The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa0 Comments
As Disney Vacation Club membership has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years, it’s become more and more important to own points at the resorts you love to stay at. We get lots of questions about comparing the resorts, so we wanted to give you a series of posts about the Disney Vacation Club Villas at each resort to make it easier for you to compare and pick your favorites. We’re starting with one of the newest additions to the DVC inventory, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Location: The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (VGF as it’s commonly abbreviated by Vacation Club members) are in their own building next to the Grand Floridian Resort. The resort is one of the three resorts at Walt Disney World that sit on the monorail. The villas and the resort buildings are connected by a covered, but not completely sheltered, walkway.
Lobby and Common Areas: The lobby at VGF is quiet, lovely, and ornate. Several seating areas welcome guests to gather around the Mary-Poppins penguins-themed fountain at lobby center or gaze up at the incredible emerald-accented chandeliers. All of the rooms are housed in the same building with first floor rooms down hallways off the lobby and elevators to upper floors from the lobby as well. The Mary Poppins theme is carried out through the villas’ decoration in the common areas and the rooms.
Room Types – VGF has four room types.
- The deluxe studio sleeps five people in a queen bed, a queen pullout sofa, and a twin pull-down sleeper. Deluxe studios feature a small seating area and a kitchenette with microwave, mini refrigerator, toaster, and coffee maker.
- The one-bedroom villa sleeps five people in two separate rooms. The bedroom has a queen bed and the living room features a queen pullout sofa and twin pull-down sleeper. The one-bedroom also has a kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, oven, and stove, and a dining area. The bathroom is appointed with a room-type showering facility as well as a free standing bathtub.
- The two-bedroom villa is the one-bedroom villa with an extra bedroom furnished with two queen beds and its own bath. There is also an extra half-bath in the two-bedroom villa. Two-bedroom villas sleep up to 9 people.
- The Grand Villa is a three-bedroom, penthouse-like suite with a full-sized living room, dining room and kitchen, and additional “media room”. The Grand Villa has 3.5 baths and sleeps up to 13 people in one king bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa bed, and one pull-out twin.
One and Two Bedroom:
Additional Bedroom in Two Bedroom:
Convenience: Guests may check in at the desks at the Villas at the Grand Floridian from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests checking in outside of this window much go to the main hotel to check in. The Villas do have dedicated Bell Services available during these hours as well. VGF is a fair distance from the Grand Floridian’s main lobby and quick service dining location, Gasparilla Grille. Guests must walk to the quick service dining location to fill their refillable mugs and there are no food or beverage locations in the villa building. Disney’s Magical Express drops off and picks up at the Grand Floridian, but not at the villas. Guests must also walk to the hotel to access bus, boat, and monorail transportation.
Pools: Guests of VGF have access to the hotel’s main pool as well as the smaller villas pool and children’s water play area.
Views: VGF Guests may choose from two views: Standard view rooms overlook the sides and front of the villas with possible views of the Grand Floridian and the monorails, while Lake view rooms overlook the Seven Seas Lagoon. Because the hotel stretches beyond the footprint of the villas, there are few (if any) rooms whose view includes the Magic Kingdom. Guests in VGF lake view rooms will see and/or hear the Electric Water Pageant and any water traffic to and from the Magic Kingdom from the resorts and Transportation and Ticket Center.
Standard View Example: