Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-17-2003, 04:01 PM   #31
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

Floridafam, a vast majority of my vacations are uneventful. However, sometimes I just get “a bee in my bonnet” (oh, boy, isn’t that an old expression?!) and have to break the mold. I was so very fortunate to have broken many molds with this past vacation.

Terry S., I know it’s hard to believe that I could top Day One of my GF stay, but just sit tight; my family and guests experienced many unique things. But anyone can experience something unique while vacationing at Walt Disney World. I think that is the most important point that I want to get across with my thread here on the Dis – that anyone can plan something unique if the mood suits them. Walt Disney World is a big place, with many things to offer. The Private Dining Event that my family enjoyed may be booked by anyone. There are also tours that may be booked in each of the theme parks (I must state that my VIP Safari doesn’t fall into that category yet). Gosh, the list goes on and on regarding various events that may be planned. As to your Illuminations Dessert Party, I have read so many nice things about those parties (they may also be booked at Disney Studios for the Fantasmic show). I can’t wait to hear how your parent’s anniversary party turns out. I’m sure it will be magical (and you better take lots of photos to share with us here on the Dis!).

Helenk, I was impressed by the attention to detail that my Concierge Pre-Planning Cast Member had put into that day, too. It was a magical day that was flawless thanks to his hard work.

Kinggoofy, I sure am glad you didn’t get a kiss from Bob Jackson. I would have been so jealous if you had! (I still haven’t washed off my cheek.) It’s wonderful that Bob included your family in his shows – if only I could get my hands on some of that videotape of your singing and dancing, I bet it was priceless (if my fellow Dis’ers have any of that video footage for sale, just let me know).

JudithM and MOMTOMOOTOO, thanks for your kind words.

Nutz4dzny, it was so much fun spending time with your family. When we briefly met last year at the Liberty Tree Tavern, I had a funny feeling that we would hit it off (even though we had only met for a few moments). And when I became disabled and you began calling me, it became apparent that we shared the love of many things, most importantly our families and Walt Disney World. My family’s vacation would not have been nearly as much fun had we not shared it with your family. I can’t wait to begin planning next year’s Magical/Grand Gathering’s vacation with you. I know that it, too, will be truly ~magical.~

WeFullTime, I am very flattered by your kind words, ~blush.~ I can’t tell you how much my family enjoyed spending time with your family. And my parents loved the tour that you gave us of your home. That was gracious and kind of you to do that; you truly gave us a glimpse into your wonderful world, *sigh.* And I can’t wait to share the manatee story. That was a glorious day (with a scrumptious lunch) that we got to experience thanks to you and Dennis. I sincerely hope my family gets to see your family during all of our future WDW vacations (my husband especially wants to go fishing with Dennis)!

MJS, that is so ironic that you mentioned Christian Frederick's music (click here). My daughter purchased his CD in the Grand Floridian’s gift shop one evening after we had listened to Chris play the piano in the lobby. She even had him it autograph the CD for her. My daughter is now the proud owner of two CD’s that were autographed while vacationing at WDW – Bob Jackson’s CD and Christian Frederick’s CD. She’s one lucky girl.

Wdwnut61, thanks for the anniversary wishes and the kind words. It truly was one anniversary to remember.

Erikthewise, your words really made me laugh. I seem to be the Beta Tester for many companies (too bad I don’t get paid for it). But I must admit that if Disney needs a Beta Tester for anything, I will gladly sign up. I can’t imagine a more wonderful place to experience things in for the first time.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-17-2003, 04:14 PM   #32
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

Let’s do the “bump”…

After the Private Dining Event had ended, my daughter and I couldn’t sleep, so we went for a midnight swim. That was my first swim as a disabled person and it felt wonderful on both of my legs, broken or otherwise.

The “quiet” pool (a.k.a., the “old” pool) is the only one open at night at the Grand Floridian, and its water was rather cool. Luckily for me, I like cool water and thus had a refreshing swim with my daughter, as my husband snored in a lounge chair next to the pool (can you say, “Sleeping Beauty?”).

