We’ll take a break in between Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom at Grand Floridian Resort.
Construction continues ahead of the October 23rd official opening.
The back side of construction.
The walkway that connects Grand Floridian and the Polynesian is open.
Up close look at a mostly finished side.
The view from the ground level of the DVC rooms closest to the rest of the Floridian.
If you’re familiar with the walk from the Grand Flo’s main building to the wedding chapel, you’ll know about how far it is to the main entrance of the DVC addition. It should come in at less than ten minutes.
Prior to construction, the wedding chapel was removed from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the resort.
But now the chapel is just a few hundred feet away from what should turn out to be a busy DVC entrance. I’m standing in the turnaround here.
And now looking in the opposite direction toward DVC.
Then on top of that, this walkway connects the Polynesian with the Grand Floridian via this walkway right in front of the chapel.
This is what DVC is expected to look like once completed.
From the Grand Flo DVC entrance, the walk over to the Polynesian’s main building would probably be in the seven to ten minute range, making Captain Cook’s, ‘Ohana, etc. fairly convenient.
Looking back at the Floridian.
You can see how close DVC is to the Beach Pool and bar.
Speaking of the pool bar, it continues offering one of the best quick service menus on property and now serves dinner in addition to lunch.
On top of the that, the actual bar just around the corner offers even more items, including a Boursinburger, Beef and Brie Bruschetta, and Slider Trio with Duck Confit, Beef Chimichurri, and Crab Cake on Mini Brioche.
Then on top of that, Grand Floridian is also rolling out a new Craft Beer menu that is expected to go resort wide soon:
- Abita Purple Haze
- Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
- Blue Moon Belgian
- Blue Point Toasted Lager,
- Breckenridge Agave Wheat
- Brooklyn Pennat Ale 55
- Chimay Blue Grande Reserve
- Chimay White
- Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale
- Cigar City Jai Alai
- Florida Beer Co. Key West Southernmost Wheat
- Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Scottish Beer
- Kona Brewing Longboard Island Lager
- Left Hand Milk Stout
- Leinenkugel Berry Weiss
- Magic Hat #9
- Magic Hat Circus Boy
- Orange Blossom Pilsner
- Orlando Brewing Organic Blonde Ale
- Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
- Sam Adams Boston Lager
- Sam Adams Seasonal
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
- Stone Levitation Ale
- Terrapin Hopsecutioner
That’s a pretty significant addition, including several outstanding beers.
The Sliders, alcoholic beverages, etc. are available here underneath the sign. The rest of the food is just around the corner to the left.
Walls are down at the beach and guests are welcome to contract the brain eating amoeba in the water at their leisure.
As far as I know, DVC isn’t getting a lounge, bar, pool, or food. Luckily, Grand Floridian has two large pools – I’d expect the Courtyard pool to continue being less crowded after the DVC opens up since it’s a little further away.
The Courtyard Pool also has a bar and a limited food menu.
Picture stolen from Lisa without permission. The food looks to come from nearby Gasparilla.
Back inside for some BATH SALTS.
Like at the Polynesian we saw a few days ago and at Old Key West which we’ll see shortly, Grand Floridian has added new resort merchandise. This is probably the most uninspired piece I’ve seen – it’s sort of a polyester bowling shirt that simply says the name of the resort above the pocket. It almost looks like something you’d wear if you worked for the resort and took orders poolside or something. Minus five stars.
Also new I think. $49.95 isn’t particularly terrible for one of these Nike polos. If you wore this, people would probably think you work for the golf course.
Grand Flo also stocks other brands including Tommy Bahama and Kahala.
Also Vineyard Vines and Lorenzo Uomo.
Socks, polos, etc.
Perhaps if Junior isn’t on board with the family’s super-snazzy tie-dyed matching Mickey shirts, you can threaten that you’ll chaperone prom and see to it that he wears one of the finest in Mickey bow ties.
I think these are new-ish.
This is an old picture. It seems like Disney is trying to get away from the kind-of-gross brown color that dominated the first round of merchandise.
The cup on the left is old and the cup on the right is new with a slightly different logo.
I guess you could describe it as “playful.”
For those days when you’re sporting full makeup, Louboutin sandals, and your Louie V but still want to look like you’re not trying.
The new logo on the pen set on the left versus the old logo on the keychain to the right.
Time for menu land.
They have a bar that’s a little more casual if you’re interested in some drinks and tapas more than a $28 plate of tofu.
The lobby that Citricos and Victoria & Albert’s share had an electronic picture thing displaying food items, the culinary team, and the restaurant.
I was minding my own business enjoying the dessert pictures.
Then BOOM this guy showed up. A few more that are not particularly attractive looking:
I’m not sure it was doing them any favors.
Maybe I’ve been sucking down Disney World pricing for too long, but $135/person for Victoria & Albert’s is not that insane considering what you get for your money.
Despite the high cost, it may be the best value on property.
1900 Park Fare:
And Princess Tea:
Two people could eat at Victoria & Albert’s for less than the price of the Tea Party. Seriously.
Grand Floridian Cafe lunch:
Some reasonably priced sandwiches in addition to the steak just in case you’re on the Dining Plan. The Salmon for kids is also a nice change of pace for them.
I’m directionally challenged and often get lost, so this is more for me than it is for you.
Narcoossee’s is the restaurant located outside the Floridian’s main building. Citrocos and Victoria & Albert’s are on the second floor with 1900 Park Fare on the first floor just inside the entrance.
The boat that takes you to the Polynesian and Magic Kingdom picks up here. The boat rental marina is located near Gasparilla Grill. As far as I know, DVC isn’t getting a dock, so water transportation for them is pretty much out unless they want to walk 20ish minutes over here. Maybe Disney will finally finish that walkway from the Grand Flo to Magic Kingdom. It seems like a no-brainer, but then again, so is Star Wars Land.
Speaking of Gasparilla, I saw a particularly sad looking menu on Food Blog a few days ago.
But I’m happy to report it has several more interesting items available now.
The Chicken Quesadilla is so new that they don’t have a picture yet.
The popular Create-Your-Own Salads make an appearance at a higher price point than we’ve seen.
In addition, all these items are available:
- Pepperoni Flatbread Pepperoni, Mozzarella, and Marinara 9.39
- Margherita Flatbread Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil 9.39
- Chicken Alfredo Flatbread Alfredo Sauce, Grilled Chicken, Spinach, and Quatro Formaggio 10.69
- Hawaiian Flatbread Ham, Bacon, and Pineapple 10.69
- Vegetable Flatbread Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, and Spinach on a Whole Grain Crust 9.99
- Chorizo Flatbread Chorizo Sausage, Goat Cheese, and Fiery Chile Drizzle 10.69
- Boursin Cheesesteak Panini Shaved Beef and Boursin Cheese on a Hoagie Roll with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
- French Dip Panini Shaved Beef, Provolone, and Au Jus with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
- Cuban Panini Roast Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Pickles on Cuban Bread with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
- Chipotle Chicken Panini Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar and Chipotle Mayonnaise on Cuban Bread with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
- Italian Panini Ham, Capicola, Salami, and Provolone on Focaccia with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
- Steak and Cheddar Panini Grilled Flank Steak, Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, and Horseradish Cream with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
- Corned Beef and Swiss Panini Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, and Swiss Cheese on Rye with House-made Chips or Cucumber Salad 9.99
That’s a pretty considerable list.
The usual beverages.
Uncrustables, sushi, sandwiches.
Joffrey’s had not arrived.
Simply Heinz has.
Cookies and such.
That’s the Grand Floridian. The pool bar menu is making me hungry. I’ll be back.