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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Information: Rooms, Pools, Dining, and More

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Overview

Walt Disney World's flagship hotel was inspired by grand Victorian resorts such as the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. A complex of four- and fivestory white-frame buildings, the Grand Floridian integrates verandas, intricate latticework, dormers, and turrets beneath a red-shingle roof to capture the most distinctive elements of 19th-century ocean-resort architecture. Covering 40 acres along Seven Seas Lagoon, the Grand Floridian offers lovely pools, white-sand beaches, and a marina.

The 867 guest rooms, with wood trim and soft goods (curtains, linens, towels, and the like) in tones of deep red, gold, and tan, are luxurious, though we think the mocha-colored walls are a little dreary at night. The woodwork, marble-topped sinks, and ceiling fans amplify the Victorian theme. Large by any standard, the typical room is 440 square feet (dormer rooms are smaller) and furnished with two queen beds, a daybed, and a small desk with chair. Many rooms have a balcony. All rooms have a Keurig coffee maker, a large dresser with minifridge, and a wall-mounted TV.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort map

With a high ratio of staff to guests, service is outstanding. The hotel is connected directly to the Magic Kingdom by monorail, boat, and a pedestrian walkway, and to other Disney World destinations by bus. Walking time to the monorail-, boat-, and bus-loading areas from the most remote guest rooms is about 7–10 minutes. It takes about 15−20 minutes on the pedestrian walkway to get to the Magic Kingdom turnstiles from the farthest points of the Grand Floridian.

The resort has several full-service restaurants. Others are a short monorail ride or walk away.

The Grand Floridian’s Senses spa, modeled after the spas on the Disney Cruise Line ships, is one of the best in the Orlando area, but it was still closed as we went to press. In addition, the resort’s pools are among the nicest on Disney property. The Courtyard Pool, large enough that local waterfowl mistake it for a lake, has a zero-entry ramp for small children to splash in. Cabanas are available to rent here too. An Alice in Wonderland–themed splash area sits between the main building and the Villas. If your kids like water, this is the place to be.

The rest of the Grand Floridian’s grounds are maintained to an extremely high standard. It’s a lovely place to walk around during the evening, with romantic light levels and charming background music. A stroll from the marina, past the resort’s main buildings, and over to the Polynesian Village for a nightcap is a nice way to end the evening.

How Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

The major advantage of Grand Floridian is that is a short boat, walk, or Monorail ride to Walt Disney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. The same Monorail can be also be used to ride to the Transportation And Ticket Center, here guests can transfer to another Monorail and ride to the front gate of Epcot. At 440 square feet, Grand Floridian's rooms are some of the largest in all of WDW. These factors come at the cost of a high nightly price. Rooms at Grand Floridian fall in to the upper end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts.

Grand Floridian's exterior.

Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

A security gate guards the entrance to Grand Floridian's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.

Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day.

Check-in time at Grand Floridian is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Grand Floridian participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.

Grand Floridian's gift shop sells MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them.

Grand Floridian's lobby.

If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.

Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.

Grand Floridian's front desk.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Rooms

Most of the Grand Floridian rooms are 440 square feet, which makes them some of the largest standard rooms in Walt Disney World, and have two queen- size beds, a daybed, and a desk with chair.

A standard Grand Floridian room.

Each Disney's Grand Floridian Resort room is furnished with the following:

  • Two queen beds
  • Dresser with 4 small drawers
  • Desk with chair
  • Nightstand
  • Full-length mirror (on bath door)
  • WiFi wireless Internet access
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini fridge
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash; bar soap

The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Room Layout

Bathrooms are large, with plenty of counter space and fluffy towels. Two shelves under the sink provide a small amount of storage. A 1,500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it’s not very powerful, so bring your own if you have lots of hair. Water pressure in the shower is probably less than what you get at home but still enough to rinse out shampoo suds. A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks and enough counter space to fit most of your toiletries. Combined with the bathroom, this allows three people to get dressed at the same time.

A typical Grand Floridian bathroom.

Grand Floridian Concierge Level Rooms

The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club level. Each one throughout the property has a name for its concierge club(s).

At the Grand Floridian there are two concierge lounges. The first is called the The Royal Palm Club, and it's located on the fourth floor of the Main Building. A second concierge lounge is located in the Sugar Loaf Key building of the resort. This lounge has amenities and services similar to Royal Palm Club in the Main Building.

