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

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  1. scottmel

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

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    Ok I am there the 17th. Looks like I WON'T be affected by the later monorail. If this is the case, So do you know the REGULAR monorail schedule b/c I assume I will be there durin the NORMAL hours....THANKS!
     
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  3. abk96

    abk96 Remember the true heroes, our police, firefighters

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    From DIS information:
    Magic Kingdom Express: 1 hour before park open to 1 hour after park close, not including Extra Magic Hours
    Magic Kingdom Resorts: 6:30am until 1 hour after park close, not including Extra Magic Hours
    EPCOT: 1 hour before park open until 1 hour after park close, not including Extra Magic Hours

    Outside of these hours, alternate watercraft and bus transportation is available.
     
  4. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    Ack!!:crazy2: Really?? My computer has been "in the shop" getting a cleaning/tune-up to remove extra junk slowing it down all week and I sign on to find out the monorail hours this summer will be limited. This is just so disappointing. The monorail platform at GF is already the last stop prior to MK and the trains can be packed in the morning hours so I guess this means we will NOT be taking the monorail in the mornings for MK and EP.

    So....for those of you who have been at monorail resorts during previous monorail outages....

    Will they run extra boats from GF in the mornings? What about late nite summer hours? Do they continue to run boats to GF when MK is open until midnight and 1am?

    Buses--If they add buses for MK and Epcot, are they shared with other monorail resorts or will they be direct? I know the buses are shared for DHS and AK but I am hoping for direct buses during the monorail outage periods.

    :sad2:
     
  5. abk96

    abk96 Remember the true heroes, our police, firefighters

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    I read that the resort monorail isn't starting until 9:30.
     
  6. PixieJenna

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    Is this schedule just for the summer or until indefinitely?
     
  7. Dasha Hermosilla

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    The times we have been and the monorail is down, the extra buses they run do the resort monorail loop. So Poly-GF-MK-CR (TTC?). If you are going resort to resort on the monorail, you can sometimes be tricky and go to the next app the bus makes before it heads to its ultimate destination (ex. The AK bus from CR stops at either Poly or GF before heading to AK, so, if going to that resort, you can hop the AK vs the resort bus.)

    Ask the bus drivers. We have also seen at scheduled outages CM assigned to the bus stops to help people out, as it can be confusing.
     
  8. abk96

    abk96 Remember the true heroes, our police, firefighters

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    So, will they run buses to Epcot for people who want to get there early from GF?
     
  9. jmskinner

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    Hi! We are staying at the GF for the first time in September. We have an outer building, theme park view. I have never really requested a room, except at POR where I like the mansions and not alligator bayou. Is it recommended that I request a certain building or just let it be a surprise? Just me and the DH will be going.
     
  10. Sue M

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    monorail :crazy2: that's just crazy that they aren't running monorail for rope drop! That's a huge reason why people book monorail resorts! What are they thinking??? I guess there's the bait to MK that will go to Poly then MK. But I don't think boat starts till 8:30? Maybe they'll start early? And busses to Epcot, ugh. I hope by August the monorail will be back to normal ugh

    Pas :hug: hi!!

    k&a&c yes, so excited about 14 days GF. First 2 are SL to surprise my daughters, and a special treat for my youngest (24) who is finally able to join us again, it's been a few years since she's been able to between school & summer job at summer camp. Now she's finished school, and got a full time job so can take a holiday in summer! :woohoo: but she has to go back home to work after first day at GF. We will have been in Lauderdale and Universal already before wdw.
    So thought her day and a half would be fun at SL! We plan on going to TL our arrival morning then coming back and enjoying GF, CL, watch Wishes & Electric Water Parade, then second day sleep in, enjoy CL and have a resort day before her 2pm DME.
     
  11. k&a&c'smom

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    Thanks!:hug: Yes, everything is OK. DD was in a car wreck a couple months ago, which has taken up a lot of our time trying to get the other insurance to do the right thing. But she wasn't seriously hurt, thank goodness, and finally has her car back.

    :goodvibes

    August will be here before you know it.:cool1: LOL about the poor planning in regards to your DDs birthdays - my boys' b'days are 2 days apart, and my DD's is just 2 weeks from theirs. Silly me.;)

    I have not, do you mean from the Disney Florist? If so, I'm sure there is a photo on the website.

    Thanks for the update, hope you are starting to feel more relaxed after your travels.:goodvibes I'm so sad about the turn down cards, boohoo. Good news about the SL lounge colors, hope that is the case. I'm not a fan of the photos of the outer lobbies.~shudder~

    Welcome!:yay:

    Sorry to say, you won't be able to call Disney directly for info on your reservation. The TA "owns" your reservation, so all communications have to go through them, unfortunately, which is why they are telling you to call her. Maybe she can give you a copy of the reservation with the requests added?

    Some people see building options when they do online check in, I assume that is why they say they know in advance. No one knows for sure until check in, even if they do make a choice of building during online check in. Many situations can change room assignment right up to the moment you receive your room keys. Maintenance issues, previous guests decide to stay longer, etc.

    Take a deep breath and try not to stress too much.:hug: I'm sure you will have a great trip, even though you haven't been able to plan as much as you are used to doing. Maybe you'll find the lack of planning each day leads to some new discoveries. My suggestion for any park in the summer, but especially the MK, is try to get there at park opening and go straight to the new ride. I'm sure you know this already, but hearing it from others may help you remember it is never impossible.:hug: Have you done any of the FP+ stuff? I can't help much with that, as we haven't experienced it yet, but I'm sure others can give suggestions.

