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The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Resort Studio vs. Deluxe Studio

June 1, 2022
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This summer, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will welcome guests to its new expansion in the Big Pine Key building.  This expansion consists of former hotel rooms that were converted into 200 resort studios, a room category that is new to Disney Vacation Club and unique to the Grand Floridian.  While resort studios are similar to deluxe studios, there are some key differences to note when deciding which room type works best for your travel party. 


Accommodations

Resort Studio with 2 queen beds and a daybed

Both deluxe studios and resort studios at the Grand Floridian can accommodate up to 5 guests and feature subtle nods to Mary Poppins throughout their decor, but that is where the similarities end.  The resort studios are larger at about 440 square feet compared to the deluxe studios which are 374 square feet.  Another difference is that the resort studios have 2 queen beds and a twin-size daybed, unlike the deluxe studios that have 1 queen bed, a queen-size Murphy bed, and a twin-size pulldown bed.  Some travel parties find it more comfortable to have the 2 “real” queen beds and may prefer the resort studios for that reason.  

Another big difference is that the resort studios have a beverage center in lieu of a kitchenette that you would typically find in a deluxe studio.  The beverage center includes a Keurig coffee maker and a beverage cooler but lacks a toaster, microwave, and mini-fridge that guests may be accustomed to in deluxe studios.  

Lastly, the resort studios have double sinks and a shower/tub combo while the deluxe studios have a single sink but a shower/tub combo plus an additional shower.  


Points and View Categories

Points Chart for the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The point values for resort studios and deluxe studios are equal for both the Standard View and Lake View categories.  Depending on the travel period, Standard View studios range from 16 points to 37 points while Lake View studios range from 19 points to 44 points.  

The resort studios also offer one additional category: Theme Park View.  The Theme Park View resort studios will offer beautiful views of the Magic Kingdom.  These views will go for a premium point value of 24 points to 55 points.


Location

Big Pine Key Building

The original villas building is a short walk past the Beach Pool from the main Grand Floridian building where the lobby, restaurants, shops, and other amenities are located.  The resort studios in the Big Pine Key building is slightly closer to the main building and more centrally located within the resort grounds, adjacent to the Courtyard Pool.


Whichever studio you choose, the resort studios and deluxe studios are both wonderful options with access to all the restaurants, transportation options, and amenities of Walt Disney World’s flagship resort.  If you would like to rent points for a stay at the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or you own points at the Grand Floridian and wish to rent them out, contact the DVC Rental Store!

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