I should probably mention how I got myself into the swimming pool. Well, I rolled my wheelchair right next to the special handicap entrance and transferred myself from my wheelchair to its top step (click here for photo). My young daughter (who was watching over my shoulder as I typed this) told me to call this staircase the “bump-down” since that is exactly what I did in getting myself into the pool – I bumped my butt down the steps and right into the pool. I hope that wasn’t too graphic for you folks (if it was, I’m sure a few of you just lost your appetite).

I took several photos of someone demonstrating how to enter the swimming pool by using the “bump-down” entrance (these photos were taken a few days into my GF vacation at the newer swimming pool):
Photo 1 (click here)
Photo 2 (click here)
Photo 3 (click here)

I hope those photos were helpful.

I was awfully glad that I got to experience the pool’s “bump-down” entrance with no one else around. I was afraid that I would have been too embarrassed to have attempted it for the first time had lots of other folks been around. Since midnight swims are not enjoyed by the masses (thank goodness!), I got to work on my graceful pool entrance in peace and quiet without worrying about anyone staring or laughing at me (I can be such a klutz sometimes).

That evening I had also wanted to try the Grand Floridian’s water wheelchair, but since it is located at the newer pool, and since that pool is closed at night, that had to wait for another day. And so, at the end of my first day at the Grand Floridian Resort, I gracefully bumped myself back out of the swimming pool and into my wheelchair. My daughter and I then woke up Sleeping Beauty (also known as my snoring husband), and we headed back to our room to greet Snow White’s friend Sleepy (a.k.a., the Sandman). It's amazing how relaxing we find a midnight dip in the pool.

Last edited by Janet2k; 01-15-2005 at 08:44 PM.
Janet2k is offline  
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 11-17-2003, 04:31 PM   #33
#1 Grand Floridian Fan/Expert
CaliforniaDreaming's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 9,745

Great report, Janet. Can't wait to hear & see more about it!
CaliforniaDreaming is online now  
Old 11-18-2003, 12:17 AM   #34
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

Grand Floridian Day Two, Part 1…

It was tough waking up the next morning, especially when you factor in the three-hour time change that we weren’t used to yet (8 AM in Florida is only 5 AM on the West Coast – arg!!). But we had to wake up somewhat early because our day was going to begin with the new “My Disney Girl Princess Grand Tea Party.”

This was how the Disney Gallery website described the event:

- - - - - - -
My Disney Girl Princess Grand Tea Party

Location: Walt Disney World Resort

Princess dreams come true in a way never dreamt of before...and only at the place where Dreams come true everyday ... Walt Disney World.

This whimsical experience, like none other, will be offered for a very limited time, so be sure to save a date for this incredible morning event of fantasy, tea for two, and royally delightful surprises....your special invitation to this "Dream Come True" event will be announced right here! So don't miss out on this new twirl of Disney Magic...Princess Style!

Wake up to your daydream with My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party.


My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party is a dream come true for your little princess. This one and a half-hour experience (from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) treats each little girl like royalty from start to finish and is like no other event around.

In this delightfully magical morning, young ladies aged 4-12 will experience a real Princess Tea Party at the Garden View Tea Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. This five-part party is led by a professional actress/singer, named Miss Rose Petal, and culminates in a "dream come true" experience with a personal meeting with Princess Aurora, Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The Princess Tea also includes tea and brunch for two, a Princess dream dessert for all guests, a My Disney Girl doll, elegantly dressed in her Sleeping Beauty's gown, to keep and play with forever, a princess bracelet, special "gift" for our adult guests, and a very own "Best Friend" certificate so our little Princesses can name their My Disney Girl doll as their best friend for life.


