Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa falls straight into the `posh Victorian` style; sumptuously furnished and simply screams luxury. The rose-scented lobby, classical live music, beach pool with waterslide, luxe spa, and monorail access are just some of the resort’s features that make it one of Disney’s favourite stays!
You know how people always say third time’s the charm? Well, for me it was more like the fourth. Ever since I visited Disney World for the first time in 2009, I’ve been wanting to stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and this time, I finally had it my way, and boy was I happy!
My family and I arrived at about 8:00pm so the sun was just starting to set as we got off Disney’s Magical Express (which is direct transportation to/from Disney’s hotels to/from Orlando International Airport,) and there it was! The Grand Floridian finally greeting me.
Check-in was efficient and exciting. From the very first time you step in the lobby, you feel transported to a world of pampers and luxe. The staff is always kind, and they are all dressed according to the hotel’s theme: Victorian.
The lobby is classic looking and will transport you back to Victorian times in a luxurious and ostentatious way. Out of Disney’s Hotels, the Grand Floridian holds this theme throughout its architecture, design, and style. Something I loved was the rose-scent and everyday entertaining. Sometimes there was someone playing the grand piano situated right there in the lobby, and some other times there was a band playing from an upper level. There are plenty of sitting areas to just sit and chill for a while, which is always great. Other boutique shops, cafés, and mini-mart with a variety of all-you-may-need items are also right there in the lobby.
There are plenty of room options to choose from when booking at the Grand Floridian. From regular 1 bedroom with bathroom rooms, to fully equipped villas with more bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, and more. You can choose the best one according to the space your family or party needs or is used to.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa with kitchen, living room with 2 sofa beds, balcony, and 2 bathrooms. It sleeps up to 5 people, and has a washing machine as well. The space was just perfect for us, and having the kitchen and sitting area right there in the room allowed us to have our family meals like we do at home. + it made us save up some extra cash (doing all your meals in restaurants inside the Disney World Resort area can be really expensive.)
The Grand Floridian has big pool areas including a simulated oceanfront overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon. The Beach Pool has a waterslide, waterfall and beach bar, and the Courtyard Pool is more suited for taking a tranquil swim. The hotel also has a pool exclusively for children where they can play, and have fun getting splashed with water accumulated in Mickey’s hat!
Besides having fun at Disney Parks or at the hotel’s pools, there’s a Spa waiting for you after a long and exciting day, and plenty of dining options within the grounds. From cafés, to buffets, and elegant dining options; there’re options for every dinner plan you may have.
TRANSPORTATION TO PARKS
Transportation to Disney Parks is another useful feature that will make your vacation totally stress-free! Staying at the Grand Floridian grants you unlimited access to the Monorail transportation system, which takes you directly to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center (with one brief stop at the Transportation and Ticket Center), and the two other Disney Resorts with Monorail access: Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Besides the monorail, the hotel offers bus transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, its water parks, and any other venue inside Disney World. So you’ll have no problem getting to wherever you want to go!
The Grand Floridian, as does the Polynesian Resort have exclusive and complimentary water transportation to/from Magic Kingdom. I personally found this super useful because sometimes the Monorail and bus lines can get really long, especially at park closing hours. So staying at this hotel can really save some time up for you, and get you to your hotel way faster.
There truly is no other vacation that gets as magical as visiting Disney World, and staying at a Disney World Resort grants a holiday full of comfort, service, and magic!
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