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Disney is famous for its beloved fairy tales, and at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, it feels like you’re stepping right into one. The deluxe hotel welcomes guests with its elegant Victorian-era architecture and magnificent chandeliers hanging from the main building’s atrium. Who doesn’t feel like Cinderella walking down the hotel’s grand staircase? From the intricate details in the lobby to its beautiful views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian’s theming truly captures the magic of Walt Disney World. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, various transportation options, top-notch amenities and award-winning restaurants. Hop in for all of the details on the Grand Floridian!

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 

Overview of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — Lobby

As Walt Disney World’s flagship resort, the Grand Floridian combines Victorian elegance with modern flair. It is the most opulent and expensive out of the Disney deluxe resorts. From across the Seven Seas Lagoon, you can easily spot its signature white walls and red gabled rooftops, inspired by the late 19th-century beach resorts. The gorgeous gardens, flowing fountains and white sandy beach only add to the property’s picturesque environment. Sitting on the edge of the water near the resort, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion fulfills its role as a perfect fairy tale wedding venue. (If you're caught up on Disney Fairytale Weddings on Disney+, you'll definitely recognize some areas from the show!)

Step inside the lobby of the main building and immediately gaze at the giant flower arrangements, massive chandeliers and marble flooring designs that incorporate Disney characters. The majority of restaurants and gift shops can be found on the first and second floors, which are accessible by the grand staircase or the birdcage elevator. Periodically, a piano player serenades the lobby with elegant music, which really helps add to the ambiance.

As a popular destination for resort hoppers, we think it’s toadally worth a daytime visit for a stroll around the beautiful property if you have any extra time to explore. We especially recommend visiting around Easter for the decorated egg displays and during the holidays for the larger-than-life Christmas tree and gingerbread house! However, guests trying to park without a hotel or dining reservation may be denied entry. Be sure to book one of the resort's delicious dining options or use one of the many complimentary transportation options to see this wonderful resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Rooms

Grand Floridian - Updated Room

 

The majority of the Grand Floridian’s standard rooms measure 440 square feet, thus making them the largest standard rooms on Walt Disney World property! The Grand Floridian is divided into its main building and five outer buildings — Sago Cay, Sugarloaf, Conch Key, Boca Chica and Big Pine Key. Conch Key is the closest to water taxi access, while the Courtyard Pool is surrounded by Sugarloaf, Boca Chica and Big Pine Key. Out of the different room types, the outer buildings provide the following options: Standard Lagoon View, Standard Garden View, Standard Theme Park View and Standard Club Level. Meanwhile, all of the main building rooms have Club Level Access, and you can choose from Resort View, Water View, Deluxe King and Theme Park View. Psst ... we offer hoppin’ rates for all of the above!

 

Grand Floridian — room view

Each standard room can sleep up to five adults with two queen beds and a daybed, or a king bed and a double-size sleeper sofa. The room comes additionally furnished with  a large wooden dresser, a mini-refrigerator and a flatscreen TV. The "Mary Poppins"-inspired theming stays consistent inside the rooms with beautiful paintings and stylish light fixtures. Most rooms have a small patio or balcony that looks out to the lagoon or gardens. Extra amenities include a hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, soaker tub, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and in-room safe.

Grand Floridian - Room bathroom

Once you walk into the room, there is a spacious closet on one side of the entry hallway and the bathroom on the other. The bathroom features a double sink, marble top vanity and a separate area for the bathtub and toilet. While there is plenty of space in the dressing area, our only gripe is that there is no door, which may make things more difficult when getting ready or when someone needs to brush their teeth while others are sleeping. However, the bathroom leads out into the hallway, so at least the dressing area is not visible from the rest of the room. Also, because the bathtub and toilet share the same space, someone would need to wait to use the toilet while another is showering (or vice versa).

Transportation at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — Walkway to Magic Kingdom

As one of the hotels closest to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian has a variety of ways to get to the park. You can hop on the resort monorail line, which will take you directly to the main entrance (it’s the first stop!). When it’s time to head back to the hotel, keep in mind that there will be brief stops at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You can also take a water taxi, which stops at Magic Kingdom and the next-door Poly. The resort’s boat launch is located right next to Conch Key and Narcoossee’s. Guests are also now able to walk back and forth (to get those extra hops in!) between Magic Kingdom and the resort via a walkway!

If you’re headed to EPCOT, take the resort monorail line and hop off at the Transportation and Ticket Center to transfer to the EPCOT monorail line. Bus transportation is available for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and Blizzard Beach.

Amenities, Recreation and Shopping at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — Senses spa

Spending full days at the theme parks can be exhausting, and a spa day may be just the thing you need to balance out a fast-paced vacation. #TreatYourself, right? Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is home to one of the two Senses Spas on Walt Disney World property (the other can be found at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort). Senses is a full-service spa and salon providing facials, massages, body treatments and hair styling services. Guests who want to keep up their workout routines can do so at Sense’s 24-hour health and fitness center.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — Pool

If you want a simpler way to unwind, relax under the sun at either the Courtyard Pool or the Beach Pool. The zero-entry Courtyard Pool, which sits directly behind the main building, offers a calm and peaceful swimming experience. Not too far away, the Beach Pool overlooks Seven Seas Lagoon, complete with its 181-foot-long waterslide and cascading waterfalls. A water playground perfect for younger tadpoles sits right next to the Beach Pool.

Other recreational activities around the resort include motorized boat rentals, specialty cruises, Movies Under the Stars, an arcade room, basketball, jogging and campfire activities. We even caught “The Princess and the Frog” during the outdoor movie night (it's like they knew their audience! Ribbit!).

For other evening entertainment, the Electrical Water Pageant sails by the shoreline of the resort, giving guests spectacular views of the nighttime water parade. For a real treat, you can watch Magic Kingdom's nighttime spectacular from the resort! Disney even plays the soundtrack so you can sing along. Plus, it was a much easier walk to our beds after a long day at the parks.

Some of the perks of staying on-site include the ability to book advance dining reservations for your length of stay 60 days in advance of check-in, early booking of individual Lightning Lane selections and easy access to Disney World's complimentary transportation options. Enjoy even more time in the parks with Early Theme Park Entry, allowing hotel guests an additional 30 minutes before the parks open to the public. Exclusive to deluxe and deluxe villa guests, Disney World also offers Extended Evening Hours on select nights in select theme parks — a great way to enjoy lower crowds!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa also provides the following amenities:

  • ATM and banking service
  • Bell services
  • Business center
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Mail services
  • Complimentary self-parking (Valet parking: $44 per night)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — M. Mouse Mercantile shop

If you’re looking for a last-minute souvenir, you have plenty of options at the Grand Floridian. Enter the house of the mouse at M. Mouse Mercantile for the best Mickey merchandise. Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries is your one-stop shop for any gourmet gifts, snacks, fine chocolates, hotel merchandise and sundry items. Curiouser Clothiers offers men’s and women’s designer clothing, along with specialty Disney items. Visit Basin White for any luxury bath and beauty products. Though not open at this time, the newest Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location, which transforms young tadpoles into princesses and knights, is located on the second floor of the main building.

Dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

The resort has a grand lineup of dining options, ranging from pool bars and lounges to prestigious fine dining.

Victoria & Albert’s

Victoria & Albert’s is a unique fine dining experience unlike any other. For starters, the restaurant has received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award every year since 2000, as well as the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. Guests are treated to a 10-course Chef’s Degustation Menu that changes seasonally and may even vary daily. Whether you eat in The Dining Room, The Chef’s Table or the private Queen Victoria’s Room, prepare for world-class service and an exquisite culinary adventure. Keep in mind that there is a formal dress code and a minimum age requirement of 10 years old.

Citricos 

Weekly News Roundup - Citricos Reopening

Upon reopening in July 2021, Citricos debuted a new look inspired by "Mary Poppins." This Signature Dining experience features Mediterranean-style dishes and an award-winning, international wine list. Fresh, seasonal ingredients contribute to frequent changes to the menu, which includes Butter-poached Florida Cobia and Roulade of Chicken. Citricos also has a lounge where you can order international wines, cocktails, artisanal beers and seasonal tapas.

1900 Park Fare

Join your favorite Disney characters for breakfast or dinner buffet at 1900 Park Fare. For breakfast and dinner, this character dining location offers the opportunity to dine with rare characters! At either mealtime, you'll meet with Tiana (in her Bayou Adventure pantsuit, of course!), Cinderella, Mirabel and Aladdin in his regal Prince Ali outfit. Together, you'll make wishes and be inspired to believe in the magic of making your dreams come true with a wish-making celebration, hosted by the characters and narrated by the beloved Jiminy Cricket.

The breakfast buffet includes options such as Mickey-shaped waffles, a carving station, a variety of egg dishes, cheesy potatoes and more. We can’t get enough of the unique Floridian Strawberry Soup! For dinner, the menu switches up to include Tiana's famous gumbo, seafood, salad, pasta, beef and chicken, plus cheese pizza and pepperoni pizza and macaroni and cheese for the tadpoles.

Don't forget to look up! Twelve stunning art pieces featuring classic Disney characters making their wishes are showcased around the dining room, as well as Big Bertha; the turn-of-the-century organ from France. Both provide a beautiful backdrop to this dreamy character dining venue.

Narcoossee’s

Enjoy coastal cuisine at this waterfront Signature Dining restaurant that provides panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon. Narcoossee’s reopened April 1, 2023, with an enhanced interior and refreshed menu celebrating "land and sea". Enjoy a spectacular selection of fresh seafood, steak and other scrumptious entrees. Top off dinner with desserts such as Almond-crusted Cheesecake and Berry Pavlova. Keep in mind there is a suggested dress code and certain clothing items (tank tops, swimsuits, cut-offs, etc.) are not permitted in the dining room.

