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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

 


Grand Floridian Address/Phone:
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
Phone: 407-824-3000
# of Rooms: 867
Check-in: 3pm / Check-out: 11am
Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
Category:
Deluxe
Online Check-in:
Yes
Express Check-out:
Yes
Resort Airline Check-in:
Yes
Conference Center:
Yes

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Overview

GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

Billed as Disney’s “flagship resort,” Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is exquisite with its combination of Victorian style and modern day amenities. The inspiration of the resort comes from San Diego’s venerable Hotel Del Coronado and can be felt from its verandas, dormers and cupolas, red-gabled roofs and intricate gingerbread trim.

GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

A breathtaking 5-story-high atrium lobby is capped with light filtering stained-glass domes. Glistening chandeliers, an aviary and a grand piano add to the lavish ambiance here. This distinct form extends to the monorail stop that is designed to resemble a Victorian train station.



Grand Floridian Resort Rooms



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Elegance and sophistication are the overriding themes within the rooms. Glossy tones of oyster, taupe and gold with accents of terra-cotta compose the very clean and comfortable ambiance. The rooms have glass-paned doors that slide open onto patios or balconies. 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. All rooms come with an alarm clock with mp3 player, mini fridge, ceiling fan, coffee maker with coffee and tea setup, evening turndown service, hair dryer, ice bucket, safe, iron and ironing board, minibar, pool towels, robes, table and chairs, telephone, television, and triple sheet bedding. 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).

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. 

The following is a breakdown of the buildings and the type of accommodations found there: 

GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

Standard Room

Approximate # of Rooms in this category:

Maximum # people: Garden View, Lagoon View and Theme Park View: 5 people, Deluxe Garden View: 4 people

# Handicap Accessible Rooms: Garden View: 13, Lagoon View: 2, Theme Park View: 4, Deluxe Garden View: 2
Note: Handicap-specific room locations differ according to the disability being accommodated

Square Footage: Garden View, Lagoon View and Theme Park View: 448 sq. ft, Deluxe Garden View: 574 sq. ft.

Note: Bed boards/rails, full size crib, microwave, international electrical adapter and rollaway bed available upon request



Club Level

There are two 'club level' lounges at the Grand Floridian. The Royal Palm Club is located in the main building, and serves as the concierge lounge for the suites and specialty rooms there. The Sugar Loaf club is located in the Sugar Loaf building and serves as the lounge for all other concierge level guests. In terms of service and offerings, the concierge services at the Grand Floridian are the best at Walt Disney World (and not surprisingly, the most expensive). Daily offerings for morning, afternoon and evening service are a few steps above what is offered in other club level lounges on property.

Club level rooms entitle guests to club concierge desk services, access to the concierge lounge, free DVD rentals from the resort and--upon request--complimentary bathrobes, turn-down service and alcoholic beverages from 7am-10pm.

Club Level Room - Outer Lodge (Sugar Loaf)

(Club level rooms entitle guests to club concierge desk services, access to the concierge lounge, free DVD rentals from the resort and--upon request--complimentary bathrobes, turn-down service and alcoholic beverages from 7am-10pm)

Categories: Standard, Sugarloaf Key 1 Bedroom Suite, Sugarloaf Key 2 Bedroom Suite

Approximate # of Rooms: Standard: 87 (standard), Sugarloaf Key 1 Bedroom Suite: 1, Sugarloaf Key 2 Bedroom Suite: 1

Maximum # people: Standard: 5 people, Sugarloaf Key 1 Bedroom Suite: 6 people, Sugarloaf Key 2 Bedroom Suite: 8 people

# Handicap Accessible Rooms: Standard: 5

Note: Handicap-specific room locations differ according to the disability being accommodated

Square Footage: Standard: 448 sq. ft., Sugarloaf Key 1 Bedroom Suite: 900 sq. ft., Sugarloaf Key 2 Bedroom Suite: 1300 sq. ft.

Basic Room Contents: Suites come stocked with DVD players, complimentary sodas, flowers and a small amenities gift basket in addition to the equipment of standard rooms.

