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Old 06-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #1216
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Hi everyone!

I just spent a nice chunk of my afternoon reading through this whole thread

We recently made the switch from WL to GF after hearing about the pool situation. We had originally wanted Poly and decided to go with WL instead because of the construction, so I'm hoping we haven't just jinxed all of our fellow September travelers at GF! Although, I'm thinking we'll be OK since GF just went through some extensive construction projects

I've never stayed at GF before, but DH did when he was younger. His grandparents took their whole family several times and I loved listening to his grandfather tell me stories about their trips. He loved GF!

On the same day that we decided to switch resorts, we got a phone call that DH's grandfather passed away. This may be silly, but I've taken comfort in knowing that we will be staying at his favorite resort. DH will be able to reminisce about good times with his grandfather while we make new memories together.

Anywho, thanks for all of the wonderful information!
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband's grandfather. I'm so glad you can take comfort knowing he'd be so happy you'll be spending time at his favorite resort. Looks like it was meant to be.
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:08 PM   #1217
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Hi everyone!

I just spent a nice chunk of my afternoon reading through this whole thread

We recently made the switch from WL to GF after hearing about the pool situation. We had originally wanted Poly and decided to go with WL instead because of the construction, so I'm hoping we haven't just jinxed all of our fellow September travelers at GF! Although, I'm thinking we'll be OK since GF just went through some extensive construction projects

I've never stayed at GF before, but DH did when he was younger. His grandparents took their whole family several times and I loved listening to his grandfather tell me stories about their trips. He loved GF!

On the same day that we decided to switch resorts, we got a phone call that DH's grandfather passed away. This may be silly, but I've taken comfort in knowing that we will be staying at his favorite resort. DH will be able to reminisce about good times with his grandfather while we make new memories together.

Anywho, thanks for all of the wonderful information!
I'm so sorry to hear of your DH's grandfather's passing. I hope the wonderful, loving memories you all have of him will bring you a sense of peace in the coming weeks, and the new memories you make at the Grand will be a comfort. It sounds like your choice would have been met with approval!

You are correct, there has been extensive renovations to the grounds and rooms in the last 2 years. Hopefully, there won't be any major projects during your upcoming stay!

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask - it's why we're here.
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Hi! I just started reading through the thread. My husband and I have a tentative reservation for GF while we are waiting to see how bad the WL construction is...I was last at GF when I was 10 years old but I still remember it vividly.

We still aren't sure where we are staying so I figured I would look at pictures and read about the different rooms. We are in an outer building - garden view. We want a room that is close to the main building and quick service, and is not a maze to get to since my husband is blind.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:30 PM   #1219
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Hi everyone!

I just spent a nice chunk of my afternoon reading through this whole thread

We recently made the switch from WL to GF after hearing about the pool situation. We had originally wanted Poly and decided to go with WL instead because of the construction, so I'm hoping we haven't just jinxed all of our fellow September travelers at GF! Although, I'm thinking we'll be OK since GF just went through some extensive construction projects

I've never stayed at GF before, but DH did when he was younger. His grandparents took their whole family several times and I loved listening to his grandfather tell me stories about their trips. He loved GF!

On the same day that we decided to switch resorts, we got a phone call that DH's grandfather passed away. This may be silly, but I've taken comfort in knowing that we will be staying at his favorite resort. DH will be able to reminisce about good times with his grandfather while we make new memories together.

Anywho, thanks for all of the wonderful information!
I'm so sorry about the passing of your DH's grandfather . I think you and your DH staying at the GF was meant to be. I know you both will make some great new memories while your DH remembers all of the great times he spent there with his grandfather .

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Hi! I just started reading through the thread. My husband and I have a tentative reservation for GF while we are waiting to see how bad the WL construction is...I was last at GF when I was 10 years old but I still remember it vividly.

We still aren't sure where we are staying so I figured I would look at pictures and read about the different rooms. We are in an outer building - garden view. We want a room that is close to the main building and quick service, and is not a maze to get to since my husband is blind.
My suggestion would be Big Pine Key . BPK overlooks the courtyard pool, is very close to the main building, and isn't far from Gasparillas.
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I'm so sorry about the passing of your DH's grandfather . I think you and your DH staying at the GF was meant to be. I know you both will make some great new memories while your DH remembers all of the great times he spent there with his grandfather .



My suggestion would be Big Pine Key . BPK overlooks the courtyard pool, is very close to the main building, and isn't far from Gasparillas.
Ok, thanks! I am reading my husband the menus and he is excited. Do you happen to know if the Beaches Pool Bar and the Courtyard Pool Bar take QS meals? The Disney meal plan pdf says Beaches Pool bar does take the meal plan, while the Disney site says it does not. Also, hubby wants to know if Gasparilla Grill has french fries (menu says just chips)...LOL. I know it sounds silly but this is vacation!
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Ok, thanks! I am reading my husband the menus and he is excited. Do you happen to know if the Beaches Pool Bar and the Courtyard Pool Bar take QS meals? The Disney meal plan pdf says Beaches Pool bar does take the meal plan, while the Disney site says it does not. Also, hubby wants to know if Gasparilla Grill has french fries (menu says just chips)...LOL. I know it sounds silly but this is vacation!
We've never done the dining plan, but I have photos of the Beaches Pool Bar on the first page, and looking at the menus I do not see any of those little "snack" icons you see on the menus of restaurants that take the DP.

I've looked at all the current Gasparillas menus and all say "housemade chips or cucumber salad" - seems like there are no fries, but we haven't eaten in Gasparillas since the renovation. I'll go check out photos on the Restaurants board, maybe someone over there has posted a photo with them.

BRB!

