Lou Mongello / Friday, September 21st, 2007
- The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opened on June 28, 1988, as the "Grand Floridian Beach Resort," and the third Magic Kingdom monorail resort. It is located on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon between the Polynesian Resort and the Magic Kingdom, and remains the Walt Disney World resort’s flagship property. Themed as a late 19th century Florida resort, the exterior was inspired by the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. The Resort includes a marina and a lovely white sand beach (the site of 1995’s professional beach volleyball "King of the Beach" tournament). Each of the more than 800 rooms includes distinctive Victorian décor, complete with ceiling fan. The hotel also features several dining options, with none better (probably in the entire Walt Disney World Resort) than Victoria and Albert’s.
- Incredibly detailed Victorian architecture is reflected throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with its towers, dormers, cupolas, exposed gable trusses and band-sawed gingerbread. This delicate style extends to the monorail platform, which is designed to resemble a Victorian train station. In keeping with the theming throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the only place in the Magic Kingdom that you can see the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is from the Walt Disney Railroad Station – both of which share the Victorian architecture.
- Yet another fabulous dining experience at Disney’s flagship resort, the Grand Floridian, Citrico’s replaced Flagler’s in November 1997. The restaurant features the cooking of both Florida and the Mediterranean, prepared in a show kitchen.
- The restaurant is famous for its international wine list, on-stage preparation of French specialties and family-friendly service.
- Here’s a hint: try to book Priority Seating way in advance, and try to get a seat by the window to watch the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom!