For Athletes: Two clay tennis courts are available for a fee. Rent a variety of boats at the marina. You’ll also find walking/jogging paths.
For Charmers: The Ivy Trellis Salon pampers you with hair and nail treatments. The Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club (see page 189) is a full-service spa facility. Call 407-824-2332 for information.
For Children: A playground is adjacent to the Mouseketeer Clubhouse, a supervised program for kids 4–12 (see page 255).
For Gamers: Gasparilla’s Grill and Games has a video arcade.
For Shoppers: On the first floor, Sandy Cove stocks sundries and Summer Lace offers upscale women’s clothing. On the second floor, M. Mouse Mercantile has gifts; Basin White offers upscale bath products; and Commander Porter’s has men’s and women’s apparel.
For Swimmers: A moderately-sized leisure pool and hot tub are available, as is a themed, zero-entry pool near the beach with a slide and play fountain. Sunbathers enjoy the beach (no swimming).
Transportation at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
A monorail goes to Magic Kingdom as well as the Contemporary, the Polynesian, and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), where you can transfer to the Epcot monorail. Boats also take you to the Magic Kingdom and the Polynesian. For other parks (see chart below for in-transit times), use the direct buses in front of the resort. For other resorts, monorail to the Magic Kingdom (daytime) or bus to Downtown Disney (evening) and transfer to a resort bus.
Tips and Notes for Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
The Grand Lobby is often filled with the sound of live music, ranging from solo pianists to full dance bands.
Many children’s activities are offered, including scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and story time (complimentary). Additional-fee activities like fishing trips, the Wonderland Tea Party, and the Pirate Cruise (see page 246) are also available.
Private dining is available for a quiet or romantic evening. You can have a meal on your balcony, on the beach, or even on a boat in the lagoon. Make arrangements in advance with room service.
For a touch of magic, end your day with a romantic, nighttime stroll along the beach. You may even catch the Electrical Water Pageant on the Seven Seas Lagoon around 9:15 pm.
Four extra-special types of rooms are available. The lodge tower rooms have a separate sitting area, an extra TV and phone, and five windows. Concierge rooms offer personalized services, continental breakfast, evening refreshments, and a private elevator. Of the concierge rooms, special turret rooms (see our honeymoon photo on previous page) have wet bars and windows all around, while honeymoon suites pamper with whirlpool tubs!
The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is also a conference center.
Even though this is a luxury resort, don’t feel you need to dress up. Casual wear is the norm here. The only exception is Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, which requires evening attire.
Check-in time is 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 am.
Best Locations at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
The dormer rooms on the top floors of the lodge buildings may be a bit smaller (they only fit 4 rather than 5), but they feature vaulted ceilings, a secluded balcony, and a charming window above the French doors. The best views of Cinderella Castle come in the theme park-view rooms in Sago Cay and Conch Key lodges. Sugar Loaf Key is the closest lodge house to the Grand Lobby, but also sees the most traffic and hears the most noise. Big Pine Key is near the beach, and its lagoon-view rooms offer picturesque views.
Room Rates at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
2009 room rates begin at $399 for a garden view room, $465 for a lagoon view room, $485 for a lodge tower room, $520 for a lodge concierge room in Sugar Loaf, and $690 for a concierge room in the main building. 12.5% tax is not included in above room rates. Honeymoon concierge rooms start in the high $600s. Suites, which are available in one- and two-bedrooms, are upwards of $1,000. Higher rates in price ranges are for weekends and holiday periods (see page 29).
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Quick Facts
Address: 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-824-3000 g Fax: 407-824-3186
Standard room in Sago Cay after nightly turn-down service at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
About the Author: Jennifer and Dave Marx are the founders of PassPorter Travel Press/MediaMarx, Inc. and the authors of dozens of bestselling books. They live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and frequently travel within the U.S. and abroad.
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