ETA: oh, hey, I found a better menu photo in my photobucket account...does that look like DP icons on the drinks and desserts? And I notice the Angus Cheeseburger has ff's listed...don't know if that means GIG has them, too. ??

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Ok, thanks! I am reading my husband the menus and he is excited. Do you happen to know if the Beaches Pool Bar and the Courtyard Pool Bar take QS meals? The Disney meal plan pdf says Beaches Pool bar does take the meal plan, while the Disney site says it does not. Also, hubby wants to know if Gasparilla Grill has french fries (menu says just chips)...LOL. I know it sounds silly but this is vacation!
You're welcome .

We have never eaten from any of the pool bars, so I can't answer about the CS credits. And you have me stumped about Gasparillas and fries . My initial answer was to say they do have them, but the more I think about it, I'm not sure...LOL. I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but hopefully someone else will be able to give a definite answer to both questions .
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Ok, thanks! I am reading my husband the menus and he is excited. Do you happen to know if the Beaches Pool Bar and the Courtyard Pool Bar take QS meals? The Disney meal plan pdf says Beaches Pool bar does take the meal plan, while the Disney site says it does not. Also, hubby wants to know if Gasparilla Grill has french fries (menu says just chips)...LOL. I know it sounds silly but this is vacation!

Hhmmm.... I guess I just always assumed Gaspie's had regular french fries but I have not been there yet to know for sure. I do see sweet potato fries listed as options on some of the sandwiches. I can't imagine any restaurant catering to children having burgers on the menu but no french fries. Seems sort of sacrilegious.... I am sure someone will come along soon to confirm.
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OK! I found a review of the new incarnation of Gasparilla Island Grill, here's the link.

About a third of the way down, under the photos of the menus, where they describe adult side options, it says "fries are also available"!

Hi, mickeynut!! I almost missed your wave, I was so excited about my find.
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Hhmmm.... I guess I just always assumed Gaspie's had regular french fries but I have not been there yet to know for sure. I do see sweet potato fries listed as options on some of the sandwiches. I can't imagine any restaurant catering to children having burgers on the menu but no french fries. Seems sort of sacrilegious.... I am sure someone will come along soon to confirm.
Hey, where are you seeing sweet potato fries listed? We love them, that would be a great option! ETA: they had ff's in the past, but I wasn't sure if they still made them after the refurb, so many things changed. None of the menus I saw listed them, so...had to go find proof.

Oh, never mind! I read all the sides listed on allears, finally saw a few that said "sweet potato fries"! Sweet!
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Hey, where are you seeing sweet potato fries listed? We love them, that would be a great option! ETA: they had ff's in the past, but I wasn't sure if they still made them after the refurb, so many things changed. None of the menus I saw listed them, so...had to go find proof.

Oh, never mind! I read all the sides listed on allears, finally saw a few that said "sweet potato fries"! Sweet!

HAHA....Yes. I saw the menu on allears. I am psyched! I LOVE sweet potato fries. So tasty and a nice change from the typical sides.
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Hey, where are you seeing sweet potato fries listed? We love them, that would be a great option! ETA: they had ff's in the past, but I wasn't sure if they still made them after the refurb, so many things changed. None of the menus I saw listed them, so...had to go find proof.

Oh, never mind! I read all the sides listed on allears, finally saw a few that said "sweet potato fries"! Sweet!
Yea french fries! LOL...you are all sweet for checking! The people on this thread are so nice!

I am pretty sure the pool bar is on the meal plan bec it's on the PDF about DDP from Disney - just trying to figure out why the online menu says it's not!

Another question - do people tend to be more "dressed" in this hotel - like khakis, dresses, etc for ladies. Just curious! My parents were just there and said that but it sounds kind of odd for a Disney hotel (aside from in the restaurants).
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We've never done the dining plan, but I have photos of the Beaches Pool Bar on the first page, and looking at the menus I do not see any of those little "snack" icons you see on the menus of restaurants that take the DP.

I've looked at all the current Gasparillas menus and all say "housemade chips or cucumber salad" - seems like there are no fries, but we haven't eaten in Gasparillas since the renovation. I'll go check out photos on the Restaurants board, maybe someone over there has posted a photo with them.

BRB!

ETA: oh, hey, I found a better menu photo in my photobucket account...does that look like DP icons on the drinks and desserts? And I notice the Angus Cheeseburger has ff's listed...don't know if that means GIG has them, too. ??

Yes those are most definitely DP icons!
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OK! I found a review of the new incarnation of Gasparilla Island Grill, here's the link.

About a third of the way down, under the photos of the menus, where they describe adult side options, it says "fries are also available"!

Hi, mickeynut!! I almost missed your wave, I was so excited about my find.
Great find . I was thinking we had fries last time we were there, but it's been a few years and with all of the changes Disney has been making lately, I didn't know for sure and didn't want to give out incorrect information. Thanks for the pic (and proof ).

LOL about being so excited about your find .

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Yea french fries! LOL...you are all sweet for checking! The people on this thread are so nice!

I am pretty sure the pool bar is on the meal plan bec it's on the PDF about DDP from Disney - just trying to figure out why the online menu says it's not!

Another question - do people tend to be more "dressed" in this hotel - like khakis, dresses, etc for ladies. Just curious! My parents were just there and said that but it sounds kind of odd for a Disney hotel (aside from in the restaurants).
I know Hurricane Hannahs at the BC accepts the DDP and while you would think all pool bars would, you never know with Disney . But I agree with you that it probably does accept it, so I wouldn't worry .

The GF is like every other Disney resort when it comes to how people are dressed. There are some that dress in khakis, dresses, etc., while others are in shorts, t-shirts, capris, etc. The GF is just as kid friendly and relaxed as any other resort .

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Yes those are most definitely DP icons!
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