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 
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 
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 
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SOURCE  Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts 
CO: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
ST: Florida
-0- Aug/04/2014 13:00 GMT
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