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

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  1. DisneyMomx7

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    When we were there in July the kids games were at the courtyard pool.

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  3. Mousemommy1

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    Oh! That would be even better since it's closer to Sugarloaf....but now I'm thinking I may want to request a marina side of Sugarloaf....because the other side might be loud? :scratchin

    We like our mid day naps. :goodvibes
     
  4. imobsessedwithdisney

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    When we were there in sept the kids games were at the beach pool. The courtyard pool was much much quieter then the beach pool. Both were great!
     
  5. mickeynut1

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    I agree.....those gals are great with all of their knowledge of the GF :thumbsup2.

    Yeah, some things came up that we decided to push our trip back. I rebooked our cruise for December 2014 and used the new RO discount that just came out to book a trip for March. December is right around the corner, but March isn't that far away and will be here before I know it :goodvibes. LOL on the paperchain.....reading that brought back some long ago memories :rotfl:.

    Glad to "see" you back. Your trip is coming up fast :yay:.

    The more the merrier......it's always nice to have one more :rotfl:.

    I wish my oldest was more easy going......but he's adamant about his resort and having good CS options :rotfl2:. We also love the MK area. We did enjoy our BC stay years ago and it was nice being so close to Epcot and DHS, but we don't love it like we do the MK area and resorts. I would like to try BWI and YC, but that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. Splits are a great way to try different resorts without taking separate trips to do it.

    You will be there before you know it :cool1:.

    If you get to your room and don't like it, you can go back to the front desk and request a different room. When we were there in December 2010, we were assigned a room with no daybed. I called from the room and politely asked if there was another room available with a daybed. Within 5 minutes we were moved to a room with a daybed. So all it takes is inquiring about a different room. If one is not available right away and you're willing to wait for it, Disney will accommodate you.

    I agree :thumbsup2.

    Yes it was.....I didn't realize we were on the phone for that long, but it was very nice catching up. I am very much looking forward to our stay next spring ::yes::.

    I have seen pics of the refurbed Gasparillas. I am so glad they took out those arcade games. That was one of the things we hated as those games took away a lot of seating and it was always very loud in there :crazy2:. I will definitely check it out when we're there in March.

    Love the pics.....makes me want to be there now :upsidedow.

    I think the GF is an excellent choice.

    If RPC is doable, that would be my choice.

    The GF grounds are so beautiful :cloud9:.

    Happy packing. Have a great trip :cheer2:.

    Have a great trip :banana:.

    You are going to love the GF :goodvibes. I don't think there are any bad rooms/views, but you can always request a different room should you get assigned one that you don't like.

    More great pics, I love them all. Thanks for posting all of these :flower3:.

    Hi grannyminnie :wave2:.

    Happy packing......you will be on your way soon :wizard:.
     
  6. bama belle

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    We booked our trip today! We will be at the GF 5/31-6/7. This will be my 3 nieces first trip to WDW and we are so excited to get to experience it with them! I am sure I will have lots of questions in the coming months- thanks for all the help so far :)
     
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    k&a&C'smom, :wave2: I hadn't read anything about fencing only main pools but just the thing about fencing any new pool or one that has construction. Since WDW pools seem to be refurbished on a regular basis, that would indicate all of them to me. Of course, I have no idea if any of that info is accurate. :rotfl:

    I hope you fit a trip in soon and that you enjoy the convenience of the Magic Bands when you try them. :flower3:

    Great description of the previous seating in Sugar Loaf. I think the current seating is more functional but not as charming. What nice memories you have of your children playing games.

    We are staying in the villas and can't wait. No, we haven't purchased VGF. We have quite a few points and are probably done buying points unless we sell some of our other contracts. I just wish the VGF and villas at the Polynesian (do they have a name yet?) were built earlier.

    I love both club levels, too, but RPC are :joker: to me.

    Hope you have a great trip, too. pixiedust:

    Two WDW trips for you this year! I know you usually take a very long summer trip. Happy planning and thank you. :goodvibes

    mickeynut1, :wave2: Thanks for the good wishes. I'm sorry you needed to move your trip a bit but now you get to do more planning! :cool1: Have fun. :flower3:
     
  8. Mousemommy1

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    So, what is everyone's favorite Sugarloaf view -- marina or courtyard? And why? :goodvibes
     
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    Oh, I would like to hear this too...can you see the monorail from SL?
     
