My Inbound visitors who were supposed to arrive yesterday wont be here til tonite. Got this news thursday. With a free 24 hours I immedately called Gaylord (already cancelled previous rez) to see if they had any $129 std rooms left for 1 nght only. (last night). They said no, BUT, they could put me in a deluxe Emerald Bay room for $20 more ($149 + $10 resort fee). Well twist my arm! I was packed and in the car by 9:30am. Drove up, my house to Gaylord about 1hr, 40 mins. Got there about 11:15, viola, they a room ready! Emerald Bay king bed room not super big but VERY posh. There's a marble foyer and bath area, then the main room. I had a corner room with balcony overlooking everglades section of atrium and on the other wall, a window overlooking the pool. WOW. The rooms all have ceiling fans very deluxe furnishings and just very high qaulty over all. I'd say about 400 s.f. including the foyer area. Fridge, safe, 27" tv, oddly no minibar, all marble shower and sink counters, no tub. Well, unpacked and headed down for lunch. Ate at sunset Sam's (conch fritters, $10 VG, and manhattan clam chowder G $7). Suited up and spent the afternoon at the South Beach pool (more on that later). Ate dinner at the Vila del Flora mediterranian buffet ($24 Very good, save room for the teramisu). The atrium beautiful at night. Watched the MGM Fireworks from the pool area. Whe I got back to my room, the bed was turned down and pillows all arrainged (jeez, how luxurious is that . Got up this a.m. and drove home. A fun whirlwind 24 hours. This hotel s/b a must try for anyone who can do so. If I had to vote off the weakest link, it's the pools, plain compared to the rest of the resort. MOWC and Grand Cypress have much better. You can spend quite a bit of time just strolling and people watching in al the nooks and crannies of the atrium. It's about 4-1/2 acres worth. Beware though, this resort not for the budget concious. The rerstaurants have most pricing rounded off the the dollar (you know what that usually means). Any Q's ??