PHOTOS: Construction Work Finished at Sago Cay Building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Lisa Stump

PHOTOS: Construction Work Finished at Sago Cay Building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

While aboard the monorail today, we noticed the exterior refurbishment and landscaping work has been finished outside the Sago Cay building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Construction Work Completed on Sago Cay Building

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On the monorail today, we were able to see the completed exterior of Sago Cay at The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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The landscaping is completed in front of Sago Cay.

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The refurbishment of the building’s exterior was similar to what we’ve seen on many buildings within the resort. The design has remained the same; it was just renewed.

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Many of the red shingles on the Sago Cay roof were also replaced and work was completed on the chimney at the center of the building.

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During its refurbishment, the stairwell was completely reconstructed with new stairs and white paneling.

Several days ago, the scaffolding was removed from the exterior, but the grounds were not yet finished. Below are a couple of images for reference. Take a look at the full article here.

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Sago Cay is near the start of the walkway to Magic Kingdom, which was closed for several months due to construction. The walkway recently reopened.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Refurbishment

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa lobby

Reportedly, when now-former CEO Bob Chapek took over the Parks & Resorts division in 2015, he felt that the Grand Floridian was not up to standards. The comparisons to a Four Seasons didn’t befit the current state of the resort, and so it was no longer suitable as the flagship location. Rather than shift focus to another resort hotel, the company decided to make changes.

The major overhaul of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort began with the Enchanted Rose Lounge, which replaced Mizner’s Lounge. It was given a “Beauty and the Beast” theme. Cítricos followed with a new “Mary Poppins”-inspired design. When the Grand Floridian Spa reopened in January 2022, it was revealed that it, too, had been remodeled. All the rooms of the resort are still being updated and some “Mary Poppins” theming has been added throughout guest buildings.

If you haven’t seen our tour of the remodeled rooms, make sure to watch the video below.

As part of the refurbishment work, Narcoossee’s was closed from June 2022 to April 2023, and reopened with a revamped interior and “land and sea” menu. Read our Narcoossee’s review.

1900 Park Fare, the character dining buffet location at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is still closed for refurbishment. The restaurant has not reopened since it closed in March 2020 with the rest of Walt Disney World Resort due to COVID-19. When physical distancing measures were still in place, 1900 Park Fare was used as overflow seating for Grand Floridian Café for a short period of time.

The Grand Floridian Resort’s lobby will also be updated in the near future.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will celebrate its 35th anniversary on July 1, 2023.

Will you be stopping by Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or booking a stay at this resort to check out the changes? We’d love to read about your plans in the comments below.

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