As a travel planner at Marvelous Mouse Travels, I try to stay at as many Disney resorts as possible so I can speak to their quality and amenities.
Recently, my friend and I splurged on an adults-only stay at the Grand Floridian Resort for $950 a night, and it was totally worth it.
The resort is impeccably maintained with beautiful flowers throughout the grounds.
It also sits on the Seven Seas Lagoon, with views of the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, and Magic Kingdom.
Grand Floridian is home to four sit-down restaurants, a quick-service restaurant, a pool bar and restaurant, and two lounges.
The resort also has a full spa, hair salon, health club, and a lobby with several luxury shops.
After checking in at the front desk, we were placed in a newly renovated standard room in one of the outer buildings.
The resort offers several different room types ranging in rates from about $800 to $2,000 a night. Our standard room had two queen beds and cost us $950 a night.
The rooms in our building had been recently refurbished to include wood floors, gold accents, and subtle “Mary Poppins”-inspired artwork — making it feel like an upscale English inn.
I think it’s perfectly decorated for both a whimsical and luxurious feel.
We kicked off our stay with a drink and a snack from the pool bar and took some time to soak up the Florida sunshine.
The resort has two pools, as well as a kid’s splash pad.
We chose to sit by the quieter Courtyard Pool to relax. It’s a great spot to enjoy a tropical drink and a good book.
We visited Enchanted Rose — a “Beauty and the Beast”-themed lounge in the Grand Floridian — for some cocktails and appetizers.
The French martini ($17) and croquettes ($19) were scrumptious, and the atmosphere in the lounge was fancy and fun — a perfect way to start the evening.
When the weather is mild, I suggest sitting out on the patio with your drinks.
This was my first time dining at Cítricos, and the high-end restaurant is now one of my favorites across the property. The service, food, and atmosphere were divine.
Our waiter helped us select a gorgeous bottle of wine (menu options range from $55 to $120 a bottle). The short rib ($52) was also unquestionably one of the best I’ve had, and the whitefish ($48) was perfectly prepared.
It was a lovely evening.
The resort is situated on the monorail line — Disney’s free train transportation service — with easy access to the Polynesian Resort, Contemporary Resort, and Magic Kingdom.
There’s also a recently refurbished walkway from the resort to Magic Kingdom, making it even easier to access the theme park.
After a good night’s sleep, we boarded the monorail to head to breakfast at Steakhouse 71 in the Contemporary Resort.
We had Walt’s prime-rib hash ($18) and the American breakfast ($16), which both hit the spot.
The coffee was hot and flavorful, and it was overall a wonderful way to start our day at Disney.
The Grand Floridian is a luxurious resort option due to its location, amenities, and dining choices.
It’s the perfect spot for an adults-only stay, but I also think it’s worth it for a special family vacation.