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Complete Guide to The Villas at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (w/review)

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Complete Guide to The Villas at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (w/review)

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Deluxe Villa Resort at Walt Disney World, in addition to a Disney Vacation Club Resort. The Villas are located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, meaning the resort is close to Magic Kingdom and has some unforgettable views.

The resort is known for having access to the Monorail, along with its well-known exterior design similar to the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.

Also located on property are Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a Disney deluxe resort.

Here’s what you need to know about the Villas at Grand Floridian.

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Summary
The Grand Floridian Villas are a Disney Vacation Club property located at the Grand Floridian resort. The Grand Floridian is Disney's Flagship resort and is full of great dining options and elegant theming. The easy access to and views of Magic Kingdom are incredible. However, it is very pricey and not overly kid-friendly.
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Pros and Cons

Pros: One monorail stop away from Magic Kingdom, very elegant theming, great on-site dining options, can take boat to Magic Kingdom, walking path to Magic Kingdom, view of Magic Kingdom fireworks and Electrical Water Pageant, 50 minute specialty cruise for up to 10-12 people available at the marina

Cons: Expensive, transportation to parks other than Magic Kingdom can take a while (shared buses, have to transfer monorails to get to Epcot), not as kid friendly as other resorts

Overview 

Resort category: Deluxe Villas

Resort area: Magic Kingdom

Address & Phone Number
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8451
(407) 824-3000

Just like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Grand Floridian Villas embodies the Victorian and Palm Beach’s golden eras.

The Villas share dining, shops, pools, and more with the Grand Floridian Resort, but are still special on their own. For example, guests can book either a deluxe studio or a multi-bedroom villa. They offer more than your standard room, including some having a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a spacious living area.

This resort is more expensive for obvious reasons. Between higher-priced dining, having access to water transportation, buses, and the Monorail, providing views of Magic Kingdom, and serving as host of the famous Disney Wedding Pavilion, both the Resort and Villas have a lot to offer guests.

There’s even a convention center nearby, the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Convention Center.

Here’s what else you need to know about the Villas.

Guest Rooms And Bathrooms

You can book two types of room at the Villas: one, two, or three bedroom villas or deluxe studios. Depending on the room you book, you can even sleep up to 12 adults.

Standard amenities are featured in each room, including a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi, a coffee maker, telephone, in-room safe, and an iron and ironing board. The Villas also include some great amenities like a microwave, a fully-equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, mirror TVs in all bathrooms, and even a Blu-Ray player.

As for the studios, they also have some unique and beneficial features like a kitchenette with microwave and a small fridge, mirror TVs in all bathrooms, and a Blu-Ray player.

Plus, there’s a range of views, including the lake, the Monorail, the courtyard, landscaping, and the parking area. 

If you’re wondering about outlets and USB ports, there are both scattered about (more outlets than USB) for whatever you may need to plug in or charge. Regarding storage, there is plenty of closet and drawer space.

The deluxe studio beds have doors underneath that slide open for luggage. These beds also have drawers. The bathrooms have some counter space, along with drawers. 

Here are the rooms available to book. You can check out room layouts below.

Villas

  • 1 Bedroom Villa — Standard View: Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail, or Parking Area; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, porch or balcony
Grand Floridian Villas 1 bedroom villa
Grand Floridian Villas 1 bedroom villa
  • 1 Bedroom Villa — Lake View: Lake View; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Full kitchen and a split bathroom with two sink areas
Grand Floridian Villas 1 bedroom villa
Grand Floridian Villas 1 bedroom villa
  • 2 Bedroom Villa — Standard View: Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail, or Parking Area; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Bed and 2 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofas and 1 Single Pull Down Bed
Grand Floridian Villas 2 bedroom villa
Grand Floridian Villas 2 bedroom villa
  • 2 Bedroom Villa — Lake View: Lake View; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Bed and 2 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofas and 1 Single Pull Down Bed
Grand Floridian Villas 2 bedroom villa
Grand Floridian Villas 2 bedroom villa
  • 3 Bedroom Grand Villa — Lake View: Lake View; 1 King Bed and 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa

Studios

  • Deluxe Studio — Standard View: Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail, or Parking Area; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, porch or balcony
Grand Floridian Villas deluxe studio
Grand Floridian Villas deluxe studio
  • Deluxe Studio — Lake View: Lake View; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, porch or balcony
Grand Floridian Villas deluxe studio

The Villas at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Room Options

Room type(s)Bed sizeMax people
per room
Floor plan
Deluxe Studio – Standard View
Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail or Parking Area
1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5
Deluxe Studio – Lake View
Lake View
1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5
Resort Studio – Standard View
Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail or Parking Area
2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed5
Resort Studio – Lagoon View
Views of the Seven Seas Lagoon
2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed5
Resort Studio – Theme Park View
Views of Magic Kingdom Park
2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed5
1 Bedroom Villa – Standard View
Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail or Parking Area
1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5
1 Bedroom Villa – Lake View
Lake View
1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5
2 Bedroom Villa – Standard View
Views of the Courtyard, Landscaping, Monorail or Parking Area
1 King Bed and 1 Queen Bed and 2 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofas and 1 Single Pull Down Bed9
2 Bedroom Villa – Lake View
Lake View
1 King Bed and 1 Queen Bed and 2 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofas and 1 Single Pull Down Bed9
3 Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View
Lake View
1 King Bed and 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa12

