Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Review
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Editor’s Review of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The 867-room Grand Floridian Resort opened July 1, 1988 and has been Disney World's flagship property ever since. The hotel's red gable roofs, crisp white clapboard siding, Victorian balustrades, and immaculate gardens filled with canary palms and southern magnolias are inspired by the fabled Florida beach resorts of the 19th century.
It is easy to imagine Audrey Hepburn meandering through the five-story creamy-white main atrium -- 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 ceiling domes, antique birdcages, and cushy seating areas make for a serene -- but not stuffy -- place to sit back and ... more relax amidst Disney World's mayhem.
That contrast between the busy park visiting pace and Grand Floridian's peace is one of our favorite things about the resort, and what makes it worth dedicating at least an afternoon to all the property has to offer, whether it be lounging poolside at the beautifully landscaped courtyard pool, sipping iced tea near the pianist in the afternoon, or watching the Magic Kingdom's fireworks display from the comfort of your room's balcony or the marina courtyard.
Other Grand Floridian pluses include standard rooms that are larger than almost all other Disney resorts, highly rated restaurants, Senses Spa (one of only two full-service spas in "the World") and a location that's ideal for easy access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot via monorail or boat. The location is also just under a mile stroll along a waterside path to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, making it easy to access Lilo's Playhouse and additional dining options that include a Lilo & Stitch character breakfast at Ohana. less
- Some of Disney World's best dining
- Elegant, serene, and kid-friendly atmosphere
- Easy access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot
- Theme Parks
- Water Sports
- Water Parks
- Children's Program
- Connecting Rooms
- DVD Player
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids'/Theme Meals
- Laundry Service
- Onsite Dining
Independent childcare provider Kid's Nite Out offers one-to-one babysitting in resort rooms and villas. ... Get more Planning and Tips
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There are also Club ... more Level Rooms. These rooms are similar in decor to the resort's standard rooms, however, club level guests receive added perks, such as a flat screen TV with a DVD player and access to a separate concierge staff who help with everything -- pre-arrival itinerary planning, park advice, reservations for character breakfasts, golf times, horseback riding, spa treatments and more. Better still is the food -- especially if you have forever hungry teens. A continental breakfast is served in the Concierge Club lounges (there's one in the Main building and another in Sugarloaf) each morning, as are afternoon snacks (think tea sandwiches, cheeses, veggies and cookies), and sodas, wine, beer, after dinner drinks and desserts in the evening. In addition, you'll find kid-friendly seating areas with mini seats and tables, a flat-screen TV showing Disney classics, and, in the Main building lounge, sweeping views of the resort grounds.
The 448 square-foot standard size rooms are some of the most spacious of the Disney World resorts and can be found throughout the resort and in every category: Garden View (which might also overlook the pool), Lagoon View (Seven Seas Lagoon) and Theme Park View (Magic Kingdom). Most offer two queen beds and a sofa that converts to a twin bed, however, there are some that have a king with a sofa that converts to either a twin or double bed. In addition each has a large dresser, flat-screen TV and desk with a table that pulls out from beneath it. Some also have a chair with an ottoman. Note: Many 5th floor rooms have vaulted ceilings.
Outer Building Deluxe Rooms
Outer Building Deluxe Rooms with Garden View are 574 square feet and have two queen beds. These are good for families who might want extra play space or room for a playard.
Main Building Deluxe King Rooms
Main Building Deluxe King Rooms with Club Access are 623-square-feet octagon-shaped rooms located in the main building's turrets. Each room has a king bed, windows on five sides, a wet bar, desk, soaking tub, crystal chandelier, sofa that converts to a twin bed and walk-in closet with built-in shelves. These spacious rooms are great for couples or families traveling with one child.
The Grand Floridian's 25 suites (which accommodate between two and eight people and include Club Lounge access) come in all shapes and sizes and range from a 633-square-foot one-bedroom suite (with two queen beds and a queen-sized sleeper sofa) to the 2,200-square-foot Grand Suite that has five balconies, vaulted ceilings, and a hardwood-floor foyer. The suites are in the process of refurbishment and will debut with new theming and features in late-2015.
Note: A building preference can be noted, although not guaranteed, when you make your reservation. The Main and Sugarloaf buildings' Club Level rooms all have easy access to restaurants and shops. The Big Pine Key building has a variety of room types and is close to both pools. less