13th AAA five-diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s

Victoria & Albert's Restaurant

Congrats to Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for earning their 13th AAA Five-Diamond Award for Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Of 28,000 restaurants reviewed, only 53 have earned five diamonds – and a mere 21 have had that distinction for 13 or more consecutive years.

“Haute cuisine at its best” defines the AAA criteria. Add cutting-edge menus, the finest ingredients and “food prepared in a manner that’s highly imaginative and unique” and you’ve got the extraordinary combination that defines a winner. But beyond the kitchen, the maître d’ must lead an expert service staff “that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.”

That’s a tall order, and Victoria & Albert’s manages to wow guests every single night of the year with a fabulous “Contemporary-American” menu and refined touches such as Italian Sambonet silver, fine Royal Doulton and Wedgwood china, and Italian Frette tablecloths (hung, not folded, to avoid creases). Women get a small stool for handbags and a rose to carry home – and if you’re chilly, they’ll offer a cashmere wrap.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DVNA (939-3862) Dining room is $135 per person for six courses and $65 for wine pairings. Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room are $210 for 10 courses and $105 for wine pairings.

From the Disney parks

News-construction to impact shopping and dining

Please keep in mind that these dates can be modified by Disney at any time.  If you have a reservation at the Grand Floridian this fall you should be aware of the construction and how it could impact your vacation.

Narcoosee’s July 9 to July 22 2012

Citricos  July 23, 2012 to August 4, 2012

Beach Pool Bar Currently closed through August 24, 2012

Mizner’s Lounge  July 9, 2012 to July 14, 2012

Gasparilla Grill & Games August 24, 2012 til sometime in December 2012

Sandy Cove  August 21, 2012 til sometime in December 2012

While Gasparilla Grill & Games is closed for refurbishment guests will be able to use the newly refurbished Beach Pool Bar and Mizner’s Lounge for food.

The courtyard pool will be closing around August 24 and reopening sometime in December 2012.  Guests will be able to use the Beach pool during this time.  Disney is planning on adding updating this entire area and adding zero entry access to the pool.

Contact your vacation planner or Disney with any questions.  If you are staying club level you can contact IPO.

 

 

 

 

Construction update from the Grand Floridian Resort July 2012

Grand Floridian Resort Construction photo July 2012

Channing visited the Grand Floridian on July 3, 2012 and here are some of the pics of the construction going on at the Grand Floridian Resort.