Main Building Club Level

(Club level rooms entitle guests to club concierge desk services, access to the concierge lounge, free DVD rentals from the resort and--upon request--complimentary bathrobes, turn-down service and alcoholic beverages from 7am-10pm)

Categories: Standard, Magic Kingdom View, Deluxe Room, Deluxe King Room, 1 Bedroom Suite, Victorian Suite, 2 Bedroom Suite, Disney Suite, Grand Suite

Approximate # of Rooms: Standard: 27, Magic Kingdom View: 16, Deluxe Room: 5, Deluxe King Room: 15, 1 Bedroom Suite: 2, Victorian Suite: 1, 2 Bedroom Suite: 3, Disney Suite: 2, Grand Suite: 1

Maximum # people: Standard, Magic Kingdom View, and Deluxe Room: 5 people, Deluxe King Room: 3 people, 1 Bedroom Suite: 6 people, Victorian Suite: 2 people, 2 Bedroom Suite: 8 people, Disney Suite: 4 people, Grand Suite: 4 people/3 comfortably

# Handicap Accessible: Magic Kingdom View: 2, Deluxe Room: 1

Note: Handicap-specific room locations differ according to the disability being accommodated

Square Footage: Standard, Magic Kingdom View, Deluxe Room, Deluxe King Room: 448 sq. ft., Deluxe Room and Deluxe King Room: 574 sq. ft. (deluxe room and deluxe king room located in turrets), 1 Bedroom Suite: 633-2200 sq. ft., Victorian Suite: 1000 sq. ft., 2 Bedroom Suite: 1000-2200 sq. ft., Disney Suite: 1600 sq. ft., Grand Suite: 2200 sq. ft.

Basic Room Contents: Suites come stocked with DVD players complimentary sodas, flowers and a small amenities gift basket in addition to the equipment of standard rooms.

 

Dining and Restaurants

 


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

Lounges and Pool Bars


Quick-Service

Table-Service

1900 Park Fare

Serving as a lively and family-friendly dining experience, 1900 Park Fare is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet hosted by a rotating cast from assorted Disney films such as Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Cinderella. Open for breakfast 8am-11:45am (character breakfast buffet, pancakes, waffles, fruit, omelets and pastries); Open for dinner 4:30pm-8:30pm (character dinner buffet, salad, chicken, steak, pasta, seafood and dessert)

Citricos

Set in a chic and sophisticated setting, this restaurant serves American seafood and Mediterranean-Florida fare. Tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, cut-offs, torn clothing, hats (men only) and clothing with offensive language or graphics are not permitted. Open 5:30pm-10pm (grilled and braised meats, fresh fish and chicken)

Tip: 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 create something unique. Call 407-939-7707 for more details.


Garden View Tea Room

Guests of all ages can indulge in the centuries-old English tradition of “afternoon tea.” This is a unique experience offered outside of the theme parks. Priority seating is recommended. Open for early tea 10:30am-12pm (sing-along tea party); Open for afternoon tea 2pm-5pm (does not accept Disney Dining Plan)

Tip: This is event is perfectly suited for a mother/daughter experience, elegant birthday event, or otherwise special celebration.

Grand Floridian Cafe

This family restaurant overlooks the pool and courtyard in the back of the resort and provides a casual but elegant dining option. Open for breakfast 7am-11:30am (pancakes, waffles, fruit, eggs and pastries); Open for lunch 11:30am-2pm (soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, pasta, seafood and dessert); Open for dinner 5pm-9pm (chicken, steak, pasta, seafood, cheese course and dessert)

Narcoossee's

This octagonal-shaped restaurant is separate from the resort and sits on the bank of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Dinner is prepared in an open kitchen. Tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, cut-offs, torn clothing, hats (men only) and clothing with offensive language or graphics are not permitted. 5:30pm-10pm (specialty seafood selections, steak, salad and chicken)

Victoria and Albert's

As the signature restaurant of the resort, this award-winning dining experience is the definition of formality. There is a dress code that requires men to wear jackets and women to wear a dress or dressy pants. Prepare for a seven-course meal and be aware that priority seating is a must. The Chef’s Table may be reserved where the Chef personally welcomes guests into his kitchen, introduces them to the other cooks and seats them in a special area at the rear of the kitchen. First seating 5pm-6pm; Second seating 8:30pm-9:15pm; One seating July-September 5pm-7pm (7-course); Queen Victoria Room and Chef Table (9-course) (does not accept Disney Dining Plan except for the Platinum Plan, does not accept Tables in Wonderland).

