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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Evokes Victorian Era Nostalgia

When visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, you should make a point of visiting the Grand Floridian Resort on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom.  The Grand Floridian is truly "Grand" in all respects and is worth visiting even if you will not be spending the night there.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
The Grand Floridian Resort is the Flagship Hotel of the Walt Disney World Resort.  This Victorian Style Hotel is stunning with its trademark 5 story Grand Lobby complete with two dazzling chandeliers.  Among the many decorations and amenities to notice while visiting and exploring the Grand Lobby, are several interesting Victorian Era antiques on display.

Can you guess the purpose of the interesting item in the above picture?  It is a Squirrel Cage from 1890.  It is definitely a unique item and it really caught me off-guard to see it on display here.

The next item is a Weathervane from France from 1875.  The interesting metalwork on the weathervane makes it a nice display piece.

Here we have a toy ferris wheel, again from around the late 1800's.  These items are displayed on tables beneath beautiful paintings of scenes from the Victorian Era.

Lastly, we see an antique barber pole.  The unique display stand really sets it off.  All four of these items that we found on display in the Grand Lobby were unique and not what you would expect to see.  I think it is their unique nature that makes them fit and provides a connection to the Victorian Era that the Grand Floridian was designed to emulate.

This picture shows the Grand Lobby floor complete with grand piano and giant replica bird cage.

There is even a portion of the balcony overlooking the lobby set up for a band to play.  The above picture capture the band performing.

Visit Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Even if you are not staying at the Grand Floridian Resort you should definitely visit it.  You can tie your visit to a dining experience at one of its many restaurants: 1900 Park Fare, Narcoossee's, Citricos, Grand Floridian Cafe, or Victoria & Albert's.  You can also just browse around the Grand Lobby and take in all of the sights.  It is easy to get there, just take the Resort Monorail from the Magic Kingdom and get off at the Grand Floridian stop.  When you are ready to leave take the Monorail back to the Magic Kingdom and you can get connected to anywhere in Disney World.

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