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Fall in Love with the New Grand Floridian Hotel Rooms

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Fall in Love with the New Grand Floridian Hotel Rooms
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been in the throws of a refurbishment that is nearing completion. Now that the hotel room refurbishment is complete, even the standard resort rooms may be luxurious enough to justify the high price points the resort is known for! Here is a look at the refurbished hotel rooms complete with photos!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a part of the Walt Disney World Resort Collection. It falls into the Deluxe resort category, making it eligible for special benefits afforded to only guests of Deluxe reports such as Extended Evening Hours.

Most importantly, it is located on the Monorail loop. The Magic Kingdom is the FIRST stop after the Grand Floridian. And, Guests can also walk directly to the Magic Kingdom.

All of these benefits do come at a steep price. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is among the most expensive of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels with nondiscounted prices beginning at $800 a night during value season.

Refurbishment Updates

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The Grand Floridian has been in the throws of refurbishment, but the bulk of it is now complete. The DVC Villas already received updates, and now the hotel rooms are also completely updated. It is impossible to receive a room that has NOT been updated at this point.

The resort is nearly back together again. The lobby looks beautiful. Narcoossee’s is up and running. Also, Basin recently reopened. However, 1900 Park Fare and the Tea Room remain closed. We are looking forward to being able to share opening dates for both as soon as we have verification on those.

Additionally, the walkway to Disney’s Polynesian Resort remains closed. This closure will likely linger until the construction of the new DVC Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is complete.

The Standard Rooms

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Recently, I (Kate) had a chance to stay in a newly refurbished standard hotel room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I booked a standard room with a resort view. However, Disney sprinkled a little Pixie Dust at check-in and we received a Water View room instead with delightful views of the Monorail day in and day out.

Our room was in the Sago Cay building, which is conveniently close to the main building and the bus stops. However, I truly believe that the Grand Floridian is one resort where every building has its benefits. It is such a well-laid-out resort that it is hard to go wrong with any of the buildings.

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It is important to note that the standard rooms can have slight variations in their layouts. For example, the turette rooms have extra eating areas. The fifth-floor rooms have smaller balconies.

Our room was on the fourth floor, so we had a full-sized balcony. The room was also reflective of the typical standard room floor plan.

Grand Floridian Room Photos

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The room with its refurbishments was absolutely gorgeous. The decor is floral and chic with gold hardware and plenty of light and bright colors. Some people think it looks a bit grandmotherly, but in my (Kate) opinion, it is a grandmother with exquisitely whimsical taste, and I am here for it.

You will find that the rooms also offer touches of Mary Poppins theming throughout! These include little details hiding in the wallpaper, the pillows, the artwork, and even the chandelier!

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The rooms have 2 queen beds, which like just about every Walt Disney World Hotel room these days have stark white bedding. However, these rooms do a better job of maintaining a bit of the theming and character Disney World Guests enjoy compared to some of the resorts like Port Orleans French Quarter, which has stripped the rooms of most of the fun.

You will find wood-laminate flooring and a lovely floral rug in the rooms. The bathrooms have gorgeous tilework.

There is a large closet area disguised as artwork along the wall. It opens to reveal a closet, several cubbies, and the room safe. It is quite lovely – and one of my favorite room features.

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You will also find a sofa that folds into a twin bed as a 5th sleeper. This is a nice touch for families of five. The rooms also have a desk in the entryway. It has a vanity bench as well which provides a little workspace if you need it.

Of course, there is a dresser and a flat-screen television. The rooms also come equipped with Hey Disney, which is basically a Disney-fied version of Alexa. The children enjoyed playing with it and asking it for jokes, but we did not use it for much else.

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The bathrooms have a separate vanity area, which is always convenient for maximizing the space. It has two sinks, which is also a nice feature.

There is a separate space with a toilet and tub/shower combo. It has a glass surround rather than a curtain on a rod.

You can also check out a video tour of the room right here. It’s charming, isn’t it?

Bath Products

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The Grand Floridian offers H2O shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in wall dispensers inside the shower. However, it also offers a nice selection of travel-sized products including mouthwash, lotion, soap, aloe, and shower caps on the vanity. My favorite is the aloe, which is so often needed for after-sun care, and so frequently forgotten by Guests.

Guests who love these items will be happy to find them waiting! We also noted they were replenished if we used them.

Room Amenities

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There is a teeny area with a Keurig for brewing coffee. Ours was broken, so we did not use it and did not think to ask for another. Underneath is a beverage cooler. It does not have a freezer space, just the fridge.

Many Guests wonder whether the beverage cooler is cool enough to store things in safely. We had no issues with it unless it was left slightly ajar. We found it to be plenty cool, but then again we were not using it for anything that has to be kept at a specific temperature such as medications or dairy products.

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You will also find touches such as a make-up mirror and hair dryer. The hairdryer is tricky to find as it is hiding in a box on the desk! So, if you need it, look for it there.

Overall

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We love the new standard hotel rooms at Dinsey’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. They are functional, clean, and lovely. The decor is still charming despite the trend of simplifying and streamlining decor that we have seen occurring in many Disney World room refurbishments.

I do think that these updates add so much value to the stay. The rooms feel a lot more expensive than they did pre-refurbishment and they match the price point better as well.

The hotel already offers amazing dining amenities including Victoria and Alberts, Grand Floridian Cafe, and Gasparilla Grill. See our BEST EATS guide HERE. The pool areas are lovely.

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Plus, it is effortlessly easy to traverse to the Magic Kingdom! With so many wonderful perks it is easily the best option for a Deluxe stay along the Monorail loop! We shall see if that changes once construction at the Polynesian calms down.

If you want to know about more room types at the Grand Floridian, we have you covered. See what it is like to stay in a one-bedroom DVC Villa HERE. You can also see the new DVC Resort Studios HERE.

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Have you stayed in a refurbished room at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa? Do you hope to stay there someday? Let us know in the comments. And, be sure to pass this review along to anyone you know planning a Disney trip so they know where to stay!


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  1. I would have liked to see an elegant princess theme at the Grand Floridian rooms instead of this theme – kinda modern/victorian mix. I hate the dresser – too modern to go with the rest of the room. Also, why not a walk-in shower option? I stayed there on my honeymoon years ago and the theme was more elegant back then. I dislike these Disney makeovers that get away from the “magic” of why we pick to pay more money to stay at a Disney resort. Why didn’t they make the rooms more like the fancy princess ones they are doing in Paris? Would have been elegant and still very much of the Disney magic.

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