Tip: When a guest at the Chef’s Table, you are welcome to wander about the kitchen, talk to the chefs, ask questions and take pictures as long as you don’t interfere with the actual cooking and serving.


SERVICES/AMENITIES

Transportation



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

Magic Kingdom: Monorail; Boat (available 30 minutes before park opening on standard days and one hour on Extra Magic Hour mornings until 45 minutes after park closing)

Epcot: Monorail (take the resort monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center, then transfer to the Epcot monorail)

Hollywood Studios: Bus (available 45 minutes before park opening until 2 hours after park closing)

Animal Kingdom: Bus (available 45 minutes before park opening until 2 hours after park closing)

Water Parks: Bus (available 30 minutes before park opening until 1 hours after park closing)

Disney Springs: Bus (available from 9am-2am)

Transportation and Ticket Center: Monorail

Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Monorail

Disney’s Polynesian Resort: Monorail; Boat (available 30 minutes before park opening on standard days and one hour on Extra Magic Hour mornings until 45 minutes after park closing)

Note: The bus stop is located in between the Main Building and Resort Convention Center with buses departing approximately every 20 minutes. The boat dock is located next to Narcoossee’s with boat departing approximately every 20 minutes. The monorail station is located on the second floor of the Main Building.

Pools and Recreation



The Grand Floridian offers two options for swimming. The primary pool is the grotto-themed Beach Pool with its slide and waterfalls. A quieter setting can be found at the Courtyard Pool where the pool and a hot tub are nestled in the middle of the resort.



For children, there is an interactive water play area with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Teacups and teapots pour water amongst the two miniature water slides, sprinklers and spouts. And with an upside-down Mad Hatter’s hat that fills with water and then dumps onto guests when it fills, the area is widely popular with little ones.

A number of poolside activities are scheduled each afternoon. Ranging from an unbirthday pool party to ring toss, there is a broad spectrum of games and challenges for families to participate in while they enjoy the water area.

Arcadia Games: Open 8am-11pm

Jogging Trail: Seven Seas Lagoon (1 mile)

Campfire and Outdoor Movie: Each night there is a complimentary showing of a Disney film. Located at the resort’s beach, the feature film changes daily (consult recreation calendar given upon guest check-in for time, location and particular movie).

Guided Fishing Excursions: For a fee, an expert guide will host your group during a catch-and-release fishing trip in some of the lakes on Disney property. Available times are 7am, 10am, and 1:30pm. Reservations required (407) WDW-BASS or visit the Concierge desk.

Disney’s Private Adventure: For a fee, children aged 4-12 can board a water vessel at The Captain’s Shipyard Marina to hunt treasure at various “ports” amongst Disney’s lakes. Reservations required, and these can be made at the Concierge desk.



The Captain’s Shipyard Marina:
Rent Sea Raycers, Boston Whaler Montauks, Sun Tracker pontoon boats, or the Grand 1 Sea Ray yacht. Reservations can also be made for a Specialty Fireworks Cruise for parties up to 10. (407) WDW-PLAY

Wonderland Tea Party: For a fee, children aged 4-12 can enjoy an afternoon of games, crafts and tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter at 1900 Park Fare. Reservations can be made at the Concierge desk.

Electrical Water Pageant: Viewing area located on the beach or Transportation Dock

Spa

Fitness Center

Ivy Trellis Salon


Senses - A Disney Spa

 

Shopping

Basin White: Open 10am-10pm (natural products for bath and body)

Commander Porter’s: Open 9am-10pm (men’s designer apparel, accessories, resort casual logo, golf items, fine watches and fragrances)

M. Mouse Mercantile: Open 8am-10pm (Disney character apparel, plush, toys, princess wear, pins, D-tech items, MagicBand accessories)

Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries: Open 7:30am-10pm (resort logo apparel, home décor gifts, autograph books, pens, sun essentials, grocery, snacks, beverages, wine and spirits)

Summer Lace: Open 9am-10pm (ladies designer fashions, swimwear, handbags, scarves, accessories, fine watches, jewelry, cosmetics and fragrances)

Senses-A Disney Spa: Open 8am-varied closing times (skin care, body care and nail care products, spa robes, candles and miscellaneous spa gift items)