Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is considered the flagship resort of Walt Disney World.
With its magnificent architecture, white sandy beaches, Victorian-themed lobby (with live jazz band), red gabled roofs, and stark white walls, the Grand Floridian exudes a classiness not found elsewhere in Disney World.
The resort’s rooms are some of the largest at Disney and are full of luxurious details.
But with this elegance comes a steep price – the resort has the most expensive standard rooms in the park.
Despite the ultra-classy feel, Grand Floridian manages to have some simpler (and kid-friendly) elements. The “Alice in Wonderland” themed children’s pool area and the Arcadia Games arcade are great for kids. Plus, there is a host of other on-site activities geared towards the young and restless.
At the Grand Floridian, the finer things don’t disappoint.
Dining options include the Five Diamond Award-winning Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine of Cítricos, and other amazing cafes, grills, lounges, and pool bars.
Guests can indulge at Senses, a Victorian-themed, full-service spa, and health club that offers massages and body treatments.
The resort is just one monorail stop away from Magic Kingdom, a boat ride away from Wilderness Lodge, and easily accessible to nearby Magic Kingdom Resorts. Epcot is also accessible by monorail. However, bus transportation is necessary to reach other destinations.
The Grand Floridian is also a top Christmas destination because of its elegant Victorian holiday decorations, massive Christmas tree, and an elaborate (and edible) gingerbread house.
If money was no object, then this would be the place to stay.
It’s simply a beautiful resort in every way. And despite its luxurious features, the resort manages to feel unpretentious and relaxed.
The Grand Floridian has some of the finest restaurants in Disney, very spacious rooms, over-sized pools, and easy access to Magic Kingdom.
As far as negative, transportation to other sections of Disney World can be time-consuming. Staying at Grand Floridian is just too expensive for most people and not even an option. However, if you want to splurge – or if money is no object – then Grand Floridian is a top-notch choice.
Resort: Grand Floridian Resort
Location: Magic Kingdom Resort Area
Opened: June 28, 1988
Theme: Victorian seaside resort
Areas: Main Building (Suites 4001-4030, Rooms 4201-4430), Sago Cay (Rooms 5101-5528), Sugar Loaf (Concierge Rooms 6101-6424), Conch Key (Rooms 7101-7518), Boca Chica (Rooms 8101-8528), Big Pine Key (Rooms 9101-9528)
Suites: 25 suites (Victorian Suite, Roy O. Disney Suite, Walt Disney Suite, Grand Suite, etc)