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Friday, February 15, 2013

Taste of Disney Media Event - The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa #disneydining

Here is the deal folks, I have a zillion pictures. While going through the pictures and editing them, I realized that we did so much in the 4.5 days I was at Disney that I have to split my posts. As you know, I always do the daily wrap up but there is no way I can get all the info in one post because it would be too long.

So I decided to break everything down. The bad part for me is a lot of writing. The good part for you, is you get lots of stories and tons of pictures of my adventures. I know you guys love that.

So my first post is going to be a review of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. We all stayed at this hotel and I was excited because we have never stayed there. It is just a little out of our price range although Tom and I had thought about staying there once or twice. We just couldn't justify the expense.

The Grand Floridian is beautiful! I read once it was based on the Hotel del Coronado that is in San Diego where "Some Like it Hot" was filmed. If you have never seen "Some Like it Hot" with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, go Netflix NOW! Anyway, I digress.

The first thing you notice when you walk into the lobby is that the Grand Floridian is grand. It is beautiful. It was bright and inviting. The Disney staff is so super duper friendly and from the minute I got off the bus, I was treated like royalty.


The grounds at the Grand Floridian are beautiful as well. There was construction going but even then, you could see how peaceful and lovely it was.

When I got to my room, I found a towel Mickey on my bed. The room was wicked clean. The bathroom was wicked clean as well. Now, I have to be honest and say the decor is not my cup of tea but it was nice nonetheless. The decor is a little frou-frou. But after a few days in the room, I got used to it. I had a great view of the lake and could see Cinderella's castle through he palm trees when it was windy. I could also see Space Mountain and the Contemporary hotel from my balcony.

Tom and I never stayed here because of the cost but I could see us staying if we wanted to bump up the vacation budget. As a couple without kids, we are always looking for more sedate and, let's be honest, childless places to vacation. While, I saw a few kids around, the vibe at the Grand Floridian is more tranquil than the other Disney resorts and I like that.

It is a perfect place for couples. I wish I would have had time to visit the spa because I have heard great things about it. But I loved the tranquility of the place when I was there. One evening while walking back to my room alone, it was perfectly quiet and still. I could see Cinderella's castle all lighted up from the walkway. The breeze was blowing and it was one of those moments that you are like, Wow!

I loved that we had nightly turn down service. For some crazy reason, I love turn down service. I am not sure if it's because it makes me feel pampered or because I get chocolates. Probably a little of both. I also loved that the housekeeper would switch around my towel Mickey and place him on different beds. I am a sucker for that.

There are several dining options at the Grand Floridian including three signature restaurants as well. We had one evening at Citricos that I loved! I will post pictures of my meal in another post. The restaurant was so super duper nice and the food was to die for. There is also a seafood restaurant by the lake: Narcoossee’s and Victoria & Albert’s, which I have always heard was the most fantastic place to eat.

There is also a few quick service eateries. 1900 Park Fare is a character dining option and, of course, you have have afternoon tea at Garden View Tea Room. We had tea one afternoon and I will post those pictures later as well. It was a lot of fun. And if you read my blog, you know I am also a sucker for High Tea. It's one of those weird things I love. One day, I will open my own tea room even if it's in my living room!

Overall, although we weren't in our rooms all that much, I enjoyed the Grand Floridian. I love it is on the Monorail line because it is easy to get to the Magic Kingdom in a jiff. You can also take the boats back and forth if you like. I really liked the beauty of the grounds.

Here are a few more pictures of the Grand Floridian for you enjoyment! If you haven't seen my "Look at My Hotel Room" video, you can go check it out here. Keep checking back because I have so many more stories and pictures to share.















Disclosure: I’m was invited to attend this all-expense paid trip by Disney. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and are based on my experiences.

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