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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

 


4401 Grand Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830-1000
407-824-3000

Maximum persons per room: 5 (plus child in crib)
Total Number of rooms:  900
Room size:  440 Sq Ft.

Price per night: Resort Rates

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Overview

GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is Disney's top resort. From its location to its elegant charm, it's easy to see why it's considered Disney's best.

Inspired by San Diego's venerable Hotel Del Coronado, the Grand Floridian is a blend of Victorian elegance and modern day amenities. From its verandas, dormers and cupolas to the red shingled, gabled roofs and intricate gingerbread trim, this stately resort is a shining example of the Victorian era's architecture.

This impressive style extends to the monorail stop which is designed to resemble a Victorian train station. The breathtaking 5 story high atrium lobby is capped with light filtering stained glass domes. Glistening chandeliers, an aviary, potted palm trees and a grand piano providing live music add to the lavish ambiance here. An open-cage elevator transports guests to the second floor shops and restaurants.

The resort actually has two sections, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and the Villas, which is the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) side.

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Romance abounds at the Grand Floridian. No doubt that's why it was chosen as the location for the nearby Fairy Tale Wedding Pavilion.

When you think of fine dining, there's nothing better than Disney's Victoria & Albert's. This unique dining experience is the perfect enhancement to your stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. There are other excellent restaurants ranging from upscale to counter serve as well as a fun character meal. You can even partake of afternoon tea.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is located on the Seven Seas lagoon. For a great view of the Magic Kingdom's nightly Wishes fireworks, stroll to the white sand beach. You can also watch the Electrical Water Pageant as this old time favorite is performed each night.

Pampering yourself during your trip is easy when you visit the Grand Floridian's full service spa. From a manicure to a massage, its the perfect way to relax and indulge yourself.

There's a fun Beachside pool with a waterslide, and the more serene Courtyard pool. Either one is the perfect spot to cool off during your stay.

If you're looking for an upscale vacation experience, you can't go wrong when you choose Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Grand Floridian Resort Rooms

Picturesque views of the Seven Seas Lagoon or the Grand Floridian marina are available from more than half of the 900 rooms at the Grand Floridian. Garden views overlook the lush, landscaped gardens, Pool/Marina views overlook the interior courtyard pool or the marina, and Lagoon views offer a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. 

There are lodge rooms, concierge rooms and suites available as well as standard guest rooms. The following is a breakdown of the buildings and the type of accommodations found there: 
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Standard guestrooms average about 448 square feet and typically have two queen sized beds, (or one king sized bed) and a daybed (in rooms with 2 queen beds). There is also a spacious armoire, television, table with two chairs, walk-in closet, mini-bar, small safe, iron and ironing board, nightstand, telephone (with an additional one in the bathroom), ceiling fan, hairdryer, Mickey lamp, make-up mirror and double marble sinks in a vanity area separate from the tub and commode. In the vanity area, toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and shower cap are found and there is a retractable clothesline in the shower.

The rooms are decorated in 4 themes with Victorian woodfurnishings. These themes are the Cameo (blues and yellows with the Blue Fairy, Flora, Fauna and Merriweather), Swan (Mr. Toad and his Wind in the Willow friends provide the theme for the accents), Floral (greens and yellows) and Alice in Wonderland (Wonderland-themed with blues, dark rose and yellows). 

Most rooms lead out onto a patio or balcony. A typical guestroom sleeps 5, but the Lodge Tower and Concierge Deluxe rooms sleep 4. Dormer or "attic" rooms at the Grand Floridian are in the upper floors under the gabled roofs. These rooms are slightly smaller than the Standard guest-rooms but appear larger because the vaulted ceilings. A private balcony compensates for the lack of room size. Dormer rooms sleep 4 adults. 

There are 26 one,two,and three-bedroom suites available. Suites have two queen sized beds, or one king sized bed, and a separate parlor area with a wet bar. These rooms can sleep between 4 and 10 adults, depending on the suite type. These suites may include a hamper and upscale line of toiletries in the bathrooms, padded satin hangers, and larger screen televisions. 