• Cost: $200.00 (includes 1 child and 1 adult) PLUS tax and gratuity included.
• Additional child $135.00
• Additional adult $65.00
• Available dates: October 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and November 1, 2
• Limited seating: 42 per day
• Time of event: 10:30-noon
• Location: Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Garden View Tea Room level one
• Age of child: 4-12
• Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled on or before October 5th . After October 5th , partial payment of $30 is kept.
• Please note: This is an EXCLUSIVE TEST… for a LIMITED time, offered to a LIMITED group of Disney Guests

Just added for the last four nights of the My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party (October 29, 30 and November 1 and 2, 2003) four Artist Proof princess Cameo pins. Limit (1) one per group with a Child attending the Tea Party.

October 29, 2003 Cameo Tinkerbell
October 30, 2003 Cameo Aurora
November 1, 2003 Cameo Snow White
November 2, 2003 Cameo Cinderella
- - - - - - -

Now that you’ve read Disney’s official statement about the tea party, I’ll let my daughter describe the event for you in her own words:

At the beginning of the tea party, when you entered, you got a crown. They also threw rose petals on you. Miss Rose Petal greeted us and Lady Leaf showed us to our table.

When I saw my chair, there was a doll sitting in it. This doll had blonde hair, a pink dress, a crown, and a wand. There was a folded napkin on my plate with a silver bracelet around it. There was a card with my name on it and it said the bracelet on the napkin was mine to keep.

We got tea from the princess helpers. This tea was really apple juice and it was good and warmed me up so cheerfully. The kids got grapes, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and fruit to eat. The grownups got little sandwiches and weird stuff. For dessert, we got to eat a special princess cake. It was yummy.

Miss Rose Petal sang and told the story of Sleeping Beauty. Lady Leaf played the piano. In the story when we had to do stuff like “Ha-ha-ha” for the Maleficent parts, Lady Leaf would play the piano like it was evil. At one time we had to practice singing for when Princess Aurora would come. Then after we practiced, we sang Princess Aurora’s favorite song and we were too busy singing that we didn’t see Princess Aurora come in. We got to dance with Princess Aurora and went around in circles through the lounge. We also got to sing with her the song “Once Upon a Dream.”

After Princess Aurora left, Miss Rose Petal said Lady Leaf wanted suggestions for songs. I requested the most songs (“Under the Sea,” “Once Upon a Dream,” “Something There That Wasn’t There Before,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and “Tale as Old as Time”). Then the party was over.

I had a good time at the party. I please want to do it again. Oh please!”

Click here to view my on-line photo album of the event, or click here to view a photo slideshow of the event.

I don’t have much to add to what my daughter just said, but I should mention that my husband and I had a wonderful time at the party. We thought the party was beautiful and the entertainment was wonderful. At one point during the party the girls were asked to pick up their dolls and caress them. I looked at my daughter holding her doll as if it were a real child. She smoothed the doll’s hair and kissed her on her forehead. It was just the sweetest and most tender moment. Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought of how precious moments like this just seemed to be flying by as my daughter grew older. My husband took one look at me and said, “Hey, softie, you’re crying.” To which I replied, “No, I’m not” (I’m a horrible liar). He laughed at me and I ignored him. Then about fifteen minutes later, I noticed that my husband was now the one with tears in his eyes. I said, “Oh, look who’s crying now.” And then I took a photo of my husband & his teary eyes just to prove my point (it’s wonderful having blackmail material after you’ve been married as long as we have).

Yes, the new My Disney Girl Princess Grand Tea Party was wonderful and I will cherish the memories of it always (especially knowing that my blackmail material is safely locked away in my Safe Deposit Box).

Last edited by Janet2k; 02-13-2006 at 09:11 PM. Reason: To Fix Broken Link...
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-18-2003, 12:49 AM   #35
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

Grand Floridian Day Two, Part 2…

After the tea party was over, we hit the Grand Floridian’s newer swimming pool for a few hours. It was another beautiful Florida day and I wanted to exercise my broken leg in the warm water of the pool.

It took me awhile to get my nerve up, but after being in the pool for about an hour or so, I asked my husband to find out where the water wheelchair was located. He found out its location from one of the Life Guards and retrieved it.

