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By: Mlb destinations
The Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa is one vacation luxury you have to try at least once in your life. She is by far, my very favorite hotel resort that is on the Walt Disney property that I have stayed at so far. You will feel the luxury from the moment you pull into the Grand Floridian. She is rich with luxurious greenery and landscapes. As soon as you pull away from the guarded booth at the entrance, her Victorian elegance is a pleasant view to the eye. Your option for parking is either to pull up and have the Valet staff take your bags and park your car or you can choose to self park your car for a lesser daily fee. The Grand Floridian is in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. She is a deluxe resort and also has villas.
The Victorian Style buildings and lush greenery is a prince and princess dream! As you walk up the property you hear the sounds of the transportation Monorail up on the 2nd floor.When you get to the entrance you will have friendly guest service staff to welcome you to the hotel and a view of a Cinderella carriage is seen before walking in the Lobby. The black Carpet ground mat when you come in has a large gold scrolling of GF and the smell of the Floridian is so nice and clean! I love the smells of the deluxe resorts in Disney, they use a freshener system that is very lovely, inviting and not over powering. The lobby of the GF is so beautiful with her huge chandeliers and 5 levels of beauty. The Victorian architecture and crown moldings, beautiful greenery, a grand piano, a birdcage elevator, furniture that is luxurious, makes this a grand view!
For our visit at Christmas, the grand Christmas tree is present in the middle of the lobby along with drapes of garland on the upper levels. The huge gingerbread house is also set up and invites you for a closer look which is made out of real edible sweet goodness. Treats are available for purchase at the Gingerbread house. Christmas time is such a great time to visit the Grand Floridan. It is so beautiful and just has that rich Christmas spirit!
The 5 levels in the Main building are the lobby with guest services, bell services, Disney shopping including a luxury soap store, elevators to Main building guest rooms, restrooms, restaurants, orchestra band, tea room etc. If you book a stateroom with a Main building description, your elevator to your room will be in this building. The other rooms are in surrounding buildings which surround the main building.
We had a Garden View Room and it was located a couple buildings away from the Main building. It was a beautiful entry with lovely furniture and mirrors as you walk in, the welcome scents are amazing and inviting. Our room was very spacious, had 2 Queen beds with luxurious bedding, a couch that made into a night time bed, a large double sided closet, a laundry bag is available for laundry service at an additional charge if you wish, a mini fridge, tv with a lot of drawers for storage, a vanity with stool and a Keurig coffee maker and K cup coffee, a large double bathroom, the one part of the bathroom was a double sink area that had a large mirror and amenities of different Disney H20 Spa products. A blow dryer is provided in the bathroom dressing area as well. The other part of the bathroom was the private room of the toilet and shower. Below I have provided photos of our room. The balcony had a small table and 2 chairs.
Transportation is available at The Grand Floridian via Monorail, Bus or Boat. The Monorail will take you to the Magic Kingdom, Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Contemporary Resort, and back to the Grand Floridian. The Boat will take you to the Magic Kingdom, The Polynesian Resort and back to the Grand Floridian. If you would like to go to the Fort Wilderness Campground or the Wilderness Lodge by boat, you would need to catch that boat at the Magic Kingdom OR you can go the Monorail to the Contemporary and catch the boat there. The bus schedule is usually ran every 20 min, be sure to ask an associate for the exact locations and times. Transportation at the Walt Disney Resorts are complimentary.
Dining at The Grand Floridian is plentiful. You may choose to dine at the restaurants if you are a guest at the Grand Floridian or a guest at one of the other resorts. You may dine casual and fine. For specialty fine dining restaurants it is advised to make reservations prior.
The Gasparilla Island Grill is a casual, self service area with a variety of self serve items such as pizza, sandwiches, salads, grill items, snacks, bakery items, beverages, hot coffee, soda, tea and much more. It also has a large seating area to dine inside or you can choose to sit outside and eat at the tables provided outside.
Inside the Main building you will find 1900 Park Fare which offers breakfast buffet and dinner buffet that includes meat carving choices, a sushi selection, salads, veggies and so much more. The dinner is also dining with characters. The breakfast buffet will be the Alice in Wonderland characters and the dinner buffet is a Cinderella character buffet. The dinner also comes with a photo. You may reserve your reservations in advance to be sure to get a seat since seatings book up quickly.
If you are in the mood for some afternoon tea, you will find in the Garden View Tea Room of the Main building a variety of Hot Teas, small bites and treats.
The Grand Floridian Cafe is also available for Breakfast Lunch and dinner and offers really good food. The restaurant is beautiful and elegant with the Victorian decor. It offers a mix of American favorites, seafood and pasta.
Citricos is a upscale Mediterranean Restaurant and American seafood restaurant that is a beautiful modern decor with a sit up bar.
Victoria & Alberts is a classically elegant fine dining restaurant that offers a fine dining experience. You will find fine china, sterling silverware and crystal stemware. The restaurant also offers the Chef’s table with a 10 course meal prepared specially designed and prepared by the chef. The meal is also paired with wine.
Outside on the water by the boat dock you will find Narcoossee’s Restaurant which is a upscale seafood restaurant. You will have great waterfront views for dining at this restaurant. Brunch and Dinner are available.
You will also find at the pool area Beaches Pool Bar and Grill. It offers a large variety of beverages, alcohol beverages, sandwiches etc.
At the Grand Floridian you can rent a Pontoon boat at the marina. You will also find Basketball, Campfires, Arcade, swimming pools, movies under the stars, poolside cabanas for rent which include,( Ceiling fan, furniture, smart tv with cable, mini fridge with soda and water, snacks, towels, suntan lotions and a cast member that is designated to serve you. )The Cabana’s are for a extra charge. The Main pool will also have children’s activities and games during the day. You will also find a quiet pool with zero entry and plenty of loungers. Please note: Walt Disney World does not allow pool hoping from resort to resort, you must be a guest to use the amenities.
At the Grand Floridian, you can go out by the Marina at night and you will find a great view of the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. You will have the music also that goes with the fireworks display. If you get a chance to stay at the Grand Floridian do not forget to watch them!
If you need any other additional information on the Grand Floridian resort please visit the Walt Disney World website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/grand-floridian-resort-and-spa/
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