The Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World

The Grand Floridian is possibly the most elegant resort in Disney World.  It's modeled after classic Victorian  Florida beach resorts.  

It looks like an old fashioned post card!  I can almost see "Greetings from Florida" in an arc over the roof.  

The public is welcome to come to any of the Disney resorts and enjoy the grounds and the shops for up to four hours.  We visited the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort.  

Each resort has a unique flavor and there is something for everyone.  My favorite so far is the Grand Floridian, which is also the most pricey with rooms that can run $2000 per night.


We entered from the second floor and walked around to the other side and took this shot looking down

and looking across

and from the lobby looking up
 and from the lobby looking up!


 There are fresh flowers everywhere scenting the rooms.
 on pedestal tables

in tall vases next to elevators

in short vases next to comfy chairs.


The Victorian Resort theme is found in vintage decor


and large murals.

in various areas
This three dimensional boxed painting was exquisite! 
It's found in a short passageway going out to the grounds

There are wonderful spaces to relax outdoors 


Pathways to wander 

The porters were about, delivering bags in scalloped roofed trollys, wearing vintage plus fours and caps.  

Small signs requesting we overlook their appearance 
as remodeling is in progress.  The fence, however was actually quite nice,
painted my favorite shade of blue.  


The tiered fountain was lovely

and I took the opportunity to snatch a photo with my love...
 only to discover flat bangs and wet hair.  It subdued my mood a bit.

Not too subdued to photograph one of the bigger pots so I might
copy the arrangement perhaps. 


Dining Tips
Floridian Resort offers tea in the afternoon to the public.  A Victorian tea with scones, tiny sandwiches and  desserts done as only Disney can.  

For the children there is a character breakfast.  A beautiful buffet with chaffing dishes filled with the most delectable breakfast items.  Everything you might want and more.  We attended one many years ago.  Nothing, nothing is more fun than having Alice and the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Mary Poppins come over and greet you in the comfort of an air conditioned room without the crowds and the hurry, hurry, hurry of the park.  It was worth every extra penny for the elegant room, the divine meal and the special attention paid to our grandchildren by their Disney friends. 
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Since we may never actually be able to stay at the Grand Floridian I snapped the photo below.  

We were  
taking a moment before we left,
 to relax .  I'm people watching, Hubs drifted off.  
At least one of us can say they slept at the Grand Floridian.  

Comments

Great tour! It looks like a fabulous resort. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and following. I'm happy to follow you back.
We stayed at the Grand Floridian 20 years ago for our daughters 5th birthday. I agree it is a lovely hotel! Thanks for visiting my blog!
Erin said…
That picture of your husband is too funny! What a fun joke you have now...at least one of you got to sleep there. Made me lol!
What a gorgeous resort! The beautiful flowers everywhere and the vintage decor really give it a nice touch. I especially like the last picture of your hubby catching a few winks...too funny that "one of you got to sleep there" :-)
Kathy Moody said…
So beautiful! I have not been there in years, and this makes we want to go back. :)
Jeanne,

Oh wow I'd love to stay there. It's copied from the Hotel Del Coronado in Cal.
Do you remember the movie - Some Like It Hot! It was filmed there. I stayed at the hotel many years ago and it was gorgeous. No AC but you did not need it. The breeze from the ocean was all that was needed.

Dee
Janet said…
It's such a beautiful hotel. I've always wanted to stay there!
i feel like i am listening or reading a brochure with your post jeanne and the last pic of your sleeping hubby is just hilarious! what stories to tell from that pic alone :D great post!
Lisa said…
Looks like a place I'd love to visit. So pretty!
I love Walt Disney World. I've been there twice but have not stayed at The Grand Floridian. It looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-18.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
I had to laugh! We also visited the Grand Floridian, but couldn't afford to stay there. Lovely photos, nice memories - as only Disney can provide!
Oh, it is grand! And lavishly appointed with reds!

Fresh Face

You sure had a fabulous vacation! I love all of your photos! I've never been there! And you both look happy and great!
Heather said…
It looks heavenly!
Ewa KM said…
looks great! and I love thta last photo, so fun :)
Mary Ellen said…
This looks like a fabulous place!! I am going to Orlando next month with my hubby as he has a conference for His Hospice Chaplain job. I will have to discover places myself as he will be in seminars all the time-:(
this looks like a place I would love to visit! Thanks for the tour!

bee blessed
mary
Aldrich Mendal said…
Really very nice post.Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tour pictures with us. Florida Vacation Rentals
Wao.. Its a beautiful hotel. I have no words to describe. It looks lovely !!!!!!!

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