Review: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Page 3
By Dave Shute
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In their recommended order for first time family visitors, they are
Many of these also offer Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) studios and villas, all for rent to the general public–see this for more on the Disney Vacation Club resorts. At the Grand Floridian, the DVC offering is The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
You enter the Grand Floridian’s main building into its lovely lobby, where on the first floor you’ll find check in and concierge services, some shops and some restaurants.
On the left is 1900 Park Fare, where at breakfast you can find Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, and at dinner Cinderella and her homies–Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and the Fairy Godmother.
More on 1900 Park Fare here.
Also in this side is a small shop with a lot of sundries and groceries.
Around the corner is another of the resort’s five table service restaurants, the Grand Floridian Cafe. Alone among the Grand Floridian offerings, there’s nothing special here, so it can be a quite easy reservation to get.
Centered at the back of the lobby is the Garden View Tea Room with its Perfectly Princess Tea Party, which is I suppose a steal at $275 for a parent and a princess. I will have to borrow a princess (and $275) and do this someday.
Back out through the main entrance and to the right by the Convention Center you will find the resort’s bus stop. To get there you pass these props…
…and depending on who’s marrying whom, may see this.
The bus stop has a monitor that indicates the next bus. On my visit, there was no $275 charge for this.
Back in the lobby, head upstairs, and you’ll find the monorail stop. The first stop from the Grand Floridian is the Magic Kingdom, but the resort is the last stop on the way back. The boat at the right of the MK entrance may present a faster trip from the park back to the resort if lines aren’t too long.
Also on the second floor of the main building you’ll find a bunch more shops–this one catering to the unclean.
At the back center of the second floor is the bar Mizner’s Lounge.
On the left is the stunning Victoria and Albert’s–some of the best dining you’ll ever enjoy.
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…and further back, Citricos, a two-credit signature dining venue. From The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:
Downstairs, outside, and around the corner you’ll find one of the best counter-service venues in a deluxe resort, the Gasparilla Grill.
Gasparilla Grill has both indoor and outdoor seating, and the outdoor seating is popular during Wishes.
The marina is in this area as well.
There’s a dock from which you can take a boat to and from the Magic Kingdom and Polynesian Resort, pretty much at the far end of the property from the main building.
Near the boat dock is the remaining table service restaurant, the two-credit Narcoossee’s.
Among the three top dining options at the Grand Floridian–Narcoossee’s, Citricos, and Victoria and Albert’s–Narcoossee’s has the most familiar menu and the hardest name to spell. From The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:
Outside Narcoossee’s and on the boat dock is another favorite spot for viewing Wishes. This shot is from the boat dock.
Between this area and the main building you’ll also find the principal pool at the Grand Floridian, the Courtyard Pool. It’s the only principal pool at Disney World not aimed at kids, and is marketed by Disney as “tranquil.”
There’s also a hot tub here…
…and a pool bar…
…with an extensive menu.
On the far east side of the resort is a more kid-friendly pool/water area. There’s a water play area…
…the Beach Pool with a slide (and another bar)…
…and a beach.
Movies are shown on the beach at night.
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