Guests willing to pay a premium for a concierge-level room are treated to special services including a lounge/club, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. There are about 175 Royal Palm Club rooms and around 90 Sugar Loaf Key rooms, most of which are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level prices can be over $100 more than standard rooms at the Grand Floridian.

Upon arriving to Grand Floridian, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club level, they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and transportation options.

Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly turn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to prepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and leave chocolates.

A more exciting benefit to staying club level is access to free food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light, so don’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are available along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like coffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes, but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as well.

The selection of food and drink laid out in the lounges is only accessible to club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to use throughout the day. The area is busy at breakfast time, but can be a quiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be business travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can gather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and chairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort have around 31 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

Theme Park Views, Lagoon Views and Garden Views

Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Grand Floridian's hotel rooms based on what you see from inside the room.

Here's the system Disney uses:

Grand Floridian Pools

Grand Floridian has two pools. The Courtyard Pool, sits east of Grand Floridian's Main Building. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water play area.

Grand Floridian's Courtyard Pool and hot tub.

The other pool, the Beach Pool is located between the Main Building and the Villas. The Beach Pool is a 111,261-gallon pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. Its main feature is a 181-foot water slide. The Beach Pool also has cabanas available for rent.

Grand Floridian's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Grand Floridian also has a hot tub located near the Courtyard Pool.

Beach Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, extending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times. Feature Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.

For more information on the pools at WDW resorts, including towels, entertainment programming, handicap access, kiddie pools, life vests, and much more, see our Walt Disney World Resort Pool Fact Sheet FAQ.

Grand Floridian's Beach Pool and Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area.

Wheelchair Accessibility at Grand Floridian's Pool

Grand Floridian's Courtyard Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.

Restaurants and Dining

Grand Floridian has a number of fine dining options available, including WDW's flagship signature restaurant Victoria & Albert's.

Victoria & Albert's

Victoria & Albert's Dinner Menu

With only 18 tables in the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room, a new private space with seating for eight, this is the top dining experience at Disney World. A winner of AAA's Five-Diamond Award (the only restaurant in central Florida so honored), Victoria & Albert's is civilized, lavish, and expensive. Waitstaff in the Queen Victoria Room expertly revive the European art of tableside finishes for each dish.

The menu changes daily, but chef Scott Hunnel's favorites include Jamison Farm lamb, Florida seafood, and Japanese Kobe beef. Any of master pastry chef Erich Herbitschek's desserts are divine. Hunnel and his team prepare modern American cuisine with the best of the best from around the world. While the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room are whisper-quiet, the convivial Chef's Table is a whole other experience. For foodies, it's a bargain. Note that the Tables in Wonderland discount card is only accepted for standard dining here (not Chef's Table or Queen Victoria Room).

Victoria & Albert's has a strict dress code, which is enforced. From Disney's website:

“Men: Dinner jackets with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional (Please no jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes) Ladies: Cocktail dress, dressy pant suit, skirt/blouse or nice dress. (Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes)”


Cítricos Dinner Menu - Cítricos Kids Dinner Menu

This is one of the best-kept dining secrets at Disney World - it's generally easy to get Advance Reservations here. For an extra-special night, reserve the Chef's Domain, a private room for up to 12 guests where the chef creates a special menu.

The golds and yellows of the Mediterranean color this stylish dining room on the second floor of the Grand Floridian. Diners often find chef Phillip Ponticelli working his culinary magic in the full-view show kitchen. Selections include sauteed shrimp with lemon, feta cheese, tomatoes, and white wine; oak-grilled filet of beef; braised veal shank.

A Tallahassee, Florida, reader thinks we underrate Cítricos at the Grand Floridian:

How come you gave Cítricos only 3½ stars? We had the most amazing meal ever there! The service was the most outstanding I have ever received, and the food matched. My grandmother had some dietary 446 part 10 di di ning in and around Walt alt dis ney world restrictions; the chef came to our table to talk with her about what she could eat, then sent her out a side dish free of charge. They even let her order from the kids’ menu even though she’s way over the 9-year-old limit.

(For the record, Cítricos is one of the TouringPlans team’s favorite eateries. The food is indeed excellent, and it’s one of the most quiet and sedate restaurants at Walt Disney World.)

Grand Floridian Cafe

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Kids Breakfast Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Lunch Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Dinner Menu - Grand Floridian Cafe Lunch/Dinner Menu

Think of the Grand Floridian Cafe as an upscale coffee shop, the large dining room - with high ceilings and decorative windows - looking out on the Grand Floridian's pool and center courtyard.