VIDEO: Grand Floridian Resort tour (rooms, dining, pools)

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The front desk is located in the lobby of the Villas building, which is separate from the building. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Grand Floridian Villas lobby
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

The lobby is a nice size and quite stunning. It even has an adorable Mary Poppins-themed fountain featuring the penguins.

As for the pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the bus stop, you can find those near the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Package & Delivery Pick Up

You can have packages and groceries delivered to your Disney Resort hotel, along with shipping select items home.

Here’s everything you need to know about having packages delivered and picking them up.

Grocery Delivery

You can have groceries delivered directly to your Disney Resort hotel. Dry-good storage and refrigerated storage are offered (subject to availability).

Important: a $6 fee will be charged to your room account for each grocery delivery order brought to your room by Bell Services or Luggage Assistance. Or, you can pick up these deliveries yourself from Bell Services or Luggage Assistance — at no charge.

Select items will need to be picked up in person, like alcohol. Most grocery delivery services require an individual of age to sign for alcohol and to show valid identification. Disney Resort hotels will not accept these types of orders on behalf of you.

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Resort Hotel Delivery (temporarily unavailable)

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can have park souvenirs delivered to your hotel instead of carrying them around with you all day.

Just tell the Cast Member at checkout that you want your purchase delivered to your hotel. You’ll usually pick up these items at your hotel’s gift shop (a Cast Member should tell you the designated pick-up location).

Home Delivery

In-park purchases can also be shipped to your home via UPS or FedEx for an additional fee.

Sending and Receiving Mail

Sending Mail

You can mail postcards, letters, and packages from the theme parks and select Disney Resort hotels.

Letter and Postcards
Postcards and letters with postage already applied can be mailed from any mail box located throughout the theme parks and at the Front Desk of Disney Resort hotels.

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Packages
You can ship pre-packed, pre-labeled packages at the Front Desk or Concierge desk of most Disney Resort hotels. Hotels that include an onsite Business Center, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, can also ship packages for you.

Regular shipping and handling fees will apply.

Purchasing Postage
Postage stamps are available for purchase at various gift shops including:

  • Art of Disney (Epcot)
  • Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Studios)
  • Disney Springs Welcome Center (Disney Springs)
  • Disney Traders (Epcot)
  • Garden Gate Gifts (Animal Kingdom)
  • Heritage Manor (Epcot)
  • Main Street Chamber of Commerce (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mickey’s Gift Station (Transportation and Ticket Center)
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood (Hollywood Studios)
  • Movieland Memorabilia (Hollywood Studios)
  • Newsstand (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Outpost Shop (Animal Kingdom)
  • Sundries (Disney Springs)
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Receiving Mail

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can receive mail throughout your stay. Occasionally, some guests will ship items in advance of their vacation to help save luggage space.

If you want to receive mail during your vacation, be sure the letter or package:

  • Includes the mailing address of your Disney Resort Hotel
  • Clearly features the word “Guest” on the front and the date of your arrival

Important: a $6 per package handling fee will apply to all packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room.

Parking

Although parking at Disney World resort hotels used to cost a nightly fee for resort guests, Disney has changed their policy so that parking is now free for all on-site resort guests. This change was implemented on January 10, 2023.

Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Important: Valet parking might not always be available.

Resort Map

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Amenities And Shops

From gift shops, to on-site laundry services, to spa and fitness, there are several amenities offered to guests at Grand Floridian.

Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries at Grand Floridian
  • Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries: Find sundries, hotel logo souvenirs, snacks, H2O products, luggage, strollers, and more. 
  • Basin White: Purchase a range of bath and beauty products.
  • Curiouser Clothiers: Disney-inspired designer clothes, along with premium souvenirs and character merchandise.
  • M. Mouse Mercantile: All things Mickey, like apparel, toys, jewelry, and more. You ca also find Princess wear and pin-trading here.
  • Laundry Services: Villas with one ore more bedrooms feature in-unite washers and dryers. There are also 24-hour self-service laundry facilities on the second floor of the Grand Floridian Resort main building and on the ground floors of most buildings with Guest Rooms.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
  • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies outside.
  • Senses — A Disney Spa and Salon: Victorian-themed, full-service spa with massages, body treatments, and more.
  • Childcare ServicesIn-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

Pools And Recreation

The Villas, just like the Grand Floridian Resort, have one main feature pool and one leisure pool. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying a Disney Resort pool.

Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

Alice in Wonderland water play area at Grand Floridian

Feature Pool

  • Beach Pool: Overlooks Seven Seas Lagoon and has an 181-foot-long waterslide. The pool features cascading waterfalls and has a zero-depth entry like a beach. There’s a lounge, bar, and also cabanas to rent. There’s even fun Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area.

Leisure Pools

  • Courtyard Pool: A zero-entry heated leisure pool behind the main building. There’s also a whirlpool spa.

Some other recreational options include:

  • Motorized Boat Rentals
  • Specialty Cruises
  • Arcadia Games (arcade)
  • Basketball Courts
  • Jogging
  • Campfire to roast marshmallows
  • Pirate Adventure Cruise (an addition cost, but 4 to 12 year olds can set sail on a pirate adventure)

 

How to get from Grand Floridian Villas to anywhere at Disney World

You can either take the Monorail, a bus, or water transportation to and from Grand Floridian Villas. The Monorail station is attached to the main building for easy access. As for the bus station, you can find it between the main building and the Convention Center. All of the different ways to get from the Villas to anywhere in Disney World is detailed below.

wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
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4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
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8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
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Starting Point Ending Point

Dining options at Grand Floridian Villas

You can find both Quick Service and Table Service options here, along with lounges and bars. Take note that Gasparilla Island Grill has Mobile Order. Plus, Grand Floridian Café and Narcoossee’s both offer Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location.

You can read more about the dining options below.

Quick Service

Gasparilla Grill

Gasparilla Grill is a food court style restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.

gasparilla grill

Location type: Food Court
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch,, dinner, & late night dining

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Affordable options, create-your-own salads available, indoor and outdoor seating (outdoor seating overlooks the marina), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons: Food is just OK, service can be slow

Table Service

Citricos

This Mary Poppins Returns inspired restaurant allows you to dine underneath the London sky in a fine dining environment.

citricos at grand floridian

Location type: Fine/Signature Dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
  • Pros: Beautiful restaurant with great food and service, somewhat of a hidden gem so getting reservations here can be easier than other upscale restaurants, upscale (dress code is in place)
  • Cons: Expensive, no view of fireworks

Narcoossee’s

A fine dining experience on the waterfront with panoramic views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom.

narcoossees

Location type: Fine/Signature Dining
Type of food: American, Seafood
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
  • Pros:  Fantastic seafood and amazing views including being able to see the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom
  • Cons: Expensive, long waits for food

1900 Park Fare

Enjoy Disney Friends at the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast or Cinderella and Prince Charming at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner.

Location type: Character Dining – Buffet
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Fun character interactions and it’s fun to be able to have both sushi rolls and gummi bears at dinner (where else would that be possible?), strawberry soup is good
  • Cons: Fairly expensive, especially since the food isn’t super good (you’re definitely paying for the experience)

Grand Floridian Cafe

grand floridian cafe

Location type: Casual Dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit
  • Pros: Great food, often easy to get into
  • Cons: Though relatively affordable compared to other Grand Floridian restaurants, some still find some prices to be a bit high

Victoria & Albert’s

victoria and alberts

Location type: Fine/Signature Dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Dinner, Chef’s Table, & Queen Victoria Room

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Pros: 1 of only 3 AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurants in Florida, 6+ course meal that is skillfully prepared, amazing food
  • Cons: Lengthy meal may be a bit too long for some, very expensive, not on the Disney Dining Plan

Everything Else

If you want to grab a beverage to drink by the pool, while you’re hanging at the resort, or need something quicker to eat, you may want to try one of the following dining options.

Garden View Tea Room

garden view tea room

Location type: Tea Room
Type of food: British
Meals served: Morning or afternoon tea

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Pros: Relaxing, traditional English tea experience that includes tea as well as a selection of sandwiches, fruit and pastries. A special “Mrs. Potts Tea” (chocolate milk) is available for younger guests. If you book your reservation for 3:00 pm or later you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your tea while the listening to the live music from the Grand Floridian lobby.
  • Cons: Fairly expensive for just tea and mini-sandwiches, scones and fruit (costs the same or more than a full meal).

Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Beaches Pool Bar and Grill at Grand Floridian

Location type: Pool Bar
Type of food: American
Meals served: Lunch, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Interesting food options for a pool bar
  • Cons: Limited menu and hours

Courtyard Pool Bar

Courtyard Pool Bar at Grand Floridian

Location type: Pool Bar
Type of food: American
Meals served: Lunch, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Interesting food options for a pool bar
  • Cons: Limited menu and hours

Enchanted Rose

Location type: Lounge
Type of food: American
Meals served: Snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Pros: Unique themed drinks (plus champagne, ports, cognacs), appetizers available, Beauty and the Beast theming
  • Cons: Disney Dining Plan not accepted, only open in evenings, pricey

Cítricos Lounge

citricos lounge

Location type: Lounge
Type of food: American, Mediterranean
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
  • Pros: Some of the great food and drinks that are served in the Citricos’ restaurant, but usually without the waits or need for a reservation
  • Cons: Limited seating

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