I must admit that the water wheelchair didn’t look anything like I imagined it would look. I actually thought it looked rather Rube Goldberg, but since I am a technological nerd, that is a good thing:
Water Wheelchair Photo 1 (click here)
Water Wheelchair Photo 2 (click here)

My husband asked me to get in the water wheelchair and take it out for a spin. He wheeled me to the pool’s zero-depth entry area and then down into the water until I literally floated out of the chair. He then wheeled the chair back out of the pool for me.

After I swam for a bit, I asked my husband to bring the water wheelchair back to me because I wanted to get out of the pool. He wheeled the chair down the zero-depth entry ramp. I swam over to it and seated myself in it. He then wheeled me up the ramp, and I wheeled myself over to our lounge chairs. The chair was fairly easy to maneuver and drew a lot of attention. It seemed that my family was not the only family who had never seen a water wheelchair in use before.

Before my vacation began, I didn’t have much information regarding the water wheelchair. Because of that fact, I knew it was important that I personally not only took the water wheelchair out for a ride but also took some photos of it to share with everyone. If anyone has any questions regarding the water wheelchair and its use, just let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Last edited by Janet2k; 01-15-2005 at 10:12 PM.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-18-2003, 02:58 AM   #36
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

Grand Floridian Day Two, Part 3…

Our second day at the Grand Floridian had been pretty busy so far and it wasn’t over with yet. We still had the DoomBuggies.com event and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to get through. But after having relaxed in the pool, I knew our batteries were recharged and we were rarin’ to go.

The DoomBuggies.com website (click here) is a great place where fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion rides congregate. When Disney was doing research for the upcoming “Haunted Mansion” movie, they received some help from the DoomBuggies.com website. Disney wanted to repay the website for their help and thus a special event was planned which would have Don Hahn, one of the producers of the movie, and Jason Surrell, a Disney Imagineer and author of the new Haunted Mansion book, in attendance for a meet-and-greet. I wanted my family to attend this event because I knew that it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was very excited about the prospect of hearing Don Hahn and Jason Surrell talk about the new movie, as well as seeing some of the movie’s clips. Plus, a few friends of mine had also signed up to attend the event, and it would be fun hanging out with fellow Haunted Mansion lovers.

The event was held in one of the Downtown Disney hotels and it started at 5 PM. I had tried to get my hands on Jason Surrell’s new book before I left for the East Coast but I couldn’t find it in any of my local bookstores. Since I was attending the "999 Happy Haunts" event a few days later, I had ordered a few copies of the book from Disney’s Event Services Department and I knew those books would come autographed. Because of that fact, I tried not to feel too letdown that I wouldn’t get Jason to autograph my books in my presence. When I arrived at the event empty-handed, I was glad that there were at least some DoomBuggies.com posters available for autographing (it gave my daughter something to look forward to as she waited for everyone else to get their items signed).

After Jason Surrell had autographed everyone’s books, posters, bodies, etc., it was announced that Don Hahn was unable to attend the event. Everyone was disappointed to hear that, but then we were told that Don had sent a videotaped message. A short while later, the videotaped message was played. We soon found out that it was from both Don Hahn and Rob Minkoff, the “Haunted Mansion” movie’s director.

In the videotaped message, Don Hahn and Rob Minkoff were standing in front of a soundstage in California. They stated that they were trying to finalize the movie before the week was through. They said that if anyone would have rather seen them working in California than spending time in Florida, it would have been the DoomBuggies.com crowd. How true, how true. The audience got a big kick out of that.

While I was watching the videotaped message, I felt like I was at some kind of award show – the kind of show where someone wins and can’t be in attendance, so they send a videotaped message that was shot on some remote location somewhere in the world. Yep, Don and Rob’s message was a nice touch to the evening.

Once the message had ended, Jason Surrell pointed out a gentleman in the audience who had flown in from California with a special DVD in his possession. This DVD was filled with all sorts of clips regarding the upcoming movie. The crowd was pleased to hear that.

