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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Disney's Grand Floridian
Resort & Spa
Disney's Grand Floridian Logo.svg
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LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDeluxe resort
OpenedJune 28, 1988; 33 years ago (June 28, 1988)
ThemeVictorian seaside resort
AreasMain Building (Suites 4001-4030, Rooms 4201-4430), Sago Cay (Rooms 5101-5528), Sugar Loaf (Concierge Rooms 6101-6424), Conch Key (Rooms 7101-7518), Boca Chica (Rooms 8101-8528), Big Pine Key (Rooms 9101-9528)
Rooms867 rooms
Suites25 suites, including the Victorian Suite, the Roy O. Disney Suite, the Walt Disney Suite, and the Grand Suite
Green lodgeyes
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian themed luxury hotel and spa located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The property opened on June 28, 1988, as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. The name changed to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the fall of 1997. The resort contains 867 rooms among six buildings at an average of 400 square feet (37 m2) per room. The resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

The Grand Floridian is categorized as a "deluxe" resort, one of four types of accommodations at the Florida site. It is also distinguished as Disney's flagship and most opulent resort.[1]

History and influences

The Grand Floridian was inspired by the Victorian era beach resorts built along Florida's east coast during the late 19th century and early 20th century; its exterior is modeled after the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California, with red gabled roofs and white walls.[2] Additional design inspiration was taken from the former Belleview-Biltmore Hotel in Belleair, Florida.[2] The resort's outer lodge buildings — Sago Cay, Sugarloaf Key, Conch Key, Boca Chica and Big Pine Key—are named for islands in the Florida Keys. The hotel's main building features a five-story lobby, a replica cage elevator, stained glass domes, and Italian marble floors with inlays of various Disney characters. During daytime hours, a grand pianist performs in the main lobby while a house orchestra plays on the second floor balcony every evening.

Initially, Walt Disney wanted a Polynesian resort (reflecting Adventureland), the Contemporary Resort to echo Tomorrowland, and other resorts that mirrored the 'lands' of the Magic Kingdom. Main Street and The Grand Floridian act as analogous reflections. The resort was designed by the Disney company and executed by the architectural firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo.[3]

Along with Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian sits on the shores of the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon near the Magic Kingdom. The hotel occupies land that had been earmarked for an Asian themed resort during the initial development of Walt Disney World Resort in the late 1960s.[4] The Beach Boys performed there in 1988 to film the music video for their song Kokomo.[5][6][7][8] In 1992, a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) convention center opened adjacent to the hotel, which contains a business center.

The hotel has completed some major renovations in recent years. Since 2007, all guestrooms, restaurants, retail shops, and common areas of the resort have been updated. In 2011, the Grand Floridian Spa and Health Club underwent an extensive 18 month remodel. In 2013, the hotel completed a remodel of all pool areas along with the installation of a beachside fire pit and children's water area themed to Disney's Alice in Wonderland.[citation needed] During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, the hotel along with the rest of the Disney World property was closed down for a few months. The Grand Floridian reopened along with the rest of the Disney World resort in the Summer of 2020, although parts of the hotel were off limits to visitors as the hotel served as part of the NBA Bubble for the conclusion of the 2019-2020 NBA season. The hotel fully reopened to guests in the Fall of 2020.

The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
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LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDisney Vacation Club resort
OpenedOctober 23, 2013; 8 years ago (October 23, 2013)
ThemeVictorian Beach
AreasVillas (Villas 1101-1622)
Green lodgeyes

Completed in 2013, the Disney Vacation Club building at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa currently houses 147 villas and studios.[9] Disney Vacation Club recently announced plans to expand the villas at the Grand Floridian, projected to open in summer 2022. The proposed DVC project will transform the Big Pine Key building, building nine, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa into approximately 200 additional DVC Studio Villas.[10] The Villas continue the theme of Victorian-era Palm Beach resorts found in the Grand Floridian while catering to the needs of DVC guests. The expansion makes the Grand Floridian the second monorail resort to receive a DVC addition, following Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort which opened in 2009. Like Bay Lake Tower, The Villas at the Grand Floridian features its own lobby and porte cochere, and guests can check in and out and access concierge services without needing to visit the Main Building. The Villas also include a leisure area (including barbecue pit) adjacent to the resort's spa. A covered walkway links the Villas to the main building. Villas and studios include split bathrooms alongside Disney theming to Dumbo and Mary Poppins.

Recreation and amenities

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers multiple amenities and recreational activities.

