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

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  1. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

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    Hi pas :wave2:. Good to "see" you back. Hope things are going well :).

    You are going to love the GF. The Poly is our favorite resort, but the GF runs a very close second for me as everything about it is wonderful :goodvibes.

    I think you made a good choice as the GF (IMO) is a great alternative to the Poly ::yes::.

    Good to "see" you back. Glad things are settling down a little for you :flower3:.

    :wave2:

    Welcome back. Glad you had another amazing GF stay :wizard:.

    Like k&a&c'smom said, requesting a particular building is a personal decision, but it is nice to have that option if there is a certain location you would like to be in. With that said, if you do make requests and are assigned a room that doesn't meet those requests, you can always ask if there is another room available. Disney can't guarantee anything, but they will try their best to accommodate you :).

    You are correct that the GF isn't as spread out as it might seem (but I also don't think the Poly is all that spread out), so none of the outer buildings are too far from the main areas, IMO. With that said, my two favorite buildings for GV are Big Pine Key and Boca Chica. Both have pretty views of the courtyard pool and are very convenient to the main building, the beach pool, and Gasparillas :goodvibes.
     
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  3. ahcupcake

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    Good Afternoon :wave2: The sun has finally shown itself.....Don't know if any of you you remember the NASTY hailstorm that the south eastern part of PA had a few weeks ago, but one of the casualties was aunt & uncles car so they finally got a new one and we took my aunt to pick it up this morning, stank having to share a car with them for the last 2.5 weeks.
    Sadly no:sad1::sad: Nothing booked but when we decide to go I'll be calling my magical pixiedust: TA, who I think you might know

    Thanks for the mini TR Blue, how can you have the chocolates without the cards?

    Hi congrats on you upcoming first stay at the GF! It's best not to give specific room numbers but a range of numbers. OK my Unofficial Guide for WDW and for Conch rooms with full balconies that have MK views are 7228 to 7231, 7328 to 7331 and 7425 to 7431( they explain in the book that the first # is the building, second # is floor & last2 digits is the actual room #) So if you would request any room in those ranges you should be good. Sago also has some good lagoon & castle view rooms( 5139,5144, 5145,5242 to 5245, 5342 to 5345)....Call your TA and have her note your requests on your reservation, your TA owns your reservation until you check in so s/he is the only person that can make any adjustments and/or requests( I know that's kind of stinky)



    Glad everything & everyone is ok...I know what you mean about insurance co, my aunt has been dealing with one for damage their car received a few weeks back and she said it has been stressful on top of trying to move back to PA from NYC and care for my uncle who is suffering from dementia so I think she has a few more grays


    Congrats on you pixie dust pixiedust: My mom & I have dusted a few times, the first time we had a deluxe king room in the main building (RPC CL) and we were upgraded to the Grand Suite #4001( video I shot is on the first page of this thread...if you have a pinterest page I can PM you the link to page so you can see some still shots of the suite) and the second time we had just a standard RPC room book and we were upgraded to the Walt Disney Suite #4411( I'm still looking for pics to send to k&a&c'smom so she can post them). I also had one at the CR but that was because the we were going to put us in a lake view when I know I booked an MK view, they put us in a very nice suite on the 14th floor. I'd stay at the CR again but not with an MK view, don't like hearing all the car alarms going off when watching Wishes.
     
  4. ahcupcake

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    Hi mickeynut :wave2:
    I see you posted while I was writing my novel:lmao:;):rolleyes1. Hope evrything is well with you in your part of the US
     
  5. mickeynut1

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    Sorry about your aunt & uncle's car, but glad everything got settled and they were able to get a new one :).

    Yes, we were posting at the same time :laughing:. Things here are good, thanks. We had some rain at the beginning of the week, but the last few days have been sunny and cool with temps in the mid 70s :sunny:.
     
  6. abk96

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    Thank you for the correction. :) I guess the DIS got them mixed up. I thought that it would be weird that the resort line would be an hour later than the express. Now I can relax.:goodvibes

    ETA I read here on the DIS info and on another website that the resort monorail was at 9:30. Only one website that I saw says 8:30. I'm hoping this is correct. It would make more sense.
     
