BACKSTORY (July 1, 1988—Present): From the Walt Disney World website:
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort distinguished as the flagship hotel of Walt Disney World Resort and offering world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations in its 6 striking red-gabled buildings. This magnificent hotel sits along the white-sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon.
Enjoy an opulent experience that begins inside the Grand Lobby, which stands over 5 stories high, sparkling with the light from 2 brilliant chandeliers. With its gleaming white exterior, intricate gingerbread trim and gorgeous stained-glass domes, the Resort is an architectural marvel.
Retreat to a stately Guest room that marries Victorian sophistication with modern comforts. Luxuriate in style as you take in superb views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, wedding pavilion, pools, marina, Cinderella Castle or nightly fireworks at Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park, or the Resort grounds dotted with gardens and swaying palm trees.
Lounge by the hotel's 2 beautiful pools. Take advantage of state-of-the-art exercise equipment at the Health Club. When you're ready to dine, explore the Resort's 6 restaurants, including the elegant Victoria & Albert's—renowned for its award-winning American cuisine—and Narcoossee's, situated on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and offering excellent views of Magic Kingdom theme park.