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A Grand Vacation: The 2012 Grand Floridian FAQ!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by k&a&c'smom, May 27, 2012.

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  1. Butterflygirl35

    Butterflygirl35 DIS Veteran

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    Love Conch key! We had a view of the Monorail and so close to boat launch! If I knew how to post a picture from my iPhone I would..
     
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  3. k&a&c'smom

    k&a&c'smom DIS Veteran

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    You're welcome! Conch Key is a great location, love being able to walk out the back door to Gasparilla's or the marina, as well as being near the boat dock, courtyard pool and Narcoossee's.

    As you can probably see from the photos, Boca Chica only has about 6 rooms that look at the back of the pool house. The rest have lovely views of the courtyard and main bldg. We loved our room there on the 4th floor.

    Did you have a view something similar to this one on the top floor?
    Looking at Gasparilla's, marina
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    End of Sago Cay, monorail behind it
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    Monorail
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    Looking right toward the MK (hidden by the end of Conch Key building)
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  4. Jungle Cruiser

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    Hi all! :wave2: Just trying to catch up. Came back from 2 weeks at WDW with a couple of health issues so I haven't been on the DIS.

    k&a&c'smom, I owe you a PM. Will send one soon, but the internet at the BC (much like what we found in SL at the GF) was spotty at best! Did anyone post about a crazy lady walking around the lobby a couple of weeks ago, first the lobby at the BC, then the YC looking for a strong internet signal with her iPad? :crazy2: That was me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE WDW, but have to say this free-wifi is a huge let down. My DH would rather have the option of paying $10 a day for the old hook-up!

    Hope everyone is well. :grouphug: Going to read through the posts in the next day or so. I'll be back!!!
     
  5. CaliforniaDreaming

    CaliforniaDreaming #1 Grand Floridian Fan/Expert

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    Me, me, me! :thumbsup2 I think they said a Fall 2013 opening? If so, I'll try to get a villa for December 2013.

    Have we heard anything about models opening at the SSR DVC Sales Center? I was hoping to be able to see them this month!


    k&a&c'smom - nice pictures! Never had the pool view from BPK so its nice to see (we've had the TPV and the lagoon view facing the Polynesian). And I've had that view from Conch Key - it's one of my favorites!! I love seeing the monorail across the water. I think I'm actually starting to like the garden view more than the lagoon or theme park view. Seeing the resort grounds really gives a special feeling.
     
  6. Butterflygirl35

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    Very similar - 4th floor. It was gorgeous!!!! My son got excited every time the monorail would pass by!!
     
  7. CoachBagFanatic

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    That's what we saw as well in your pics of Boca Chica. So if we request a higher floor we should be ok. But I do love the location of Conch Key though. I think we may have a winner.:goodvibes

    Welcome home and I hope you are feeling better today. Hope your trip to WDW was a great one.:flower3:

    Glad to hear there is a another Conch Key Lover.:cheer2:

    I am still trying to figure out how to post pics from my iPhone also. I normally email them to myself from my iPhone and then I post them that way. One day I will figure out how to do it. Sometimes, I feel bad for my DS16 as I am always asking him how to do things when it comes to my cell phone.:rotfl:


    I totally missed this the other day. Yes, we are extremely excited to see the villa decor as well.

    Do you and anyone happen to know if these new 1 bdrm villa's will have 2 bathrooms like BLT does?


    We are starting to feel this way as well. We have always had a TPV or lagoon/pool view no matter where we stay but our way of thinking is starting to change. I do understand about the special feeling you get just looking at the grounds from our balcony.:cloud9: This is why we do feel that Conch Key will be a great location for our stay next year.
     
  8. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :flower3: junglecruiser:grouphug:

    hello to all my GF buddies:goodvibes Sugarloaf became available with the AP rate for next month...I am taking my 3 daughters for our 1st MVMCP....alas my HRH (DD8) wants to try Poly CL...so I resisted....I was not an easy feat :rotfl2:
     
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    I hear the wifi at the parks is good... :rotfl:
     
  10. KonaKaiTom

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    In 13 painfully long days we will be checking into GF -- we are requesting Conch Cay and our first choice and Sago as our second --- I will let you know what we get and how spectacular the view is!

