Having a Ball at The Grand Floridian

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Walt Disney World’s resorts, much like its theme parks, have an amazing ability to transport you to another place and time. Entering the enormous Victorian atrium that is home to the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, for example, one gets an overwhelming feeling not unlike Cinderella must have felt arriving at the royal ball. Unless your running late for the Magical Express, no doubt your experience leaving the resort should be less stressful than Cinderella’s departure from the ball, though. During one of that 1950 classic’s iconic scenes, the title character has to rush home before the stroke of midnight breaks the spell she is under. In her haste, she leaves behind one of her glass slippers while rushing down a staircase.

Given the Princess’ history of with stairs, it’s fitting that there is also a trace of her to be found at the bottom of the Grand Floridian’s Grand Staircase. However, this time it’s not a glass slipper. Instead, a silhouette of Cinderella and her Prince Charming can be found integrated into the lobby’s Italian marble floor. Subtle and elegant, the design adds a touch of Disney magic to the Resort while not interfering with it’s overall posh aesthetic. It should be noted that these two lovebirds aren’t the only characters to be incorporated into the Grand Floridian’s flooring. Others include Peter Pan, Mrs. Potts, and, of course, Mickey Mouse himself, just to name a few.

With so much to take it at the resort’s lobby, it probably wouldn’t be your first instinct to look down at the floor, but if you do you may be rewarded by a great example of Disney’s attention to detail. So, next time you find yourself at the resort, remember to look down and see how many characters you can spot around the lobby.

Have you even been to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? Share your favorite thing to see or do the resort in the comments section!

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