For as long as I’ve visited Walt Disney World growing up, I always gazed longingly at the Victorian- themed gem nestled on the shores of Bay Lake. I dreamed of staying there one day and thought about how magical it would be to be a guest at Disney’s “Flagship Resort”. When we decided to have our wedding in Disney World, the planning often focused on where we would stay for our two weeks there. We immediately knew we wanted to experience what this resort had to offer. Our decision was based on several factors: the ambiance, amenities, location and value. Wait, did she just say value and Grand Floridian in the same sentence? Let me explain.
As part of the wedding planning process, brides and grooms must face the room block decision. A special perk of this is discounted rooms, which allows the possibilities of staying at a deluxe resort for a significantly discounted rate. We took full advantage of the perk and booked a concierge level room for a price we will never see again. The location of this resort for us was another plus. Not only is it right next to the Magic Kingdom with great transportation services but it was also near two of our wedding event venues. Our rehearsal dinner was at 1900 Park Fare and our ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion. It was a nice touch to be able to see our venue every time we went outside.
The ambiance and atmosphere at the Grand Floridian is next to none. The cast members were there to help with everything we needed during our stay including helping with delivering welcome bags and carrying all our wedding gear upstairs.
The luxurious amenities of this resort are endless. From the rooms and suites, dining experiences, views of the Magic Kingdom, shops, a spa and a salon, it makes for a relaxing experience. I used the Spa in the week before the wedding, several guests used the salon to get their hair perfect, and one guest even had to purchase dress socks that he left home in NY.
Staying at the Grand Floridian was a decision we would make over again. I highly recommend it if you are looking to spoil yourself a little for your wedding or honeymoon. The high level of quality is evident in every aspect of the resort from the pools, to stores and even the grand lobby.
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2 thoughts on “The Grand Floridian: A Disney Bride’s Review”
Great review Sarah!
Steve and I also chose the Grand Floridian for our wedding stay as well, for many of the same reasons. Our reception and dessert party were both at the resort and we figured our wedding vacation warranted the splurge. You’re right too, with the wedding discount the value was fantastic.
We used Magical Express from MCO and when we got off the bus there was a cast member waiting for us! I was so impressed! They helped us get my dress to the room and the hospitality was incredible.
I had my nails done at the salon the day before the wedding and they came out great!
I too was happy with the choice to stay there.
So glad you had a great experience as well. It was the greatest splurge for the wedding. The cast members defiantly make you feel special when you arrive.