We’ve enjoyed many a trip at our Disney home, the Polynesian Village, all the while enjoying the beautiful flagship resort in the background but never really felt a pull to the Grand Floridian. I happened to catch a great travel agent rate that coincided with spring break 2016. One click later, we were Sugar Loaf members for the week! Well, it was a little (coughALOTcough) more complicated than that, but that’s a post for another day. The important things is, we loved our stay at the Grand, had amazing service from the Sugar Loaf staff and would stay again in a heartbeat!
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8451
Rates: $569/night + (see Disney’s rooms and rates page for exact pricing)
Room Occupancy: 4/5 (standard), 4+ (suites) (see Disney’s rooms and rates page for exact occupancy)
Transportation: Monorail, Boat Launch(Magic Kingdom); Monorail w/Transfers (Epcot); Bus (Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Water Parks, most other guest areas)
Absolutely one of the most stunning lobbies on property, the Grand Floridian’s main building offers an approachable air of elegance. Yes, it’s beautiful, airy and sophisticated, but there are tiny princesses fluttering throughout, luggage and blue shopping bags strewn about and guests can be spotted catching a few zzzs on the plentiful couches. In the multi-story lobby you’ll find access to several table service restaurants, the Ivy Trellis salon and multiple gift shops to suit just about every need that may arise during your vacation.
With a number of shops, there’s no shortage of retail therapy at the Grand! On the first floor, you’ll find Summer Lace with everything for the ladies…hello Disney Dooneys! Lots of accessories, clothing and more, too, but I go for the bags! You’ll also find Sandy Cove for sundries tucked in the corner as you walk towards the rear of the main building.
On the second floor, Commander Porter’s for the guys, M. Mouse Mercantile with toys and general souvenirs and Basin White for ridiculously fantastic smelling soaps and bath products. Mmm!
Standard rooms offer two queen beds or one king bed, as well as a daybed in select rooms. A desk/table and chair, vanity area with double sinks, safe, iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, microwave (upon request) and balconies/patios are also included. Club rooms and standard rooms are available and offer standard, lagoon and theme park views.
Deluxe rooms sleep up to 5 with two queens and a day bed and include a small seating area and possible turret and offer garden views.
Deluxe King Room (Club Only)
Deluxe king rooms sleep up to 3 and features one king bed and possibly a day bed with the possibility of a seating area/wet bar and offer theme park or resort views.
One Bedroom Suite (Club Only)
A one bedroom suite sleeps up to 5 and includes two queen beds and a double sleeper sofa, as well as a dining area in the living room and chair with ottoman and desk in the bedroom and offer courtyard pool views.
Two Bedroom Suite (Club Only)
A two bedroom suite sleeps up to 8 in a king bed, two queen beds and a double sleeper sofa. The suites also includes a small seating area and wet bar, as well as a second bathroom. They offer courtyard pool or lagoon views.
Four signature suites, the Grand Suite; Walt Disney Suite; Roy O. Disney Suite and the Victorian Suite, round out the accommodations at the Grand Floridian.
The studios sleep up to 5 in a queen bed, a queen sleeper sofa and a twin pull-down. A kitchenette is included, and studios offer lake and standard views.
One Bedroom Villa
One bedroom villas sleep up to 5 in a king, queen sleeper and a pull-down twin. A full kitchen and dining area are included, as well as living area and washer/dryer. Lake and standard views are available.
Two Bedroom Villa
Two bedroom villas sleep up to 9 in a king, a queen, 2 queen sleepers and 2 pull-down twin beds. A full kitchen and dining area are included, as well as a washer/dryer, living area and second bathroom. Lake and standard views are available.
All Disney deluxe resorts offer club level accommodations. We really enjoy the extra services from the concierge staff, as well as the club lounge for a snack or drink throughout the day. Read here to decide if it’s worth it for your stay.
The Grand offers two club level lounges with the Royal Palm Club catering to guests lodging in the main building and Sugar Loaf serving guests staying in the outer building.
