Hurray! Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Now Open

 Hurray! Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is Now Open  ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4, 2014 /CNW/ -- Next to a pristine lake in the Florida  woodlands, the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort  combines signature Four Seasons service, exceptional amenities and  one-of-a-kind experiences in a truly incredible resort setting.  Everything is  here - luxurious guest rooms, world class dining, a sumptuous spa, extensive  event space, and a multitude of options for recreation, fitness and fun - and  it's all surrounded by the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort, just minutes  from Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and  Disney's Hollywood Studios, and close to all of Orlando's shopping and  attractions.  The ribbon cutting to officially mark the opening of Four Seasons Resort  Orlando took place on August 1. Joining Regional Vice President and General  Manager Thomas Steinhauer were Chris Hunsberger, President Hotel Operations,  Americas, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Tom Wolber, Senior Vice President  Walt Disney World Resort Operations; and special guest Mickey Mouse.  Steinhauer, whose team will soon grow to 1,000 carefully chosen staff  dedicated to creating the best possible experience for each individual guest,  confesses:  "Honestly we've been like children looking forward to their first  trip to Walt Disney World, dreaming of the possibilities and counting the  days. Now at last we're open, and we can't wait for you to join us."  "I won't say it will be a once in a lifetime holiday, because we hope to  welcome you back again and again at Four Seasons Resort Orlando," he says.  Start planning: Four Seasons Resort Orlando is accepting reservations online  or by calling +1 800 267 3046.  There are several packages to choose from  including the introductory 2014 offer, Stay Longer - Third Night Free.  Memories to Last a Lifetime  With its ideal location within the residential community of Golden Oak at Walt  Disney World Resort, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is just minutes from all the  attractions via complimentary Four Seasons motor coaches or private luxury  sedans.  The onsite Disney Planning Center located on the lobby level is the  starting point as Four Seasons guests enjoy myriad benefits and connectivity  thanks to the Resort's special relationship with Disney.  "We are excited to be able to offer our guests access to unforgettable  experiences to suit all types of interests, throughout the Walt Disney World  Resort area and beyond," notes Chef Concierge Sandra Ferrarese.  All the Details: Accommodations  Guests can choose from 443 modern, airy rooms, including 68 suites, with  configuration options tailored for couples and individuals, and families and  friends travelling together.  "For the first time, Four Seasons is presenting a nine - yes, nine! - bedroom  option with our top floor Royal Suite," says Resort Manager Ben Shank.  "And  in addition, we can seamlessly expand our Presidential Suite to four bedrooms,  or for those who want complete privacy and plenty of room to spread out, the  entire 16th floor can be booked exclusively."  The Resort's rooms are the largest in Orlando, and each has a wide, furnished  terrace to enjoy the Florida sunshine and views across 26.5 acres (11  hectares) of lushly landscaped grounds, including gardens, lake and golf  course.  Many rooms also offer unobstructed views of the nightly fireworks at  Magic Kingdom Park, a wonderful opportunity for a family picnic or romantic  dinner on the private terrace.  A Destination within a Resort: Explorer Island  Five acres (two hectares) of fun are packed onto the Resort's own Explorer  Island.  There's something for everyone, starting with the massive 7,590  square foot (705 square metre) family pool, beach volleyball, outdoor movie  nights on the Starstruck screen and smokehouse barbecue at PB+G, the pool bar  and grill.  There's also a lazy river winding around a "ruined" mansion, an  expansive Splash Zone with dozens of choreographed water jets, a climbing wall  and waterslides, and a video gaming centre. The fully-supervised Kids for All  Seasons program is a complimentary camp for younger guests ages 4 to 12 that  is a standout added value in the Orlando area.  "It's the kind of place kids will never want to leave, and grown-ups will love  for the chance to join in the excitement and indulge their inner child,"  predicts Director of Public Relations Dana Berry.  "Explorer Island offers fun  for all ages!"  More recreation, fitness and adults-only diversions:  Four Seasons Resort  Orlando also boasts three on-site Har-Tru tennis courts in partnership with  Peter Burwash International, an adults-only pool surrounded by private cabanas  and reserved for guests 21 and older, and a 24-hour fitness centre.  More to come: Next month, Four Seasons will unveil the completely refurbished  Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Tranquilo Golf Club.  A Certified Audubon  Cooperative Sanctuary, the course's par-71 18 holes unfold through rolling  hills dotted with southern live oaks and Spanish moss.  "We look forward to welcoming Resort guests and day guests to our expansive  clubhouse facilities, including the Cuban-American Plancha restaurant,"  invites Director of Golf Charlie Kent.  "And if you've never had the luxury of  playing a Four Seasons-managed golf course, you are in for a treat - as well  as a great game of golf."  Food, Glorious Food  In addition to PB+G on Explorer Island and Plancha at the golf clubhouse, Four  Seasons Resort Orlando includes three additional on-site dining and drinking  venues, and a few surprises too.  