Saturday, June 28, 2014
Grand Floridian Celebration!
26 years ago, the Grand Floridian Beach Resort hotel (now the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) at Walt Disney World opened its doors. Its location on the Monorail route, makes it extremely convenient for hotel guests to shuttle between areas of the resort.
As you can see, it was inspired by the Hotel del Coronado on the west coast:
The photos in today's post were from a June 2002 trip to Orlando, where I got to see this hotel for the first time.
In the background, you can see The Polynesian Resort.
Although it's a beautiful hotel, like the rest of Walt Disney World, I find that its gargantuan size precludes it from having any intimate charm. The basic concept of most WDW hotels is the same; the skins are just different. Here's the grand lobby area:
The band was playing during my visit:
Just as they were on my most recent visit in 2010:
We were given a tour of Citricos Restaurant:
Looks like one of the desserts was celebrating a 100th anniversary; any readers remember the significance of 1902? Maybe it's a leftover garnish celebrating Walt's 1901 birthday.
Happy Birthday, Grand Floridian!
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