Just returned from our wonderful long weekend trip to WDW!
In the past, I’ve begun the TR with day-by-day descriptions and finished with reviews, but I really liked how Bruce started his TR with reviews, so I’m going to try that. And, it will be easier for MBers and me to go back and find my reviews.
[B]Our Resort: The Grand Floridian[/B]
We had a lovely stay at the Grand Floridian. My second stay there, and I’ve decided that it really is my favorite Disney resort. I know many people describe it as “stuffy,” but I don’t get that vibe at all. To me it’s light and airy and beautiful. I just love the architecture… my heart opens the same way for the Grand Floridian as it does Mickey Mouse and Cinderella’s Castle. :wub: I can’t really describe it other than… “so this is love… mmmhmm mmhmmm…” :laugh: I also especially love the evening atmosphere in the lobby with the band playing. So Grand!
Both days we went to the Beach Pool, I noticed people wearing orange wristbands. I assume that indicated that they were staying at the resort. However, we were never carded. Rachel and I tried the waterslide and liked it enough to go back twice. The kids complained about the “long line” - of about four to six people! :laugh: However, I didn’t find the wait to be long at all. The lifeguards were nice, too. Whenever someone broke the slide rules, the lifeguard would kindly tell them that they weren’t allowed to do that (many times fighting a laugh!). The recreation staff was also great - the pool wasn’t crowded with kids because they were all out of the pool playing games with the recreation team. It looked like a lot of fun.
We visited the courtyard pool at 2 am, so we had it all to ourselves. It’s huge! And it feels even bigger when you’re in it by yourself at night! The hot tub is also huge. It seemed deep, though.
The monorail to MK is great, and the switch to Epcot isn’t bad at all. Of course, coming home from MK on the monorail seems to take forever. If you’re headed from MK back to the GF and you see a boat, take it, instead!
We also had wonderful bus luck this trip - never waited more than five minutes for a bus!
Our Room: Sago Cay 5120
Our room was in Sago Cay where we stayed last time. I was hoping to get Sago Cay when I requested “close to transportation,” and it worked out perfect! Our room was on the first floor, right off of the main lobby (5120). I was a little skeptical at first, worried about the noise, but the room was so convenient - great location! The view was also beautiful of the monorail over Seven Seas. I found it a great ‘steal’ for a ‘Garden View.’ I would definitely want to stay in that room, again.
I love the size of the rooms at the Grand Floridian. Last time we stayed there, Rachel slept on the daybed while I slept in the queen bed, but the mousekeeper didn’t make down the daybed this time, so we just slept together (which is what we normally do, anyway). The daybed is a good size, though. A petite to average-size adult could definitely sleep there comfortably.
The bathroom was great with the double vanity. It was at the perfect height for a petite person like myself, too. I loved the makeup mirror, and the full-length mirror on the bathroom door was great because it could be angled so one could see the back of their hair while fixing.
My architectural critique of this room is that there should have been a mirror over the desk so that one could use it as a vanity if they wished. The mirror in the main room was over the daybed, which was lovely but at the same time didn’t serve a very practical function. Also, the bathroom vanity could use shelves. There is a huge open area beneath the vanity - why not incorporate shelves? I felt that our countertop was always cluttered with makeup bags and hair products because we didn’t have any drawers or shelf space in the bathroom.
Service critique is that our evening mousekeeper only left us two chocolates - when there were four people staying in the room! After the first night of two chocolates, I wrote a note saying, “There are four people staying in this room! :happy:” Still two chocolates. So the next night, Dad left a note on the bed saying, “Please leave four chocolates.” And we got four chocolates! The next night… two chocolates. :huh: I guess he didn’t remember that there were four people in our room. It was the same guy every night because he always left us a “good night” card with his name - Michael. I even met him one night because he came to turn down the room when no one else was appropriately dressed… he was a very young guy, maybe a bit older than me. Quite handsome, as well. Maybe if I had told him that, he would have left us more chocolate… :laugh:
The Cast Members
I’ve read so many complaints that the CMs here are snooty and not friendly at all, but I would have to disagree. Our bellhop that helped us move in was super friendly - even in the wee hours of the morning! On our way from our room to the bus stop or parking lot in the morning, we would pass CMs headed to work. They’d always smile and wave and say good morning. Also, the night Rachel and I went swimming at 2 am, two security guards passed through and saw us swimming, so they casually stopped and chatted by the pool while we were there. Now, they could have been making sure that we didn’t go crazy and scream and shout, but it was just the two of us, and we were being very quiet, so I would like to think that they were just making sure we were safe. Also, a CM cleaning up came across our stuff and almost turned it into lost and found, but the security guards told him it was ours. After we got out of the pool, they were very friendly and chatty with us.
Now, I’m not going to force the GF on anyone who doesn’t like it. If you think it looks like a grandma’s house, that’s cool with me - there are a few Disney resorts that I think I’ll never want to stay in! But, my advice to people wanting to stay at the GF but are scared to because they think that they “won’t belong” - don’t worry about it! Everyone there is super friendly, and I never felt as if anyone was judging me. There were many, many families and lots of kids. Even if the super wealthy folk is staying there, they put their pants on one leg at a time just like you! As Eleanor Roosevelt said, [B]“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”[/B] So stay at the Grand and enjoy its beauty! :happy: