Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

4401 Floridian Way Lake Buena Vista | Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8451  [SEE MAP]Lake Buena Vista, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Resort caters to couples with its elegant atmosphere and numerous wedding venues
Some say the resort is overpriced

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, is as opulent as it gets when it comes to Walt Disney World accommodations. The Victorian era is revived in the decor found in the five-story lobby – complete with an open-cage elevator and magnificent chandeliers – and the plush guest rooms. Lodging options here come equipped with amenities like flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed internet; however, some travelers say that the rooms in Disney's flagship resort are beginning to feel a bit tired. And though the Grand Floridian is kid-friendly with loads of activities, the posh resort is the best bet for couples looking for a quieter place to stay. Extras like afternoon high tea and daily piano performances in the lobby lend an elegant tone, but there are still fun perks like character breakfasts for the kids. (Youngsters can also indulge in their own afternoon tea with Disney princesses.) Another perk about staying at the Grand Floridian: having an on-site monorail station that is just one stop away from the Magic Kingdom.

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Location
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Resort, 867 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Sound
Style
Traditional
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating
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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Fodor's

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On the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, so close to the Magic Kingdom that you can see the colors change on the Cinderella Castle, this red-roofed Victorian emulates the style of the great railroad resorts of the past with beautifully appointed rooms, rambling verandas, delicate, white-painted woodwork, and brick chimneys. Afternoon high tea and a pianist at the grand piano nightly in the lobby are among the more genteel touches.

Fodor's Choice

AAA

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A soaring grand lobby is a fitting introduction to this sprawling resort, which mixes Victorian and old-Florida styles. Rooms vary in design. Many are very spacious and can accommodate large families. The abundant recreational amenities include a yacht, cabanas, pontoons, water skis, Sea Raycers, kayaks and bass fishing excursions.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Travel + Leisure

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With gas lamps and wicker chairs in this sprawling neo-Victorian manse, Cindarella, Prince Charming, and the wicked stepsisters feel right at home. There are, of course, thoroughly modern elements: suites big enough for eight, a walk-in pool with a waterfall, and after-dark kids' activities.

Frommer's

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This is the Disney hotel with snob appeal, since the whole point is to put on a costume of exclusivity and luxury (two things Walt despised, which is why his hotels had populist themes) and brag about it when you get home. So it's encrusted with upper-class affectation, from high tea to a pianist tinkling away in a very pretty lobby (chandeliers, glass dome, wedding-cake balconies).

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Oyster.com

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The Grande Dame of Disney, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is a Victorian stunner that pays homage to the Atlantic coast’s golden era. With gorgeous architecture, meticulously kept grounds, and a multi-story lobby with turn-of-the-century grandeur, this luxury property is a destination all its own.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 4927 have reviewed the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4927 reviews 4.5 (based on 4927 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa start at 440 square feet and are regally decorated in gold, red and tan. Small Disney touches are seen throughout the rooms, including Mickey Mouse lamps and mouse ears carved into the furniture. All accommodations are equipped with minifridges and coffee makers, and many rooms offer balconies.
  • Marble countertop sink
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access provided throughout resort
  • Room and suite views are of the courtyard, resort grounds, marina, pools, Seven Seas Lagoon or the Magic Kingdom
  • Club-level accommodations include DVD players, lounge access and free pre-arrival resort itinerary planning services

Standard room size440 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the closest hotel to Disney's Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and easily recognizable with its white exterior and red roof (which is meant to resemble a Victorian-style castle). The Disney Monorail stops at the hotel, providing convenient access to other resorts and the Magic Kingdom. And like other Disney resorts, this property offers a shuttle service (for a fee) to and from the airport and Disney Springs' shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
  • Orlando International Airport sits about 25 miles east
  • Self-parking provided on-site for a fee; valet parking costs $20 per day
  • 24-hour valet parking ($33)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($24)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

There are 10 on-site restaurants, lounges and grab-and-go eateries at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Cítricos serves American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Narcoossee's offers a menu of seafood and presents guests with panoramic views of the lagoon. In fact, Narcoossee's guests can even view Magic Kingdom fireworks from their seats. Victoria & Albert's, which is a AAA Five Diamond-awarded and a Forbes Five-Star-awarded restaurant, serves a variety of American cuisine over several-course meals. And at 1900 Park Fare, diners can enjoy buffet dinners alongside a variety of Disney characters. A tea room that hosts princess and afternoon tea services is also available on-site.
  • Reservations required at Victoria & Albert's
  • Dress codes enforced at Cítricos, Narcoossee's and Victoria & Albert's
  • Room service offered 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants10

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The Beach Pool at the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa overlooks Seven Seas Lagoon and features a 181-foot-long waterslide, while the Courtyard Pool is located behind the main building of the resort and offers a quieter atmosphere. Both pools are zero-entry, which resembles walking into the water at the beach. A third pool, The Captain's Shipyard, is designed for kids and has a replica pirate ship. Ample lounge chairs surround all three pools.
  • Cabanas available for rent
  • Whirlpool and beach with boat rentals available
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

The spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is full-service, offering everything from body treatments and massages to facials and nail services. In total, the spa offers 15 treatment rooms, plus a steam room, a whirlpool and gender-specific relaxation areas.
  • Spa hours change season to season
  • Specialty services like kids nail treatments, couples experiences and prenatal massages offered

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Although a kids club is not available on-site, a children's activity center is located at the adjacent Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers a pirate-themed activity cruise for guests ages 4 to 12, and babysitting services can be arranged for a fee.
  • Free campfire activites and outdoor film screenings hosted regularly
  • Property has an arcade with various games
  • Kids spa services available
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The fitness center at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is open 24 hours and is complete with cardio and strength-training equipment. Jogging trails are also available at this resort.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats (with fee)

    Business

    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers 40,000 square feet of convertible meeting and event space. The largest indoor venue is the Grand Floridian Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 2,000 guests for receptions and theater-style events. Several outdoor areas, including a lawn, the marina and the beach, can be reserved for business functions as well. Additionally, the hotel has a full-service business center with computer access and mailing services.
    • Customized catering options available
    • Beach can host up to 600 people for receptions

    Number of meeting rooms5

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Golf

    Three golf courses are available at nearby Disney's Polynesian Village Resort – the Magnolia course, the Oak Trail course and the Palm course. The Magnolia and Palm courses feature 18 championship holes. The former is also Walt Disney World's longest course.
    • Golf attire required
    • All three courses managed by Arnold Palmer Golf Management
    • Oak Trail Golf Course has nine holes
    • Green fees at 18-hole courses include use of golf carts
    • Golf carts
    • Golf packages
    • Club rentals
    • Club house
    • Refreshment stand or restaurant
    • Caddie service
    • Pro shop

    Wedding

    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions in a variety of venues, including the ballroom, a wedding pavilion and Cítricos' dining room. Up to 800 people can be accommodated in the resort's ballroom, while the wedding pavilion – which overlooks Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle – is ideal for weddings with up to 250 guests.
    • Wedding packages available
    • Some venues are only available during select times

    Maximum wedding guest capacity800

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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