Jason Surrell, as I mentioned, is a Disney Imagineer. His latest project had been to put together a book on the Haunted Mansion. This book covers all four of Disney’s Haunted Mansions, and it also covers the upcoming movie. Jason had even spent some time on the set while the movie was being made.

Before each video clip was played, Jason would introduce it (I should note that we saw clips regarding the sets, the costumes, the makeup, the actors, etc.). . Jason had lots of tidbits to share with the audience regarding the movie, and at one point he even gave us his best Jennifer Tilly impersonation (Jennifer is an actress who plays Madame Leota in the new movie). His insights truly added a lot to everyone’s enjoyment of the evening.

I am glad that my family attended the DoomBuggies.com event, especially after having viewed the movie clip that showcased the famous Haunted Mansion singing busts. What a great scene. I can’t wait to see Disney's new Haunted Mansion movie (click here).

Last edited by Janet2k; 09-19-2005 at 01:35 AM.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-18-2003, 03:28 AM   #37
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

Grand Floridian Day Two, Part 4…

After enjoying the My Disney Girl Princess Grand Tea Party, swimming in the Grand Floridian’s pool, and attending the DoomBuggies.com event, our day was finally winding down. We took a van taxi from the DoomBuggies.com event and headed over to the Magic Kingdom Theme Park in order to catch the last hour or two of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We love the Halloween party and have seen it many times, so we didn’t mind arriving late. We also were going to attend the same party on Halloween night, so that lessened my daughter’s disappointment with arriving so late to this party.

As I’ve already mentioned, it had been a busy day for us so we only went on two rides during the It’s A Small World and Pirates Of The Caribbean. Since I was in my wheelchair and my leg was pretty swollen, I requested the handicap boat for the It’s A Small World ride (click here for photo). I was happy to be able to wheel my wheelchair right onto the boat. And even happier when I was told to wheel it all the way up to the front seat. Wow. What a great experience for my first ride as a handicapped person.

When we were done with the It’s A Small World ride, we went over to the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride (one of my favorites). This ride, however, had no handicap boat and so I had to transfer myself out of my wheelchair and into the boat. As I was seating myself in the front row, I came down hard on my broken leg and wanted to pass out to escape the pain. I silently promised myself that I would not ride another ride for the rest of the vacation. My husband must have noticed the pained look on my face because he became quite concerned about me. I told him that I was indeed in pain and since our boat had already left the loading point, there was nothing that I could do but grin and bear it. (I was secretly panicking inside, wondering how I’d make it through the ride without passing out.) Luckily, a minute or two into the ride, I felt a blast of cool air upon my face and began to feel a little better. I also loosened up my removable cast and began massaging my swollen leg. When the ride had finally ended, I was managing okay with the pain but decided to stick to my guns regarding not riding any more rides.

Around 11 PM, my husband began turning into a pumpkin. Despite the complaints of our daughter who did not want to leave the party, we headed back to our resort. Cinderella may have a coach to take her home before the stroke of midnight, but we had something a little more modern – the monorail. And so another magical day in Walt Disney World had come to an end.

Last edited by Janet2k; 11-24-2004 at 04:00 AM.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-18-2003, 11:44 AM   #38
BL II - Purple Team>
WISH Biggest Loser/Blue Team
Loves Monk, and Peeps,
helenk's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pottstown, PA, USA
Posts: 8,404


I look forward each day to your report. The way you describe everything I feel as though I can see it all!
I can not wait to read more!

