Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Grand Disney Experience

Welcome to those of you joining me from The Magical Mouse Pad and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When it comes to choosing a Disney resort hotel there are many varying opinions. Quite often guests have very strong opinions on which resort is the best on property.

With all of the fabulous options, I have often wondered why this is. I recently came to this conclusion: your favorite Disney resort is often the resort where you have had the best Disney memories and the most magical moments. For me the resort that best fits this description is Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

A view of the Grand Floridian from the Magic Kingdom
For many, many years my family stayed at the Grand Floridian in August right before school started. As a kid, I probably would've liked any of the Disney resort hotels. But the Grand Floridian was truly magical for me. Every little girl dreams of being a princess and the Grand Floridian truly makes a kid (and some adults) feel like one.

Princess descends the stairs of the Grand Floridian. (Photo by Dennis Brown - DennisBrown360)
From the moment you arrive at the resort you feel like you are transported to the Victorian era. When you step out of your "coach" you are immediately greeted by a Cast Member. But for many, a visit to the Grand Floridian is all about that breathtaking moment when you walk into the grandest of lobbies.

Grand Floridian Lobby
From the beautiful circular stained glass ceilings to the white paint, the lobby at the Grand Floridian is a sight to behold. Come at the right time of day and you are greeted by music from a live orchestra. Cast Members at the Grand truly aim to please.

The Grand Floridian ceiling (Photo by Dennis Brown - DennisBrown360)
Apart from the lobby and the Cast Members, arguably the best feature of the Grand Floridian is its location. Just one monorail (and boat launch) stop away from the Magic Kingdom and a short monorail ride to Epcot, the Grand Floridian is situated on prime real estate and offers unmatched convenience. One of my favorite memories of the Grand Floridian is riding the monorail in a loop on check in day prior to going to our room.

My husband and I on the monorail on our honeymoon

Most of my memories from the Grand Floridian do not involve anything "deluxe." Some of my favorite memories of the Grand Floridian involve buying rice krispy treats from Gasparilla Grill and Games, midnight swims in the pool and taking photos in the carriage outside the front door. Of course, we do love our meals at Narcoosee's, Citricos, 1900 Park Fare and the Grand Floridian Cafe.

The quiet pool at the Grand Floridian (Photo by Dennis Brown - DennisBrown360)

I love the Grand Floridian with all my heart. I've been there hundreds of times, but it never, ever gets old. I hope that one day I can stay there and celebrate my tenth anniversary with my husband. What is your favorite resort?

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Disney on Wheels said...

Lots of Grand Floridian love today. Makes me want to make a reservation there asap!  That lobby does make you feel like a princess. :)

David Collins said...

Gorgeous resort but super expensive.

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