If Disney is missing one thing it’s luxury, but I’m not so sure anymore, thanks to the new villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Guests looking to stay at the creme de la creme Disney World has to offer will find themselves at their flagship resort – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. For a few select nights during the year guests can stay at this Victorian resort for only $488 per night (in an outer building with a garden view). While it’s classified as Disney’s flagship deluxe property, it is still a far cry from a true five star resort. Guests won’t find twice daily housekeeping (unless they splurge for club level), or pool service here. Little fact: despite the high price tag, and because the Grand Floridian lacks upscale amenities, it’s actually only considered a four-star hotel. Although, some argue any price is worth being one monorail stop away from the Disney’s Magic Kingdom part.
This past October, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian made their debut, and we were able to snag a studio villa (with a fantastic rate). While unfortunately turndown service is still not available to all guests (which is outrageous considering the rack rates), and pool service is nonexistent (so sad), the villa’s luxurious in room amenities are shocking for a Disney hotel (I’m talking upgraded finishes, a TV in the bathroom mirror, and a rain head shower)!
We arrived at the Grand Floridian late evening (we were coming from a fun-filled day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park). We checked-in, handed bell services our luggage tags (we were coming from a few nights at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort), and waited for a golf cart to take us to our villa. I know what you’re thinking – golf cart?! It’s not a far walk at all! And you’re right – it’s actually a really easy walk from the main building, but after a long day at the park I could not walk another step. Plus, the front desk offered, and who was I to refuse?
The villa’s building has their own lobby (complete with their own concierge). Guests can either check-in here or in the main building, depending on the time. I loved the Marry Poppins penguin fountain in the villa’s lobby – so adorable!
Our villa was on the very top floor, which had a fabulous view of the lobby and the gorgeous chandeliers.
Our villa was a lake view (the choices are standard or lake view), and the balcony was SO great! But even more amazing was our view of Space Mountain!
Inside our villa was elegantly appointed and simply wonderful.
The bathroom was the most amazing aspect! Aside from the rain shower head, and the TV in the mirror, there are two showers (with pocket doors separating them). Even though we are only two people, I can imagine this would be a great thing to have if there were more people staying here!
As you can see above, the new Grand Floridian villas are pretty fantastic, and I’m already looking forward to checking out the villas Disney is currently building at the Polynesian Resort. I’m hearing talk of over-water bungalows – how Bora Bora-esque!