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This Disney Deluxe Villa property opened in fall 2013. Reader surveys rated it the best Walt Disney World resort in 2016, the only resort to receive an overall A rating. 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 DDV resorts, the studios were among the first to accommodate a maximum of 5.
Decorated in neutral tones with mostly green accents, rooms are the nicest of any DVC property. Most have vaulted living-room ceilings and faux-wood balconies or porches. Those balconies stretch the entire length of the room, giving everyone enough space for a good view.
The studios have a kitchenette with mini-refrigerator, sink, and coffeemaker, while the larger rooms have full kitchens. Those feature a stainless-steel oven range, with the dishwasher and refrigerator tucked behind white-wood panels that match the glass door cabinets. Other amenities in the full kitchens include a full-size coffeemaker, a toaster, frying pans, and the usual set of plates, glasses, cups, and cutlery. Also in the kitchen are a banquette seat and table with room for six.
The living room has a sofa that seats three comfortably; an upholstered chair and ottoman; a coffee table; and a large, flat-panel television. The sofa converts into a bed that sleeps two; a cabinet below the TV hides a small pulldown bed. We’d use these for kids, not adults.
Studio rooms have a queen bed in addition to the folding options listed above. One-bedroom villas have a king bed plus the folding options; two-bedroom villas have a king mattress in one bedroom and two queen mattresses in the other, plus the folding options; the Grand Villa’s third bedroom has an additional two queen mattresses.
The one- and two-bedroom units and the Grand Villa bedrooms include a large writing desk, a flat-panel TV with DVD player, two nightstands with convenient electric plugs, and a side chair. They’ve also got large walk-in closets.
Bathrooms are large, with marble tile and, yes, flat-panel TVs built into the mirrors. Studio bathrooms have a separate toilet and shower area; in the one-bedroom configuration, a tub and dressing area sit adjacent to the bedroom. The bathroom and shower are connected by a pocket door, allowing two groups of people to get dressed at the same time. The tiled shower looks as if it could comfortably hold eight people should the need arise. (We’re not kidding—it’s large enough that if you stand right outside and yell “Echo!,” it’ll echo.)
The Villas have their own parking lot next to the building but no on-site dining. Within walking distance, however, are the restaurants of both the main Grand Floridian and the Polynesian Village, giving you a bit more variety than other Magic Kingdom resorts. Room service is available from the Grand Floridian’s in-room dining menu. Rates are high, as you might expect, but renting Disney Vacation Club points helps in that regard.
Thanks to Anthony Caselnova for Grand Floridan Villa room images.
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Rooms 1X14, 1X16, and 1X18 face the Magic Kingdom and have views of Space Mountain and the castle and fireworks; 1X14 has probably the best views of any room in all of the Villas. (X indicates a floor number.)
Even-numbered rooms 1X02–1X12 face west, toward the Polynesian Village and Seven Seas Lagoon, and have a good view of the nightly water pageant as it floats by. Until the Polynesian Village refurb is done in 2016, however, construction equipment and unfinished buildings will be a part of the views from these rooms.
Rooms 1X15, 1X17, 1X19–1X22, 1X24, 1X26, and 1X28 face Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, the parking lot, the monorail, and landscaping. Odd-numbered rooms 1X03–1X13 and 1X25, 1X27, and 1X29 look out onto the pool facilities and landscaping.
Grand Floridian Villas 2016 Rack Rates
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