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Review: The Pools at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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

THE POOLS AT THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO

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The geometry of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando yields two long sides.

Review - The Pools and Play Areas at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.netOne faces the parking lots and the rest of the Golden Oak division of Disney World, an expensive residential area.

The other long side faces the waterways and forests of the wilderness area south of Bay Lake and east of Fort Wilderness.

The northern part of this side is where you’ll find the pools and most of the play play areas of the Four Season at Disney World (the tennis courts are on the far south side.)

There’s four pools here, plus a slide landing zone that Four Seasons counts as a fifth:

  • The adult-only Oasis Pool
  • The lazy river The Drifter
  • A family pool
  • A splash pool bigger than most Disney main pools, the Splash Zone

Map Four Seasons

The last three are all in what the Four Seasons calls “Explorer Island”–see the map.

THE ADULTS-ONLY OASIS POOL AT THE FOUR SEASONS ORLANDO

 

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The adult-only Oasis pool is the first you’ll encounter, and a wonderful point of quiet tranquility.

Neither large nor of distinctive design, it has no kid appeal other than being the first pool they will see.  Getting them past it and into the lazy river area will suffice to leave this pool for quiet adult relaxation.

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It is a straight-sided infinity pool with the infinity edge charmingly tied to the pond beyond.

Adult Pool at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

The pool is surrounded on the other three sides by lounge chairs and cabanas, with generally a side table for every two lounge chairs.

Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

Staff will cover your chair…

At Adult Pool at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…bring you a pitcher of water…

PB&G Menu 2 at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…and offer you the PB&G menu–here’s part of it (as always on this site, click any image to enlarge it).

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There’s also a hot tub here. There’s nothing special about this pool–except the level of pampering, and the freedom from noise…which are themselves pretty special.

THE LAZY RIVER DRIFT POOL AT THE FOUR SEASONS ORLANDO

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The lazy river Drift pool seems to go on forever…

Quieter Spaces at the Lazy River at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…and ever, and includes some semi-hidden spots to nestle with your family.

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This shot, from my balcony at night, gives a sense of the scope of this pool. In it the Drift pool is at the right.

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The 11,000 square foot Drift pool includes a waterfall, rapids section, and even some water cannons! (There’s an image of the water cannons at the top of the page.)

THE SPLASH ZONE AT THE FOUR SEASONS ORLANDO

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The Splash Zone pool at the Four Seasons includes both play fountains and a short-depth splash pool as well.

Kids Pool and Water Play Area Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.net

This enormous play pool itself is large than many Disney World main pools.

Casual Spaces in the Lazy River Area at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

Like the Drift Zone, it has some secluded areas

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…but also abuts the “Ruinous Mansion” area…

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…with its water slides…

Kids For All Seasons at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

…and kids services. Here’s where you’ll find the “Kids for All Seasons” staff who provide indoor, outdoor, and pool play help and supervision.

THE FAMILY POOL AT THE FOUR SEASONS ORLANDO

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The family pool is a traditional family resort pool with a couple of additional features. For example, it’s an infinity pool–like the Oasis pool the infinity side is to the pond.

Family Pool at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.net

It’s also a zero-entry pool, with the zero entry in the middle of the long and narrow 7500 square foot pool.

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One end of the family pool…

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…and the other.

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There’s also a playground here…

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…and casual dining at PB&G, located between the family pool and adult pool.

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Here’s the interior of PB&G.

Adult Pool at Night at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from yourfirstvisit.net

As a total offering, the pools at Four Seasons are far better than the total pool offerings at any Disney owned resort.

Nothing here is so charmingly themed as the pools at the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge; but no pool complex at a Disney resort comes close to the wide range of offerings here–a lazy river, an adult pool, a splash and play pool–except Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Clubs. The slide at Stormalong Bay is clearly better; on every other dimension, the Four Season pool offering bests it.

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5 comments

1 SusieJ { 10.13.15 at 11:24 pm }

So for a family of five (kids are 9, 6 and 2) who has been to Disney for the last 3 years in a row and always has stayed at Disney Deluxe, would you recommend the Four Seasons over the Wilderness Lodge for the same price ($450) in November? or Animal Kingdom for $100 less a night?

2 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 10.14.15 at 10:54 am }

SusieJ- One thing to keep in mind is that Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be undergoing some pretty extensive renovations beginning this month. And if you choose the Four Season, be sure to plan a lot of down/non park time at the resort. There is so much to do. It might be a nice change. Let me know if I can help with any of your planning/booking needs. (KellyB@destinationsinflorida.com)

3 Dave { 10.14.15 at 5:04 pm }

Susie, I largely agree with Kelly (except I don’t think the WL renovations will have too much impact.) The disadvantage of Four Seasons are 30 day FP+ rather than 60, and not as frequent or early/late transport as the WDW resorts. The advantage of Four Seasons is that the pools are great place to hang out!!

On the other hand, you’ve already missed the beginning of the 60 day FP+ window, while on the other other hand November waether can be iffy for pools!

4 Jamie { 03.31.16 at 9:56 pm }

Hello,

We are staying at the four seasons Orlando in May! My sister lives in Florida and wanted to come spend a day at the pool with my kids. How is the pool policy? I called and asked and they said its for guests only, but I wasn’t sure how they would monitor that. She just wants to see the kids! It just her!

5 Dave { 04.01.16 at 2:49 pm }

Jamie they could monitor it at the security gate, at the valet drop off, at the front desk, or at the pool itself. I would have her book a meal in her own name for her and you guys at one of the restaurant and that should improve the odds that all will work out…

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