Disney's GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT & SPA + VILLAS Information & Questions

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  1. mrsap

    mrsap ‘Shine until tomorrow, let it be’

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    Thank you!
     
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    You’re welcome!!!
     
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    Did you actually try to book for your dates? I say that because often what I would have wanted wasn't available so my back,up plan was the best after all.

    I did a 2 br and the 2nd bedroom is the same except for the door. It really is different look than the standard gf rooms.

    . I just had a studio at poly and they are similar layouts,

    1 queen bed, 1 soda sleeper and then a flip down bed. I'll try to get pix for ya.

    The villa area is close to the beach pool and quick walk to main building. It's also close to poly with the pathway,
     
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  5. Childs1stTime2Disney

    Childs1stTime2Disney Planning ahead to keep the dream alive!

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    We stayed in April of 18 with my infant and my older child. There are loads of kids and it's very kid friendly. Don't let the decor fool you! It is simply amazing! The kids will love it too.
     
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    Childs1stTime2Disney Planning ahead to keep the dream alive!

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    One of my favorite things about our stay at GF was the amazing view (lucky for us it was a free upgrade to a lagoon view). My infant's crib overlooked the lagoon. What a lucky baby to wake up to that view! Actually, we all were very lucky for such a gorgeous view.

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    We had a free upgrade to Big Pine Key with a room view similar to that one. I loved that view and Big Pine Key is very close to the main building and the courtyard pool. :)
     
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    Childs1stTime2Disney Planning ahead to keep the dream alive!

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    It was an end room so the views were just stunning. Loved it so much and so thankful for the upgrade.
     
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    Thank you! I'm taking notes...
     
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    Thanks PolyRob! Both sound like they have great elements I should consider. Or I just accept whichever one they assign us to as I'm sure you can't go wrong either way. Hmm...
     
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    My family and I are going in May for a celebration. There are 8 of us so we picked the 2BR that sleeps 9. Parents in 1, girls in the other bedroom. Boys in the living area. We haven’t done the villa before so that will be new.

    Any food tips for the villa? Not that I plan on making gourmet meals (I don’t make those at home!)
     
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    Wow! Beautiful picture!
     
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    Boca Chica has always been our favorite - with the lagoon view. To watch the fireworks and electric boat parade has been magical.
     
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    I am over the moon that we are staying Sept 25-Oct 3. It has been a dream to stay there. I figured we would be a pop. Hubby said this is the big hurrah! He's a hotel snob so this should live up to the hype. I can't wait.
     
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    We usually eat out. But you will have a full kitchen, and there is a Publix grocery store not too far away.
    If you want to grill steaks, there are grills over by the exercise room (next to the spa).
     
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    You won't be disappointed, the GF is amazing, you will love it!! Enjoy the rest of your planning, hope you have a great trip :wizard:.
     
  17. trishadono

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    We mainly did breakfast. It's easy to scramble and egg or toast a bagel. Also those items available to buy there too.

    I would keep snacks in the room, bananas, chip n dip, nuts that kind of thing.

    Wine is reasonable in the shops so I buy a bottle and have a glass on that huge 3 room length balcony you'll get! Either at 5pm before heading out or a night cap in the room is so nice with real glasses and stemmed in the cabinets.

    I bring my coffee and some filters from home. It really is nice to have a real pot in the room! I love staying in my pjs with that first cup!

    I only stayed in one once but happy to help if think of anything else.

    Oh and bring laundry stuff. I was surprised that I did laundry but I had my laundry done and came home with clean clothes!
     
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    mrsap ‘Shine until tomorrow, let it be’

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    We typically have one or two breakfasts out, but the other days, my kids prefer cereal, waffles and bagels, I’ll also grab oatmeal for me and DH. We’ll also grab stuff at the store for a quick lunch, especially for the kids, like Mac and cheese, sandwiches, etc. anything easy and stuff they’ll actually eat lol We typically eat out every night. But having the kitchen space makes taking breaks a little nicer, since we can pick during the day if we’re hungry. Also nice to come back to the room and have a glass of wine or beer, if we want! Enjoy!!!
     
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    This was the same reason we picked GF...I wanted the Poly but the standard rooms dried up quickly. When I saw the discount at the GF, I couldn't pass it up. This will be our first stay at the GF!! We got a Lagoon View...the price difference between that and the next level down was small so I figured "go for it!!".

    I'm reading that Boca Chica and Conch Key are the popular choices...if anyone has more suggestions or info on these, please share!!
     
  20. mickeynut1

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    Congrats on booking your first GF stay. It's an amazing resort, you will love it :).
     
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  21. followthatmouse

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    My goodness, i'm liking everything in sight today!

    Boca Chica is our favorite outer building, too. Lagoon View can give glimpses of the Magic Kingdom and with the sounds of lapping water and the soft pipe of boat whistles plying the lagoon, these rooms tend to be relaxing. Boca is also close to the Courtyard Pool, the boat dock and Narcoossee's. So, fun things are all around you. Mind that you don't get stuck with a tree in front of your balcony, though. Unless your are an arborist, it can really dampen the view!

    Congratulations, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time!

    I'm with mickeynut1! The GF tends to spoil us. It's a lovely spot to to stay. It's lovely to relax in the lobby after a busy day in the parks and take in the music. It's lovely just to stroll through the grounds of an evening. Lovely is the word.
     

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