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The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World Will Open on August 3 at $645 a Night

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January 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | ()

Just after we released out Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings, we received an actual opening date for the hotly anticipated Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World.

Starting on August 3, two adults and two children can spend the night in a Golden Oak View room for *just* $645 a night. You also have the option of choosing one king bed or two double beds. There's also a queen-size sofa bed in the room and a crib can be placed in the room as well.

Lake and park view rooms cost a little bit more at $695 and $795 a night, respectively. If 500-sq.ft. isn't enough space, the Golden Oak suite can be booked for $1,050 a night which has a separate sitting area. (Most rooms, if not all, have their own furnished balconies from which you can gaze out at the Disney World and other parks.)

That price might sound a little steep for a family vacay but the hotel is running a "Stay Longer" offer which will give you a third night free if you book two consecutive nights. While we're not quite ready to brave Orlando in the August heat, that's quite a tempting offer for a new Four Seasons in Disney World.

Here's what else is on tap for the Four Seasons. The hotel will have three different restaurants--Ravello, an Italian kitchen described as a "culinary trip to the Amalfi coast"; Capa which will have steaks, tapas and rooftop views of the Disney World nightly fireworks; and PB+G which stands for "pool, bar and grill." There will be another restaurant with Cuban-American cuisine, called Plancha, at the golf clubhouse.

Aside from the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a fitness center and tennis courts, activities at the Four Seasons will also include the Explorer Island, a five-acre playground for kids and their parents which will feature a family pool and a lazy river that winds around a "ruined" mansion. There will also be an adults playground of sorts found at the adults-only pool and inside The Spa at The Four Seasons.

You can peep at some renderings of the property here as well as watch a vide of the hotel's construction progress. So far, the place looks blessedly free of cheesy Disney and Mickey designs. And that might be worth the money.

Archived Comments:

Pretty steep

Why would I pay $645 a night when for that money I can get 4 nights in a studio at The Boardwalk, close to 3 nights in a rustic cabin in Fort Wilderness, 3 nights at Wilderness Lodge and 5 days at a value resort.  Seems extremely high without any Disney ambiance.

Answered Own Question

I think you answered your own question when you wrote "without any Disney ambiance". Some people want to go to Disney World but don't want to be surrounded by Mickey and Friends 24/7.

The other factor is that despite the hype, none of the Disney resorts have a 5-Diamond rating from AAA. (The Four Seasons isn't yet rated...but, I bet they're shooting for a 5-Diamond rating.) Some people are willing to pay more the personalized service and exclusivity that a 5-Diamond hotel provides.

Also, the rate isn't that crazy when you compare it to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I just checked a few random dates and found rates for standard garden view rooms ranging from $544 to $707 per night.

I stay by my earlier comment

I said it last time (<a href="http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2013/11/17/55734/818/hotels/Join_Mickey_Mouse_On_A_Video_Tour_Of_The_Largest_Four_Seasons_Resort_In_The_World">http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2013/11/17/55734/818/hotels/Join_Mickey_Mouse_On_A_Video_Tour_Of_T he_Largest_Four_Seasons_Resort_In_The_World</a>), these rates won't hold. They will get $645 in late December (maybe a bit more), and at other peak times, but in August through October, I doubt it. The Waldorf, which is almost as close, is half the price.

And in regard to the Grand Floridian (WDW's most luxurious property) not being five diamond, I'm not sure this will be either. There are zero five diamond properties in the Orlando area, because generally guests will not stay in the hotel enough to justify the expense of the amenities and service positions that make the difference between four and five diamonds. Notable luxury brands like Waldorf-Astoria and Ritz Carlton have opted for four rather than five diamonds for their properties in Orlando.