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The Splendor of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Posted on July 26, 2022

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is often considered the premier resort in the Disney World complex. Stately and elegant, and with new Disney timeshares just released in this resort, this is the perfect place to stay whether this is your first Disney World trip or your fiftieth.

While much of the resort functions as a hotel, there also are villas that are a part of the Disney Vacation Club. Disney timeshares offer guests an incredible value as they promise not only outstanding accommodations but also the finest in amenities and activities.

Should you use your DVC points at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa? Keep reading to learn more about what makes this property special. It might become the highlight of your vacation.

An Overview of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cinderella Carriage at resort

Surround yourself with Victorian-era splendor at this one-of-a-kind resort in Orlando. One of the reasons why guests adore this property is its location. That's because it practically sits on the doorstep of the Magic Kingdom. To get to the park, you can hop on the monorail, enjoy a peaceful cruise across the lake or get your day started with a scenic stroll.

Some guests love the monorail the most as their means of accessing the park. On the second floor of the resort is the monorail platform. In keeping with the property's theme, the station is constructed to look as though it belongs in the Victorian era. Only three resorts are included on the monorail loop, making this a truly special place to stay.

The lobby is another spot that many guests call their favorite. Filled with a fun and colorful Mary Poppins theme, the lobby boasts gorgeous and fanciful touches. The bronze water fountain is a delight for the eyes and ears, but other guests may be transfixed by the awe-inspiring grand chandelier.

lobby

Elsewhere on the grounds, swimming pools take center stage. The Beach Pool has several waterfalls and a water slide that stretches for 181 feet. Be sure to reserve a private cabana at this main pool, from which you'll be treated to stunning views of the Seven Seas Lagoon. The Beach Pool is conveniently located for those who are staying in Grand Floridian timeshares as it is right between the lobby and the villas. At the shallow end of the pool is a zero-depth entry that's perfect for new swimmers.

Also found here is Beaches Pool Bar and Grill where you can pick up all sorts of delights such as lobster sliders, burgers, salads and more. Just outside of this pool area is a white-sand beach on the lagoon, complete with loungers. This is where you'll find the fire pit where marshmallows are occasionally roasted.

An Alice in Wonderland themed water play area is found next to the Beach Pool. This is a favorite with little ones who want to splash and play in the sun. With tipping teacups and slides, this is an imaginative spot for children who are less than 48 inches tall.

Just behind the main lobby is the Courtyard Pool. With its graceful, free-flowing shape and pop-jet water features, this is the perfect place to relax or enjoy a good workout. You'll find a hot tub at the back of the pool in a raised area. The Courtyard Pool tends to function like a quiet pool since the other pool is where you'll find the water slide and water play area.

swimming pool

Shopping at the Resort

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa boasts three gift shops. On the first floor of the resort is Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries. A wide array of merchandise is found here, including exclusive Disney Vacation Club items. Also, if you love the H2O bath products that are complimentary in the villas, Sandy Cove is where you can buy full-size bottles.

In addition to items for the home and resort wear, this shop features a selection of food and beverage items as well as products geared toward personal care like sunscreen, aspirin, batteries and more. With pantry goods, frozen foods, snacks, wine and more, you can find pretty much anything you might need at Sandy Cove.

Step into Curiouser Clothiers to pick up resort-themed items or visit M. Mouse Mercantile for Mickey ears, pin trading, plush toys, apparel and all things related to the head mouse.

Spa and Fitness Facilities

While you will probably spend most of your vacation in the theme parks, be sure to set aside at least a couple of hours to indulge yourself at Senses Health Club. Shared with the neighboring Polynesian Resort, Senses is conveniently located across from the wing of the Floridian that contains the villas.

The gym is large, well-lighted and nicely equipped. For both strength training and cardio workouts, you'll find everything you need. Outdoors there are pathways that were designed for walks and jogs as well as basketball courts.

If you would rather relax than work up a sweat, make an appointment at the spa. This relaxing haven is the ideal place to enjoy soothing and rejuvenating spa treatments as well as salon services.

Dining at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa