A to Z Obscure Disney World Tips: G

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G is for: Grand Floridian Getaway

Lots of guidebooks recommend heading back to your resort midday for a respite from the sun & crowds, but if you're not staying at one of the high-end hotels right by the parks, that isn't always practical.  Not being a guest at a deluxe resort, however, doesn't preclude you from bopping over to one.

The Grand Floridian is one monorail stop or a simple, relaxing ferry journey from the Magic Kingdom.  And its got a pool bar. If you really want to get away from the action to recharge, you can take your drink up to the second floor of the main building to the smoking balcony pictured below (veer to the right after getting off the monorail, pass the staircase down to the pool area, and you're there). We found it completely uninhabited in the early afternoon.

The porch is covered to shelter you from both sun & rain, and you're treated to a serene view of the lagoon and neighboring Polynesian huts.  If you're lucky like we were, you might even get to watch a carriage pulled by six white horses arrive to pick up a bride!  By the time we caught the ferry back to the kingdom, we were all revved up for more magic.

Disney World Trivia:
What TV family stayed at the Grand Floridian in their two-part 1993 episode: "The House Meets the Mouse"?


Luanne G. Smith said...

I've always wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian, but can never justify the expense. So beautiful though.

Unknown said...

Wow, it's really beautiful!

Golden Eagle said...

It looks like a pretty place! :)

The Golden Eagle
The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

Janie Junebug said...

The Grand Floridian is lovely, but it costs too much. But it's fun to go to various hotels that can be reached via monorail to check out their dining rooms and pools.


Anonymous said...

Awesome, but pricey! We have yearly passes at Disneyland and stay at local hotels because its cheaper than going on a real vacation.

Suze said...

I stayed at the Grand Floridian in 2001 for Thanksgiving. The tree in the lobby was ginormous!