If you are planning a vacation to Orlando, or maybe want to surprise the family with a special experience, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is THE place to stay. My wife, Melody, and I recently traveled to Orlando for a weekend, with the opportunity to stay at the Four Seasons, and it was absolutely perfect.
Orlando’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a vacation destination in itself. Add Disney to it, and suddenly you’re living the dream.
From the smile on everyone’s faces, it was easy to see that the Four Seasons Orlando is one of the most magical places on Earth, too.
Arriving at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Melody and I knew upon arriving at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando that our awe-inspiring weekend had begun. The valet was quick to get our name for the car, offer luggage assistance, give us a cold water, and get us started on our mini-vacation.
After walking through the front doors, there was a display of more than one dozen vases filled with freshly cut Bird-of-Paradise flowers. It manifested the impeccable details of this luxury hotel. Melody and I were immediately greeted by a staff member, ready to get us registered and off to see our room. With the swipe of a credit card to have on file, and a reminder we had dinner reservation, she and I were escorted to our 12th floor Park View room.
Our Hotel Room
The room was exquisite and featured a King bed, modern desk, sofa, coffee table, and plenty of room to move around. We had a nice bar area, a mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, Bose speakers, and Plum on-demand wine system, something new to us both. There is a nice dressing area equipped with drawers, shelves, and plenty of space for hanging clothes, separated by a wall from the main part of the room. Overall, I was impressed with the room layout.
Our marble bathroom was first class. A huge vanity provided two sinks with plenty of space for our toiletries. The mirror above it is back lit LED with an in-mirror TV. It was Melody’s favorite feature. Equally impressive was the separate glassed-in shower and deep-soaking tub. When staying at a Four Seasons property, plush towels and luxurious robes are always within reach.
Speaking of plush, the Four Season beds are fantastic! Luxury sheets, comfortable pillows, and a fluffy, white, hypoallergenic comforter made for a perfect night’s sleep. Lying in bed and watching the huge flat screen was very relaxing. Hotel WiFi is complimentary and the twice-daily housekeeping keeps the room looking fresh.
The view from our park view room’s private balcony was amazing! Since Florida’s terrain is flat, we could see for miles and miles. In the distance, it was easy to recognize Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot theme parks.
Note: If you stay in a park view room, you can watch the nightly fireworks at Walt Disney World from the comfort of your own balcony.
The Fantastic Pools
Four Seasons Orlando Resort has a 5-acre water park with pools that will appeal to everyone’s liking. For the youngsters, Explorer Island has splash zones, fountains, water slides, and a zero-entry pool.
The whole family can enjoy the lazy river, which is a welcome treat to beating the heat in Orlando. There are several points of entry for the lazy river and floats are already in the water for you. I found it most enjoyable after spending the morning in the Florida sunshine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Oasis is the Four Season’s chic adult-only pool. The pool area is lined with padded, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and small tables. The attentive pool and waitstaff introduced themselves upon arrival each day and was readily available to take a lunch order and keep us in beverages. Oasis also has private Cabanas available.
The attentive pool and waitstaff introduced themselves upon arrival each day and was readily available to take a lunch order and keep us in beverages. The property’s casual restaurant is situated between two of the pools and offers specialty and tropical cocktails.
Our Dining Experience
Capa at the Four Seasons (on the 17th floor) has a rooftop bar and stunning views. It was easy to witness the efficiencies of the restaurant with our seats by the open kitchen.
I ordered a tasty Buena Vista cocktail; Jalapeño infused Patron Reposado Tequila, Citrus, Salt Air, and Espelette. For appetizers, we ordered Datiles a delicious combination of Medjool dates, Almond, Bacon, Maple, and Tamarind. They were so good that we seriously considered ordering a second round of them.
Another unique menu item was the Iberico Ham being freshly sliced from the leg as it was ordered. We were lucky to score a taste of this fabulous, expensive meat.
For dinner, I chose the Iberico Pork Chop, while Melody had Miyazaki Beef, one of her favorites. We shared the garlic pureed potato dish recommended by our water, which was spectacular. Our waiter went out of his way to ensure that we had a memorable evening.
While staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, we opted to partake in the Saturday morning character breakfast in the Ravello dining room with Goofy & His Pals.
Goofy welcomed us with open arms as soon as we arrived. While eating breakfast, Mickey and Minnie Mouse showed up, too. A photographer takes your picture with the characters and gives you a card to download your pictures on the Disney website. The professional photos are included with price of your breakfast. What a nice surprise! The characters were patient for those wanting selfies, also.
Ravello’s buffet was quite the spread with waffles, yogurts, fresh orange juice, oatmeal and all the fixings, fresh fruit, bread and pastry selections, potatoes, breakfast meats, and an omelet station. The omelets were cooked to perfection.
Out and About at the Hotel
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando also caters to business travelers for group meetings and conferences. There are meeting rooms, a Grand Ballroom, and outdoor terraces for entertaining. The day we arrived, a business group was departing with some attendees staying additional days. The comments and compliments the people were giving the Four Seasons were sterling.
The Lobby Bar is a great meeting place for an afternoon beer, glass of wine, and evening cocktail. Steps away is an ice cream bar that also serves lighter fare, take away food, and drinks.
Also, just off of the lobby are two retail stores, Sable and Wardrobe. Sable is the store for staples, necessities, souvenirs, and kid’s clothing. An exclusive item at Four Seasons Orlando are hand-stitched Princess dresses. Across the hall is Wardrobe, offering high-end men and women’s resort wear and accessories.
Four Seasons Benefits and Other Services
As I stated earlier, The Four Seasons Orlando Resort is Orlando’s only AAA 5-star resort.
Four Seasons Orlando has a Disney Planning Center in the lobby. This is a great place to work on the details of your Disney World vacation if you did not get a chance to arrange them ahead of time.
Celebrating a special occasion during your trip? The hotel offers special welcome gifts that can be waiting for your family upon your arrival.
Going to Walt Disney World while you’re in Orlando? The Four Seasons is a Walt Disney World hotel, giving guests the option to schedule FastPasses 60-days, access to Extra Magic Hours, and complimentary transportation in luxury motor coaches to the Disney parks.
The staff enjoys doing what they are doing and it shines through their guest interaction. Everyone we encountered was delightful!
Your stay includes complimentary access to 24-hour fitness center. Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando has The Tranquilo Golf Course (a Tom Fazio design) and tennis courts. A spa is also another perk of the Four Seasons Hotel, providing services for the whole family, including Magical Moments for Kids.
My Overall Impression
My time spent at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando was sensational. It is a destination resort with activities for the whole family. No matter what your reason is for staying here, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando elevates the family vacation to the highest level of luxury. It will be making a lifetime memory of “remember the year we stayed at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World?”.
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Eddie Pittman wrote this article.