2014 Grand Floridian Resort & Villas FAQ: Vacationing in Grand Style!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by k&a&c'smom, Apr 3, 2014.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. k&a&c'smom

    k&a&c'smom DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 29, 2002
    Messages:
    5,337
    Hello, everyone!:wave: Thanks for the welcome back.:grouphug: This is going to be a long one, I hope I don't miss anyone.

    :hug: Thanks, I've missed all my GF friends, too. Now that things are starting to get back to normal, I'll try to post more often.

    Thanks, it's good to be back!:goodvibes We don't smoke so haven't had to look for the best SAs, but just from a logistics standpoint I would think getting in and out of the SL building would be easier to access a smoking area? Could be wrong about that, but it seems like walking out the back door and down the marina side to the SA near Conch would be easy and pleasant. Or around to the one near Sago.

    LOL about the DD loving Summer Lace - there's a lot to love in that shop!

    This has been my experience, too, on our one trip in early January. Similar dates, though I think each year is slightly different.

    Good to see you! Huh. Me, either, that would make the "large" room very crowded! Maybe due to the desk area changing it will be better than it sounds?

    :hug: Thanks, glad to be back! I don't blame all you Poly lovers for switching to the Grand, construction can be a downer. Not always, of course, but the kind of major building that is going on over at the Poly would make me switch, too.

    :laughing: Maybe not a wacko, but I understand the second guessing. Rack rate in RPC would make me cringe, especially near Christmas!

    O.M.G. Fourteen days.:faint: I'm so envious.;)

    We love early December, too, but have not gone in that time period lately.

    As others posted, BPK does face the Poly and most of the lagoon view rooms seem to be in this building. A very pretty view.

    Boca Chica has a wonderful panoramic view of the lagoon, with Space Mtn., CR, and the Poly all within view. There are a lot of big trees on the lagoon side of this building, which may be why there are still lagoon view category rooms after the category split from "theme park view".

    There has been some question as to whether any of the Sago or Conch rooms on the MK end are still designated "lagoon view". Some posters have said they were placed in obstructed views even with a TPV paid room, so it's possible they are all marked as TPV. The rooms that are over the marina are mostly designated garden view.

    HTH! If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.

    Welcome!:goodvibes Sorry to hear about your dad's passing, and your mother's health issues.:hug: WDW is a great place to vacation for anyone with mobility issues.

    As far as I know, all areas are accessible. BCV23 is our resident expert, though, she would know much more about that aspect. As others posted, the courtyard pool, at least, has an accessible lift into the pool, not sure about a water wheelchair. I may have a photo somewhere to illustrate - if I find it, I'll post a link.

    LOL about the head banging. I can relate, as I do a lot for my elderly mother. Whether the CL is worth it is relative, but it sounds like that might be a good way for your family to add some comfort and security for your mother. Having the lounge area to escape to would be a relief, I think, and the ease of breakfast and snacks will be helpful. ETA: be sure to look for discounts, though, as the CL rooms have gotten sooo expensive! We're nearly priced out of them.

    Hey, you!:wave2: Good to "see" you, sounds like you've had another great stay at the Grand! Can't wait to hear all about it after you rest up. Sorry about your long flight delay, seems that happens more and more, right?!

    :cheer2:

    LOL! No need to feel bad, many of us cheat on our favorite resort!

    It all depends on your family and their style of travel. For many, it is a hassle to stay one night at a resort, then pack up and move over to another. We have done it a few times, and if you plan well, it isn't too much of a hardship. We usually pack one bag for the first night, so we don't have to unpack our larger suitcase(s). Just throw the used clothing into that bag, grab your toiletries and go.

    If one night at the beginning is the only way you can give the GF a try, and you think your family is up for it, more power to you!:goodvibes

    Hey, love your new avatar photo!

    Hello, my good friend!:hug:

    Welcome back, and enjoy your planning; good luck on your choice. It's so hard to choose, so many great resorts!

    Kudos on your upgrade! Glad you had a magical stay, thanks for the review. Good luck snagging the extra day in August - just keep checking, it may open up as you get closer.

    As others have posted, the decorations are often up through that week, in various stages. I would think at least the 3rd you will see most of them, as the holiday pricing often runs through that date.:scratchin

    Agreed and agreed.;)

    HAHA! Isn't that the truth?!
     
  2. Avatar

    DIS Sponsor The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Reosrt.

    to hide this advert.
  3. Candy Orlando

    Candy Orlando DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010
    Messages:
    652
    K&a&c'smom, welcome back! I've missed you!
     
  4. k&a&c'smom

    k&a&c'smom DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 29, 2002
    Messages:
    5,337
    :hug: Thanks! I've missed you all, too.:grouphug:

    I haven't found the photo I was looking for, but I did a search on the disABILITIES forum and found this question and answer about pool wheelchairs (I'll provide the text below). Both pools at the Grand are now zero entry.

    HTH!:flower3:
     
  5. ahcupcake

    ahcupcake Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Messages:
    147
    Good (almost) Afternoon :wave2:

    It's a little soggy here again, hope it dries out soon. Last week it was soooooooo humid UGH.

