Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Review and Video

by All Things Mouse Staff on November 9, 2011
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This review and video attempts to give readers an idea of what to expect from what is considered Walt Disney World’s flagship resort – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Those staying at the Grand Floridian can expect to be treated to amenities typically associated with a luxury hotel, and they will likely not be disappointed.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa originally opened for operation on June 28, 1988. For the first several years, the hotel was known as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. The name was changed to its current title in 1997.

The Grand Floridian is located along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon along with the neighboring Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Both are considered Magic Kingdom resorts because of their proximity to the theme park, however, there are no walking paths to Magic Kingdom from either like there is from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Guests staying or visiting the Grand Floridian can get to Magic Kingdom Park by taking either a boat or hopping on the monorail. Epcot can also be reached via monorail (although a transfer is required) with both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reachable by bus. Of course, those with cars can also drive to each location.

Those looking for some dining options at the resort should easily be able to find something to meet their needs from fine dining to a quick snack. Among those options is Victoria & Albert’s considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in the state. Also found there is Cítricos and Narcoossee’s which both feature themed dining. Another great option is 1900 Park Fare which has a buffet and includes characters.

As the name of the resort indicates, a full service spa is available at the resort for those looking for a place to unwind. Those looking for something a bit more fun may enjoy the various watercraft rentals or one of the two pools offered there.

All of the luxury of the hotel does not come cheap, but can be a great value as long as potential guests choose to enjoy the experience.


Resort Name
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Resort Area
Magic Kingdom
Resort Category
Resort Address
4401 Floridian Way,
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Number of Rooms
Standard Room Size
average 400 sq. ft
2 Queen or one king, plus a daybed
Food Court
Table Service Restaurant
Hair Dryer
Laundry Facilities
Most rooms
Maximum 5 per room
Hot Tub
Disney Transportation
Bus, Boat & Monorail

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Map

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Map

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spagrand floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is located in Lake Buena Vista’s Walt Disney World neighborhood, close to Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, and Palm Golf Course. Nearby points of interest also include Richard Petty Driving Experience and Osprey Ridge Golf Course. Hotel Features. This Lake Buena Vista property has a private beach. Dining options at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa include a restaurant and a coffee shop/caf?. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children’s pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This 4.5 star property has a business center and offers secretarial services, limo/town car service, and audio visual equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. This Lake Buena Vista property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. The property has an airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Business services, concierge services, translation services, and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include valet parking, an arcade/game room, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms. There are 867 guestrooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wired high speed Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. Televisions have pay movies. Air conditioned rooms also include ceiling fans, irons/ironing boards, and clock radios. Guests may request refrigerators, microwaves, and wake up calls. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Guestrooms are all non smoking. Notifications:There are no room charges for children 18 years old and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians, using existing bedding.

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