Resort Hopping at the Grand Floridian

So what do you do when you’re traveling to Walt Disney World on a budget, yet you want to get a taste of what life is like on the other side?
I have two words for you my friend……..Resort Hopping.

If you take a little time away from the parks, there is a whole new world to discover. And I’m not talking about flying on a magic carpet either. I’m talking about hopping over to the Grand Floridian resort. Located on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and just a monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, it’s no wonder that the Grand Floridian resort can cost a pretty penny to stay at. And let’s face it, I’m probably not going to be able to afford any room (for any length of time) at the Grand Floridian anytime soon! So what better way to experience the finer things in life then to resort hop and check it all out? I’ve made this particular resort a stop on many of our past Walt Disney World vacations. We’ve experienced some of the restaurants, did some shopping, did some lounging – just like we were real life resort guests. It really is a magnificent place to spend an afternoon or evening. I will admit, for the money it’s not really my style, but I can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of it from afar (as I stay at the less expensive but not any less charming Port Orleans Riverside). This resort is also home to one of my favorite hidden gems restaurants, the Grand Floridian Cafe. I suppose it is not really hidden but I think it is extremely overlooked due to some of the more popular restaurants at this resort like Citricos and Narcoossee’s. The Grand Floridian Cafe actually has some amazing food and I would put it on par with some of the signature dining. I also loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Best part is, it’s less expensive or less credits on the dining plan. Want to feel real fancy for a minute? You can also take part in afternoon tea in the Garden View Lounge while enjoying crumpets, scones and more. To top it all off, this resort has some beautiful grounds and great views of the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon. Making it overall an amazing stop while resort hopping. Perhaps one day I’ll get to stay there, or at least make a visit to the spa. A girl can dream right?

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Take a Holiday Ride on the Monorail

By Frances

“Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas. Ladies and Gentlemen, please collect your belongings and watch your head and step. Please assist small children by the hand.” There are very few complete quotes that my eight year old daughter knows better than this one. If you have ever ridden the the Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort monorail more than a few times, then you know at least a piece of it.

Since the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World, the monorail system has carried over one billion passengers.  The WDW Resort Monorail System,  the most heavily traveled passenger monorail system in the world, carries nearly 150,000 passengers every week day.  Each year, the monorails transport more than 50 million  people. If you are looking for a break from the theme park crowds this holiday season, hop a monorail and tour the breathtaking resorts along the monorail route.

With the holidays right around the corner, here are some Holiday treats you can you find on a ride on the monorail?

You are now leaving from the Magic Kingdom

Your first stop…Disney’s Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Towers offers shopping and a quick-lunch  at the Contempo Cafe.  As you watch other monorails zip  through the building, you’ll definitely want a Black Forrest Cupcake for  dessert ($3.29).  A traditional Contemporary must-see is the floor-to-ceiling  ceramic mural, created by artist and Disney legend Mary Blair, whimsically celebrating the beauty of the Grand  Canyon and the southwest region. Be sure to look for the goat with 5 legs. Need some quiet time to rest your achy  feet?  Take an escalator down one floor to the Convention Center area,  where there are cushioned benches and chairs available. The bathrooms are super clean, quiet, and roomy.

Next stop…Disney’s Polynesian Resort, where you’ll enter a South Pacific themed  tropical paradise. Walk down to the lower level and gaze at the 70 species of  plants found around the waterfall.  Take a seat, so close you are within reaching distance of the flora, and feel your vacation tensions melt away to the sound of the peaceful falling waters.  If you need a quick bite to eat, try Captain  Cook’s or the Tambo Lounge.  If you are here near nightfall, ask about the Polynesian Resort‘s torch-lighting ceremony, which  includes a traditional fire-knife dance together with authentic drumming and chants.