Grand Floridian Cafe

The Grand Floridian Cafe is a more casual table-service restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Begin the day with a mix of breakfast and lunch offerings, which include the Lobster 'Thermidor' Burger, Miso-glazed Salmon, Traditional Eggs Benedict and Old Fashioned Pancakes. Some menu items reappear on the dinner menu, along with Buttermilk-fried Chicken and New York Strip Steak. It’s typically easy to snag an Advanced Dining Reservation only a few days in advance.

Gasparilla Island Grill

Pick up a casual meal at the resort’s main quick-service restaurant any time of the day since Gasparilla Island Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start your day off with a breakfast platter or classic Mickey waffles, plus sides of eggs, grits and bacon. Lunch and dinner share similar options, which include a variety of pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. We highly recommend the Blackened Chicken sandwich with a side of fries — yum!

We recommend mobile ordering while you’re still in your room and hitting the “Prepare My Order” button as you’re headed over to the restaurant if ordering at a peak dining time.

Enchanted Rose

As one of the newer lounges at Disney World, Enchanted Rose serves up sophisticated appetizers and cocktails. Themed after “Beauty and the Beast,” the golden chandelier hanging above the bar takes inspiration from Belle’s iconic ball gown. Enjoy your drink while sitting at a table or on a couch in the Library room. If you look closely, you may spot Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth! As soon as you walk into the Garden Room, you’ll see the rich emerald colors and the Enchanted Forest artwork on the wall. You can also catch some fresh air out on the outdoor patio.

Garden View Tea Room (Temporarily Unavailable)

Experience a traditional afternoon tea while overlooking the beautiful gardens of the Grand Floridian at the Garden View Tea Room. Sip from a collection of international teas and munch on sandwiches, scones and pastries. Have a young prince or princess in your frog squad? Consider reserving a spot at the Disney Princess Tea Party, which is filled with storytelling, sing-alongs and surprises!

Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Need a bite to eat or a cocktail to sip by the pool? Beaches Pool Bar & Grill has a wide selection of food and drinks. If you’re hungry, dive deep into lobster sliders, chicken breast nuggets, an artisanal burger, a chicken caesar salad or a grilled portobello sandwich. Kids’ meals, sides and desserts are available too! Tadpoles can enjoy nonalcoholic drinks such as hot cocoa, lemonade and smoothies, while the adult frogs may choose from a variety of specialty cocktails, beer, wine and sangria. Note that food is available until 6 p.m.

Courtyard Pool Bar

The Courtyard Pool Bar has a similar drink menu to the Beaches Pool Bar, only differing in a few food items. At this poolside bar, you can get sandwiches or a hot dog, along with salads and pretzels with hummus as sides.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Grand Floridian Resort - Villas at the Grand Floridian

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a standalone Disney Vacation Club Resort that shares the same theming as the Grand Floridian. It’s located right next to the Senses Spa and Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and has its own separate lobby and parking area. (Check out the "Mary Poppins"-themed penguin fountain!) Because of its close proximity, guests can still take full advantage of everything that the Grand Floridian has to offer.

This DVC Resort offers multi-bedroom villas that feature fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, private bedrooms and more, which are great options for larger families or extended stays. For smaller parties and shorter vacations, the Deluxe Studio comes with a kitchenette and sleeps up to five people with a queen-size bed, a queen-size sleeper sofa and a single pull-down bed.

What to Consider Before Staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — Lobby entrance

The resort's prime location, luxurious amenities and overall atmosphere make Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa an excellent choice. You're right next door to Magic Kingdom, which is only a hop, skip and jump away. The monorail also allows you to get to the other nearby resorts and EPCOT just as easily. The Grand Floridian offers a plethora of dining options that you won't even have to leave the resort for (and some are the most elegant and prestigious on Walt Disney World property). While it's one of the nicest and most upscale Disney hotels, it still remains family-friendly with several character dining opportunities, a kiddie pool and an arcade room.

On the flip side, it is a deluxe resort and typically the most expensive resort on property, so you'll want to consider how the resort fits your family's needs and budget. Either way, be sure to take the time to visit this elegant resort!

Have you stayed at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa? Did we miss any highlights? Be sure to drop us a note in the comments below!

Related: How to Pick the Best Disney Deluxe Resort for Your Family

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 2, 2024 at 7:29 p.m. Sara Says...

My husband and I are staying one day/night this coming weekend, and I'm so excited! I'm probably going to burst into tears as soon as we arrive. :')

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Apr 2, 2024 at 5:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Awww, we're SO frogcited for you! Have a magical time, Sara :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2021 at 1:48 p.m. Camille Tate Says...

Do you know when the Tea room is opening

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Nov 16, 2021 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camille!

We have not heard anything just yet, but we'll update this guide as soon as we do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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