To be truthful, I’m not surprised I fell hard for the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort during a too-quick, two-night stay on the expansive, upscale property in late June. Past experiences with the Four Seasons brand, particularly in Denver and Vail, had me fully prepped for the luxurious accommodations and white-glove treatment I knew my family would receive at this 443-room resort hotel that opened just a year ago. Indeed, the beautifully landscaped grounds, stylishly designed rooms and public spaces, as well as the incredible array of amenities and services for families did not disappoint. Here are just a few of the highlights we encountered:
Stylish, Spacious Accommodations & Decor
Light and airy, contemporary and classy, are the words I’d use to describe the lobby of the Four Seasons Orlando. The design aesthetic throughout the resort is “lakeside Spanish Revival architecture reflecting Florida’s golden age,” and the light ocean blues and creamy white hues found in the modern rooms reminded me of “cottage colors,” but the furniture and decor is decidedly upscale — i.e. not your average lakeside cottage! Each time we’d return to our rooms–next-door Park View Deluxe Suite and Park View Suite–we’d note some other design feature, like pretty glass vases or sparkling light fixtures or a shimmering mosaic wall.
The downright palatial, 1,000-square-foot Park View Deluxe Suite had a dining table for four, plus refrigerated bar area and living areas (with king-size sleeper sofa) separate from the king bedroom, which was adjacent to a huge bathroom with gorgeous soaking tub and television in the bathroom mirror. The equally stylish Park View Suite had a king bed plus queen-size sofa sleeper, as well as a marble bathroom, tub, and shower. Both rooms have phenomenal 150-square-foot balconies with expansive views of the nearby Disney theme parks, including nightly fireworks over Magic Kingdom!
Outstanding Pool & Activity Area for Kids and Families
The “hotel pool” at the Four Seasons Orlando is a hotel pool on steroids. Truly, it’s more like a water and activity park that will entertain kids and families for hours. Hours! Basically, all the fun and entertainment is housed on Explorer Island, which includes a lazy river with waterfalls, splash zone, huge family pool with zero-depth entry for toddlers, and two big water slides. Then there’s full-sized basketball and sand volleyball courts, a climbing wall, as well as The Hideout, where any guests can take a break indoors from the sun with pinball, foosball, billiards, video games and board games.
Still more outdoor fun for families includes outdoor table tennis, pool tables and bocce ball. All of these awesome amenities are included in the price of your room rate — no nickel and diming here! (Side note, there is a wonderfully serene, gated adults-only pool if you can arrange some child-free time — see Kids for All Seasons, below — or you have responsible teenagers who can be left alone in the kid zones!)
Kids for All Seasons
Typical for all Four Seasons resorts is the complimentary kids’ camp, and the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is no exception. Here, Kids for All Seasons is housed on Explorer Island (near all of the awesome families amenities I talked about above), but it’s staffed with employees who will keep an eye on and entertain children ages 4 to 12 between 10am and 6pm daily. And it’s completely free! The “kids camp” space is brightly colored and offers so many fun things for kids, including learning toys, arts and crafts, board games, a fun volcano kids can climb on, outdoor playground, cute little outdoor dining area (you can order lunch for a fee), and more. While my children are no longer young enough to enjoy Kids for All Seasons, I can’t help but note it for families with younger kids. This is an amazing option for parents who might want to spend some kid-free time on property (spa or golf anyone?), and I’m so glad that the Four Seasons offers this service that’s included in your room rate.
For folks like us who like Walt Disney World but who aren’t obsessed with the Mouse, Four Seasons Orlando is a perfect upscale property. When we came home from a 12-hour day at the Disney theme parks, we were so happy to rest and relax in a comfortable place away from the theme-park scene.
That said, what a wonderful convenience to have complimentary motorcoach transportation from the Four Seasons Orlando to the four theme parks, as well as a dedicated Disney Planning Center cast members (aka concierges) in the lobby. Guests of the Four Seasons can have their purchases from the theme parks delivered directly to the hotel; no need to carry bags around Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. Some Disney-branded items are for sale at the Four Seasons Orlando’s boutique, Fable.
For families who want to continue the Disney fun at the resort, there’s a weekly buffet-style Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals at Ravello restaurant. The character breakfast includes a photographer on hand to capture your kids interacting with the Disney characters.
But other than that, we really didn’t see a whole lot of Mouse around the property. I did think it was cute that a bride-to-be had mouse-ear bouquets marking the aisle of her outdoor ceremony!
These are just a few of the things that my family loved about the Fours Seasons Orlando. Surely, there are a dozen more reasons why guests love the luxury resort. For example, I wish we’d had more time to enjoy the on-site restaurants; as it is, we only ate poolside (lobster rolls!) and got yummy gelato from the quick-serve Lickety Split cafe. But there are more formal spots for dining and drinking, too, that I can only assume are excellent.
My kids are well past the preschool stage, but I love that the Four Seasons Orlando offers complimentary dining for visiting families with children under age 5. Plus, children always get an age-appropriate welcome amenity in their rooms on arrival; our teens were welcomed with gourmet popcorn and root beer.
I peeked in the huge fitness center and soothing spa area. You can bet if I had stayed on property for a more than two nights, this mama would have found enjoyed some kid-free time in these nice spaces.
If you can afford a week-long visit to the Four Seasons Orlando, by all means, don’t hesitate to book your trip. Similarly, even if you can only squeeze in a couple nights’ stay, say, for a special occasion — whether you’re a local or flying into the area for a lengthier vacation — just do it. I think it’s worth the splurge to enjoy the lap of luxury even for a short while here at this extraordinary resort.
Thanks to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World for giving me a media rate for my two-night stay.