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Is This Disney Resort Next for a Major Renovation?

Disney Parks and Resorts are always in a state of change, so the company can continue to offer Guests the latest immersive experiences as part of truly magical vacations.

At the Walt Disney World Resort, EPCOT is currently in the midst of its largest renovation project since this Disney Park opened in 1982. And a number of Disney Resorts, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, have undergone massive renovations in recent years. Could more refurbishments be coming?

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As far as Disney Resorts go, with two monorail Resorts already having been refreshed, we have to wonder if Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is next (or if the process has already begun!)

The first major change to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa took place when Mizner’s, the lounge on the second level of the Resort’s main building, was transformed into the Enchanted Rose, an all-new bar inspired by the live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017).

Citricos, one of the Resort’s signature dining experiences, recently underwent a refurbishment that left the dining area refreshed and lightly themed to Mary Poppins Returns (2018). And right next to Citricos, Victoria & Albert’s Disney World’s own AAA Five Diamond dining experience was also refreshed before it reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On the first floor of the lobby building, both the Garden View Tea Room and 1900 Park Fare have yet to reopen since they closed at the onset of the pandemic. For some time, 1900 Park Fare had been used for extra seating for the Grand Floridian Cafe, which has remained open, but Disney has otherwise remained silent on the state of the two still-closed restaurants. Outside, Narcoosse’s is currently closed for a refurbishment, with Disney only sharing that when complete the restaurant will reopen as an “enhanced table-service experience.”

It is not only the restaurants that have already undergone refurbishments at Disney’s flagship Magic Kingdom area Resort, though. The newest set of Disney Vacation Club accommodations at the Resort recently opened with a modern take on the Resort’s Victorian design, with light blue color schemes similar to those used in the Victoria & Albert’s renovation.

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While Disney has not announced one large-scale update for the Resort, all of these smaller refurbishments have been happening quietly over the past couple of years. And especially given the similarity in the design of Victoria & Albert’s and the new Disney Vacation Club rooms, we have to wonder whether we will see more of this color scheme and motif around the rest of the Resort (and what will come of 1900 Park Fare and the Garden View Tea Room.)

Disney’s official description of the Grand Floridian 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.

Disney has been quiet on news out of the Walt Disney World Resort in general lately, likely because D23 is right around the corner so any large-scale projects will be announced at the event. We will continue to monitor any changes to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in the meantime and will be back here on DisneyTips 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."