The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is located in the Disney Springs area and is closest to Epcot (of all four Walt Disney World Parks). We stayed at this hotel for the fourth time in August 2018, prior to our seven-night Eastern Caribbean Disney Cruise. The Four Seasons Orlando is absolutely my favorite hotel ever! You can read my detailed Tripadvisor review from our first stay in 2015 here.
You receive all sorts of Disney-related perks if you stay at this hotel. You can: (1) book Disney Park Fastpasses up to 60 days in advance (rather than the standard 30 days), (2) take advantage of extra magic hours in the parks, (3) ride the hotel’s own, private shuttle bus to and from the parks, and (4) utilize the Disney concierge desk, which is a separate group from the standard concierge team. I have used the Disney concierge at the hotel, and they have proven to be extremely helpful.
Also, another fantastic Disney benefit is that they have a twice weekly character breakfast called “Goofy & Pals” at the Ravello restaurant. We’ve attended this breakfast three times. Goofy’s “pals” are Mickey and Minnie, by the way! But, here’s a photo of Goofy from the breakfast, since it’s supposedly all about him:
The hotel is located in Golden Oak, a swanky gated community, and where I want to move when I win the lottery. When we arrived to the hotel, the valet and bellman immediately opened our car doors and helped us out. Naturally, the bellman put all our luggage on a cart and made sure that everything was quickly brought up directly to our room. We also were immediately greeted by a woman who checked us in while we walked into the hotel lobby. Now, that’s personalized service!
Walking into the lobby, we had this view of a gorgeous chandelier. Spot any hidden Mickeys?
Here’s another view of the spectacular chandelier:
You may have noticed the Christmas tree in the above photo. I took this shot during one of our December visits to the hotel. The tree is always quite gorgeous, along with the beautiful fresh flowers they have in the lobby:
We booked a Golden Oak View Suite through my amazing travel agent, Beryl DeCarion with Connoisseur Travel. Through Connoisseur Travel and its “Preferred Partner” program with the Four Seasons, we received many “extras”, including free breakfast and a $100 spa credit.
Here are some photos of our suite (apologies for views of our unmade beds!). First, this is the living room area of the suite, which has the sofa bed open (where my son slept):
Right near the entrance to our room is a Nespresso station. There is a mini-refrigerator in one of the cabinets as well.
There is bathroom with a shower near the entrance as well (one of two in our suite):
Here is the entrance to the bedroom portion of our suite. There is a door that can be closed for privacy from the living room area:
This is the walk-in closet (with a window!):
Here are some photos of our messy bedroom:
And, my favorite part, the master bathroom:
The suite has two balconies – one that can be accessed from the living room and one that can be accessed from the bedroom. Here are some of the views towards the Golden Oak neighborhood and its swanky mansions:
That cluster of houses in the distance is actually the Four Seasons’ Private Residences:
One AMAZING thing in our room was this wine dispenser! That’s right – a wine tap right in our room, and its name is “Plum”. I didn’t partake, as they actually gave us a complimentary bottle of prosecco to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but I was extremely tempted because: (a) I “deserve” a glass of wine, and (b) I need to “learn and buy”! Beware, though, they’re not able to replenish the wine between the hours of 2:00am and 7:00am – I guess Orlando’s alcohol laws apply in my hotel room, too.
Speaking of cool in-room gadgets (but certainly not as cool as an in-room wine tap), every Four Seasons Orlando room has an iPad that you can use to order room service and making various requests, such as for housekeeping. Apparently, you can do the same thing if you download and use the Four Seasons mobile application. I personally just loved the convenience of the iPad.
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary during this trip, so in typical Four Seasons fashion, we were treated to all sorts of goodies:
Toy Story Land had just opened in Hollywood Studios, so they were promoting it like crazy all over Orlando, including through our free dessert offering.
After settling in to our room, we decided to order room service for dinner. I can’t remember exactly what we ordered, but I’m pretty sure it was something yummy, as the Four Seasons’ food is always good. Soon after dinner, we got ready for bed, as we were pooped.
For the next day, our plan for the day was to hit the gym, pool, and Disney Springs. We started out with room service breakfast (free perk for booking through Connoisseur Travel!). After breakfast, my husband went to the gym, while my son and I hung out in the room. Once my husband returned, I then took my turn at the gym.
Naturally, the Four Seasons offers top notch facilities, and the gym did not disappoint. Even the light fixtures on the mirrored walls exude a certain je ne sais quoi:
Plenty of free custom-branded bottled water is available (along with apples and towels):
After I returned from the gym, I showered, while my husband and son went to PB&G, an on-site restaurant for lunch. I love the open-air dining of this place! The food is fantastic as well. They brought me back some food to eat in the room.
We had a fairly short visit to the pool, as a thunderstorm was in the forecast for that afternoon (that’s the usual summer weather pattern in Florida – an afternoon thundershower every day). The Four Seasons Orlando offers three pools and a lazy river, one of which is an adults-only pool.
Here is a view of the adults-only pool (and some of the resort grounds) from above when we stayed in a Park View Suite:
Here are some views of the lush grounds on the way to the pool:
One of the pools is actually more of a splash area (which my son loves):
Some pool scenes:
Yes, that’s a big pitcher of ice water, which the pool attendants bring to you as soon as you sit down. In classic Four Seasons fashion, they bring you towels and “set up” your lounge chairs for you. They essentially are your servants for your stay, so be sure to tip them!
And, here is the tranquil lazy river:
Overall, it’s quite a beautiful and peaceful area to relax and also to have fun! It’s most definitely one of the best resort pool areas I’ve ever had the privilege to visit.
After our relaxing time at the pool, we went back to our suite, changed, and then headed out to Disney Springs for dinner. After dinner, a special treat awaited me: my evening spa appointment! As mentioned above, one of the fantastic perks I received by booking through Connoisseur Travel was a $100 spa credit, so I certainly could not let that go to waste. I decided to get a pedicure (with the credit, the cost was barely covered!).
Here is the beautiful area leading up to the spa entrance:
The waiting area of the Four Seasons Orlando spa is absolutely serene:
The pedicure itself was very relaxing, which was an amazing way to end my stay at this superb hotel.
I highly recommend the Four Seasons Orlando to anyone wishing to have an ultra-luxurious and relaxing stay in an oasis of calm, while visiting the chaos of central Florida.
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