Offsite 6/83,5/87
ASSP 7/95 & 11/08, GF 9/99, YC 11/01, WL 12/02 & 9/09 POR 9/03, POFQ 6/04, 12/04, & 5/06 POLY 6/04 & 12/05, POP 12/04, ASMU 7/05,10/07 & 12/07, AKL 12/06, CBR 5/07, CSR 5/08, SSR 11/08, CR 1/09, DLH 5/09, AKV 6/09, ASSP 10/09, ASSP&AKV 12/09, BCV 9/10, VWL 12/10, AKV 1/11 AKV/DCL 5/11 VWL&AKV 12/11, AKV 5/12,SSR 10/12, OKW 12/12, AKV 5/13, HHI 6/13,VWL 12/13, VCG 5/14, Hollywood Hotel, Hong Kong 5/14, AKV 8/14, AKV 11/15

helenk is offline  
Old 11-18-2003, 03:56 PM   #39
Business trips should include a little Disney
Boomer Sooner! Boomer Sooner! Go OU!
My middle name is Gullible!
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: too far from WDW
Posts: 4,033

Janet, thank you so much for sharing your very special vacation with all of us here on the DIS. Reading your report has brought back so many happy memories from our family trips. Thanks for enlightening us with so many magical things to aspire to on future visits.

I'm glad that your chef caught your food allergy before you were served the Ceasar salad. As you may recall, I share this same challenge and so much appreciate Disney's attention to detail with their recipes and presentation.
FW 74, 76, DI 83, CBR 99, OKW 00, Polynesian 01, CR-GV NYE O1/Jan 02, CR-Tower MK View May/June 02, ASMo/OKW July 03, OKW July 04, HRH 10/04, WL Concierge/SSR March 05, OKW June 05, SSR Christmas 2006. SSR July 2007, DL GCH March 2009, OKW May 2011, HRH/BLT Theme Park View March 2012
rascalmom is offline  
Old 11-19-2003, 08:48 AM   #40
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 902

You write the best trip reports!

Is the princess tea party going to be a permanent offering at the GF? Are you going to post a dining report to fill us in on all the restaurants you visited? How was your stay at the BCV? I want DETAILS!!!
MJS is offline  
Old 11-19-2003, 02:09 PM   #41
BL II - Purple Team>
WISH Biggest Loser/Blue Team
Loves Monk, and Peeps,
helenk's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pottstown, PA, USA
Posts: 8,404

OHHH Janet.... would love to hear more............

Offsite 6/83,5/87
ASSP 7/95 & 11/08, GF 9/99, YC 11/01, WL 12/02 & 9/09 POR 9/03, POFQ 6/04, 12/04, & 5/06 POLY 6/04 & 12/05, POP 12/04, ASMU 7/05,10/07 & 12/07, AKL 12/06, CBR 5/07, CSR 5/08, SSR 11/08, CR 1/09, DLH 5/09, AKV 6/09, ASSP 10/09, ASSP&AKV 12/09, BCV 9/10, VWL 12/10, AKV 1/11 AKV/DCL 5/11 VWL&AKV 12/11, AKV 5/12,SSR 10/12, OKW 12/12, AKV 5/13, HHI 6/13,VWL 12/13, VCG 5/14, Hollywood Hotel, Hong Kong 5/14, AKV 8/14, AKV 11/15

helenk is offline  
Old 11-21-2003, 12:56 AM   #42
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

CaliforniaDreaming, on one of these vacations, our families are going to wind up staying at the Grand Floridian at the same time. And when that finally happens, we will have an absolute ball discovering all the little nuances of that resort, you can count on that.

Rascalmom, since you have food allergies too, I must admit that it was great having the chef catch the food issue. I didn’t expect it, but it sure was nice knowing that someone was looking out for me.

MJS, I hope they continue the My Disney Girl Princess Grand Tea Party. It is an elaborate production, so I’m sure they are contemplating how they will offer it in the future. My guess is that it will be offered during Disney’s busier seasons. That would make the most sense. It will be interesting to see what they do. Hopefully, they won’t keep us waiting too long. As to whether or not I will be posting a dining report, probably not (I love to eat but am so horrible with describing what ingredients are in the dishes). But I will definitely be posting information regarding my Beach Club Villas stay, so hang in there with me. I had a wonderful time at the Beach Club.

