Hello, everyone! Thanks for the welcome back. This is going to be a long one, I hope I don't miss anyone. 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! 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? 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. 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. 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! Sorry to hear about your dad's passing, and your mother's health issues. 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! 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?! 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! Hey, love your new avatar photo! Hello, my good friend! 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. Agreed and agreed. HAHA! Isn't that the truth?!