Staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a wonderful experience. The Grand Floridian is Disney’s flagship resort and is reminiscent of Florida’s 19th century luxurious seaside hotels.
Why should you choose the Grand Floridian Resort?
- Monorail and boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and other Magic Kingdom resort
- Monorail service to Epcot
- Beautiful location on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon
- Elegant Victorian décor
- Excellent service
- Large guest rooms (440 square feet for most standard rooms)
- Good variety of dining options (including character dining)
- Spa on site
- View of Electrical Water Pageant and Magic Kingdom fireworks from resort
- Villa, suite and club level rooms available
With 867 rooms located in 4- and 5-story buildings, the Grand Floridian has a gorgeous location on the Seven Seas Lagoon. One of three “Monorail” resorts, transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot is as easy as can be. The 5-story Grand Lobby is an impressive place to regroup after a day at the parks and often features live entertainment … either a band or a pianist, depending on the time of day.
The standard rooms at the resort are some of the largest on the Disney property, at 440 square feet (dormer rooms are smaller, but have vaulted ceilings). With two queen beds and a daybed/sofa, they accommodate 5 guests plus one infant in a crib. King rooms are also available.
Two Queen Beds
Daybed and dresser/entertainment unit
Double sinks and vanity
Dormer room (notice vaulted ceiling and fan)
Beached Pool Bar and Grill
If you get hungry while staying at the resort you are never far from some great dining options. The resort is home to the fanciest restaurant in Walt Disney World, the AAA Five-Diamond awarded Victoria & Albert’s, and two “Signature Restaurants”… Citricos and Narcoosee’s. A character breakfast and dinner at are very popular at 1900 Park Fare and you can have a casual meal at the Grand Floridian Café. In addition, Mitzner’s Lounge serves some menu items from Citricos, if you are not in the mood for a formal meal or don’t have a reservation.
If you would like a spot of tea, the Garden View Tea room is the place to be. With a wonderful variety of tea, sandwiches and pastries, it is a very civilized place to take a midday break.
For Quick Service, Beaches Pool Bar has some nice food options and the Gasperilla Island Grill is open 24 hours (great news if you are hungry after a late night at the parks). If that isn’t enough, Room Service is also available.
There is no shortage of things to do at the resort. The pool areas are superb, with zero entry for the little ones and water slides for the bigger kids (and kids at heart). The Beach Pool features a 181-foot waterslide and luxurious cabanas are available for an additional fee. The Courtyard Pool (the “quiet pool”) has a whirlpool spa. In between the two pool areas there is an Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area for children (slides and fountains).
Beach pool slide
In addition to the wonderful pools, the resort features a marina for watercraft rentals, Senses Spa, fitness room, arcade, tennis, 1-mile jogging path and multiple gift shops. You can definitely have a very full day just exploring the resort amenities. If you still have energy at the end of the day, walk down to the lagoon near Narcoossee’s restaurant and view the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
Overall, a stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is sure to please even the most discerning guest. Elegant, yet relaxed, the resort is a fantastic place to call home during your Walt Disney World vacation.
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