  10. k&a&c'smom

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    mickeynut - thanks about the photos!

    It is hard to try new resorts when you want to stay at your old favorite, which is why we started doing split stays. New resort for a couple days first, then on to the one we love.:teeth: Can't blame you for wanting to stick with the MK area, we love the whole MK aura.

    :goodvibes

    BlueSkies gave you a lot of good details, if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.:flower3:

    :teeth:Are you composing something right now?!

    I got a little carried away with the photos yesterday! lol I know what you mean, though, I am dying to book something, anything, after going through so many of my photos.

    Thanks for the SL details, I can't remember what set up they had on our first stay. I do remember a switch, it was during one of our trips - was that in 2007, when they did the major refurb? Your description of the kids playing board games made me smile, what a great memory to have.:lovestruc

    LOL about the 3 duffle bags, I can so relate!:laughing: I have 3 or 4 of the brightly colored shopping bags that you get in the gift shops for $6 or so; a WDW nylon tote with the stylised "Disney" on the front, middle DS carried that to school for years; a bunch of the canvas tote bags, especially love the first ones with the navy and royal blue handles and stripes; and, finally, two of the duffle bags they had as an upsell late last year-early this year!:rotfl2: All this, after I said the other day I don't buy much at WDW.


    :wave: Me, too, about the bands, I hope I like them. Will you still be at the BC this summer, too? I know you are usually there for a good long trip each year. Are you sure you want to move your US trip back, with the new HP section opening in June or July?;) We can't wait for the Hogwart's Express and Diagon Alley areas.:cheer2:

    You're welcome about the photos. Ooh, the lobby smell.~sigh~ Wish we had smell-o-vision, as my dad used to say.;)

    Thanks for the update on the MB, I wondered if it would affect the experience not to have them. Sounds like I may be forced to get used to them, in the end.

    I agree about RPC and SL; we love RPC, it is special, but we have no problem booking SL (if we can get it!) or even a garden view. We alternate with RPC, or club in general, for that matter.

    When we were there in April, they were at the courtyard; obviously, still there through the summer. Sounds like they finally moved the games back to the themed pool in the last couple months. Good! Having a quiet courtyard area is better, IMO.

    It sounds like they have moved them back to the Beach Pool, but I would email IPO and ask, just in case. That way, you can make your request without having to consider the pool noise.:thumbsup2

    Congrats!:cheer2: A first trip with little girls, how magical!:tinker:
     
  11. k&a&c'smom

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    Hey!:wave: We were posting at the same time, and many of the same comments.;)

    Right after I posted I had read only the main pools would be fenced, I wrote that quote about FL law and fences on major refurbs!:laughing: That would certainly indicate they will all eventually get a fence, wouldn't it?!

    Thanks about the trip, and the MB - I'm sure I'll like them, once I get used to wearing them.:goodvibes

    Can't wait for your VGF review.:coffee:

    Sorry, I can't be much help - I love both views!;) Love the view of the courtyard area and pool, as we enjoy the atmosphere. On the other hand, the marina views are so pretty and it is more peaceful. Can't go wrong, in my opinion.

    Yes, you can see a portion of the monorail on the marina side. I've got some photos I'll post - more photos, lol.
     
  12. Mousemommy1

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    More Photos!!! :banana::banana::banana:

    Seeing the monorail sounds nice...but with that fountain function in the courtyard pool, I bet that's nice to look at at nighttime....

    Can you request a monorail view? :scratchin
     
  13. k&a&c'smom

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    SL marina view; we were in the very end room on the 2nd floor - end next to Conch Key. Other rooms have a less obstructed view, but we loved this! Mousemommy, I don't think you need to request a monorail view - if you have marina view, you will see it!

    Looking left, you can see Sago Cay across the water
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    You can see the monorail through the trees
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    End of Conch Key and pathway along marina, back of boat house
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    View of courtyard pool, 5th floor Sugar Loaf (prior to 2013 refurb - kind of blurry, I resized)
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  14. k&a&c'smom

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    These photos are from a top floor room in Conch, but it gives you an idea of how easy it is to see the monorail from the marina view rooms. This room was on the end closest to SL, I'm pretty sure it was 7501.

