the last time was fall 2012) and every time the attendant has accepted our tip. As grannyminnie said maybe the policy has changed? But we have definitely tipped in the past. I agree with your approach, it can't hurt to offer the tip the worst that can happen is they will politely decline.
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Checked into GF this afternoon. We booked GV and gentleman that walked us to check in desk sad "I'm sorry to report you've been upgraded to a lagoon view room" !!! So awesome - love having a little magic to start the vacation! We have ground floor room facing the Poly/wedding. Pavilion/villas and beach! Love the large patio also!!
Congrats on the upgrade! Hope you have a Grand time.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:10 PM   #1122
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We have rented cabanas in the past at the Poly (the last time was fall 2012) and every time the attendant has accepted our tip. As grannyminnie said maybe the policy has changed? But we have definitely tipped in the past. I agree with your approach, it can't hurt to offer the tip the worst that can happen is they will politely decline.
That makes me feel better, thanks. Just would not feel right not to tip when they provide a service like that!
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We have rented cabanas in the past at the Poly (the last time was fall 2012) and every time the attendant has accepted our tip. As grannyminnie said maybe the policy has changed? But we have definitely tipped in the past. I agree with your approach, it can't hurt to offer the tip the worst that can happen is they will politely decline.
Well, ok...I thought I remembered doing so...but since others have said they were refused, perhaps the policy has indeed changed.
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Thank you all for your answers. I'm just going to attempt to give the tip and act like I never heard of not doing so before...
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On another note...we are VERY excited to check in on Wednesday for our first stay the Grand!!! We are Poly converts due to the construction and we are so excited!! Thank you to everyone who provides information on this board, it's so helpful!!
I'm so happy that so many are able to try the Grand this year. Some that may have never given it a shot had it not been for the construction at the Poly. I hope you all come to love it as much as we do, and hope you have a wonderful time at the Grand.
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