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9 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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Are you wondering what it is like to stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort? You are about to find out! Check out my review and tour of this amazing resort as well as 9 reasons why I think you should stay here on your next Disney World vacation!

A view of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort with Seven Seas Lagoon and Disney's Polynesian Resort in the background.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the perfect place to stay for a magical vacation. The resort offers everything you need for a relaxing and memorable stay, including luxurious accommodations, world-class dining, and endless entertainment.

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Plus, the grand setting of the resort is sure to make you feel like royalty. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly vacation, the Grand Floridian Resort is the perfect place to stay.

I recently stayed here with my family after our cruise out of Port Canaveral.

When I was looking at different resorts, I found a great deal on a Deluxe Studio Villa and had to jump on it and I’m glad I did.

If you’re still looking at other Disney World area resorts, check out my reviews and videos of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Hilton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

Sign at Disney's Grand Floridian.
Grand Floridian Resort

Tips for Booking a Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Booking a Disney World vacation can definitely be overwhelming. Even after selecting a hotel, like Grand Floridian, you are then presented with the challenge of choosing the right room.

Before booking your trip, make sure to read my Disney World Planning Tips and consider using a travel agent to help you with the logistics and planning. (FYI: Using a travel agent is completely free for you)

Two kids on the beach at Disney's Grand Floridian.
Disney’s Grand Floridian

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Reason #1 Location, Location, Location

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort. It is right next to the Magic Kingdom, making it the perfect place to stay for a magical vacation.

A map showing the proximity of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to Magic Kingdom Park.
Proximity of Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom

You can walk to the Magic Kingdom, take a quick monorail ride, or even hop on a boat to get to the entrance gates quickly.

There is something magical about being able to see the Most Magical Place on Earth right from your hotel room!

Grand Floridian is also right next to Disney’s Polynesian Resort, so after a quick walk or monorail ride, you can enjoy a Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai!

Pineapple Lani at Disney's Polynesian Resort.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Reason #2 Spacious Rooms

The Grand Floridian has some of the most spacious rooms of the Disney resorts. There are also many different types of rooms to choose from. For our stay, we are a family of 5, so I booked a Deluxe Studio Villa.

A large chandelier and fountain in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian villas.
Grand Floridian Villas Lobby

The bedroom of the Deluxe Studio Villa has a Queen size bed, a couch, a table and chairs, a tv, and a Queen size Murphy bed.

A hotel room with a queen size bed, a blue couch, and a coffee table.
Queen Bed
Grand Floridian deluxe studio villa room with a large tv and a table with chairs.
Tv & Table with Chairs
Table and chairs in a Grand Floridian hotel room.
Table & Chairs
A small blue couch and coffee table next to a queen size bed at Disney's Grand Floridian.
Couch and Murphy Bed
Queen size Murphy bed in a Grand Floridian Deluxe Studio Villa Suite.

There is also a twin-size bed that folds down under the TV and features a cute mural of Dumbo.

A fold down bed under the tv in a Grand Floridian Hotel Room.
Fold-Down Bed

The bathroom is two rooms. One has the toilet and a shower/tub combination. The other room had a sink and vanity, as well as a walk-in shower.

Bathroom with a vanity and stand up shower.
Vanity & Shower
A bathroom with a shower/tub combination and toilet.
Shower/Bathtub & Toilet

There is a spacious closet stocked with bathrobes and an area with a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and cabinets with paper plates and cups.

Entrance to Grand Floridian Deluxe Studio Villa room.
Hotel room closet with extra blankets and bath robes.
A hotel kitchenette area with a microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, sink, and toaster.

Our room had a large balcony with two chairs and a small table. We had a view of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom.

Grand Floridian Balcony with two chairs and a small table.
View of Magic Kingdom from Grand Floridian.
View of Magic Kingdom

Reason #3 Pools & Water Slide

The pools at Disney’s Grand Floridian were amazing, and honestly part of the reason I chose to book our stay here. There is a very large swimming pool just outside the Main Building.

Large swimming pool near the main building at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Pool near Main Building

There is another smaller pool closer to the DVC building that had a fun water slide.

Swimming pool with a waterfall and water slide near the villas building at Grand Floridian.
Pool with Water Slide
A water slide at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Water Slide

Next to this pool was an Alice in Wonderland-themed water playground for kids. My 8-year-old loved it!

Water playground at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Water Playground
Aquatic Play Area Rules at Disney's Grand Floridian.
Water Playground Rules

Reason #4 Dining Options

Disney’s Grand Floridian has many different dining options from quick service snacks, to fine dining. During our short stay, we had lunch from Beaches Pool Bar & Grill, which was very good.

Beaches Pool Bar & Grill at Grand Floridian.
Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

At Beaches, we ordered chicken nuggets, burgers, and the Island Caesar Salad.

Entrance to 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort.
1900 Park Fare

In the past, I have dined at 1900 Park Fare and Grand Floridian Cafe and both were delicious.

