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Review: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Page 3



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, click here.

MORE ON DISNEY’S GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

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Disney’s Grand Floridian is one of 8 official Disney owned and operated deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.

In their recommended order for first time family visitors, they are

  1. Polynesian
  2. Wilderness Lodge
  3. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  4. Contemporary
  5. Yacht Club
  6. BoardWalk Inn

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.

Main Lobby at Disney's Grand Floridian from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Cinderella and Her Court 1900 Park Fare from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

From The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

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More on 1900 Park Fare here.
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Also in this side is a small shop with a lot of sundries and groceries.

Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

From The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

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Tea Room Menu at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Vehicles at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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…

Wedding at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and depending on who’s marrying whom, may see this.

Bus Arrival Video at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The bus stop has a monitor that indicates the next bus. On my visit, there was no $275 charge for this.

Monorail Stop Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Shop Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Also on the second floor of the main building you’ll find a bunch more shops–this one catering to the unclean.

Mizner's Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

At the back center of the second floor is the bar Mizner’s Lounge.

Victoria and Alberts Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

On the left is the stunning Victoria and Albert’s–some of the best dining you’ll ever enjoy.

From The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

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 (Find even more details in this review)…

Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and further back, Citricos, a two-credit signature dining venue. From The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

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Gasparilla Grill Breakfast at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net)

Downstairs, outside, and around the corner you’ll find one of the best counter-service venues in a deluxe resort, the Gasparilla Grill.

Gasparilla's Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Gasparilla Grill has both indoor and outdoor seating, and the outdoor seating is popular during Wishes.

Marina at Disney' s Grand Floridian from yourfirstvisit.net

The marina is in this area as well.

Boat Dock at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Narcoossees from yourfirstvisit.net

Near the boat dock is the remaining table service restaurant, the two-credit Narcoossee’s.

Narcoossee Menu from yourfirstvisit.net

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:

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Wishes from Boat Dock at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Outside Narcoossee’s and on the boat dock is another favorite spot for viewing Wishes.  This shot is from the boat dock.

Main Pool Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.”

Hot Tub at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s also a hot tub here…

Pool Bar Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a pool bar…

Pool Bar Menu Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…with an extensive menu.

Kids Water Play Area at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

On the far east side of the resort is a more kid-friendly pool/water area. There’s a water play area…

Beach Pool at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…the Beach Pool with a slide (and another bar)…

Beach at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a beach.

Movies on the Beach at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Movies are shown on the beach at night.

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4 comments

1 Jane { 08.12.14 at 4:30 pm }

Hello! We have a 10:45 reservation at Park Fare for my whole party, and then a 2 PM reservation for just two of the adults at the Garden View Tea Room. Will there be enough to do at the Grand Floridian to pass the time here between these two meals? It looks like it, but I have never been there. The idea is for one adult to take the kids off to do something else while the other two adults have some time for a peaceful meal. We don’t really want to go running off somewhere else and then have to get back to the GF–unless there is something within walking distance. Thanks for any advice! 🙂 BTW this is on Thanksgiving day.

2 Dave { 08.13.14 at 9:18 am }

Jane, personally I don’t think there’s that much else to see at GF that would take more than 30 minutes. However, you can hop the monorail and also tour the Contemporary and Polynesian in between.

3 Flavio Vitari { 09.02.16 at 12:10 pm }

Hello,
With 2 girls (5 and 10 years old). Grand Floridian or Contemporary? both club level room
Thanks

4 Dave { 09.04.16 at 12:57 pm }

Flavio, GF will delight the girls more, unless they are tomboys and don’t like frillery.

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