Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian themed hotel and spa located at the Walt Disney
World Resort. 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. A
standard room can sleep up to five people.
The Grand Floridian is categorized as a deluxe resort, one of four types of accommodations at the Florida
site. According to The Walt Disney Company, it is considered Disney's flagship resort. The resort has
received designation in the Florida Green Lodging Program.
|Disney's Grand Floridian
Resort and Spa
History and influences:
The hotel was inspired by the Victorian era beach resorts built along Florida's east coast during the late
1800s and early 1900s; its exterior is modeled after the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California, with
red gabled roofs and white walls. Additional design inspiration was taken from the
Belleview-Biltmore Hotel in Belleair, Florida.
The resort's outer lodge buildings — Sago Cay, Sugarloaf Key, Conch Key, Boca Chica and Big Pine
Along with Disney's Polynesian 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.[citation
As of June 2007, smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor smoking locations.
In 1992, a 40,000-square-foot convention center opened adjacent to the hotel, which contains a business
Victoria & Albert's: A restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort, with a menu created nightly and an
award-winning wine cellar. The intimate restaurant has received AAA's Five Diamond Award each year
since 2000 and currently is the only Central Florida restaurant to achieve the designation. Serves dinner
nightly. As of January 2008, children under 10 are no longer permitted.
Cítricos: American food with a Mediterranean flair. Serves dinner five to seven nights a week, depending
on season. Formerly an Italian restaurant called Flagler's that operated until 1997.
Narcoossee's: A seafood restaurant with an open kitchen and views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the
Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Wishes. Serves dinner nightly.
1900 Park Fare: Buffet dining with Disney characters including Mary Poppins and Cinderella. Inside
this restaurant is "Big Bertha", an organ built in Paris and used from 1909 to 1955 in a Grand Rapids,
Michigan amusement park. The organ's instruments include pipes, drums, bells, cymbals, castanets and
a xylophone, and are played by a piano-roll score. It plays short concerts periodically during mealtimes.
Serves breakfast and dinner daily.
Grand Floridian Café: Traditional American fare, with fresh fruit, seafood, and burgers. Serves
breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
Gasparilla Grill and Games: A 24-hour snack bar with an adjacent arcade.
The full service spa offers massages, therapies, and other treatments.
The Walt Disney World Monorail System, water taxis, and buses provide access to other Walt Disney
World areas and attractions.