Walt Disney World is easily the largest and most popular theme or amusement park on the planet, with an estimated over 18 million visitors last year. The 43 square mile Disney World is more like a city than a tourist attraction, since it is roughly twice the size of Manhattan, New York and the home of four very impressive theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center.
Also within the complex is two water parks, impressive sports fields, several golf courses, a public rail transportation system, wilderness preserve, motor speedway, more than 100 restaurants of every type and dozens of hotels resorts and campgrounds.
However, Disney World has always lacked one important component, a true first class hotel. Even with the 867 room Grand Floridian, which is very nice, it isn’t the type of hotel that guest who are used to luxury accommodations would consider a “luxury” hotel, until now.
This month Walt Disney World just opened its very own Four Seasons. The luxury hotel chain has a long standing, excellent track record with the most 5-star properties in the U.S. than any other hotel company.
With the explosion in top end luxury travel by Americans and the quickly growing upper classes of fast developing countries, the problem Disney World faced was that it couldn’t offer their visitors, who are used to these luxurious accommodations, the kind of lodging and hospitality they were used to of their other vacations. Now they can.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World Resort is pretty impressive. It combines the best of both worlds, including Disney World. The resort has a dedicated “Disney Planning Center” in its lobby and features “character breakfasts,” where parents can sign up to have their children enjoy breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the rest of the Disney gang.
Guests get a complimentary transport on the Four Seasons motor coach, to shuttle them to the theme park for a day of adventure. When guests buy souvenirs in the theme parks, and they will, they can choose to have them delivered back to the hotel for free instead of having to carry them around the park the whole day.
The new resort is one of the largest in the global Four Seasons chain with 443 rooms, including an entirely new category of room type. Where many first class hotels charge extra for rooms with an ocean view or other specific views. The Four Seasons Orlando has “fireworks view” rooms available.
Included in the fireworks view rooms is the 9-room Royal Suite on the top floor. It is the Four Seasons first ever 9-bedroom suite and can be expanded further to include the entire hotel level.
Adding to the luxury, the resort has six of its own bars and restaurants, including Capa, a rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse with open air seating and fantastic views of the Magic Kingdom’s famous nightly fireworks display.
Some of the other notable features of the resort include a private 5-acre Explorer Island, with activities including a lazy river pool winding around a faux-ruined mansion, a “splash zone” water feature with dozens of choreographed jets and water slides, beach volleyball, outdoor movies at night, climbing wall, video gaming center, a massive pool and the chain’s acclaimed “Kids For All Seasons” supervised children’s program.
For the adults, features include an adult only pool, 24-hour fitness center and tennis facility with har-tru courts and instruction by renowned Peter Burwash International. The Four Seasons spa has 18 treatment rooms, all surrounded by private tranquil gardens, including a very private couples’ bungalow, as well as a unique feature, the Aroma Design Bar, where guests can create custom fragrances to take home.
The Four Seasons also offers a wide range of meeting and wedding venues and programs to fit any need. All of this creates a truly magical new experience for guests.