One of the advantages of being an annual passholder who’s also fairly local is the ability to just drop in at the parks. Over Christmas break, I did just that. One day my friend and I did lunch at Kona Cafe, took the monorail over to Magic Kingdom to see the Flag Retreat and watch the world go by from Main Street Station, then headed to Grand Floridian to poke around and get dinner at Grand Floridian Cafe. These pictures are from the last stop on our trip. These pics have a bit of graininess to them and their color isn’t perfect – I’d only had my camera for about ten days at this point. I hope you enjoy this look at how some locals do Walt Disney World.
Even the trash can on the monorail platform is fancy.
Come in and head to the left for Basin White. Stop and smell everything!
The main reason people come here during Christmas.
The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.
A little closer… Don’t worry, I’ll go over there soon.
Mr. White Keys.
Looking through the piano.
These guys were unflappable as I got close to them.
I love the wordworking here. Reminds me of my grandpa – he could build anything out of wood while he was alive.
I used to play baritone sax… probably cost 1/10th what this beauty cost!
This guy was amazing!
Not a saxophone you see often.
iThis is the sheet music for “Hakuna Matata.”
A beautiful lace blanket adorns one of the staircases. This is a detail
Detail of the area around the giant gingerbread house.
Fancy a drink?
This Cast Member was SO NICE! She explained all of the candy and gingerbread options to every single guest, hundreds of times, and never lost her smile.
Outside of Grand Floridian Cafe.
Wreath above the GF Cafe host stand.
Grand Floridian Cafe lighting
Fresh roses on each table.
I wish you could smell it.
Dessert options at Grand Floridian Cafe – that’s a solid chocolate Mickey, my friends.
The gingerbread house in most of its glory.
The band is heading off to break.
Lobby chandelier (there are two, they’re twins).
The chandelier reflecting in the piano.
Tree reflecting in the piano.
Lobby birdcage. To the right is where the “ghost” sits.
Parting shot of the tree as we head to the monorail platform.