Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort got a Moana-themed makeover and Disney’s Contemporary Resort rooms are currently being renovated to have details from Pixar’s Incredibles. And, while the rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa aren’t being majorly redone, there are quite a few subtle makeovers that have led to it being one of the best themed in Disney World!
Here’s How Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Has Quietly Become the Best Themed in Disney World!
We’re starting off with one of the details that hasn’t changed in a long time but remains one of the most highly-themed areas in the resort — the lobby! When you step in, you’re immediately transported to the late 19th/early 20th century and there are so many little details that remind you of the era (and even Disney)!
You won’t’ see any giant statues of Disney characters, but you will find them hiding in the elegantly detailed flooring of the lobby…
…and other features, like the giant birdcage and two-story elevator, are all built to be reminiscent of the time period. Of course, there are elevators that go up more than two floors in the hotel, but they’re hidden because the standard elevators in the early 20th century only went up to the second floor.
And, if the details aren’t enough to create the ambiance, there’s also a pianist who can be found playing live in the lobby every evening.
So, from the second you enter the resort, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time.
Enchanted Rose Lounge
And, up on the second floor, you’ll find a newer lounge that combines the elegance of the resort with a classic Disney fairytale! The Enchanted Rose Lounge replaced Mizner’s Lounge back in 2019 and is themed after none other than Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
The lounge is made up of three different rooms that are each themed after different parts of the movie. The main room is themed after the ballroom scene in the film and the centerpiece is a giant chandelier that is designed to be reminiscent of Belle’s yellow dress…
…and another room is designed to be Belle’s library where you’ll find her book collection…
…and even Lumiere…
And, the final room is known as the Garden Room, which is inspired by the forest surrounding the Beast’s Castle.
Plus, there’s also an outdoor dining area, though it isn’t as elaborately themed.
Of course, you can also find a selection of drinks to match the ambiance and theming of the lounge making this a must-see spot if you’re staying in the resort (and even if you’re not!).
But the lounge isn’t the only dining spot to get a Disney-themed makeover in recent years at the resort — the Table Service restaurant, Citricos, also recently reopened with a brand new look!
The entire restaurant has been updated to be themed after Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and, while you certainly won’t be overwhelmed with details from the movie, there are quite a few subtle reminders in the decor. For example, you’ll find some artwork with recognizable scenes…
…and even Mary Poppin’s iconic bag and umbrella!
Aside from the little details, the rest of the dining room is designed to feel like a “fanciful garden” and all of the furniture and light fixtures have been updated to give it that atmosphere.
So, much like the Enchanted Rose, Citricos has maintained its upscale feel while incorporating theming and details from a classic Disney movie.
Disney Vacation Club Villas
And, that’s not the only place you can walk into Disney’s Mary Poppins! Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is home to a selection of Disney Vacation Club Villas and if you have the chance to walk over to the lobby, you’ll find some recognizable characters!
Though, that’s the only place you’ll be able to spot a reminder of the movie, as the rooms keep with the victorian-era theming and have only small Disney reminders.
Kids’ Splash Zone
And, the last area that you’ll find a reminder of a Disney movie is at the Kids’ Splash Zone near the second pool! It’s themed after Alice in Wonderland and features the Mad Hatter’s recognizable tophat, water pouring from overflowing teacups, and more!
It certainly is a more subtle touch to the resort, but it adds to the Disney feel without taking away from the victorian-era theming.
So, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa doesn’t scream “you’re in Disney World,” but over the years it has become one of Disney’s most elegantly themed hotels that still gives you all of the Disney feels with small reminders of many classic Disney characters and films.
And, if you want to learn more about the hotel, you can come along with us on a full tour in our video below!
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