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Amenities at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

By Dave Shute

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


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, and more shops and restaurants on the second floor.

(Dining at the Grand Floridian and the pools at the Grand Floridian are covered later in this review.)

At the other end of the lobby is a small shop with a lot of sundries and groceries.

This shop is called Sandy Cove–there’s another more gift-oriented shop upstairs.

Also on the first floor you’ll find a resort shop aimed at women, Summer Lace.

On the second floor of the main building, you’ll find a men’s resort shop, Commander Porter’s…

…a soap shop, Basin White…

…a hair salon…

Wedding at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from

…helpful for all the weddings hosted here…

…and another, much larger gift shop, M. Mouse Mercantile. This shot of the gift shop was taken during the Halloween season…

…and this one during the Christmas season.

Also on the second floor is the Monorail station. Magic Kingdom is the next stop. For Epcot, stay on the monorail and get off at the Transportation and Ticket Center, then change to the Epcot monorail.

Magic Kingdom can also be accessed by a slow boat at the far end of the resort, by Narcoossee’s. The Magic Kingdom is the second stop, after the Polynesian.

If your accommodations building is near this boat dock, check it out; others should consider the boat more for returns from the Magic Kingdom rather than trips there.

A recent addition to Magic Kingdom access options at the Grand Floridian is a pathway on which you can walk to and from that park.

Also along the water is this marina where you can rent boats for play.

Another view of the marina area.

Back out through the main building’s main entrance and to the right by the Convention Center you will find the resort’s bus stop. On the way there you’ll see these vehicles.

Buses from here will take you to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, and the waterparks.

Bus Arrival Video at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort from

The bus stop has a monitor that indicates the next bus.

Over by the Villas you will find the famous Grand Floridian spa, Senses…

…a small (yet even so, poorly photographed) sports court…

…and a barbecue area. Of course, there are other dining options besides using this grill!


This review continues here.





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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 }

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

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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