When you think of a Walt Disney World vacation, it’s important to ask yourself “What type of resort do I picture myself at?”. Do you want to feel like you’re somewhere tropical? Do you want to feel one with nature? Do you want a quiet, laid back resort? These are all great questions. Well, if you find yourself saying “I want to stay somewhere that makes me feel like I’m the king of the castle,” Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a great place to start. The Walt Disney Travel Company describes this resort as a place where “Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication.” But we’d like to think of it more like you’re “one-stop shop” for that checklist you’ve been making regarding your vacation. Let’s grab our parasols and take a stroll around Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and check out why it may be right for you.
The Resort Breakdown
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is considered the top of the line when it comes to Walt Disney World Resort hotels. It offers a wide range of resort categories that sleep 3 – 12 adults. These rooms offer views of everything from a garden view to that iconic castle view so you can watch nightly fireworks. That means no matter the size of your family, this resort has a room made for you. Not only do rooms at the “Grand Flo” offer a wide variety of views, but the looks of the rooms themselves vary as well. Let’s take a look!
Photos Courtesy of Walt Disney Travel Company
Pictured above are some of the current looks for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa rooms. The red and gold rooms, that offer a timeless Victorian style, are located throughout the Grand Floridian’s Outer Building, all the way into its main building. If you slide over to the Disney Vacation Club portion of this resort, you’ll find the next two looks. Currently, the Deluxe Studios capture part of that classic feel you’ll find in the non-Disney Vacation Club rooms. However, the regular studios (featured last) are giving us all the “vacation vibes” with this brand-new refurbishment.
We hope you’re hungry
If you’re worried about having convenient meals for your family at your Walt Disney World Resort, then worry no more. Disney’s Grand Floridian has food, food, and a little more food. If you’re needing something on the go, the “Grand Flo” has a great quick service offering at Gasparilla Island Grill. Sure it offers yummy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options like pizzas and burgers… but we’re here for the desserts. No matter what time of year, you’re sure to find something sweet that’s IG-worthy.
If you’re looking for a casual sit-down meal, stroll on over to the Grand Floridian Café. From breakfast to dinner, you can have an elegant but laid-back meal. For breakfast and lunch, you can enjoy everything from Mickey waffles to Steak and Eggs, all the way to a Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger. Then at dinner, you can sink your teeth into its well-known Buttermilk Fried Chicken or a tasty steak. **While not required, Advanced Dining Reservations are recommended.
Moving along to some of the Grand Floridian’s “heavy hitters,” we’ll take a quick look at Citricos. This newly reimagined restaurant, inspired by Mary Poppins Returns, allows guests to “dine underneath the lovely London sky” while they enjoy Florida Cuisine with Mediterranean Flavors.
Not only is the dinner-only table service going to knock your socks off, but it also features an award-winning wine list. **Please note you’re going to want to snag an Advanced Dining Reservation for Citricos and be sure to check the dress code for this “practically perfect” meal.**
MMV agents ready for their Mary Poppins themed night at Citricos.
Another dinner-only option at Disney’s Grand Floridian is Narcoossee’s. This waterfront restaurant is the place to be to grab some of the best seafood in the area and take in its breathtaking panoramic view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. **You’ll need an Advanced Dining Reservation to dine here and everyone will need to adhere to the dress code.”
Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
Before we move on from the dining options available at this lovely resort, we should note that Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is also home to two additional restaurants: (1) 1900 Park Fare, rated a “favorite character meal” and (2) the award-winning restaurant Victoria and Albert’s. While these two dining options are temporarily unavailable, once they reopen, we’ll be sure to update this page to the magic you can experience here.
If you’re looking for the perfect date night spot or a place to “adult,” the Grand Floridian invites you to be their guest and grab a drink at the Beauty and the Beast inspired bar, Enchanted Rose. This lounge features “delectable dishes and shimmering sips” that are sure to have you feeling like royalty. While dining reservations are not offered here, this one-of-a-kind space fills up quickly. So, you may need to hop on a waitlist to grab a seat.
More Important Things to Know About Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa:
If you’re planning to spend a day at the pool, this resort offers rentable cabanas. Each cabana comes stocked with the essentials to beat the Florida heat like non-alcoholic drinks, water, and snacks. They also offer comfy seating, plush towels, your very own TV, and ceiling fans. Plus, when renting a cabana, a Disney Cast Member will be there to help you with any other needs you may have. To rent one of these cabanas, talk to your MMV agent to find out pricing and availability.
This resort is not only a monorail resort, which can conveniently take you to multiple locations, but it also offers a boat service across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the magic of the Magic Kingdom Park. In the mood for a quick stroll instead? You can take a scenic walk straight to the Magic Kingdom.
If you find yourself enjoying the resort at night, you’re at the perfect place to catch the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and watch the Electrical Water Pageant.
The Grand Floridian is not only a great place to stay during your Walt Disney World vacation… it’s also a great place to let go of some stress while you take in a massage at its spa. From spa treatments to salon services, you’re sure to look and feel your best. If you’re considering one of these services, contact your MMV agent or check availability directly on the Walt Disney World website.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is also home to one of the best wedding venues on the Walt Disney World Resort property. It’s the perfect place to say “I do” with your special someone. Your MMV agent can even set you up with your very own “Fairy Godmother” to start planning, if wedding bells are in your future.
The holidays are a great time to stay and visit this resort. Each year, the chefs at the Grand Floridian come together and build a larger-than-life gingerbread house. They also set up a store so that you can grab some treats to take home with you. But the holiday eye candy doesn’t end there! You’ll definitely want to check out one of the biggest Christmas trees on Walt Disney World property inside the lobby.