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

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  1. BlueSkies

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    k&a&c'smom Hey there posting buddy! :goodvibes Does posting about an hour apart count??? LOL.

    What a heat wave...MickeyNut would be wearing her flip flops with those temps!! LOL...:tiptoe:

    I agree about the different room configurations...such nice options! :thumbsup2

    X3! :upsidedow ....

    Hi Beth !! I agree..it is amazing...Just staying at the GF is amazing...:cloud9:

    I see k&a&c'smom already gave you the scoop on the deluxe GV rooms... :thumbsup2

    As for having music piped in during fireworks...we too have "heard" that the music has been piped into the marina area..but have never heard :listen: it for ourselves??? lol...The music is piped into Narcoosees...and to the outside deck..but to make the most of that I do believe that you have to be dining there...

    I have gathered that you are a "Poly" gal...and I am sure trying a new resort can take a bit more planning ...I really think that you will love the GF..(.lots of good tips to be found around here!) It is such a lovely resort... Happy planning! :goodvibes

    Just wanted to say WELCOME!! and congrats on booking the GF for your first trip! :goodvibes

    grannyminnie Oh I bet the "grands" enjoyed having a snow day! What kid doesn't like a little extra time off! :goodvibes

    Hope that everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! princess:
     
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  3. mickeynut1

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    You know me too well, Blue :laughing:..... as always, my flip flops are handy and ready to go :rotfl2:.

    I have to agree about the GF and loving it once you stay there :goodvibes. You know I am a Poly gal as well, but I also love the Grand :love:. It's such a beautiful resort that no matter what room type you have or what building you're in, it's just an overall great place to stay :cloud9:.
     
  4. k&a&c'smom

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    One would certainly hope so, the Poly refugees should get some extra pixiedust when trying to rearrange ahead of time.::yes:: Good luck with your planning!

    LOL about the grass - good luck!:sunny:

    We love the parties, too, though we haven't made it to any lately.

    The refurbs used to be about 6 years apart, but of course, the Grand went 7 years this last go 'round, which is probably why the furniture was in such dire need.:scratchin

    After thinking about it, I remember now I spent one night on a fold out in a SSR studio, and it was OK but I wouldn't want to sleep there a whole week or anything.:laughing:

    HAHAHA about the flip flops!:beach: Can't say I blame her, I can't wait to get out of shoes and socks. Well, I'm barefoot as we speak...;)

    An hour absolutely counts.:teeth: We're back on track!;)

    Like you, we have never managed to be in the marina when the speakers were operable or whatever. The last time I stayed in SL, I purposely popped outside each time I knew it was time for Wishes - nada. Last year, we didn't manage to go out to the marina for the fireworks, so I can't say about that trip. We have been walking up the path from the boat dock, passing Narcoossee's when it started and paused on the grass to watch and listen. I'm not sure if you can hear the Narcoossee's feed at the dock, we haven't tried that.
     
  5. Mousemommy1

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    Well, DH says no to the RPC extra costs since we have to purchase new AP's this year....wah, wah, wahhhhhhh.....oh well!!! I'm still super excited for Sugarloaf! :yay:

    Oh, and as a very experienced resort changer (this GF reservation might be the longest I've ever held on to a resort :laughing:), I do know that they will go ahead and transfer the money right over to a new reservation....they just have to fill out some form and send it to "accounting". Done it lots of times with no issues. They can do it as long as its room only to room only. I'm not sure about packages, we rarely have a package so I'm not sure about that one.
     
  6. DisneyDreamingInMI

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    k&a&c'smom - Thanks for sharing all of the photos of the GF décor. It is very interesting to see the changes throughout the years, especially for someone like myself, whose first stay was after the most recent remodel. And thanks for sharing the picture of the bathroom phone. I am sure now that there was no phone there - you are right, they must have removed it and wallpapered right over where it used to be.

    I am so curious now about the wood in the entryway and dressing area after reading everyone's opinions. Usually my DH is a pretty good judge of whether the wood is real wood or laminate having done quite some remodeling over the years. But recently I find that it is more difficult to tell the difference between the two. Maybe whoever heads to the GF next can hunt down one of the construction crew and ask! ;) I saw them walking back and forth across the grounds all day long! Too funny! I am guessing that the laminate would stand up better to water from the sinks and damp towels, but am not so sure about the foot traffic in the entryway. I guess only time will tell!
     
