Resort Review : Grand Floridian Resort

Every so often, I'm going to feature a hotel on the Disney property (or even off-property) and share my experience there. First up is the Grand Floridian!

Kurt and I stayed at the Grand Floridian for our Disney trip in October of 2008. The only reason we were able to afford it was because sweet Ashley was working in the Disney college program and allowed us her Cast Member discount. A MILLION thanks to Ashley! It created the perfect environment for our "Babymoon." So much so---we're staying there again when we go this October! That's where the majority of our budget will go, but it's worth it!

Here's what the Disney World website says about the Grand:

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort distinguished as the flagship hotel of Walt Disney World Resort and offering world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations in its 6 striking red-gabled buildings. This magnificent hotel sits along the white-sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon.

Enjoy an opulent experience that begins inside the Grand Lobby, which stands over 5 stories high, sparkling with the light from 2 brilliant chandeliers. With its gleaming white exterior, intricate gingerbread trim and gorgeous stained-glass domes, the Resort is an architectural marvel.

Retreat to a stately Guest room that marries Victorian sophistication with modern comforts. Luxuriate in style as you take in superb views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, wedding pavilion, pools, marina, Cinderella Castle or nightly fireworks at Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park, or the Resort grounds dotted with gardens and swaying palm trees.

Lounge by the hotel's 2 beautiful pools, treat yourself to invigorating therapies and massages at the world-class Spa and take advantage of state-of-the-art exercise equipment at the Health Club. When you're ready to dine, explore the Resort's 6 restaurants, including the elegant Victoria & Albert's—renowned for its award-winning American cuisine—and Narcoossee's, situated on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and offering excellent views of Magic Kingdom theme park.

Before looking at the main hotel, one of the reasons I love the GF so much is because the Wedding Pavilion is on property! I wrote about my love of Disney Weddings here. I can't wait to walk around it again--it's beautiful and so dreamlike.

The lobby of the GF lives up to its name--GRAND! One of my tips is to come and tour the lobby and grounds of the hotel even if you're not staying there. It's a wonderful, opulent experience! Another plus is that the Grand Floridian is one of three resorts on the monorail loop (the Polynesian and Contemporary are the others). This convenience can't be beat! However, even if you can't stay at one of these resorts, Disney transportation is always top-notch and will get you to the parks conveniently and in a timely fashion.

There are several restaurants in the hotel. We had breakfast one morning at the Grand Floridian Cafe. It was lovely and so beautiful in the morning.

When I was younger, my family did a Character Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. It was so elegant but still kid-friendly! You really get that "high-end" feel and meet some great characters. I'll share more about our upcoming trip reservations, but we'll be trying out another Grand Floridian restaurant this time around.

We loved the beautiful, serene decor and the little details of our room. Housekeeping Cast Members are so sweet and leave you the best little surprises!

This hotel is absolutely gorgeous, in every way. The best thing about Disney is that even if you aren't staying in a Deluxe Resort, you can still eat at one or at least go tour one. It's a wonderful way to have the experience without the expense!

My dream is to stay at the Grand Floridian during Christmastime--I can't imagine anything better!

If you would like to contribute a Resort Review, please email me and let me know! I'd love to feature all different types of Resorts so that we can get a feel for each one. You don't have to have as many pictures as I do (or any at all!); just your experience!

Have a magical day!


Ashley said...

You are ever so welcome! I only wish I was still a cast member. ;)
I haven't had the pleasure of staying at the Grand Floridian but it is still one of my favorites. I spent several days off lounging around the pool/beaches or just walking around(pretending to be touristy of course!)

Jennifer said...

I am a HUGE Disney fan also! I live about 4 hours away, so I have been a ton of times. I haven't actually stayed in any of the hotels because we have friends with a timeshare who are always sweet and allow us to use it. I really want to try out the Grand Floridian one day though! My fiance and I are actually going to Disney in about a month for the millionth time, but we are super excited! We are planning to go either 5 or 6 days and hit up all the parks. Disney really is the most magical place on earth!

Leigh said...

Loved your review. GF is in the plans for our 25th anniversary. So we have a while to save up!! Until then, we are just going to try all the others! :) We have stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Deluxe) and Pop Century (Value)(several times) so if you need a review of those from a mom's point of view, just let me know! :) We also stayed at Paradise Pier at Disneyland. leigherinevans@hotmail.com