Grab your Louie V Speedies and Cartier Demoiselles folks, we’re headed to the Grand Floridian Resort and Construction Zone!
If I were to ask you which Disney would build faster, would you pick a single attraction or an entire resort hotel?
We’ll get a closer look at that newly unveiled water feature shortly, but this will give you an idea about the number of walls we’re going to see. That’s them lining the back side.
From the second floor of the main building.
I spent most of my time trying to duck Disney Parks Blog.
But they’re everywhere. My guess is they’ll be filming from the wall’s side.
The water feature.
It’s pretty neat. The hat tips over about once a minute.
Here’s 14 seconds of it. Someone turn off that clanking please.
There’s a lifeguard patrolling.
I usually ignore Disney’s rules, because I’m an American on vacation(!), but I’ll probably adhere to “No Diving.” Probably. While it states that the area is solely for those 48″ and below, I saw plenty of parents joining their kids, so I’m not sure if that’s enforced. It’s probably just protection if they need to remove unruly teenagers and vacationing Americans.
Gasparilla Grill closed September 13th and is scheduled to reopen on December 18th. It certainly needs it as it’s one of the most depressing places on property. They are reportedly removing the games to add more tables, which will hopefully bring down the noise level. One can hope they brighten the place up or something as it feels like it belongs in a prison rather than Disney’s flagship resort. Now let me tell you what I really think!
In the meantime, the resort’s Beach Pool Bar serves an expanded menu.
As described for lunch:
And the rest:
Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports5/pool2.jpg. I was just rocking my 40mm Pancake lens, which is why some of these pictures are going to be more or less zoomed in than we’d like. I just can’t help it! It’s so cute! And no one cares!
Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports5/pool3.jpg. It’s a pretty decent selection and we’ll head over to the indoor option momentarily.
I didn’t forget! NapkinWatch2k12 update: Even the upper class is served brown generic napkins. Socialism!
Food comes delivered to you at your table, which there really aren’t many of. I was hoping to just grab it and head over to a less populated area, but was DENIED! I could probably have just waited there until it was ready. Or you know, move once it came. We’re already at the Grand Floridian so whining really won’t do us any good.
Inside. This was actually really good on an extremely fresh bun. It wasn’t as slippy sloppy as the Surf and Surf Burger at Art of Animation, where it seemed like someone had lubricated it prior to serving and heaped on a few deep fried shrimp. It’s definitely recommended if you’re visiting the resort. While it doesn’t appear to be large, it was quite filling and had a significant amount of crab in it. Disney has beverage dispensers at the bar for your reusable (from your last vacation) mugs. I’m planning on trying that Chicken Salad Sandwich here one of these days.
Mizner’s is your other option. You’ll find it on the second floor on the opposite side of the monorail station.
Gasparilla seating has invaded.
They’re set up for light service.
Here are your options:
There seems to be some confusion with what their hours are and it’s likely that someone forgot to put a “1” in front of the “2.”
While we’re in menu land, we’ll check out the others.
Is that a $53 veal shank?
Sorry it’s blurry! I accept returns, but don’t offer refunds.
Victoria & Albert’s, which changes daily:
Downstairs to 1900 Park Fare.
Is it bad if a $21 breakfast seems like it’s bordering on reasonable around here?
The Tremaines at dinner are hilarious.
And over to the first floor Grand Floridian Cafe.
It’s located out on the water near the boat dock.
If it’s pouring rain, I’m not sure if they’ll walk you out there with an umbrella or something?
Previous to running this site, I had not spent a lot of time at the Grand Floridian because it is decidedly not my style.
While I am most definitely a sir, I’m not really one to let you know it.
But it’s actually a really pretty resort and not in an All-Star Music sort of way.
It’s always felt unpretentious to me. While there are going to be a considerable number of people with their Louie Vs, there are far more that just look like us.
The Courtyard Pool is completely behind walls in the middle of the resort. It’s expected to reopen in late December.
It sounded like there was some heavy machinery going on back there, but I didn’t have the heart to pop Tom over and take a shot.
Even Sandy Cove, one of the resort’s many stores, is behind walls. It will reopen November 18th. And then Ivy Trellis Beauty and Barber Shop closes October 20th through December 3rd. So if you’re visiting sometime after Christmas 2012, things should look great!
So the resort’s merchandise has moved to the other first-floor stores.
I was surprised at how much non-Disney apparel I saw.
This is Tommy Bahama. If you’re male, there is exactly one instance when wearing Tommy Bahama is socially acceptable, and that’s if you’re 55+ and on a cruise to the tropics.
Still my favorite shirt of all time. Of all time.
The shirt on the left reminds me of that painting of Jesus that the “restorer” botched.
Disney should hire whoever markets Ralph Lauren products in South America and Europe. I want to tell them that nobody actually wears Big Pony polos here.
The band featured a singer. I wish the BoardWalk resembled the lounge where Nucky Thompson had his birthday in Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire.
A quick change of scenery over to the Contemporary Resort.
For whatever reason, Contemporary is the only Deluxe that doesn’t offer any resort-specific merchandise, outside of this pin and potentially a pencil somewhere.
When you see it.
I did spot this Haunted Mansion snow globe, which I thought was tres cool.
It’ll run you about three keychains.
Nothing earth shattering, but a nice look at what’s going on over at the Grand Floridian. With the Resort easily accessible via the Resort Monorail, you may want to pop over for a look or a break during your trip. Along with the Contemporary and Polynesian, they’re definitely worth visiting. And no one will make you feel like you’re not welcome. Unless of course, I see you.