Deck The Palms! Four Seasons Resort Orlando At Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates The Festive Season

This holiday season, trade in ski slopes and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools at the lakeside Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and enjoy elegant holiday décor throughout Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Dive-In holiday movies at the family pool, decadent holiday dinners, and much more.ORL_663_aspect16x9

Deck The Palms

From the royal palm-lined pathway lined with twinkling lights to the holiday-inspired floral arrangements and decadent gingerbread display in the lobby, Four Seasons glows with festive spirit that is sure to delight anyone who walks through the door. The lobby will be ornamented with elegant colours of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall (3.7 metre) Christmas tree, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, and more. Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber’s gingerbread creation will be a fun conversation starter, and Resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily. The holiday décor will be in place from December 1, 2017 through January 3, 2018. Plus, a separate gingerbread creation by Chef Saber will be on display at the Festival of Trees event at The Orlando Museum of Art from November 11 to 19, 2017.The Four Seasons Orlando

Suite Celebration

Multi-generational travel is becoming more and more popular, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando is perfectly situated to welcome families of all ages. With a variety of connecting rooms and suite options, families are able to celebrate in style and enjoy the space and comfort associated with suites and connecting rooms. Each of the Resort’s guest rooms includes a spacious furnished terrace, and Park View rooms offer views of the nightly fireworks. A stay in the Resort’s top suites, including the Royal, Presidential and Grand suites, makes celebrating the holidays even more special.ORL_541_aspect16x9

  • Royal Suite: The 3,300 square-foot (300 square metre) suite includes a vaulted great room, a master bedroom, a media room, a private office and a pantry kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Connecting up to as many as nine bedrooms, and with a wrap-around terrace featuring views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, it is the perfect suite for families to celebrate the festive season in the grandest way possible.
  • Presidential Suite: Designed to evoke a Mediterranean villa, the spacious 2,750 square-foot (255 square metre) Presidential Suite includes a great room, master bedroom, master bathroom, private office and pantry kitchen.  Two additional coordinating bedroom units and one guest room suite enable the Presidential Suite to expand to a four bedroom residence, ideal for family and friends to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Grand Suite: A Grand Suite is a beautiful suite to celebrate the holidays, with a spacious living room and sectional sofa and wet bar area perfect for entertaining, plus a dining area to seat eight. Available to connect up to two or more bedrooms, the Grand Suite also features a large terrace and views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

For guests of the Royal and Presidential suites, eight hours of butler service per day is included on the day of arrival and the day of departure. Additional hours, including round-the-clock service, are available for an added fee. Guests can take advantage of the butler’s assistance to gift wrap presents, dazzle the suite with holiday decor, create a memorable in-suite holiday dinner party, arrange for a holiday movie with cookies and cocoa, and much more.The Four Seasons Orlando

Holiday Treats

From peppermint s’mores at PB&G to holiday gelato flavours of chocolate cinnamon, gingerbread, and crushed candy cane at Lickety Split, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. Lickety Split will also offer an array of holiday treats, such as pistachio and cranberry bark, pecan toffee, mini mint chocolate cookies and more to satisfy a sweet tooth. The whole family will enjoy complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Saber, offered to Resort guests on select dates.

 

When You Wish Upon A Star, Saks Fifth Avenue And Disney Celebrate The Season With Once Upon A Holiday

On Monday, Nov. 20, Saks Fifth Avenue, collaborating for the first time on a holiday experience with Disney, will debut its iconic New York holiday windows and 10-story-tall theatrical light show in true fairytale fashion, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sofia Carson, the multi-talented actress, star of Disney’s “Descendants“, and Hollywood Records/Republic recording artist, will perform live at the unveiling event accompanied by a 40-person choir and appearances by Snow White, Snow Prince, and the seven dwarfs.

The fantastical new show, entitled Once Upon a Holiday, will include the unveiling of 14 animated holiday window displays, presented by Mastercard, marking the first time Saks will animate all of the windows along Fifth Avenue in its 94-year history.

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Alberta Ferretti one-of-a-kind fairytale gown sketch for Saks Fifth Avenue.

