Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Grand Floridian Disney Vacation 2015

We recently returned from our annual Disney vacation.  This year we stayed at the Grand Floridian.  It is as nice as people say and I still can't get the lobby smell out of my mind.  I wanted to bring that smell home.  We stayed in the main building, club level and the view from our room was pool/garden as shown below.   

This was in the room when we arrived.  I think it is in the details and service where they separate themselves from the other Disney resorts.

As part of the club service, we had access to breakfast, snacks and desserts at various times of the day.  These were all located on the 4th floor.  They also had a couple of mini- fridges full of canned drinks you could access 24/7.  During the morning, they had coffee/cappuccino/latte available as well as a variety of juice.

As I said above, I think it is all in the details with the Grand Floridian.  They even had a ceiling fan in the room which we loved.  All the comforts of home.

 The pool and hot tub were open 24/7 which we have never encountered before at Disney.  We went swimming at 2:00 AM one night.  We also enjoyed the private balcony overlooking the pool.

Gasparillas Grill is where we ate at least once every day due to convenience.  It was on site and open 24/7.  We also ate at the Sci-Fi Theater at Hollywood Studios.  I recommend everyone try that at least once.  

I visited Senses Spa one morning and loved my 50 minute massage.  Before my massage, I placed an ice cold cucumber drenched wash cloth over my eyes and relaxed on the heated tile lounger.  It was so refreshing.

We visited all of the parks while we were there except Animal Kingdom because it is our least favorite.  We went to the Halloween party and trick or treated at Magic Kingdom.  The kids dressed up as Captain America and a space commander.  I went as a Hawaiian tacky tourist and my husband went as himself.  

Epcot was hosting the annual Food and Wine festival and I tried Sake for the first time.  They had a variety of flavors to choose from and I went with the lemonade.  It was okay.

I did try a couple different cupcakes that were delicious.  The candy apple one on the right was my favorite.

A lot more people were at every park than what we have experienced in the past.  The Halloween party was sold out on the night we went and we waited up to 1 hour for the mono-rail each night to take us back to the resort.  I think more people have caught on that October is a good time to visit.  We still had fun and will be back in the future.