    Tom
     
  11. CoachBagFanatic

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    Hey pas130 You are a funny lady. How exciting for the SL and you and your DD's first MVMCP.:cool1:

    Ah, 13 more days until you check in. How exciting. I am looking forward to hearing about which spectacular view you get. As I have said many times before, I would stay in a broom closet at the GF.;)
     
  12. johnsonet

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    k&a&c'smom - your pics are so great. Thank you! Can't wait to show them to DD. We are counting down the days 'til we're back at the Grand! :wizard:

    Add me to the list of those who can't wait to see the villas' decor. princess:

    pas30 - congrats on getting SL at AP rate. And hurray for MVMCP. So much fun. We've been only once (2004, I think) and it will be over by the time we arrive this year :sad:

    KonaKaiTom - just 13 more days pixiedust: Lucky guy!
     
  13. KonaKaiTom

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    Did I read correctly that the WiFi isn't that good at the GF? I'm going to be "working" for a few days and was only planning on bringing my iPad -- which only does WiFi, I didn't buy the aircard model. It worked really well at POR back in January. Can I get some clarification -- I hate having to "lug" my laptop.

    TIA,

    Tom
     
  14. Jungle Cruiser

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    WDW isn't known for their great free wifi. There are some spots that work better than others. I have an iPad that I bring on vacation and had problems in my room in SL last April. It's your choice, and see what other's say, but this is a known problem at lots of the resorts. It's just frustrating the service isn't more reliable. It may be over at the convention center the service is better, but I have never heard one way or another.
     
  15. jojomickey

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    Have a wonderful trip! Have stayed in both and love them both the same!!

    Grand Flo 94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02,04,05,06,08,09,10,and soon 2012

    BC 2003 :wave2:
     
  16. k&a&c'smom

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    Sorry to hear you returned to health problems.:hug: Don't worry a bit about the PM, you just take good care of yourself.

    LOL about wandering around with your iPad. I am sooo with you on the wifi. We had decent luck at YC, but not good enough if you have work to do, in my opinion. GF was tough - couldn't keep a connection on my laptop for more than a few minutes at a time. Just enough to read one message, or type one reply, if we were lucky. DD's laptop wouldn't connect at GF at all, hers is about 4 years old.:badpc:

    This is why I was surprised to hear they did away with the possibility of using wired internet for a fee. Even were the wifi operating well, I would not want to do private business on open wifi.:scared:

    :laughing: I got a mental image of Jungle Cruiser wandering the parks with her iPad, mumbling "where's the signal?!"

    We feel the same way - if we aren't staying club level (and that is becoming less available with a good discount!) we prefer garden view. Love looking at the grounds and other GF buildings, it adds to our stay.:goodvibes

    I'll bet! We love that view.:lovestruc

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    :laughing: I think everyone has misunderstood your post about SL!;) I take it to mean you saw it available, but resisted the urge to switch from Poly CL for your DD. Right?! I'm sure it was tough.:teeth:


    Aww, thanks, and you are welcome!:hug: Sorry to hear you will miss MVMCP, it is a lot of fun. I think we have been 3 times, but had to give up our December trips due to DD's college schedule. Now that she is out and working, we won't be able to go this year - but maybe next!:cool1:


    Only 13 days to go, woohoo!:banana:

    We had a horrible time with wifi while at the GF, as I posted above, and we were using laptops! I wish I could give you better news, sounds like we aren't the only ones with this issue.

    I did not try the wifi in the lobby or at the pool, but we did see several people out at the tables near the pool with their laptops. Possible the connection out there is better.:confused:


    Welcome!:cheer2: I think you mean you love both GF and the BC? If so, I agree - they are wonderful resorts.
     
  17. Mousemommy1

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    For how long?!?!...... :rotfl2:
     
  18. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    At least it's not only my friends and family I confuse :rotfl: yes k&a&c'smom is correct...I DIDN't change to SL....it killed me not to book it .....:sad: Tell me again why I let the Princesses dicate when I book...OH, they are in charge, I forgot princess: I'm but a monorail stop away.....:bitelip:
    I know Candace, my hand wants to dial CRO.....MUST RESIST :upsidedow
     
  19. KonaKaiTom

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    As I told my now 25 year old nephew many years ago, you might think you are in charge and the one making the decisions, but trust me, some day you will thank me, the girls are ALWAYS in charge -- they just occasionally let you think you actually made a decision on your own.

    Tom
     
  20. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    So very very true...DD8 (also know affectionately on the DIS as Her Royal Highness) is one of the biggest Grand fans there is...BUT she can't stay there if there is construction...which she has made clear....however if RPC happened to openup....I could probably sway her a bit ;)
     
  21. Butterflygirl35

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    Lol... 8 going on 18... My Dd9 is Definitely the one in charge!:goodvibes


    I can't wait to be back at the Grand after all the construction! :) if they would close Basin white on me than I would have some serious issues.. lol
     
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