This is Part Two of my review on the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. See Part One for information on our experience at check in and the amazing pool area.
Beyond the huge pool area, there is so much more to do on property. While we were enjoying the pool, my husband and some friends enjoyed a round at Tranquilo Golf Club, which he said was a great course. While I didn’t golf, I did spend some time in the pro shop. Just like everywhere else on the property, the staff was very courteous and over-the-top friendly and helpful. If I had wanted to golf, I could have signed my son into the Kids for All Seasons program. This is a program for kids ages four to twelve. During the day (10:00am – 6:00pm), it’s free. For a night out, parents can arrange for children to go there for a fee. There is also a spa, fitness center, tennis, The Hideout (a location with video games and more for kids), basketball and sand volleyball courts, and shopping boutiques.
We were getting hungry so decided to check out another of the four restaurants on site, Ravello. It is located on the first floor and specializes in Italian cuisine. Being in the Four Seasons Orlando, I had expected the prices to be really high, but we were able to find reasonable options. My husband had pizza and I had spaghetti. Both were really good. They also have a children’s menu with options like pepperoni pizza, spaghetti, and a burger as well as steak and salmon. For dessert, I had the Pistachio Cherry Chocolatissimo, which was amazing.
We spent so much time enjoying the amenities of the hotel, we didn’t really explore our room until that evening. Since our son is 12 and is getting to the age where he wants his own space even in hotel rooms, we had upgraded to a suite. Our suite featured a kitchenette with a 4-person dining room table, a living room with a sleeper sofa and chair, a bedroom with a king bed, two full baths, and two balconies. At 825 square feet, there was plenty of space not only for the three of us to spread out, but we also had friends over to hang out. If that’s too big of a splurge, though, the Four Seasons regular rooms are about 500 square feet, still large for a hotel room.
One of the added benefits of our room was a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. That’s what was advertised. As it turns out, we had fireworks all evening. We could see the Symphony in the Stars fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, AND Wishes at Magic Kingdom from our balcony.
Though it is not a Walt Disney World Resort, the Four Seasons Orlando has some of the benefits of being on the property of Walt Disney World. First, there is complimentary transportation to the parks. They also offer a character breakfast with Goofy & Pals on Thursday and Saturday mornings. One can also have purchases delivered to the resort instead of carrying around packages all day. There is a Disney Planning Center onsite and one can purchase packages that include Walt Disney World tickets. The main items I noticed that were not offered to Four Seasons guests were Disney’s Magical Express, although the Four Seasons will arrange airport transportation, and while Disney Resort guests can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days out, Four Seasons Orlando guests can only make FastPass+ reservations 30 days out just like other off-property guests.
I’m hard pressed to find anything negative about this property. I guess the first would be the price. It is pretty expensive, but it seems like every time I looked, they were having some sort of a promotion. I found a pay for two nights, get the third fee promotion and one that gave 20% off if the stay was prepaid. It is a clear case of getting what you pay for, however. The service is so outstanding and there are so many amenities included in the room that I would expect them to charge more.
For me, the biggest drawback is that there is so much to do that we never wanted to leave! It’s a good thing I had made no plans to visit any of Walt Disney World parks that trip because I don’t think we would have made it. My son was having too much fun with everything the Four Seasons Orlando had to offer. Actually, now that I think about it, my husband and I were having too much fun, too. Next time, I’m staying for a week!