“Mirror, Mirror On The Wall… What’s the Grandest Resort of All???”
In all of Walt Disney World, you will see, The Grand Floridian is the place to be.
Disney’s Grand Floridian and Spa Resort is just that…Grand in every way. This is easily the most luxurious and elegant resort in all of Walt Disney World. Imagine… taking a step back in time to the glorious Victorian age of the 19th Century and vacationing at the “seashore” for your summer holiday. This elegant Lady sits at the Seven Seas Lagoon all dressed in white with welcoming porches, red gabled roofs, and if you look up, you can see turrets peaking at the clouds. The Grand Floridian is a full service deluxe resort hotel, offering luxury and style with ‘Disney’ excellence.
As you approach the main lobby you will see a beautiful carriage and antique Cadillac that are just perfect for photos Explore the area, and you will find a quiet courtyard adorned with a topiary of Mary Poppins, just waiting for guests to stop by and relax.
Upon entering the atrium of the five story main lobby in this magnificent resort, Victorian influences surround you. Pastel hues, lots of sun, and utter elegance take your breath away. There are glorious chandeliers and stunning artwork hanging on the walls. There are huge gorgeous floral arrangements and copious marble surrounds you.
If you look to your right of the lobby, there is a staircase worthy of Cinderella floating down to meet Prince Charming. You can almost feel that good ol’ Disney Magic tingling in your toes as you check in.
An old-fashioned cage elevator that is made of glass rises above the lobby to the 2nd floor so that you can take in the beauty that surrounds you. Here, you will find a gift shop filled to the brim with trinkets galore. There is another wonderful shop called “Basin White” that offers scented hand made soaps and all things for the bath so that you can bathe in ‘Grand’ style when you arrive back home.
Take a closer look at the Basin store at Downtown Disney.
Guests can truly enjoy sitting on one of the lobby’s many luxurious sofas while gazing up at the stained glass skylights above their heads. A baby grand piano sits in the center, and to everyone’s enjoyment, you may be serenaded by a piano man by day. In the evenings, you will enjoy the toe tapping sounds of The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra filling the lobby with wonderful music.
The hotel has six restaurants and lounges for your dining pleasure. The ambiance ranges from casual dining to having your own maid & butler attend you at your table! There is a pool bar with snack bar and a grill, which is open 24 hours. If pampering and relaxing is more to your liking, check out the beautiful full service spa on property. Please note; the full service spa has been closed for renovations since September of 2011 and is not scheduled to re-open until early 2013, so don’t try to make those pampering reservations just yet. There is a hair salon/barber shop called Ivy Trellis Salon that is open. The resort also offers a health club and jogging trail, as well as a Mouseketeer Club and childcare services.
The transition from old to new is magical as you walk through an automatic doorway on the second floor and find yourself on a platform where a Disney Monorail will whisk you on your way to The Magic Kingdom, Polynesian Resort, Contemporary Resort, and the Ticket & Transportation Center, where you can transfer to EPCOT. There is also a boat available from the hotel for you to cruise across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom.
Strolling through the perfectly manicured grounds is most enjoyable.
If sunbathing and swimming are to your liking, cabanas and beach chairs are a welcome sight for guests just wanting to relax and catch some rays on the sandy white beach at Seven Seas Lagoon. Come back at night and wait for the quirky Sea Serpent and his pals as they entertain you with the Electrical Water Pageant.
Alongside the beach you will find the beautiful and Beach Pool. Guests young and old will enjoy swimming and playing in the water, waterfalls, waterslide, and Jacuzzi. For a more relaxed atmosphere, guest can choose the Courtyard Pool, featured in the photo above, which also features a kiddie pool area. You may rent several different types of watercrafts at the Grand Floridian and spend your day cruising the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Be sure to take in the beauty of The Grand Floridian Wedding Pavilion, with its sweeping views and elegant design; you may want to walk down the aisle yourself! Many a happy bride has said “I Do” with Cinderella’s Castle in the background.
The room rates for this deluxe hotel reflect the overwhelming elegance:
Garden View $460 – $730
Lagoon View $515 – $830
Magic Kingdom View $550 – $890
Lodge Concierge $570 -$905
Main Bldg Concierge $760 -$1130
This is truly a Magical place with and abundance of luxury and romance fit for a Princess and her Prince.
Here is a more detailed look at amazing numerical facts and additional photographs of the Grand Floridian.
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you taking a stroll around the grounds of the Grand.
“I so look forward to each trip more than the last. Why do I love Disney? Quite simply…Being there and making so many happy treasured memories with my family just makes my heart smile!”