Helenk, you want more? I’ll give you more. I will now post about my Grand Floridian room. See below.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-21-2003, 01:07 AM   #43
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

My Grand Floridian Resort Room’s Handicap-Accessible Bathroom …

I thought it was about time that I described my Grand Floridian Resort room to you folks. I must admit that you have been awfully patient with me. If the situation were reversed, I would have probably been begging by now for not only a room description but also some room photos.

My room was in the Main Building of the Grand Floridian Resort, and it was a deluxe concierge room. The room was beautiful, especially the bathroom. “The bathroom?” you ask. “She’s kept us waiting for days for a room description and she’s mentioning that the bathroom was beautiful? Is she feeling okay?” Yes, I am, thanks to having spent a few weeks in various Walt Disney World resort rooms that had handicap-accessible bathrooms. Those bathrooms were heavenly, ~sigh.~ Especially my Grand Floridian Resort room’s bathroom.

As you know, months ago I had injured my leg, and because of that injury, had spent several months off my feet. Immediately preceding my vacation, my final cast was removed. I was then given a removable cast. When I was wearing my removable cast, I was allowed to place some weight on my leg but not my full weight. And when I was not wearing my cast, I was not allowed to place any weight on my leg. As you can understand, the cast was removed for showering, and thus I was unable to stand. Now you know why having a handicap-accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower and a bench seat was a necessity for my vacation. Thanks to Disney’s Special Needs Department, handicap-accessible rooms were assigned to me for my stays at the following resorts: Port Orleans – Riverside, Grand Floridian, and Beach Club Villas.

Since I’m on the subject of the handicap-accessible bathroom, please let me describe it for you. As with all Disney deluxe resorts, the bathroom was comprised of a separate vanity area and a separate toilet and shower area. Click here for photo.

The vanity area had two sinks, a wall-mounted hair dryer, a wall-mounted makeup/shaving mirror, a wicker hamper, and lots of counter space. Click here for photo. I should also note that the paneling beneath the counter was cut away so that I could roll my wheelchair right up to the counter in order to comfortably wash my hands. Click here for photo.

The toilet and shower area of the bathroom contained wall-mounted handrails that allowed me to easily transfer myself from my wheelchair to either the toilet or the roll-in shower’s bench seat. I really needed those handrails.

Above the toilet was a shelving unit that contained bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, a box of tissues, spare rolls of toilet paper, a shower bonnet, a pad of notepaper, and a pen. There was even a wall-mounted telephone directly next to the toilet. Click here for photo.

The toilet and shower area was large enough to accommodate my wheelchair. I found plenty of room to maneuver about in between the toilet and the shower. Click here for photo.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a roll-in shower, it is a shower that you can actually roll your wheelchair right into. I didn’t roll mine inside the actual shower, only next to it, where I grabbed the wall-mounted handrails in order to transfer myself from my wheelchair to the shower’s bench seat. It sounds a little complicated, and it is the first few times you do it, but you eventually figure out the easiest way to transfer yourself and you stick with that formula. Click here for photo.

The height of the showerhead could easily be adjusted. The showerhead could even be removed from the wall bracket in order to become a handheld shower (it just doesn’t get any better than that). Click here for photo.

I was very, very happy that I had a handicap-accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower. My vacation would not have been so nice had I not had that specially designed bathroom.

Last edited by Janet2k; 01-15-2005 at 10:16 PM.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-21-2003, 01:24 AM   #44
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

My Grand Floridian Resort Room…

Now that I’m done with the description of the handicap-accessible bathroom, I’ll describe the rest of the deluxe resort room for you.

When I first saw the door to my room, I immediately noticed two peepholes: one at the usual height and one at a lower height for someone in a wheelchair to view through. Click here for photo.

