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Grand Floridian

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Last updated: June 17, 2024

Overview

Walt Disney World's flagship hotel, the Grand Floridian combines 19th-century, ocean-resort styled verandas, intricate latticework, dormers, and turrets under a distinctive red-shingle roof.

Cost Range

$816 - $5,808

Lodging Area

Magic Kingdom

Category

Deluxe

Transportation

Boat, Bus, Monorail, Walk

Guest Overall Rating

Based on 241 surveys. (See our Ratings and Research page for details)

Our Overall Rating

Room: A

Pool: A-

Lighting: A

Pillows: A

Room Quality
Check-in Efficiency
Quietness of Room
Park Transportation
Hotel Pool
Staff
Food Court

Grand Floridian Resort Tour

Grand Floridian Room Tour

Resort Strengths

High staff-to-guest ratio

Excellent dining options for adults

Large rooms with daybeds

Very good on-site spa

Fantastic kids' Alice in Wonderland-themed splash area

Boat and monorail transportation to the Magic Kingdom, plus a pedestrian walkway

Diverse recreational options

Close to Palm, Magnolia, and Oak Trail Golf Courses

Resort Weaknesses

Most expensive WDW resort and the rooms don't live up to the price

Self-parking is across the street

Public areas often blocked by wedding parties

Noise from Magic Kingdom, boat horns,and whistles

Bus transportation to DHS, Animal Kingdom, water parks, and Disney Springs is shared by the other monorail resorts

What Readers Are Saying About Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We stayed at the Grand Floridian. I feel the Yacht Club's food options were much more accessible, being they were in the same building, while we had to walk what seemed 100 yards outside to reach the Grand Flo's food court.

C

Christopher W

July 5, 2021

Grand Floridian was wonderful.

K

Keith B

September 19, 2021

We would probably choose to stay at The Grand Floridian again above all the other hotels.

B

Bill G

March 14, 2021

The Grand Floridian exceeded our expectations! It's a beautiful hotel, but what sets it apart from other Disney properties is the qualify of the staff. I am sold. We won't hesitate to stay there again!

A

Angie F

August 17, 2019

We loved it! We watched the fireworks at Magic Kingdom by the marina and truly enjoyed that experience. Our room location was nice, the hotel just lovely. Definitely want to stay there again.

D

Deb H

February 19, 2019

Our girls loved being able to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Grand Floridian!

A

Angela R

December 4, 2018

We loved that we could see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from our room at the Grand Floridian! Also, near the marina area, there were speakers playing the music for the fireworks too!

A

Angie

November 15, 2017

Rooms

Large by any standard, the typical room is 440 square feet. The woodwork, marble-topped sinks, and ceiling fans amplity the resort's Victorian theme.

  • Room with Queen Bed(s) and en-suite bathroom
  • Balcony or patio
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

Bathrooms are large, with plenty of counter space and fluffy towels. Two shelves under the sink provide a small amount of storage. A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks and enough counter space to fit a lot of toiletries.

Grand Floridian Standard Room

Grand Floridian Standard Room

Grand Floridian Standard Room

Grand Floridian Standard Room

Grand Floridian Standard Room

Grand Floridian Standard Room

Grand Floridian Couch Bed

Grand Floridian Couch Bed

Grand Floridian Chair, Dresser, TV, and Couch

Grand Floridian Chair, Dresser, TV, and Couch

Grand Floridian Desk and Coffee Maker

Grand Floridian Desk and Coffee Maker

Grand Floridian Standard Room Desk and Chair

Grand Floridian Standard Room Desk and Chair

Grand Floridian Bathroom

Grand Floridian Bathroom

Grand Floridian Bathroom

Grand Floridian Bathroom

Grand Floridian Room 4424 View

Grand Floridian Room 4424 View

Pick the best Disney resort room possible

We’ve mapped and taken photographs of the views from every single room on Walt Disney World property! Our Room Finder helps you find the perfect room for you and then request that room from Disney.

Dining

Many of Disney highest-rated restaurants are here. The Grand Floridian Cafe has excellent casual meals. Citricos is upscale yet welcoming. And it's only a question of how many Michelin stars Victoria & Albert's will get, not if.

1900 Park Fare A good choice for character dining, but too bright and loud for adults without children.

Cítricos Citricos's fanciful garden setting is inspired by the 2018 film Mary Poppins Returns. Disney describes the menu as "Mediterranean-inspired." Cítricos is one of the few restaurants where our rating differs significantly from readers. Our rating is much higher, and the difference might be whether the kitchen is able to deliver consistent quality night after night. Expect the menu to change often, and ask your server for their recommendations. If you can’t get a reservation at Victoria & Albert’s next door, this is the next best thing we’ve eaten.

Grand Floridian Cafe A quick place to grab a tasty bite in a pleasantly themed room.

Narcoossee's Narcoossee’s, an oft-forgotten Signature restaurant, outpaces its upscale competitors around Walt Disney World in delivering both impeccable service and outstanding food. You’ll certainly pay a hefty price for a meal here, but the fresh ingredients shine every time.

Victoria & Albert's Hunnel (a James Beard Award nominee) and his team prepare modern American cuisine with the best of the best from around the world. The main dining room and Queen Victoria’s Room are whisper-quiet, but the Chef’s Table is convivial and relaxed.

Gasparilla Island Grill The Grand Floridian's quick-service eatery serves up a variety of foods throughout the day. Hot feed is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and grab-and-go items are available until midnight.

Beaches Pool Bar & Grill Beaches Pool Bar and Grill is near the pool at the south end of the resort (the one with the water slide) and, yes, it is next to the beach. In a large, octagonal, pagoda-topped structure that blends in exactly with the rest of the Grand Floridian architecture, the bar is an appropriately formal, yet basically standard pool bar. What makes this a nice place for a drink is sitting either at one of the available tables or in one of the many pool or beach chairs. From these you can look out over Seven Seas Lagoon. The dozen or so tables located behind the bar on the lagoon side are the real prizes. From there, the resort and the new Disney Vacation Club Villa bookend a 180 degree view that includes the lagoon, the tops of Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain, the Contemporary Resort, and the Polynesian. The area around the pool bar is beautiful and peaceful despite the often rambunctious children in the pool. It also makes a great place to catch Happily Ever After or the Electrical Water Pageant.

Courtyard Pool Bar The Grand Floridian Resort is a classy place in every way. Unsurprisingly that classiness extends to its central pool area, where an elegant pool is bordered by lovely bar. The Courtyard pool bar is located in the main courtyard (hence the name), next to the largest, and quietest, pool at the Grand Floridian. While the view is not quite as nice as the Beaches Pool Bar (Grand Floridian buildings versus the beach and lagoon), there are generally far fewer children around this pool. If relative peace and quiet is more important to you, the Courtyard bar is the one for you.

Enchanted Rose

Sandy Cove

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Seasonal holiday cart in the Grand Floridian lobby selling gingerbread shingles and other sweets during the Christmas season.

Grand Floridian Private Dining

Refillable Mugs Allows guest self-service soft drink refills from quick-service locations in hotels (NOT in theme parks) for $21.99 for the length of stay.

Amenities

SWIPE TO EXPLORE

2 Pools

The Grand Floridian has excellent pool areas. The Beach Pool is large enough that ducks often mistake it for the nearby lagoon. It's also got a 181-foot water slide, waterfalls, and a zero-entry side for kids. The Courtyard Pool is a more quiet bathing experience. A nearby, Alice In Wonderland-themed play area for kids, is excellent.

Arcade

Arcadia Games arcade is in the main building and features relatively recent video games of all kinds.

Outdoor Movies

Free Disney Movies Under the Stars are shown on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, weather-permitting, at the Sommerhouse

Fitness

The Grand Floridian Health Club has weights, treadmills, and other equipment for your workout. Hours are typically 6 AM to 9 PM.

Spa

The Sense Spa is a full-service spa and salon. We think it's the best on property. Services include massages, body treatments, mani/pedi. and more.

Campfire Activities

Roast marshmallow around a campfire starting at 5:30 PM on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on the Grand Floridian beach.

Boat Rentals

Motorized boats, and pontoon boats that seat up to 10 adults can be rented at the marina. Check with the marina for cost and operating hours.

Early Theme Park Entry

Disney resort guests get into each theme park 30 minutes earlier than off-site guests, every day.

Buy Individual Lightning Lane Early

Those staying at Disney's Deluxe and Deluxe Villa hotels can buy Lightning Lane via Individual Purchase at 7:00 a.m. each day. Others cannot make that purchase until the official park opening time.

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

Disney's Deluxe and DVC resort guests get two extra hours in select theme parks on certain days of the week. The schedule changes, so check with the front desk.

Monorail

Board the Walt Disney World Monorail on Floor 2 of the Grand Floridian's Main Building for convenient access to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the Contemporary and Polynesian hotels.

Electrical Water Pageant

Performed at nightfall on the Seven Seas Lagoon, this show is a stunning electric-light show aboard small barges and set to nifty electronic music.

Resort amenities at-a-glance
Disney-owned
Early Theme Park Entry
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours
Book Lightning Lane access via Individual Purchase Early
Suites
Club Level
Room Service
Wireless Internet
Fitness Center
Water Sports
Marina
Tennis
Beach
Transportation to Parks
Biking
Airport Transportation

Practical Matters

Check In/Out Time
Online Check-In
MagicBand
Theme Park Tickets
Dining Reservations
Laundry
Lost and Found
Shopping
Child Care

Transportation

Driving to the Resort
Getting to the Parks
and Disney Springs
Getting to Another Hotel from Grand Floridian
Getting to Universal Orlando

More

Hotel Room Finder Update: Grand Floridian Resort and Grand Flo Villas
Grand Floridian & Polynesian DVC Studio Rentals
Grand Floridian Cafe: A Florida-Inspired Favorite
Reopening Day Review of Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa

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