Are you considering staying on the Grand Floridian Club Level but you aren’t sure if it’s worth it? Can snacks and a lobby really justify upwards of $500 additional a night? For a friend’s birthday recently, we splurged and booked a room on the Royal Palm Club Level. From incredible service to top notch amenities, we thought it was worth it – read on for why!
1. The All Day Grand Floridian Club Level Menu
One of the biggest perks to staying on a Club Level at Disney is the all day snacks. The lounge provides food and drinks throughout the day, and the quality is excellent.
Many visitors wonder if you can eat exclusively at the Grand Floridian Club Level to “get your money’s worth”. I would say that the club level definitely covers breakfast. You will likely want to eat at least one meal a day outside of the Grand Floridian Club Level, whether it be lunch or dinner.
The schedule for Club Level snacks was:
- Our Grand Beginnings: 7 to 10:30 a.m.
- Refreshments: 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 pm
- Twilight Refreshers: 5 to 7 p.m.
- Cordials and Desserts: 8 to 10 p.m.
Our Grand Beginnings at the Royal Palm Club Level features a continental breakfast with several hot offerings. There is an espresso machine that makes rich lattes and cappuccinos. Orange juice, cranberry juice, and iced tea were available. Cold offerings included mixed fruit, berries, yogurt, cereal, and a variety of pastries. They also had hard boiled eggs and smoked salmon available every morning.
Hot options changed every day, but during our visit we had cinnamon rolls, blueberry lemon souffles, biscuits and gravy, and egg bites.
Refreshments in the afternoon usually consisted of some cold salads, hummus, vegetables, and a warm soup option. Cookies and treats were also available all day.
Twighlight Refreshers at the Royal Palm Club offers a variety of savory evening snacks. With soup and salad options, as well as small plates, the offerings change every day. You can expect small sized dinner foods like sushi bites and small meat plates.
Cordials and Desserts features a wide selection of delightful bite sized pastries from cannolis to brownies. The bar serves beer and wine, as well as several cordials (nothing like some Bailey’s to end a day at the parks).
2. The Grand Floridian Club Level Room Views
One of the things that stands out about the Royal Palm Club is its location. Situated on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the main lobby building, the views – inside and out – are spectacular.
We had a standard room with a pool view. Our room faced east, and faced the pool. One of my best memories is sitting on the balcony with my coffee soaking in the colorful sunrise.
The Royal Palm Club lounge also has beautiful views indoors. Overlooking the lobby area, you can enjoy live music from the pianist every night at 3 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:15 PM. Sofas and chairs are well situated to enjoy the music from the lobby with your complimentary wine or beer.
3. The Grand Floridian Club Level Concierge
The service at the Royal Palm Club was really outstanding. From the moment we arrived, we were escorted by staff from our car directly up to the key access only lounge and provided a tour. The concierge assisted us in getting our magic bands linked and activated. The staff also brought us welcome glasses of wine, even though it was a time between their major food services.
Disney can be overwhelming to plan, so access to the concierge for help with park, ride, spa, and restaurant reservations is a major plus. Even though we didn’t utilize the Concierge much, it was nice to know they were there if we needed.
One thing that sometimes disappoints folks is they think the Grand Floridian Club Level concierges can do anything. Unfortunately, they have access to the same reservation schedules that everyone else does, so they can’t get you that coveted reservation at Space 220 at the last minute… I asked 🙂
4. Grab and Go Snacks
If your kids are snackers, the Grand Floridian Club Level has you covered. From Uncrustables to granola bars and chips, there are prepackaged snacks available during daytime hours that can help you load up and prepare for long days at the parks.
Carrying in your own snacks is definitely a bonus on a busy park day, so this small luxury can help decrease money spent at the park and leave you with more time to explore.
5. Disney Signature Services Access
Disney Signature Services is a direct concierge phone line that club level rooms have access too. You are given the phone number at the time you book, and they will reach out to you to introduce their services.
I found this really helpful when planning a pretty complicated birthday trip for a friend. Instead of waiting on hold for 30 minutes when I needed to call Disney, I had a direct line and someone answered immediately. I was able to fix some ride reservation issues, as well as set up little things like making restaurants and the hotel aware it was my friend’s birthday.
They greeted her on arrival with a “Happy Birthday”, and our trip was punctuated with small birthday treats every where we went. I don’t think I could have pulled that off without the help of Signature Services.
Is the Grand Floridian Club Level Worth It?
While the price tag is high, if you are looking for an unforgettable trip, the club level is worth it. The service, lounge access, and beautiful location makes the Club Level really feel special.
For the run of the mill Disney trip, maybe the price tag would be too steep. However, if you are celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion, the club level is the way to go to make your Grand Floridian experience truly unforgettable.
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