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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Overview

Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel is inspired by Florida’s grand Victorian seaside resorts from the turn of the last century. A complex of four- and five-story white frame buildings, the Grand Floridian integrates verandas, intricate latticework, dormers, and turrets beneath a red-shingle roof to capture the most memorable elements of 19th- century ocean-resort architecture. Covering 40 acres along Seven Seas Lagoon, the Grand Floridian offers lovely pools, white-sand beaches, and a multifaceted marina.

The 867 guest rooms, with wood trim and soft goods (curtains, linens, towels, and the like) in tones of peach, pink, and green, are luxurious but not stuffy or too feminine. The woodwork, marble-topped sinks, and ceiling fans amplify the Victorian theme. Large by any standard, the typical room is 440 square feet (dormer rooms are smaller) and furnished with two queen beds, a daybed, a reading chair, and a table with two side chairs. Many rooms have a balcony.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort map

With a high ratio of staff to guests, service is outstanding. The resort has several full-service restaurants, and others are a short monorail ride away. The hotel is connected directly to the Magic Kingdom by monorail and to other Disney World destinations by bus. Walking time to the monorail and bus- loading areas from the most remote guest rooms is about 7–10 minutes.

The Grand Floridian’s new Senses spa, modeled after the Disney Cruise Line’s, is one of the best in the Orlando area (see our review in Part Four). Recently refurbished, the pools are among the nicest on Disney property. The Courtyard Pool, large enough that local waterfowl mistake it for a lake, added a zero-entry ramp in 2013 for small children to splash in. Cabanas are available to rent here, too. The Beach Pool was also refurbished during summer 2013. A new Alice in Wonderland–themed splash area was added between the Grand Flo’s main building and the new DVC Villas. If your kids like water and their college fund is paid up, this is the place to be. Besides the pool refurbishments, the resort has recently refurbished some of its quick-service-dining options.

Most reader comments concerning the Grand Floridian are positive. First, from a Durham, North Carolina, mother of two preschoolers:

The Grand Floridian pool with the waterslide was a big hit with our kids. They also loved taking the boat across the lagoon to return from the Magic Kingdom. The resort’s location and transportation services were unbeatable.

A Lexington, Kentucky, mom makes the case for kids at the Grand Floridian:

I wouldn’t rule out the Grand Floridian by assuming kids won’t get the theme. My 5-year-old daughter was mesmerized when we pulled up to its entrance and saw its grandeur—her mouth fell open and she exclaimed, “Oooh, fancy, Mommy, just like where a real princess lives!” As a matter of fact, she believes that Cinderella herself sleeps at the Grand Floridian when she isn’t at the castle.

How Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

The major advantage of Grand Floridian is that is a short boat or Monorail ride to Walt Disney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. The same Monorail can be also be used to ride to the Transportation And Ticket Center, here guests can tranfer to another Monorail and ride to the front gate of Epcot. At 440 square feet, Grand Floridian's rooms are some of the largest in all of WDW. These factors come at the cost of a high nightly price. Rooms at Grand Floridian fall in to the upper end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts.

Grand Floridian's exterior.

Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

A security gate guards the entrance to Grand Floridian's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.

Check-in time at Grand Floridian is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Grand Floridian participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.

Grand Floridian's lobby.

If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.

Grand Floridian's front desk.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Rooms

Most of the Grand Floridian rooms are 440 square feet, which makes them some of the largest standard rooms in Walt Disney World, and have two queen- size beds, a daybed, and a table with two chairs.

A standard Grand Floridian room. (Photos courtesy of James Platzer)

Each Disney's Grand Floridian Resort room is furnished with the following:

The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Room Layout

Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.

A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and enough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are also two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a sliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

A typical Grand Floridian bathroom. (Photo courtesy of James Platzer)

Grand Floridian Concierge Level Rooms

The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club level. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. At the Grand Floridian it is called the The Royal Palm Club and it’s located on the fourth floor. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to special services including a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. There are about 175 Royal Palm Club rooms most of which are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level prices can be over $100 more than standard rooms at the Grand Floridian

Upon arriving to Grand Floridian, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club level they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and transportation options.

Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly turn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to prepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and leave chocolates.

A more exciting benefit to staying in the Royal Palm Club is access to free food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light so don’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are available along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like coffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as well.

The selection of food and drink is laid out in the lounge only accessible to club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to you use throughout the day. The area is busy a breakfast time, but can be a quiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be business travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can gather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and chairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.

