Planning Your Resort Day at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World

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As you look out over Seven Seas Lagoon from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, you can see them: multiple white structures with red gabled rooftops on the horizon.  As you board the monorail to head back to where you parked this morning, you can’t take your eyes off them. And as the monorail approaches them, you begin to see their lavish beauty and Victorian-style elegance. The monorail whisks you past the structures, and you think to yourself: “Now that’s the resort I want to book next” because if the sprawling Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is that breathtaking from the outside, you can only imagine the wonder and magic on the inside. Here are a few things you’ll want to enjoy on that next visit—especially if you have a whole day to spend just exploring the resort!


8. Breakfast with the Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins

The first thing to enjoy on your resort day at the Grand Floridian is 1900 Park Fare. Located on the first floor of the resort, this fun restaurant is elegant but not stuffy. In fact, some of the silliest antics in the resort take place during the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. You’ll enjoy an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet that includes fresh fruit, pastries, breakfast meats, made-to-order omelets, biscuits and gravy, Mickey waffles and more. But the fun’s only beginning! As you enjoy your breakfast, you’ll be joined by several of Disney’s most beloved characters! Say hello and pose for pictures with Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Mary Poppins, Alice from Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. It’s a can’t-miss experience so make your reservations early by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

7. Take in the beauty of this elegant resort.

After breakfast, take a stroll through the resort and enjoy the intricate Victorian architecture of the Grand Floridian. (You’ll especially want to go for a walk after all those Mickey waffles!) The resort’s “grand”-ness and beauty are carried throughout every part of the resort. No matter where your stroll takes you—the lobby, the second floor, outside—you’ll see why we think the Grand Floridian Resort is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places at Walt Disney World.

6. Be whisked away to the Magic Kingdom!

After enjoying breakfast and walking off a few of those Mickey waffles, make your way to the monorail, which takes you directly to the gates of Magic Kingdom—no long waits to get to the park! Disney’s Grand Floridian is one of Disney World’s monorail resorts, meaning that Guests of the resort are only a short monorail ride away from all the magic, fun and wonder of Disney World’s first park!


5. Head back early for some “you” time!

After some time at Magic Kingdom, hop aboard the monorail and head back to the Grand Floridian to enjoy pampering at Senses Spa—a full-service spa and health club. Enjoy a facial, get a massage, indulge in skin and body treatments and more! Senses Spa is reminiscent of a 1900s-era Floridian garden. You’ll come away feeling refreshed after enjoying a relaxing time at the spa where you’ll enjoy an array of services against a backdrop of soothing music and calming lighting. Inside the 24-hour fitness center, you’ll be able to keep up your workout routine with cardio equipment, strength-training equipment, free weights and more.

4. Head back to your resort room for some rest before dinner.

Every room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa dons beautiful architecture and elegant décor. After your time at Senses Spa, spend a few minutes in the room, relax or take a nap if you like. But be sure you wake up in time for dinner—it’s a can’t-miss experience too!

3. Indulge at the Happily Ever After Dinner with Cinderella.

In the evening, you can enjoy the Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare, hosted by Cinderella and her prince. Cinderella’s stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella are there too, and Guests can also meet either Lady Tremaine or Fairy Godmother, depending on the evening. The all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner buffet includes prime rib, salads, soups, baked potatoes with all the fixings, peel-and-eat shrimp, vegetables, desserts and more. Characters from Disney’s Cinderella visit with Guests at their tables, pose for photos and even sign autographs. After your meal, you can even step just outside the dining room and have photos taken with Cinderella and the Prince by talented PhotoPass Photographers.

2. Don’t skip the lobby!

The lobby at the Grand Floridian isn’t just a waiting area or holding room; it almost serves as an attraction all by itself. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Disney property where Guests can wait for dinner, wait for a friend or just take it easy, but there’s so much more to it than that! The lobby is the place to go for live entertainment at the Grand Floridian. In the center of the lobby, a talented pianist plays beautifully arranged Disney tunes on the grand piano. In the evenings, there’s even an orchestra that plays jazz, ragtime and beloved Disney tunes, and yes, they take requests! One of their most favorite pieces of Disney music is “Beyond the Sea” from Disney/PIXAR’s Finding Nemo. Ask them to play it for you!

1. Finish your resort day with the spectacular Electrical Water Pageant!

The Electrical Water Pageant is presented on Seven Seas Lagoon each night, weather permitting. The pageant is a floating parade that lasts around 15 minutes and features spectacular floats with lights, sounds and lots of Disney tunes. Don’t miss the patriotic finale! The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has its own viewing area for the water pageant so there’s no excuse for missing it!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.