  7. k&a&c'smom

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    :hug: Me, too, I prefer a more boring life.;) I did get a nice visit with 2 of my kids during that time, so that's a plus.


    Thanks about DD.:flower3: Sorry to hear about your aunt & uncle's car, it must have been hard to deal with all that when moving. Glad they finally have a new car. Sorry, too, about your uncle - so hard when a loved one struggles with memory loss.:hug:

    You certainly have been pixie dusted!:cloud9: I'll try to get those photos posted soon.

    I agree, the 8:30 am beginning for the resort monorail makes more sense. It would make getting to Epcot by rope drop easier, at least. I'll keep my fingers crossed this is the case for everyone going over the summer.:thumbsup2
     
  8. k&a&c'smom

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    oops! Forgot to say:

    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!

    I hope all the dads out there have a wonderful day today.pixiedust:
     
  9. mickeynut1

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    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the dads :)

    I agree......life is somewhat easier when things are a little boring :laughing:. How nice that you had some time with 2 of your kids....I'm sure it was nice having them home :goodvibes.
     
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    Hi everyone! I know this was asked a few pages back, but I can't find if it was ever answered....Are the mattresses new with the refurb? Thanks!
     
  11. sydneysmom

    sydneysmom needing a vacation....soon!

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    I have a weird question...... so let's say you have an 8 am breakfast ADR at Cinderella's Castle or Crystal Palace.... will you have to take the boat now to make that ADR? (are the boats going to be running that early so people can make the early ADR's?) We obviously have a long ways to go before it effects us, but I'm just more curious than anything.....:confused:

    Also, if MK is EMH, I'm assuming this means that the monorail won't be running and we'd have to take the boat back to GF ?
     
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    Until early Sept?? :faint: : :sad: just great. So basically no morning monorail for my entire 2 weeks. Ugh.
    Pool closures monorail closures all during summer :confused3 I don't get it.
     
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    Checked into GF this afternoon. We booked GV and gentleman that walked us to check in desk sad "I'm sorry to report you've been upgraded to a lagoon view room" !!! So awesome - love having a little magic to start the vacation! We have ground floor room facing the Poly/wedding. Pavilion/villas and beach! Love the large patio also!!
     
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    Wow fabulous!! So nice to get so me pixie dust on your first day and I love the lagoon view : ) have a magical trip and keep us updated on the fun at Floridian as you have time
     
  16. Ferrentinos

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    How exciting!!! What an amazing way to start your vacation! :goodvibes
     
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    Seems to me I remember us tipping several years ago, but the policy may have changed. If the "cabana boy" waits on you (brings drinks, etc), why shouldn't we be allowed to tip him? :confused3
     
  18. Lisann

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    That's the nicest thing I have ever heard. How sweet of her. :goodvibes
     
  19. addiesmom

    addiesmom Earning My Ears

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    We rented a cabana last Summer at the Polynesisan. We also ended up renting a cabana another day at the Grand because of one being destroyed during a storm at the Poly. We tried to tip both attendants at both resorts and neither would accept it. They both told us it was not allowed. I agree; I felt awkward not tipping when they took care of so much for us. They brought extra towels, kept the fridge stocked, etc. But they said they couldn't accept it and we tried very hard to give them money! :confused3

    On another note...we are VERY excited to check in on Wednesday for our first stay the Grand!!! We are Poly converts due to the construction and we are so excited!! :banana: Thank you to everyone who provides information on this board, it's so helpful!! :thumbsup2
     
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    Thank you grannyminnie & addiesmom for the info re: cabana tipping.
    I'm going to offer the tip on the off chance they can take it. I would feel like a real cheapskate if I didn't at least offer; and I'll feel a whole lot better if they're able to take it.::yes::
     
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    We have rented cabanas in the past at the Poly (the last time was fall 2012) and every time the attendant has accepted our tip. As grannyminnie said maybe the policy has changed? But we have definitely tipped in the past. :confused3 I agree with your approach, it can't hurt to offer the tip the worst that can happen is they will politely decline.
     
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