A Grand Vacation: The 2012 Grand Floridian FAQ!

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  1. autumnpalm

    autumnpalm DIS Veteran

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    Yes, we have stayed at the Yacht Club a few times before and just love the Epcot resort area so we didn't want to miss out on that.:goodvibes

    Luckily you will have your January and May trips to help with the wait!

    Even though it is still quite a ways away, I am reminding myself that the wait will be worth it to see the GF with all of its renovations and rehabs. I can't wait to see the new pools, Gasparilla's and (hopefully?) the new DVC building.

    Is there a timeline yet for completion of the DVC building? Or at least completion of the exterior?
     
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  3. Butterflygirl35

    Butterflygirl35 DIS Veteran

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    It is definitely worth the wait !! I am not sure about the DVC but I am hoping... It would be nice to have the beach pool walls come down and actually see the beach
     
  4. lala3291

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    I will definitely do my best to provide live reports as often as I can! We are so excited...only 8 more days! I hope you have a wonderful trip as well. :goodvibes
     
  5. nonzerosum

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    Thank you to the person who updated us that the pool construction is going more slowly than anticipated and that it may not be completed on time. Disappointing, but helpful info.

    Any updates on the progress of Gasparilla's?
     
  6. Butterflygirl35

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    To everyone going right now... I am jealous but HAVE A MAGICAL TRIP!!! pixiedust:
     
  7. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    baler How cool! Can't wait for the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A big hello to all my Grand buddies :grouphug: Hoping the Gingerbread house is up next week!!!!
     
  8. k&a&c'smom

    k&a&c'smom DIS Veteran

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    Welcome back, glad you had a great trip.:goodvibes How did you like WL CL? We love WL, so pretty.

    Thanks for the info on the courtyard pool - disappointing but not surprising, more than one DISer has reported the work was stopped during the week prior to Sandy.:(

    I noticed this as well, I tried several dates between now and next spring but nothing came up for main bldg. TPV.:confused: I have to assume it is the same problem as andyman's issue with garden view next August - simply not in the system. Weird.

    On a side note, I was checking for someone else, not me - phooey.;)

    Magic indeed!pixiedust:

    One week to go, woohoo!:banana::banana: As Momof2DisneyBoys posted, quick service options at Mizner's until midnight, beach pool bar & grill until 11 pm. With Sandy Cove closed for refurb, you can get snacks and sundries at M. Mouse Mercantile, on the second floor near the monorail exit.

    :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    Wow - I'm envious of your trip schedule. What a wonderful 2013 you have planned.:cloud9:

    One more week to go, I'll bet you can hardly sleep.:dance3: I'll keep my fingers crossed for the gingerbread house and look forward to a report on the progress.:goodvibes
     
  9. Jungle Cruiser

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    Just stopping in for a quick hello :wave2:

    We got hit hard by Sandy, still no power and they don't expect us to get it back until the middle of next week :eek:. We got lucky and we able to get a room at the local hotel starting last night when their power came back.

    Sounds like a lot of people are getting ready to go to the Grand Floridian soon. I know that our pas will give us an update next week when she is at the Poly, let's just see if she stays with the Poly popcorn::

    Disappointing to hear that the pool is behind, except there isn't much swimming in January. However, I think we will all be happy just to look at the courtyard pool and not construction!

    Just saw the artist renderings of Gaspirillas, amazing. Looking forward to checking it out when we are there in early January!

    BVC, did I read you are at WDW now? Hope you are having a wonderful time! Where are you staying?

    :wave2: k&a&c'smom
     
  10. baler31

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    We have stayed at WL a few times but not in several years. I decided to give OFC another try but it is just not for me. I don't enjoy the menu nearly as much as GF and the lounge is just too enclosed.

    We requested bunk beds and close to lounge and our room location was perfect. We did have a fairly serious maintenance issue that took two requests to be repaired . The room was very clean and we had excellent mousekeeping.

    The most serious issue for me was the constantly empty beverage cooler. I have a fairly serious diet soda addiction that I manage to keep in check at home but when on vacation I tend to have one in my hands at all times. I disliked having to constantly ask for a soda. They always went and got me one but I began to feel like I was a burden after the third or fourth time. I knew that the lounge was locked between service but I had planned on just putting a few in my fridge but that did not work out as they always seemed to be empty. Had the same problem with the Moosehead beer as well.

    However, my kids really adored the Lodge, they don't remember it very well as they were much younger the last time we stayed there. They liked the lounge as they felt it was "cozy". They had special activities for Halloween that the kids enjoyed.

    The transportation was very good and we actually used the bus system and found it was not as bad as we had thought. The bus to MK was much faster than the boat.

