8 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the most elegant and grand resort on all of Walt Disney World property. Is the home to some of the most expensive guest rooms and stays that you can have on property, too. There are many amazing features to this resort. Here are 8 secrets about Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort that you may not know about:

8. The Teddy Bear Lady

Lynn is an older lady who hangs out in the lobby of the Grand Floridian to hear the music and enjoy the families who come through. She and her husband are big Disney fans who used to visit the resort together frequently until he passed. She continues to come and bring her teddy bear collection to show to the happy children who stop by and ask her about them. If you spot her, don’t be shy and feel free to say hi and ask to see her teddy bears.

7. Victoria & Albert’s restaurant

This restaurant is an AAA Five Diamond restaurant, which is the only one of its kind in all of Florida. At this location the dress code is strictly enforced and everyone is dressed to the nines. The meal is a selection of up to 10 prix fixe courses from some of the best chefs in the world. There are also different dining rooms and experiences, including a chef’s table experience where you get to interact with the chef and get a custom menu and wine pairings from the chef. The restaurant is stunning and even has full-time live harpist on staff to provide musical entertainment to the guests that dine there.

6. The Parasol Parade

On Monday and Friday mornings the housekeepers do what has been known as the parasol parade. They grab beautiful parasols and stroll through the grounds. It’s a fun tradition that really adds a lot of class and character to the resort.

5. Big Bertha

1900 Park Fare is a character dining restaurant at the resort that serves breakfast and dinner services. Next time you are there look up and you will find Big Bertha. She is a band organ that is over a century old. The band orchestra includes symbols, castanets, a xylophone, drums, bells and more. Big Bertha can still play and does for various special occasions and events, so if you get to hear her play, you would be a very lucky guest!

4. World Class Spa

Who doesn’t love a little pampering and relaxation? The spa at The Grand Floridian, Senses, is absolutely amazing. The spa offers all kinds of services including massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, wraps and many other products. The spa even offers vegan nail products to be sensitive to animal treatment. There are also various treats, snacks and refreshments available to add to the relaxing experience. It is unlike any spa that you have ever visited.

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3. Tea Party Experiences

There are various tea party experiences. You can have the princess tea party experience. You must have a child in your party in order to attend this event, and the event includes various toys and treats for the child to take home with them while you get to have tea and snacks with Princess Aurora. It is quite pricey, but an amazing experience. You can also get a reservation for an adult afternoon tea that includes a wide variety of tea selections, along with English biscuits and other traditional tea party treats. This is also an amazing experience that can be quite pricey, but is unable to be experienced anywhere else on property.

2. Only resort with Nightly Turndown Service in all guest rooms

This resort is so elegant and classy that every guest room at the resort received a nightly turndown service. The resort staff turns down the beds and leave treats for the guests when they return to their rooms. It is a really nice feature of the resort and perfectly suits the theme of the fabulous hotel.

1. Nightly Orchestra

There is an amazing orchestra that plays at the resort every single night for a couple sets. The full orchestra plays on the second floor of the resort and can be heard all throughout the lobby. It is always an absolutely amazing musical performance delivered by a group of extremely talented musicians. They play all kinds of music and make you wish that you were wearing an elegant evening gown and holding a cocktail as you hang out in the lobby.

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!