Disney Confirms Changes Coming to This Beloved Resort Lobby

The Walt Disney World Resort has been updating several of its hotels in recent years, with changes to everything from individual Guest rooms to lobbies, restaurants, and exteriors.

The majority of the updates so far have focused on Guest rooms, with projects like the largely well-received updates to Disney’s All-Star Resorts rooms, which added wood flooring and freed up space for Guests, and the addition of Disney themes to previously non-IP themed rooms, like those at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which now features Moana (2016) and Disney’s Contemporary Resort which features The Incredibles (2004)


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The latest update on the future of Resorts from the Disney Parks Blog has confirmed our suspicions that a renovation is coming soon to the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which offers spectacular views from theme park-facing rooms from across Seven Seas Lagoon This Resort has already undergone several renovations, including the change from Mizner’s Lounge to the Enchanted Rose, inspired by the live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017), and the addition of subtle theming from Mary Poppins Returns (2018) to Citricos.

Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s only AAA Five-Diamond dining experience at the Resort, was also renovated with entirely updated furnishings and a new color scheme prior to its reopening, and Narcoossee’s, the Grand’s waterfront restaurant will soon be getting a new look, too. The Resort, in addition, opened new Disney Vacation Club accommodations earlier this year.


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In terms of the Grand Floridian’s iconic lobby, the Disney Parks Blog notes:

The resort has been receiving some grand touches that weave familiar storybook charm into the Victorian elegance of this flagship resort. Guest rooms are currently being updated as we speak with more to come as the beloved Grand Floridian ushers in its third decade of magic. The ongoing renovation will also include an upcoming refurbishment of the lobby, which will maintain the classic theming you know and love with some fresh new enhancements.

As work begins on the Resort’s lobby, we would also point out that two of the property’s restaurants have yet to reopen from their closure at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both 1900 Park Fare, which was the Resort’s character dining experience, and the Garden View Tea Room, which served traditional afternoon tea, have remained closed.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s official description of the Grand Floridian Resort reads:

Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish Disney Resort hotel. Unwind outdoors, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch evening fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle. Just one stop to Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes Palm Beach’s golden era.

While we do not yet know what the refreshed lobby will look like, we are thrilled to hear that Disney plans on keeping some of the Resort’s classic theming. We will continue to monitor updates to the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and will report back here with more information as we have it.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."