How the Grand Floridian Captured our Heart

By Mike Ellis

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are reviewing Walt Disney World deluxe resorts.

In July of 2013, my family was able to take advantage of a special rate and stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. I was a new Pixie Vacations travel agent, and they were having an agent get together, so we were able to get a good rate to stay at the resort. We had been here once before, but just for a dinner, and had never imagined that we would be able to actually stay here. My wife and I, after that first visit for dinner, had made a resolution that we would stay here to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We were actually able to stay here just before our 13th wedding anniversary, cutting that time in half!

The Grand Floridian is the flagship resort of Walt Disney World, but oddly enough, it isn’t an original Walt Disney World resort! It didn’t actually open for business until June 28, 1988, nearly 17 years after the Magic Kingdom opened! When I learned that, it astonished me. This resort isn’t even 30 years old yet.

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