Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

The Grand Floridian is Disney’s flagship (and most expensive!) resort. It is the ultimate in Disney luxury.

Location

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is located directly opposite the Magic Kingdom, across the Seven Seas Lagoon. If you upgrade to a Magic Kingdom view, the lit up castle at night is really beautiful and you can watch the fireworks from your room.

Theme

The Grand Floridian has a Victorian, turn of the century theme, which is carried throughout the whole resort, from its 5 storey grand lobby, to the chandeliers and stain glassed ceilings. It is really beautiful, screams elegance and certainly has an old-fashioned charm to it – without it feeling dated. As THE Disney resort it is one that many people save up to be able to vacation at. I have to say that I can’t see my family ever staying here – it doesn’t have a particularly relaxed feel to it and that’s not what I want from my Disney holiday. But it is meant to be the best!

Rooms

  • Sleeps 1 to 5
  • 2 queen-size beds or one king-size bed
  • Table and chairs
  • Ceiling fans
  • Vanity area with 2 sinks, and bath.
  • Most rooms offer day bed and private balcony
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available
  • High-speed Internet access is available at a daily fee (personally I feel that is a total rip-off considering what you’re already paying!)
  • Amenities include in-room safe, voice mail, phone in bath area, robes, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, refrigerator and coffeemaker. A crib is available upon request.

You will have options as to what view you would like – each one being more expensive than the next:

  • Garden View:  Resort grounds including the marina, the pools, or the gardens.
  • Lagoon View: Views of the Seven Seas Lagoon – usually the side of the lagoon, so you don’t see the Magic Kingodm, but you could luck out and be able to see it from an angle.
  • Magic Kingdom View: Guarantees that magical view – but you will pay a premium.

In addition to the standard rooms you also have the option to upgrade to club level. Club rooms offer more space and even more luxury with similar options to select your view. Club level offers a concierge service specific to Club level guests and includes a nightly ‘turn down service’ and access to the club lounger which offers snacks and drinks through out the day. Club level in the outer buildings are known as the Sugar Loaf Club and in the main building as the Royal Palm club, but the service is the same.

The US website also offers the choice of 1 or 2 bedroom suites at club level, which does not appear to be offered on the UK site. If you’re interested in a suite, try phoning the Walt Disney Travel company directly and discussing options with them.

Food and drink

Just like everything else, dining at the Grand Floridian is some of the best around and varies from a counter service food court to the most luxurious of restaurants. Be aware though that just because you’re staying at the hotel, you don’t get any preferential treatment in reservations at the restaurant. Reservations can me made up to 6 months before and it is recommended you make them early (well before your trip), especially if they are Signature or Character restaurants – see the Dining pages for more details.

Counter Service and Snacks

  • Gasparilla Grill & Games – food court with arcade games
  • Mizner’s lounge

Table service restaurants

  • 1900 Park Fare  – Character dining with a buffet at breakfast or dinner
  • Garden View Lounge – serving afternoon tea
  • Grand Floridian Cafe

Signature restaurants – these are more expensive and are generally pretty fantastic

  • Citricos – Mediterranean feel
  • Narcoosees – seafood restaurant (we recommend the lobster!)
  • Victoria and Albert’s – THE restaurant, offering a 7 course meal, this calls for SMART attire and is strictly for adults and children over the age of 10.
  • Chef’s table at Victoria and Albert’s – this a private dining experience in this amazing restaurant.

Recreation

  • Boat rental on the Seven Seas Lagoon – Sea Raycers, Pontoon boats and even a 13 person, 48 foot Sea Raycer Yacht is available for hire
  • Water skiing
  • 2 pools; the Beach Pool features a water slide, cascading water falls and a jacuzzi; the smaller Courtyard Pool is a little quieter and also has a kiddies pool.
  • Beach
  • Arcade
  • Tennis – 2 clay, flood lit tennis courts and the option to take lessons
  • Volleyball
  • Croquet
  • The Grand Floridian Spa and Health Club – the state of the art health club is free to residents of the Grand Floridian. In addition, individual treatments or spa packages are available to purchase at the spa, including services such as massages, skin care, water therapies, soothing soaks, body treatments and hand and foot treatments.
  • Disney’s Pirate Adventure – for kids aged 4 to 12, this is a pirate party on board a boat that sails the Seven Seas Lagoon. It includes snacks, pirate bandannas and looking for buried treasure. The adventure costs $34 dollars (between £20 and £25) and books up fast so book in advance.
  • Wonderland Tea Party – for kids aged 4 to 12, an afternoon ‘tea’ party with Alice and her friends. Again, book  in advance.
  • The Mousketeer Club – a kids club from age 4-12 for when the adults want some time.

Transport

  • This is a monorail resort so will take you from your hotel and deliver you at the front door of the magic at the Magic Kingdom. There are two monorails running so make sure you get the right one, or you’ll have to change.
  • You can also get the ferry across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom
  • You can also take a monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Centre, where you transfer to a monorail that runs to Epcot.
  • Disney buses run from the front of the hotel to all of the parks (except the Magic Kingdom)