Is a retheme in the works for Disney’s most popular resort?
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Although the Grand Floridian is not the first Disney Resort, it is one of the most well-known. Themed after the Victorian elegance of turn-of-the-century Florida beach towns, the white buildings and red gabled roofs are unmistakable as you enter the Magic Kingdom area.
Did you know the resorts in the Magic Kingdom area reflect the various lands of the park? The Grand Floridian represents Main Street, U.S.A. with its elegant old-time feel.
The resort opened in the summer of 1988 and is home to many restaurants, the Disney Wedding Pavilion, and almost 1,000 rooms. It has become known as Disney’s flagship resort, and it is on the bucket list for many Disney fans despite the high price tag.
Rumors of a retheme
During my stay at the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian, I noticed all the nods to Mary Poppins. Some artwork on the wall as well as the headboard on the Murphy bed give some fun touches to an otherwise plain room. Of course, there are the penguins in the main lobby of the DVC building as well.
Then there’s the Mary Poppins retheme of Citricos. Our writing team loved seeing the bag, umbrella, and all the other intricate details when it reopened last summer. There have been many rumors and rumblings that Disney was looking to bring another Disney IP to a monorail resort.
Both the Contemporary and Polynesian both have IP makeovers with The Incredibles and Moana. It surely makes sense to add something whimsical and classic if Disney were to do that to the Grand Floridian.
Disney has filed two permits this month which indicate refurbishments in the cash rooms and in the main building of the resort.
We are seeing rumors that there could be a Mary Poppins re-theme of the entire resort, while others suggest that the cash rooms and lobby will simply be updated to be exactly the same as the new DVC accommodations.
Disney has not officially made any announcements for the main lobby and cash rooms, so this is purely speculation until we have more concrete information.
Do you think Disney will insert Mary Poppins or another IP into the Grand Floridian? Or do you think it will just be updated to match the DVC rooms? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.