Grand Floridian DVC Construction Continues, New Merchandise and Menus, and A Walk Around

by josh on July 4, 2013

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.

Awwwwww.

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.

Disney watches.

Disney nightmares.

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.

Citricos menu:


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.

V&A’s:

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.


Spendy.

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.

    Pricing.

    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.

    { 27 comments… read them below or add one }

    Brian B July 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

    If you get back to the pool bar, can you report on the seating?

    Carol O July 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

    thanks for posting and giving me something to read today! Those menu pictures were very scary indeed, and would not entice me to eat there. I don’t know what looked worse- the langoustine or the mussels swimming in that blood sauce. *shudder*.
    I enjoy the pictures of the merchandise, too! Armchair shopping.

    tanya July 4, 2013 at 11:02 am

    That new beer list could be the reason my husband returns to WDW. We shall see. Thanks for that info!

    angela July 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I guess the dress shirts and ties are for when you forgot to pack for Victoria and Albert’s? And yeah, the first two shirts look like cast member uniforms, though I suppose they’re going for “Classic. Understated. Elegant.” Doesn’t really work at a theme park destination with a cartoon mouse mascot. I much prefer the Polynesian’s merchandise.

    websteroni July 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The first men’s shirt is downright ugly. But I don’t like Vinylmations either, so what do I know.

    Jill July 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I hope they start offering some of those beers in CL at all the resorts. That is a pretty nice list. Thanks Josh :)

    Liz July 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for the Citricos menu. Trying it out for the first time in August.

    Tara July 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you for the walk around! Love seeing the progress on the DVC!

    CrazyProf July 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    The “perfectly princess tea” mentions Best Friend certificates twice–maybe that’s why it’s so expensive.

    Dorliss Chambers July 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Grand Gaspy Burger? Seriously? That’s the best they could do?

    Justin M July 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    750 m.l. of wine for $13.95 and a bottle of Korbell Champagne for $21.00 at the Gasparilla grill seems really cheap, i’ll take it!

    Kurt July 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Josh –
    Happy 4th! Long time reader – much thanks for the information and entertainment. Any idea when that beer menu goes into effect? Making a trip there in August and I’ve been debating beers around the monorail vs beers around the Boardwalk. I think 25 beers might just tip the scales.

    goofyjoe July 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I immediately thought, “It’s the back side of water!” at your “back side of construction” caption. Jungle Cruise plz

    bob July 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    josh,

    thank you for the frequent information! we anxiously await (and check daily) for your updates! you are extremely entertaining and make us LOL frequently. my question is, when will you start doing meet and greets in the parks? would definitely be a must-do for us!

    Disney Khi July 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the great post! And I love the idea of a Josh meet-and-greet! Maybe you could just add yourself to Characterpalooza.

    Kitty July 5, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Hi Josh, thanks again for all the time and effort that goes into these blog posts; they make me so happy. :)
    I’ve never been to the GF, but now clearly I have to go and buy one of those stylish shirts. Joking aside, we’ll be having a wander round in Sep as we have a couple of ADRs there, so it’s good to know to avoid the freaky food picture horror show!
    Seriously looking forward to reading about OKW, it’s not somewhere people blog about a lot. We stayed there last Sep and will be there again this Sep for 18 nights, it’s kind of like my Disney home.
    Thanks again Josh,
    Kitty

    dusty cheatham July 5, 2013 at 4:27 am

    whew!! nice to know they haven’t changed the menu at CITRICOS relief . shrimp app devine. it is this humble mans opinion that you must try vics & alberts once if possible .
    then try citricos . you will get the same quality food @ half the price . now you cant match v & a service BUT CITRICOS is just a notch below . and if there are no snot nose brats running around then you will be in for a treat ,quality , food , service @ half the price of vic & alberts. their braised ribs oh my goodness. sept the 12th cant get here quick enough. adult beverage in hand plush chair in the lobby, piano playing & the little band on the 2 nd floor . AHHHHH LIFE IS GOOD

    Kerrie July 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for another great post Josh! Is the craft brew list going to be all of WDW or just GF. DH loves craft brews, but is not a fan of the GF…….. If its not everywhere, it may be my chance to get him over to GF for lunch or dinner one day.

    Phyllis July 5, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Josh, I love your posts. You don’t just take pictures and insert a caption. I particularly love the pictures with the red words and arrows. It is obvious that you have a real talent for this type of work. I can appreciate how you begin a blog with a bunch of pictures (the best) and a blank screen and end up with a great story each time. Great job!

    Tricia July 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I’m also curious about seating at the pool bar!

    weepstah July 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’m with several others on that black GF button down shirt and even the polo (which is a bit nicer) Maybe they think that the clientele who stay there don’t wan’t garish, Mickey in your face themed merchandise. But….eeeech.

    What they really should do is sell Dapper Dan shirts there to fit in with the whole Main St./Victorian connection.

    KristenF July 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

    You make me laugh with every post. I would definitely go to a Josh meet and greet! And I was excited about that princess tea for my little princess…until I got to the $275 part. You have got to be kidding me.

    Jill Marie July 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    If anyone wants to get me a baby gift…I’d love those Mickey airplane overalls! ;) Seriously…adorable.

    And you’re killing me with that last photo!! Now my current snack (celery and sugar snap peas) is not all that tasty.

    Anonymous July 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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    This video came to mind when I noticed the Vineyard Vines dress shirt, I do love me some VV.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTU2He2BIc0

    Aileen July 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I love you’r “directionally challenged” remark. I always seemed to get lost in Future World at Epcot and my son makes fun of me. I’ll just tell him I’m directionally challenged.

    Mark July 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

    The Perfectly Princess Tea Party is totally worth the $275. My daughter did it two years ago and still talks about it all the time.

    RebeccaMcK July 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I saved the JPG of that Tea Party info, just in case we ever do it. I hope there’s no minimum # of people required because it might wind up just being the kiddo, a grandma or two, and me (if adults are allowed, lol). We could all split the cost and call it early Christmas presents or something. If the kiddo is still into that sort of thing when we finally get to go back, that is. Oh, I see now we adults can go (looked at it again), if they count one of us as the “guest over age 18″ with the princess girl and then the others can be “additional guests over age 12″ – I’m not bringing any other kids! lol We don’t need the roses, but the rest of it sounds cool. Dang it, now I want to do it. Still wish it was cheaper though.

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