A Grand Vacation: The 2012 Grand Floridian FAQ!

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  1. MagicPrincess

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    I should add that we didn't start planning our trip until about 80 days out, so to try to get BOG or Ohana is next to impossible- unless I want to eat at bedtime ;) I was hoping they could work some magic, but with that little time I totally understand.
    The CM's are great- and they have always been very prompt with their responses back to me. :thumbsup2
     
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  3. psac

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    That's "literally" correct!!!

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  4. cgulls

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    going into our stay last week, we had a cabana rented for a full day. After being there a couple days, we ended up cancelling the cabana and hanging out at the CY pool instead. The walls around the Beach Pool, the noise from next door (it wasn't horrible, but it was there), and the fact that the waterfall wasn't on reduced the appeal of the Beach Pool. We really liked the CY pool so we didn't feel as though we missed anything.
     
  5. k&a&c'smom

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    I hopped on this morning to say we just left the Grand and report about the pool and DVC construction, and found people up in arms!;) I haven't read all the posts, but thought I'd say - I've read the blog post everyone is discussing, and I thought it was hilarious!:laughing:

    As has been pointed out, this blogger has a candid style. He is more of a writer than a reviewer, to my mind. Someone who writes for the overall effect of the piece, rather than a black and white review of the resort, restaurant, etc.

    I highly doubt anyone is stumbling on this one report and seeing it as an indictment of the Grand as a whole. We use easyWDW calendars and I've enjoyed the reviews on the site tremendously - goofy comments and all.

    :sunny:

    Oh, and I have some photos of the new courtyard pool fence being installed, along with Gasparilla's and Sandy Cove photos. When I get a chance, I'll upload and share. We had a wonderful stay at the Grand! There was some construction noise, but it didn't overly impact our stay. We didn't spend a lot of time out on the grounds, though, so I can't vouch for how it feels after hearing it for hours (in the pool, for instance - we swam once, for only about 2 hours).:flower3:
     
  6. MagicPrincess

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    Can't wait to see the pictures! Hope you had a great time!!!


    I just wanted to repost...
    How much time should I allow for travel from GF to Epcot WS via monorail? I'm thinking it was about 90 minutes???
    Thanks! :)
     
  7. k&a&c'smom

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    Oh, MagicPrincess, I don't think it is as long as that! If I recall, it is about 35-40 minutes from your room to Epcot's entrance, depending on how quickly the monorails arrive, and then the walk to WS. I think that can be done in about 5, if you can walk fast. I don't.:rotfl:

    Let me ask my girls - they just rode from the Grand to Epcot yesterday. They would have a better estimate, I think.:thumbsup2

    BTW - on the front page, I have a link to a handy tool for determining travel times at WDW: http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/transportation/transportation1.cfm
     
  8. k&a&c'smom

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    I'm having trouble uploading, but here are a few photos from yesterday, looking down on the courtyard pool from the main building. I have some that are ground level, close up photos of the new fence, from the inside of the fenced area. I'll post those when I have a better connection!:goodvibes:

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  9. k&a&c'smom

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    I definitely agree with phyllis - the cabanas are not a good value right now. We were in the Beach pool for a short time (mostly too cold, I forgot it isn't as warm as the courtyard pool!) and none of the cabanas were in use. The noise over there would prevent a soothing time spent, even if just the half day, and with the waterfall inoperable, the Beach pool just doesn't have the same feel.

    In fact, with the zero entry and pop jets at the courtyard pool, there were as many if not more families over there now. They are doing the activities in the courtyard pool, not sure how long that is planned to continue.

    ETA: cgulls, I see you had the same thoughts, I really should read through everything before I post!;) I'm not in love with the new courtyard pool, but as changes go, it isn't too bad. Hate that the zero entry has you in knee deep water halfway, and the deep end is so less deep - and it is now far more busy. But, still a pretty pool, and the new fence is far superior! However, I didn't see an exit gate near Boca, did you???
     
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    Yes, there is an exit gate near Boca. The fence opens at the back of the walkway between the pool bar and the bathrooms. So, it opens up to the area where Boca meets Big Pine.
     
  11. cgulls

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    Hi, these guys have an app that estimates travel times from point to point at WDW using different modes of transportation.

    http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/iphone/GPSTWizApp.aspx#.UXrWJbXU_kU

    And 90 minutes sounds high from GF to Epcot. The TWIZ app says 40 minutes to the Epcot turnstiles (so, add your walking time from the front entrance to your destination in World Showcase).
     
  12. k&a&c'smom

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    Oh, thanks - good to know. I didn't walk around the whole pool, just on the main building side. While we were in the pool, we alternated between pool and hot tub, so still didn't end up on that side of the pool.:flower3:
     
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    I may have missed it but does anyone know when the beach pool waterfall will be operational again? Are they refurbishing it or is there another reason it is not operating right now?

    Thanks!
     
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    Thank you so much for your feedback! I think I'll cancel the reservation and we'll hang by the other pool instead. I'm bummed, but want to make sure it's an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
     
  15. MagicPrincess

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    Thanks everyone! I remember running to the Biergarten one time because we were late- couldn't remember how much time we gave ourselves- maybe an hour is plenty! :)))
     
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    I have to agree with you, I think Josh is hilarious :rotfl: I'm a bit behind, and haven't read the uproar. We also use his Crowd Calendars and they're pretty good.
    Great pics!! Love it. More please. :goodvibes
     
  18. Sue M

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    How exciting for DD! I think if you request Marina then you won't be on the DVC construction side. Too funny about the moon :rotfl:
     
  19. k&a&c'smom

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    Welcome, and congrats on your 40th wedding anniversary!:goodvibes What a milestone! I think you will love the Grand.

    I don't have any specific room requests that are better for scooters. I think all the rooms have plenty of space, except perhaps the dormer. You may want to make a request for "no dormer room" - these are on the upper floors, usually 4 and 5, but a few are on the 3rd floors.

    All the restaurants at the Grand are very good, we especially love the GF Cafe. We eat there more than once per trip, usually at breakfast or lunch. Citricos is very nice, and a little quieter than Narcoossee's.:flower3:

    I'm so sorry to hear you are having to deal with the aftermath of Sandy.:hug: I hope the recovery goes swiftly and you won't have too much longer.

    Congratulations to your DD, how fun!:cool1: LOL about the mooning.

    I'll try to get some more up soon! I took quite a few, one lady who saw me snapping in several locations said I was the picture-takin'est lady she ever saw!:rotfl:
     
  20. Disney_Princess83

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    Hi Everyone,

    Has anyone on the thread had any experience at the Ivy Trellis Salon? We will be doing a breakfast here the morning of MNSSHP and considering making an appointment to get my hair washed and styled for the party. The information I could find was a little limiting. I'm not too concerned about the price. I'm going as Ariel and as a red head anyway, I can't see the point of buying a wig. Will get my hair style in a similar fashion if possible. I have very long hair so I'm sure they can do something with it. I can bring in a photo of the type of style I'm looking for.
     
  21. k&a&c'smom

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    We have had our hair styled a few times before going to V&A's, and DD is a red head, too, lots of hair!;) I should say, we had it done prior to the new management, so I can only speak for when it was run through the Nikki Bryan spas.

    I doubt they will want to do a shampoo - they always told us not to wash our hair the day of the up do. It's harder for them to get it to stay up with clean hair.

    We were both pleased with the results. I know BCV23 and her DD have had cuts there as well, and had no complaints.:flower3:
     
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