    I know I'm a little behind but you're welcome. File the info away for another trip to NYC





    Sounds like you had a nice relaxing trip & oh no about you sister hope she is feeling better now



    Hi Maxie :wave2: My candy stash is long gone:sad: I keep forgetting you're a Poly Peep,I might have to give it another try after the construction is done (haven't stayed there since Full House was down there filming their WDW episode)


    Welcome back! Hope everything is/was ok

    Welcome Back Blue sounds like you had a fab trip can't wait to "hear" more...Did they get new mattresses in the refurb? The last ones they had killed my back

    :cool1::cheer2: Yay for you first GF stay. My mom & I were hooked on the GF after our first stay way back in 1988.......Hmm not too sure about the Christmas decorations sometimes they come down on Jan 2nd and sometimes the 5th(maybe thats the parks decs I'm thinking about)

    Woo Hoo :cheer2: congrats on your first stay at the GF......I really like the new decor too was so not a fan of those flammable yellow beadspreds
     
  6. Lisann

    Lisann DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Messages:
    514

    That is one of my main reasons for loving GF. :goodvibes

    Glad you had a great time! It's kind of difficult not to! :)
     
  7. Lisann

    Lisann DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Messages:
    514
    k&a&c'smom....Hey, love your new avatar photo!

    Thanks! :blush:
     
  8. grannyminnie

    grannyminnie DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,904
    Hey, ahcupcake!! :wave2: Any trips on the horizon for you and your mom??
     
  9. mommyrosa2

    mommyrosa2 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Messages:
    1,908
    Popping in to say hello :wave2:

    I finally got a moment to catch up on the thread...been so busy at work these days (this is my busiest time of year). Unfortunately for me, I won't get a break now till the end of July and in the midst of work insanity, I have both girls celebrating birthdays soon with one Sweet 16 birthday bash to finish planning and get thru :faint:. Oh, and did I mention that even though my DD's are 4 years apart, their actual birthdays are only 3 days apart...yeah, that was some poor planning on my part :sad2::lmao:.

    I've enjoyed reading about everyone's recent trips and all those who are excited about their upcoming stays. I, for one, CANNOT wait for our first stay at the Grand... August won't come fast enough!!!
     
  10. PixieJenna

    PixieJenna Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2014
    Messages:
    152
    Hi Everyone! I am new to the DIS but not to Disney. My family of three will be at GF in Late September. I am so excited!!! Has anyone ever ordered the Tiara in their room for their arrival? If anyone has, do you have an image of it?!

    Much appreciated :)
     
  11. BlueSkies

    BlueSkies ~GF Gal.....

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,275
    Thank you.. thank you friends... for the warm welcome back!!! :goodvibes :grouphug: :goodvibes

    Getting back to reality is never any fun..and I am currently having lounge withdrawl!!! lol.... :eek:

    I am not sure where to start....:upsidedow Maybe do a mini TR ..in segments...

    ~ The GF....:lovestruc Our stay was just wonderful... the resort after so many renovations over the last few years is looking lovely...and spring and summer have sprung..lots of beautiful folliage...:flower2::flower2::flower2: As in our last stay..while there are turndown chocolates..there are no longer those turn down cards with the little sayings on them...so I am thinking they are gone for good...

    ~SL renovation is in full swing...not that I could see anything other than the construction walls...lol... I did hear similar to what grannieminnie has heard with regards to what is going on with the lounge refurbs..it is not being made larger..rather being re arranged....and from what I understand should have a look color wise similar to Gasparilla's!! :thumbsup2 To me that is good news..as Gaspies has that same blue and green palette that is on the walls in the pool elevator lobby...I only hope this is accurate info....:confused3

    ~The food...lol...I know that many of you are all about the food too!!! :goodvibes But...I have a lot of errands to run..and need to look through my photos to give some specifics....so...I will be back later or tomorrow to fill you in!! ::yes::

    Hope that everyone is having a fabulous Friday!! Which btw is Friday the 13!! :earsgirl: preppy GF gal who is happy that she booked a BB!! :yay:
     
  12. vcb

    vcb Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Hello! New here!

    We're doing a switch from Contemporary (which would have been our first time, we've always stayed at the WL) to the Grand (need a room for 5). I've been very behind in planning his trip for some reason and I'm 5 days out!

    My travel agent made all the specific room requests I have (Conch, upper floor), but I just want to make sure she did it. Is there a specific # I call. I just tried call Disney and they tell me to call her...do I call the Grand itself? and I've seen some people know what building then are going to be in before they go? Am I reading that correctly? How did you do that??

    I'm very overwhelmed with this trip! We've always stayed at the WL and I'm not big on change and we usually go at the end of summer -- I teach, so I usually have more time to get things under control!! Freaking out!!

    And I have friends texting me that we'll never get on the Seven Dwarfs ride! AGH!
     
  13. Ferrentinos

    Ferrentinos DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Messages:
    995
    I have about a month until our first GF SL stay!!!!! :banana:

    I noticed the monorail summer schedule plans - does anyone know what time the boat will start operating in the mornings? I just want to make sure I allow plenty of time to reach RD. An estimate to MK via boat?