    Someone asked about Gasparilla's, I was told it was on schedule

    We are staying CL at the Poly after Christmas for NYE. We are going with friends/family and decided to splurge on the Grand 1 for the NYE fireworks. I will try to take plenty of pictures and report back.
     
  11. k&a&c'smom

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    Jungle Cruiser - Sooo sorry to hear you were hit by Sandy.:hug: I'm glad you are in a hotel now, but it must have been a tough week, and the road ahead must seem very long. I've been wondering about you and our other NE GF-lovers.:grouphug:

    baler31 - I felt the same way about the food service at WL, but didn't want to say so if you loved it.:) We adore WL, and will definitely book a courtyard view room again (or even woods) but doubt we'll do CL there again. We enjoyed the lounge around the lobby, though.:thumbsup2

    Thanks for the info on Gasparilla's, hopefully it opens on schedule.

    Your NYE plans sound great! Enjoy the Grand 1, we booked it with a group of friends one year and it was fabulous.:boat:
     
  12. followthatmouse

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    Oh, Jungle, what a shocking week. May I send you a long-distance hug from Oz? I wish I could more. At least you have a lovely January to look forward to. Please take care.
     
  13. longhornlaura

    longhornlaura Earning My Ears

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    In response to the comments about no rooms being available in the main building with TPV, my family was originally booked to be in the main building TPV for the week of Thanksgiving. I received a call a little over a month ago letting us know that we were being moved. It is my understanding that guests are being moved due to Gasparilla's construction and how noisy it would be in those rooms. I would suppose that they are not taking reservations for those rooms until construction is expected to be completed.
     
  14. i_heart_the_mouse

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    I have a one night reservation for RPC TPV on 12/30. :confused:
     
  15. CoachBagFanatic

    CoachBagFanatic My two Shiba babies :-)

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    Hey everyone, :wave2: I am sad to say that we won't be going to the GF until 2014 but happy to say that we found out Monday that our DS will be attending a summer program for his video tech class which he is excited about and he comes highly recommended by his tech teacher. This program is a college credit program which is another big plus as well.:thumbsup2

    So, the GF will just have to wait for us until we arrive in 2014 for our DS HS graduation trip.:sad1::sad::faint: Sometimes I find myself feeling really guilty about being sad but our DS's education comes above all. I have to get all my :sad: out before our DS comes home from school. I don't want him to feel bad in anyway. So I will have to live vicariously through everyone else who will be going to my beloved GF. Hey, I look at it this way, it gives me more time to put more money away for RPC.:cool1::banana:

    To anyone who is going soon or is there now, have a magical trip.
     
  16. Butterflygirl35

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    Congratulations for your son! That is a great opportunity.. Of course you are going to be sad missing Disney but you are doing what is best for your children so at the same time you should feel proud!!!
     
  17. Mousemommy1

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    WHAT!?!?! So, is your whole Poly/GF trip cancelled now??? :confused3

    But....what a great opportunity for your son! :goodvibes
     
  18. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    Congrats to your DS...and RPC will be worth the wait....and the thread will get you through :hug:

    Perhaps it will be okay..and the reservation will stay intact :goodvibes

    We have GF Cafe for a late lunch next Thursday...here's to hoping :cloud9:
    Still at Poly....not that I haven't been checking availability :rotfl:

    So glad to see you posting :hug:

    Fantastic :worship: That sounds absolutely GRAND :love:
     
  19. CoachBagFanatic

    CoachBagFanatic My two Shiba babies :-)

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    Thank you so much Butterflygirl35. Oh I am extremely proud of Michael. I have to say and not because he is my DS, but he really is a great kid. Straight A student in advanced classes, never have any trouble with him whatsoever. I mean we have our differences sometimes, but that's it. With some of the kids that I have seen today, we are truly blessed in all aspects.

    Yes, Mousemommy1 the whole trip is postponed until 2014. The course will take up all but one week at that end in August. There are talks of the class going to California to film. So, we may be heading to the west coast for a week.:thumbsup2

    Hi pas130 Thank you so much. Michael is very excited about the program as we are as well.

    Yes, you are right, RPC will definitely be worth the wait and a nice HS graduation trip for him as well.:yay:

    Oh only a couple more days until your trip.:cool1::yay::cool1:
     
  20. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :hug: It's all good!!! Will you do a Poly/GF split? Fingers crossed a RPC room with the AP discount doesn't appear in the next few days...:flower3: No GF during construction...I'm on strict orders
     
  21. Mousemommy1

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    Well, at least when you go in 2014, all of the construction should be DONE!!! So, you will be able to enjoy GF to the fullest!!! :goodvibes
     
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