PROS AND CONS: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

by | Apr 29, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

What are the Pros and Cons of a stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? Check here before you book your next trip to Walt Disney World!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is just that… grand! This Victorian-style resort is among the most sought-out Deluxe resorts on Disney property.

Grand Floridian Pros

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Photo by Brett Svenson

The Views

Guests staying here get fabulous views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Magic Kingdom fireworks, and the Electrical Water Pageant.

The indoor views are also pretty spectacular. The Grand Floridian Lobby has intricate details throughout and is often decorated for the season—especially at Easter and Christmas.

Christmas in particular is a magical time that transforms the lobby into a Victorian wonderland.

Close to Magic Kingdom

This resort is on the Monorail loop—which means it’s just one stop away from the Magic Kingdom. 

The monorail makes it very convenient for guests to leave the park, take an afternoon break at their room, then return to Magic Kingdom. For those that want the fresh air, there is now a walking trail between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom. 

In addition, the monorail makes it easy for guests to access the Polynesian Village and Contemporary Resorts to explore more dining and shops.

Unique Restaurants

The selection of restaurants at the Grand Floridian is varied, with a Quick-Service and lots of Table-Service options. Fine dining is available at Narcoossee’s, Citricos, or Victoria & Alberts.

1900 Park Fare offers character buffet meals during normal park operations (currently paused due to COVID-19), and the Grand Floridian Cafe features breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a Victorian garden house setting.

Keep with that fanciful theme and try a traditional tea room experience at the Garden View Tea Room, or enjoy a drink at the new Beauty and the Beast-themed lounge, Enchanted Rose.

Most eateries here are fairly fancy, but those in flip-flop couture can come by the Gasparilla Island Grill for Quick-Service American fare.

And if you’re here during the holidays, the giant gingerbread house in the middle of the lobby isn’t a bad place to grab a treat!


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Grand Floridian Cons

The main lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Photo by Cliff Wang

The Cost

It’s no secret, with as grand as the Grand Floridian is–it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.

In fact, The Grand Floridian is the premiere WDW Resort for celebrities. Johnny Depp, Oprah, and Princess Diana have reportedly stayed there, and it is common for hosts of the annual Candlelight Processional at EPCOT to stay here.

Even the standard room rates are eye-popping, but with the quality of service and amenities you receive, many claim it’s well worth the money.

It Gets Busy

During more popular times of the year, the Grand Floridian can get busy and almost feel crowded.

Many guests like to visit the Grand Floridian lobby and grounds just to look around– especially at Christmastime when the lifesize gingerbread house is on display.

Bus Service

The Grand Floridian shares buses with other resorts.

With being the last stop to pick-up, there’s often only standing room left. Many people staying here choose to rely on their own car for transportation to the other three parks.

Should You Stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort?

A beautiful flower centerpiece decorates a table in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Photo by Judd Helms

If it’s in the budget, then yes.

It’s a very formal resort and you will be treated like royalty. Many people claim the only con is when their vacation comes to an end because we can’t all have intricate marble carvings on the floors at home.

If you just can’t stomach the cost, consider staying at Disney’s Old Key West.

They also have beautiful grounds, quiet rooms and the island theming of Old Key West is just so charming.

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Written by Terri Miller

Written by Terri Miller

Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)

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