A second concierge lounge is located in the Sugar Loaf Key building of the resort. This lounge has amenities and services similar to Royal Palm Club in the main building.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort have around 31 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

Theme Park Views, Lagoon Views and Garden Views

Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Grand Floridian's hotel rooms based on what you see from inside the room.

Here's the system Disney uses:

Grand Floridian Pools

Grand Floridian has two pools. The Courtyard Pool, sits east of Grand Floridian's Main Building. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.

Grand Floridian's Courtyard Pool and hot tub.

The other pool, the Beach Pool is located between the Main Building and the Villas. The Beach Pool is a 111,261-gallon pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. Its main feature is a 181-foot water slide. The Beach Pool also has cabanas available for rent.

Grand Floridian's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Grand Floridian also has a hot tub located near the Courtyard Pool.

Beach Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 10AM to 10 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. Feature Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.

Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Grand Floridian's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:

You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.

Pool toys are permitted in Grand Floridian's pools, including "pool noodles," and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.

Grand Floridian's Beach Pool and Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area.

Wheelchair Accessibility at Grand Floridian's Pool

Grand Floridian's Courtyard Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.

Restaurants and Dining

Grand Floridian has a number of fine dining options available, including WDW's flagship signature restaurant Victoria & Albert's.

Victoria & Albert's

Victoria & Albert's Dinner Menu

With only 18 tables in the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room, a new private space with seating for eight, this is the top dining experience at Disney World. A winner of AAA's Five-Diamond Award (the only restaurant in central Florida so honored), Victoria & Albert's is civilized, lavish, and expensive. Waitstaff in the Queen Victoria Room expertly revive the European art of tableside finishes for each dish.

The menu changes daily, but chef Scott Hunnel's favorites include Jamison Farm lamb, Florida seafood, and Japanese Kobe beef. Any of master pastry chef Erich Herbitschek's desserts are divine. Hunnel and his team prepare modern American cuisine with the best of the best from around the world. While the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room are whisper-quiet, the convivial Chef's Table is a whole other experience. For foodies, it's a bargain. Note that the Tables in Wonderland discount card is only accepted for standard dining here (not Chef's Table or Queen Victoria Room).

Victoria & Albert's has a strict dress code, which is enforced. From Disney's website:

“Men: Dinner jackets with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional (Please no jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes) Ladies: Cocktail dress, dressy pant suit, skirt/blouse or nice dress. (Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes)”

Cítricos

Cítricos Dinner Menu - Cítricos Kids Dinner Menu

This is one of the best-kept dining secrets at Disney World - it's generally easy to get Advance Reservations here. For an extra-special night, reserve the Chef's Domain, a private room for up to 12 guests where the chef creates a special menu.

The golds and yellows of the Mediterranean color this stylish dining room on the second floor of the Grand Floridian. Diners often find chef Phillip Ponticelli working his culinary magic in the full-view show kitchen. Selections include sauteed shrimp with lemon, feta cheese, tomatoes, and white wine; oak-grilled filet of beef; braised veal shank.

A Tallahassee, Florida, reader thinks we underrate Cítricos at the Grand Floridian:

How come you gave Cítricos only 3½ stars? We had the most amazing meal ever there! The service was the most outstanding I have ever received, and the food matched. My grandmother had some dietary 446 part 10 di di ning in and around Walt alt dis ney world restrictions; the chef came to our table to talk with her about what she could eat, then sent her out a side dish free of charge. They even let her order from the kids’ menu even though she’s way over the 9-year-old limit.

(For the record, Cítricos is one of the TouringPlans team’s favorite eateries. The food is indeed excellent, and it’s one of the most quiet and sedate restaurants at Walt Disney World.)

Grand Floridian Cafe

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Kids Breakfast Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Lunch Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Dinner Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Lunch/Dinner Menu

Grand Floridian Cafe is basically an upscale coffee shop, the large dining room - with high ceilings and decorative windows - looks out on the Grand Floridian's pool and center courtyard.

Breakfast includes eggs prepared virtually every way known to mankind; waffles; French toast. For lunch, there's Cobb salad and the Grand sandwich with ham, turkey, and Boursin-cheese sauce. For dinner, choose from salmon, shrimp pasta, or grilled pork chop.

Narcoossee's

Narcoossee's Dinner Menu - Narcoossee's Kids Dinner Menu

Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Floridian and toward the waterfront to this freestanding octagonal building at the edge of Seven Seas Lagoon. The atmosphere is upscale casual, though hardwood floors make it noisy. Diners have great views of the Magic Kingdom and the boats that dock nearby to pick up and drop off guests after a day at the park.

