Senses Spa coming to Disney World

Disney Senses Spa

Soon the Walt Disney World® Resort will offer new places to escape, unwind and relax – Senses Spas. These new spas, located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (opening Dec. 17,) and at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (opening mid-2013), offer tranquility and pampering in an environment designed to indulge the senses.

Disney Senses Spa

At Senses Spas you can experience world-class service in dedicated relaxation areas, and new water therapy and steam rooms, and enjoy traditional and signature treatments, manicure and pedicure areas and more.

The Magic Your Way Premium Package entitlements include a spa treatment, and many other Magic Your Way Packages offer your Clients a 15% discount on spa services.

To book a spa appointment call 407-WDW-SPAS.

Holiday news from the Grand

Gingerbread house at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

I love the Holidays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Gingerbread house should be open for business and selling its delicious gingerbread and other treats on Monday the 19th of November and starting on December 1st Chestnuts will available at the entrance of the Grand Floridian.  If you are visiting Disney World during the Holiday season it is worth the time to go by and visit!

Here are some older photos of the Gingerbread house.



A Morning Walk


Let’s go for a walk around the Grand and turn our backs on the construction…..



 I love that place…..

Happy travels!

A Room With a View


, space Royal Palm club, spaceWith all the construction currently going on at the Grand Floridian, people are wondering where they can stay at the resort and not have a view of the mess, machines, and workers.  Disney takes requests for certain locations, however nothing requested is guaranteed.

If you have a garden view room category booked, Here are some views that may keep you from viewing large equipment and men in hard hats. Request Sago – either side of this building has garden view rooms – you may either face the marina  or a bit of the lagoon and the monorail.    Conch has some rooms facing the marina that are considered garden view.  Also some of the courtyard facing rooms in Conch may be far enough away from the pool that you’d be fine with that view. I would request “Conch, marina view”.   Any garden view rooms in Boca Chica or Big Pine will face the courtyard pool.  Normally a beautiful view, but right now a mess.

All of the deluxe garden view  (turret rooms) face the courtyard pool.  Usually I love these rooms because of their extra space with the little living room area in the turret.

Lagoon view & theme park view rooms are all a good bet.  You’ll be facing away from the centralized construction, with a serene view of Seven Seas Lagoon and/or the monorail and castle, and the other resorts on the monorail line.

Sugar Loaf… “Outer Lodge Club Level”… You have a 50/50 shot at a pretty view of the marina.  If you have requested one of the three turret rooms in Sugar Loaf, you may be watching the work on the pool progress during your stay.

Royal Palm Club – the club level in the main building…. Most of these rooms are “standard views”. The rooms either face the Beach Pool – and the Disney Vacation Club under construction beyond, or the courtyard pool – which is torn apart for a total redo.  The royal palm club theme park view rooms look out over the marina – however with the construction going on below these rooms in Gasparilla’s there may be excessive noise at some points during the day.

Remember, a request is only that…and often my requests seem to dissipate by the time I check in.  I’ve found from my experience it’s pretty much a waste of time requesting anything.  Or maybe I’m just unlucky, however I’ve always lucked out and got what I wanted at check in by asking for it.  So if you are assigned a room location that isn’t what you hoped for, it pays to ask what else is available.


Take a peek into M. Mouse Mercantile

M.Mouse Mercantile, Store, Shop, Grand Floridian

The M. Mouse Mercantile at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has added some fun Halloween merchandise. Do you love Halloween at Disney? I do! So let’s go shopping!

Construction update at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Updates dates for closures around the Grand Floridian Resort this fall.


Ivy Trellis Beauty and Barber Shop                      October 20, 2012 thru December 3, 2012

Sandy Cove Gifts & Sundries                                    August 21, 2012 thru November 17, 2012

Gasparilla Grill & Games                                            September 13, 2012 thru December 17, 2012

Courtyard Pool & Bar                                                 September 10, 2012 thru late December 2012

(The Beach will remain open during this time)




New splash area will be Alice in Wonderland themed!

New splash area at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

This looks like it will be wicked awesome! I love Alice in Wonderland!

New splash area at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort refurbishment updates

Good Morning,

Here is the updated schedule for the on going construction at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. They are adding DVC (Disney Vacation Club) to the resort and it is not scheduled to be finished til mid 2013.  (this could change as well and be sooner or take longer)

The following amenities will be closed for refurbishments so plan accordingly.


Beach Pool Bar: April 2, 2012 to September 4, 2012


Sandy Cove Merchandise: August 21, 2012 to November 18, 2012


Ivy Trellis Salon: October 20, 2012 to December 3, 2012


Courtyard Pool: Mid September to mid December 2012


Gasparilla Grill & Games: September 4, 2012 to December 17, 2012


• The Spa: September 19, 2011 to December 5, 2012


For more information about the Grand Floridian Resort and & Spa contact us at

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.