With the Resort Studios at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa scheduled to open this summer, I was excited to check them out at an open house during my March trip. Yes, I had already seen photos, but I was anxious to get a better sense of the room in person. While you cannot visit the Big Pine Key building (where the Resort Studios will actually be located) since it is still under construction, you can visit a model of the Resort Studio in the Sago Cay building by first checking in with one of the DVC kiosks at the Grand Floridian. After visiting the Resort Studio, here are a few observations that came to mind:
The Location is Very Convenient
On the way to Sago Cay to visit the model room, I passed by Big Pine Key. It is so close to Gasparilla Island Grill, Grand Floridian Cafe, the marina, and walkway to the Magic Kingdom. You’re also near the Courtyard Pool. If you stay in the Resort Studios, I think you’ll feel more like you’re at the heart of the resort and its amenities compared to the location of the original villas building.
The Room Is Spacious
Upon entering the Resort Studio, it was immediately noticeable how spacious it was, especially compared to the regular Deluxe Studio. I happened to have been staying at a Deluxe Studio at the Grand Floridian during this trip, so I had a good basis for comparison. It also didn’t hurt that the pastel colors made the room feel light and airy.
There’s Lots of Storage
At first glance, it may seem like the storage space is about average for a studio. However, since there is a daybed in the Resort Studio instead of the pull-down bed underneath the television that many Deluxe Studios have, the dresser had actual functional drawers in addition to the storage space in the closets next to the bed. If you were looking for a place to store your suitcases, there was plenty of space underneath the queen beds.
There’s Great Attention to Detail
I mean this in a couple of ways. First, there were lots of USB ports and outlets, which is something that I wish some of the older studios had. There were some under the little side tables next to the queen beds, and there were more on each side of the dresser. This is especially ideal for charging all our devices after a full day at the parks.
Second, there were just some really lovely touches of Mary Poppins Returns in the decor of the room from the wallpaper and paintings to the design on the lamp shade and glass birds on the chandelier. They reminded me of the decor at Citricos and were very subtle to the point that you may not have noticed them if you weren’t looking for them. Nevertheless, there were some fun Easter eggs if you were. For example, you could specifically tell the theme was Mary Poppins Returns and not the original film due to details like the silhouettes of the three Banks children in the wallpaper behind the beverage center. Dare I say, these little details were practically perfect in every way?
The Beverage Center Has Room to Spare…
I know that plenty of people are disgruntled over the lack of a kitchenette in the Resort Studio. When checking out the beverage center, I couldn’t help but feel like it had enough room to accommodate the kind of kitchenette found in the Riviera Tower Studios. In fact, I later looked back at photos I had taken of the Tower Studio, and the kitchenette setup with the shelves looked rather similar to that of the beverage center in the Resort Studio. Whether DVC will ever add a simple microwave and toaster along with some paper plates and plastic cutlery is debatable, but it really seems like it would have been feasible based on the space.
If any of you have had a chance to visit the model Resort Studio, what were your thoughts? Are you looking forward to staying in a Resort Studio in the future?