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Family, luxury, FUN! Going to Disney doesn't mean you have to check your "luxe" at the door. We enjoyed a deluxe resort, several fine dining options, and test drove some premium services.
We were totally pampered at Disney's Grand Floridan Resort & Spa, where we stayed in Sugarloaf, which is their concierge level. The resort itself feels like stepping back in time to the Victorian era, right down to lobby ragtime band. The rooms are spacious and have a light, airy feeling. We enjoyed an "in room" celebration surprise, and came home to find our room turned into a "Frozen" wonderland.
Yes!!! The kid friendly pool features a 180 foot waterslide, and a graduated entrance for younger children. There are plenty of poolside loungers, and deluxe private cabanas available. There is also a fully equipped fitness center.
I have to admit that we were both skeptical about enjoying spa treatments at a Disney resort. However, massages were out of this world. The spa features a relaxation room and gender separated water areas with jacuzzi, steam and sauna.
We treated ourselves to the chef's tasting menu at Victoria and Albert's, Florida's only Five Diamond restaurant. The spanish octopus with prosciutto was amazing, the kobe beef brought tears to our eyes, and the chocolate souffle was to die for, but it was the service itself that really blew us away. The dining room itself is bespoke beyond - from the linens to the china to the silver, the harpist playing in the backgroun and the tableside butter carving, it was truly an exceptional meal and a memorable experience. On another night we dined at the Chef's Table at the Contemporary resort, and enjoyed a complete wine pairing together with table side sommelier. By far the most exceptional experience was the Savour the Savannah safari and dinner experience at Animal Kingdom, where we enjoyed a forty minute private sunset safari journey through their massive wildlife reserve. This was followed by an African-inspired tapas and wine party on an open air platform in full view of the lions settling down for the night. Fabulous!
We hopped one monorail stop over to Trader Sam's Tiki Terrace at the Polynesian Resort. We sipped on HippopotoMai-Tais in souvenir Tiki glasses (a little camp-y, but fun!) and enjoyed some sushi rolls and live music.
One hundred percent yes, but that's no surprise - the take away here is that Disney can be an amazing destination for adults leaving their little ones at home, too!
We utilized Disney's VIP concierge service to take us to and from the airport in style. The resort is about a half hour away from Orlando's MCO international airport. Transportation around the World can be easily accessed via the Grand Floridian's monorail platform, or, for guests utilizing a VIP tour guide, via private pick up in the front portico.