by Lissa Poirot
Orlando’s first Four Season Resort opened in August 2014 and offers a plethora of fun for families to enjoy outside of Disney World. The resort’s Explorer Island water park features a family pool with zero-entry access, two waterslides, a splash pad, rock climbing wall, sand volleyball, games and other interactive activities, and kids can enjoy the Kids for All Seasons complimentary kids program. As a part of the Disney World resort hotels, a Disney Planning Center is located on site providing tickets, reservations and other services. Disney character breakfasts are also offered at the resort.
The Four Seasons offers 444 guestrooms, including 68 suites, many with views of Disney World. The Royal Suite and Presidential Suite are the two top accommodations at the resort and offer families additional space, with views of the nightly fireworks spectaculars. The Royal Suite can connect with other suites, creating a large nine-room residence, whereas the Presidential Suite can connect with other suites to create a four-bedroom residence. These luxurious suites include kitchenettes, large balconies and high-tech media elements, like surround sound and drop-down projector screens.
Complimentary Internet, mini-fridges, DVD players, iPod docking stations and LCD TVs are available in each room. Children 17 and younger are free of charge. Young guests receive a welcome amenity at check-in and child-sized robes and free baby toiletries are available. Guests can also request baby proofing, cribs, high chairs, playpens, bottles and toys. The resort also provides complimentary DVD rentals, children’s pool toys and swim diapers.
The Four Seasons also features onsite dining, a spa, fitness center, golf and tennis, as well as prime views of theme park fireworks.
Our Editor Loves
- View of Disney World and fireworks
- Disney services and character breakfasts
- Water park
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
If you are taking a Disney vacation, bypass the park resorts and stay at the Four Seasons. This was the best part of our vacation. The kids would ask to leave the parks to return to the pool. The resort is amazing, rooms are large, and the facilities are top notch. If you are doing Disney, make sure you book a few extra days to just stay at the resort.
As a frequent visitor of Disney World I've stayed at numerous hotels in the area; on and off property from the campgrounds to Deluxe Villas. This was my first time at the Four Seasons and it won't be my last. The hotel is located within the Golden Oak community and everything from the rooms to the landscaping is exceptional. If you're looking for a lot of Disney themed spaces, you won't find it here. It's all about luxury!
We used credit card perks to book a room and the rates were less than a Disney Deluxe resort. At check-in we were upgraded to a pool view room with a balcony. The adult pool is beautiful and the staff are extremely helpful. They set up our chairs, kept the ice water filled and checked with us for drinks and food without being intrusive. We didn't use the lazy river but it looked like fun.
I had an issue with our Disney Magic Bands and the staff at the Disney planning desk were able to quickly solve it. Speaking of the parks, the luxury coach ride to and from the parks was so relaxing. We were a bit confused with the timing our first ride to Epcot but eventually figured it all out. There are a couple of drawbacks with the transportation (limited pickup/drop-off times, MK drop-off at TTC) but the fact that, at the end of a long day, you get to sit in a luxury motor coach with reclining seats more than makes up for that.
There is no self-parking but when you get your valet ticket there is a number to text for your car and within 10 minutes it's out front waiting for you (you even get a text confirming the car is there).
No matter where we ate, the food and drinks were outstanding. Dinner at Capa is a must and if you can't get a reservation try and grab a seat on the terrace. If you time it right, you may get to see some fireworks.
Last but not least, the Spa! Even if you don't book a treatment (which would be a mistake) you still need make time for a visit. The Experience Shower is something to try at least once.
We will definitely be returning and may even bring the kids.