Disney Vacation Club reveals new details about the expansion coming to the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

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Posted: Thursday September 30, 2021 12:32pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Vacation Club has today shared a first look at the new rooms coming to the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort beginning in the summer of 2022.

The expansion will add approximately 200 proposed resort studios, a Disney Vacation Club room type unique to The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. At the same time, existing villas including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and three-bedroom grand villas will be enhanced.

The proposed new resort studios will feature two queen-size beds and a day bed with room for up to five guests.

The existing villas will also receive exciting enhancements.

The deluxe studios at the resort can also accommodate up to five guests and will feature a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed that tucks away seamlessly into the wall, and a charming pull-down bunk-size bed – perfect for the little ones.

One or two-bedroom villas accommodations offer full kitchens and large living areas as well as added conveniences – like modern appliances, a farmhouse sink, and a washer and dryer. Living areas will feature a new pull-down queen-size bed along with a pull-down bunk-size bed that folds away to be hidden beneath the media center.

The three-bedroom grand villa accommodations sleep up to 12 guests, with two bedrooms that include two queen-size beds each, along with a primary bedroom that features a king-size bed. Three-bedroom grand villas also boast a dining area and expansive living room. Accents in the rooms include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Victorian-themed silhouettes and other artwork featuring Mary Poppins and Dumbo.

Work is expected to begin early next year to convert the Big Pine Key building.

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eddie10421 days ago

To be honest I saw a video of the current rooms and these changes are not that dramatic. Also it seems like they kept some of the original theming just with minor changes here and there.

James Alucobond21 days ago

The resort should be part of the park experience, but that doesn’t mean your room has to be a gimmicky showpiece. The original rooms at the Polynesian were simply lovely hotel rooms for the time with themed bedspreads and headboards, a color scheme and some textures consistent with the rest of the resort, and, like, a table lamp very vaguely reminiscent of a pineapple, if I recall correctly. Not terribly different from what you get today, ignoring the IP invasion. The reasons why they can get away with overcharging should be clear, and it doesn't have anything to do with how "themed" the rooms are or should be. Just as you say that you could stay at the Bellagio for a nicer room, so too could you stay at a real Polynesian bungalow for a vastly more authentic experience.

Skywise21 days ago

I completely get that and I'm not saying I want an ACTUAL Victorian room (I've stayed in 'vintage' rooms in Vegas, no thank you :P ) More like it's a "slider of theming" of reality to modern day aesthetics with no theming (I'll avoid using 'Contemporary' here - ba-dum) I'd put the original GF around the 75% mark on that. The new Contemporary and Polynesian are close to 99% by my judgement. I'd put the new GF rooms around 90%. The rooms themselves should be part of the experience and show like being at the parks as was Walt's original dream. Ironically the Galactic Starcruiser (which has no basis in reality!) looks like it'll be about 40%! That's my ultimate point here. It's not that the poly rooms are BAD for a hotel, they're nice. But I can get nice elsewhere for a lot cheaper (and actually NICER rooms for a lot cheaper) I've stayed in a suite at the Bellagio for a FRACTION of the basic room rates at the Poly!

nickys21 days ago

So that info is on the DVC website: https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/star-wars-galactic-starcruiser

Skywise21 days ago

lol - I was trying to joke that they're going to add a new timeshare building of rooms :P (Actually... I could see them trying to do a "starport hotel" where you can stay while "waiting for your starcruiser to dock" :D )

nickys21 days ago

Reports are that the early booking for the StarCruiser for DVC members actually does stipulate one person must pay using DVC points. The rest of the family can be paid for in cash. We have to wait until October 7th to find out how many points.

nickys21 days ago

A little, sure. Some hidden mickeys, some artwork etc. If they dare put Incredible decals into the closets at Bay Lake during the 2024 refurb, I’ll have something to say to DVC.

Disone21 days ago

I don't know.... Is that the plan or is that the excuse? The african theme entends into the villas at DAKL. So they can be themed. Dare I say I think they should be themed. They are not my actual home. They are my DISNEY "home away from home". I want a little disney magic inside my villa.

Skywise21 days ago

Frankly I'm waiting for the DVC on the Galactic Starport (oh yeah... you think it's a silly, nosensical idea now...)

nickys21 days ago

Isn’t this discussing the DVC rooms at GF? In which case they’re supposed to be a home from home. Not a hotel room. Which is why they go lighter on theming than they do on the hotel rooms.

Casper Gutman22 days ago

As I said, the first picture - this one - is the most Grand Floridian - y. But no, it doesn't blow me away with its thematic depth, especially given what I'd be paying to stay there for one night.

James Alucobond22 days ago

What's not to understand? I absolutely want a resort with common areas that are fully thematically transportive and conveniently located relative to the parks I want to visit, but I want a room that feels modern and luxe (please don't @ me here; I know Disney's not nailing that). I'm not in dire need of a synesthetic overload as I lay in bed or change my clothes. I want a nice, clean retreat from the hustle and bustle of the parks. It should have some of the same visual motifs, but I don't care if it's anachronistic or much more subtle. I can literally open the window, sit on the balcony, or step out the door if I want more of the resort theming. You clearly want something different with full-on theming from start to finish, and that's fine. I just think that the majority of guests would prefer their expensive rooms be obviously expensive even if it would technically be more thematically consistent for their room to look like a tiki hut. I do think more heavily themed rooms should exist, but I think more as an optional room type similar to the way the Princess Royal Rooms at Port Orleans are set aside. I said nothing about shops, restaurants, or Universal here and don't particularly care to get into them in yet another thread.

TrojanUSC22 days ago

I dislike the inclusion of Moana in the rooms at the Polynesian and think the Contemporary rooms are tacky and unbecoming of a deluxe hotel. However, THIS is how you make rooms feel current while still embracing the theme of the resort.

CaptainAmerica22 days ago

Give me a break. That's what you see HERE? There's no pleasing you if you don't like this.