  7. k&a&c'smom

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    That's great, I have never been able to get them to do that for me.:teeth: If I change resorts, yeah (meaning, change the whole reservation from resort A to resort B) - but if I split and add a second resort, they have always made me do it with the refund/new deposit thing.

    Sorry your DH shot down your RPC dreams, but SL is great, too. We enjoy both and as BlueSkies mentioned, being near the pool is nice in the heat of August.:beach:

    Well, that's a shame, but I guess it was inevitable. With everyone having a cell phone, it's not as likely a family member will try to contact you through the front desk - which was the nicest part of having the phone in the bathroom.

    LOL about snagging a workman. I think many DISers did just that when the VGF were being built.;) Good points all around, it is much harder to tell wood from laminate these days, and we will all have to wait and see how the flooring wears over the years.:hourglass
     
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    Ohhhhh to smell the lobby now would be wonderful after all this lousy weather in the northeast!!!!
    Does anyone know if they make the candles that smell like the Grand Flo lobby anymore?
     
  9. mariamouse

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    Here are a few pics of the view from our garden view room (8241) in Boca Chica from our trip last month. We loved this room view because of the ability to easily see Seven Seas Lagoon off to the side and the pretty view of the Narcoossee's lights straight ahead at night.

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    View off to the left of workers at the very beginning of Conch Key refurbishment:
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  10. k&a&c'smom

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    I don't know if Bath & Body works has a candle of the Green Clover & Aloe scent or not - this is what everyone claims smells like the GF lobby. I know the lotion/body wash is only available periodically.

    Ahhh, thanks for the photos! What beautiful light you captured, and what a pretty view.:cloud9: Was this a corner room?
     
  11. mariamouse

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

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    And here are a few more pics from our stay of the beautiful GF resort grounds.. :goodvibes

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    And, as mentioned in my TR, we had a special 15-min visit from the entire Cinderella crew while we were hanging in the lobby one evening:

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  12. mariamouse

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    So glad you like them! These were actually all taken with my work phone (Windows phone) since I left my personal phone charger at home! :laughing: It may have been chilly during most of our trip, but, as you can see, we did have quite a bit of sun at least!

    This room was actually closer to the Conch Key side of Boca than the SSL side (I think 3 doors down from the side fire escape). I imagine that the room views closer to the SSL side would be even prettier! ::yes::
     
  13. mickeynut1

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    Quite a bit of snow has melted here between yesterday and today and I can actually see some grass where the sidewalk meets the grass :goodvibes. Hopefully by the weekend we will be able to see more :thumbsup2.

    The parties are great. We've been to 3 Halloween parties and 2 Christmas parties and we haven't tired of them yet :).

    Thanks about the refurbs. Maybe they should have given it a few more years to think about what to do with the GF :rotfl::rotfl:.

    I'm with you on the flip flops ::yes::. I am tired of wearing socks and tennies.....I need my flip flops back :rotfl2:.

    I agree. I loved seeing the pics k&a&c'smom posted of the GF rooms from over the years :goodvibes.

    It will be interesting to see how the flooring holds up ;).

    The smell of the lobby is heavenly :cloud9:.

    Awesome pics, mariamouse...thanks for posting them :goodvibes.

    I never get tired of seeing pics of the beautiful GF grounds :cloud9:.

    How cool the Cinderella crew was in the lobby :goodvibes. We went to 1900 PF on our December 2010 trip and the step sisters were hilarious with our two boys. One of them was determined she was going to marry our oldest :rotfl::rotfl:......we had a great time.
     
  14. Circusgirl

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    Hi there and welcome from another Poly addict! :flower3:

    I turned out to have zero tolerance for construction/destruction at my favorite resort, and I was so heartbroken that I turned to the Grand for consolation. I stayed there first in November and again in January, the first lagoon view and the second CL SL.

    I loved both stays, and enjoyed my resort time. I was there the night they put up the giant Christmas tree in the lobby (and all the other holiday decor, too!) and stayed up until three am watching it all happen. I spent at least part of many evenings enjoying the music from the big comfy sofas in the lobby, which turned out to be the GF version of hammock time. Club level at Sugar Loaf was a step up in terms of variety and quantity from the Poly CL (which I adored, so a very good thing).