Sugar Loaf Club Lounge
Victoria and Albert’s
Classic Victorian elegance meets haute American cuisine at this AAA Five Diamond Award® recipient since 2000, at least according to Walt Disney World. I haven’t been able to talk anyone into this one yet 😉 I may have to roll solo on this one. One of the few places on property where the dress code is strictly enforced, Victoria and Albert’s offers a truly upscale experience with opulent options in the main dining room, intimate dinners in Queen Victoria’s Room or an up-close and personal meal at the Chef’s Table. Opting for the freshest ingredients, Chef Hunnel alters the menu to fit the season, so you’re always in for a treat. Guests must be 10 and older to enjoy Victoria and Albert’s.
Another spot we’ve yet to try is Citricos. And I have no idea why because I LOVE Mediterranean fare. This signature restaurant also offers the option to dine under the watch of the chef at the Chef’s Domain. Or maybe you’d rather pick the brain of a Disney genius? Citricos offers guests the change to Dine with an Imagineer!
Looking for coastal cuisine with a view? Narcoossee’s is situated right on Seven Seas Lagoon and offers seafood, steak and more with a beautiful view! Spiff up a bit before you sail over because this signature restaurant has a business casual dress code.
1900 Park Fare
If you’ve been around the blog a bit or have been perusing the dining pages, you know 1900 Park Fare is one of our absolute favorite dining experiences at Walt Disney World! Offering breakfast with favorite characters from the UK, the Wonderland character tea party and dinner with Cinderella and her “royal” family, there’s something to please just about everyone at this cheery buffet!
Garden View Tea Room
Sip on a spot of tea during the daily afternoon tea time served British style at this elegant option just off the main lobby. If you have a princess in your party, consider a reservation for the Perfectly Princess Tea hosted by a rose come to life from Princess Aurora’s garden and featuring an appearance by Aurora herself! Each princess receives gifts from Rose Petal and Princess Aurora to take home as a reminder of this perfectly princess morning. The tea is offered on select mornings and is a little spendy ($335 for one child 3-9 and one adult). Additional guests can be added at a cost.
Grand Floridian Cafe
Among the signature restaurants and extravagant menus at the Grand, you’ll find the perfectly posh yet welcoming Grand Floridian Cafe . Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Cafe offers a down to Earth selection with a beautiful view of the grounds.
Gasparilla Island Grill
This quick service option located near the marina off the rear entrance of the main building features burgers, pizza, sandwiches and other quick fare from 11 in the morning to 11:30 in the evening and a hot breakfast in the mornings. Expect a very abbreviated menu and grab and go options after 11:30 P.M. at this 24-hours eatery. Planning a relaxing evening at the resort? Gasparilla’s outdoor seating offers a perfect view of Cinderella Castle and the nightly fireworks! Cast members will even bring your order to you so you can snag a seat for the show!
Both the beach and courtyard pools offer cocktails perfect for sipping poolside, as well as light fare. Both locations also offer poolside service.
Grab a seat at Mizner’s located just behind the bandstand and enjoy live music, classic cocktails, cordials and snacks. Citricos Lounge offers guests international wines, artisanal beers and seasonal tapas.
Room service is available 24 hours.
Take a dip in the Beach Pool, featuring a Wonderland themed sprayground, or enjoy the Courtyard Pool. Both offer pool bars, zero entry and complimentary life vests. Cabanas are available for rent.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Health Club features fitness equipment, while Senses caters to your spa needs.
Boat and water craft rentals are available at the marina for use in Seven Seas Lagoon. Also based at the marina is the Pirate Adventure Cruise exclusively for children ages 4-12. No grown-ups allowed! Guided bass fishing excursions are also available. Speaking of water fun, don’t forget the nightly Electric Water Pageant along Seven Seas Lagoon.
Or maybe you’ll decide to end the day all together with some campfire fun and a Movie Under the Stars.