Disney World Grand Floridian
Want to Stay in The Disney Grand Floridian Hotel?
Is the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel really worth it? If you are looking for luxury, convenience and good old fashioned high quality service then you should take a closer look at Disney World's deluxe flagship hotel. Designed in the style of the grand seaside resorts of the turn of the century, this 865 room hotel is located on the Seven Seas Lagoon - so many rooms have a fabulous view of Magic Kingdom and Cinderella's Castle.
But of course luxury comes at a price. This is Disney World's most expensive hotel. So let us take a look at what Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel Resort and Spa offers for it's guests so that you can make the right choice for your family's vacation of a lifetime.
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The Grand Floridian Resort has everything you need to make this a very magical stay at Walt Disney World. The location is exceptional. You can travel to Magic Kingdom in minutes on the monorail, take the resort boat across the Seven Seas Lagoon or even walk to the entrance.
The rooms are amongst the most luxurious and largest in the whole of Walt Disney World. There is plenty to keep you entertained with 2 swimming pools, a sandy beach, a fitness facility, tennis, restaurants, shops, and the spa.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Rooms
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Disney's Grand Floridian is a large resort. It has 867 rooms and 25 suites. The lobby is in the main, 5 storey high, building. You will find shops, restaurants and guests rooms inside the main buidling, including the concierge rooms which are located on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. The monorail station is just outside the entrance to the main building.
The other guest rooms are found in one of 5 lodges - Sago Cay, Conch Cay, Sugar Loaf Key Concierge, Boca Chica and Big Pine Key.
The standard guest room at The Grand Floridian is 440 square feet. They have 2 Queen beds and a day bed. Some rooms have a King. Most of the rooms do have a balcony. The rooms will comfortably sleep a family of 5, execpt the dormer rooms which are at the top of the lodge buildings which are smaller and only sleep 4 guests.
Want a Magic Kingdom view room at the Grand Floridian? These of course are the ones which are the priciest but you may decide that it is worth it. In my opinion it truly is one of the best views in the whole of Walt Disney World so well worth the extra cost. You can request a room with a Magic Kingdom view when you make your reservation.
If you want a Magic Kingdom view then request a first, second or third floor room in Boca Chica and Big Pine Key. Sago Cay has some rooms namely 5139,5144, 5145,5142 to 5245,5342 to 5345 which have a view of Cinderella’s Castle. The best view rooms are in Conch Key numbers 7231, 7328 to 7331. Remember that all room requests are not guaranteed but persistance often does pay off so call and fax your request to your resort, or use an experience Disney authorized travel agent to make your booking.
The Magic Kingdom views are not the only views worth having at The Grand Floridian. Many have pool and garden views. As with all hotels there are some not so desirable views - avoid some of the garden view rooms in Big Pine Key and Boca Chica.
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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Hotel is home to some of the finest restaurants in Disney World. Victoria and Albert's is a fabulous place if you are looking for one of the best quality restaurants not only in Disney World, but the whole of the country.
Victoria and Albert's is the only Disney restaurant which does not allow children under 12 to dine there. There is a fixed price menu for $125 and an additional $60 for wine pairings. Make reservations well ahead as this is a very popular restaurants.
Another excellent and lesser known choice is Citricco's. This restaurant offers steak and seafood entrees in a Mediterranean style setting.
If you want a great view of the Seven Seas Lagoon then Narcoossee's is a great choice. It is a fine dining restaurant which specializes in seafood.
A very popular restaurant is the character dining location 1900 Park Fare. Dine with Cinderella and Prince Charming for dinner, and Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh for breakfast. The food at this buffet service restaurant is amongst the best choice in Disney World and one of my personal favorite character dining locations.
If you have a little girl who just can't get enough of the Disney Princesses then you may want to consider the My Disney Girl Perfectly Princess Tea Party. This is a very special, but pricey at $250 for one child and an adult, experience. Dine with Princess Aurora and your hostess Rose Petal and take home special My Disney Girl collectible doll, bracelet, tiara, Princess scrapbook page and certificate.
Disney World Monorail
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It is very easy to travel to The Magic Kingdom on the monorail from the Grand Floridian hotel. Just step outside the lobby and you will find the monorail station. This will whisk you to Magic Kingdom in minutes.
The monorail also travels to the Transport and Ticket Center where guests can access the monorail to Epcot, or the buses to Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios. Buses also go to Downtown Disney., Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon and all the other Disney resorts.
Guests can also take a boat ride to Magic Kingdom. This is one of my favorite ways to arrive at the park - the peace and quiet and exceptional views are just a great way to start the day.
Have you ever stayed at Disney Grand Floridian Resort?
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