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Review: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Continued



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, see this.

Re-furbed Grand Floridian rooms from yourfirstvisit.net

PHOTO TOUR OF A ROOM AT DISNEY’S GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

Floor Plan Standard Room Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net

Of the many room types at the Grand Floridian, the most common has two queens and a sofa that flips into a bed. (Click any of these photos to enlarge them.  They don’t get better–just bigger…)

Hallways at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netAs at all the deluxe resort standard rooms, the room opens from a hallway…

Entry at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and has closets on one side and the bath on the other.

Door Side Closet at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netOne side of the closet has a safe, shoe rack, and spare bedding…

Room Side Closet at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and the other side has the ironing board. Not shown are the robes–all Grand Floridian rooms have robes (in my room, they were on the beds) and turn-down service–not just the concierge rooms as at other deluxes.

Bath at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netThe bath is graceful–note the wood floor and overall color scheme…

Things to Prevent Balding at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and comes with a pile of ineffective anti-balding products.

Note the wall covering. The main sleeping space in the room is painted, but this area and the entry has lightly figured wallpaper.

Bath Detail at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netMore wall covering, and the only “Disney” theming in the room–an Alice in Wonderland reference.

Tub at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netHere’s the toilet and tub/shower, in their own space…

Shower Curtain at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and the shower curtain, which picks up the same figuring and colors as the wallpaper in nearby spaces.

Bed Side at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netBack in the main area of the room, you’ll find two queens on one side…

Desk at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…as well as a desk.

 

Bed Detail at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netHere’s a closer view of the new bed design. The soft goods on these beds are much simpler than those in the last design concept at the Grand Floridian. This simplicity makes the rooms less Victorian, and more generally acceptable–except to those who really loved the old Victorian excesses.

Bed Table at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netBetween the two beds is a bed table, more French Regency than Victorian, that reminds me of Madame Wardrobe from Beauty and the Beast.

PowerPoints Bed Table at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netThis table, however, has power points on top (as does the desk, and the dresser–I’ll come back to that)…

Drawers Bed Table at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and also needed storage.

TV Side Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netThe other side of the room has a couch and a dresser with a TV on top and mini-fridge inside.

Mini-Fridge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netThe deeper center of the dresser holds the mini-fridge…

Drawers Main Dresser at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and the narrowed wings hold narrow drawers. The overall design of the dresser is more interesting than would be a more rectangular design, but less useful, because of the lost drawer space. This makes the extra storage space in Madame Wardrobe between the beds that much more important.

One of Two Powerpoints at Dresser at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netOn the positive side, there’s six surface power points on the dresser, three on each side, making a total of 10+ easily accessible charging places in the room.

Couch at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netAlso on this side is a couch.

Day Bed at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netThe couch flips over into a fifth sleeping spot. I measured the mattress as 6′ by 32″, with just an inch more clear between the arms for feetsies.  The cushion is 4″ deep, and I found it quite comfortable.

Balcony Curtain Detail Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netAt the end of the room you’ll find the windows and either a balcony or patio. Here’s the outer and inner curtains…

View From My Room at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net…and here’s the view from my window. (I had a first floor room at the end of Boca Chica, facing Narcoossees and the path to the boat dock.)

Patio at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.netHere’s the patio itself.

Renovated Room Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from yourfirstvisit.net

These rooms are simpler than the last design iteration at the Grand Floridian, making them both less crowded and less busy.  Some will regret the loss of detailed Victorian fabrics and treatments, but for most these rooms will be more quietly comfortable.

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2 comments

1 Tracey { 09.27.15 at 3:03 pm }

Was your view a Garden View? What was the room number? Last time we were there, our view was of a staircase in Big Pine which I complained about and got switched to Conch Key. We are thinking of staying there again in December (currently at AKL).

2 Dave { 09.30.15 at 8:58 am }

Tracey I don’t entirely remember, sorry. I think it was a garden view room, first floor of Boca Chica, at the boat dock end.

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