3. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa may have opened in 1988, but the overall grandeur and elegance reflected here is far more reminiscent of the late 19th century/turn of the 20th century era after which it was fashioned. In fact, the resort’s charming décor and theme gives a nod to the grand hotels from Florida’s Golden Age, when lavish estates and resorts began popping up following the railroad’s construction, which also drew in several prominent families and notable names.
While drawing on old-fashioned glamor and charm, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers up all the modern conveniences and top-notch quality features you can expect at any Disney Resort, plus many extras that distinguish these accommodations from others. Those opting for a stay in a villa will find varying room selections to choose from, housed privately in a separate Disney Vacation Club-designated building near the scenic beach pool. The building is located to the left when exiting the main building and even boasts its own private lobby. Rooms range from Deluxe studios and one-bedroom villas that sleep five to larger distinctions with two and even three bedrooms. Two-bedroom villas can easily accommodate nine to 10 guests while the three-bedroom grand villas can comfortably house a party of 12. Each villa boasts fully equipped kitchens with appliances and granite countertops, a washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi Internet access, flat screen televisions with Blue-Ray DVD Players, and even unique mirror televisions in each bathroom. Two-bedroom villas come complete with two bathrooms while grand three-bedroom villas have four. The bathrooms boast separate walk-in showers and freestanding whirlpool tubs. Each villa also has its own private porch or balcony, many with unparalleled lake views—perfect for viewing Cinderella’s Castle and the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.
As one of three Deluxe resorts overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, easy transport to the Magic Kingdom can be yours via convenient monorail service, which runs through a constant loop back and forth through the surrounding Area Resorts as well as the Transportation and Ticket Center, where you can disembark and take the monorail line en route to Epcot. You can also take a watercraft ferry over to the Magic Kingdom as well. Additionally, other around-resort features include two pools (one with a 181-foot waterslide), full-service spa treatments, and numerous onsite recreational endeavors, like watercraft and boat rentals and even guided fishing excursions. Indulge in impeccable dining from many notable highly rated restaurants right onsite, like the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s, to name one. The Grand Floridian plays host to a number of special events and unique engagements as well, ranging from themed tea parties for children, character dining at 1900 Park Fare, and a vast array of countless other distinguishable experiences to be had.