HAVING A GRAND OLD TIME! The 2013 Grand Floridian Resort & Villas FAQ

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  1. michlyn

    michlyn Earning My Ears

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    Thank you! Does a rehab involve construction? Or more cosmetic changes? I haven't heard of construction at the gf which is why we booked it over the poly,
     
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  3. BC1836

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    Cosmetic: new wallpaper, drapes, painting, accessories. Following somewhat in the footsteps of the GFR VC.

    Poly, of course, is transforming with its new VC building. Lots of construction.

    All the best. :thumbsup2
     
  4. mariamouse

    mariamouse <font color=CC66CC>Believes in the magic!!<br><fon

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    Thank you so much, MommyGina, and a very happy 2014 to you as well! Here's hoping that it will include the GF visit that you are dreaming about! We are lucky enough to be kicking off the new year with a stay at the GF in just 15 days!! So looking forward to being back again. :) And of course I will be right there with you shoveling in CT when the snow arrives! As long as it doesn't snow the day we need to fly down to Florida, I'm happy! And, just like you, I am always lurking here, but just do not get around to posting as frequently as I would like to (as evidenced by my weak post count after 13 years of being a DISer.. ha). ;) So nice to see you on here, though, and I truly do hope that I am reading about your next GF stay soon!

    This GF FAQ truly is one of the friendliest on the DIS (if not the most)! As for your indecision, I would advise giving the GF a try this time around! We absolutely love the Poly as well, but have increasingly grown to love the GF just as much in recent years. I think the Poly construction gives you a nice opportunity to try something new- plus, the Poly is connected by walkway to the GF (10-15 min walk depending on pace), so you can easily visit the Poly if you miss it! Note that, like the Poly, there is no walkway between the GF and MK. You will probably miss the quick access to the TTC from the Poly a little bit since that definitely is a perk, but it's still easy enough to get to the TTC from the GF via express monorail. With regard to not having the monorail in the middle of the day, you can just boat back to the GF from MK (first stop), which we enjoy just as much as taking the monorail back (and often faster). I assume that Disney will just provide buses to return to the GF from EPCOT mid-day (same for Poly). Personally, I wouldn't splurge for Poly CL at this point given that the view from the CL lounge is largely construction. The GF is a truly gorgeous resort and, if you don't love it, you can always return to the Poly post-construction! Hope this helps.

    Do we have any clue yet which building will start rehab first? I remember Tikiman having a full Poly building-by-building rehab schedule, but maybe the GF isn't that far along yet.
     
  5. BC1836

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    We are sure there is a schedule at the GFR, but we were not privy to it. In any event, according to a trusted source, an entire GFR building will be closed at a time, not a floor-by-floor rehab in which other floors are kept open.

    All the best. :thumbsup2
     
  6. mariamouse

    mariamouse <font color=CC66CC>Believes in the magic!!<br><fon

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    Thank you! Good to know that we will not have to worry about any noise in our building. :)
     
  7. princessmocha

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    Happy Happy New Year all my GF Friends!!!! :banana::cool1: I hope you all had a wonderful start to the year. We are home and I definitely have PDD . . . We are in the beginnings of the big east coast storm and I would much rather be at my other home in Florida. I will get back on later do a mini trip report of our stay. It was heavenly! I missed being on here though . . . Now I just have convince DH we need to go back sooner rather than later! :thumbsup2
     
  8. MommyGina

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    mariamouse, please let us know if there are new mug designs when you are back at the GF. I have read that there will be, but would like to know from someone who has actually seen them.

    bonjovi, there is a walk way from the GF to the Poly. There is no walk way from the MK to the GF. You can take the boat from the MK to the GF, since there will be no monorail running when you are there. I don't know if the entire monorail will be shut down or just the loop to the MK resorts. If they are all shut down, I would hope that Disney provides bus service from Epcot to the MK resorts. We love club level at the GF.
     
  9. princessmocha

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    Welcome Welcome! I say give the Grand a try. It is amazing. MK is only a boat ride away from the Grand. It is the first stop on the way back. You can even take it over to the Poly too. I am sure that they will have extra bus service as well (at least that is what I assume) I think if I remember correctly, the volcano pool is closed at the Poly (someone correct me if I am wrong) and at the Grand they have the water play area, that even my older kiddo loved playing in (technically they were too old, but the CM let them play in it since there were no little ones around)
     
  10. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    Thank you, you're too sweet :hug:

    I know, time passes so quickly, and it is a great reminder to treasure every moment :hug:

    Darn costs! :rotfl2: I always look at our vacations as the "light in the end of the tunnel". No matter how bad my days are Disney is my happy place :lovestruc I am sorry for your mom, it must be difficult, my gramma had dementia for a few years before we lost her. She thought I was my mom and my son was my brother, which was okay by me AND it kept her content. She was the best! And we are here when you need to get your mind off things, if only for a moment :hug:

    :cool1: 29 now!

