It’s no secret that Disney’s Deluxe Resorts are the best of the best – the most beautiful, with the nicest rooms, best amenities, and the most food and transportation options too! One of Disney’s original Deluxe Resorts is the Grand Floridian Resort which is so amazing that it puts pretty much all non-Disney Resorts to shame (I mean, it has the word “Grand” in the title, so that must mean it has to be good, right? RIGHT) – it has it all – a spa, a wedding pavilion, a beach, and some truly scrumptious dining options too!
If you’re like me and can’t exactly afford a Deluxe Resort price tag, you can still make it a point to check out the awesome restaurants at the Grand Floridian. Here’s the rundown on what they’ve got to offer:
1900 Park Fare – is a breakfast and dinner buffet with characters – at breakfast you’ll mingle with Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and dinner will find you rubbing elbows with Cinderella, her Prince Charming, and her family (including her evil stepsisters!). At breakfast you’ll dine on classics like Mickey Waffles, eggs, bacon/sausage, and assorted breakfast potatoes, and dinner includes a variety of cold salads, soups, and carved meats
Citricos – One of the Resort’s three Signature Restaurants, Citricos serves up delicious mediterranean-inspired items like arancini, a cheese course, roasted chicken, seared scallops, and an amazing oak-grilled filet of beef that practically melts in your mouth! Depending on where you are seated, you’ll get a great view of the Resort’s courtyard or the onstage kitchen, and while you contemplate what to order, I highly suggest you sip a wine from their award winning wine list
Garden View Lounge For Afternoon Tea – Make reservations for afternoon tea here – where you can take in a traditional afternoon British tea featuring a collection of international teas, OR you can enjoy the “My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party”- It’s a fun experience to share with your little princess, and includes a variety of tea options as well as traditional tea sandwiches and strawberry cake. There’s a parade, storytelling, party favors, and the children (and parents too!) will enjoy a surprise visit from Princess Aurora – because after all, what’s a princess themed tea without a visit from an actual princess?
Gasparilla Island Grill – This Counter Service eatery is open 24 hours a day and serves up some pretty yummy eats – you’ll find standard fare like eggs, pancakes, waffles, platters etc for breakfast, and then for lunch options like create your own salad, flatbread pizzas, and assorted sandwiches are available. Dinner has some specialties you won’t find elsewhere – like a signature club sandwich, reuben hot dog, and a spicy chicken quesadilla. There’s a grab n go section here too that offers pre-packaged salads, sandwiches, and bottles of beer and wine as well. This is a great place to grab a bite and take in the surroundings and atmosphere of the Resort
Grand Floridian Café – A more casual sit down restaurant that serves up some unique dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and a bonus is that you can usually get a table here without a reservation (always a plus in my book!). Lobster eggs benedict, an egg white frittata, and citrus pancakes top my list of favorites for breakfast, and the reuben, Grand Floridian Burger, and roasted chicken are stars on the lunch and dinner menus
Narcoossee’s – Another one of the Floridian’s Signature Dining experiences, Narcoossee’s is known for its fresh, delicious seafood – like whole Maine lobster, local swordfish, and sea scallops. They make an amazing filet mignon too, and you can even get it paired surf’n’turf style with a delicious lobster tail. One of the perks of eating here is the view (its spectacular!), and you’ll want to try and dine during the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show – as it can be perfectly viewed from the restaurant!
Victoria and Albert’s – This is by far the “fanciest” restaurant at WDW – it has a strict dress code, and with good reason – its been a AAA 5 diamond award winner every year since 2000! Attentive staff make sure you are enjoying every part of your meal – from assisting you in selecting a wine from their extensive list, to the ever changing menu that features the freshest ingredients – like kobe beef tenderloin, foie gras, lamb, and duck – done in new and innovative ways. This is a truly special dining experience, and it’s the perfect place to celebrate your special occasion (or just to celebrate the fact that you are on vacation at the most magical place on earth!)
Wow all those restaurant choices are really making me hungry…luckily, the Grand Floridian Resort is easy to get to – simply hop on the Resort monorail line at the Magic Kingdom and you’ll be there enjoying these amazing restaurants in no time!
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