The Grand Floridian, Walt Disney World

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This weekend, I partnered up with the Grand Floridian Hotel for a Disney takeover!This Victorian-themed hotel is surrounded by water and looks as though it was plucked straight out of the 1900s. We were instantly greeted by a jazz band playing instrumental versions of the classic Disney tunes. The resort has its own private beach and two pools (we definitely jumped in between park hopping in 90-degree heat). The monorail is attached to the building for quick and easy access to the parks. For such a short weekend getaway, the convenience of being one stop away from the Magic Kingdom was crucial in maximizing our time.One of the reasons we were looking forward to this was because Disney just opened Animal Kingdom at night. The Tree of Life now transforms into a beautiful light show, morphing into an array of colors, animals and imagery throughout the night. There’s also a new Jungle Book show on the river set to music and special effects that celebrates the new film. My favorite update to the park is that now guests can ride the main attractions in complete darkness. Expedition Everest has always been one of my favorite rides, but at night, riding a high speed roller coaster backwards while dodging an oversized Yeti is that much more intense!The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival was running while we were in town and the creations around the park were spectacular --over 70 Disney-themed arrangements.In just over 24 hours, we were able to visit Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom, try new restaurants throughout the parks, see the latest updates and features, and even take some time to relax by the pool at our beautiful hotel. If you’re looking for a relaxing hotel just minutes away from the main action, the Grand Floridian is a great choice for your next Disney experience!