In all things we do at Saks, we strive to reach the people in a meaningful way that captures their emotions—it’s what we call the New Luxury. This comprehensive and unprecedented collaboration with Disney in our stores, on Saks.com, and in our New York flagship windows exemplifies that strategy by bringing the magic of the holiday season into the lives of our customers everywhere,” said Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue.

Highlights of the multi-faceted program include:

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The 14 Fifth Avenue windows will each depict a different scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, beautifully translating the iconic story into real-life delights. Vignettes will include Snow White dancing among woodland creatures, the seven dwarfs “heigh-ho!”-ing home from a day’s work in the diamond caves, and the Wicked Queen‘s mischievous trickery with the infamous red apple. Also new to the windows this year is aSaks_Fifth_Avenue_Logo 3D layering technique which incorporates original artwork from the film into the backdrops for each display.

In Saks New York’s 49th Street and 50th Street windows, four legendary designers—Alberta Ferretti, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, and Marchesa—have created one-of-a-kind fairytale gowns for a 21st century Snow White. The luxury dresses will be set against a fantasy forest backdrop.

The New York window unveilings will be live-streamed via Saks.com, at 6:45 p.m. ET, for audiences around the world to enjoy. The window animation and light show will continue throughout the holiday season until Jan. 2, 2018. Continue reading

The Tranquilo Golf Club At Four Seasons Resort Orlando Welcomes PGA Tour Champions Stars In Challenge Season Event, The Diamond Resorts Invitational, To Benefit Florida Hospital For Children

The Tranquilo Golf Club, located at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, is pleased to be the host venue for the 2nd annual Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children and taking place January 13-15, 2017. The three-day tournament will be nationally televised on Golf Channel.

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The Tranquilo Golf Club At Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

The event brings together up to 27 PGA TOUR Champions players, three LPGA players, and 50 celebrities from the sports and entertainment industry to compete side-by-side for purses totaling USD 1.25 million. PGA TOUR Champions players will compete for USD 750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while celebrities will play for a USD 500,000 purse. The tournament will utilize a Modified Stableford scoring format, which awards points as opposed to strokes, encouraging players to make the most out of every hole and creating a heightened sense of anticipation for fans.tranquilogolfclub

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Diamond Resorts Invitational and to welcome this world-class tournament to Tranquilo Golf Club,” said Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “It is a distinct honor to take part in an event that will benefit Florida Hospital for Children and leave a lasting charitable impact in our community.

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The Tranquilo Golf Club At Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Proceeds from the event’s live and silent auction will directly benefit the Florida Hospital for Children, one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals, setting standards for innovation, quality and comprehensive care. The child-centric healing environment designed to keep kids comfortable is complemented by a staff of world-class doctors, specialists, nurses and healthcare professionals utilizing advanced technologies, therapies and treatments.

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The Tranquilo Golf Club At Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is named to reflect the Spanish revival style of the Resort and pay homage to the Florida landscape, such as the southern live oak trees that are found throughout the course. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio, the golf course was enhanced by Fazio for its October 2014 reopening. Enhancements included creating a completely new hole and renovated bunkers, plus improved visibility and airflow by enhancing the landscape design, in addition to a fully renovated clubhouse. The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards. Home to abundant wildlife, the course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf by the National Audubon Society.four-seasons-logo-hres-htm

It’s very exciting for Tranquilo Golf Club to host this special tournament in its second year and to be put in the national spotlight on the Golf Channel,” said Charlie Kent, Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “Our team has been working hard over the past few months to ensure the course is in impeccable condition for this main event. We could not be more thrilled to work with Diamond Resorts International and their team on this amazing tournament.” Continue reading

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Eat, Drink and Give Thanks at Capa and Ravello

To celebrate Thanksgiving in Orlando, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is offering turkey two ways: with an indulgent buffet at Ravello, and with a Thanksgiving special at Capa. Ravello’s buffet is perfect for those who like to celebrate in style and enjoy expansive options, while Capa’s menu provides a unique way to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving offerings with a twist.

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To celebrate Thanksgiving in Orlando, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is offering turkey two ways: with an indulgent buffet at Ravello, and with a Thanksgiving special at Capa.

Thanksgiving at Ravello: Ravello is offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet for Thursday, November 24, 2016, with reservations available from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. The Thanksgiving buffet includes highlights such as antipasti and charcuterie display, shrimp, oysters, crab, charred tuna, sushi, lobster and shrimp ravioli, grilled mahi mahi, rotisserie chicken, Chef Fabrizio’s risotto with butternut squash, a selection of soups and salads including a special borlotti bean with spicy pomodoro and prosciutto soup. Of course, there will be delicious turkey with all of the fixings, including cranberry sauce, focaccia and sausage stuffing, giblet-sage gravy, charred sweet potato puree, roasted Brussels sprouts, and more. The menu is available for USD 105 per adult and USD 35 per child. For the full menu, click here.

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With tall, arched windows and an outdoor terrace from which to enjoy views of the gardens and water features, Ravello serves delicious buffet and à la carte breakfast as well as dinner that creatively interprets Italian and Mediterranean cuisines.

Thanksgiving at Capa: For those looking for a unique way to celebrate the holiday, Capa will be offering a Thanksgiving special in addition to an a la carte dinner menu available from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The special includes roasted turkey confit, served with a side of potato puree, stuffing, winter vegetables, and cranberry and port gravy sauce, USD 56 per person. To end the meal on a sweet note, Capa’s dessert special is a festive duo of pumpkin bourbon custard and cinnamon tres leches, USD 14. To view the special menu, click here.

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Capa’s diverse offerings range from fresh 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.

For those who wish to celebrate Thanksgiving but perhaps not necessarily with turkey, there are several additional options available at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Guests can celebrate with Goofy & His Pals at the Character Breakfast in Ravello, offered on Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 7:30 to 11:00 am. PB&G will also offer its standard menu from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, as will Plancha at the Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse. To make Dining Reservations, please call 407-313-6161

Couples Weeks Return To Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

A Couples Package Plus Dedicated Adult-Only Offerings Ensures An Ideal Couples Escape To Central Florida’s Only AAA Five-Diamond ResortORL_697_aspect16x9

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is a couples paradise, with amenities including a lakeside infinity-edge adult only pool, the Tranquilo Golf Club, and an 18-treatment room Spa with six couples’ suites. In September 2015, the Resort launched a new Couples Stay and Play package and special Couples Weeks. Whether celebrating an anniversary, babymoon, mini-moon, reigniting the spark or just for fun (perhaps an early holiday treat!), Couples Weeks have never been more ideal.ORL_625_aspect16x9

Now, Couples Weeks are back for December 1-17, 2015, and select dates in 2016, providing additional reasons to enjoy an adult-only getaway. Couples checking in December 3-17 will enjoy experiencing the Resort’s spectacular holiday décor and grand Christmas tree in the main lobby.

Couples Weeks feature added offerings, including twice-weekly mixology classes so couples can “shake and stir” things up, as well as Dinner & A Movie nights. Every Friday night throughout the select Couples Weeks, a romantic comedy will be shown poolside at The Oasis adult-only pool, with the option of ordering poolside dinner. Also, The Oasis adult-only pool for guests ages 21 and older will offer extra complimentary amenities, such as infused fruits, each afternoon. Movies for December Couples Weeks include Crazy Stupid Love on December 4, and 500 Days of Summer on December 11.

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Mixology Classes

Mixology classes let couples have a little fun while enjoying some delicious cocktails of their own creation. All classes are held in the Resort’s Demonstration Kitchen. The Couples Weeks mixology schedule is:

  • Wednesday, December 2 – Capa presents: Learn how to make a warm Spanish dessert cocktail
  • Saturday, December 5 – PB&G presents: Mix it up with PB&G’s eggnog with a twist
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Plancha presents: Discover how to make a delicious slow mulled wine
  • Saturday, December 12 – Ravello presents Café Amare: Enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up with this coffee-based cocktail, an Italian twist on a hot toddy
  • Wednesday, December 16 – The Lobby Bar presents North Star Nog: Time to open up the spice rack! Indulge in this modern take on a holiday favorite with an added kick

Massage 101 Classes at The Spa

Couples can enjoy the benefits of therapeutic touch and learn techniques of massage at a special Massage 101 class at The Spa. A talented team of Spa professionals will guide participants through pressure points, assisted stretching and more to alleviate muscle tension, relieve stress, and connect with their loved one. Classes are offered to guests on December 3, 10 and 17 at 3:00 pm.

