Last week I checked a major item off of my Disney Bucket List! I finally stayed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and it was everything I wanted it to be and more!
In years past, I have enjoyed character dining here and walked the grounds during training with my agency, but I had never been able to enjoy the resort as a guest. If there is one tip I would give guests of the Grand Floridian, it is to make sure you build in at least one Resort day! You will not regret it!
So what would a resort day at the Grand Floridian look like?
Well, you can start your day with breakfast on your patio or head over to Gasparilla Island Grill, the onsite quick service option. If you like to kick off your day with a large breakfast, then you should definitely head straight to the Grand Floridian Cafe. We enjoyed brunch during our trip and I finally had the famous Chicken and Waffles! They were delicious and I was stuffed!
Once you decide to venture out to the resort, there is no shortage of activities. Grand Floridian is home to some great shopping- from fun souvenirs, to bath and body care to clothing and jewelry.
Of course, my favorite way to spend my Resort day is sitting by the pool. Grand Floridian has two beautiful pools to choose from. The Beach Pool has a fun water slide and cabanas you can rent for the day. They also have a fun Alice in Wonderland themed splash area for kids.
The second pool is the Courtyard Pool. This is where you can find the hot tub, which is the perfect place to end a long day on your feet at the parks!
Both pools offer poolside bar and grills. Order lunch and a fun, fruity beverage and relax the afternoon away!
Activities are available for kids and adults to enjoy throughout the day. You can find a schedule in the hotel lobby and also posted around the resort. Anything from lawn games to trivia to Movies on the Lawn or a search for the White Rabbit’s Pocket Watch.
Once you are ready for dinner, you can choose quick service or room service again or up your game and enjoy Citricos or Disney’s Signature Dining Experience, Victoria & Albert’s. Follow dinner with a drink at the Enchanted Rose, a beautiful Beauty and the Beast themed lounge.
Narcoossee’s makes a perfect date night with delicious seafood and stunning views of Seven Seas Lagoon.
1900 Park Fare is a family favorite. We love both of the character meals offered for breakfast and dinner. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, 1900 Park Fare has not reopened. Once it does, it would make a great start to your day or a fun family dinner!
As you wind down your evening, be sure to stake out a spot to watch the fireworks! You can see Magic Kingdom’s firework show from multiple spots at the resort and the music is piped in. It is the perfect way to end a Resort day!
As you can see, Grand Floridian is practically a vacation in and of itself. I can’t say enough about the incredible location (walk to the Magic Kingdom on the brand new path).
Beginning October 1, guests of Deluxe Resorts will not only receive early park entry, but they will also receive extended evening hours! This new perk comes right in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Enjoy a quick walkthrough of our Garden View Room and then reach out to me for a no-obligation quote.