Disney Wants to “Upgrade” Grand Florida Resort; Lobby is fundamentally redesigned

Ever heard of the saying, “Out with the old and in with the new”? Well Disney is doing just that!

The company’s chic flagship hotel, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has gone through silent phases of renovation, ditching the classic, old Victorian style and embracing a new version of modern luxury. The extensive transformation will also include other aspects of the resort, such as the iconic lobby.

Though there are other Disney Deluxe resorts — including Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — the Grand Floridian is considered the crown jewel of the property and is arguably the most prestigious hotel at Walt Disney World Resort.

But the idea of ​​gutting the company’s crown jewel came about when Disney’s current CEO Bob Chapek took over the Parks & Resorts division in 2015. He felt that the Grand Floridian did not live up to standards compared to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which was not appropriate to the current state of Walt Disney World. It was also no longer suitable as a flagship resort. As a solution, the company therefore decided to make much-needed changes rather than shifting focus to another resort.

Some much needed changes have already been completed such as the Enchanted Rose Lounge replacing Mizner’s Lounge and gaining a Beauty and the Beast theme.

Another change that followed was Citricos, which adopted a new Mary Poppins-inspired design, featuring richer colors, stronger contrasts and simpler patterns – a stark contrast to its previous look. The Grand Floridian Spa received a much-needed upgrade, reopening in January and unveiling its revamped version.

What comes to the fore next is the new modern aesthetic that will be seen in upcoming Disney Vacation Club rooms, which will also feature Mary Poppins-inspired touches, and all standard rooms will be renovated to match the new design .

Finally, the lobby is likely to undergo a major remodel and renovation in the old Grand Floridian style, and may not have a live music performance space.

According to Inside the Magic, while those plans were subtle, Walt Disney World Resort officials recently filed an intriguing planning permit for the resort, stating “general construction” as the purpose. While that’s just a vague description, it can mean anything from a minor change to a major overhaul.

But it’s interesting to note that the contractor for this project is MLC Theming, Inc. – a specialty company that generally works on large-scale ride theming projects. The company is said to be working on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. So it’s fascinating to see her name on a resort hotel permit, reports Inside the Magic.

All in all, it’s a new year and Disney is just trying to move with the times.

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