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Disney-goers wishing to stay in a deluxe hotel flock to the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, situated on the doorstep of Disney’s Magic Kingdom park with views of the park itself, Cinderella’s Castle and the Seven Seas Lagoon. Long considered the flagship hotel of Disney resorts, there are plenty of reasons why guests choose this particular property: first and foremost, location, because it’s actually inside the ‘park’ and secondly, because the monorail goes directly from the hotel to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Boat transfers to the park across the lagoon are also available, plus shuttle bus transfers. Best of all, guests at the hotel can gain earlier access to the parks than the general public, as well as access to the FastPass service (restrictions apply), where rides can be booked at specific times – to avoid queuing – up to 30 days before arrival, a big bonus.
Inside, the stupendous lobby sets the scene: fantasy and Victorian splendour gets you in the mood. There’s a lot going on within, and the hotel has great facilities for all the family, mostly good. But remember, this is Disney not St. Tropez. True five-star luxury does not really have a place here; expect Mickey Mouse ears, not Manolo Blahniks, for the most part.
Staff make sure you are never left unattended and, while the resort has 867 rooms, you won’t feel the sheer size of the place. Splurge for a club level room or suite which gives you access to Disney Signature Services, something to make your stay here even more special. All rooms at every level are elegantly appointed and very comfortable with big bathrooms, balconies, ironing boards (to press all your new, themed t-shirts) and the ubiquitous Keurig coffee machine (loved by Americans only). Villas have more, including a kitchen and laundry room.
It’s not all about Disney here, however, where the spa offers exquisite treatments. And, should you ever tire of all that the theme parks have to offer, there are two swimming pools (and the famous water slide), access to golf courses, kids’ clubs and superb dining options (with and without roaming characters). Fine dining is available at several of the restaurants in the hotel, including Victoria & Albert’s which boasts a AAA Five Diamond Award for its seven and 10-course Prix Fixe menus. Outstanding wines (many offered by the glass) and several stunning bars ensure this hotel is fantastically adult-friendly after hours.
How to get here
35 minutes by road from Orlando International Airport
867 rooms & suites