Disney’s Grand Floridian
We’ll address the mouse in the house early, since Disney World is iconic to Orlando. If you’ve never been to Disney as an adult, you don’t know what you’re missing. Even if you’re not ready to fully commit yourself to a trip to the House Mouse, Disney Hotels are something special, especially the Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels. Each property is themed and immersive to transport you away in time and space.
Grand Floridian captures the essence of a turn of the century Atlantic City beach resort. In many ways, it reminds me of staying at Hotel Del Coronado on a romantic Southern California getaway with birdcage elevators and the staff in period clothing. There’s even afternoon tea in the Garden View Tea Room, an on-site spa, and a sandy beach that, unfortunately, doesn’t access the water.
Like all Disney Hotels, your stay includes Extra Magic Hours and 60-day fast passes to optimize your visit to the park. Best of all, the Grand Floridian’s proximity to the Magic Kingdom means that the most magical place on Earth is only a short boat ride or one monorail stop away.
You don’t need to enter the parks to experience the magic of a romantic Disney resort. The Grand Floridian is home to Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s only “AAA Fine Dining” restaurant and Narcoossee’s, where you can watch the fireworks over the Seven Seas Lagoon from the outdoor terrace. A trip to the South Pacific is only a short walk away, too, if you head next door to visit the neighboring Polynesian Resort.