PHOTOS: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Lobby Restored Temporarily as Railing Construction Concludes

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PHOTOS: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Lobby Restored Temporarily as Railing Construction Concludes

Construction materials, vehicles, and walls are gone from the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort as construction wraps up on the railings above.

Grand Floridian Resort Lobby

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Furniture and decorations are back in the lobby for guests to enjoy.

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White scrims remain around some of the upstairs balconies, although work may be complete. Some scrims were removed in August.

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Construction began in June, taking over a large portion of the lobby.

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The lobby itself is set to be remodeled, though not until next year.

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Reportedly, the lobby remodel was scheduled to begin earlier this spring, but they were unable to meet that schedule. Rather than start construction and interfere with the giant gingerbread house the resort builds annually, the remodel was delayed.

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Back in December 2022, Disney confirmed the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa would be refurbished during the resort’s 35th anniversary, which was on July 1, 2023.

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For now, the lobby retains its vintage theming, including chandeliers and a giant birdcage.

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There are more modern-looking chairs and tables on the second floor overlooking the lobby.

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The lobby elevator is also back open, having been closed when construction vehicles were parked in the center of the building.

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How do you feel about the future of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort lobby? Let us know in the comments.

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.

All rooms of the Grand Floridian Resort are still being updated and some “Mary Poppins” theming has been added throughout guest buildings.

narcoossees reopening april 2023

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 here.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.”

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

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2 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Lobby Restored Temporarily as Railing Construction Concludes”

  1. Is this picture of the grand Floridian lobby recent? We had seen a picture on another site yesterday showing lobby completely off limits and extensive border walls outside as well. we’re considering cancellation of our visit in 2 weeks. The folks at Disney couldn’t give us a construction update.

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