Narcoossee's offers excellent service, a very good wine list-and steep prices. But it is one of the few places at Disney with a seafood-centric menu, and one of the few places where you can get fresh steamed lobster. A splurge for grown-ups.

1900 Park Fare

1900 Park Fare Supercalafragilistic Breakfast - 1900 Park Fare Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner

An OK choice for character dining, but too bright and loud for adults without children. The prime rib is 1900 Park Fare's major draw at dinner, but go someplace else if you prefer your beef on the rare side of medium.

Garden View Tea Room

Garden View Tea Room Afternoon Tea Menu - Garden View Tea Room My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party Menu

Garden View Tea Room is home to traditional afternoon tea, served in grand British style. The menu includes a selection of international teas and an assortment of sandwiches and pastries.

Gasparilla Island Grill

Gasparilla Island Grill Breakfast Menu - Gasparilla Island Grill Lunch/Dinner Menu - Gasparilla Island Grill Late Night Menu

Gasparilla Island Grill is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. There's also kid friendly items like chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Gasparilla is unique in that it is open 24 hours a day. But past 11:00 PM the menu is very limited.

Gasparilla Island Grill participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:

The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.

Restaurants at Grand Floridian participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at Grand Floridian Cafe, 1900 Park Fare and Gasparilla Island Grill, and 2 credits at Citricos and Narcoossee's. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at all resort gift shops.

Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.

Mizner's Lounge is located on the second floor in Grand Floridian's Main Building. Mizner's has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. You can also hear live jazz music in this location during the day. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily. The Courtyard Pool Bar is located adjacent to the Courtyard Pool at the Grand Floridian. It also has a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Plus a small menu of burgers, flat bread pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts is available. Beaches Pool Bar & Grill is located next to the Beach Pool. It also has a selection of alcoholic beverages and a dining menu of burgers, sushi, and salad.


Transportation to and from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Driving Your Own Car Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on World Drive. Take World Dr. for about 2.1 miles, and turn left on Seven Seas Drive. After .8 miles, turn right on to Floridian Way. Grand Floridian will be on your right.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's GPS address and location are:

From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.

From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check- in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.

Magic Kingdom is accessed via Monorail via the station on the second floor in the Main Building. Monorail service may be suspended at any time. Monorail service is not available during Extra Magic Hours.

Epcot is accessed by taking the Monorail via the station on the second floor in the Main Building to the Transportation And Ticket Center. There guests travel to Epcot via the Epcot Monorail.

Grand Floridian Resort's Monorail station.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Bus Schedule

Ask a Disney Castmember about Grand Floridian's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Grand Floridian's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.

For example, if you're headed to the Animal Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 15 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 8-17 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for a ride.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Getting to another hotel from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the other Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Contemporary), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Contemporary). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Grand Floridian to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Grand Floridian, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.


Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

Senses - A Disney Spa is Grand Floridian's spa. Senses includes 15 treatment rooms offering a multitude of treatments and featuring Florida citrus and botanicals. A unique touch to this spa is that each treatment, or "Journey" as they call them, includes a small glass of a fruity elixir. Each Journey has its own flavored drink and this flavor carries through to the end of your Journey when you receive a very small gel that contains the same flavors. Guests are encouraged to book ahead, they may do so by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727).

Senses Spa.

Senses also has a fitness center. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Seven Seas Lagoon 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices vary. All rentals can be purchased in a booth near the Sugarloaf Key and Conch Key buildings.

Grand Floridian has a number of gift shops. Including Sandy Cove. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Sandy Cove has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.

Sandy Cove also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Fantasia Market has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.

Other shops include M. Mouse Mercantile, it features souvenirs, character plush, toys, and Disney apparel. Commander Porter's sells men's apparel and some Grand Floridian-branded merchandise. Basin is a bath and body store that specializes in high quality soaps. Finally, Summer Lace is a store on the first level that sells women's apparel.

Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The trail is a 1-mile jogging path located near the Main Building. The trail starts at Grand Floridian and ends at the Polynesian Resort.


Grand Floridian's Beach.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at Grand Floridian Resort, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.

The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).

All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Child-Care Clubs
Hotel Name of Program Ages Phone
Animal Kingdom Lodge Simba's Clubhouse 3-12 407-938-4785
Dolphin and Swan Camp Dolphin 4-12 407-934-4241
Polynesian Resort Never Land Club 3-12 407-824-1639
Yacht and Beach Club Resorts Sandcastle Club 3-12 407-934-3750
Wilderness Lodge and Villas Cub's Den 3-12 407-824-1083

Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.

Babysitting Services
Kid's Nite Out Fairy Godmothers
407-828-0920 or
800-696-8105
kidsniteout.com
407-277-3724
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Sitters
Men and women
Sitters
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
Cancellation Deadline
24 hours before service when reservation is made
Cancellation Deadline
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion

Miscellaneous Grand Floridian

Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities located on the second floor of the Main Building. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry cycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.

If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-3000.


The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This new Disney Vacation Club property opened in the fall of 2013. The 200-room T-shaped building sits with the main hotel along the shore of Seven Seas Lagoon. The Villas offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom accommodations that sleep 5–12 adults (among DVCs, the studios are the only ones to accommodate a maximum of 5). The rooms, decorated in neutral tones with green and red accents, should be among the nicest of any DVC property. Most should have vaulted living-room ceilings and tiled balconies or porches. Most kitchens should include stainless-steel appliances and glass door cabinets. Bathrooms have marble tile and televisions in the mirrors. Rates will be high, but renting points should make it more reasonable. The Villas have their own parking lot next to the building, but no restaurants or dining.

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Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

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The resort is spread over a peninsula jutting into Seven Seas Lagoon. In addition to the main building, there are five dispersed rectangular buildings. Most rooms have a balcony, and most balconies are enclosed by a rail that affords good visibility. Dormer rooms, just beneath the roof in each building, have smaller enclosed balconies that limit visibility when you’re seated. Most dormer rooms, however, have vaulted ceilings and a coziness that compensates for the less-desirable balconies.

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Room 4307: A Theme Park View room in the Main Building.
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Room 4414: A Standard View room in the Main Building.

If you want to be near the bus and monorail stations, most of the restaurants, and shopping, ask for a room in the main building (all concierge rooms). The best rooms are 4322–4329 and 4422–4429, which have full balconies and overlook the lagoon in the direction of the beach and the Polynesian Resort. Other excellent main-building rooms are 4401–4409, with full balconies overlooking the marina and an unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle across the lagoon.

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Room 6101: Most Sugarloaf Key rooms look on to landscaping or a boat area.
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Room 7130: Theme Park View room in Conch Key that is partially blocked by a tree.

Of the five lodges, three (Conch Key, Boca Chica, and Big Pine Key) have one long side facing the lagoon and the other facing inner courtyards and swimming pools. At Conch Key, full-balcony rooms 7228– 7231, 7328–7331, and 7425–7431 offer vistas across the lagoon to the Magic Kingdom and castle. Less-expensive rooms in the same building that offer good views are 7211, 7311, and 7411; 7413, 7415, 7417, 7419, and 7421; 7212, 7312, and 7412; and 7414. (Grand Floridian room numbers are coded. Take Room 7213: 7 is the building number, 2 is the floor, and 13 is the room number.) In Boca Chica and Big Pine Key, ask for a lagoon-view room on the first, second, or third floor. Many garden-view rooms in Big Pine Key, and a few in Boca Chica, have views obstructed by a poolside building. These are the worst views from any Grand Floridian room.

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Room 5106: A Garden View room in Sago Cay with a view of the Monorail.
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Room 5145: A Theme Park View room in Sago Cay with a view of the Magic Kingdom.

The two remaining buildings, Sugar Loaf Key (concierge only) and Sago Key, face each other across the marina. The opposite side of Sugar Loaf Key faces a courtyard, while the other side of Sago Key faces a finger of the lagoon and a forested area. These views are pleasant but not in the same league as those from the rooms listed previously. Exceptions are end rooms in Sago Key (Rooms 5139, 5144, 5145, 5242–5245, 5342–5345) that have a view of the lagoon and Cinderella Castle.

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Room 8120: About half of Boca Chica's rooms face the resort's Courtyard Pool.
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Room 8113: A Lagoon View room in Boca Chica.
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Room 9144: The Big Pine Key building has some Theme Park View rooms but you may have to crane your neck to see it.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
On Magic Kingdom monorail Imposing, rather formal public areas
Ferry service to Magic Kingdom Overly large physical layout
Excellent guest rooms Children don't get theme
Children's programs, character meals Only one on-site restaurant suitable for children
Excellent children's pool Distant guest self-parking
Beach
Diverse recreational options
Good restaurant selection via monorail
One of the best spas in Orlando

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Commuting Times
Resort Transportation
Magic Kingdom 7 min
Epcot 33 min
Hollywood Studios 23 min
Animal Kingdom 23 min