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The Couples Stay and Play package includes two welcome cocktails, daily breakfast in bed for two, a guaranteed late check out of 2:00 pm to enjoy extra time to sleep in, unlimited in-room movies, plus the couple’s choice of a 50-minute Spa treatment for two, a golf lesson for two, or a tennis lesson for two.

This package gives couples the perfect excuse to check in without kids in tow,” says Thomas Steinhauer, General Manager. “It’s true there’s a lot for families to do in Orlando, but there’s also so much fun for adults to experience.

The fun Steinhauer references includes the Disney theme parks and more – from fine dining at one of the Resort’s six restaurants to enjoying the sumptuous spa and many recreation offerings, Four Seasons offers something to appeal to many couples’ interests.

COUPLES WEEKS CALENDAR

Couples Weeks are offered December 1 through 17, 2015. Additional Couples Weeks dates for 2016 include January 4 through February 8, and April 27 through May 26. The specific calendars of events for 2016 Couples Weeks will be released soon. For reservations: 1 800 267 3046.

Living Well: Four Seasons Launches Entertain U(Niversity) – A Series Of Consumer Classes Focused On The Art Of Entertaining

Running From October 1 Through December 31, 2015, The Series Highlights In-House Experts On Event Planning And All Things Culinary

Whether it’s teaching the art of floral arrangements or the best way to cook game meats, Four Seasons has always believed in sharing expert entertaining knowledge with guests and members of the local community. To showcase the brand’s innovation and creativity in entertaining, Four Seasons is launching Entertain U(niversity) this October, a series of educational consumer classes, workshops and experiences led by in-house global event planners, culinary teams and beverage masterminds held within versatile event spaces at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.LAN_166_aspect16x9

The classes are designed to create experiences that guests can replicate in their own homes, while simultaneously highlighting the wide range of customizable event offerings and venues available at Four Seasons. Examples include:

  • Barista Boot Camp at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort: Coffee lovers will gain the necessary skills to move beyond creating a basic “cup of joe” to creating an extraordinary, signature cup of coffee rich in flavor and with an artful presentation. Coffee connoisseur Allison Burkard, manager of Lickety Split, the Resort’s café, will teach guests how to make cold-brew coffee, as well as the perfect single drip coffee. Every Saturday in December 2015PAL_370_aspect16x9
  • Barrel-Aged Cocktail Making at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto: Discover the art of crafting cocktails and adding an oak influence. Guests will assist in creating a soon-to-be-released Quattro barrel aged cocktail, which will rest in an oak barrel for 60 days until it is aged to perfection. Attendees will be invited to the release party of the cocktail that they were part of creating. October 3, 2015
  • Steak & Ale at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire: Enjoy the best in prime steak cuts, including organic côte de boeuf from local farms, combined with the property’s own craft beer, 1086. Guests will get the chance to partake in an interactive craft ale tasting session with the Andwell Brewing Company, a local family-run microbrewery, where they’ll learn about the creation of 1086 in celebration of the Hotel’s 10th anniversary.PUN_574_aspect16x9
  • Afternoon Tea Etiquette for Youngsters at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip: All participating young guests will get a chance to experience afternoon tea service, from three tiers of delightful savouries, scones and desserts, along with a cup of hot chocolate or milk as a tea substitute. An in-house Four Seasons expert will also guide children in proper tea etiquette. October–December, 2015WES_268_aspect16x9
  • Tips and Tricks from Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay: Participants learn how to cook some of Wolfgang Puck’s most beloved dishes from his restaurants at the Hotel. The class will be guided by his chefs in the dining room of the brand new CUT by Wolfgang Puck restaurant.BAL_842_aspect16x9
  • Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay: A hands-on opportunity to learn about the secret techniques and distinctive ingredients of Indonesian cuisine, featuring recipes from old family traditions from different Indonesian regions. Guests will visit the Jimbaran Fish Market to see how locals shop for the freshest seafood, and pick indigenous ingredients from the Academy’s herb and spice garden. Daily, Monday–SundayFLO_101_aspect16x9

Participate in the educational journey on the Entertain U(niversity) online home on Taste by Four Seasons and follow the #FSEntertainU hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to uncover the schedule of expert-led classes, take a peek at the most extraordinary Four Seasons event venues and discover tips of the trade from Four Seasons culinary and event experts.

