Planning Your Resort Day at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World


On any given day at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, there’s more than enough to keep even the most ambitious guest busy!  And that’s not even counting the special activities and events you’ll enjoy during the holidays (don’t miss your chance to order seasonal beverages and sweets out of the life-size gingerbread house, made fresh every year).  You don’t have to leave the resort to enjoy a full day of fun, relaxation and pampering.  Here’s our plan for a perfect resort day at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

1. Breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day, so start it off right with the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare.  You’ll enjoy the breakfast of your dreams, including Mickey waffles, omelets designed just for you, pancakes, ham and much more.  While you’re feasting, say hi to your favorite Disney characters, including Alice in Wonderland, Tigger, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, and Winnie the Pooh.

2. Senses Treatment

Next up is a relaxing treatment at the Grand Floridian’s resident spa, Senses. Choose from an array of massages, facials, body wraps and aromatherapy, with plenty of soothing lighting and music to set the scene.  You’ll have access to the steam room, relaxation lounges and whirlpool on the day of your visit, and there are even special services for young guests aged 4-12.  There’s no better way to pamper the entire family!

3. Shops

Now that you’re fully relaxed, you’re ready to tackle some serious shopping at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s excellent shops.  Whether you’re looking for resort-specific merchandise, Walt Disney World apparel, Vinylmation figures, a new pin for your collection, or some souvenirs for friends back home, there’s a shop for you.  Our pick?  Spend some time in Basin White choosing some luxurious soaps and lotions (you can even create your own bath salts) that will have you feeling – and smelling – like a million bucks!

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4. Pool Fun

It’s time for some poolside fun!  Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has two pools for you to enjoy – and both are zero-entry pools.  The Courtyard Pool is a peaceful pool with a whirlpool, while the Beach Pool, overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, provides a more exciting environment with its waterslide and waterfalls.  You might still be full from your buffet breakfast, but if you’re hungry, grab a snack and a specialty drink at Beaches Pool Bar and Grill or the Courtyard Pool Bar.  You can rent a boat to sail the lagoon, or if a less active afternoon is more appealing, rent a cabana by the pool, complete with tv, fruit basket and stocked fridge.

5. Afternoon Tea

With all that relaxing and poolside fun, you’re bound to feel like royalty.  Continue the feeling by stopping by the Garden View Tea Room for mid-late afternoon tea (you’ll want to make a reservation) – this is one of WDW’s hidden gems, and highly recommended! The surroundings are perfectly elegant, and the windows overlook the resort’s beautiful gardens and the lagoon.  There are different tea services available here, and you’ll enjoy sandwiches, scones, pastries – and of course, your choice of tea!

6. Enjoy the Lobby

By late afternoon, the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra will be playing their melodic Dixieland, jazz, Ragtime and Disney tunes in the resort’s lobby.  Curl up in one of the many lobby chairs and sofas and enjoy this captivating and extremely talented group of musicians.  There’s also a piano player who tickles the ivories on the grand piano (alternating with the orchestra’s performances) – there’s nothing like being serenaded in what’s arguably the most beautiful resort lobby on property!  While you’re listening, take the opportunity to look around and admire the stunning design and scale of the lobby.  Adorned with not one, but two oversized crystal chandeliers, a huge birdcage, a grand staircase and a marble floor (keep your eyes peeled for hidden Disney characters!), this lobby positively oozes opulence.

7. Dinner

Once the tone for dinner has been set by your pre-dinner music and visual tour of the magical lobby, it’s time for dinner at the award-winning Victoria and Albert’s.  No other restaurant in Walt Disney World comes more highly recommended – though of course you’ll pay heavily for the privilege of dining here!  With 8 courses that feature fresh fish, meat and produce sourced from global markets every day, each dish here is a true masterpiece, created by the chef and his team to delight your taste buds.  You’ll need to dress for dinner here, as there’s a dress code – but once you see the dining room (think fine Italian table linens, delicate china, fresh-cut flowers, and a harpist to accompany your meal), you’ll be glad you did!

8. Campfire and Movie

But wait, the fun’s not over yet!  Head outside to enjoy a complimentary campfire on the beach – because who doesn’t love the smell of woodsmoke?  If you aren’t still full from dinner, you can even roast marshmallows!  And stick around after the campfire to chill out at the Courtyard Pool with a Disney movie on the jumbo screen.  Just make sure you leave yourself time to get to the beach, because you won’t want to miss the final event of your resort day…

9. Fireworks

While of course the best view of Walt Disney World fireworks is always from within the park itself, there are other places on property where lucky guests can enjoy an evening fireworks display.  One of these places is the beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, where you’ll get a great view of the Happily Ever After fireworks spectacle over Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.  So make sure you stake out a spot on the beach in time for the fireworks, to put the perfect cap on your magical resort day at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.