Visitors to Disney wishing to stay in a deluxe hotel have for years flocked to the Grand Floridian, long considered the flagship hotel of Disney resorts.
And there are plenty of reasons why guests choose this particular property, first and foremost because it is inside the ‘park’ so to speak and secondly, no doubt, 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 all of the usual shuttle buses. A nice addition is that 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. But my favourite perk was that any shopping and merchandise I bought in the park could be signed to my account with the hotel and delivered directly to my room.
This hotel has great surroundings; it’s a perfect location for park access and it offers numerous facilities for all the family. The level of service, however, and accommodation standards do not compete with luxury hotels elsewhere. This is Disney. This is a place for kids and family groups and so true, five-star luxury does not really have a place here. The normal guest attire at this resort is shorts, t-shirts and trainers. Mickey Mouse ears are sported by young and old alike at breakfast and dinner at the Grand Floridian. So, as the old adage goes, you can either beat em or join em. I, for one, chose the former.
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