A chic, family-friendly resort near Disney
443 Rooms / 68 Suites
A new era of luxury travel ushered into the Orlando area when Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort opened its doors late summer 2014. Perched on 26.5 lakeside acres within the magnificent residential community of Golden Oak, the sprawling family friendly resort sits just minutes from Disney’s theme parks and entertainment districts, all easily accessed via complimentary Four Seasons motor coaches or private luxury sedans.
The resort’s 443 modern rooms, including 68 suites, climb 16 towering stories. Choose among a slew of accommodations, from park view rooms to the four-bedroom presidential suite on the 16th floor (you can even buy out the entire floor). Many rooms offer unobstructed views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park and each has a furnished terrace.
While “Disney” may be in its name, Four Seasons eschews Mickey décor for a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. Inside the Spanish Revival building, the chic rooms contain white furnishings with muted orange or teal accents. They also have flat-screen TVs, DVD players upon request and iPod docking stations. In the cream marble mosaic bathrooms, you’ll find in-mirror televisions, a separate glass-walled shower and a deep-soaking tub.
With one of the world’s most sought-after theme parks in its backyard, Four Seasons Orlando must compete with a bevy of daytime diversions offsite, which is surely the thinking behind Explorer Island, a five-acre, family-focused recreation space that will keep kids happy for days.
A massive 7,590-square-foot family pool is the focal point but just the beginning of scores of watery amenities, including an expansive Splash Zone with dozens of choreographed water jets, two waterslides and a lazy river that meanders along rapids and under waterfalls in a spectacular tropical setting.
Explorer Island also provides beach volleyball, outdoor movie nights, a video gaming center, outdoor games, a climbing wall and the fully supervised Kids for All Seasons program, which occupies guests ages 4 to 12 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For grown-ups, recreational perks include a lavish spa with 18 treatment rooms (including four couples suites), three Har-Tru tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and an adults-only pool flanked by private cabanas. The Orlando hotel also debuted a refurbished Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Club.
The Disney Amenities
Of course, the resort’s close relationship with Disney means that you’ll receive one-of-a-kind perks. The lobby-level Disney Planning Center will nab you theme park tickets and Disney dining reservations. Plus, the desk staffers will send you to nearby Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in luxury buses for free. While at the theme parks, enjoy fuss-free shopping. Instead of lugging your souvenirs to all of the rides and attractions, you can arrange to have them sent to the hotel.
Kids won’t want to miss the twice-weekly Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals at Four Seasons’ Ravello restaurant. Children can share omelets (or other buffet dishes) with Goofy and more costumed characters. A photographer will be on hand to snap photos. To really dazzle your little one, opt for an In-Room Celebration. Four Seasons will set up your room to surprise your child upon arrival. For example, the Presenting Your Royal Princess In-Room Celebration includes a banner hanging outside your room’s door, a personalized royal princess proclamation, a letter from the Fairy Godmother, and a pink box holding a tiara and magic wand.
As expected, the resort’s culinary offerings unfold in typical Four Seasons fashion but don’t ignore the presence of its kiddie clientele, who gleefully delights in two onsite ice cream and gelato shops and lots of poolside, family-friendly fare at PB+G, located on Explorer Island.
Inside the resort, Ravello serves up breakfast and dinner with modern Italian flair. From morning omelets to suppertime wood-fired pizzas, the menu unfurls inside an expansive show kitchen, which gives you a wonderful bird’s-eye view of the culinary process.
The dining centerpiece is Capa, the resort’s signature 17th-floor restaurant. Capa is evidence that Basque and steakhouse cuisine can be married with magnificent results. Inside the dramatic black-and-red-hued dining room and lounge, dabble in the tapas-style menu of shareable small bites and a selection of masterfully aged steaks, seafood and paella entrées. The fine-dining restaurant’s housemade pitchers of sangria, 220 wines and 12 signature cocktails make for the perfect way to toast the fireworks blasting in full view of Capa’s terrace each night.