Inside The Magic: Disney’s Grand Floridian
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort distinguished as the flagship hotel of Walt Disney World Resort and offering world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations in its 6 striking red-gabled buildings. This magnificent hotel sits along the white-sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon.
The hotel was inspired by the 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, California, with red gabled roofs and white walls. Additional design inspiration was taken from the Belleview-Biltmore Hotel in Belleair, Florida. 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.
The convention center offers 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space, featuring high-speed and wireless Internet connectivity, state-of-the-art sound systems, satellite up/down link capabilities and more.
Victoria & Albert’s A restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort, with a 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 A 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.
Spa and Recreation:
The resort offers two pools, a jacuzzi, and a white sand beach. The marina contains various watercraft rentals, including fishing excursions and a yacht. Other recreational activities include tennis programs, a mile-long jogging trail, health club, and preferred access to the Walt Disney World golf courses. The Grand Floridian Spa offers massages, therapies, and other treatments.
Disney’s Grand Floridian is one of the stops for the Walt Disney World Monorail System making this an ideal location for quick access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Other transportation options include water taxis, and buses provide access to other Walt Disney World areas and attractions.