Sunday, May 26, 2013

Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian



We were fortunate enough to be able to tour the models of the new Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian at the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center last week. I went in being a bit skeptical, as the pricing per point is high and points per night are through the roof as expected. I left wanting to add on to our existing contract. This purchase will not be for everyone. It is not the best value, and the points are high. However the location next to the Wedding Pavilion at the resort where I was married six years ago left me sentimental. I find buying DVC and choosing your location is more of an emotional decision sometimes rather then a purely financial one. The saying goes "You buy where you want to stay". This has to do with the 11 month booking privilege owners of the resort receive (all other DVC members must wait 7 months). This is a small DVC building with only 147 villas, so booking will prove difficult for  non-owners.

From now until June 18, 2013 DVC owners are privy to a special $145 per point. On June 19, 2013 VGF will increase to $150 per point and the resort will go on sale to the public. Its official open date is set for October 23, 2013. Starting in June there will be a 5 month booking window for owners and 4 month window for other DVC members. 



Location

The DVC building will be located on the  lagoon, situated between the Wedding Pavilion and Senses Spa. From shot below, taken from The Summer House you can see the Pavilion in  the background. Unfortunately, due to the position, there will not be any theme park views.


The beach & Beach Pool right next to the building

What seems to be shaping up as the entrance with a turret in keeping with GF architecture

We were told by our guide that check in will be available in the main building as well as the DVC building. She also informed us that there will be a store inside the building with sundries and food items similar to Johari in Kidani, however the only Quick Service restaurant will remain near the marina.  From previous pictures I was concerned the walk to the main building would be too far to access dining and the monorail, however I can assure you it was very quick, especially when you use the side entrance into the lobby, bringing you right by the elevator. We found the proximity of the DVC building to the main building, monorail and pool much more convenient then Bay Lake Tower to The Contemporary or Kidani to Jambo House.

Villas

VGF will offer a variety of rooms including: Deluxe Studio, One Bedroom, Dedicated Two bedroom,  Two Bedroom Lockoff, and a Three Bedroom Grand Villa.

Disney Vacation Club has attempted some new first time features in the villas at the VGF. The Grand Villas a will offer a media room, which is new to the DVC room layout. The studios sleep five and have a new split bathroom concept where there is a gorgeous shower and vanity on one side and in a jack and jill manner, a standard tub/shower combo with toilet on the other. This is great for family getting ready at the same time and need to take showers or use the bathrooms.It will also feature the integrated T.V. mirror. In the One & Two Bedroom Villas we see DVC moving away from jacuzzi tubs and putting in elegant soaking tubs with bubble jets and T.V's integrated into the mirrors. This bathroom is also be set up like two different rooms, with the tub and vanity separated from the toilet and shower. In the Studios, One and Two bedrooms the unit under the entertainment system pulls out to become a full bed, instead of the chair concept they have been using at AKV and BLT. This bed looks much more comfortable and each unit is painted inside and themed.


Second half of studio split bathroom

One side of the split bathroom concept in the studios
Studio Kitchenette

Entertainment center which opens to bed (see below)


Studio queen bed with beautiful upholstered headboard

The design and finishes are exactly what you would expect of a resort of this caliber. The imagineers spared no expense. They created full marble bathrooms in every unit, gorgeous wood and glass detailed cabinets and high end stainless steel appliances in the kitchens. As mentioned before, they integrated a T.V. into the mirror in the master suite and gave owners a soaking tub worthy of any princess and a walk in closet to match.You can still find all of your vacation necessities that DVC offers like a washer/dryer combo (not in the studios), ironing boards, vacuums and plates. 

One Bedroom

Dining area

Coffee Bar- in case you didn't want to make it in the kitchen?
Amazing Kitchen
One Bedroom living area- love the mickey silhouettes and vintage touches!
Beautiful Master King
The gorgeous tub





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6 comments:

  1. Great report and photos (followed your disboards link) - thanks for all the information. Considering buying some points here but can I ask you about that pull down bed? You say it is a full bed, so does that mean it is bigger than the pull downs at Aulani and GCV? Would it be good for a six foot tall teenager?
    Just trying to figure if a studio would work for our family with 2 teenagers (boy and girl)
    TIA,
    Rob

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  2. The bed is almost like the bottom of a twin bunk bed. I think it is almost exactly like Aulani. This is a first for any of the WDW DVC units though. SO if he can sleep on those i would say he is ok. The pull out sofa is also still an option. However, i think with the addition of the pull down bed we lose a lot of drawer storage in the studio. I have emailed my guide to see what is the deal with the closet as they weren't showing us that. I think with 5 people drawer storage is going to be an issue.

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  3. I did find out that there will be drawer systems under the bed, so that is a new feature and good news!

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  4. great report and thank you for all the great photos!

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