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Resort Hopping: Free Things to Do at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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One of my favorite things to do at Disney World is resort hopping. Disney’s Grand Floridian is one of the best resorts to visit. Many Disney vacationers don’t realize you can visit the resorts and explore the grounds. Here is your guide to resort hopping at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

What to Do At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

These activities I am sharing are activities that are for anyone to enjoy even if you are not a resort guest.

If you are not staying at the Grand Floridian, you are allowed to park for free at the resort while you visit unless it is very busy (usually during the holidays). To get to the Grand from your Disney resort you can simply bus to the Magic Kingdom and then take a boat or monorail. 

Free Activities at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Free Activities Offered All Year Long

Character Playtime. Just announced! Pooh and Tigger can be found around the various sidewalks at the resort, whereas Mary Poppins can be found by Main Pool topiaries. Alice and the Mad Hatter will be found in and around the Mad Hatter Tea Party pool. These are not traditional meet & greets so I would not count on posed pictures or autographs.

Happily Ever After Fireworks Viewing. The Grand Floridian offers a great view of the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. The soundtrack is piped in.

Movie Under the Stars. Though this is a resort activity, you do not need to be a resort guest to watch the movie under the stars. At some resorts you need to bring something to sit, some have chairs. Check the front desk to see what the movie for the day is.

Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant Viewing. The beach at the Grand is also a great place to view the water pageant.

Listen to a Concert. A very talented piano player and the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra take turns providing music to the guests of the lobby. The piano player plays classical numbers as well as some of your Disney favorites. The orchestra plays ragtime, Dixie, traditional jazz and popular Disney tunes. I have danced with my husband in the middle of the lobby and have seen many others do the same.

Window Shop. There are a couple of different shops to window shop at.

  • The Basin. Explore bath salts, soaps, and more in this boutique. This shop is located on the 2nd floor.
  • M. Mouse Merchantile. This shop is also located on the 2nd floor and has a good selection of Mouse ears, autograph books, plush toys, and more Disney goodies. This is one of the best places to trade pins too as they bring out a board in the evening.
  • Sandy Cove Gift and Sundry Shop.

See Cinderella’s Princess Promenade. Every day except Tuesday, your little prince or princess can take part in Cinderella’s Princess Promenade. This happens at 3:30.

See Vintage Vehicles. Located outside the Main Lobby you can find a couple of different vintage vehicles. You are free to take a few photos and the Cast Members are more than happy to take the pictures for you.

Watch Cartoons. There is a miniature kid-sized seating area with a TV for kids to watch their favorite Mickey shorts.

Have a Picnic. The Grand Floridian grounds are so beautiful and there are many, many places to enjoy a picnic.

Have a Photoshoot. The Grand Floridian has some beautiful places both inside and outside the lobbies to get some adorable pictures of your family. You may even find the wedding arch unoccupied and take a few pictures! Here is a video of me and my friend having a fun photoshoot at the Grand and then finding the wedding chapel open and having some fun exploring that. Note: Finding the chapel open is rare and we did permission before going inside.

Find Hidden Mickeys. Just like at the parks, hidden Mickeys can be found around the lobby.

Free Activities During the Christmas Season

Enjoy a Free Roasted Chestnut. On the front entrance to the Grand Floridian, you can smell chestnuts roasting on an open fire. You can have one too, or more than one. It smells like Christmas!

See the Huge Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree at the Grand Floridian is located in the center of the main lobby. It is gorgeous. Get a family picture taken in front of it from a Disney Photopass Photographer. The photographer will also take a photo with your phone as well if you don’t have Disney’s Memory Maker.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House. This Gingerbread House is the best on the property! It is two stories tall. It even has a little shop inside of it where you can buy Christmas treats including gingerbread roof tiles. Every year they hide Hidden Mickeys on it.

Free Activities During Easter

Easter Egg Hunt. Children are invited to participate in an Easter Egg grab. The Easter Egg grab is divided into age groups to give each age group a chance to find some eggs. This takes place in the main Courtyard. 

Character Greetings. On Easter Day a few different characters dressed in their Easter best come out to the Courtyard to meet with guests. A Photopass photographer is available and they do sign autographs. Check the front desk to see what time the characters will be out. Characters change each year.

Chocolate Egg Display. A couple of weeks before Easter, there are beautiful chocolate eggs to see. They are made and painted by the Grand Floridian Pastry Team.

Grand Floridian Dining 

While there are no iconic treats at the Grand Floridian, there are some tasty dining options at the restaurants. 

Grand Floridian Dining Reviews

Reviews of the dining options at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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