Disney Resort Spotlight: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a deluxe resort at Walt Disney World with a southern Victorian-style theme. The resort is located across the Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom, and is one of the three deluxe resorts on the Magic Kingdom monorail route.

This resort evokes an elegant, luxurious, and romantic feel with its Victorian décor and Disney touches. It’s perhaps the most popular resort for celebrating a special occasion, and it houses Walt Disney World’s Wedding Chapel with gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom beyond.

The resort’s main pool, the Beach Pool, features a water slide and cascading waterfalls. There’s also a fun water play area for kids themed to Alice in Wonderland. For a quieter pool experience, guests can also check out the Courtyard Pool.

There are a variety of room options at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Most rooms sleep up to 5 guests with two queen beds and one day bed, and there are also a number of suite options. Guests can choose whether they would like to stay in the main building or one of the resort’s outer buildings, and can choose from garden view, lagoon view, or theme park view.

This resort is known for its dining options, and has some of the most refined dining venues at Walt Disney World. Guests can choose from character dining at 1900 Park Fare, to fine seafood at Narcoossee’s, to upscale Mediterranean at Citrico’s. For more casual dining, guests can visit the Grand Floridian Café, Garden View Tea Room, or grab a bite at the quick-service Gasparilla Island Grill. For the ultimate dining experience, guests can also indulge at Victoria & Albert’s, a AAA Five-Diamond Award-winning restaurant. Or, if you’d like to just relax with a drink, you can check out Mizner’s Lounge and listen to the live music playing in the lobby.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers boat and monorail transportation to the Magic Kingdom. Guests can also take the monorail to Epcot by taking the monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center and transferring to the Epcot monorail. Bus service to the theme parks and Disney Springs is also available.

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One Response to Disney Resort Spotlight: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

  1. Shepard C Willner says:

    The Grand Floridian looks like a nice place to visit–for people w/a bigger bank account than me. The first time I stayed overnight at WDW was not here, it was at Contemporary Resort in the Garden Wings: one heck of a hike to the main building with that monorail entering and exiting the building a highlight at any meal in the buffet. I stayed there in late 1990.

    Another resort I stayed in was the Disney Institute back in June of ’97 for my big 4-0 b-day celebration. I know that the Disney Institute is not longer there, and the hotel I stayed in is now another resort that uses the space–is it Old Key West?

    Nearly 20 years later, I stayed at Caribbean Beach resort (May ’14). It was nice, but I preferred something a little closer to the parks, so two years later I stayed at Disney Swan. That was great, especially the boat taxis to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The most recent time I stayed at a Disney resort was Pop Century last December. That was nice, too, but I think I’ll save a whole lot of $ and stay at a nicer place like Boardwalk Inn or the Yacht and Beach Club. By then I’ll be retired and having a grand time of it! 🙂

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