Signature Four Seasons Guest Service, Combined with the Magic of Disney and Amazing Resort Amenities, Ensures a One-of-a-Kind Experience at the New Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Italian native Fabrizio Schenardi to oversee the culinary operations of the Resort’s five innovative dining options

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group, in partnership with the Walt Disney, announced that reservations are now being taken for the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort and its proximity to the Walt Disney World® Resort. The property is set amid the palm-tree lined, gated Golden Oak community, a Disney-developed residential enclave of custom single family homes. Located in a lushly landscaped area with many mature trees, lakes and protected wetlands, the community serves as an oasis – close to all the action and entertainment nearby, yet with a feeling of seclusion. With views of the Magic Kingdom® Park nightly fireworks from the rooftop of Capa restaurant, an on-site character breakfast and Disney Planning Center, plus availability to offer In-Room Celebrations, the experience is nothing short of wondrous.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is now accepting reservations for August 3, 2014 and beyond. The extraordinary introductory offer is the Stay Longer- Third Night Free, providing guests with an extra day to explore all Orlando has to experience.

One of the distinguishing factors of Four Seasons is its renowned service culture. As such, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have approximately 1,000 team members on property, and to date, more than 70 have transferred to the Resort from various Four Seasons properties worldwide – from as far as the Serengeti in Africa and Sydney, Australia to as near as Palm Beach. Four Seasons hotels are known for creating personalized guest experiences that embrace the local surroundings. With a 23-acre (9.3 hectare) recreational paradise, and connectivity to Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will provide guests with a very special destination experience.

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The Disney Planning Center, conveniently located near the front desk on the lobby level, provides the perfect spot for guests to meet one-on-one with a Disney Cast Member and plan some wonderful details of their stay.  Guests can receive assistance with their ticket arrangements for the Disney theme parks and dining reservations at Disney restaurants. The Disney Planning Center is a one-stop central hub that seamlessly organizes a guest’s entire Disney experience – even supporting the planning process before guests walk in the door.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is excited to offer the “Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals” character breakfast, twice weekly at Ravello restaurant.  The buffet-style breakfast will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays, and also on Tuesdays during peak school break periods, and will feature a wonderful assortment of traditional breakfast offerings and an omelet station. A photographer will be available to capture the memories of the families with the stars of the breakfast, the always entertaining Goofy & Pals.

For guests who wish to host events incorporating Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with the Disney Event Group to offer access to events in some of the Disney parks. Events held at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can feature Disney décor, entertainment acts, character appearances, and more.

It’s always the little details that give a guest that over-the-top impression and special welcome, and one wayFour Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to “wow” guests is through In-Room Celebrations. The Resort will offer themed in-room welcome gifts, so that upon a guest’s arrival, a surprise can be waiting in their guestroom. The “Presenting Your Royal Princess” In-Room Celebration, for instance, includes a banner hanging outside the door of the room, a personalized royal princess proclamation, a letter from the Fairy Godmother, and a large pink box filled with princess treasures, including a tiara and magic wand. From princesses to pirates, there are several options of In-Room Celebrations available for Four Seasons guests.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Luxury motor coaches will transport guests every 30 minutes to the Magic Kingdom® Park and every hour to the additional parks. For guests who’d rather not wait, or who are visiting other area attractions, Four Seasons also will offer a fleet of white vehicles, available to rent for a small fee.

Due to the Resort’s special location and proximity to the Disney Theme Parks, guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can arrange to have park souvenirs delivered directly to the Resort, instead of carrying purchases around all day. Same day delivery is offered conveniently at all four of the Disney parks.

Due to the Golden Oak location within the Disney grounds, many areas of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort have a perfect vantage point for the night time spectaculars. All of the Park View Rooms offer a view of the Magic Kingdom® Park special fireworks displays. Select rooms offer views of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®. Guests can enjoy the show from the comfort of their furnished balcony. In addition, Capa restaurant on the 17th floor rooftop offers al fresco dining on the terrace, and views of these fireworks.

