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.
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.
Since we may never actually be able to stay at the Grand Floridian I snapped the photo below.
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.