Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A look inside Disney Resorts Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

A look inside Disney Resorts
Deluxe Resort

Disney Grand Floridian Resort
& Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa & Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel,  was opened on June 28, 1988 as the former Grand Floridian Beach Resort. Keeping the true 19th and 20th century Victorian era alive the Disney’s Grand Floridian replicates the eras’ white walls and red gabled roofs. The Grand Floridian boasts 25 Suites amongst 6 buildings across 40 acres just southwest of the Magic Kingdom. The Grand Floridian’s five-story lobby mesmerizes you with its luxurious chandeliers, marble floors, and a marvelous stained glass ceilings.
With a high ratio of staff to guests, service is outstanding. The resort has several full-service restaurants, and others are a short monorail ride away. The hotel is connected directly to the Magic Kingdom by monorail and to other Disney World destinations by bus. Walking time to the monorail and bus- loading areas from the most remote guest rooms is about 7–10 minutes.

What are rooms like at the Grand Floridian?

The Grand Floridian consists of 867 guest rooms and average around 448 sq feet making them some of the largest standard guest rooms at Walt Disney World. The standard, but spacious, guest rooms consist of either 2 Queen Size beds or 1 King bed. Most rooms offer a day bed.  All rooms come equipped with an iron, ironing board, small refrigerator, Disney sundries (soap, shampoo), coffee maker, safe, iPod dock and a hair dryer, and of course free WiFi.  The 31 handicap-accessible rooms offered at the Grand Floridian feature the same setup of the standard Grand Floridian rooms but conform to Florida’s Accessibility Code.

The rooms are set up to accommodate 5 or 6 guest counting 1 child under the age of 3 with the use of a crib. You may request a crib when checking in or touch the Housekeeping button on your room phone.  Housekeeping can also provide you with a high chair, a playpen, bed rails, and other things you might need for little ones. 

 Each Disney's Grand Floridian Resort room is furnished with the following:

  • Two queen beds
  • Dresser with 4 small drawers
  • Table with 2 chairs
  • Nightstand digital alarm clock
  • Full-length mirror (on bath door)
  • WiFi wireless Internet access
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini fridge
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
Restaurant's and Dining Options

 Victoria & Albert's - With only 18 tables in the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room, a new private space with seating for eight, this is the top dining experience at Disney World. A winner of AAA's Five-Diamond Award (the only restaurant in central Florida so honored), Victoria & Albert's is civilized, lavish, and expensive. Waitstaff in the Queen Victoria Room expertly revive the European art of tableside finishes for each dish.

The menu changes daily, but chef Scott Hunnel's favorites include Jamison Farm lamb, Florida seafood, and Japanese Kobe beef. Any of master pastry chef Erich Herbitschek's desserts are divine. Hunnel and his team prepare modern American cuisine with the best of the best from around the world. While the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room are whisper-quiet, the convivial Chef's Table is a whole other experience. For foodies, it's a bargain.

Cítricos-This is one of the best-kept dining secrets at Disney World - it's generally easy to get Advance Reservations here. For an extra-special night, reserve the Chef's Domain, a private room for up to 12 guests where the chef creates a special menu.

The golds and yellows of the Mediterranean color this stylish dining room on the second floor of the Grand Floridian. Diners often find chef Phillip Ponticelli working his culinary magic in the full-view show kitchen. Selections include sauteed shrimp with lemon, feta cheese, tomatoes, and white wine; oak-grilled filet of beef; braised veal shank.

Grand Floridian Cafe-Grand Floridian Cafe is basically an upscale coffee shop, the large dining room - with high ceilings and decorative windows - looks out on the Grand Floridian's pool and center courtyard.

Breakfast includes eggs prepared virtually every way known to mankind; waffles; French toast. For lunch, there's Cobb salad and the Grand sandwich with ham, turkey, and Boursin-cheese sauce. For dinner, choose from salmon, shrimp pasta, or grilled pork chop.

Narcoossee's-Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Floridian and toward the waterfront to this freestanding octagonal building at the edge of Seven Seas Lagoon. The atmosphere is upscale casual, though hardwood floors make it noisy. Diners have great views of the Magic Kingdom and the boats that dock nearby to pick up and drop off guests after a day at the park.

Narcoossee's offers excellent service, a very good wine list-and steep prices. But it is one of the few places at Disney with a seafood-centric menu, and one of the few places where you can get fresh steamed lobster.
1900 Park Fare- offers two character meals. Choose to dine with Mary Poppins, Alice and Wonderland, and friends, or Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drusilla.  The prime rib is 1900 Park Fare's major draw at dinner, but go someplace else if you prefer your beef on the rare side of medium.
Garden View Tea Room- is home to traditional afternoon tea, served in grand British style. The menu includes a selection of international teas and an assortment of sandwiches and pastries.

Gasparilla Island Grill- is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. There's also kid friendly items like chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Gasparilla is unique in that it is open 24 hours a day. But past 11:00 PM the menu is very limited.

The Grand Floridian offers several different options to its guests such as the Sandy Cove. The Sandy Cove carries everything from baby items such as baby diapers to formula to pharmacy items to souvenirs. Step over to the M. Mouse Mercantile to shop all things Disney while the Commander’s Porters sells men’s apparel and some Grand Floridian related items.


 Enjoy down time at one of the 2 Grand Floridian’s 2 pools, hot tub, ping pong table, and a pool bar. The Courtyard pool, the larger of the two, offers zero-entry access and is located in the center of the Grand Floridian grounds. The themed pool is located on the beach and also offers zero-entry, rock waterfall, and waterslide. Guest are provided with complimentary towels and life vests at each both pools.

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Commuting Times

Resort Transportation
Magic Kingdom 7 min
Epcot 33 min
Hollywood Studios 23 min
Animal Kingdom 23 min

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