Tuesday, June 28, 2011
49. O.T.D. - 6/28/88 - The Grand Floridian Opens
Disney's Grand Floridan Resort and Spa has several attractive features. First, like the Contemporary and Polynesian, it is located right on the monorail. It boasts the best position on the line because the Magic Kingdom is only one stop away. When you would like to get to the park as quickly as possible, there is no better place to stay. You are literally only a few minutes from the most visited theme park in the world. Second, the Grand Floridian is well known as one of the nicest resort hotels anywhere. As soon as you walk in the front doors you know that this place is something special. With its five story lobby boasting Italian marble floors, stained glass domes, and cage elevator, you know that this place has class. Often times there will even be a live orchestra playing as guests stroll through the lobby.
This resort was inspired by Victorian era beach resorts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was actually modeled after the Hotel del Coronado just outside of San Diego, California. In addition to the main building that houses the lobby, the Grand Floridian has five, detached outer lodge buildings. Each of these is named after an island in the Florida Keys. This resort is also known for having many excellent dining establishments including Victoria & Albert's. That restaurant has the distinction of being the only one in Central Florida to currently hold AAA's Five Diamond Award. It has won this award every year since 2000.
Although it may cost a small fortune to stay at the Grand Floridian, it doesn't cost anything to "visit." In my opinion, this is one of the greatest things about a Walt Disney World vacation. As long as you are staying on property, you can visit any other resort and even use their pools in many cases. Between the great restaurants, numerous shops, and beautiful grounds you could easily spend half a day at the Grand Floridian. Even if you will eventually crawl into bed at one of the $79 a night All-Star Resorts, the cast members at the Floridian will treat you like royalty as you stroll around their spectacular resort on the Seven Seas Lagoon. So the next time you are vacationing at Walt Disney World, I highly recommend that you hop off the monorail one stop prior to the Magic Kingdom. Happy birthday Grand Floridian!
Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!