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April 11, 2011

DGTG Splurge: Every Day is Grand at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

For many, a stay at "The Grand" is only a dream waiting to come true.  Follow me as I take you on the GRAND Tour!

Last month, my family and I had the magical opportunity to spend 3 nights at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa as attendees to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference.  This "tour" will combine my most recent experience with past experiences at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

The Grand Floridian  is a gorgeous, Victorian-styled hotel with turn-of-the-century charm.  From the moment you enter the vast lobby, with its marble floors, elegant accents, extravagant floral arrangements, and stained glass, you take a step back in time.  The red and white scalloped trim serve as a landmark for many, as the resort can be seen from many locations including the monorail.

Upon arrival to the Grand, there's a good chance, Richard, will greet you. 
He has been welcoming guests for decades and am always excited to see him! In my book,
no trip is complete without a picture with Richard!

Speaking of monorails, the Grand Floridian Resort is one of 3 Disney Resorts with monorail service.  Just take the elevator to the 2nd floor station, hop on the monorail, and BAM... Next stop, Disney's Magic Kingdom.

The Grand Floridian is a Deluxe Category Hotel and serves as Disney's flagship resort.  The resort opened in 1988 as Disney World's fifth resort accommodation.  The resort is situated on 40 acres bordering the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and is home to 900 elegantly appointed guest rooms.

A decadent Birthday surprise awaited us!

The Grand Floridian's Beach is the ultimate relaxation venue boasting an incredible view of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon.  Stop by the adjacent bar to grab a cocktail or fruity drink.

Not relaxed enough, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is home to Nikki Bryan Spa, where the punchline is "Relaxed yet?" I was lucky enough to book spa treatments with my daughter and mother, and the services are some of the best I've ever experienced!  The spa and fitness center is open to Grand Floridian guests and a multitude of spa and massage treatments are available by appointment.

Oh, The Dining is just GRAND...

Victoria & Albert's: An upscale dining experience in a AAA Five Diamond Awarded Restaurant.
1900 Park Fare: A Whimsical Restaurant offering two unique character buffet dining experiences: Supercalafragalistic Breakfast and Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner
Garden View Tea Room: An authentic English Afternoon Tea complete with finger sandwiches, scones, and trifle!

Narcoossee's: One of my favorites! A Victorian-style seafood restaurant perched over the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon!  Boasts incredible views of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks as well as the Electrical Water Pageant!

So as you can see, I had an absolutely GRAND time at the Grand!  This resort truly offers something for everyone and I will be dreaming GRAND dreams until my return!  Yes, a stay at the Grand would definitely fall into my "Splurge" category, but it's surely one to add to that Disney bucket list!

For reservations, please visit or call (407)WDISNEY.

*Disclosure:  Our Disney adventures are funded by Disney Go To Girl unless otherwise noted.  We are not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, but LOVE Disney and do have a longstanding relationship which may influence our opinions. We are happy to share these opinions but please know these thoughts are purely ours and do not necessarily represent those of the Walt Disney Company or any of its entities.

* I paid a registration fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference with which my family received hotel accommodations, Park Hoppers, select meals, and Disney "Swag".  I was not asked or encouraged to share my experience, but I LOVE Disney and couldn't wait to do so! My opinions in these postings are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Walt Disney Company!


Ashley @MamaOfAllTrades said...

Great overview of the resort! It truly is the Grandest place on property!

Cathi said...

I fell in love with the Grand Floridian the first time I saw it on the Travel Channel! Being there was a dream come true! We were in the Sago Cay too! ;D