There are 6 honeymoon rooms in the towers of the main building. The whirlpool honeymoon rooms have a jetted tub of course, and a balcony, but no wet bar or walk-in closet. Octagon honeymoon rooms are larger than the whirlpool rooms, but do not have the jetted tub or private balcony. Instead, you'll find a spectacular view with windows all the way around the suite. 

 


TIP: You don't have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy a honeymoon suite, it's perfect for anniversary or second honeymoon trips too. Note that these rooms only accommodate 2 guests. 

The third, fourth and fifth floors of the main building are home to the 83 Concierge rooms (including suites). Access to these floors is by private elevator only. Staff is available to answer questions, plan outings, to make dining Priority Seating arrangements, ticket purchases, make transportation arrangements and to fill requests for special dining or accommodation needs. 

The Concierge Lounge is located on the fourth floor. Here, guests may enjoy a continental breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The continental breakfast includes danish, bagels, cereal, fresh friuts, coffee, tea and juice.   "Daily Delights" from 11:30am to 2:30pm (the menu varies daily, but usually includes a meat dish, fruits and a vegetarian dish, including cookies, coffee, sodas and juices). Afternoon tea from 3pm to 4:30pm (includes scones, fruit breads, cookies, jam tarts, and of course, tea). Twilight Refreshments from 5pm to 7pm (includes wine and cheese, with appetizer type dishes served.  NOTE:  The Sugar Loaf Key Building serves a different Twilight Refreshment service, with no wine or children's items being offered). "Grand Indulgences" (desserts and cordials) from 8pm to 10pm.   Other concierge amenities include robes (for use while at the resort) and a deluxe nightly turndown service (including a Disney themed good night note). 

Guests who need to connect to home or work via the Internet while vacationing, will find high speed internet access. Rollaway beds are offered free of charge. Guest may request coffeemakers (with a single supply of complimentary coffee/tea), bed boards, bed rails, down pillows, heating pads, microwave oven (limited number available), extra pillows, blankets, towels, robes and International Electrical Adapters. Call Housekeeping to do so. 

If there are more than 2 adults in the same room, there is an additional charge of $25 per person, per night. For families with very small children, cribs (the pak-n-play variety), playpens and high chairs are available by calling Housekeeping or Guest Services. 

A limited number of handicapped accessible rooms are available. In Sago Cay, there are 3 rooms, Sugar Loaf has 2, Big Pine Key has 2 and there are some in Conch Key as well.

Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. Guest may check in as early as 7 a.m. and if the room is not ready, store luggage with Bell Services and head for the theme parks when they open.

Dining and Restaurants

 

There are several fine restaurants and dining options offered at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

 


Grand Floridian Cafe

The Grand Floridian Café is a family restaurant that specializes in Southern cooking and has a lovely view of the pool and courtyard. Lunch features a delicious assortment of soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, hamburgers, pasta and catch of the day dishes.


Citricos

Citricos is the Grand Floridian's answer to the California Grill. Chic, sophisticated cuisine offered here is a combination of American Seafood and Mediterranean-Florida fare. Citricos offers a wide variety of appetizers such as Pan Seared Quail, Jumbo Lump Crabcake, Warm Onion Tart and Crispy Cannelloni. Entrees include Braised Veal Shank, Seared Tuna, Grilled Filet of Beef, Roasted Duck Breast and Basil Crusted Rack of Lamb. Warm Chocolate Banana Tort, Tropical Fruit Crème Brulee and Seasonal Berry Gratin are a few of the interesting desserts available. Wine pairings may be ordered to accompany your appetizers, entrée and dessert.


The Chef's Domain At Citricos

Off of the dining room is a private dining area known as the Chef's Domain that is available and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Here you may order off the menu or allow the Chef to satisfy your appetite with his special creations. Wine pairings are available here as well and Citricos has a number of qualified sommeliers on staff. Two seatings are available each day, Wednesday through Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There is a minimum purchase of $650.00 excluding tax and gratuity.
The Chef's Daily Menu is 6 courses and priced at $75.00, with 4 wines added the total is $115.00 per person. This menu changes daily. Guests should call 407-939-7707. A credit card is required as a guarantee, cancellation at least 48 hours in advance or $100.00 penalty will be charged to the card.


