Are you thinking of booking a stay in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Hotel? This beautiful Disney World hotel is one of my favorite places to stay, but of course rooms are pretty pricey – so is it really worth a stay here?
Disney’s Grand Floridian was designed to evoke a different era. Think Victorian seaside elegance and you have the Floridian. It is also located in one of the best spots in the whole of Walt Disney World – on the monorail circuit on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. You can even walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Grand Floridian. So for location it really can’t be beaten.
Disney World hotels are known for their excellent service. And the Grand Floridian is the flagship hotel so here you will find great Cast Members who will go out of their way to help you.
How much does a standard room at the Grand Floridian cost? Room rates start at $399 and will rise according to season. Concierge level rooms start at $520 per night. Are concierge level rooms worth it? You will have access to the Sugar Loaf Club and Royal Palm Club which has continental breakfast, snacks and evening wine. Reviews of the concierge service are generally positive and the upgrade can be worth it if you plan to use the lounge often. But otherwise the rooms are exactly the same as the standard rooms in design. Concierge level guests are also have the opportunity to participate in the exclusive Wildlife Discovery Excursion. This is a very limited and extra cost private excursion of Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safari. Some guests that this alone is worth the splurge on a concierge level room.
The Grand Floridian has great recreational facilities including 2 swimming pools, a fitness facility,tennis, jogging track and of course the full service spa.
Whether you are staying at the Grand Floridian or are just a guest of Walt Disney World you must try out at least one of the restaurants in the hotel. Victoria and Albert’s is one of the finest restaurants in the region – not just Disney World. This adult only dining experience is truly very special. Perfection does come at a price though. The fixed price menu is currently $125 with wine pairings an additional $60. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
Citricos is another Grand Floridian restaurant which is often overlooked by Disney guests. Another excellent dining experience this restaurant has a Mediterranean influence and serves entrees of steak and seafood specials.
Narcoossee’s restaurant is a real treat particularly if you like lobster. This restaurant is located in a separate building overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon so you get a great view of Magic Kingdom.
If you are looking for a Disney character meal then 1900 Park Fare is the place to be. At breakfast you will find Mary Poppins, The Mad Hatter and Alice. Cinderella and Prince Charming will be there for dinner. All meals are buffet style. 1900 Park Fare is one of my personal favorites. Sure it can get pretty noisy but you get a lot of interaction with the Disney characters and the food is pretty good too.
You can even have your wedding or vow renewal at the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian resort. Who can imagine a more romantic location for the Disney fan that getting married overlooking Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. You can even hire a coach and horses so that you really can have that fairytale come true.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a fabulous place to stay for your Disney World vacation. But even if you don’t stay at the resort then make sure that you stop by and just soak in some of the atmosphere, try out the restaurants of just people watch in the lobby. You will be whisked away to a bygone era of elegance and style – right next to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.