Planning a Resort Day at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian has become icon when it comes to Disney vacations.  This beautiful resort offers a variety of amazing dining options, great shopping, pools and areas to relax.  If you are planning a stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian, you will want to make sure to plan a resort day so you can enjoy all that this magnificent resort has to offer.


1. Breakfast at Grand Floridian Café

A great way to start the morning is by having breakfast at Grand Floridian Café. This beautiful dining location, located in the main part of the resort, offers food throughout the day. The breakfast provides a variety of options from Mickey waffles to French toast and so much more. This is the perfect way to start a lazy day at the resort.

2. Walk Around the Resort and Enjoy the Views

As the day begins, enjoy time walking around the resort grounds and take in the breathtaking views of Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There are some outstanding views that you won’t want to miss out on. As you walk around, make sure to see the fountains, the pools and the monorail overhead.

3. Take Time To Shop

Grand Floridian has numerous shops that are just calling to be walked through. The Grand Floridian offers its very own Basin White shop where you can find the perfect bath bomb for relaxing.  On the main level, you can find Curiouser Clothiers where there is more upscale clothing along with amazing jewelry, bags and swimsuits. Across the way Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries have some houseware items, spirits and other small souvenirs.  Finally, M. Mouse Mercantile is the bigger souvenir store in Grand Floridian. This shop offers all the ears, hats, newest spirit jersey and so much more. Take time to walk through these unique shops found only at Grand Floridian.

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4. Mobile Order Lunch

Gasparilla Island Grill is the quick service location at Grand Floridian and an excellent option when it comes to lunch.  You can get classics like pizza and burgers, but there are special items like their grilled cheese and special seasonal desserts.  Make sure to mobile order in order to get your lunch at the time you prefer.

5. Head to the Pool

Grand Floridian has two pools on property for you to choose from during your resort stay.  The Beach Pool looks over the Seven Seas Lagoon and has a 181-foot-long water slide.  Courtyard Pool is a zero-entry leisure pool located behind the main building.  No matter what pool you head to, you will be sure to have a relaxing and fun time.  Make sure to grab a beverage or snack at the pool bars as well.

6. Grand Floridian Piano

After time in the sun, head into the lobby and relax as you listen to the pianist. Most days now, you can find live music in the evenings. This is a unique atmosphere only found at the Grand Floridian and something you will want to take advantage of.

7. Enchanted Rose

Before heading to dinner, get a drink at the new Enchanted Rose.  This lounge is themed after Beauty and the Beast and provides an excellent drink selection.  Relax outside on the patio or in one of the rooms.  Either way the views are breathtaking.

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8. Dinner at Narcoossee’s

Grand Floridian normally has a few table-service restaurants to choose from, but during this phase reopening Narcoosee’s is the only welcoming guests.  This fine dining experience provides both American and seafood options with views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon.  Make sure to get advance dining reservations to ensure your spot.

9. Walk the Beach

After a nice meal, take time to enjoy the beachfront. The Grand Floridian’s beach offers those amazing views of Magic Kingdom, both the Polynesian and Contemporary as well as the Electrical Water Pageant. Take time to just take it all in!

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There is so much beauty and magic at the Grand Floridian that spending a day here will be full of relaxing, fun and breathtaking views.  Make sure to schedule in a resort day during your next visit.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.