Monday, November 21, 2011

Child Friendly... Grand Floridian

Possibly the most elegant resort on Walt Disney property, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is home to the Wedding Pavilion, a luxurious spa, and is in the works to house the next Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Villas.

And, the Grand Floridian is also very child friendly.  One perk?  There are actual cribs and not just pack and plays for the little ones.   

Another obvious perk?
Being on the monorail line and having the ferry right there, getting back from the Magic Kingdom or EPCOT for nap time or after a fun day in the parks is really easy.  Not quite as quick as the walkway to the Contemporary, but still - very good options!

If you think the resort may be too stuffy, remember that at the entrance of the Main Building is 1900 Park Fare - a restaurant that has both character breakfast and dinners.  There are constantly children and costumed characters in the building!  Not to mention, when you walk in you are immediately welcomed by beautiful characters in the floor!  Walk around a little more past the check in area and you'll even find a small sitting area with a television playing old Mickey Mouse cartoons playing.   

The pools are also a great place for kids.  Though there are quite pools, one located directly outside of our  building in June, the best for us had a splash pad, a walk in end, and a fun water slide.  Though at 18 months, Noah was too small for the slide, we got to enjoy it while he played in the shallow end and the splash pad!

Our favorite part of the resort - our balcony.  We requested a bay lake view, but if we looked at the right angle, we could see the castle.  With that, we could see the fireworks, hear the music, and had a perfect view of the monorail loop.  Another perk - The Electrical Water Pageant!  Who doesn't love to see the floats go by?  Plus, Noah loved running out on the balcony in the morning.  It gave him a little extra room to play while we were getting ready.

Not convinced?  Check it out yourself next time!!

What resorts are your favorites with or without children?  We still like to try out the different resorts, but have had the most success on the monorail loop.  Next up will have to be the Polynesian!


  1. We stayed there once while I like it there I prefer Poly but would not skip a stay there in the future. Love the full crib...what a neat little perk.

  2. What a great piece! I think most people think it's a little stuffy at the Grand, but it's really not. I love this resort and would take my kids any time!

  3. We have never stayed at the Grand Floridian but I cannot agree with you more! Having a toddler and being on the monorail line is priceless. We were at Bay Lake Towers and our vacation was much more relaxed because we had such easy access to our room.