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Join Mickey Mouse On A Video Tour Of The Largest Four Seasons Resort In The World

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November 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (4)

Ok, so technically, Mickey didn’t make an appearance in this video of the under-construction Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World, but we would have appreciated the reference (if slightly on-the-nose) had the iconic character popped up.

Rather, it is Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the hotel, who dons his hard hat and walks you through the 434-room resort – the largest Four Seasons resort in the world – as it progresses towards a summer 2014 opening.

Aerial shots show just how large the resort really is, with event space (above) that includes two ballrooms, vast grounds, and a lazy river feature in the pool complex. The Royal Suite (below) can be expanded into a nine-bedroom sprawler to host even the largest of families and groups.

Italian restaurant Ravello will have an open kitchen, while Spanish steakhouse Capa – on the 17th floor – will have views of the nightly Disney World fireworks from its terrace. Out by the pool is PB&G (Pool Bar & Grill), and coffee and quick bites are served at Lickety-Split (we did not make that up, promise).

Restaurant Capa

We like that Four Seasons is drumming up excitement for the resort this way and allowing anyone to have a virtual look around; we just hope they will do the same for other new hotels like Kuala Lumpur or Venice.

We still want to know though, is there going to be any Disney touch inside the hotel? Huey, Dewey, and Louie valeting your car? The Little Mermaid bobbing around the lazy river feature? Cinderella swirling through the ballroom?

Rates start at $595 from September 2014, going up to $645 in October.

[Screengrabs: Four Seasons Hotels]

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Those rates won't hold

I'm excited about this hotel, but $645 in October? That's Orlando's slowest time of year, and you could stay at the Grand Floridian for well under $600 and walk to the Magic Kingdom.

If you don't have to be on Disney property, you could stay at the Waldorf for $199, or book a suite if you really want to hit that $600 range.

Orlando is a crowded market, Vegas crowded. I'm sure the Four Seasons will do well, but if they want to fill, they won't do it at $645 a night in October.


Meetings/Conventions

@PalmettoSon: I used to work at the Disney Reservations Center, so I know the market well. I agree that $645 is very high...but, not impossible. If the Four Seasons is able to consistently fill their meeting/convention space, they will end up with fewer rooms to sell to "regular" guests. If 85% of your rooms are bookdc for a group, it's possible they could find 60 (crazy) people willing to overpay, even in October.

I'm less familiar with Four Seasons. Every time I've priced one of the resorts, however, I've seen a "Stay X Nights, Get 1 Free" offer. Of course, that would be calculated using the $645 rack rack.


I see your point

I'm in the industry. Used to work with a 4 Diamond mega resort near Disney. As a new property (Four Seasons or not), it'll be at least a year before they have stable group business.
I don't think Four Seasons will be doing much in the way of buy three get the fourth free type promotions. I think, realistically, as they close in on opening, unless they are discounting their group business much more heavily than their competition, those BAR rates in September and October will drop by 30-40%.
So if you want to stay there, wait until next August to book, you'll get a much better deal.

Thanks

Thanks for the follow-up, PalmettoSon. I'll gladly defer to your expertise regarding group bookings, as you know more about the non-Disney hotels. I hadn't really thought about how crowded the upscale meetings market is in Orlando.

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