This table service restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is only worth one dining plan credit and can be found just off the lobby. The atmosphere is light and airy with a Victorian style decor and a little touch of whimsy; and huge white windows line the wall of the resaurant and face the resort grounds.
Many consider this restaurant a hidden gem in the Disney dining world, as it is often overshadowed by the 1900 Park Fare character meal and the culinary dining experiences of Citricos, Narcoosees, and the esteemed Victoria and Alberts. Therefore, if you're looking for a nice, sit down meal without dealing with reservations, this restaurant may be for you!
We recently visited the Grand Floridian Cafe for dinner and sampled a few dishes, as well as celebrated a special event; and here's our opinion of our meals and experience!
The best thing about this dessert is that it's only worth one dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan; and if you're paying out of pocket, it can serve two! This way, two guests can enjoy a variety of desserts for the price of one!
This dessert costs extra and is not included on the Disney Dining Plan. It consists of a chocolate glass slipper filled with whipped creme and topped with raspberries, along with a small, chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce, and a chocolate picture of the castle! You can also have Disney write a personalized message in chocolate for no extra charge!
Read more about our experience with this dessert and how to order one of your own here!
All in all, the Grand Floridian Cafe offers a pleasant balance between refined and casual dining. While the food here in't the very best of all menus offered at WDW, it is definitely yummy and tends to be more affordable than other Grand Floridian restaurants. The service we experience was excellent; and the atmosphere was also quieter than some other restaurants.
Plus, it's always a special experience to get the chance to dine in the gorgeous Grand Floridian! We know that adults will enjoy it; and some teens (especially girls) may as well, especially if you get the dessert platter! Kids will probably not be as excited as they would at 1900 Park Fare; but, just as with most Disney restaurants, kids are always accomodated with coloring sheets and friendly, laidback servers!
So if the adults in your group want an elegant dining experience without the hassle, go ahead and try the Grand Floridian Cafe! We doubt you will be disappointed.