Fours Seasons at WDW - No Need To Leave! (Nov. 2014)What a great addition to Walt Disney World hotel properties!! This fabulous resort gives new dimension to luxury hotels in Orlando that are available onsite at Walt Disney World in Florida! Having opened just a few months before I visited, it still is going through some 'growing pains' but it's understandable! The Four Seasons at WDW is terrific for the guest that is looking for balance between a fun-filled vacation for their family, along with a luxurious resort to kick back and forget about all the hustle-bustle of the 'most magical place on Earth'!
The ride from the airport was about 25 minutes, exactly what was expected since it's inside the gates of Disney. The cost for a luxurious sedan (MEARS) with tax & tip was $85 one way; Four Seasons partners with Mears for all transportation between the resort & everywhere that guests need to be. The drivers can be quickly & easily arranged at a moment's notice. The cost of the vehicle will be added to guest's room account. The driver will meet guests at the baggage claim area, and quickly bring guests to the resort. (Guests cannot utilize the Magical Express Transportation service).
The most fantastic area of the hotel is the outdoors! There really is no reason to want to leave the Four Seasons! With an 'adults only' pool area & sanctuary (called "Oasis Pool"), a kids area with a 'splash zone' and an activity center which has pool tables, kids & teens club, and beautifully landscaped grounds, it makes for a location that will please adults & kids alike.
The use of the kids areas, the splash zone, and the activity center is offered without charge. There are cabanas for rental at the adults only pool area. (As of November 2014 there was no charge; the charges will be $200 to $400 for the day, based on the time of year.) The cabanas have meal & beverage service, there is a fridge & storage for personal items, has 2 sun beds in front of the cabana, and a nice, cozy sofa area under the shade. Very, very attentive service!
As far as the food is concerned, there are many, many options throughout the day. Four Seasons offers a fantastic breakfast buffet, with indoor & outdoor seating ( a Virtuoso amenity valued at $40 per person). The breakfast has the typical fresh fruits, parfaits, meats, breads, all types of jellies, jams, Nutella, peanut butter, etc., omelettes, eggs, sausage & bacon, waffles, pancakes, French toast, etc. No lack of food for breakfast!
There is a coffee shop that sits off the hallway leading from guest elevators to the lobby, serving fresh espresso and gelato, and some quick lunch options. PB&G offers lunch & dinner service, drink service for the pool area. Cocktails were around $12, beer $7 or $8, appetizers $8 to $12 and burgers & sandwiches around $20. Not too bad for a Four Seasons.....
The one thing I would caution about is in regards to getting to & from the parks. Even though FS is on WDW grounds, for the guest that is looking for complete convenience TO/FROM the parks, it's not the place to be. Although the location is in good proximity to the parks, it is still a bit of an effort. The Disney buses do not operate to & from the Four Seasons; Four Seasons has a shuttle service that is offered every 1/2 hour to the Magic Kingdom, and every hour to the other 3 parks (not to Downtown Disney, or the Water parks). If a guest is going to the Magic Kingdom, the bus will drop off at the Transportation Center, and then they either take a ferry over to the bus lots and then walk into the park, or they take the monorail that will bring them to the park. If the guests are going to Epcot it drops off at the Monorail, and then they walk into the park; and if they are going to Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom, it will drop off at the entrance to those parks. The other option is to rent a car, which may make it a bit easier. Of course, guests can also rely on the taxi service that Four Seasons can arrange with Mears.
Visually, this hotel is magnificent! The lobby, the ballroom, the staircases, the hallways - everything is super-clean, super-fresh, extremely beautiful.
The Four Season Orlando at Walt Disney World will not disappoint!
Visited November 15 - 17, 2014