Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World Resort


Check out this deluxe resort that packs in all of the fun with Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World Resort

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World ResortI know when I think of luxury at Walt Disney World, I think of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for sure! The property opened on June 28, 1988 as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. The name changed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the fall of 1997. The Grand Floridian was inspired by the Victorian era beach resorts built along Florida’s east coast during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is also one of the “Monorail Resorts”, meaning when you are a guest here, you are able to take the monorail to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or one of the other monorail resorts (Contemporary and Polynesian). Please note, there are several different monorails and you may have to switch monorails depending on your destination! You can also take the boat to the Magic Kingdom, or as with all resorts you also have the option of taking the buses to the parks as well.

Accommodations and Room Types

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World ResortThe Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of the resorts in the Magic Kingdom resort area and has 867 guest rooms on property.

It is also home to one of the newer DVC expansions completed in 2013. The Villas continue the theme of Victorian-era Palm Beach resorts found in the Grand Floridian while catering to the needs of DVC guests. The expansion makes the Grand Floridian the second monorail resort to receive a DVC addition, following Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort which opened in 2009.

There are 3 different room types, similar to the other Disney Resorts. Standard View, Lagoon View, and Theme Park View. The price of the rooms depends on your views, with the least expensive option being the Standard, and the most expensive being Theme Park views. Whether or not the view is worth the price is up to each individual. But, to be able to see the Wishes Fireworks with the songs being played on your television in your own room could be paradise in and of itself!

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World ResortMost of the Grand Floridian rooms are 440 square feet, which makes them some of the largest standard rooms in Walt Disney World, and have two queen size beds, a daybed, and a table with two chairs. Each room comes equipped with dresser with 4 small drawers, table with 2 chairs, nightstand digital alarm clock, full-length mirror (on bath door), WiFi wireless Internet access, flat-panel TV, mini fridge, coffee maker, ironing board and iron, hair dryer, digital thermostat, in-room safe and tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap.

Bathrooms are large, with plenty of counter space and fluffy towels. Two shelves under the sink provide a small amount of storage. As well as, a separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks and enough counter space to fit most of your toiletries. The dressing area includes a sliding door that separates it from the sleeping area.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World ResortNow if you are really ready to lap it up in luxury you can participate in the Grand Floridian Concierge Level Rooms which will give you separate lounges and check-in, complimentary food and drinks, just to name a few.

Dining Options

The food is absolutely amazing at the Grand Floridian. It is known for a few of its restaurants, including a character meal option. So, let’s talk food….

Quick Service

Gasparilla Island Grill

Fine/Signature Dining

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World ResortCharacter Dining

Casual Dining


And of course, we can’t leave out In-Room Dining! 24 hours of non-stop food in your own room, my kinda dining!


Now let’s talk pools! Grand Floridian is known for its pools!

Grand Floridian has two pools. The Courtyard Pool, sits east of Grand Floridian’s Main Building. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water play area.

The Beach Pool is located between the Main Building and the Villas. The Beach Pool is a 111,261-gallon pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. Its main feature is a 181-foot water slide. The Beach Pool also has cabanas available for rent.Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: A Disney World Resort

If you are looking to relax for the day or after a long day at the parks make sure you schedule some fun at the Senses – A Disney Spa, Grand Floridian’s spa. Senses includes 15 treatment rooms offering a multitude of treatments and featuring Florida citrus and botanical. A unique touch to this spa is that each treatment, or “Journey” as they call them, includes a small glass of a fruity elixir.

Not in the mood to go to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks? No worries! You can view the show from the Grand Floridian pier off of the Lagoon right before 9pm and you are all set to watch the night-time magic from your resort. They pump the music in for your listening pleasure and if you get there early enough you can even view the Electrical Water Pageant Parade as well! Right there on the Lagoon!

If you ask me, you cannot beat the magic that the Grand Floridian delivers. No matter the reason life brings you to the Grand Floridian you will always have a stay of a lifetime, with the kids or without. The Grand Floridian will for sure please. But, I am a little partial to this amazing resort!

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Mandi is a wife, Mom of 3, writer, creator of WaltExpress.com, and self-proclaimed Disney nerd. She loves to travel to Disney Destinations and blog about her magical experiences so she can share all the tips, tricks and tidbits she picks up during her travel. She and her family visit Disney World several times a year and she is always in the know when something new is happening and she shares it here first! Mandi also works as an online consultant by empowering women to be all they can be in all aspects of their life. You can find her at www.AmandaMiddleton.me

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