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April 7, 2017

Are you ready to discover the wonderful service and amenities that come with Disney’s Club Level Service?  Why not start with one of the best – the Club Level Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

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One of the best things you can do for yourself on a Walt Disney World vacation is have your travel agent (Kingdom Planners!) book a Club Level room.  Club Level is Disney’s version of Concierge service and they do it right!  One of the very best resorts for the Club Level experience is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

The Grand Floridian has two Club Level areas – on the 4th floor of the main building and one other building that is entirely Club Level, Sugar Loaf.   We had the pleasure of staying in the Sugar Loaf building and it was first class all the way.


As a beginning to a magical stay, the Club Level service can not be beat.  My family was greeted just as we exited the Magical Express Bus and we were escorted by a Cast Member right to our room. No waiting in line to check-in at all.  We definitely felt like VIPs.

Here is an overhead view of the Club Level Lounge.  You can see the Concierge desk and the ample seating for guests. The Concierge is available during your stay to assist with just about anything Disney-related.


There is even a spot for the little ones to relax, have a snack and watch some Mickey cartoons.


In my opinion, the best reason for upgrading to a Club Level room is the ease of picking up a quick breakfast.  There was always a beautiful display of fresh baked goods, cereal and a protein option like hard boiled eggs.  This is a perfect breakfast for my kids and definitely enough variety for the grown-ups.

It is so nice to have a breakfast without waiting in line and dealing with crowds.  We were able to have our fill and then go straight to the parks with full bellies.

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When you return from the parks or the pool in the afternoon, it is lovely to have refreshments waiting for you.  Lots of drink options, including a mini-fridge filled with cold waters and sodas, and if you don’t see something that you need, a server is always happy to get it.

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Take a rare tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite!

Have you ever wondered what is hiding up at the top of the grand staircase near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park?  For those of us who have visited Disneyland for awhile, we know that from 1987-2007 it was the Disney Gallery – a beautiful space that held various Disneyland art exhibits.

However, that was not the intended use for that space.  Walt Disney himself had wanted to build a larger apartment in the park to accommodate his family and friends.  His original apartment over the firehouse on Main Street was just too small.  Walt commissioned set designer Dorothea Redmond to help create the special look of the apartment, which was dubbed the “Royal Suite”.  It was not given this name because Walt considered himself royalty, but because the suite was located on Royal Street in New Orleans Square.

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Unfortunately, Walt passed away before the suite was completed, and the Disney family decided to stop work on the project.

In 2007, the Disney Gallery was turned into the Dream Suite, using the original Dorothea Redmond drawings as inspiration.  The suite has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a living room, outdoor seating area and balcony.

No amount of money can get you a night’s stay in the Dream Suite – it is only used by the occasional prize winner or celebrity.  So, I didn’t get to pack my pj’s and spend the night, but I was lucky enough to get a rare tour of the apartment.  Let me show you the highlights…

First, you walk through a short hallway that is lined by Dorothea Redmond’s artwork.  This gives us a preview of what we are about to see.



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