Last stop… is the Disney’s magnificent Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  Labeled as the flagship  hotel of the Walt Disney World Resorts, just standing in the five-story lobby is a journey into opulence and splendor.  There are six restaurants to choose from and shopping at Basin White or M. Mouse Mercantile. Pull up a chair and listen to the frequent musical entertainment,  which ranges from a pianist seated at a grand piano to a Disney big band.   Because this holiday decoration will be gone after New Years,  make a trip over to the Victorian era-style Grand Floridian gingerbread house before you make your way back upstairs for the monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom.

A modernistic transportation system to journey you to the Future, the South Seas, and the Victorian Era…all in a Disney holiday’s time.

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Upcoming Holiday Fun on the WDW Monorail

“Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas. Ladies and Gentlemen, please collect your belongings and watch your head and step. Please assist small children by the hand.” If you’ve ever ridden on a Disney monorail, this simple exit speech is etched into your Disney memory forever.

Since the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World, the monorail system has carried more than one billion passengers.  The WDW Resort Monorail System,  the most heavily traveled passenger monorail system in the world, carries nearly 150,000 passengers every week day.  Each year, the monorails transport more than 50 million  people. If you are looking for a break from the theme park crowds this holiday season, hop a monorail and tour some of the breathtaking resorts along the monorail route.

The holdiays are right around the corner. Just what sorts of entertainment can you find on a ride on the monorail?

Your first stop…the Contemporary Resort offers some shopping and a quick-lunch  at the Contempo Cafe.  As you watch other monorails zip  through the building, you’ll definitely want a Black Forrest Cupcake for  dessert.  A traditional Contemporary must-see is the floor-to-ceiling  ceramic mural, created by artist and Disney legend Mary Blair, whimsically celebrating the beauty of the Grand  Canyon and the southwest region.  Need some quiet time to rest your achy  feet?  Take an escalator down one floor to the Convention Center area,  where there are usually some fluffy couches available, and the bathrooms here  are super clean, quiet, and roomy.

Next stop…the Polynesian Resort, where you’ll enter a South Pacific themed  tropical paradise. Walk down to the lower level and gaze at the 70 species of  plants found around the waterfall.  Take a seat, so close you are within reaching distance of the flora, and feel your vacation tensions melt away to the sound of the peaceful falling waters.  If you need a quick bite to eat, try Captain  Cook’s or the Tambo Lounge.  If you are here near nightfall, ask about the Polynesian Resort‘s torch-lighting ceremony, which  includes a traditional fire-knife dance together with authentic drumming and chants.

Last stop… is the magnificent Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  Labeled as the flagship  hotel of the Walt Disney World Resorts, just standing in the five-story lobby is a journey into opulence and splendor.  There are six restaurants to choose from and shopping at Basin White or M. Mouse Mercantile. Pull up a chair and listen to the frequent musical entertainment,  which ranges from a pianist seated at a grand piano to a Disney big band.   Because this holiday decoration will be gone after New Years,  make a trip over to the Victorian era-style Grand Floridian gingerbread house before you make your way back upstairs for the monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom.

A modernistic transportation system to journey you to the Future, the South Seas, and the Victorian Era…all in a Disney holiday’s time.

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Strawberry Soup from the Grand Floridian: The Make-It-Yourself Recipe

By Melissa L.

While the temperatures are still soaring, I thought I would whip up a batch of Strawberry Soup. I used the recipe I found on All Ears, which you can find right here. So here we go with Strawberry Soup from 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. [Read more…]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, What is the Grandest Disney Resort of ALL?

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Photographing Disney World: Exploring the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Every photo has a story.

The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a fantastic Disney resort located along the monorail track to the Magic Kingdom and on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.  With gabled rooftops, live piano music, and a five-story lobby, the Grand Floridian is by far Disney’s most opulent resort. Disney by the Numb3rs, my source for all interesting Disney numerical facts and trivia, offers some great information about the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. [Read more…]

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Polynesian Resort

Reason Number One: Location, location, location…

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a vacation paradise of relaxation, tropical landscaping, recreation and South Seas charm. At $300 a night and up, it’s also extremely expensive. It is worth the cost? Here’s three great reasons you would love to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. [Read more…]