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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Magic Kingdom

At a Glance

    Pros

  • old-Florida ambience
  • on the monorail route
  • Victoria & Albert's, one of Disney's best restaurants, offers an evening-long experience in dining
  • if you're a couple with no kids, this is definitely the most romantic on-property hotel

    Cons

  • pricey
  • convention clientele and vacationing singles may be more comfortable than families with young children

Fodorite Reviews

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Review

On the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, this red-roofed Victorian emulates the style of the great railroad resorts of the past with beautifully appointed guest rooms, rambling verandas, delicate, white-painted gingerbread woodwork, and brick chimneys. The view across the lake to the Magic Kingdom is spectacular, day or night, as you can see the colors change on the Cinderella Castle along with the fireworks; rooms on this side are more expensive. Afternoon high tea and a pianist at the grand piano nightly in the lobby are among the more genteel touches. Amenities include a serene spa, gourmet restaurants, and a dock from which you can rent a yacht for a romantic cruise; you can also take the free ferry across the lake to the Magic Kingdom.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Holding a wedding at Walt Disney World's flagship resort is like living the happy ending of a fairy tale. The whole place is a Victorian-style confection, rooms are elegantly appointed, the on-site Victoria & Albert's restaurant is one of central Florida's best, and the wedding pavilion has views of Cinderella Castle. Online planning tools make customizing your dream event as easy as waving a wand. Then, as if by magic, Disney's wedding planners (fairy godmothers?) do the rest.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4401 Floridian Way, Magic Kingdom Resort Area, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | Map It
  • Phone: 407/824–3000
  • Location: Magic Kingdom

    Hotel Details

  • 867 rooms, 90 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-26-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    the great Grand

    it is a beautiful resort. The architecture is just wonderful. It give you an idea what the Victorian era was like. You can hop the monorail or take the buses to get anywhere you want to go.
    The pools are great or you can sit by the lake.

    by Lynn_Johnson, 9/24/12
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    Top of the World, Ma !

    Splendid Hotel.The nicely decorated rooms were comfortable and spacious, the staff friendly and accommodating. The winning ticket at the Grand Floridian, though, is it's marvellous Victorian ambience and convenient location.
    From the moment you arrive you are transported to an opulent and elegant world that simply makes you feel good.The restaurants are excellent,we particularly like Citricos, and Mizner's Lounge provides a relaxing respite from an otherwise hectic day at the Parks. However none of this comes cheap.The GF is expensive but, all in all, a treat you should afford yourself at least once if your budget allows.
    If I had one nit to pick it would be that the self parking is 100 yds away over the road from the Hotel whilst the valet parking is nearby. It would be more customer friendly to reverse that arrangement.

    by Robbo12345, 2/25/09
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    The Best, hands down!

    My current count of days spent at Disney World in Orlando is 220. So having spent three quarters of a year of my life visiting the house of Mouse in Orlando, you could imagine the excitement at the chance I got to visit the Grand Floridian one trip. I mean this is the best hotel in Orlando, the best hotel at my favorite place in the entire world.

    I have to say that the rooms were decorated very well and had ample space and a really great balcony. But the rooms really did not have that wow factor I was looking for. It was good, maybe great but not WOW!

    Look outside of the rooms and you will find the true reason that this is the flagship hotel in the Reedy Creek Improvement District. From the pools to the restaurants to the amazing lobby to the very help full staff. You really feel like you have stepped back in time to turn of the century Florida. Plus being on the monorail line is something everyone has to do one time in their lives when visiting Disney World. Being 10 minutes from the gates to the Magic Kingdom is magical.

    Miss Wishes, the night time fireworks? Just go down by the lake where you can sit on a chair and watch from the hotel, complete with all of the music you would hear while in the park.

    Some advice, from a True Disney Fanatic. Spend the extra money and go to the Grand Floridian, you will not be disappointed.

    by Angelo721, 7/31/08

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