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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Resort Type: Deluxe Disney Resorts

Rooms: 900 Part of DVC: No
Avg. Room Size: 440 Sq Ft.
Max. Guests /Room: 5 (plus a child under 3 in a crib)
Address:

4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is located around the Seven See's Lagoon, and is one of Disney's top resorts. It's focus is on elegance and charm, and if you look at any photo of the building you'll immediately see what we mean. The resort is inspired by San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado. As you step inside, you'd think you just entered Buckingham Palace. The elegance continues throughout the interior with marble flooring and amazing Victorian era architecture.

The five story lobby area features a large aviary, a relaxing sit-down area, a grand piano and glistening stain glass windows. This truly is a resort for royalty. Another great thing, is that the resort is on the Monorail line, making this a premium resort purely for how easy it makes it to get to both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Since the resort is also on the water, a boat service runs from the resort to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Amenities

  • Babysitting and Childcare Services
  • Coin-based Laundry facilities
  • Concierge Services
  • High Speed Internet Access (daily fee)
  • Valet Service Cleaning
  • Express Check-out
  • Luggage Service (hourly)
  • Poolside bar
  • Voice Mail
  • Maid Service (Daily)
  • ATM Machine
  • Sandy Cove Shop, offering collectibles, snacks and sundries
  • Clothing Shops (Summerlace for women and Commander Porter's for men)
  • Beauty/Barber Shop
  • Bell Service
  • Arcade

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Rooms

Over half the rooms at the Grand Floridian provide a beautiful view of the Seven Seas Lagoon or the Grand Floridian Marina. Garden views and Pool views are also available. The resort has four room types; Standard Rooms, Lodge Rooms, Suites and Concierge Rooms. The rooms are located in six buildings:

Main Building - Concierge Rooms and Suites.

Sago Cay - Lagoon & marina view rooms. Garden view dormer rooms, Lodge tower rooms, Hospitality suites and one or two bedroom suites.

Sugar Loaf - Concierge rooms.

Conch Key - Hospitality suites and one or two bedroom suites with a pool, marina or lagoon view.

Boca Chica - Standard rooms, one or two bedroom suites. All rooms have a pool, marina or lagoon view.

Big Pine Key - Standard rooms. All rooms have a pool, lagoon or garden view.

A standard guest room at the Grand Floridian typically has two queen-sized beds and a daybed, or just a single king-sized bed. Rooms have one of four themes; Cameo (Blues and yellows with the blue fairy), Swan (Mr. Toad and Wind in the Willows theme), Floral (Greens and yellows), and the Alice in Wonderland theme (features blues, dark red/rose and yellows).

Most rooms in the resort have a private balcony/patio area with a set of chairs and a table. Each room typically sleeps five. The Lodge Tower and Concierge Deluxe rooms only sleep four however.

The suite rooms are either one, two or three bedrooms and generally have two queen-sized beds or a single king-sized bed per room.  The suites can sleep 4-10 adults depending on the number of rooms in the suite. These rooms have a few extras not found in standard rooms such as a separate parlor area with its own wet bar, a large screen television and more expensive upmarket bathroom toiletries. Furnishings in these rooms are usually of better quality too. 

Standard room amenities include:

  • Satellite/Cable HD Television
  • DVD Player  or DVD/VCR Combo Player (club-level rooms or can be requested at the front desk)
  • Jacuzzi Bath Tub (complete with its own TV)
  • Turn-down Service
  • Bathrobes
  • Refrigerator
  • Wet Bar
  • Table with two chairs
  • Telephone
  • Closet
  • Vanity Area
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffeemaker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wall Safe
  • Balcony/Patio (Note first-floor Garden wing balconies are shared)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Newspaper Delivery
  • High Speed Internet Access (daily fee)

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Recreation

The resort features two fantastic pools. The main pool is called the Beach Pool, with a zero-entry area, water slides, waterfalls and a jacuzzi. The Courtyard Pool is the resorts quiet pool and features a smaller shallow pool for young children.

Other recreational activities at the resort include:

Watercraft Rentals - You can rent Sea Raycers, kayaks, pontoon boats, canoes, sailboats and pedal boats and take them out onto the lake.

Gasparilla's Grill & Games Arcade - Not only is this a counter-service restaurant, but it's also an arcade with state of the art video games. It is open 24-hours a day and uses a token system to use the arcade attractions. Guests can purchase tokens in the arcade. Some arcade games provide rewards in the form of tickets which can be redeemed for prizes.

Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club - (Note: Closed from September 19th 2011 to early 2013 - the resort fitness facility will remain open but the rest of the spa is closed) A high-tech gym and spa, open from 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM daily. A personal trainer is also available by appointment.

Movies Under the Stars - Disney movies are player outside on a big-screen projector near the pools or on the beach.

Wonderland Tea Party - Guests aged 4 - 12 can join characters from Disney's Alice in Wonderland for a fun-filled hour of stories, games, cupcakes and "tea" (apple juice) at the 1900 Park Fare restaurant. This is available every weekday afternoon.

Jogging Trail - Guests can take a walk or a jog around the mile-long path between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian Resort. 

Mousketeer Club - A supervised kids activity center open daily from 4:30pm to midnight, and allows parents to go off for a night out on their own while the kids are entertained with arts, crafts, computer games and Disney movies. Dinner and snacks are also provided. Reservations are required. For children aged 3 to 12.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Transport

Transport from the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa couldn't be easier. You've got a choice of Boat, Bus or Monorail. The Disney Bus Service will take you to any Disney location on-site and depart regularly.

The boat service goes around each resort (The Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian and Grand Floridian) and then on to the Magic Kingdom. This is a nice boat trip, but depending on which way it's running can take a while if it stops at all resort. During peak periods additional boat services run and usually take you directly to the Magic Kingdom.

The monorail is the other option. It goes in a clockwise direction. This means that from the Grand Floridian, it goes directly to the Magic Kingdom. On the return journey you'll pass through the Contemporary Resort, Ticket & Transportation Center and the Polynesian Resort so can take a little longer to get back.

Take a look below for our guide on the quickest way to get to each park:

Magic Kingdom - Take the monorail and it'll get you to the park in around 5 minutes. You can also walk, which will only take 5-10 minutes. The boat is another option but that can be really slow and they only come every 20 or so minutes.

Epcot - Take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center then transfer to the Epcot monorail line. An alternative option is the Disney Bus Service.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Use the Disney Bus Service.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Use the Disney Bus Service.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon - Use the Disney Bus Service. Before 4pm you'll need to get the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center and then a bus from there.

Disney's Blizzard Beach - Use the Disney Bus Service, the bus will be marked 'Animal Kingdom Theme Park / Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park'.

Downtown Disney - Use the Disney Bus Service. Before 4pm you must take a bus from the Ticket & Transportation Center. After 4pm a bus goes directly from the resort.

You will be provided with a complete transportation map when you check in  which gives you instructions on how to get to all the different areas on Disney property. To get to the different areas you'll just need to make sure you board the right bus. They display their destination clearly on top, however if you are unsure you can always ask the driver or a cast member. 

The Disney bus transportation system is one of the easiest ways of getting around. Busses depart from the resort to all the parks regularly and are completely free to use at any time. The bus services generally stop running once the parks close, and tend to run for an hour either side of the park hours. During extra magic hours they will run slightly longer.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Dining

The resort has a fantastic selection of 11 dining options. These include:

  • 1900 Park Fare - A character dining location serving both a breakfast and dinner buffet. Breakfast menu items include bacon, egg, sausage, mickey waffles, pancakes, pastries and fruit. Dinner menu items include salads, soups, seafood, chicken, prime rib and vegetable dishes. Characters from Alice in Wonderland roam around while you eat and will interact with the kids. Other characters include Mary Poppins and Pinocchio.
  • Gasparilla Grill & Games - An arcade come quick-service restaurant. This 24-hour arcade offers a range of quick food items such as pizza, sandwiches, burgers and salads.
  • Citricos - A signature-dining location with cuisine inspired by Provence, Tuscany and the Spanish Riviera. Items include steaks seared on an oak-fired grill, creative risotto, seafood (seasonal) and pastas. The restaurant has experts who can help pick a fine wine to pair with your meal.
  • The Chef's Domain at Citricos - A gourmet dining event where the chef will serve a seasonal a la carte menu, paired with fine wines.
  • Narcoossee's - A fine dining signature restaurant specialising in the finest seafood, with a fantastic view of the Magic Kingdom. Menu items include Crab-crusted Mahi Mahi, Togarashi-spiced Ahi Tuna and Pan-seared Sweet Potato-Ricotta Gnocchi.
  • Victoria & Albert's - An elegant signature restaurant which is an 11-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. This restaurant is renowned for its 6-course prix fixe menu, and is prepared which day with fresh ingredients. Menu items include Applewood Smoked Buffalo "Waldorf", Niman Ranch Lamb with Rutabaga Turnip Kraut and Violet Mustard and Australian "Kobe" Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Garlic-Potato Puree.
  • Chef's Table at Victoria & Albert's - A private 3-hour dining service where you go behind the scenes and dine at a special table located inside the kitchen. You can watch and speak with Chef Hunnel and staff as they prepare your 10-course meal. During the experience you'll get to talk to the chef who will offer culinary tidbits and tasting samples. A wine paring service is also provided with each course of the meal.
  • Grand Floridian Cafe - A casual dining restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with American favorites. The restaurant is set in a charming Victorian themed area, with views overlooking the gardens and pool.
  • Citricos Lounge - A cosy bar at the Citricos Restaurant, serving international wines, speciality martinis and cocktails, espresso and light appetizers.
  • Mizner's Lounge - Sample a selection of light snacks and a range of beverages from the full-service bar, offering vintage ports and brandies. You can listen to the lobby orchestra while you sip your drink and enjoy a fantastic view over the beautiful resort gardens.
  • Garden View Tea Room - Offers afternoon tea in grand British tradition along with scones, sandwiches and deserts. All set in a quaint and quiet Victorian themed setting.

To view full menus and extended details on any of the 9 restaurant(s) at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, please select an individual restaurant from below.

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