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Planning a Resort Day at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort During Phased Reopening

Recently we got to stay at the beautiful Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World. If it’s been a little while since you’ve stayed things may look a little different. Walt Disney World is doing everything they can to be open while keeping all guests and cast members safe. Here’s what to expect when planning a resort day at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort during the phased reopening.

1. Masks

You already know that face coverings are required at the Walt Disney World theme parks. You might not realize that you need to wear them at the resorts as well. Your face covering is required if you are in a public area. This includes the lobby, stores, the hallways, and the elevators. It must be two layers and it must cover your mouth and your nose. You are allowed to take it off in your room. The face covering rule applies to everyone who is two years old and older, there are no exceptions. You’ve heard it before, but it is important to mention again.

2. Dining Reservations

While some signature restaurants have not reopened, Narcoossee’s has. It is one of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World. If you would prefer a more casual full service meal try Grand Floridian Cafe. If you want to make a reservation try early. You can book dining reservations 60 days in advance. The restaurants are still at a limited capacity and there is a very high chance that they will not be able to take walk-ins. Disney is requiring temperature checks to get into the restaurants, so keep that in mind and be patient with everyone. Quick service options or room service are other options if you don’t have a reservation.

3. Gasparilla Island Grill

A favorite quick service option is open, but the hours are limited. Gasparilla Island Grill is open for all three meals, but that middle of the night snack could be a problem. Right now Walt Disney World is encouraging all guests to use Mobile Ordering for quick service dining. If you’ve been to the theme parks it is the same system that you’ve used before. You just select the window of time that you would like your meal. Then you order and pay right through the app. Once you arrive you just hit “prepare my order” and a cast member outside will let you in once it is ready. It is quite simple, and minimizes contact with other people.

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4. Increased Sanitation

You do not have to worry that your room won’t be properly cleaned. The Mousekeeping cast members are making sure that the rooms are clean and sanitized. There is a card in each room that explains the sanitation procedures, and the TV remote is sealed in a bag that shows that it was cleaned. There is extra hand sanitizer in public areas, and disinfectant wipes near the elevators in the lobby. Your room will be even cleaner than you’ve experienced before.

5. Walk

If you’re looking to get a little bit of exercise then walking around this beautiful resort is a must. There are pathways through the resort and over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The views are stunning. Walking is a great way to burn those extra calories after a filling meal at Narcoossee’s.

6. Senses Spa Temporarily Closed

While many things have reopened at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the spa part remains closed. Senses Spa and all of its services have not reopened, and no date for them to return has been announced. This includes the services at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

7. Beach Pool

One of the best things about staying at a Deluxe Resort is that they have the best pools! At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort the Beach Pool complex is both relaxing and exciting at the same time. There is a 181 foot long water slide, and the views are beautiful. Kids and adults can have a great time at the resort’s exclusive pools. Just make sure to maintain a social distance of at least six feet between you and other guests since masks are not allowed in the water.

8. Walkway to the Magic Kingdom

Something that is brand new and has nothing to do with COVID-19 is the walkway to the Magic Kingdom. If you don’t feel like driving or taking a monorail or boat you can now just walk straight from the resort. It’s a great way to take your time into your own hands. Plus it makes it easy to keep a safe distance from others. You will be required to pass through both temperature check and bag check once you arrive on the Magic Kingdom side of the walkway.

9. Electrical Water Pageant

A Walt Disney World classic has returned! The Electrical Water Pageant dates back to 1971, but many people have no idea that it exists. The floating parade only recently started to run again. At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort it takes place each night at around 9:00. It will not run if the weather is bad.

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Although many things that we love have not reopened yet we should be grateful to at least be able to be back at the most magical place on earth. We look forward to the return of fireworks and having a spa day, but for the time being those things are just not able to safely return. Until then, there is still plenty to love at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia Kennedy lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Wars Weekends and has ridden Star Tours over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers.