June 28, 1988 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort Opens at Walt Disney World
“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 five stories high, sparkling with the light from two brilliant chandeliers.”
On June 28, 1988, the Grand Floridian Beach Resort (renamed Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in 1997) opened at Walt Disney World. The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and is a Victorian-themed luxury hotel and spa located in the Magic Kingdom area. The hotel is categorized as a deluxe resort, the highest of the four designations of lodgings at the Walt Disney World Resort, and is considered Disney’s flagship hotel. It was renovated in 2007, with all the guestrooms redecorated and provided with updated technology, including flat-panel televisions.
The hotel contains a highly renowned restaurant called Victoria & Albert’s, a 13-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, as well as Narcoossee’s, a restaurant that gives guests views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Wishes. Also included at the resort is Citricos, an American restaurant with Mediterranean flair; 1900 Park Fare, which gives guests a chance to dine with Mary Poppins and Cinderella; the Grand Floridian Café, featuring traditional American fare; and the Gasparilla Grill and Games, a 24-hour snack bar with an arcade.