Narcoosee's

The octagon-shaped restaurant overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon is Narcoosee's. You can watch your dinner being prepared in the open kitchen. For dinner, New Floridian cuisine is offered with many delicious seafood delicacies such as Maine Lobster (can also add Filet Mignon to this), Grilled Wild Atlantic Salmon, Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna, Seared Jumbo Scallops and Pan-Roasted Black Grouper. You'll also find such tasty items as Colorado Lamb Chops, Grilled Filet Mignon and Grilled Free-Range Chicken Breast. A Priority Seating is recommended. Menu | Photos

 


 

Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea

The Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea is offered in the Garden View Lounge from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a number of aromatic herbal and exotic teas to appeal to all tastes. Indulge in a centuries old English tradition by enjoying tea sandwiches, scones with delectable Devonshire cream, jam tarts, fresh strawberries with cream, tea pastries and English Trifle.  This spot is perfect for dining alone and it is a great Mother/Daughter outing. Most of the offerings are three courses, so be sure to bring your appetite.  If you are looking for a unique experience outside of the theme parks, Afternoon Tea is a great choice.  Priority Seating is highly recommended for this popular event. Specialty coffees and champagne are also available.


 

1900 Park Fare

At 1900 Park Fare, 15 feet above the floor, you'll find Big Bertha. This Parisian-built band organ is almost a century old. It will periodically spring to life for your listening pleasure, with pipes, drums, bells, cymbals and a xylophone, lending a festive air to the Character meals offered here. Breakfast features an all-you-can-eat buffet, with fresh fruit, bagels, oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese blintzes, omelets, fried potatoes, cold cereals, biscuits and gravy, French toast, waffles, pancakes and baked goods. Entertaining and mingling with the guests are Mary Poppins, Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Gepetto. Priority Seating is recommended. From 5:15 p.m. until 9 p.m., the Character dinner buffet is offered with unique salads, soups, spoon bread, vegetable dishes, seafood, chicken, prime rib and children's favorites. The dinner hosts are Disney's favorite Princess, Cinderella, and her Prince Charming. Any of the following characters may also be found (subject to availability): Fairy Godmother, Suzy Mouse, Perla Mouse, Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s stepmother) and her 2 stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella.


Victoria and Albert’s

The elegant Victoria and Albert's is the signature restaurant of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This award-winning restaurant offers fine dining and jackets are a requirement. Open only for dinner, two seatings are offered. The seven course menu varies and is selected daily by the Chef. Some of the Chef's specials feature the freshest in game, poultry, fish and beef. Priority Seating is an absolute must. Guests may reserve the Chef's Table here, where the Chef personally welcomes you into his kitchen, introduces you to the other cooks, and seats you in a special area in an alcove at the rear of his kitchen. A bottle of champagne is served and a toast offered to the guests. Guests may wander about the kitchen, talk to the chefs, ask questions and take pictures, as long as they don't interfere with the actual cooking and serving. The Chef will go over each course and its ingredients with guests. Appetizers, sorbet, portions of each of the evening's entrees, wine and cheeses, portions of the evening's desserts, coffee or tea and chocolate truffles are served to please the palate. As a delightful finishing touch, the ladies are presented with a long stem rose. Menus are autographed by the kitchen staff and given to guests as a memento. Wine pairings may be ordered to accompany the courses for an additional charge.


Gasparilla Grill & Games

For those wishing a quick take-out meal, the Gasparilla Grill & Games is open 24 hours a day. Pastries and croissants are available for breakfast, and standard fast food fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, nachos, grilled chicken sandwiches and salads are offered throughout the remainder of the day. An extensive room service menu is offered and is available 24 hours a day. Breakfast can be pre-ordered by filling out the card in your room and placing it on the doorknob outside your room before retiring for the night.

SERVICES/AMENITIES

Babysitting/Childcare Services: The Mouseketeer Club is open from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, and offers entertainment, dining and fun for children aged 4 to 12.

Transportation

Being on the monorail route is yet another benefit of a stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The monorail stops at the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Ticket and Transportation Center and Disney's Polynesian Resort. 

Magic Kingdom Park: Take the monorail or the boat launch. 

