When you’re planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, figuring out where you are going to stay is a big part of the planning. If you’re like us, figuring out the details going into a trip is almost as exciting as the trip itself. When that’s the case, perusing and choosing a hotel or resort is super fun. Walt Disney World has no shortage of amazing properties and it could take YEARS to stay at every one you’d like to try. Also there are tons of resorts surrounding the WDW both on and off the WDW property. You could basically spend a lifetime trying them all out.
This trip had a purpose: we came to Orlando to go on a Disney Cruise! It was a 4 night cruise on the Disney Dream (you can read about that starting here) so we wanted to extend that trip into a week. Our babe was pretty young at that time so we didn’t plan on visiting the parks, but our friends did so we wanted to be on property at WDW.
We have stayed and visited many Walt Disney World Resorts over the years. On a fairly recent trip we had stayed at the Contemporary. We chose it based on reviews on trip advisor and we loved that it was on the Monorail. While we liked it we felt that it did not quite give that full-service resort experience. We can describe that in detail on another day or you can see the review on trip advisor ;). In doing some research we came across the Four Seasons Resort, which is located on the Disney Property. It opened in 2014. While it is on site at WDW, it is not a WDW property per se. We were excited to try it out as we have stayed at other Four Seasons Resorts in the past and have really enjoyed the experience. When you’re looking to stay somewhere, sometimes a name will scare you away. Say you’re planning a trip to WDW and you look into all the resorts close by. You see that one is the Four Seasons and you decide not to even price it out because you assume it is outrageously priced. While I am not going to tell you it was cheap, I AM going to tell you that its price did not exceed that of the Deluxe Disney Resorts.
For example: I looked right this minute at the WDW “Deluxe” category of resorts and their prices range from $369-650 per night. Many of those are in the $500 range. Looking at the Four seasons, the rate is around $555 per night. #NotThatDifferent. All that to say, don’t let the brand name of hotel scare you away from at least looking at it, the cost might surprise you if you were planning on staying at a resort like the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, or Contemporary. (Keep in mind that I am not guaranteeing this prices or comparisons. Hotel pricing is a complicated thing, and I would never claim to be an expert. However, I am telling you that in our experience, every time we have checked- this hotel is comparable to the Deluxe WDW hotels)
We were lucky to have an early morning direct flight, so by the time we got our bags and headed to the resort, we still had almost an entire day ahead of us! As we arrived at the hotel, we instantly felt relaxed. The bellman immediately took our bags and escorted us to the front desk to check in. The check-in was quick and we were even given a token to get a free ice-cream during our stay. Our room was ready, even early in the day. We headed up to our room and to our delight, everything we requested was all set up. There was a pack-in-play, a crib, and a diaper genie already in the room. Family friendly victory #1! Adorably, there was a little welcome gift for our little one. It had a little stuffed animal and a few cute little toiletries. What a nice touch!
Soon after we got up to the room, the bellman who had met us at the car was there to deliver our luggage. There was ample room and storage for all of our luggage. There was an open closet space in the area between the bathroom and the main room with luggage racks and tons of hanging space. The bathroom was beautiful and spacious. We loved the feature with the Television in the mirror! Thankfully the A/C worked great in this room (you will see over time that this is a recurring issue…Ben’s most important feature in a hotel room haha).
After we got settled, it was time to get some lunch and explore the property. It was winter at home, so we wanted to eat outside. We chose to lunch at the restaurant near the pool PB & G . The food and drinks were good and pretty reasonably priced for this type of property. After lunch Rebekah went down to the pool to relax while Rosie took a nap and Ben watched a Marshall University Basketball game (Go Herd!). After nap it was time for dinner.
The next day it was raining in the morning, so we went check out the kids area. This area serves as a kids club (ie. you can drop them off for supervision) several options, but you can also just go in the area and play with them. I believe we both forgot our cameras that morning. That is a real disappointment because the kids club was AMAZING! There was every kind of toy you could think of to play with. We played in there with Rosie while it rained. After playing we went to get some lunch and then headed back to the pool to swim.
The pool area at this resort is amazing! There are multiple pools, splash areas, and a lazy river. All in a very tropical setting. It was a little cool to swim, but it was in the 20s back home, so the low 70s seemed fine to us. There is also an adults-only pool if you’re traveling without the kiddos or you drop them at the kids club.
After swimming and a quick nap for Rosie we got cleaned up to meet friends for dinner at Ravello, which is another restaurant on the property (modern Italian theme). Besides Italian food, you can get fresh fish, tapas, and steak. The steak was EXCELLENT, it was definitely comparable to a steak at the Capital Grille or some other type of establishment.
After dinner it was time to head to sleep, we had a big day tomorrow as we headed to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Dream.
One concern people may have in staying at a non-Disney resort is missing out on the Disney “stuff”. This resort does have some Disney magic going on: They have a character breakfast, a Disney planning center to help with fast passes, Extra magic hours, and complementary transportation to WDW parks! We didn’t take advantage of these on this visit, but we will in the future.
If you are traveling to Disney World, I highly encourage you to check out the Four Seasons Orlando. The price point is very competitive to WDW properties and the service exceeds what you would receive at most resorts.
To hear about the rest of this vacation with our cruise on the Disney Dream, please click here .