A Disney villa for two or maybe a dozen. The Villas arrive fashionably at The Grand Floridian Resort
By Peter Covino
Add another jewel to that glittering crown of the Disney Vacation Club.
With a lobby that looks like it just might be part of a Disney Cruise ship to the Caribbean, The Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort, is Disney’s newest venture that you don’t dare call a time-share.
The Villas is the second of an impressive expansion to the Disney Vacation Club (the Contemporary Resort Hotel recently expanded to include Vacation Club Villas and the Polynesian Resort too will soon join the “club”).
For luxury, or to make a memorable vaction even more memorable, a stay at The Villas, cannot be surpassed.
Going back to that lobby again, along with eye-catching, five-tier custom grand chandeliers, there is a fountain. And nowhere but at Disney would you find a Mary Poppins-themed bronze fountain with penguins.
Much of The Villas has a link to that classic Mary Poppins film, which shares a Victorian lineage with the Grand Floridan Resort.
The new resort features a variety of villa accommodations that sleep anywhere from five to nine guests.
But for real luxury, there is the expansive grand villas which sleep 12 guests and feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a media room with a home theater system.
The Grand Villas are so large, you can bring family members you don’t like very much, because chances are, you just might not see them again.
Other hightlights of the Grand Villas include that media room and a bathroom with a walk-in shower, that could almost double as a car wash.
Inside the one-bedroom and larger villas, an intricate level of finishes brings the 21st century to Victorian design, including custom Disney artwork adorning the walls of each bedroom; ornate bathrooms hosting mosaic marble tile and a mirror with a built-in television; and a walk-in master bath shower and a freestanding Victorian-style tub with air-bubble jets. The living area spares no details when it comes to comfort and flexibility, with a pull-down bed featuring artwork inspired by Walt Disney’s Dumbo and Mary Poppins.
“This property shares the Victorian elegance of the Grand Floridaian — with a view of the Magic Kingdom,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager, of Disney Vacation Club.
Guests at The Villas also can make use of all the amenities found at The Grand Floridian Resort. The Grand Floridian is also connected by monorail to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa covers approximately 40 acres and features a musican entertaining in the lobby and daily dining options such as the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, Garden View Tea Room, Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, Citricos, the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Victoria & Albert’s.
Recreational opportunities include watercraft rentals, white-sand beach, pirate adventure cruises and Senses – A Disney Spa.
About Disney Vacation Club:
A leader in vacation ownership, it debuted in 1991 with a flexible, vacation points-based system rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Disney Vacation Club is approaching a total of 200,000 member families, from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries.
Disney Vacation Club members are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club resort or one of more than 500 other destinations around the world.