    The Grand feels more about architecture and grounds than gardens, and is magnificent and beautiful and relaxing. It didn't feel as connected to the MK as the Poly did to me, but I think that will vary depending on your view. I think you will enjoy having a new experience of a beautiful place. I watched Wishes a couple of times from the marina area. The music was most audible closest to Narcoosee's so I hung out at the edge of the path there to watch.

    There were many things I missed about the Poly, especially seeing "my" cast members - people I've known for many years and who make the aloha happen. The Poly beach was always about that amazing view of the castle for me, combined with the fabulous views of the water, boat traffic and the Grand sailing at full sail across the water. The quiet hammock on the Tahiti beach was my favorite place to spend a blissful afternoon with a book. I loved the background music, and the gardens. I felt connected to the outdoors in a special way when I was there - very much like real Hawaii. That said, I felt I had a great resort vacation at the Grand. I don't have as many people connections there yet, but if I continue to return those will happen.

    I'm hoping that I will love the new Poly the way I loved the old, but I have less faith in Disney hotel renovations these days with the trend to de-pixie dust the room decor. With the new attractions they are often sharing art and concept pieces from the attractions as they are building them, so I'm kind of surprised they haven't shared anything about the new look of the pool and lobby.

    I agree with the votes for SL in the summer months. Now you just need to start a campaign for a Christmas season RPC stay - being there for the holiday time seems like it could quadruple the magic. :cloud9:


    Thank you for the fantabulous pictures!! I love the perspectives!
     
  15. grannyminnie

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    Can someone please help me find the page which shows the building rehab schedule? I have tried the search but it does not bring it up. :confused3
    Specifically, I want to see when they are going to begin the SL rehab.

    And speaking of heat waves and flip flops, our temp today is supposed to be 76! I had to pull out the summer gown last night!! Wow!
     
  16. Mousemommy1

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    Page 1 of this thread, right at the top in red. :goodvibes. SL is being done in June. :thumbsup2

    76!!! So lucky....I was doing a dance of joy this morning because we are expecting 45 degrees for the rest of the week!!!! :dance3:
     
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    Good morning!

    Today is my 180 day mark for ADRs and I received an email from GF IPO at 7:28am confirming my ADR requests. I didn't expect to hear from them this early! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    This is going to be a long 180 days!:hyper:
     
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    Thanks, Mousemommy!:flower3: I knew it was June, but could not remember if it was the first or a little later on in that first week. They do seem to be keeping to the schedule, if you consider Conch Key's finish. :thumbsup2
     
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    Congrats!! Our 180 was on Monday and GF IPO got us everything we wanted. They are great!!! :thumbsup2
     
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    Good morning everyone :wave2:..

    Mariamouse: Thanks for the pics. I'd take that garden view room in a heartbeat..what a great view!

    Regarding the wood flooring...could it be tile?? I have two siblings who live in Florida and both have what appears to be wood flooring throughout their homes but it's actually tile and it comes in different colors just like hardwood. I wonder if that's what it really is :scratchin.
     
  21. k&a&c'smom

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    More great photos, I especially liked the Summerhouse Landing and courtyard pool photos, beautiful. Amazing they were taken with a cell!

    Thanks for the details on the room location, it has a lovely view - not sure which I like better, the one in your photos or the one we had over the courtyard pool, both are beautiful.:lovestruc

    YAY for your snow melt, hope you get more today. We are supposed to have thunderstorms, ugh. Our extremely warm weather this week means we have NO SNOW on the ground.:yay:

    LOL about the refurbs, I agree, they should have given this one more thought.;)

    Aren't mariamouse's photos lovely? The perspectives are nice, I agree.

    Thanks for such a comprehensive comparison of the Poly vs. Grand - I agree on all points. We were long time Poly lovers before defecting to the GF.;)

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    So far, so good with the work schedule. They should be at the half way mark in Boca.

    LOL about having to get out your summer gown, it has been quite warm here as well (60s) and we had to turn the heat way down in the bedrooms and throw off a cover!:teeth:

    It's possible, someone mentioned they thought the wood-look floor at WL is tile.:idea: On the other hand, DisneyDreamingInMI has seen the GF floors in person, and said they looked like real wood, and BlueSkies spoke with a CM about the wood floors in VGF who confirmed those are laminate. So, the evidence is pointing strongly to laminate that looks very much like wood - many of them do now. Hopefully, the next poster who is at the Grand can snag a builder and ask.:thumbsup2
     
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