Each week we’ll review one of Disney’s DVC Resort locations and provide our readers with an overview of the resort, it’s rooms, amenities, and dining options. We’ll also offer our pros and cons list of the resort to help DVC members and renters make the best choice for their future family vacation.
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
For many of us, when we think of a luxury Disney Vacation, our minds immediately go to the Grand Floridian. This Victorian-themed resort which exudes elegance at every corner opened its opulent doors in 1988 to the delight of Disney fans looking for a more upscale vacation at Walt Disney World. From the driveway to the lobby to the restaurants and guest areas, this is the place to be for the ultimate luxurious Disney vacation.
But don’t let the elegance of the resort fool you. The long list of activities for the kids, the myriad of terrific dining options and the laid-back atmosphere is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a magical vacation.
Located adjacent to the Magic Kingdom, along with Bay Lake Tower and the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian is one of the most convenient locations to stay for quick access to the park. It’s location, comfort, and amenities put this resort at the top of the list for many DVC owners.
Last refurbished in 2015, the rooms at the Grand Floridian are just as elegant as the guest areas. While the last refurbishment did away with some of the more obvious Victorian theming elements, the new rooms are beautifully designed with hints of the resort’s theme throughout. Tufted headboards, marble tiling in bathrooms, gold accents and traditional accent furniture are a constant reminder that you’re not just in any 5-star resort, you’re at the Grand Floridian.
Located along the Seven Seas Lagoon, all DVC units come with either a Standard View or Lake View.
Standard View rooms offer views of the grounds or parking area.
Lake View rooms offer views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom, the perfect place to take in the nightly MK fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant.
There is no shortage of delicious dining options at the the Grand Floridian. From casual dining to the most upscale restaurant in all of Walt Disney World, the Grand Floridian has it all.
One of the three fine dining options at the Grand Floridian, Citricos serves a beautiful assortment of French, Italian and Spanish inspired cuisine for dinner nightly.
Narcoossee’s takes your fine dining experience to the seas, with its coastal cuisine. Located in its own building directly on the Seven Seas Lagoon, stop in for a delicious seafood or steak dinner and a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
The epitome of fine dining, this award winning restaurant takes dining to a whole new level. This AAA Five Diamond restaurant wows guests with an 8 course set menu, private dining and Chef’s Table dining options.
For breakfast, brunch or dinner, head over to 1900 Park Fare where you’ll be greeted by Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins and other characters that rotate at this fun-filled buffet breakfast.
If you’re looking to step back to the 1800s and have a proper tea party, head over to the Garden View Tea Room. Tea sandwiches, delicate pastries and treats along with a large selection of teas make this the perfect setting for a chat with the girls or for a Royal Tea Party with your little ones.
Casual all-day dining can be had at this relaxed cafe daily with a large menu guaranteed to please everyone in the family.
The newly opened Enchanted Lounge transports you into the Beauty and the Beast movie with it’s French inspired snacks and themed cocktails. See our detailed overview of the Enchanted Rose here.
Located in the main building at the Grand Floridian, Gasparilla Island Grill offers 24-hour quick service dining. The menu consists of burgers, pizzas, salads, snacks and more.
Located at the Beach Pool, this snack stand serves a wide range of drinks as well as lunch daily. The perfect place to get a delicious quick meal while lounging poolside.
Over at the Courtyard Pool, this bar offers a few snacks, cocktails, beer and wine as well as a fun ping-pong table to entertain you while you sip your drink and relax.
The Grand Floridian has two pools on property; the Beach Pool and the larger Courtyard Pool.
The zero-entry Beach Pool is located along the Seven Seas Lagoon and features a 181-foot long slide as well as a kiddie pool.
The slightly larger Courtyard Pool offers views of the buildings and gardens and is often quieter as there is no slide or kids area.
- Arcadia Games Arcade
After a meal at Gasparilla Grill, head next door to Arcadia Games and let loose with both classic and modern video and arcade games.
Rent a motorized boat to ride around the Seven Seas Lagoon or join a bass fishing excursion.
Jogging paths around the lagoon are available throughout the day and night.
- Movies Under the Stars
Complimentary Disney movies are shown outdoors for a magical evening under the stars.
- Senses Spa
A large selection of salon and spa services are available daily at Senses. Facials, massages, body treatments, nail and hair services can be booked by both resort and non-resort guests.
Stay fit and relaxed by taking in a morning yoga class near the Summerhouse on select mornings.
- Speciality Cruises
Rent a yacht, take a day cruise or a fireworks cruise from the Grand Floridian’s marina.
Roast marshmallows around the fire on select nights at the Grand Floridian.
- Basketball Courts
Shoot some hoops at the basketball courts located adjacent to the health club.
- Gorgeous, luxurious resort
- Extremely convenient location with walking paths to the Magic Kingdom (coming soon) and to the Polynesian Resort
- Monorail service directly to Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center
- Amazing views of Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Castle and the Seven Seas Lagoon
- Whether paying cash or with DVC points, rooms here can be quite pricey. Rooms start at over $500 per night or 17 DVC points per night
- Extremely popular resort so may be difficult to find availability outside of the 11-month booking window
- Pools are not as well themed as some other DVC and Disney Resort locations
Interested in purchasing a DVC contract or renting points at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? See the links below for more information.
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