A Grand Vacation: The 2012 Grand Floridian FAQ!

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  1. BlueSkies

    BlueSkies ~GF Gal.....

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    :cake: HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY GRAND FLORIDIAN!!!! :cake:

    I know the official opening date is July 1st...but this date in disney history and other sites say today is the day the the GF actually opened...Wish I was there right now to celebrate! :lovestruc
     
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  3. Syndrome

    Syndrome Who's super now?

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    :bday:

    If anyone is at the Grand today ...........let us know if they did anything special to celebrate !!! :woohoo:


    Syndrome ...........
    27 days until Sugarloaf !:thumbsup2
     
  4. MommyGina

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    Hi all. I think DH is driving the DVC rep crazy with all my questions. The standard view is a view of the main building, the beach pool or the wedding chapel. Not so bad. I also read that it is $65 per day for housekeeping to come in and clean and refresh towels.

    I still like the thought of CL level, but I guess that's why there is a kitchen and Garden Grocer. My kids don't seem to mind, but...

    18 more days for us and I will certainly let everyone here know my impression of the model rooms.
     
  5. DrMomof3

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    We are also new DVC members with the Villas at the Grand Floridian as our home resort. We last stayed at GF in January, 2012. We stayed CL and had a room about 2-3 doors away from the lounge. I worried that my young children wouldn't like GF but quite the opposite was true.
    We only bought 160 points which is enough for one week in a studio annually. We plan our first stay in our new home away from home in August, 2014. Since we tend to go to Disney more than once a year, there will be plenty of opportunities to stay CL or elsewhere on our non-DVC trips. I love having a kitchen and laundry facility and even when we don't stay in DVC rooms, I always do laundry on vacation. With 3 children it just becomes a necessity for me (and I won't lie - my time in the laundry room is often the most peaceful time of our vacations! :rotfl2: ).
    We're super excited to have many great future trips to GF!!!

    Amanda
     
  6. k&a&c'smom

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    Having adult children does make the space issue more imperative! When we thought we would have 6 adults, I looked into booking DVC villas for the first time ever, but due to the short notice there was very little left that would work for us. My second thought was a suite, but found two CL rooms to be far less expensive!:faint: Ended up 2 of the kids dropped out, so it was a moot point, but I know eventually this will affect us.

    We feel the lounge is extra space, too, our last trip to RPC was with 3 adults - plenty of room with the lounge as a retreat.

    LOL about the boutiques being well stocked! I do a few things while the kids are at the parks, or while we are swimming. If we do not have an extra for DD to tour with, I'll send them out to valet laundry.

    I'll bet that's right, once you get used to the room it's tough to go back.

    I've read others who prefer not to have housekeeping due to fears about their stuff.:hug: I have to say, that particular fear has never bothered me at WDW, but I'm sure my DH would be anxious. (he never comes along any more, not a WDW lover - hard to fathom, right?!)

    I remember now that you mention it - we used to book the week before Christmas due to the local school schedule, but had to give it up. I refuse to start off with such high rates, not to mention some years have no discounts during that time.:headache:

    party:

    Thanks for the reminder! When I was researching for the blurb on the first page, every date contradicted each other so I went with "summer 1988"!:laughing:

    I'd love to be there, too, I wish we all were hanging in the lobby right now.:cloud9:

    They usually have cake in the lobby, with some sort of ceremony, I think. I would imagine the 25th would be extra special.pixiedust:

    LOL about driving the rep crazy - at those prices, they should expect the third degree!::yes::

    Only 18 days, woohoo!:banana:

    Congrats on your VGF purchase.:yay: LOL about the peaceful moments in the laundry room. I've spent a lot of time in the WDW laundry rooms, never really thought of it that way.:laughing:
     
  7. mickeynut1

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    Me too :goodvibes.

    The pics of the villas look beautiful. I might have to try to see one when we are there in December ;).

    Congratulations on your DVC purchase. We've looked into DVC a few times and it's just not for us. I do like the extra space the 1 and 2 BDRM units provide, but other than that, it wouldn't benefit us as I don't want to see a kitchen and/or washer/dryer on vacation....LOL.

    Same with us. When we stay CL, it's more for the lounge/extra space than it is for the food offerings. The food is a nice perk, but I love having the lounge for somewhere to go and relax other than in the room or other places around the resort :).
     