    Good luck, and don't hesitate to ask questions. We're here to help.:grouphug:

    Very excited for your first GF stay!:yay:

    The park bus stop IS quite near where the ME bus drops off. You will exit the ME bus in front of the resort portico - if you look to the left, you will see a white railing and covered area with benches. This is the park bus stop. There are photos on the first page, I think, but if I didn't transfer them they are on the previous FAQ thread. I'll post a link here in a bit so you can see it.:flower3:

    :hug: So sorry about the monorail change. Very frustrating, I agree. You are right, this will not ruin your trip, but you have every right to feel frustrated.

    I'm sure the resort will have a plan in place to get everyone to the parks at RD. Ask at check in. Enjoy the trip with your grandmother, how wonderful you will be able to take her for her first WDW trip.pixiedust:

    Thanks for the info. Do you know when this starts? Maybe that has been posted and I missed it.
     
  12. disney meema

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    We love conch key building near the marina and boat dock area, we've had beautiful TPV : )
     
  13. k&a&c'smom

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    Yet another summer with monorail issues.:faint: Has anyone read about the reason, is it due to the Poly DVC construction?

    We use taxis a lot at WDW as well, especially for Epcot and DHS. This would probably be a good time for a rental car if ever there was one! lol

    Thanks for sharing your experience, I'm sure it will help others who are concerned.:flower3:

    From what has been posted about past monorail shut downs, they DO run boats from the MK for EMH and other periods when the monorail is down. I wouldn't hold out too much hope for direct buses, maybe I'm wrong about that.:rolleyes:

    I don't blame guests for being upset about this, it throws a wrench into everyone's plans. One of the big draws of the monorail resorts is the convenience of the monorail!:headache:

    Where did you read this? I hope the 8:30 time is correct, for everyone trying to make park opening.

    I would certainly hope they will have their ducks in a row, but from past experience they do not, always.~sigh~ We have seen CMs at the bus stop, even during regular transportation periods, so hopefully they will be out in force this summer.

    Thanks for the info on the bus routes, this is what I suspected. (multiple resorts)

    I would assume they will run buses on the same schedule that the monorail would have run.

    Welcome, very excited for your first stay!:cheer2: Whether to request a building or not is purely personal taste. Some people like to make a request, others want to be surprised. There aren't many bad rooms at the GF, don't worry, no parking lot views, etc.

    What room category do you have? That may make a difference on which building you prefer. ETA: oops, just saw you have TPV.:blush: The two buildings most often cited as having good TPV rooms are Conch Key and Sago Cay. HTH!

    Sounds wonderful!:cloud9: Can I stow away in your luggage?!;) Your plans for Ft.L and Universal sound great, too, we love the USO resorts (and the beach!).

    I completely agree about the monorail outage. Very frustrating.
     
  14. andyman8

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    Some of the information I've seen around (including in this thread) regarding the reduced monorail hours is incorrect.

    These are the official hours as of now for June 22 and beyond.

    Magic Kingdom Resort beam - 8:30am to midnight
    Magic Kingdom Express beam - 9:30am to 11:30pm
    Epcot beam - 9am to 11pm

    An enddate has still not even been nailed down internally but they're hoping to be done around early September (think like the first week).
     
  15. k&a&c'smom

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    Thanks for the update.:flower3: Can you reference your source? It's helpful, I think, so people know which is the most accurate info.

    Is this due to monorail maintenance, or the Poly construction? I'm completely out of the loop lately.:blush:
     
  16. andyman8

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    The hours have been on multiple sites, including one that took it from the Hub. The end date comes from a friend working with the reduced hours. My guess is upper Disney management has a bit of a clearer idea than "early September" but I don't have access to anyone at that level familiar with this specific situation.

    In terms of reasoning behind the closures, they're automating the monorails (don't worry there will still be CMs inside the driver's station.
     
  17. shellypaige

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    Is there a path to walk from the grand floridian to the transportation center?
     
  18. trishadono

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    There is a path from gf to poly and a path from poly to TTC.

    However one of them isn't too bad to walk ( I do all the time) but both would be long.
     
  19. k&a&c'smom

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    Ferrentinos, here is the link to the bus stop photos I posted on a previous thread. The path you see in the first photo is the one from the Main Bldg. entrance, walking toward the Convention Center.

    HTH!:sunny:

    andyman8 - thanks! Good to know.
     
  20. disney meema

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    Any stories of pixie dust experiences at GF... Love to read about those magical moments : )

    Here's ours from GF:

    We were upgraded from a garden view standard room to SL club ... An incredible surprise
    My twin grandsons each received a small red wagon filled with Mickey goodies ect. Balloons and a small birthday cake for each of them for their 5th birthday ... So so surprised!

    We had our shopping purchases sent from DDT to the Grand and it never arrived. We called front desk and they checked for us and it seems it was lost. The concierge called us and came and got our receipt for our purchases ... She drove to DDT and got everything for us we had bought and added some extra special treats and figurines for the two boys. Yep she drove to DDT and back to make sure we had everything, amazing!

    We booked a lagoon view and our room was in conch key dormer room with a theme park view as well ... So fun!
     
  21. jpalasky

    jpalasky Earning My Ears

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    Hi Thanks for the tips with Christmas decorations. I have been reading through all the pages on tips for the GF. It is very overwhelming. I am planning to book a garden view room. What building do you suggest would be great to stay in. I have only been to the GF for dinner so I do not know the resort very well. We do enjoy hanging at the pool and being close to activities. I don't believe the resort is as spread out as the POLY. Am I correct?
     
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