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Old 08-09-2022, 08:55 PM   #1
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I am staying at a resort studio at Grand Floridian for the next 7 days so I thought I would give everyone my two cents.

I have a lagoon view which is nice and I have a nice view of the Polynesian and wedding pavilion. The room is very nice with two queen beds and two couches. One is next to the window which means no deck. The bathroom is nice with two sinks but only one tub/shower. It does have a microwave and this pathetic beverage cooler.

I like the location next to the main buildings and it has its own pool but no hot tub or slide.
I do work out so its a little walk to the workout building.

I will never book here again unless a standard studio is not available. The beverage cooler is way to small. I like a walk in shower. I like using a hot tub and slide. I workout. With these factors the original DVC units fit me better.
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Old 08-09-2022, 09:37 PM   #2
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I found the hot tub. Its actually pretty big but well hidden. Still not going to use my points here.
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Old 08-09-2022, 09:50 PM   #3
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Thank you for sharing! Just to be clear, you are talking about the newly refurbished building that was turned into DVC studios, correct?

Does the room have any plates, bowls, or utensils?

Even regular DVC studios are not ideal for me. They are okay if I bring along a few tools like an egg cooker that works in the microwave, but these new studios at Grand Floridian look like regular hotel rooms. That is not for me, but I hope that other guests enjoy them!
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Old 08-09-2022, 10:38 PM   #4
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Yes this is the new DVC building called Big pine.
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Old 08-09-2022, 10:40 PM   #5
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Yes it does have paper plates and utensils and paper cups but they also have 4 very nice glasses.
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Old 08-10-2022, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for the review. It matches what I thought based on some travel videos, that the new studios are basically just regular hotel rooms.

Just wondering do people buy into the new GF DVCs separately, or are they in the same boat as us older GF "owners?" Meaning, if people bought in for the GF DVC expansion, are they now in the same pool as the rest of us when it comes to the 11 month booking window at the dedicated GF DVC building? Or do they just get the 11 month window for Big Pine Key and they're at 7 months for the old DVC building?

Because if so, and if these rooms fail to impress, I hate to ponder the impact on our ability to book the room we want at 11 months out.
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Old 08-14-2022, 11:34 PM   #7
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Yes this is the new DVC building called Big pine.
Is that a misprint?
Big Pain?
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Old 08-14-2022, 11:52 PM   #8
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Is that a misprint?
Big Pain?
Or perhaps the DVC guests "pine" for their missing refrigerators and walk-in showers?
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Old 08-10-2022, 05:12 PM   #9
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I am staying at a resort studio at Grand Floridian for the next 7 days so I thought I would give everyone my two cents.

I have a lagoon view which is nice and I have a nice view of the Polynesian and wedding pavilion. The room is very nice with two queen beds and two couches. One is next to the window which means no deck. The bathroom is nice with two sinks but only one tub/shower. It does have a microwave and this pathetic beverage cooler.

I like the location next to the main buildings and it has its own pool but no hot tub or slide.
I do work out so its a little walk to the workout building.

I will never book here again unless a standard studio is not available. The beverage cooler is way to small. I like a walk in shower. I like using a hot tub and slide. I workout. With these factors the original DVC units fit me better.
Checking into standard studio in a few days, but those 2 dedicated beds can be a big deal for me. I do really want to be able to keep leftovers cold though. So for that reason I'll prob stick to the original DVC building if I can grab it.

Did you notice any noise issues? I read somewhere that the walls were kind of thin on the hotel side but I've never tried it out.
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Old 08-10-2022, 05:19 PM   #10
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No noise but I am on the fifth floor, there are only five floors. Like I said I have a lagoon view but no deck so I have to stand to see it. Not worth the extra points. I like to point out this was the only type available. Plus why give me this huge uncomfortable couch by the window.
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