In addition, Fabrizio Schenardi has joined the opening team of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort as Executive Chef and will oversee the culinary operations for the Resort’s five on-property restaurants, plus in-room dining and catering culinary operations.

Schenardi is from Rivoli, Italy, and speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.  His expertise is in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Schenardi has worked for the Pelagia Trattoria at Tampa Hotel International Plaza; the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California; Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles, California; and numerous other fine properties around the world. He received his Culinary Arts Diploma from the Istituto Alberghiero Ravizza in Torino, Italy and lived in the Tampa area before joining Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2010 as Executive Chef for Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will offer a variety of dining concepts, available to both Resort guests and local Orlando area residents. From a swanky rooftop steakhouse concept to a lakeside Southern rotisserie grill and an Italian pizza and pasta family style restaurant, there is something for everyone.

A true highlight of the Resort will be Capa, the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar, featuring 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 diners to get close to the action, while those dining on the outdoor terrace enjoy views of the nightly fireworks. Capa, Spanish for a matador’s red cape, is decorated in black and white with bold hues of crimson accenting the space.  An abstract painting conveying the movement of dust as it rises during the matador’s performance appears near the bar. Six traditional matador jackets flank the entrance to the private dining room, and a flowing red art installation travels across the ceiling, representing the flow of the matador’s cape. Capa, serving dinner only, will open in September 2014.

Named for the Italian seaside town situated above the Amalfi coast, modern Italian cuisine is the specialty at Ravello, the all-day dining restaurant at Four Seasons. Breakfast offerings include an omelet station and traditional breakfast favourites. Dinner offers fresh pizza and bread from the wood-burning oven, regionally influenced Italian specialties, and the open kitchen’s pasta bar. Ravello will offer a “Goofy & Pals” Disney Character Breakfast on Thursdays and Saturdays, and select Tuesdays during peak school break periods.

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Whether taking a break from hitting the greens, or seeking a serene retreat, Plancha will delight with its fresh, bold flavour Cuban-American cuisine.  Located at the Golf Clubhouse, Plancha – Cuban for grill – offers a picturesque lakeside setting.  Signature dishes such as the Cubana sandwich, empanadas and chorizo burger offer an authentic taste of Cuba, and vibrant cocktails from the Mojito to the Hemingway Daiquiri are sure to please.  Plancha will open in September 2014.

For guests on the go, Lickety-Split provides delicious quick bites throughout the day. Café lattes and breakfast pastries, savoury quick bites, gelato and more will be offered at the colorful Lickety Split.

Premium American barbecue dishes, fresh salads, frozen cocktails and mocktails, an extensive kids’ and teens’ menu with lots of healthy options: the Pool Bar & Grill offers a lively, fun and casual atmosphere. This smokehouse and rotisserie serves up pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, smoked brisket and house-made hot dogs and burgers with plenty of Southern charm.  Brightly painted picnic tables, teak floorboards, and whimsical lighting elements such as lanterns and stringed lights give the space a fun vibe.

For those looking for a day off from the parks, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had without setting foot off the Resort. A highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the five-acre (two hectare) Explorer Island water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more. Family fun abounds, with activities including table tennis, bocce ball, beach volleyball, a rock climbing wall, and more all found at Explorer Island. The Hideout at Explorer Island is a separate freestanding building offering the latest gaming systems, and even an Italian gelateria. Additionally, The Mansion at Explorer Island is home to the Kids For All Seasons program, providing a complimentary kids camp for children ages 5 to 12 on a daily basis during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – a one-of-a-kind offering in central Florida.

While children are having a blast at Kids For All Seasons, moms and dads can enjoy relaxation at the 18-treatment room Spa, or unwind in the paradise of The Oasis adult pool, for ages 21 and up, featuring cabanas and poolside cocktail service. In addition, golfers will love the 18-hole golf course, newly redesigned by Tom Fazio, and tennis aficionados will enjoy the three Har-Tru tennis courts and a variety of clinics, matches and more offered in partnership with Peter Burwash International.  A spacious lakeside fitness centre is available 24-hours a day, with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio offered on a daily basis.