Ravello is both a modern Italian restaurant and a vibrant bar on the hotel's  main floor and garden level, making it a great place for Resort guests, locals  and visitors to the Orlando area to gather for fine cuisine, wine and good  times.  It's here where Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi's love of food  shines - the Italian-born and trained chef has taken full advantage of  Ravello's pizza oven and Florida's bounty of produce and fresh seafood to  craft seasonally changing menus and bespoke events in two private dining  rooms.  There's also a show kitchen for private cooking demonstrations and  special events.  Director of Food and Beverage Stephen Wancha is also excited about  Lickety-Split, the Resort's gourmet coffee shop.  "Given how much we  anticipate guests wanting to get up and head into the Parks, we wanted to have  a grab-and-go venue, but instead of the usual paper cup-coffee and ordinary  pastries, we're pulling out all the stops to present gourmet goodies to enjoy  on the spot or on the run."  Chef Fabrizio's influence is evident here too as Lickety-Split offers his  personal recipes for addictive sweet and savoury bombolinis, and daily  flavours of housemade gelato.  "And if you have a craving but don't want to  leave the pool, our gelato cart will be making its rounds!"  More to come: Crowning the culinary choices at Four Seasons Resort Orlando  will be Capa, a contemporary Spanish steakhouse set to open in September. The  17th floor restaurant and outdoor dining terrace will afford premier views of  the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks as a backdrop for exquisite meals in  a romantic setting.  "We're also bringing the dining experience outside the Resort as we  participate in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall, and our  own Four Seasons Taste Truck rolls through in late October," notes Wancha,  referring to the branded food truck's planned east coast tour.  Time to Indulge  Fresh from his stint at the acclaimed Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at  Beverly Hills, Derek Hofmann is adding glamour and star power to the sumptuous  Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.  "Everything has been designed for ultimate relaxation, whether attending to  muscles weary from walking the Parks or playing golf and tennis, getting ready  to be photographed on your wedding day, or simply indulging in a few precious  hours of bliss, we'll take care of you," says the Spa Director, who has also  put Hollywood's best kept secret, the exclusive Fire & Ice facial, and other  anti-ageing treatments on the Spa menu.  Not to be missed:  18 luxuriant treatment rooms, including the ultra private  couples' bungalows; the Experience Showers - a journey through water, scent  and light effects like no other; the Aroma Design Bar for custom fragrances  for treatments or to take home; and a hair, nail and beauty salon led by  Master Stylist Alejandra Bell.  "And no one is left out as younger guests take part in Magical Moment  makeovers and Shining Knight packages designed just for them," says Hofmann.  A Dream Wedding, and the Best Honeymoon Ever  Four Seasons Resort Orlando has everything a couple could want in a getaway  that balances an active vacation with romantic adult time - especially for  those getting married or beginning their life together on honeymoon.  "There are so many special settings for the ceremony, pictures and reception  here," says Director of Catering Laurie Hitzig.  "My personal favourites are  the two Lakeside pavilions: they're perfect for parties of up to 20, with  arched windows opening onto a waterside terrace with an intimate outdoor  fireplace."  Top of the to-do list for couples planning a destination wedding is contacting  a Four Seasons Wedding Specialist, and the Resort is also suggesting an array  of packages as starting points for creating a fully customized event,  including the trendsetting intimate, opulent wedding.  The Best Meetings and Group Events Have It All  Meeting planners know that the key to success is a seamless agenda that  maximizes productivity, and allows for the all-important networking and  downtime.  With 37,750 square feet (3,500 square metres) of event space - much  of it naturally lit - and the expert planning and attention to detail of Four  Seasons event specialists, putting it all together is a snap.  "Our event facilities are truly extraordinary," says Director of Marketing  Alan Reichbart, referring to the 14,000 square foot (1,300 square metres)  Grand Ballroom with natural light and two outdoor terraces. There is also the  elegant Palm Ballroom, and an array of smaller spaces and outdoor lawns that  can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.  "We can host everything from an intimate  board of directors meeting to a memorable conference, as well as dynamic  events for sales meetings and incentive-oriented groups."  Comprehensive facility and program details are available online in and  downloadable brochures.  And for a limited time only, the Great Group Values  offer includes savings on golf, spa and more with a minimum of 10 rooms booked  per night.  Four Seasons in the Sunshine State  Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort joins sister hotels  Four Seasons Hotel Miami and Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach as the third  property in the brand's Florida collection.  A fourth project, Four Seasons  Hotel at The Surf Club, is now in development in the Atlantic Ocean community  of Surfside.  Contact:  Laura Zanzal 1-212-299-8955  Photo -    SOURCE  Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts  CO: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts ST: Florida NI: LEI LEI FBR FOD RES NP  
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