families recommend
  1024 family reviews

Families will love:

  • Take a boat or the monorail directly to Magic Kingdom.
  • Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and Mouseketeer Club
  • Serenity: Relax on porches overlooking the pool
Enter dates for best prices

About Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The 867-room Grand Floridian Resort opened July 1, 1988 and has been Disney World's premiere property ever since. The hotel is stunning with its red gable roofs, crisp white clapboard siding, Victorian balustrades, and immaculate gardens filled with canary palms and southern magnolias - all inspired by the fabled Florida beach resorts of the 19th century.

It is easy to imagine Audrey Hepburn meandering through the resort's five-story creamy-white atrium of a lobby - cup of coffee in gloved-hand - and saying: "nothing bad could ever happen here," just as she did in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The enormous lobby, with its stained-glass domes in the ceiling, grand staircase, antique birdcages, and numerous comfortable seating areas manages to be serene and elegant without being stuffy.

Children sit on a miniature sofa and watch classic Chip 'n' Dale cartoons, ladies sip iced-tea near the pianist, and in the evening people gather with drinks to listen to the resort's Grand Floridian Society Orchestra play tunes you could dance to with your children. It is one of those rare places that makes you want to sit and stay a while.

Written by Christine Koubek

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Reviews

The place they call "home". by dmalin1143
Wanting to have a special trip as we're building lifetime memories, decided to stay at Disney's top resort. Were warned that it was too stuffy for the little ones. Were warned that boys won't like it, too girly. Boy, were they wrong! Rooms are clean and spacious. Beds are great! Food or drink is just a short walk away. Transportation is quick and ... read more

Best for:

  • Tots (0-2)
  • Kids (3-6)
  • Kids (7-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Family Interests

  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool

Family Ratings:
Editor's Rating:
Kid Activities:
Kids Play Area:
Money Value:
Pool & Water Fun:

Related Links:

    FREE Family Travel Newsletter
  • Family Travel Tips   (8 New)

    Family Planning and Tips

    • Carnival Miracle Travel Tips
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips All About the Extras Sail & Sign Card Carnival ships feature Sail & Sign cards, which make life so much easier. All you do is link a debit card or credit card to your Sail & Sign Card at Guest Relations or a kiosk on the ship. You'll then use your Sai...
    • Carnival Miracle Dining
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips During the cruise, I quickly learned that cruise food is every bit as big of a deal as the cruise itself. And when it comes to dining, the Carnival Miracle does not disappoint. Bacchus Restaurant Thousands of purple, bubble-like lights embellish Bacc...
    • Carnival Miracle
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips One of four Spirit class ships, Carnival Miracle made its magical debut in 2004. While it's certainly not Carnival's grandest ship, it's definitely something of a "miracle" for families, who find an ample amount of amenities and activities on board. Amid ...
    • 10 Best Orlando Resorts for Families
      So many hotels and resorts to choose from! Which ones really are the best for families in terms of theme-park access, amenities, and accommodations? Here are our favorites in the Orlando area! 1. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creak Maybe it is the Hilton's water park with two zero-entry pools, a 3-acre ...
    • 10 Best Disney World Resorts for Families
      When it comes to Disney, they certainly know how to cater to families, and families who want to visit Disney's Orlando theme parks will find a large selection of resorts and hotels to accommodate families of all sizes. But which ones are the best? Take a look at these 10 favorites of our editors and...
    • Skip This: Do That!
      Deciding where to go for your next family vacation? Often it's the most popular destinations -- from mega theme parks to world-famous beach towns -- that come to mind first. It's tempting to pick a familiar place and just go with what you know, but do this and you could be missing out on some fantas...
    • Disney Wonder Alaskan Cruise
      Join us onboard Disney Wonder's first exploration into Alaskan waters and ports as Family Vacation Critic Editor Lissa Poirot and her two tots take you on a tour. Be the first to see a sample of Disney's Alaskan Port Adventures, as well as glimpse the Disney Wonder's onboard fun, in our first-ever d...
    • Family Volunteer Vacations
      Away from the hectic pace of our everyday lives, any vacation is a chance for families to reconnect. There's no soccer game, no piano recital, no working late, so finally you have that precious day together. Yet, if you really want a meaningful break from your usual schedule, one that might change t...
  • Twitter
  • Facebook