Tuesday, October 2, 2012


 Another great WDW trip is now history.  7 Nights at the Bay Lake Tower in a 1 Bedroom Villa.  Our Daughter, Son-In-Law, and Grand Daughter (almost 3 years old) got the Master Bedroom, and we took the Sofa Bed.

Our room at Bay Lake Tower

 There is much to share from this trip.  Lots of great discoveries, memories, and old favorites.  Among the discoveries was our first actual visit to The Grand Floridian resort.

 With the DVC wing set to open in late 2013 or early 2014, we thought it would be a great time to go explore the "Grand Flo".  Being on the monorail line from the Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, this was an ideal time to dive in and go explore this beautiful resort.

The Disney Vacation Club wing is moving along!

   Tammy and I had a dining reservation for the Grand Floridian Cafe, so we took the bus from Disney's Hollywood Studios to the resort, and felt welcomed as soon as we got off of the bus.  Yes, it's a little "fancy", but it's Disney fancy!  We were greeted by a warm "Welcome back" and thought this was a really nice touch.  We strolled the grounds, walked over by the Wedding Chapel where a couple and some of their friends were doing some wedding plans and waved at us with a hearty "Hi!".

Lobby of The Grand Floridian

 Lots of construction walls as they were working on the DVC wing, and one of the pools.  The grounds are very nice and well maintained.  With the Polynesian, Magic Kingdom, and Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower off in the distance, it's beautiful no matter which direction you look out onto Bay Lake.

The Polynesian Resort is walking distance from The Grand Floridian

 We went back to check in at the Grand Floridian Cafe where we were given a pager, and after less than a 10 minute wait, we were seated. 

It's a beautiful thing when the beeper goes off for dinner!


 With some fine restaurants available, dining is a pleasure at the Grand Floridian.  In addition to the Cafe, there is also Citricos, Narcoossees, 1900 Park Fare, Victoria & Alberts, and Mizner's Lounge, With Victoria & Albert's being the very formal and elegant dinner spot.

 In my opinion The Grand Floridian Cafe is a wonderful "entry level" eatery to try at The Grand Flo.  It's beautiful, light and cheerful, without being too formal.  The greeters and servers were all so pleasant and helpful.  We were seated at a nice little table for 2 by the window, but there are windows all around, so you can always see out to the beautiful resort grounds.

The Grouper was fantastic

 They brought us out some warm rolls, Sourdough and Multi-Grain, which were both delicious with butter.  And then the main event, both were amazing. 

Possibly... the BEST Burger ever?

For dinner Tammy tried the sustainable fish of the day, which was a grilled Grouper, served on a bed of veggies.  I had been looking forward to the famous Grand Floridian Burger which is an Angus Chuck burger topped off with butter poached Lobster, and served with house made chips!  We were savoring every bite and every moment of our evening.

Dinner for 2 at the Grand Flo Cafe, what a treat

 Our server - German - from Colombia made us feel right at home.  We sparked up a conversation with him, and found out that he's been working at The Grand Floridian Cafe for 10 years, and says he LOVES working there!

 We had some Coffee and Dessert to seal the deal.  It was a great meal.  How great?  Well...

The Grand Floridian is Disney's "Flagship" Resort

 A few days later, on our final night after a day of touring at The Magic Kingdom,  we had a hankerin' to share our new discovery with our group, so I offered to take them there, and called from our room to get an advanced dining reservation.

 We hopped on the monorail, cruised right over to The Grand Floridian for a mini-tour of the grounds, and another wonderful dinner.  Our server was "Dot" who had come over to the GFC from the 50's Prime Time Cafe.

 Tammy and I decided to do a little "Surf n' Turf", so I ordered the NY Strip Steak, and she got the Grouper, then we went half & half with our entrees.

Another Grand Floridian Burger fan

 Our Son-In-Law got the Grand Floridian Burger, and really enjoyed it.  Daughter got the NY Strip and a Caesar Salad.  The Seasonal soup was a Corn Chowder, and was out of this world good!  Our little Grandy just ate off of Mom & Dad's plates.

The NY Strip, cooked just right!

 The servings are pretty generous, and with the soup appetizer + rolls, we were pretty full, so we went with the Dessert Sampler which usually "serves 2" but was enough for us all to get a taste of the different desserts.

The Dessert Sampler plate was almost too pretty to eat. (I said ALMOST)

Guess who got to eat the chocolate Mickey Mouse?

 It was a great way to spend our final night of this WDW trip.  A great discovery was made, not only The Resort, but this great restaurant really made an impression on "Disney Dan & Tam".


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