Is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Good for Kids?
If You Think Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is Not Kid Friendly, Here is Why I Disagree
There’s a common misconception out there among many travellers and Travel Agents that Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is not well suited to families with children.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, in my opinion, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the best Deluxe Disney Resort for families with kids of any age. If you enjoy the finer side of Disney travel, they don’t come more kid friendly than Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Top 5 Reasons Why Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is Perfect for Kids
1. Premium Princess and Character Dining Right Onsite
If you have a little one who loves Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Mary Poppins, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh and many other favorite Disney characters, then Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has you covered. At 1900 Park Fare you will find two excellent upscale Character Dining experiences. Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner features Cinderella and Prince Charming, and may include the Fairy Godmother, Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine. The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is a buffet featuring Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. The Wonderland Tea Party is a lighter afternoon event where kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can meet characters from Wonderland.
For a very upscale and exclusive event, I recommend Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea. This is a VIP event for young Princesses and Princes (ages 3 to 9) and is held in the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The event is hosted by Rose Petal (a friend of Princess Aurora’s) and features Sleeping Beauty herself, who spends excellent quality time with tea party guests. Definitely a very memorable experience!
2. Beach Pool with Water Slide and Alice Themed Splash Pad
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort features two very inviting pools. The large Courtyard Pool is more suitable for quiet lounging, although there are kids there as well, especially younger children since it was converted into a zero entry pool a few years ago. The real fun for kids, however, is at the Beach Pool. The Beach Pool features a water slide, zero entry and plenty of poolside games and activities for the kids. Don’t worry though, just like the Courtyard Pool, the Grand Floridian’s Beach Pool has a full bar and food service (along with private cabanas for rent) to ensure that the big kids are well looked after.
For younger kids, there is a very fun Alice in Wonderland themed splash pool area (as featured in the title image on this page). It was a great addition to the Grand Floridian and has really helped to round out the inviting kid-friendly nature of this luxurious Disney Resort.
3. Expansive Lobby that Kids Love
You might not think that a hotel lobby could be a fun place for kids, but there’s something about the massive upscale lobby area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort that kids of all ages really love. The Grand Floridian lobby has tons of open space and comfortable seating. It even includes a special kids area with small chairs and Disney programming playing on a video screen. There are massive sets of stairs that kids love as well, along with seasonal activities and some kid-focused lobby events from time to time. If you happen to be here during the Christmas holidays, your kids will surely love the full-size gingerbread house and seasonal decorations that adorn this magical space. You really have to experience Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort at least once during the Christmas season to really appreciate the charm of this gorgeous space.
4. One Stop from the Magic Kingdom (Get the Kids “Home” Fast)
With a monorail stop conveniently located right in the hotel’s main building, getting to the Magic Kingdom couldn’t be easier. It’s just a quick one-stop ride from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to the front gates of the Magic Kingdom. On the way back, it’s the first stop on the complimentary Disney boat transportation (the boat does a loop between the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort). When you have kids who can get tired and grumpy, it pays big dividends to be within such close proximity to this most popular of the Disney Parks.
5. Disney’s Pirate Adventure
Young swashbucklers will love Disney’s Pirate Adventure, which departs from the marina area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort on select days each week. This special adventure is strictly for kids aged 4 to 12 (no parents allowed!), meaning that you also get a couple of hours to yourself while the kids embark on a guided treasure hunt around Seven Seas Lagoon.
And the Grand Floridian Offers Much More Disney Magic for Kids
In addition to the unique and exclusive benefits for kids noted above, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort also offers a long list of other magical kids’ favourites. These include
- nightly movies under the stars,
- an arcade room,
- basketball courts,
- campfire activities (with marshmallows, of course),
- fishing excursions,
- and more.
Plus, when you stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort you’ll get a front row view of the nightly Electrical Water Pageant and a very good view of the nightly Happily Ever After fireworks show from Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the Only Place to Be for the Holidays
If you happen to visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort around Easter or Christmas the kids will get an extra bonus. At Easter there is a fantastic display of exquisitely designed Disney Easter Eggs that the kids will love. Plus, there are Easter Egg Hunts around the big day.
Christmas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is without question my absolute favourite place to be at Walt Disney World. The lobby of the hotel is transformed into a festive wonderland. A life-size gingerbread house (made out of real gingerbread) anchors the lobby decor and the smell will have you smiling as soon as you walk in. Fortunately, you can purchase gingerbread from the house if you find yourself needing a snack. On top of all that, Christmas music fills the air from a live band and a huge Christmas Tree is the centre piece to it all. This is a very popular spot for family Christmas photos and a PhotoPass photographer is onsite to the capture the magic for your family.
So the next time someone tells you that Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is not kid friendly, feel free to tell them that a Deluxe Disney Travel Expert has filled you in on exactly why Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is (in my opinion) the best resort for families with kids at Walt Disney World.
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Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist
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