    One month dance :banana:

    AWESOME!!! LUCKY DUCK!!!:worship:

    Happy New Year :hug:

    Safe travels!!! I will hope the snow is all melted for your return! Enjoy the Grand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Me too!!!! :love: Happy New Year!

    Awww :hug: She was amazing. And her spirit definitely remains here :cloud9: She loved the GF, and she loved life, she was such an inspiration to many!

    :hug: Happy New Year to you!!! My Poly trip has changed..shocking I know:rotfl: But I will be in Sarah's other WDW home..Beach Club. I will definitely be hopping over to GF in August, my Bree wants to do the 1900PF dinner, and I want to give Candace a :hug: Snow, snow, snow...is is August yet :rotfl2:
    :welcome: I love your DISname BTW (huge fan :hyper:) We were booked at the Poly with a GREAT rate. But, keep in mind, the construction is directly by the Hawaii (CL) building. So there is no getting away from it unfortunately. You can take the boat from MK to the GF. And the monorail from Epcot will not be affected by the construction, so monorail to MK, boat to GF. I just love the boats! You will unfortunately have to fold strollers for the resort boats at MK, unlike on the Epcot side where they roll aboard.

    That said, I see you are going next month and the construction isn't really intrusive just yet....SOOOOOOO I may stay at Poly :duck: if that was my first choice. UNLESS you are staying club level at the Grand....

    I am not sure if I helped at all, but honestly the construction will affect Poly guests later in the year as the pools close, etc....more so than the guests arriving within the next 2 months...IMHO. And if you stay at the Grand, there is still a walkway between GF and Poly.

    :welcome:

    ::yes::

    Thanks for the inside scoop!!!
     
  11. mickeynut1

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    Hope you're having a great time :goodvibes.

    :thumbsup2

    Happy New Year to you too MommyGina :). I'm with you on dreaming about being by the GF pool. We have about 4 inches of snow with more to come this afternoon, with us possibly ending up with as much as 8 inches my tomorrow morning :faint:.

    :wave2:

    I'm picturing myself there right now :cloud9:.

    Welcome to the GF thread :welcome:.

    I think you made a good choice with the GF. The Poly is our favorite resort, but we also love the GF. Both resorts offer a very different resort experience (IMO) and although the construction wouldn't bother me at the Poly, having the main pool closed would be a deal breaker for us. As mariamouse posted, there is no walkway between the GF and MK, but MK is still very convenient as it's the first stop on the monorail (if it's running) or a nice boat ride away. As much as I love the Poly, I'd stick with the GF as it really is a beautiful resort and is a great alternative to the Poly :wizard:.

    BC1836 answered about the refurb, but I wanted to say welcome to the GF thread :welcome:. There are very informative (as well as very nice) people on this thread that are always willing to help with any questions and/or suggestions you may need, so don't hesitate to ask anything :goodvibes.

    You will be on your way before you know it :dance3:. I hope any snow that comes your way gets there long before you are supposed to fly out so there are no delays :wizard:.

    I totally agree about the GF FAQ......so many friendly people on here that makes it a very nice place to chat and get a lot of great information :flower3:.

    Thank you for this information :).
     
  12. mickeynut1

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    Glad you had a great trip. Can't wait to hear all about it :goodvibes.

    Something tells me you will be back at the Poly at some point :rolleyes1 :laughing:
     
  13. mariamouse

    mariamouse <font color=CC66CC>Believes in the magic!!<br><fon

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    I totally understand how rough PDD can be (will be experiencing it in 20 days!), but I am so looking forward to reading your mini report. :thumbsup2 Welcome home and good luck with the storm! Thankfully, my office is letting us all work from home tomorrow.

    Believe it or not, I have never actually noticed the GF mugs. Does that make me a GF non-expert? :blush: But if you can post pics of or a link to the existing mugs, I will be glad to scope out the gift shop for you!

    :goodvibes:hug:
     
  14. followthatmouse

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    I would like to wish all our wonderful GFers a very Happy New Year.

    We have just returned from three weeks in Sydney. For some reason the site would not let me post from my iPad. So, this is the first chance to wish you all a safe, happy and magical 2014.
     
  15. Mousemommy1

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    I can't wait to hear all about your trip!!! :goodvibes
     
  16. mickeynut1

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    I think you are very well versed in the GF :goodvibes. I am by no means a GF expert by any stretch of the imagination and although there are some that know more than others, I think everyone that comes to this thread has helpful suggestions/hints about the resort ::yes::.

    Thanks for the New Years wishes and a Happy & Healthy New Year to you as well :).

    I hope you had a nice trip :goodvibes.
     
  17. mariamouse

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    Ha agreed, mickeynut1! Thank you as always. ;)
     
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    :goodvibes
     
  19. followthatmouse

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    We did, thank you,mickeynut1! :)
     
  20. kylaura

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    I'm debating a new studio villa vs. a normal garden view. What is your experience?
     
  21. stevesgirl

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    Is there a way to find out which hotels/buildings will be under construction at any given time?
     
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