Entrance to Grand Floridian Cafe.
Grand Floridian Cafe

Reason #5 Recreation

A perk of staying at the Grand Floridian are the recreational activities that are offered to guests. There are pool-side activities, outdoor movies, and more!

List of Recreational Activities at Grand Floridian Resort.
Recreation Schedule

Grand Floridian Recreational Activities

Poolside Activities

  • Pool Party| 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm | Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Poolside Games | 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • White Rabbits Pocket Watch Hunt at Beach Pool | 3:00 pm | Daily
  • Disney Movie Trivia |2:30 pm | Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Poolside activity at Grand Floridian.
Poolside Activites

Beachside Activities

  • Campfire | 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm | Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Movie Under the Stars | 8:15 pm | Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Courtyard Lawn Activities

  • Lawn Games | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Daily
  • Design Your Own Mickey Ears ($) | 3:15 pm | Sunday
  • Mickey Tie Dye ($) | 3:15 pm | Tuesday, Saturday
  • Disney Button Art ($) | 3:15 pm | Thursday
Two kids playing giant chess at Disney's Grand Floridian.
Giant Chess Game

Gasparilla’s Patio Activities

  • Grand Trivia Challenge | 7:00 pm | Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • G-Flo. Glow Party | 8:00 pm | Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • The Grand Regatta Remote Control Boat Races at Captains Shipyard | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

There is also a private beach with lounge chairs and a giant Connect Four game. Just make sure to stay out of the water!

Giant Connect 4 Game and beach toys at Grand Floridian.
Grand Floridian Beach

My boys had a lot of fun playing with the giant chess set and we even rented a boat to float around Seven Seas Lagoon!

Beware of Alligator sign at Disney's Grand Floridian.

Reason #6 Monorail

The monorail is one of the main reasons I would book the Grand Floridian again. Not only is it convenient to ride to Magic Kingdom, but it is just fun to ride!

Grand Floridian guests can also enjoy free bus transportation to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs.

Monorail Station at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Monorail Station

Reason #7 Hotel Grounds

Disney’s Grand Floridian is a beautiful property and is inspired by one of my favorite hotels in San Diego, California. The Hotel Del Coronado. The buildings are absolutely beautiful and the landscaping is amazing.

A white building with a red roof and green grass.
Hotel Grounds

My kids and I took a walk around the grounds and used the walkway to visit Disney’s Polynesian Resort and had an amazing view across the lake of the Magic Kingdom.

View of Magic Kingdom from Grand Floridian.
View from Grand Floridian

Reason #8 Grand Floridian Main Building

The Main Building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is breathtaking! There is a giant chandelier and gorgeous stair cases! Just being in the lobby of this building makes you feel all of the Disney magic.

Lobby in the main building of Disney's Grand Floridian.
A man playing a grand piano at Disney's Grand Flordian.
Grand Floridian Pianist
Grand Floridian Chandeler.
Grand staircase in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian.
Grand Staircase

Reason #9 Shopping

The Grand Floridian has some amazing shopping! From high-end stores like Basin White to more casual stores like the Grand Floridian Trading Company, there is something for everyone.

Entrance of Basin White at Grand Floridian
M Mouse Mercantile at Grand Floridian.
M Mouse Mercantile
Gift Shop at Disney's Grand Floridian.
Gift Shop
Sandy Cove Gifts & Sundries at Grand Floridian.
Sandy Cove Gifts & Sundries

Overall Review of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

My overall rating of the Grand Floridian would be 9/10. I absolutely LOVED our stay and will definitely be staying again in the future, I’ve even been considering joining the Disney Vacation Club!

The only reason I did not give it a 10/10 is because of the steep price tag. I definitely understand that you get what you pay for, and nothing beats staying in the magic, but during some times of the year, the price for a stay at Grand Floridian can be astronomical.

Disney's Grand Floridian main building that is white with a red roof.
Main Building

Recap of Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian

1. The location is unbeatable – right on Disney World property and close to the Magic Kingdom.

2. The Grand Floridian Resort is a deluxe hotel with all the amenities you would expect – including a spa, restaurants, and shops.

3. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, with plenty of amenities like a refrigerator and coffee maker.

4. There are several pools onsite, including a kids’ pool and a water slide.

5. You can enjoy views of Cinderella’s Castle from the resort grounds.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort next to a lake.
Grand Floridian & Seven Seas Lagoon

6. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort offers character dining experiences with popular Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Cinderella.

7. The resort has its own monorail station, making it easy to get around Disney World without having to drive.

8. There are plenty of activities for kids at the Grand Floridian Resort, from arts and crafts to swimming and more.

9. The Grand Floridian Resort is one of the most expensive resorts on Disney World property, but it’s also one of the most luxurious – making it a great choice for those looking for a special vacation experience.

A swimming pool at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

What Do You Think?

Have you stayed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort? What do you think? Would you stay here? Let us know in the comments!

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