This article shares a timeline of the renovation and refurbishment progress at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in 2024.
Disney’s Grand Floridian is undergoing a multi-year renovation and refurbishment. So far, we’ve seen several completed projects, including new rooms and other updates around the resort.
It’s been a few months since our last update because work appeared to slow down over the holiday season. But with the holidays in our rearview mirror, I thought it was time for a fresh look at what’s happening at the resort.
So far, we’ve seen considerable updates over the past few years. This last summer, construction progressed to the main building, where siding and roof work were completed. That project appears to be nearly complete. We’ll preview a few photos below from our last visit.
Many have asked questions about the pools, the lobby, the Garden View Tea Room, and 1900 Park Fare. We have heard numerous conflicting rumors about these resort areas. But unfortunately, Disney hasn’t released any new details as of this update.
When we know something definite, we’ll provide an update. We understood that the lobby furnishings would be changed after the holidays. However, no other work has been completed in that area besides the tremendous paint job last August.
Below are a few photos of the resort from our last visit. Then we have a before and after look at other changes. We’ll continue to update this article until we reach an outcome.
This article was updated on January 23, 2024.
January 2024 Updates for Disney’s Grand Floridian
We stopped at Disney’s Grand Floridian over the weekend to see how the refurbishment was progressing. Most of the scaffolding around the back and side of the resort has been completely removed.
A few walls remain near the side entrance to the lobby.
Walls remain in place leading to the resort’s main entrance.
Scaffolding is still up around the front of the resort.
Here is a view looking down from the monorail station. It appears that most of the right side has been completed.
Basin was closed for refurbishment. However, we have seen reports that it reopened almost immediately after our last visit.
The only notable work we saw was the Beaches Pool Bar getting a new roof. Given the small size of this structure, it shouldn’t take long to complete. The pool was open during our visit.
Grand Floridian Lobby Updates
In December 2022, Disney announced the Grand Floridian’s lobby would receive an update. Their article stated that the lobby “will maintain the classic theming you know and love with some fresh new enhancements.” (Disney Parks Blog)
So far, the only new thing we’ve seen is a coat of paint. We visited the Grand Floridian in the Fall to check out the lobby updates. Formerly, the lobby had a coat of white paint. Now, we see lots of beige, which adds a contrast. Here are a few photos with specifics.
Speculation is that the lobby will eventually be completed. However, I have not been able to confirm that with anyone from Disney. So, we’ll keep watching until the work reaches an outcome.
Here are a few photos of the lobby when the paint work was being completed.
Grand Floridian Buildings Completed to Date
The following buildings at Disney’s Grand Floridian have been completely refurbished and are now open.
- Conch Key
- Boca Chica
- Big Pine Key
- The Villas Grand Floridian
- Sugar Loaf
- Sago Cay
Sago Cay was the last building to reopen. Meanwhile, work has begun on the main building. Here is a photo of Sago Cay, the last exterior building to be completed at the Grand Floridian.
Here are a few photos of other buildings since they’ve been completed, starting with Conch Key.
In the photo below, Boca Chica is the building on the left side, sitting behind the pool. Big Pine Key is to the immediate right.
Big Pine Key was one of the first buildings completed. However, rooms in this building were converted to resort studios for Disney’s Vacation Club. This new room type is specific to this building.
The Villas at Grand Floridian building was the first to see construction work completed a little over a year ago. Since this was the newest addition to the Grand Floridian, it didn’t undergo nearly as much construction as the other buildings on the property.
On another note, a new DVC Tower Hotel is under construction between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian. Therefore, the former scenic walkway between the hotels is closed.
As of early 2024, the construction path between the Grand Floridian and Polynesian has also closed. It is unlikely it will reopen until work has been completed. So, if you’re traveling between the Grand Floridian and Polynesian, you’ll need to take a resort boat or the monorail.
Take the monorail from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian for the quickest option. Then, take the resort watercraft from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian.
We have a separate article on the construction progress at the Polynesian.
What’s Already Been Completed at Disney’s Grand Floridian?
As you may know, Disney’s Grand Floridian celebrated its 35th anniversary this last year. Therefore, extensive work has been completed around the resort over the last five years that led to this renovation. Here are some of the changes.
Grand Floridian Walkway to Magic Kingdom
In late 2020, a walkway opened between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom. This new walkway allows guests to walk to and from the resort to the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Narcoossee’s, one of Grand Floridian’s signature dining restaurants that sits over the water, underwent a complete refurbishment. It reopened in 2023 with a fresh interior look and menu.
Related: Grand Floridian Restaurants Guide
Unfortunately, we haven’t stayed at the Grand Floridian since the rooms were refurbished. We’ll plan a new stay when the construction dust settles.
Here is a look at one of the newer rooms. Many of the rooms feature touches of Mary Poppins in the design elements. So far, these rooms have received rave reviews.
Here is a look inside The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Their lobby received new rugs and furnishings this last year.
These photos were taken around the holidays. If you’ve visited the Villas before, you might tell the color palette was changed to a light blue on the upper floors.
If you’ve never visited, I encourage you to stop in on a future visit to see the Mary Poppins fountain in the center of the lobby.
Conch Key Lobby
We stopped at Conch Key last April to check out the newly renovated building lobby. Each building on the property has a small lobby with similar decor.
Here are a few photos of the transformation.
Artwork featuring Mary Poppins hangs on the far wall.
Gasparilla Island Grill
Gasparilla Island Grill, the resort’s counter service, was significantly refurbished in 2017. We stopped in recently and discovered they have several new menu items. We have an updated review of Gasparilla Island Grill that includes a preview of those new menu items. We found the menu much improved but think it could still be better.
Enchanted Rose Lounge
In 2019, the Enchanted Rose Lounge debuted at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, it’s one of the nicest lounges you’ll ever visit.
When Enchanted Rose opened, it was a tell-tale sign of what would come at the resort. Unfortunately, however, those changes were significantly delayed as we headed into the next few years.
Related: Enchanted Rose Lounge Review
Citricos is one of the Grand Floridian’s signature restaurants. It’s located on the second floor of the main building, only a few steps away from Enchanted Rose Lounge. Citricos was completely renovated and reopened with Mary Poppins theming in 2021. Victoria and Albert’s, immediately next door to Citricos, reopened from an entire refurbishment in 2022.
Hopefully, these construction updates helped plan your next trip or visit to Disney’s Grand Floridian. Make sure to check back often for updates! You might also enjoy the following:
- Walt Disney World Hotel Refurbishment Schedule
- Disney’s Boardwalk Refurbishment and Construction Updates
- Disney’s Beach Club Photos of Finished Updates
In the Comments
What do you think of the progress of the construction at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? Would you plan a stay here during the refurbishment?