How can anyone not love the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? Walt Disney World’s very own AAA ranked four diamond resort, located right in the heart of the Florida property, just a monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, is quite difficult to find something disagreeable with it. The elaborate theming and breathtaking décor of this resort is truly extraordinary, so of course no one in your family is ever likely to argue with stopping here for a meal. In addition to the elegant theming, the Grand Floridian has some of the nicest resort gift shops, so it’s a great place to spend some time before or after your meal, whether or not you’re a guest of this resort specifically.
Everything about the Grand Floridian Café perfectly fits the theme of the resort. From menu items like shrimp and grits, to the costumes the cast members wear, guests dining at this location are sure to feel truly immersed in a Victorian Floridian resort and café. The level of theming and detail put into designing this resort makes it no surprise that this is Walt Disney World’s flagship resort.
As far as resort dining options go, the Grand Floridian Café is extremely convenient to get to for guests who are not staying at this resort. If you’re relying on Disney transportation (which I never have any real problems with) you may notice that depending on where you’re going or coming from, resort to resort transportation is a bit difficult. You need to go to a park in between, as there is no direct resort to resort bus. Because the Grand Floridian is located on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop, it’s really easy to leave the park for a little bit, hop on the monorail, eat lunch or dinner, and get right back on and head back into the park. If monorails aren’t your thing, there is also a watercraft launch that will bring you to the Grand Floridian from the Magic Kingdom. (The boat can be an excellent option if you’re looking to get some pictures of the entire resort before your meal. While the monorail does give you a similar view, you’ll be fighting with the glare on the window, something that would not be a problem on an open-air boat.
Of course, one of the things you’ll love most about the Grand Floridian café is the food! I would describe the food here as basic American fare and with upscale and Floridian inspired twist. Breakfast is pretty standard, though the vanilla French toast is to die for, and lunch and dinner serve up some delicious and unique twists on the usual American favorites. This restaurant also has some of the nicest drinks at Walt Disney World, particularly if you’re eating here for breakfast and are looking for a sort of breakfast smoothie with a little extra kick.
I would place the Grand Floridian Café in the great value section of Disney dining experiences, especially in the way that it compares cost to food ratio-wise to the other restaurants at this resort. The Grand Floridian café provides guest with the happy medium between the resort’s quick service option, and the more expensive and formal dining options like Citricos, Narcoossees, and Victoria and Albert’s. For casual dining in a not so casual resort, the Grand Floridian Café is definitely the place to go. The food here is also excellent quality, so you’ll also see the value in the sense of getting more than what you paid for.
I love the atmosphere of the Grand Floridian Café for a number of reasons. One is that it’s typically quieter than other restaurants on the monorail loop, and it’s not often very crowded. While I’ve sometimes seen it fill up for dinner, breakfast and lunch are usually on the quiet side, so it’s a nice place to get away for a quiet meal if you’re looking for something like that during your stay. The other great thing about the Grand Floridian Café being a bit of a hidden gem is that it’s very easy to get reservations here or walk up and still get a table with little or no wait. I don’t see this as a reflection of the dining experience, which I believe to be excellent, but rather that the café is simply underrated compared to the other table service options at the resort. Another nice thing about the atmosphere here is that if you’re looking for a more affordable, but still adult-oriented dinner, most of the kids dining at the Grand Floridian will be at 1900 Park Fare (where the characters are) so you can have a nice, relatively kid-free dinner without splurging on something like Victoria and Albert’s.