We’ve stayed at the Grand Floridian many times. It’s a lovely, grand hotel done in the style of a turn-of-the-century seaside luxury resort hotel. We’ve also been to the Hotel Coronado in San Diego and seen the architecture that this hotel was based upon.
At the Floridian, every afternoon the sound of live piano music permeates through the acoustically-friendly lobby. Sometimes there’s jazz quartets, sometimes it’s a single piano player tickling the ivories.
We noticed the Teddy Bear Lady on our past few visits and finally decided to talk with her. She lives nearby in an assisted living home, but in the past stayed at the Grand Floridian with her husband (now dead) many, many times.
The home drives her over in the afternoon after lunch. She brings her suitcase full of teddy bears with her every day and sits in the same chair in the lobby surrounded by her teddy bears and enjoying the afternoon’s musical entertainment while doing quite a bit of people watching. (Think of all the international guests and families that she sees every day!)
She is such a sweet old lady (she’s 72); we’re glad that we stopped for a chat with her finally.
If you see her sitting at the Grand Floridian some afternoon, feel free to stop by and say hello to Lynn. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂
November 2014 Update on the Teddy Bear Lady:
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