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6 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the crown jewel, so to speak, of Walt Disney World resorts. There is luxury around every corner. A standard room will cost you well over $500 a night during the Value Season. Some of the best restaurants, pools, and shopping that Walt Disney World has to offer can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian. There is also a world class spa. Often you will be able to enjoy live music in the lobby, and you might want to ask a Cast Member about the incredible spot from which to enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant each evening. Here are six things that you might not know about this award winning property.

6. Where in Florida?

It is fairly well known that Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort sports a Victorian theme, but where in Florida is it supposed to mimic? The answer to that is a little bit tricky. Inspiration was taken from the Florida Keys and the Palm Coast from the early 1900’s. Not all influence is from Florida, though. Parts of the main building’s exterior were modeled after Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire and Hotel del Coronado in California.

5. Hidden Mickeys and More

Hidden Mickeys can be found everywhere on Walt Disney World property, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is no exception. If you’re in the lobby, look down at the marble floor. You should be able to spot several different classic characters, they aren’t really hidden but they are easy to not notice. You’ll also find the likeness of the famous mouse in the carpets, in the paintings in guest rooms, and on the wallpaper. If you’re visiting during the Christmas season you’ll find more Mickeys hiding on and around the annual gingerbread house. These are just to get you started, there are plenty more to find.

4. Ladybug Release

Most Thursdays at 11:00am something special happens in the 1900 Park Fare Garden. A ladybug release is held. Kids think it’s a magical experience, but it’s practical as well. Ladybugs feed on insects that are agricultural pests. This fun activity helps keep some unwanted bugs off of Walt Disney World property.

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3. Turn Down Service

At the end of a day in the theme parks you will want to return to your resort and crawl into bed. Disney’s Grand Floridian is the only Disney Resort that offers a turn down service. It includes a wrapped chocolate on your pillow so that you will have sweet dreams.

2. Never Get Hungry

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort you will never have to worry about finding a midnight snack. Gasparilla Island Grill never closes! Grill items are sold until 11:30pm, and after that you can choose from a variety of grab and go items. If you don’t feel like leaving your room for your late night snack, you don’t have to. At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, room service is available 24 hours a day.

1. Disney-Inspired Suites

While the standard rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian are all fantastic, if you really want a luxurious vacation book one of 25 suites. There are two special suites that deserve mention. One is the Walt Disney Suite. It’s 1,690 feet, and filled with mementos and family pictures of the man whose vision started it all. The second suite is the Roy O. Disney Suite. Named after Walt’s brother who kept the dream alive after Walt’s death, there are more family pictures and mementos. Both suites are located in the main building. There are also two other signature suites in the building, Grand Suite and Victorian Suite.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.