Disney’s Grand Floridian Is Getting an Upgrade!

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When Walt Disney World Resort reopened in July 2020 following its pandemic-related closure, there were many changes to the Disney Guest experience.

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At first, for example, Guests age 2 and over were required to wear face masks in all locations — not just indoors, per current CDC guidelines and Disney Park policypractice social distancing throughout the Parks, and abide by capacity limitations in stores and on rides.

Although many of these COVID-19 restrictions have loosened, certain offerings, including the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, at Walt Disney World remain unavailable at this time. Senses – A Disney Spa and Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is one of these establishments.

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Now, however, Disney has filed a permit for work on the spa, which could be a good sign for those who are hoping for some extra rest and relaxation during their next Disney World vacation!

The permit is to “Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction” and lists the Disney-owned Buena Vista Construction Company as the contractor for the project.

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Although this is a vague description, it does seem likely that Senses is moving toward reopening if it is receiving even minor updates and upgrades in the near future. Disney has not specifically commented on what this permit is for or announced details about a possible Senses spa refurbishment.

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The official description of Senses – A Disney Spa and Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort reads:

Invigorate your mind and body at this retreat reminiscent of a serene Floridian garden at the turn of the 20th. century.

Step through a Victorian-style entryway past a lavish mural of old Florida and escape to a timeless haven of pampering and relaxation, where refreshing spa water, calming lighting and comforting music invite you to break away from the everyday.

Senses – A Disney Spa boasts a soothing confection of revitalizing techniques and therapies—facials, massages, body wraps and aromatherapy—designed to elevate the mind and have you looking and feeling your best.

More on Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

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The official description of Disney World’s most sumptuous Disney Deluxe Resort reads:

Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish Disney Resort hotel. Unwind outdoors, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch evening fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle. Just one stop to Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes Palm Beach’s golden era.

Are you hoping that Senses is getting an update prior to its eventual reopening?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Disney World’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district. 

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