The exit from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort lobby to the Beach Pool and “Alice in Wonderland” water play area has now been closed as refurbishment efforts continue.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby Construction
As construction continues at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the exit from the lobby to the Beach Pool area and “Alice in Wonderland” water play area has now been closed and blocked with temporary stanchions.
A sign directs guests to utilize the exit near Grand Floridian Cafe to gain access to the courtyard area.
The rest of the lobby construction is in full swing.
The top three floors have white scrim up against their railings.
Plywood covers the floor, keeping it protected from the two lifts and other construction materials.
Crews have been using the lifts to reach railings and columns of the guest floors above — replacing, refurbishing, and repainting various sections.
There is a small carpeted seating area still available near the ground floor entrance to the lobby. The grand piano remains, although it wasn’t being played when we stopped by.
Guest pathways are identified by signage through various white-paneled construction walls.
Along the pathway, there are areas with white scrim above the walls as well.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is temporarily unavailable while construction moves forward.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Refurbishment
Former CEO Bob Chapek began a major overhaul of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa when he took over the Parks & Resorts division in 2015.
The updates began with the “Beauty and the Beast”-themed Enchanted Rose Lounge, which replaced Mizner’s Lounge. Cítricos followed with a new “Mary Poppins”-inspired design. When the Grand Floridian Spa reopened in January 2022, it too had been remodeled.
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.
Disney confirmed that the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be refurbished but “will maintain the classic theming you know and love with some fresh new enhancements.” Though construction is underway in the lobby right now, this is just for guest rooms, and the actual lobby remodel has been delayed until 2024.