We have stayed at WDW hotels 8 times in 10 years and we are from Australia. Love Disney- love the parks and the feeling of being there at Xmas. We have always found the Disneyworld accommodation to be incongruously expensive, but after many trips have come to expect this and appreciate the fact that we are in Disney and the room doesn't matter that much. You have to stay in the hotels to get extra time in Parks and getting in and out of the resort if you stay off site is so hard as to be impossible.
We have stayed at several hotels in WDW and the Grand Floridian is probably the best so far, but every one has been basically a motel standard room. These are not five star properties by world standards and so you should not enter into them expecting them to be. When we go to Disneyland we often stay at the Disneyland hotel and it is only marginally better than the GF even with its recent refurb. We used to stay at the Carousel Inn across the road from Disneyland because it had basically the same standards as either of these Disney hotels, but for far less money.
In WDW you are paying for the convenience, not a plush room! (When I saw the room we had at the Contemporary four years ago I was speechlessly upset because we had paid so much money and it was a brown motel room- but we had a great view of the fireworks on New Year's Eve- incidentally they have a practice New Year Fireworks the day before to film it, so a great view!)
In WDW you are going to be in a huge Vegas sized resort where there is a huge hike to facilities and your room or the transportation. The workers are going to be harried and you will probably be lucky to get a Bell Hop to help you with anything. But you will be in WDW and there is Disney magic to be had.
So, if you go with clear expectations that you will pay for a first class hotel, but probably get a motel style room but with the convenience of being in the resort and having access to WDW then you won't be disappointed and you will have a magical trip. As for me, this year I am thinking Yacht Club so that I can walk to Epcot or Studios.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish bayside Resort hotel. Relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz and popular Disney tunes. Bask on the white-sand beach, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch the 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney Grand Floridian Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort
- Grand Floridian Disney
- Disneys Grand Floridian Hotel
- Grand Floridian Orlando
- Disney Grand Floridian Hotel
- Grand Floridian Hotel Orlando
- Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Orlando, Florida