Hey there!!! Where's Pete's Grand Floridian Grand Gripe??!!!

T-Rexx

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Hi there, you win, I signed up for the forums!! A couple of weeks ago Pete said during one of his resort reviews, I think it was Bay Lake tower review maybe (?), that he was going to tell about an awful Grand Floridian experience. I've been waiting . . . . . . did I miss it? Did I dream it? Really curious about what could have happened to make Pete sour on GF so profoundly. I've been going to DW for 20 years, sometimes 3 times a year; a DVC owner (AK, SS, CC, HH, VB o_O) for 12 years. Quality has declined over the years as guest numbers have increased, so I'm interested in other tales of woe.
 
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  • babs33

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    You haven't missed it! I have been awaiting it, too. I could have sworn I remember him teasing the rant a little on the podcast a couple of weeks ago but then saying that he wasn't going to "get into it" because he was planning to upload a review JUST on that GF stay. Maybe it's coming while they are all in Disneyland?!
     

    dreamer17555

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    My 17 yo DD spent a little time every night making sure we didn’t miss the review while we were at Disney despite the fact we are already signed up for notifications.
     

    FoodieFriend

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    Hi there, you win, I signed up for the forums!! A couple of weeks ago Pete said during one of his resort reviews, I think it was Bay Lake tower review maybe (?), that he was going to tell about an awful Grand Floridian experience. I've been waiting . . . . . . did I miss it? Did I dream it? Really curious about what could have happened to make Pete sour on GF so profoundly. I've been going to DW for 20 years, sometimes 3 times a year; a DVC owner (AK, SS, CC, HH, VB o_O) for 12 years. Quality has declined over the years as guest numbers have increased, so I'm interested in other tales of woe.
    I'm guessing that everyone is busy in CA filming & posting about the opening of DLR's Galaxy's Edge. They were trying to film the weekly shows in advance before they left on Tuesday so maybe that piece about the VGF hasn't been edited together yet.
     
  • SG131

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    Hi there, you win, I signed up for the forums!! A couple of weeks ago Pete said during one of his resort reviews, I think it was Bay Lake tower review maybe (?), that he was going to tell about an awful Grand Floridian experience. I've been waiting . . . . . . did I miss it? Did I dream it? Really curious about what could have happened to make Pete sour on GF so profoundly. I've been going to DW for 20 years, sometimes 3 times a year; a DVC owner (AK, SS, CC, HH, VB o_O) for 12 years. Quality has declined over the years as guest numbers have increased, so I'm interested in other tales of woe.
    The review is now up on youtube!
     

    lovin'fl

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    Oh dear gawd...can't wait to watch this. If it's anything like his Ohana love one week and hate the next, it should be eye rolling.

    8mins in and my eyes hurt from all the rolling. 'gonna catch some communicable disease from sitting on that couch'. No, Pete, you won't...but you might from rubbing your hands all over the bottom of the inner shower curtain. Gross.

    I will say that I do agree with his complaint though...when you pay that much ($770/night per room) these things should not happen (stained sofa and MB not working and desk CM with attitude). And, yes Pete, you do need to have your mom try the DVC side of GF. Those rooms might just get her that Wow factor. As far as the GF Cafe...we just ate there for the 1st time in March and had fantastic food but not great service. It was around 6:30, though, so maybe busy time. But it was slow slow slow. But delish food. I also want to say that I have had similar issues with MB not working, room not being ready until after 4pm and rude front desk at BWV (and gross furniture in the room). But I have ALSO had great times at BWV. So it might be just particular staff and not a resort issue per say.
     
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  • hertamaniac

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    It was good to see that level of detail on the room inspection (I never did the soap scum test, but now will). Was just at the Grand Floridian yesterday and I still can't help that uncomfortable feeling throughout this resort. It's not a CM thing and although the grounds, architecture and pool are gorgeous, it doesn't fit my style.

    The refreshed bar concept art is interesting, but still not sure it is inviting for me.

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    disneyland_is_magic

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    Basically, I think we need a whole thread to talk about how much we love Pete's mom. The way he treats his mom is freaking adorable.

    I do think she needs a special mic though, it was hard to hear her and we WANT to hear her. I am not tech savvy enough to know what options are available.

    I wish I could tell her the blue dress looked especially lovely on her.
     

    teeeera

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    Basically, I think we need a whole thread to talk about how much we love Pete's mom. The way he treats his mom is freaking adorable.

    I do think she needs a special mic though, it was hard to hear her and we WANT to hear her. I am not tech savvy enough to know what options are available.

    I wish I could tell her the blue dress looked especially lovely on her.
    I know! I loved when he was telling her that color works on her. So cute ❤
     

    TiffanyCricket

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    Great review Pete. Your mom is a classy lady. I am one to excuse a lot, but that sofa in a room going for that price? I think I would’ve demanded to be moved. It was not on my radar to stay there but I may at least try the cafe !
     

    SorcererHeidi

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    It was good to see that level of detail on the room inspection (I never did the soap scum test, but now will). Was just at the Grand Floridian yesterday and I still can't help that uncomfortable feeling throughout this resort. It's not a CM thing and although the grounds, architecture and pool are gorgeous, it doesn't fit my style.

    The refreshed bar concept art is interesting, but still not sure it is inviting for me.

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    TOTALLY agree. Grand is gorgeous, any CM's I've ever interacted with have been nice, but just not "me". I almost feel like I'm at somebody's grandparents house, and have to whisper, watch my language, cross my legs, check my clothes for wrinkles and crumbs, run my hands over my hair to straighten it out, and put on my best behavior while I'm there. :) I have the same feelings about the Yacht Club, to a lesser extent. And I know it's nothing anyone there does - it's all me, projecting my feelings.
     

    lovin'fl

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    TOTALLY agree. Grand is gorgeous, any CM's I've ever interacted with have been nice, but just not "me". I almost feel like I'm at somebody's grandparents house, and have to whisper, watch my language, cross my legs, check my clothes for wrinkles and crumbs, run my hands over my hair to straighten it out, and put on my best behavior while I'm there. :) I have the same feelings about the Yacht Club, to a lesser extent. And I know it's nothing anyone there does - it's all me, projecting my feelings.
    Oh please! There is no place at Disney that is all that classy. When we were over at GF in March there were little kids running all over the place screaming in wet swim suits, strollers everywhere and even a dog laying on the floor at a table in the Grand Flo Cafe while we ate (ew). That (all the little kiddos) is why we'll likely never stay there, or any MK resort again.
     

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