    Looking at marina, Gasparilla's
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    End of Sago Cay
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    Monorail
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    Looking right, monorail continues to MK
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  15. Mousemommy1

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    Ahhhh! LOVE the Marina view!!! :love:
     
  16. k&a&c'smom

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    Isn't it so pretty?!:cloud9: Very hard to choose, which is why we are happy whichever view we get in SL. My biggest request is "non-dormer" and "non-connecting" rather than which view.:)
     
  17. Mousemommy1

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    Oh yes, those are interesting requests...the dormer rooms are smaller, aren't they?
     
  18. k&a&c'smom

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    They can be, although I've read of posters who felt their room was about the same size as a regular room, and after the 2007 renovations I saw photos of rooms that had the daybed added. As far as I know, there are still some dormers with a daybed, some without - but if anyone has better info on that, don't hesitate to add it!:goodvibes

    With the vaulted ceilings, the rooms do have a more airy quality. My main problem is the dormer balcony, they are enclosed and I prefer the open fencing on the regular balconies.

    The "non-connecting" request started years ago, when we had several visits in a row (USO, too, not just WDW) where we had noisy neighbors that kept us up at night!:headache: It is very difficult for me to get a non-connecting room, which is why I'm always surprised when guests post they asked FOR a connecting room and didn't get it!:confused:
     
  19. pas130

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    Well I managed to make a change to Sugarloaf anyway....:rotfl2: from WL CL...from June to August..:faint: I have a quick Dec. trip and we will be at Poly at a great rate..no changes there...no changes there, :goodvibes Hi back at ya :hug:

    :hug: Missed you! Felt the Grand love all the way over on the RC thread. You are welcome ANYTIME!!! I shall roll out the red carpet for my Grand hostess! :love:

    Sugarloaf rocks!!! :thumbsup2
     
  20. BlueSkies

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    :thumbsup2 Congratulations on booking your trip.... princess: princess: princess: There is something so special about seeing Disney thru the eyes of a child...Have a magical trip!

    k&a&c'smom More lovely photos! Thank you!! :goodvibes

    Funny thing about the connecting rooms..I don't like them either...not so much for noise reasons.. I just don't??? LOL ..I have added the ones that I know of that are not connecting on my "list" LOL...

    How did I miss posting at the same time this morning?? LOL.. ;) My telepathy must be off today!

    As for the dormer rooms...have had one only once I think...those vaulted ceilings really do give the room a larger feel...too bad that they don't have a nice open balcony...also if I remember correctly..it had no daybed..

    BCV :woohoo: How wonderful that you will be staying at VGF!! And to be there on opening week!!! ...So exciting!:goodvibes

    Mickeynut Two days in a row!! :chat: We sure do have a lot to talk about!!! LOL..Any more conversations and I don't know how many trips we will end up booking for next year...:blush: LOL..

    grannyminnie I am packed...:thumbsup2 Ready to repack...I need to stop checking the weather reports! :eek: You are almost at single digits!!! :dance3:

    pas We are big fans of SL in the summertime too! Cant beat that location..especially if you are enjoying some pool time... Looks like you have a few trips coming up! How nice!

    To all of my fellow GF fans..Have a fabulous Friday!! :earsgirl:
     
  21. k&a&c'smom

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    Hey, you!:hug: Good to "see" you! I'm sorry I didn't make it to the RC thread, I've been busy posting photos.:rotfl:

    SL does rock, we really enjoy it. It has gotten harder to snag it with a discount, though, we rarely book far enough out. YAY for your great rate at Poly.:cheer2:

    Packed already?! Look at you go!:teeth: LOL about being ready to repack. The weather in Orlando next week looks pretty good, maybe a slight chance of rain but I bet that doesn't end up to be much.

    Yep, you didn't mirror my post this morning.;) But BCV23 did, so I didn't feel lonely.:laughing:

    We did not have a daybed in the one dormer we had, either. I think it was in 2007, as it was Conch Key (the view photos I posted earlier, I checked and it was 7501) but in the spring, prior to the renovations.
     
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