Welcome to the 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. 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: • Resort Monorail – 8:30 AM to midnight • Epcot Monorail – 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM • Express Monorail – 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM 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 9/1/14: 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 - 9:00am-11:00pm Resort monorail - 8:30am-11:00pm. Will close at midnight on special event nights. Express monorail - 9:30am-1 hour after Magic Kingdom fireworks 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! click image for full sized version ©Disney TABLE OF CONTENTS Post 1: Resort Summary Post 2: Main Lobby & Grounds Photos Post 3: Guest Room Summary Post 4: Guest Room Photos Post 5: Deluxe Room Photos Post 6: Suite Photos Post 7: Club Level Summary Post 8: Club Level Photos Post 9: Shops Post 10: Shops, cont. Post 11: Dining & Lounge Summary Post 12: Restaurant Photos Post 13: Restaurant & Lounge Photos, cont. Post 14: Recreation Post 15: DVC 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: • Resort Monorail – 8:30 AM to midnight • Epcot Monorail – 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM • Express Monorail – 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM 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 9/1/14: 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 - 9:00am-11:00pm Resort monorail - 8:30am-11:00pm. Will close at midnight on special event nights. Express monorail - 9:30am-1 hour after Magic Kingdom fireworks Informational Links For a look back, check out the 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.