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Introduction: We’re dedicating a week’s worth of coverage here at Raleigh Luxury Travel Examiner to two of our favorite topics: Disney and romance. We found plenty of romance at Orlando’s Walt Disney World, enough, in fact, for this six-part series. And in terms of luxury travel, it doesn’t get much more luxurious than the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Romance at Disney World? Definitely.
It’s actually quite easy to get your lovey-dovey groove on at Disney if you know where to look.
Start at the most romantic of all the Disney resort hotels – The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where you’re transported to a grand, 19th-century Florida beach resort. The design team drew inspiration from the Bellevue Biltmore in Clearwater, FL; Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel; and San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado.
The Victorian theme not only encompasses décor, but staff uniforms, as well: the men in knickers and newsboy-style driving caps; the women in laced blouses, skirts and ruffled aprons.
Service is the focus, and staff go out of their way to make guests comfortable, from bringing the right pillows to delivering an ice bucket big enough to hold a bottle of Fairy Tale champagne.
The Grand Floridian is Disney’s self-described “crown jewel” property, with two pools, its own spa (read about that in Part 4), a wedding pavilion, its setting on Seven Seas Lagoon with free boat service to The Magic Kingdom, as well as easy access to the monorail as seen in the photo here.
There’s even a VIP boating experience on the lagoon, a 52-foot yacht called Grand 1 available for couples, or parties up to 18, with a a stunning view of the “Wishes” fireworks show over the Magic Kingdom. Private butler service and gourmet meals are available. (Read about our special fireworks viewing in Part 2.)
Also, at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Marina, a 1920s-style, 26-foot mahogany runabout is available for private rental and can take up to six guests on a Fireworks Cruise into Epcot (45-50 minutes) for an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind view of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” another entertaining night show.