Resort Studios vs. Deluxe Studios At Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: What’s The Difference?



Grand Floridian

Since Disney renovated the Big Pine Key Building to create 202 addition Disney Vacation Club studios at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, DVC members and renters now have 2 options for studios at this elegant Victorian-themed Disney resort. While the original DVC studios are referred to as Deluxe Studios, the new rooms have been dubbed Resort Studios.

But what’s the difference? In this article, we will compare and contrast the two different studio room types, in order to help you decide which one is right for you. We will take a look at in-room amenities, floor plans, sleeping arrangements, views, and room decor. So whether you’re looking for a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks show or a room with the most amenities, we’ve got you covered!

Room Amenities

The in-room amenities do differ between these two studio room types. We’ve added a chart below to show you exactly what is offered in each room.

Amenity Resort Studio Deluxe Studio
Combo bath/shower Yes No
Full bathroom with separate tub and shower No Yes
Beverage center Yes No
Small refrigerator No Yes
Private porch or balcony Yes, most rooms Yes
Wireless Internet access Yes Yes
In-room safe Yes Yes
Coffee maker Yes Yes
Bathrobes Yes Yes
Microwave No* Yes
Hair dryer Yes Yes
Flat screen television Yes Yes
Voicemail Yes Yes
Handheld steamer Yes No
Blu-ray™ player No Yes
Iron and ironing board No Yes

*Microwaves are reported to be added to the Resort Studios shortly, and guests can request both a toaster or microwave if not present upon check-in

The major differences between the two room types for amenities are:

  • Resort Studios offer a combination bath/shower, while Deluxe Studios offer a separated tub & shower
  • Resort Studios offer a beverage center, while Deluxe Studios offer a small refrigerator
  • Resort Studios offer a balcony on most rooms, while Deluxe Studios offer a balcony on all rooms
  • Resort Studios offer a handheld steamer, while Deluxe Studios does not
  • Resort Studios don’t offer a Blu-ray player, while Deluxe Studios do offer a Blu-ray player
  • Resort Studios don’t offer an iron & ironing board, while Deluxe Studios do offer an iron & ironing board

Floor Plans

Resort Studios At Grand Floridian

Resort Studio Floor plan at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Resort Studio Floor plan at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Deluxe Studios At Grand Floridian

Deluxe Studio Floor plan at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Deluxe Studio Floor plan at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Beds / Occupancy

Resort Studio in Big Pine Key Building at Grand Floridian
Resort Studios at Grand Floridian have 2 queen beds, plus a single pull-down bed(Credit: Darrell White)

While the maximum occupancy is identical for either studio room type at 5 guests, there is a bit of difference in how the beds are arranged within the room.

Resort Studios At Grand Floridian

The Resort Studio sleeps up to 5 guests with 2 queen-size beds, as well as 1 single pull-down bed. Having a second queen-sized bed that doesn’t require being opened up and made each night could be seen as a benefit, but it does steal a bit of space from the floor plan to not fold the bed away within a couch.

Deluxe Studios At Grand Floridian

The Deluxe Studio sleeps up to 5 guests with 1 queen-size bed, 1 queen-size pull-down bed, as well as 1 single pull-down bed. Like we mentioned above, it can be nice to have the space back after folding up the second queen-sized bed into the sleeper sofa, but it is an added task at the end of each day to fold the bed open and prepare it for sleeping.

Views

Both studio room types at Grand Floridian offer the standard and lake views, but the new Resort Studios in the newly-added Big Pine Key building, offer a new theme park view as well. Based on the points charts for Grand Floridian, these new Resort Studios are the only room type that guarantees a theme park view. Pair that view with a balcony, and that could be a wondrous place to soak in the Magic Kingdom fireworks show each night!

View Type Resort Studio Deluxe Studio
Standard View Yes Yes
Lake View Yes Yes
Theme Park Yes No

# of Points

The number of points that is required to book either the Resort Studio or the Deluxe Studio are identical when comparing the same view types, but the Resort Studio does offer a theme park view room type that costs addition Vacation Points to book. We’ve added the 2022 points chart for the 2 studio room types at Grand Floridian, if you’re on a mobile device you may need to scroll to see the full chart.

2022
DVC – The Villas at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
VACATION POINTS PER NIGHT
S – Standard View
L – Lake View
TP – Theme Park
RESORT STUDIO
(Sleeps up to 5)
DELUXE STUDIO
(Sleeps up to 5)
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 1Sept 1-30,
Sun – Thurs
16 19 24 16 19
Fri – Sat
20 24 28 20 24
Weekly
120 143 176 120 143
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 2Jan 1-31,Dec 1-14,
Sun – Thurs
17 21 25 17 21
Fri – Sat
21 24 30 21 24
Weekly
127 153 185 127 153
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 3May 1-Jun 10,Dec 15-23,
Sun – Thurs
18 22 28 18 22
Fri – Sat
21 26 33 21 26
Weekly
132 162 206 132 162
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 4Feb 1-15,Jun 11-Aug 31,Oct 1-Nov 22,Nov 26-30,
Sun – Thurs
19 23 30 19 23
Fri – Sat
22 28 34 22 28
Weekly
139 171 218 139 171
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 5Apr 24-30,
Sun – Thu
23 27 34 23 27
Fri – Sat
25 31 38 25 31
Weekly
165 197 246 165 197
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 6Feb 16-28,Mar 1-Apr 9,Apr 18-23,Nov 23-25,
Sun – Thurs
24 27 35 24 27
Fri – Sat
27 32 42 27 32
Weekly
174 199 259 174 199
S L TP S L
TRAVEL PERIOD 7Apr 10-17,Dec 24-31,
Sun – Thurs
32 38 48 32 38
Fri – Sat
37 44 55 37 44
Weekly
234 278 350 234 278

Room Decor

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a beautiful Victorian-style resort with an elegant theme throughout. Everywhere you go throughout the resort offers an impressive backdrop to your Disney vacation, but the room decor does differ between the Resort Studio and the Deluxe Studio.

Resort Studios At Grand Floridian

Resort Studio Decor - Grand Floridian
Resort Studio Decor – Grand Floridian (Credit: Disney)

The new decor of the Big Pine Key building, where the 202 new studios are held, is quite exquisite! Besides the obvious update of new furniture and appliances, Disney has brought a new teal-blue-green color palette with golden and wooden accents throughout the villas.

Deluxe Studios At Grand Floridian

Deluxe Studio Room Decor - Grand Floridian
Deluxe Studio Room Decor – Grand Floridian (Credit: Disney)

While the new Resort Studio has an updated design, the Victorian elegance of the Deluxe Studio is sure to catch your eye as well. This room type more closely fits the theme that is used throughout the rest of the resort, and features more of a classical Victorian look.

What’s Right For Your Next Disney Trip?

So there you have it! Now you know every little difference between the Resort Studios and Deluxe Studios at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. We hope this article has helped you decide which room type is right for you.

Which studio room type will you be choosing for your next trip to Grand Floridian? Have you been able to see the new decor for the Big Pine Key building, and if so, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

If you’d like to view confirmed reservations for rent at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, you can experience Disney’s Deluxe resorts for less, even without being a DVC member! If you’re interested in becoming a member, and joining the DVC family, you can save thousands by shopping from our current resale listings for Grand Floridian.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks for reading!

Written by

Rachel Van Norman


Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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