Opening Date: October 23, 2013
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2064
2023 Annual Dues per Point: $7.33 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2023): $217 / point
Average Resale Cost (2023): CLICK FOR RESALE CONTRACT LISTINGS AT DVCSTORE.COM
Next Expected Refurb date: 2022 major room refurbishment completed
In early 2011, Disney started filing plans for an expansion at the Grand Floridian resort. While initially it was only rumored to be a DVC resort, by the December, 2011 timeshare meeting - it was announced that the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa would be the 12th DVC resort to open.
Construction continued into 2013, and on April 1, 2013 the DVC resort was first declared with the announcement that the resort would have 47 lock-off two bedrooms, 47 dedicated two bedrooms, and 6 Grand Villas. The resort went on sale on May 23rd, 2013 for $145 a point, with an increase planned on June 19th to $150 a point. Reservations at the resort also started at the same time. The resort opened on October 23, 2013. It was considered "Sold Out" in April of 2015. The resort has a total of 2,520,800 points, which while not being the smallest resort of all is the fifth smallest, and second only to Boulder Ridge in terms of least points. From a room number standpoint, with only 100 rooms (potentially 147 with lock-offs) it is the smallest property at WDW and the second smallest after the Grand Californian. The contract end date for the Grand Floridan is January 31st, 2064.
The resort has a total of 48 units. Every single studio and 1-bedroom at the resort is part of a 2-bedroom lockoff, meaning there are no dedicated studios or 1-bedrooms.
In the summer of 2021, Disney announced the conversion of a second set of rooms on property being converted to DVC. The Big Pine Key building will be converted to 200 new "resort studio" rooms across three categories, including a "Theme Park View" room. Sales started on March 3, 2022 for a base price of $207. The new section of the resort opened on June 20. 2022. Room distribution is shown in the table below.
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-Off Villa:
3 Bedroom Villa:
The Grand Floridian has a number of dining choices, though the Villas do not have any dining of their own. While not included, the Polynesian is a short walk away from the resort.
There is one laundry location at VGF - it is on the fourth floor near the entrance to the wing and contains 2 washers and 4 dryers. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundryview.com (or their app).
You have a number of options to get to the Magic Kingdom - a boat that travels from here to the Polynesian and to Magic Kingdom, but is a LONG walk from the Villas. The resort monorail's next stop is also the Magic Kingdom, but also can often be full of people from the previous three stops. There is not a walking option - yet. (They are working on it.)
For Epcot your only option is totake the monorail around to the TTC and switch to the Epcot line. All remaining locations require bus travel.