Staying at the Grand Floridian has been on my list of to-do's for quite some time, but due to it's extra-deluxe price tag, I've never been able to convince my husband to stay there. My mom, however, is much easier to convince, and so she agreed to split the cost with me on our trip in May 2018. To say that it was worth it is probably an understatement. We loved everything about the Grand, all the way down to the gorgeous smell that follows you throughout the resort (my mom swears it's gardenias. I don't know what it is, but it's heavenly). If you're considering staying at the Grand, here are some things to consider about Disney's flagship resort.
If you're not staying club-level, then your room will be in an outer building. This is similar to the Polynesian Resort, but most other deluxes have rooms that can be accessed from the main lobby, so this is a small downside. However, the grounds are gorgeous, so it really wasn't a problem for us. Our room was in the Boca Chica building.
We loved the style of the rooms SO MUCH. They were refurbished back in 2014, and the finishings fit perfectly with the overall theme of the resort. I especially love the carpeting, which is weird, I know. The scroll pattern is just so pretty!
The beds were incredibly comfortable, and we found the bathroom to be plenty spacious. We especially loved our balcony--it was perfect weather for napping with the door open when we were there in May!
Grounds and Pool
Like I said, the grounds of the Grand are gorgeous. And honestly, that doesn't even do them justice. There are so many beautiful flowers, well-groomed lawns, cute little ducks wandering around (not really sure if Disney should get the credit for that, but I'll give it to them anyway).
This was the view from our balcony. That's the main lobby across the way.
Out the opposite side of our building from the pool was the lagoon, which offers a view of the Magic Kingdom!
Could it be any prettier!? My mom and I spent 30 minutes one morning just wandering around. It was so peaceful and made us love the resort even more.
"Even the trash cans have flowers!"
Lobby and Amenities
The lobby of the Grand is pretty stately--I'm not a huge fan of the style, necessarily (I prefer the style of the rooms), but it's pretty nonetheless.
My mom could not get over the fact that these flowers were real. She insisted on touching them just to confirm.
There are MULTIPLE gift shops in the Grand that sell a variety of products. You'll find shops that sell only clothing like Lilly Pulitzer, as well as this shop, M. Mouse Mercantile, that offers the Disney gear you'd expect to see.
There's also a little shop that sells, essentially, groceries and quick snacks.
The Grand is home to two signature restaurants: Citricos and Narcoossee's. We have eaten at Narcoossee's in the past and loved it--it is delicious seafood with perfect views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom and the Electrical Water Pageant.
On this trip we ate at Citricos for the first time, and we were both very impressed with it as well. I do think Narcoossee's is a better value because of the view, but the food at both is hard to beat.
We also had breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe, and it was awesome. My gluten free Mickey waffles were fantastic, and my mom had some french toast that she said was some of the best she's ever had.
One final, important quality of the Grand is that it is on the monorail line, which means that Magic Kingdom and Epcot are both just a quick ride away. This is a HUGE perk, and is one reasons the Grand is one of the most expensive resorts at Walt Disney World.
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