    Also, is the bus stop area for park buses going to be near where ME drops us off when we arrive? I just want to get a lay of the land!

    Thanks!!! We are so excited for our first (but I'm sure not last) stay at the Grand!
     
  14. solana131

    solana131 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2011
    Messages:
    2,341
    We are 11 days away from our first GF stay. I was booked at POFQ, but then decided that my 86 yr old Gram deserved something special for her first trip and I switched to the Grand. The driving force behind this change was the monorail because she gets car sick and I thought the buses would be too much for her. Now we find out we won't be able to take the monorail to either rope drop at either MK or EP.......not happy :( I know they have closed it down midday before, and I understand that...but Rope Drop??? What are they thinking??

    I guess if you are trying to find a positive spin on this, maybe RD crowds won't be as bad with the monorail not running. Epcot opens at 9. The monorail starts running at 9. So if we can catch a bus, or taxi before that, we will be ahead of the people who don't know about the monorail. Fingers are crossed :)

    I was very upset yesterday when I saw this news on FB. But after stewing about it all day...and tossing and turning all night....I just keep repeating my mantra "this will NOT ruin our trip" "this will NOT ruin our trip" "this will NOT ruin our trip". We are still staying at the gorgeous Grand Floridian for the first time ever. It is still my grandmother's first and probably last trip. I will make sure she has a magical vacation! We will figure out RD without a monorail....somehow.
     
  15. gretchenohar@hotmail

    gretchenohar@hotmail <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    3,129
    With your wonderful attitude and generous heart you WILL have a magical trip!

    Sending tons of transportation pixie dust your way!:grouphug:
     
  16. Candy Orlando

    Candy Orlando DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010
    Messages:
    652
    I've been going to Disney three times a year for ten years and have never done rope drop. My family likes to do everything at a slow pace. We love going to MK on the boat. We always rent a car to go everywhere.

    About two years ago I got very sick and had to use a wheelchair. That might help with your grandmother. Ask the GF if they have one.

    The Grand is so beautiful and the music in the foyer is so nice, you will enjoy the slower pace.

    Relax and enjoy the best hotel at Disney.

    Candy
     
  17. abk96

    abk96 Remember the true heroes, our police, firefighters

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2005
    Messages:
    1,903
    What monorail schedule? Where do I find it? And it doesn't sound good.:sad2:

    ETA Found the schedule and I guess we'll be taking the boat most mornings to MK.
    Epcot Monorail: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Resort Monorail: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    Express Monorail: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m
     
  18. abk96

    abk96 Remember the true heroes, our police, firefighters

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2005
    Messages:
    1,903
    :wave2:Good morning everyone! It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. No more rain...yay!

    You'll be there right before us and I hope I get to hear all about your SL stay before we leave. If I remember correctly the buses are out the front door of the lobby(where ME drops off) to the right and you have to walk down a bit to get to the bus stop.

    I'm also wondering about boats and how long. Was looking forward to hopping on the Monorail in the morning but that's not going to be possible most of the time now.

    :dance3:11 days!!! You are going to have a fantastic time. No worries.

    Oh I hope they use Gasparilla's color scheme. I love those colors together.
    Can't wait to hear about the food!:)

    Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!:goodvibes
     
  19. scottmel

    scottmel <font color=darkorchid>Does my logic in my origina

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2002
    Messages:
    3,115
    we leave in 2 days. Staying at GFV for our MK days....I need to be at MK at 8 AM. From what I am reading monorail schedule changes on 22nd. So I am ok on the 17th thru 20th. Correct? If so, what is the monorail schedule during THIS time
     
  20. mamabellefortwo

    mamabellefortwo Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    I was also bummed when I saw this and, like you, have settled down a little. Here are my thoughts fwiw: 1). I see that the resort monorail to MK will begin at 830 (some sites day later but wdw magic.com says 830) and if this is correct, you should be able to do MK rope drop via monorail from GF. 2). While we like taking the monorail to Epcot, taking a taxi there is far and away the fastest and easiest way to get there. We utilized taxis to Epcot from GF a few times because you can just take a 10 minute drive vs monorail to TTC, down & up long ramps to monorail to EPCOT (which often took 30-45 minutes). 3). I don't know if you're taking breaks to go back to your resort (we do) but I was happy that the Monorail would be up and running during the day to facilitate breaks. I hope you have a wonderful trip!
     
  21. mamabellefortwo

    mamabellefortwo Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    My suspicion is that they will run the yellow flag boat launch early, but that hasn't been announced. They've just said extra boats and buses will be available. I'd just let them know the night before about your 8:00 ADR and ask them how you will be able to get there. We have multiple 8:00am ADR's and I'm not worried. Last year we took the resort monorail to TTC to get to Epcot for an 8:00 ADR. Apparently the Epcot monorail doesn't run that early. The people at TTC were very nice and arranged a van to drive us and another family over to Epcot. Don't worry- just communicate what you need and they will help you out.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page