  8. BlueSkies

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    MommyGina~ :yay: 18 days!! Nothing about those views seem standard..all quite lovely....:goodvibes

    DrMomof3~ :thumbsup2 Congrats on your VGF purchase! LOLing about the peaceful moments room...maybe I should be doing laundry while we are on vacation!

    k&a&c'smom~ In all of our trips we have never been at the GF around its anniversary .. wish I would have thought of that this year...:(

    MickeyNut~ I will be on the lookout with you for those 2014 discounts... ::yes::
     
  9. Sue M

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    Love Poly, and I would always go for the longer trip. 4 nights really isn't enough, IMO :goodvibes
     
  10. Sue M

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    :( yep, those days are gone boo!! Last time I got a 40% AP discount was at WL, jan 2012. I miss the days of 45% :rotfl:

    Blue Skies :worried: no, can't decide on view yet!! Ugh. Either would be good lol.
     
  11. Sue M

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    It's a reputable agency, no need to worry! Congrats on your saving.
     
  12. Sue M

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    Congrats on getting your request!! I'm still waffling between Marina & Pool view :faint:

    And July 1 is also Canada Day ::yes:: so happy birthday to all :banana:

    k&a&c since I'll be in wdw for 14 nights this trip, I'm going to try to catch an evening movie this time lol. Either at GF or YC!
     
  13. k&a&c'smom

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    LOL - I don't want to USE a kitchen, but it has been pointed out by friends with DVC the full sized fridge is very useful for storing leftover dessert, wine, milk, etc. Still, not likely I'll find out.;)


    I know!!:headache: We never manage to be there during the anniversary, don't know why. Partly due to going later in the summer for DD's b'day, I suppose.

    The Grand, Canada and America, all celebrating at the same time.:bday::teeth:

    LOL about the movie - good luck!;)
     
  14. mickeynut1

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    The 2014 rates are supposed to come out on July 10th, so at least we can play with the numbers and keep our fingers crossed for a good discount for spring :goodvibes.

    My last 40% discount was at GF RPC in May 2011.....boy, how I wish those 40% discounts would come around again :(.

    I know it's hard deciding, but I think they're both great and you can't go wrong either way ;). That's one thing I like about both the Poly and GF......I don't think there are bad views at either resort :wizard:.



    That is one big advantage, but I'm like you and will likely never find out how useful that would be :rolleyes1. I love being pampered and having more of a resort experience (with CL ;)) over a little more space and home amenities.
     
  15. DrMomof3

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    Glad I made everyone laugh with my comment about peace and quiet in the laundry room. As much as I love taking vacation with my family, they can get on my last nerve!!! :rotfl:

    We really do use a kitchen, mostly for breakfast. I love not spending all of that money on breakfast at restaurants. And I'm an early riser so I make my coffee and start breakfast while waiting for the rest of the family to wake up. I do understand not wanting to cook on vacation but I'm spoiled in real life because my nanny does a lot of cooking during the week. (I'm a surgeon and often leave the house before all 3 of my children are awake.)

    Amanda
     
  16. babygirlamg

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    Want to book some spa services for myself and 11 year old daughter... What do they offer for 11 year old??? Also when I book do I pay before my trip or when I get to the spa???
     
  17. jd99

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    I was there today! had a spa service in the morning and spent some time at the resort. Also checked out the construction progress on DVC and visited to model over at SSR since we are planning to add some points there. The model is stunning and I asked the guide how the hotel is going to keep up with it because the rooms in the hotel will look quite rough around the edges compared to this jewel. Here are some photos I took but they really don't even do it justice. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200443411346412.1073741827.1190373312&type=1&l=e7ecb065d3
     
  18. mickeynut1

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    I can't answer your questions, but hopefully someone will come along with some information :).

    Thanks for sharing the pics......the villas look beautiful. Hope you're having a nice trip :goodvibes.
     
  19. trishadono

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    JD99 thanks for the pics!

    I keep 2nd guessing my cash ressie for 12/19-24 in a 2 bdrm lake villa. The price is so:scared1:

    Then I see the pictures and :lovestruc

    Ds doesn't Love Disney like dd and I do but he will LOVE the showers :goodvibes

    Dh will alike the king bed:goodvibes

    Dd will love the mirrors and built in TV's. :rolleyes1

    I will love it all:worship:
     
  20. DetTigsGal

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    I'm here, but you wouldn't know that today was the birthday...we'll see in they do something Monday.
     
  21. bethclayton

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    sue m, i am going the exact same day as you, for ten days, also at GF and BC (i know you are YC). we are doing 6 days at BC CL then 4 at GF RPC! :cool1:
     
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