In the room’s entryway, immediately on the left, was a large closet. This closet had mirrored doors. Sitting on the closet’s floor was the room’s electronic safe. I should note that this electronic safe was different than the one I had during my last Grand Floridian stay (in the Cypress Suite). This new safe was contained inside a small shelving unit; it was on the top shelf. The bottom two shelves were open, and my husband quickly placed his shoes and shoe polishing items there. The safe required the user to select a personal code when locking it (it was easy to operate):
Electronic Safe Photo # 1
Electronic Safe Photo # 2

In the room’s entryway, immediately on the right, was a wall-mounted mirrored hat stand. Click here for photo. We soon filled its little shelf with cups, toys, candy, booklets, and other trinkets. And we soon hung our hats and beach cover-ups upon its hooks. The one thing that I must admit about my family, and you’ll see this as you view my room photos, is that we always make ourselves at home. Always. That is a good thing.

As I entered the main area of the resort room, I saw a sofa table. Click here for photo. Of course, when I first saw the table, it was empty (but not for long, thanks to my family).

Looking beyond the sofa table, I could see that the room was nicely sized. Having a deluxe room obviously gave us more floor space than a standard room would have. I have a few photos where I tried to get this point across, but they didn’t turn out too well:
Floor Space Photo # 1 (click here)
Floor Space Photo # 2 (click here)

The resort room contained two queen-size beds. The bedspreads had the “cameo” theme. Click here for photo.

There was a little seating area in one corner of the room. It had a table, two chairs, and a floor lamp. Click here for photo.

In the center of the room was another seating area. It had a sofa, an occasional table and lamp, a coffee table, and an armoire that contained the television. Click here for photo.

A small wet bar that contained a sink was located behind louvered doors. If you had an in-room party, it would come in handy. Click here for photo.

My daughter was happy to see the minibar. She found all sorts of goodies inside it: M&M’s, Skittles, Oreos, Wheat Thins, PEZ candy, Grand Floridian mugs, cereal, milk, V8, juices, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, water, beer, wine, and alcohol. I should note that the minibar could only be opened by the key that was issued to me upon check-in:
Minibar Exterior Photo (click here)
Minibar Contents Photo # 1 (click here)
Minibar Contents Photo # 2 (click here)
Minibar Contents Photo # 3 (click here)

The room’s balcony was pretty much the standard size. It contained two chairs and a small table. Click here for photo.

The balcony had a nice view of the gardens and the quiet pool. You could even see the Magic Kingdom Theme Park’s “Space Mountain” ride in the distance if you looked towards Narcoossee’s. And if you looked towards the Polynesian, you could see Disney’s Wedding Chapel:
Balcony View Photo # 1 (click here)
Balcony View Photo # 2 (click here)
Balcony View Photo # 3 (click here)

Housekeeping did a wonderful job in keeping our room clean during the day. And when we returned to our room in the evening, we loved finding that turndown service had been done:
Turndown Service Photo # 1 (click here)
Turndown Service Photo # 2 (click here)

I don’t believe my family has ever had towel animals before while staying at the Grand Floridian. One day my daughter received a chickadee, and the next day she received a male and female character (I thought they looked like gnomes). They were darling. Click here for photo.

It was wonderful having a deluxe room at the Grand Floridian Resort. The extra room made it easy for me to maneuver my wheelchair around in. If I could have changed one thing about the room, however, I would have widened the doorways by a few inches. Don’t get me wrong, my wheelchair fit inside the current doorways. However, extra inches would have been nice (who says that size doesn’t matter ). My guess is that every person in a wheelchair has this same request – they want wider doorways. Other than that, I loved the room. It was a heavenly place to recuperate in.

Last edited by Janet2k; 01-15-2005 at 10:23 PM.
Janet2k is offline  
Old 11-21-2003, 01:42 AM   #45
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 6,977

The link to my main on-line photo album...

Since I am constantly adding photos to my on-line photo album, I thought I would post the main link to it (in case any of the links that I have given in prior posts have become obsolute). Please click here for my main on-line photo album.

Last edited by Janet2k; 09-19-2005 at 01:37 AM.
Janet2k is offline  

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: