Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Dining
Whether it's a romantic dinner for two in the intimate setting of a
private boat, or a huge dinner buffet hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie
Mouse, the restaurants at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at
Walt Disney World Resort provide an atmosphere and menu to satisfy any
The resort is home to six dining facilities, each with a distinct identity
and decor. The restaurants do have one common feature: they all use the
freshest and finest food available. The resort gets fresh seafood, meats
and vegetables, including vine-ripened, hand-picked tomatoes, from local
markets daily. Specialty foods, such as caviar, are selected from the
best available in the international arena. The culinary staff also prides
themselves on specializing dishes to cater to the dietary needs of their
Victoria & Albert's
The crown jewel of the Grand Floridian's dining destinations is Victoria & Albert's,
Central Florida's only five-diamond restaurant, awarded by AAA. Featuring
American regional cuisine with classical influences, soft harp music
fills the air as guests dine on fine china and imported crystal and silver.
Servers provide personalized service to each of the restaurant's 15 tables
during the gourmet dining extravaganza.
Menu offerings are prix fixe and feature the freshest regional products,
complemented by world-class wines. Diners can choose from among a menu
that's customized daily by Chef Scott Hunnel. It offers seven courses,
including four signature entrees, and closes with soufflés and
other exquisite desserts. A wine-pairing menu also is available.
In addition to superb personal attention, guests also receive take-home
reminders of their special evening. After ordering, each receives a personalized
menu, and ladies receive a long-stemmed red rose.
For the ultimate dining experience, guests can reserve a spot at the
Chef's Table. Up to 10 guests a night are given royal, VIP treatment
in the unique setting of Victoria & Albert's kitchen. After Hunnel
personally consults with everyone at the table, guests can watch him
and his culinary team create customized dishes. Wine enthusiasts also
will appreciate the selection of wines that are specially paired with
each course. In addition to the great food and atmosphere, this dining
extravaganza throws in a few surprises to keep guests amused.
Victoria & Albert's boasts an extensive wine cellar -- one that
has been recognized by Wine Spectator magazine with an "Award of Excellence." The
restaurant also has earned several other honors, including a Mobil Travel
Guide Four Star Rating and a place on Epicurean Rendezvous' list of top
25 most romantic restaurants.
Grand Floridian Cafe
Classic dishes and traditional favorites are the staples at Grand Floridian
Cafe. Guests can stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner at this casual,
all-day dining restaurant, which is open from 7-11:30 a.m. and noon to
11 p.m. Rich, thick onion soup, flavorful burgers and the signature Grand
Floridian sandwich are featured menu items.
Outside the windows of the 230-seat restaurant, guests can view a verandah
overlooking the courtyard and pool. The restaurant also is surrounded
by beautiful gardens which are visible from inside.
1900 Park Fare
This buffet-style restaurant is the best place to see Disney characters
at the Grand Floridian. From 7:30-11:30 a.m., Mary Poppins and her friends
visit with guests, pose for pictures and sign autographs at a breakfast
buffet. Cinderella and her friends host nightly at a dinner buffet from
Park Fare's buffets offer a variety of food choices and are even customized
to accommodate special tastes. In addition to the regular dinner buffet,
which includes prime rib, hot and cold seafood, salads, vegetables and
bread, the restaurant also offers a children's buffet with hot dogs,
hamburgers, pizza, chicken nuggets and Mickey Mouse-shaped macaroni and
cheese, a pasta buffet with a large selection of different pastas and
sauces, plus a dessert and salad bar.
The restaurant's centerpiece is Big Bertha, a century-old band organ
built in Paris and a focal point of a Grand Rapids, Mich., amusement
park for many years. Installed 15 feet above the floor in a proscenium,
the bellow instrument simultaneously plays pipes, drums, bells, cymbals,
castanets and a xylophone. The restaurant's amusement park atmosphere
is reinforced by old-fashioned carousel animals.
Cítricos joined the Grand Floridian family of restaurants in
the fall of 1997 offering a market-fresh menu that reflects the flavors
of France. The cuisine's sun-drenched flavors and stylish simplicity
evoke a sense of nature's basics -- the sun, earth and sea. The restaurant
features an exhibition kitchen, rotisserie cooking and a sumptuous dessert
and pastry display with chefs placing finishing flourishes on signature
creations. Cítricos is located on the second floor of the main
Narcoossee's menu focuses on seafood, from steamed Penn Cove mussels
to grilled Chilean sea bass and saut}ed wild salmon. The fresh Maine
lobster, boiled and served with corn grits and coriander butter, is a
hands-down favorite. A dazzling view of Seven Seas Lagoon offers guests
a feast for the eyes. Narcoossee's has 150 seats.
Gasparilla Grill and Games
Casual, family dining is what this 24-hour, counter-service restaurant
is all about. Parents can enjoy such favorites as grilled chicken, fresh
bagels, sandwiches, pizzas and soft-serve yogurt with an assortment of
toppings, while kids try out the latest games in the video arcade. Continental
breakfast is also available.
Guests who prefer to dine in a more intimate setting need only to pick
up the closest telephone. The Grand Floridian can arrange a private dinner
for two, served against the elegant backdrop of the Grand Floridian beach,
or with a personal butler aboard the Grand 1, the most luxurious
watercraft at Walt Disney World Resort. Certain menu items can be specially
prepared for the evening. Twenty-four hours notice is requested.
For all restaurant reservations: 407/WDW-DINE (939-3463).
High tea is served every afternoon from 3-6 p.m. in the Garden View
Lounge. Full tea service is provided, including imported teas,
fruit tartlets, tea sandwiches, scones and freshly-baked pastries.
Cocktails, beverages and desserts also are served from 4-11 p.m. Guests
are entertained by the sounds of a grand piano and orchestra.
Mizner's, a second lounge located off the resort's main lobby
on the second floor, is named after the self-taught, eccentric turn-of-the-century
Palm Beach architect. Specialties include cognacs, ports and shrimp cocktail
appetizers. It is the only place in the Grand Floridian where smoking