The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Welcome back!

It seems my recent MagicBand post caused a bit of a ruckus and got lots of attention across the interwebs. Today, I’ve got something that’s much more worthy of your attention, and the 218 photos below will hopefully convince you of the same.

These photos were taken on my recent birthday weekend with the lovely Melissa, girlfriend of mine and owner of Mouse on the Mind. Melissa’s got a wonderful recap of our time at the Grand Floridian Villas, and I feel you should check it out. I more than feel you should check it out. I URGE you to check it out. She’s the whole reason this post happened. She gave me the gift of three incredible DVC stays for my birthday weekend. She’s awesome. Go, give her the clicks. I’ll wait here.

My short thoughts on the Grand Floridian Villas? Lavish. Luxurious. Surprisingly cozy. Whimsical while serious. Comfortable. Amazing. I’ll even possibly start a twitter war and say this: I found the public spaces more inviting, more luxurious, and more beautiful than those aboard the Disney Dream.

While exploring the lobby area, I felt like a seven-year-old on Main Street all over again. So many new things to discover. Thoughtful touches everywhere my gaze rested. Myriad cues to remind me that I was both at Walt Disney World but also right at home. I was in awe. I was in love. I’ve stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani once and Jambo twice), Wilderness Lodge once, and Boardwalk twice – and not a single one of these stays compared to how I felt in this Victorian corner of the monorail loop. Utterly unreal.

My pictures, as always, show some of my favorite things – you’ll notice a LOT of attention was paid to detail work, monorails, and happy little penguins. I guess one of the advantages of having a hobby-level blog that’s not a business is that I can focus on whatever I choose and my boss is never mad. :) As always, I tried a bunch of different things and shot with a Canon 6D, a Canon EOSM, a 28mm f/1.8 lens, a 24-105mm f/4L lens, and a 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. All photos were processed in Aperture for OS X and are mostly in the order I took them. You can tell the many trips I took to the lobby and back to the room by the order of the pictures.

Thanks for reading, and on with the pictures – all 218 of them!

As usual, click on the photos to make them larger and also to read captions explaining many of them.

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