We spent a few days at the Grand Floridian to celebrate our anniversary.
My son is too old to pull out of school now, so we only had a few days to play. He brought a friend along, so we all had a good time.
I wanted to get a room in the main building, but no such luck. Maybe I should say, “no such money.” Hopefully, next time. Our room was in Big Pine Key.
The Grand Floridian is the only resort at Disney World that provides ‘evening turndown service with chocolates’ to non club level guests.
I love that Alice in Wonderland print!
And the view…? Not too shabby!
After getting settled in the room, my husband and I had dinner at the Grand Floridian Café. The steak was fabulous. So was the dessert.
We got back to the room just in time for a pillow fight, before the kids headed to the pool.
We slept pretty late the next morning. It was a beautiful view to wake up to.
My son said the day bed was pretty comfy.
It was a really nice day. First thing on the agenda was breakfast at 1900 Park Fare.
The boys kept themselves entertained while we waited for breakfast.
I love the costumes that the Cast Members wear at this resort. It really does add to the whole ambiance.
I think the kids had fun, and I didn’t even have to ask them to cooperate.
The Mad Hatter was a hoot! “Just say… Mustard!”
After breakfast we strolled around looking in all the shops.
I love Basin. I could easily spend a ton of money in that store. I’m such a sucker for the cuteness.
We spent the rest of the morning relaxing. The boys had some homework to do, and we had a lot of nothing to do.
After homework, the boys hung out in the hot tub and the pool.
The Grand Floridian has two pools. The Courtyard Pool is the one with the hot tub. They both have a pool bar.
The Beach Pool has the waterslide, cabanas, and Alice in Wonderland Splash Area.
The Quick Service Restaurant is the Gasparilla Island Grill.
We got some yummy snacks.
Right next to the quick service restaurant is a small arcade.
And of course, they have a marina for boat rentals.
“C’mon boys, time to go to EPCOT!”
And that’s how they made up the day bed.
And there’s Lynn, the famous Grand Floridian teddy bear lady.
We took the monorail to EPCOT for the Food and Wine Festival.
We started in Canada and got about 1/2 way around World Showcase. I don’t remember much after I took these pictures, lol. I guess, I sampled too many drinks. I will say this…They need to set up a lot more tables. If anyone from Disney is listening, hear this… I would have spent way more money on food, if I had a comfortable place to enjoy it. Finding a spot to rest our food and drinks got old, real quick.
The next morning, we took the water taxi into the Magic Kingdom.
It’s definitely time for Halloween!
I love this t-shirt!
We separated from the boys and did our own thing… They ran around commando, and we just relaxed. We did the Country Bears…
The Country Bear Jamboree is one of my favorite Disney attractions of all time. That and the Pirates of the Caribbean. We saw one of the last performances of the Country Bears in 2011 at the Disneyland park, and I hope it never closes here.
The Country Bear Jamboree was originally designed to entertain guests at a Ski Resort that Walt Disney was trying to open. The plans for the ski resort never came to fruition, but the Country Bear Jamboree survived at the Magic Kingdom.
Big Al is the best! He’s voiced by Tex Ritter.
We had fast passes for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Or should I say, “The BEST 3 o’clock parade ever.”
Love the Dragon! How awesome is that?
We relaxed some more at the Carousel of Progress.
Did you know that this was Walt Disney’s favorite attraction?
The voice of John “Father” is performed by Jean Shepherd, of Christmas Story fame, and Cousin Orville is voiced by Mel Blanc.
Walt Disney wanted this attraction to remain open forever… I hope so.
The actor who voices the Grandfather in today’s version of Carousel of Progress is Rex Allen, of singing cowboy fame. He was the original voice of John “The Father.”
The Carousel of Progress has been updated five times, the last time being in 1993. I think it’s time for another update. The Christmas scene feels very 1980’s to me.
After a pleasant day in the park, my husband and I headed back to the Grand Floridian to listen to the orchestra and wait for the boys.
It was a wonderful, relaxing trip.