Disney’s Grand Floridian is a deluxe resort located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. It is one of the more recognisable resorts at Walt Disney World due to it’s red and white Victorian themed buildings.
I know that the cost is more likely to send you running in the opposite direction, but I truly believe that everything pulled together can justify it for me, it’s just a matter of what works for me might not work for you.
This is undoubtably the biggest seller for the Grand Floridian. It is a short monorail ride from both The Magic Kingdom and Epcot and also a boatride to the MK as well. With both of those being incredibly popular, it is very handy being so close to both! With that comes extra unexpected benefits – like being able to see the fireworks shows in MK from your balcony (depending on the room type you choose). Not to mention, you’re also incredibly close to other resorts on the monorail line – good if you’re planning on visiting Chef Mickey’s for the character breakfast.
One of the most popular restaurants at the Grand Floridian is 1900 Park Fare. It hosts the very popular and hard-to-book Supercalifragilistic Breakfast (try saying that 5 times fast!), where you’re joined by various characters from Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and others. I’ve seen Alice, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Mary Poppins, but I’ve heard of people seeing the Mad Hatter and the evil Step-sisters from Cinderella. They also have “Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner” Buffet, which has both Cinderella and Prince Charming and is gorgeous as they interact with each other.
Victoria and Albert’s is the upper class restaurant and has won numerous awards, accolades and travel ratings. It’s menu is modern American, using the finest ingredients from around the world. I would love to go to check out their wine list and cellar – it boasts 700 choices and a 4,200 bottle cellar! 2 things to note – there is an age limit of 10 and above, so think long and hard if you want to bring the little ones along, also (and slightly related) there is a strict dress code of proper attire – be smart, if you’re not sure, give them a call when you’re packing/arrive on property, better to check than be turned away.
Narcoossee’s is a little hidden away, but would have amazing views of the Happily Ever After fireworks show! It’s essentially a “Surf and Turf” restaurant. The menu features some amazing steaks, as well as local and international seafood, including Maine Lobster! Or you could get a combination of both in the Surf and Turf special! As with Victoria and Albert’s, there is a strict dress code.
Cítricos overlooks the main courtyard at the Floridian and has a mediterranean style menu. What peaks my interest is their “Cheese Course”, I mean, how could you go wrong with that?
They also have a number of Bars – including a pool one – and of course Room Service available.
The Grand Floridian’s theming works for those guests who want the full Disney experience in the Parks, but to then “escape” it when they get to their hotel. The Grand Floridian has a very distinct theming, in that it’s a Victorian-Era design. If you’ve never visited, you’ll most likely know the buildings as they are red brick with white roofs and trimmings.
I will never forget the first time I walked into the Lobby. I was tired and jetlagged, but completely awed and overwhelmed. Everything is white and marble and over the top – especially wen you take in the chandeliers!
When I visited, I stayed in a Standard Room in the Main Building. When I arrived, I was able to upgrade for a small fee to a Club Level room. I didn’t end up utilising this so as much as I should have, as I was at the Parks from dawn till dusk. But the one perk that kept giving was that it was a “Them Park View”. Meaning every time I looked out the window, I saw Cinderella’s Castle <3
I stayed in the main building in one of the standard rooms. It was very nice – with more than enough room for just me. I had 2 Queen size beds – I love the Disney pillows – so comfy!! My favourite part of the room was the balcony – it had an amazing view and came with a small table and chairs to sit outside and watch the fireworks.
The club level was also an extra bonus. I was part of the Royal Palm Club that has its lounge on level 4 of the main building, with all rooms on the 4th floor and above. For me, it was good for a pre-parks snack and coffee (I tend to snack all days in the parks). And I loved it at night when they have cocktails and desserts 🙂 Plus the 24/7 unlimited supply of soft drinks didn’t hurt!
On top of the usual resort pool, spa, cabanas, etc., The Grand Floridian also makes good use of the lagoon out the front. You can see the Electrical Water Pageant go past every night. In addition to that, you can also hire a motorised boat from the marina, if you’re after something a little different to do.
One that is for the whole family is the resort’s “Movies Under the Stars”. The movies rotate, but are generally ones that the whole family will enjoy. Before you do the movie, you should start off with the Disney campfire. You can get all the info for this – including which movies are showing from guest relations when you check in
Have you stayed at the Grand Floridian? Did you enjoy it like me? Any advice on other types of rooms there?