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Review: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, Page 4



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World, see this)

AMENITIES AT THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO

All parking at the Four Seasons Orlando is valet.

Four Seasons Valet from yourfirstvisit.net

If you plan to use your car a lot, the valet system is very easy–you text your ticket number (minus the hyphen) to the number supplied on your stub, and you’ll get a series of messages back. Sadly, I never got the message “Is your rental the Yaris or the Lamborghini?”

Fireworks Chandelier at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

A bunch of staff will be at the front entrance to help you with your bags, open doors, etc. You then enter onto what is the second floor of the Four Seasons. Dead ahead of you down a sweeping set of stairs is the gorgeous fireworks chandelier–best appreciated at night.

Concierge Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

Pretty much all guest services are on the right–check-in and concierge services…

Disney Planning Desk Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a Disney planning help desk, staffed by Disney cast members. Note that you still have to plan ahead–if you show up at this desk without Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+ for tomorrow or Be Our Guest reservations for the next day, you will also leave it without them.

Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s lounge areas throughout.

Lickety Split at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

Further down is Lickety-Split, a combination coffee, gelato, and grab-and-go spot.

Gelato Lickety Split at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

The gelato…

Drinks and Grab-N-Go Lickety Split at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…and the small grab and go section.

Ravello Bar at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

Next up is the lobby Ravello Bar.

Ravello Menu at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

The Ravello Bar has its own menu, and you can also order from the downstairs Ravello menu. The image is of the menu from downstairs–click it to enlarge it.

Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

Ravello itself is on the first floor–get to it either by stairs from the bar or the elevator beyond the check in area. This image is from the stairs…Ravello serves breakfast and dinner, and the dinner menu is modern Italian.  It’s one of two more casual settings at Four Seasons, but I’d still dress for dinner here. (The other is the very casual PB&J pool bar and grille)

The showcase dining at Four Seasons Orlando is the 17th floor Spanish steakhouse Capa.  Here’s what the hotel says about Capa:

“Our 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar in Orlando boasts the best of Spanish-influenced cuisine in a romantic setting like no other. Capa’s diverse offerings range from freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood to incredible small plates and expertly grilled cuts. An open kitchen and wood-burning grill allow you to get close to the action, while on the outdoor patio diners enjoy views of the nightly fireworks.”

Wishes from Four Seasons Resort Orlando --full zoom-- from yourfirstvisit.net

Don’t expect too much from the fireworks–the Four Seasons is pretty far from both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. This shot, from my 12th floor room, is at the outer limit of the 3.6x optical zoom on my camera, and is also cropped. To give you a sense of the distance here…the blue area between the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower is Cinderella’s Castle.

From our April 2016 visit to Capa:

Capa at the Four Seasons from yourfirstvisit.net

Back up to the second floor, this is where the gift shops will be. Neither was open on my 2014 visits.

Mickey at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s art of various forms, mostly large.

A Hidden Mickey at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

These may or may not be hidden Mickeys.

Late Departure Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

The first floor has the main entrance to Ravello on one side, and the gym and spa area on the other. On the way to the spa you’ll pass this late departure lounge.

Spinning Yoga and Kids Activities at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

The spa includes spinning, yoga, aromatherapy, and all kinds of other services I will never use, either singly or in combination–see the bottom of the activity schedule.

Gym at Night at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

It also has windowed workout areas.

Outdoors at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.netThe pool side of the Four Seasons Orlando grounds has a number of lovely spaces…

Exterior at Night Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…and is particularly nice at night.

And then there’s those fantastic pools…

THE POOLS AT THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO

This review continues here!

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1 comment

1 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 09.26.14 at 1:11 pm }

So funny. When I saw the “art” first thing I thought of was “Hidden Mickey”.

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