Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
is a Victorian
themed hotel and spa
located at the Walt Disney World Resort
. The property opened on June 28
as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort
. The name changed to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
during the fall of 1997.
The resort contains 867 rooms among six buildings at an average of 400 square feet (37 m²) per room. A standard room can sleep up to five people.
The Grand Floridian is categorized as a deluxe resort, one of four types of accommodations at the Florida site. According to The Walt Disney Company, it is considered Disney's flagship resort. The resort has received designation in the Florida Green Lodging Program.
History & influences
was inspired by the luxurious Victorian era
beach resorts built along Florida
's east coast during the late 1800s and early 1900s; its exterior is modeled after the Hotel del Coronado
in San Diego
, with red gabled roofs and white walls. Additional design inspiration was taken from the Belleview-Biltmore Hotel
The resort's outer lodge buildings—Sago Cay, Sugarloaf Key, Conch Key, Boca Chica and Big Pine Key—are named for islands in the Florida Keys.
Along with Disney's Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian sits on the shores of the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon near the Magic Kingdom. The hotel occupies land that had been earmarked for an Asian themed resort during the initial development of Walt Disney World Resort in the late 1960s.
- Victoria & Albert's: The most elegant restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort, with a unique menu created nightly and an award-winning wine cellar. The intimate restaurant has received AAA's Five Diamond Award each year since 2000 and currently is the only Central Florida restaurant to achieve the designation. Serves dinner nightly. As of January 2008, children under 10 are no longer permitted.
- Cítricos: American food with a Mediterranean flair. Serves dinner five to seven nights a week, depending on season. Formerly an Italian restaurant called Flagler's that operated until 1997.
- Narcoossee's: An up-market seafood restaurant with an open kitchen and views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Wishes. Serves dinner nightly.
- 1900 Park Fare: Buffet dining with Disney characters including Mary Poppins and Cinderella. Inside this restaurant is "Big Bertha", an organ built in Paris and used from 1909 to 1955 in a Grand Rapids, Michigan amusement park. The organ's instruments include pipes, drums, bells, cymbals, castanets and a xylophone, and are played by a piano-roll score. It plays short concerts periodically during mealtimes. Serves breakfast and dinner daily.
- Grand Floridian Café: Traditional American fare, with fresh fruit, seafood and burgers. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
- Gasparilla Grill and Games: A 24-hour snack bar with an adjacent arcade.
The resort offers a white sand beach and two swimming pools, one with a slide and waterfall, and a jacuzzi. Other recreational activities include watercraft rentals, including a 52-foot yacht, guided fishing excursions, a white sand beach, a full array of tennis programs, and preferred access to Walt Disney World golf courses. A one-mile run jogging trail leads to Disney's Polynesian Resort
offers hundreds of massages, therapies and treatments, all in the $100-$2,000 range.
The Walt Disney World Monorail System
, water taxis and buses provide access to other Walt Disney World areas.
Services & amenities
- 24-hour room service
- Concierge desk
- Health club/spa
- Babysitting and child services
- Pak-n-Play crib available
- Valet parking available for a fee
- Rooms and facilities for guests with disabilities
- Laundry facilities/services
- Beauty salon
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet access
- Daily children's programs
As of June 2007, smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor smoking locations.
In 1992, a 40,000-square-foot convention center opened adjacent to the hotel, which contains a business center.