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

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  1. trishadono

    trishadono DIS Veteran

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    Sat to tues am.

    I was there in mid jan 2016 as well and it was cold that year. I wore jeans most days with highs only 68-70 I think. It was that damp cold kind a weather. I go often in Jan because the rates are great!

    Just bring layers. I will wear a sweater in the morning and stuff in my bag as it gets warm. At night I start without and pull it out of my bag as needed. I also roll up jeans to make caprisl or roll down to cover ankles if chilly. Luckily the "end" of your trip has the better weather .

    I know I have been HOT when it's 75 if it's sunny, midday shorts n a T kind of weather.

    Have a great trip and hope to see your posts when you have time.
     
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  2. WishesQueen

    WishesQueen DIS Veteran

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    Thanks so much for all the info.

    I still have a few days left around here, but I'll definitely share what I can when I get back.
     
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  4. followthatmouse

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    We were there for a few weeks Dec 2016 and into Jan 2017. Our weather ran the gamut - the first week was warm to hot, but the second, which included tickets for a Christmas Party, held a frosty front. Fortunately, we packed for all eventualities. I packed bikinis and used them. I also packed polar jacket, sweaters and jeans. I'm sure that I looked just like the Michelin Man during the Christmas Party. I'd never come across a bitter cold like it before. Well, they say travel broadens the mind ... and the hips. The cold also means that we indulged in more hot cocoa and rib-sticking dinners than our previous trips to the Mouse. The airline placed 'Heavy' tags on our luggage. I hope they had their backs insured! :D
     
  5. trishadono

    trishadono DIS Veteran

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    Yep I've seen it 40's one day and 70's the next. Jan you really need to watch the weather lol.
     
  6. mickeynut1

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    How fun! I'm working on my first trip just DH and I. With the great AP discounts that just came out, it's hard not to plan a trip...lol. Nothing booked yet as I'm still trying to decide on the resort, but hoping to have something booked by the weekend. Have a great trip! :yay: :wizard:
     
  7. mrsap

    mrsap Disney isn’t a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.

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    Hey guys! Did anyone happen to do CL for the 4th last year? If so, I was wondering if they had a special menu out for the occasion. Thank you!
     
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  8. jelly_bean

    jelly_bean Earning My Ears

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    How late do the jazz musicians play in the lobby? Is it every day of the week?
     
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  9. miTnosnhoJ

    miTnosnhoJ DIS Veteran

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    They finish up around 9:45 or 10pm most days.
     
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  10. LMO429

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    Cabana Rental:

    Rental Cabana amenities include:
    . Two padded chaise lounge chairs
    . Two padded straight-backed chairs
    . Plush towels
    . 22 inch LCD television with cable access and optional earphones
    . Ceiling Fan
    . Mini refrigerator stocked with complementary sodas and water
    . Complimentary fruit basket
    . Private dining and poolside massages are available at an
    additional cost.

    A half day is $110.00+ tax, and is from 10am - 2pm OR 3pm - 7pm
    A full day is $185+ tax for 10am - 7pm

    Credit card needed to reserve; 24-hour cancellation policy; weather-related cancellation less than 24 hours, no fee, but any other reason and your CC will be charged.

    Call 407 WDW-PLAY to reserve.

    the following info contributed by CoachBagFanatic on 1/10/2012: "The cabanas can be rented 180 days out and all you have to do is give a CC # just to hold the cabana. You pay when you check in for the cabana. Last time I remember we were able to charge the additional cost of the cabana to our room."

    Hi! You may want to update this section, when I called I got sticker shock, because I went in expecting prices in the price range quoted above

    The full day cabana at the Grand with an annual pass discount is $272, The full day was Approx $310 dollars without a discount

    You have to pay in full the cabana at time of booking, refundable 24 hours prior to reservation
     
  11. DisneyLifePapioNe

    DisneyLifePapioNe “Hold on” Is on repeat

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    Prices can vary by season also.
     
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  12. WishesQueen

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    Hey everyone....what weather app or website do you use thats the most reliable when preparing to pack?
     
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  13. mrsap

    mrsap Disney isn’t a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.

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    I use weather.com
     
  14. Dispro1

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    I like to look at a few and see if any of them are close to the same...if so, I go with that...but typically accuweather and weather.com. I will say that weather.com seems to be more pessimistic than accuweather, particularly about rain!
     
  15. WishesQueen

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    Thanks, I've noticed that...lol
     
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  16. Nicnic

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    Hi, new here to this thread. Staying at the YC then need to move on, thinking of moving to the GF . Found rooms in the outer buildings .

    Which would you go for, not alot in the price:
    Standard Lagoon view or
    Deluxe garden view

    Only for 3 nights, 2 ad 2 ch (need day bed). Is the lagoon view better over the size of the deluxe room?

    Thank you.
     
  17. BlueSkies

    BlueSkies ~GF Gal.....

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    Hello fellow GF fans!
    Wanted to wish Wishes a wonderful trip to the Grand! Safe travels..Looking forward to pics. :goodvibes

    Thank you for the cababa update...it's been a while but I will get in touch with our GF thread hostess k&a&c'smom and ask her if she can do some updating..

    I would say the lagoon view...the rooms are already pretty spacious..(although the deluxe does have a nice bit of extra space and a 2nd tv)....and the LV is very lovely...and even if you can't see the sights..you can hear the sounds of the MK..and see high fireworks too..I suggest requesting Boca Chica! Hth..

    Had hoped to get a quick weekend trip to the GF with a terrific DIS friend..and super poster around here @trishadono ...but unfortunately I wasn't able to get away....boo..hate it when that happens...so Wishes please send lots of pictures...needing a GF fix for sure....:thumbsup2...
    @dispro not Disney related but have a fab tropical vacay!!
    Hope that everyone is having a terrific Tuesday!:earsgirl:
     
  18. Dbktmc

    Dbktmc Mouseketeer

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    I did run my dates to check availability which is how I discovered how deep the discount would have been. Oh well.... I'm sure that we will love it. If not, we will know for next time.

    Thank you for all of the pictures!!
     
  19. amytaylor2

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    My husband and I have just booked a stay at GF for my birthday in April in a theme park view room. This is our first trip without the kids and first time staying at a deluxe.
     
  20. Childs1stTime2Disney

    Childs1stTime2Disney *A dream is a wish your heart makes*

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    I would choose Lagoon view. We were upgraded on our trip from standard to a Lagoon view, corner room. It was absolutely the highlight of our stay at the GF. The rooms are already a nice size (we had tons of luggage, a crib, 2 strollers, us and 2 children in our room). Just absolutely amazing views that literally made our stay there all the more impressive.
     
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  21. Childs1stTime2Disney

    Childs1stTime2Disney *A dream is a wish your heart makes*

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    I see now you said you need to use the day bed. I might go for a larger room if that were the case. Hard choice.
     
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