Epcot
: Take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center, disembark and take the Epcot monorail. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios: Take the Disney's Hollywood bus. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Take the appropriately marked bus.

Downtown Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island: Take the bus marked Downtown Disney. 

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park: Take the bus marked "Blizzard Beach" 

Pools and Recreation

Swimming at Disney's Grand Floridian offers two options. If you prefer a quieter setting, then the Courtyard Pool, nestled in the midst of this beautiful resort, is perfect. A hot tub is also available to relax in.  If you prefer a more lively time, the grotto themed Beach Pool with its slides and waterfalls will more than meet your expectations. You're welcome to head to the private sandy beach where you'll find canopied lounge chairs, but please note that swimming in the Seven Seas Lagoon is prohibited.

A kiddie pool is available for the littlest guests, as well as an Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area.  An upside-down Mad Hatter's hat fills with water, then dumps onto guests when it is full.  A large teapot pours its contents into a series of teacups that will rain down on the guests below.  Two mini waterslides, sprinklers and water spouts complete this play area.

Other water-related recreational activities include rentals at the marina of water mice, sail boats, pontoon boats, pedal boats or water skiing.

Marina, Captain’s Shipyard

- Grand 1 Sea Ray Yacht
- A new level of luxury awaits you for cruises around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Available for rental, it is routinely used for anniversary parties, birthdays, fireworks cruises and special events.

The yacht has a top speed of 36 miles per hour. It features a small kitchen and dining area as well as three, fully furnished staterooms. A microwave oven, four televisions, a heating / air conditioning unit and a state-of-the-art Bose stereo system round off the amenities.


The cost to rent this fantastic vessel is a steep $535 per hour, and it can accommodate as many as 18 guests. Call 407-824-2682 for reservations.

Mercury WaterMouse:
$21.59 (plus tax) per 1/2 hour/
$27.23 (plus tax) per 45 min./$30.05 (plus tax per hour)
Sun Tracker Pontoon Boats
(1-10 passengers): $34.74 (plus tax) per 1/2 hour
Canopy Boats
- $24.88 (plus tax) per 1/2 hour
Sailboats -
13' Catamaran $23.47 (plus tax) per hour

Fireworks from the Magic Kingdom Park can be viewed from the lagoon on a boat cruise on the Grand 1. On this elegant cruise, you can have private dining served by a butler for up to 17 people. For more information, call 407-824-2439. 

Videos are available from Guest Services for guests to borrow at no charge. A room charge slip for $100 per movie is required but is destroyed upon return of the movie. Call Guest Services from your room at 8-282-1676 for information. 

Some of the most interesting and imaginative children's programming at Walt Disney World is found here at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Campfire & Movie

Meet on the lawn behind the beach pool for a nightly campfire and movie (weather permitting).  The campfire on the beach is at 8:00 pm and the movie is at 9:00 pm. 



For those that prefer their sports and recreational activities to be done on dry land, 2 lighted clay tennis courts, jogging, volleyball, croquet, an arcade and the Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club are available. Open 24 hours (with a resort key), the Health Club offers top-notch services with a full range of Cybex cardio-vascular and strength equipment, personal trainers, saunas, steam-rooms, and whirlpools. Photos of the fitness center

 


Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

This full-service spa and health club is designed to feel like you've just stepped into a 20th century Victorian garden.  Senses offers a wide range of spa services that include hand and body treatments (facials, manicures and pedicures), facial therapy, massage therapy, water therapy and soaks, and nutrition and fitness counseling. Kids' Massages, mini-facials, manicures and pedicures are also offered. The Spa is open from 8 am until 8 pm daily and there is also a selection of beauty products and apparel offered. For appointments, call 407-WDW-SPAS. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and a 24 hour cancellation policy is in effect. 


Ivy Trellis Salon

The Perfectly Prepared Princess Package will get your little ones ready for their visit to the Cinderella breakfast at Citricos (this is being held while Cinderella's Royal Table is closed for refurb).  From January 8, 2015 through March, young princesses can get a princess hairdo, glitter and tiara for $50 and add princess makeup for $25.  For $90, choose hair, makeup and manicure.  Call 407-WDW-SPAS.

Located on the second floor of the lobby, the salon offers services for men, women and children.