Breakfast includes eggs prepared virtually every way known to mankind; waffles; French toast. For lunch, there's Cobb salad and the Grand sandwich with ham, turkey, and Boursin-cheese sauce. For dinner, choose from salmon, shrimp pasta, or grilled pork chop.


Narcoossee's Dinner Menu - Narcoossee's Kids Dinner Menu

Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Floridian and toward the waterfront to this freestanding octagonal building at the edge of Seven Seas Lagoon. The atmosphere is upscale casual, though hardwood floors make it noisy. Diners have great views of the Magic Kingdom and the boats that dock nearby to pick up and drop off guests after a day at the park.

Narcoossee's offers excellent service, a very good wine list-and steep prices. But it is one of the few places at Disney with a seafood-centric menu, and one of the few places where you can get fresh steamed lobster. A splurge for grown-ups.

1900 Park Fare

1900 Park Fare Supercalafragilistic Breakfast - 1900 Park Fare Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner

An OK choice for character dining, but too bright and loud for adults without children. The prime rib is 1900 Park Fare's major draw at dinner, but go someplace else if you prefer your beef on the rare side of medium.

Garden View Tea Room

Garden View Tea Room Afternoon Tea Menu - Garden View Tea Room My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party Menu

Garden View Tea Room is home to traditional afternoon tea, served in grand British style. The menu includes a selection of international teas and an assortment of sandwiches and pastries.

Gasparilla Island Grill

Gasparilla Island Grill Breakfast Menu - Gasparilla Island Grill Lunch/Dinner Menu - Gasparilla Island Grill Late Night Menu

Gasparilla Island Grill is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. There's also kid friendly items like chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Gasparilla is unique in that it is open 24 hours a day. But past 11:00 PM the menu is very limited.

Gasparilla Island Grill participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost is a flat $19.99 for your length of stay.

Restaurants at Grand Floridian participate in the Disney Dining Plan (when it's offered); meals cost 1 credit at Grand Floridian Cafe, 1900 Park Fare and Gasparilla Island Grill, and 2 credits at Citricos and Narcoossee's. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.

Enchanted Rose is located on the second floor in Grand Floridian's Main Building. Enchanted Rose has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 10 PM daily. The Courtyard Pool Bar is located adjacent to the Courtyard Pool at the Grand Floridian. It also has a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Plus a small menu of burgers, flat bread pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts is available. Beaches Pool Bar & Grill is located next to the Beach Pool. It also has a selection of alcoholic beverages and a dining menu of burgers, sushi, and salad.

Transportation to and from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Driving Your Own Car Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on World Drive. Take World Dr. for about 2.1 miles, and turn left on Seven Seas Drive. After .8 miles, turn right on to Floridian Way. Grand Floridian will be on your right.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's GPS address and location are:

    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
    4401 Floridian Way
    Orlando, FL 32830

    Latitude: 28.411444 North, Longitude: 81.586792 West

From Orlando International Airport See our Walt Disney World Transportation Options page for information about how to get to and from Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World.

From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check- in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.

Magic Kingdom is accessed via pedestrian walkway (it's about a 10-15 minute walk) or Monorail via the station on the second floor in the Main Building. Monorail service may be suspended at any time.

EPCOT is accessed by bus or by taking the Monorail via the station on the second floor in the Main Building to the Transportation And Ticket Center. There guests travel to Epcot via the Epcot Monorail.

Grand Floridian Resort's Monorail station.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Bus Schedule

Ask a Disney Castmember about Grand Floridian's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Grand Floridian's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.

For example, if you're headed to the Animal Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 15 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 8-17 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for a ride.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service is faster to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Getting to another hotel from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the other Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, walk or hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Contemporary), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Contemporary). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always an Uber, Lyft, or taxi from Grand Floridian to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Grand Floridian, and Uber and Lyft are often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.

Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

Senses - A Disney Spa is Grand Floridian's spa. Senses includes 15 treatment rooms offering a multitude of treatments and featuring Florida citrus and botanicals. A unique touch to this spa is that each treatment, or "Journey" as they call them, includes a small glass of a fruity elixir. Each Journey has its own flavored drink and this flavor carries through to the end of your Journey when you receive a very small gel that contains the same flavors. Guests are encouraged to book ahead, they may do so by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727).

Senses Spa.

Senses also has a fitness center. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Seven Seas Lagoon 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices vary. All rentals can be purchased in a booth near the Sugarloaf Key and Conch Key buildings.

Grand Floridian has a number of gift shops. Including Sandy Cove. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Sandy Cove has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

Sandy Cove also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Fantasia Market has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.

