I’ve always thought that Disney is missing one thing – luxury. But I’m not so sure anymore. The new Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort take vacationing at Disney World to a whole new level.
Guests looking to stay at the creme de la creme Disney World has to offer will find themselves at their flagship resort, Disney’s 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 this hotel is classified as Disney’s flagship 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 poolside service here. Little fact: despite the high price tag, and because Disney’s 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 Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
So this past October the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort opened. We were able to snag a studio villa (at a fantastic rate). While unfortunately turndown service is still not available to all guests (which is outrageous considering the rack rates), and poolside service is nonexistent, the villa’s luxurious in room amenities are shocking for a Disney hotel! I’m talking upgraded finishes, wonderful bedding, 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. However, after a long day at the park I could not walk another step. Plus, the front desk offered, and I didn’t refuse.
The villa’s have 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!
Our villa was on the very top floor.
We had a lake view (the choices are standard or lake view, with lake view being more expensive). Our balcony was SO great, but even more amazing was our view of Space Mountain!
Inside, our villa was so elegant!
The bathroom was the best! Aside from the upscale shower, and TV in the mirror, there are two showers (with pocket doors separating them). Even though we are only two people, I imagine this is a great thing for families!
The new Grand Floridian villas are pretty fantastic. From our room we could see the new villa’s they’re building over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. I’m hearing talk of over-water bungalows!