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Old 04-24-2009, 01:32 PM   #61
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Nice to see a GF thread back!

jkstewart1800- We rented a cabana before the price increase (back when it was $60 for the half day) I am not sure I would do it again at the new price. It is nice to have the shady spot to sit, but I never find the GF pools that crowded anyway.
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A few pics I have from our last trip:
private dining's chocolate mickey


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The Valet~ don't ask my DD wanted a pic with him


outdoor eating area of gasperillas:

Watch out for the birds if you eat out here! They are horrible thieves!

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Old 04-24-2009, 01:33 PM   #63
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Hi Julia.
I've rented cabanas twice and they are nice. I have lots of pics but they have been upgraded since my last trip in August so I hesitate to post them... hopefully the new ones are much nicer. The price has gone way up - so I'm hoping the quality has as well. They were always perfectly nice but not what I would expect for the GF...
In any case, the cabanas offer shade, guaranteed lounge chairs and a table and chairs, television w/ DVD player and a list of movies you can borrow...We had satellite radio... as well as an attendant to assist you with anything you may need. The old cabanas did allow for privacy. I've seen people napping in their cabanas I think renting a cabana is a nice thing to do and it looks as though Disney is taking their cabanas to the next level Hopefully someone will post pics of the new GF cabanas soon.
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Glad to see this thread is up! Pics got me all excited for our December trip.

Does the main lobby get really crowded in December due to Ginger bread house and christmas decorations?
yes!!!

As much as we loved staying at the GF in December, manuevering a stroller through the crowds was NOT easy. I hope they come up with a better way to snake the line at the Gingerbread House Store to keep the walkways open...
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Hi Julia.
I've rented cabanas twice and they are nice. I have lots of pics but they have been upgraded since my last trip in August so I hesitate to post them... hopefully the new ones are much nicer. The price has gone way up - so I'm hoping the quality has as well. They were always perfectly nice but not what I would expect for the GF...
In any case, the cabanas offer shade, guaranteed lounge chairs and a table and chairs, television w/ DVD player and a list of movies you can borrow...We had satellite radio... as well as an attendant to assist you with anything you may need. The old cabanas did allow for privacy. I've seen people napping in their cabanas I think renting a cabana is a nice thing to do and it looks as though Disney is taking their cabanas to the next level Hopefully someone will post pics of the new GF cabanas soon.
So are they are at the pool... not the beach.... hmmmmmm - I thought they were on the beach.
I am hopeful to see some pictures though!
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So are they are at the pool... not the beach.... hmmmmmm - I thought they were on the beach.
I am hopeful to see some pictures though!
They are at the "beach" pool, but on the opposite side of the beach (if that make sense). It is also the opposite side from the zero entry portion of the pool, which didn't work out so well for us either...
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Here is a picture of the Grand Floridian taken from a Tower Magic Kingdom View at the Contemporary.



Also here is another picture of the Grand Floridian taken from the beach at the Polynesian.

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more pics from Feb:






We ordered several room service breakfasts this trip. It was yummy!






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Here are some pics I took of the grill late at night! I hate taking pics of food while people are there
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I am so glad to see this thread up and running. Thanks Canadian Guy!

We leave for the airport hotel Sunday - our flight leaves Monday morning!!! We plan to rent a Sea Raycer too. GF here we come!!

Will report back next Friday!
Hey, Ditto! We fly out Monday at 6AM, due to land at 8:58AM, we should be at the GF by 10:00.

The weather looks great all week, soooo looking forward to our stay.
So glad this thread is back up. I am getting so excited for the GF.
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Thanks everyone for this great thread and the old GF thread. It's given me enough great info to plan a stay at GF for part of our trip next year. Just need to convince DD - she is convinced that we should stay at CR. We love WL and the Poly but we really want to try a different MK resort.

We are hoping to do Victoria and Albert's (early seating) while we're there as we haven't been since 2006. But DD will be 13 and DS will turn 16 on our trip next year. They like nice food but I don't think V&A will suit them.

But they still need to eat. Where would be good to send them while we dine? I guess they may go to MK while we're at V&A, or hang at the pool at GF, as the dinner usually takes us 3 hours. Would kids that age enjoy the dinner in 1900 Park Fare, or somewhere in MK? They were 8 and 12 last time we took them - so I'm not used to travelling with older kids.
When my DH and I have dined at V&A, ours did several different things over the years....room service, Citricos and GF Cafe that I can recall right now. Yours are old enough that they might have fun going over to the MK and doing CS or TS there, too.

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I've heard recently on a podcast that people are taking the "Picnic in the Park" at AK to go and bringing it back to their resorts. That would be a good idea if you're spending the morning at AK. Picnic on a Pontoon They should offer that!
That's a good idea. Pick it up on the way out of the park.

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Love the idea of lunch on one of the pontoon boats

Just wanted to add that the Seven Seas Lagoon "cops" seem to keep a watchful eye on the watercraft - they will keep any errant "captains" straight
Very true about security on the lakes. They're very alert.

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I am so glad to see this thread up and running. Thanks Canadian Guy!

We leave for the airport hotel Sunday - our flight leaves Monday morning!!! We plan to rent a Sea Raycer too. GF here we come!!

Will report back next Friday!
Have a great trip!

Can't wait to hear about the GF when you get back.

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Glad to see this thread is up! Pics got me all excited for our December trip.

Does the main lobby get really crowded in December due to Ginger bread house and christmas decorations?
I agree with Cinderumbrella. It does get crowded although for the most part it's in a festive way...as long as you steer clear of the Gingerbread House.

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They are at the "beach" pool, but on the opposite side of the beach (if that make sense). It is also the opposite side from the zero entry portion of the pool, which didn't work out so well for us either...
Yep, if you look at a map of the GF, they back up near the path that goes to the Spa.

Thanks to all of you who are posting so many lovely pictures of the GF.

I really appreciate having the written info at the very front of the FAQ. Thanks, CanadianGuy. It makes it so easy to find info.
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Pics of the 1900 parkfare dinner characters:










Here is a pic of the Birthday crown they give out (the one in my DD hands )

Birthday cupcake:
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We can't wait for June and our first stay at the GF..so thanks for all the great photos everyone A question about reserving a pontoon boat (we'll be there June 2-6) is it possible to reserve it before we leave? Is it necessary..do they get booked fast in June?
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #75
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more turn down service pics:



Here is the wedding coach. My DD was so excited she got to see it this last time!


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At the time this firepit was used for our Camp Rock beach party. I am guessing its the same firepit they are using for the campfire songs now


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My DD didn't want to leave the greeter was teasing her and she said she was going to hang on and they would have to drag her away
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