  • Courtyard Pool - Situated between the guest room buildings, the pool features zero-entry access, a jacuzzi, cabanas, and the Courtyard Pool Bar.
  • Beach Pool - Located beachside between the main resort and Villas, the zero-entry Beach Pool offers an Alice in Wonderland water playground for children, as well as a slide, cabanas, and pool bar.
  • White Sand Beaches - The resort fronts the Seven Seas Lagoon and features a stretch of man-made white sand beaches, which continue to the nearby Polynesian Village Resort.
  • The Captain's Shipyard - A marina containing watercraft rentals, fireworks and fishing excursions, and a yacht.
  • Arcadia Games - Connected to Gasparilla Island Grill.
  • Senses Spa and Fitness Center - Senses - A Disney Spa is located adjacent to the Villas building and also houses a 24-hour fitness center for the use of Grand Floridian and Polynesian guests.
  • Jogging Trail - The Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village have an interconnecting jogging trail which is approximately one mile in length.
  • Shopping - Located within the Main Building is a variety of stores.
  • Dining - 1900 Park Fare is located within the Main Building which is an old time carnival and carousel themed character buffet. The antique Limonaire Band Organ "Big Bertha" is located overhead where the guests eat and plays occasionally. The organ was formerly a part of the Paul Eakins collection.[11] Other locations include Citricos, Narcoossee's and Victoria and Alberts (all upscale dining), Grand Floridian Cafe (casual dining), the Garden View Tea Room and Gasparilla Island Grill (quick service).
  • Ivy Trellis Salon - a hair and beauty salon.
  • Lobby Entertainment - The Main Building lobby features live music in the form of piano and singer during the daytime, and a dedicated orchestra in the evenings.
  • Convention Center - Situated to the right of the lobby upon exiting, the Grand Floridian features its own convention center.
  • Walt Disney World Transportation System - The resort has its own Walt Disney World Monorail System station, as well as a water launch to the Polynesian Village Resort and the Magic Kingdom. Buses provide access to all other Walt Disney World attractions.
  • Disney's Wedding Pavilion - Disney's Wedding Chapel located on the property.

The Resort offers multiple room options for guests, including what is known at many Disney "deluxe" resorts, as "club level" or concierge level. The Grand Floridian offer this option to guests in both its main building and its "Sugar Loaf" building. The club level option offers guests concierge services and amenities such as meals in the concierge lounge, where a buffet of options is available during different times of the day. Guests who are registered as Club Level guests must use their magic band to gain access to either the main building guests rooms and concierge lounge or in the case of Sugar Loaf guests, magic bands must be used to gain access to the building. Non-club level guests are not permitted in the club level building (in the case of Sugar Loaf or floors (in the case of the main building).


  • On October 9, 1989, a 33-year-old woman from Glen Cove, New York, was killed when a tiny speedboat collided with a ferry boat. She and her 8-year-old son were broadsided by the ferry while trying to videotape friends and family members who were water skiing in the Seven Seas Lagoon. A crew member and a visitor on the ferry dove into the water and rescued her son. The boy was not hurt in the accident.[12] The family sued Disney for $240 million, claiming that the ferry's operators should have seen the speedboat before it came so close.[13]
  • On June 14, 2016, a two-year-old child was fatally attacked by an American alligator which dragged him from the shore of the resort's beach into the Seven Seas Lagoon. The child's body was recovered a day later.[14][15][16]


See also


  1. ^ "Grand Floridian Construction Project". Laughing Place. Archived from the original on August 27, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Kurtti, Jeff (1996). Since the World Began: Walt Disney World, The First 25 Years. New York, New York: Hyperion. p. 125. ISBN 0-7868-6248-3.
  3. ^ Dunlop, Beth (1996). Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture. New York, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. p. 107. ISBN 0-810931427.
  4. ^ "Walt Disney World A History in Postcards".
  5. ^ "The Beach Boys Kokomo Soundtrack Cocktail". Archived from the original on December 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "John Stamos talks Beach Boys, haircuts, which 'Full House' set pieces he owns, his 'Kokomo' tank-top, Huntsville concert, more".
  7. ^ "25 years ago: Love it? Hate it? "Kokomo" was #1 for the Beach Boys - David Carroll's Chattanooga Radio and TV". David Carroll's Chattanooga Radio and TV. October 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Lambert, Molly (July 31, 2015). "Chasing Kokomo: The Secretly Dark 'Cocktail'". Grantland.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Robinson, Jacqueline (June 7, 2021). "Disney Vacation Club Announces Expansion Plans At Grand Floridian". DVC Shop. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  11. ^ "Carousel Music Big Bertha Band Organ".
  12. ^ "Woman killed when boat collides with ferry at Disney". Boca Raton News. October 11, 1989. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Victim's Kin Sue Disney Over Fatal Boat Collision". Orlando Sentinel. February 25, 1990. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Alligator attacks 2-year-old boy at Disney's Grand Floridian, recovery effort continues - Orlando Sentinel". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Alligator drags two-year-old boy into lagoon at Disney World resort in Florida". June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  16. ^ "Alligator attack at Disney World: two-year-old boy's body recovered from lake". The Guardian. June 16, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.

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