Other shops include M. Mouse Mercantile, it features souvenirs, character plush, toys, and Disney apparel. Commander Porter's sells men's apparel and some Grand Floridian-branded merchandise. Basin is a bath and body store that specializes in high quality soaps. Finally, Summer Lace is a store on the first level that sells women's apparel.

Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The trail is a 1-mile jogging path located near the Main Building. The trail starts at Grand Floridian and ends at the Polynesian Resort.

Grand Floridian's Beach.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Child Care

Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

Miscellaneous Grand Floridian

There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-3000.

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TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. click here for the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

The resort is spread over a peninsula that juts into Seven Seas Lagoon. In addition to the main building, there are five dispersed rectangular buildings. Most of the rooms have a balcony, and most balconies are enclosed by a rail that affords good visibility. Dormer rooms, just beneath the roof in each building, have smaller enclosed balconies that limit visibility when you’re seated. Most dormer rooms, however, have vaulted ceilings and a coziness that compensates for the less-desirable balconies.

The main building used to be a hub of activity well into the night, hosting everything from jazz bands to life-size gingerbread houses at Christmas. All of those activities have been suspended during the pandemic, which makes the main building much quieter.

Room 4307: a Theme Park View room in the Main Building.
Room 4414: a Standard View room in the Main Building.

If you want to be near the bus and monorail, most of the restaurants, and shopping, ask for a room in the main building (all Club Level rooms). The best rooms are 4322–4329 and 4422–4429, which have full balconies and overlook the lagoon in the direction of the beach and the Polynesian Village. Other excellent main-building rooms are 4401– 4409, with full balconies overlooking the marina and an unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle across the lagoon.

Room 6101: most Sugar Loaf Key rooms look on to landscaping or a boat area.
Room 7130: Theme Park View room in Conch Key that is partially blocked by a tree.

Of the four lodges, two—Boca Chica and Conch Key—have one long side facing the lagoon and the other facing inner courtyards and swimming pools. At Conch Key, full-balcony rooms 7229–7231, 7328, 7329, 7331, 7425–7429, and 7431 offer vistas across the lagoon to the Magic Kingdom and castle. Room 7427 is just about perfect. Lessexpensive rooms in the same building that offer good marina views are 7212, 7312, 7412–7415, 7417, 7419, 7421, 7513–7515, and 7517. (Grand Floridian room numbers are coded. Take room 7213: 7 is the building number, 2 is the floor, and 13 is the room number.) In Boca Chica, ask for a lagoon-view room on the first, second, or third floor. A few garden-view rooms in Boca Chica have views obstructed by a poolside building. These are the worst views from any Grand Floridian room.

Room 5106: a Garden View room in Sago Cay with a view of the monorail.
Room 5145: a theme park view room in Sago Cay with a view of Magic Kingdom.

The two remaining buildings, Sugar Loaf Key (Club Level) and Sago Key, face each other across the marina. The opposite side of Sugar Loaf Key faces a courtyard, while the other side of Sago Key faces a finger of the lagoon and a forested area. These views are pleasant but not in the same league as those from the rooms listed previously. Exceptions are end rooms in Sago Key that have a view of the lagoon and Cinderella Castle (rooms 5139, 5144, 5145, 5242–5245, and 5342–5345).

Room 8120: about half of Boca Chica's rooms face the resort's courtyard pool.
Room 8113: a lagoon view room in Boca Chica.
Room 9144: the Big Pine Key building has some Theme Park View rooms, but you may have to crane your neck to see it.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
High staff-to-guest ratio Most expensive WDW resort and the rooms don't live up to the price
Excellent dining options for adults Self-parking is across the street
Large rooms with daybeds Public areas often blocked by wedding parties
Very good on-site spa Noise from Magic Kingdom, boat horns,and whistles
Fantastic kids' Alice in Wonderland-themed splash area Bus transportation to DHS, Animal Kingdom, water parks, and Disney Springs is shared by the other monorail resorts
Boat and monorail transportation to the Magic Kingdom, plus a pedestrian walkway
Diverse recreational options
Close to Palm, Magnolia, and Oak Trail Golf Courses

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Boat Bus Monorail Walk Personal
Magic Kingdom 20.0 min 8.0 min 15.0 min
EPCOT 29.0 min 18.0 min
Hollywood Studios 28.0 min 20.0 min
Animal Kingdom 28.0 min 18.0 min
Disney Springs 29.0 min 16.0 min