If you seek luxury on your Walt Disney World vacation, look no further than Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The ornate Victorian Resort has been stunning Guests since it first opened doors in 1988.
This Deluxe Resort is located right on the monorail line and within view of Cinderella Castle. The location and luxury may even prompt you to slow down a bit and soak up the solitude and beauty of the Resort. This article is all about helping you plan your perfect day at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Breakfast In Bed
A Resort day is all about unwinding, relaxing, and enjoying all the awesome Resort amenities. What better way to recharge than to enjoy a bit later wake-up call (you’ve earned it after yesterday’s early morning) and to amp up the luxury by splurging on room service. Make your breakfast selections the night prior and select a delivery time. When you wake, you need only slip on your fluffy robe and relax with a special breakfast in the comfort of your Resort room.
Break A Sweat
Take some time to visit the gym during your Resort day. Grand Floridian has one of the largest Resort gyms on the Disney property, with ample weight training equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, and more. Filtered water and towels are on hand for your convenience. If you want to take your workout outside, hit trails winding around the Resort to get a self-paced tour of the grounds while squeezing in your steps, or take the walking trail to the Magic Kingdom (around a 15-minute walk) before heading back to the Resort.
Take a few minutes to hit the shops in the Resort for some retail therapy. If you are searching for a beautiful outfit with a Disney twist, drop by Curiouser Clothiers to browse brands like Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines alongside Disney original brands. Basin White is the place to go if you shop for new skincare and bath products to pamper yourself on vacation. Snag a bath bomb to unwind with later in your Resort room. Mouse Mercantile stocks Disney t-shirts, mugs, and resort-branded souvenirs. Visit Sandy Cove Gifts & Sundries if you need to pick up snacks, toiletries, or just want to browse more Mickey merch- visit Sandy Cove Gifts & Sundries.
Lunch at Gasparilla Island Grill
When you are ready for a midday meal, look no further than Gasparilla Grill. This Quick Service Restaurant offers affordable and yummy eats that you can enjoy in the restaurant, take back to your room, or enjoy poolside. The upscale twist of the menu makes it a delicious favorite with Disney Fanatics. The Chicken and Brie Sandwich is melt-in-your-mouth delicious, with raspberry mustard slathered on a warm brioche bun topped with grilled chicken and ham. The Roasted Turkey Sandwich and House-Made Macaroni and Cheese are other delicious options on the menu.
Hit the Pool (Cabana Optional)
You cannot visit Florida and not take the opportunity to enjoy that glorious sunshine poolside! Lucky for you Grand Floridian has two beautiful pools perfect for cooling off, lounging, and soaking up all the rays and vacation vibes. The Courtyard Pool is the place to go if you are looking for a quieter pool day. With a zero-entry point and a nearby whirlpool, you will be relaxed in no time. If the sun gets too hot, cool down with a drink from the Courtyard Pool Bar. The Beach Pool overlooks Seven Seas Lagoon and boasts a beautiful waterfall and fun slide. The Beaches Pool Bar & Grill nearby is the perfect stop for snacks and drinks. Suppose you are looking to kick up the luxury a bit, splurge on a poolside cabana. These cabanas are one of a kind with a sectional, ceiling fan, smart television, mini fridge, fluffy towels, snacks, and a dedicated Cast Member to cater to your every need.
Explore and Enjoy the Views
This Resort is such a showstopper. The architecture, theming, attention to detail, and Victorian touches make this Resort such a beautiful place just to hang out. If you are like us, you often find yourself rushing to and from your Resort room on vacation with detours to places like a pool, restaurant, or gift shop a few times during your trip. While there is nothing wrong with a fast-paced vacation, this means that so many Guests don’t take the time to explore the Resort and appreciate the hidden details. Stroll the gardens between the pool and Disney’s Wedding pavilion, and take in the lobby atrium’s grandeur while a pianist plays. Take the time to slow down and soak in the details of this beautiful Resort.
Kick-off the evening with a cocktail at the newly renovated Enchanted Rose Lounge. This beautiful space channels the Beauty and the Beast live-action film and serves up artisan cocktails and mouth-watering appetizers. You cannot go wrong with an order of Truffle Fries and a featured cocktail like the Floral Bitter Beauty.
Dinner at Cítricos
Forever one of our favorite Walt Disney World restaurants, no Resort day at The Grand Floridian is complete without a dinner at Cítricos. We are crazy about the fresh seasonal menu that has each dish bursting with flavor. A recent restaurant renovation provides all the more reason to visit Cítricos. Redesigned to channel the charm of the film Mary Poppins Returns, Guests will enjoy the fresh theme as they enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious meal with a view of Seven Seas Lagoon.
Disney Fanatics will tell you; you needn’t be actually going anywhere to hop on the monorail and have fun! Seriously, take advantage of your nifty location by hopping the Resort monorail to enjoy a ride around Seven Seas Lagoon. Take the grand circle tour and head back to your Resort, or hop off at different resorts to sample food, drinks, and explore. You cannot beat a monorail session for snacks and cocktails!
Electrical Water Parade Wind Down
Grab a beach blanket and head down to the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon to watch the Electrical Water Pageant. This adorable light show water parade showcases sea creatures, patriotic sequences, and even a friendly sea monster. This short show is a fun way to wind down at the end of the day without the need to leave your Resort. When the show ends, take some time to enjoy the ambiance of the moonlit castle and beach, take an evening monorail ride, or stroll the Resort to take in the scenery after dark.
What do you think of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort?