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Sneak Peek: Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Opening Tomorrow!

Welcome to Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, where “luxury meets magic!” We got a chance to take a look around the hotel before it opens, and wanted to give you a quick peek! (Nope; they’re not paying us to do this. We just figured you’d be interested. ;-D)

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World

Opening August 3rd, Four Seasons Orlando says they will provide a best-of-both-worlds vacation experience: “easy access to all the area entertainment in a tranquil setting,” at Golden Oak in Walt Disney World, according to Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager.

The Disney Help Desk

The Disney Help Desk

Stairwell to the lobby

Stairwell to the lobby

Chandelier

Chandelier

Twenty-six acres will hold 423 rooms, five acres of recreation, a spa… oh, and a few restaurants ;) . Dining will play a major role in the guest experience.

Ravello's Tonno (Pan-seared tuna)

Ravello’s Tonno (Pan-seared tuna)

Oysters "roc" a fella from PB&G

Oysters “roc” a fella from PB&G

Chocolate Cake at Four Seasons Orlando

Chocolate Cake at Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons will be home to five restaurants (as well as two lounges), varying in cuisine and atmosphere. Capa, the rooftop Spanish Steakhouse, and Plancha, a daytime stop on the resort’s golf course featuring Cuban fare, are set to open in September. Three restaurants are set to open immediately in August: Ravello, PB&G, and Lickety-Split.

FYI, Director of Food & Beverage Stephen Wancha mentioned that the hotel has an “approachable and affordable” dining focus, with the goal that guests would feel equally as comfortable and welcome coming in for dinner on a Tuesday night as they would celebrating a 15th anniversary. Since all dining locations will be open to the public – and not just resort guests – we thought everyone might enjoy a glimpse!

Ravello will feature Italian cuisine in a sleek, urban atmosphere.

Ravello entrance

Ravello entrance

Ravello Seating

Ravello Seating

Ravello Seating

Ravello Seating

It shares two features with every other restaurant at the resort: first, an open kitchen.

Open kitchen at Ravello

Open kitchen at Ravello

And the second shared feature is indoor and outdoor seating.

Ravello outdoor seating

Ravello outdoor seating

In the mornings, Ravello will offer a full breakfast buffet, offering everything from a healthy wellness section to unique items like Lobster Benedict. But the biggest breakfast news might be that Ravello will also offer Character Dining! Every Thursday and Saturday and on select Tuesdays, “Goofy and Pals” will help guests greet the day with a Good Morning Breakfast.

In the evenings, the focus will turn to house-made pastas and pizzas served a la carte.

Decorative pasta jars at Ravello

Decorative pasta jars at Ravello

Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi shared a bit of the philosophy behind his creations: a focus on  making everything they possibly can in-house with the freshest ingredients, and plans to work with as much local Florida food as possible. The exception here will be the olive oils, tomato, and flour, which will be imported from Italy. The water used in the restaurant will be sourced from Torino.

Check out this Veal Ravioli!

Ravello's Veal Ravioli

Ravello’s Veal Ravioli

The veal, spinach, and ricotta stuffed ravioli is topped with wild mushrooms and truffle “essence.”

Veal Ravioli

Veal Ravioli

Though the focus is on pasta and pizza, other entrees will be available as well, such as the beautifully plated Tonno: tuna quickly seared in a saba reduction and basil oil, and served on top of eggplant caponata.

Ravello's Tonno

Ravello’s Tonno

Later in the evening we saw Ravello’s light, creamy, and refreshing Panna Cotta, topped with edible gold leaf. Fancy.

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

But let’s say you’re more the mood for some poolside fun… then we’re off to PB&G!

PB&G Sign

PB&G Sign

The acronym standing for Pool, Bar, & Grill gives you some idea of what to expect: an open bar and grill set between the resort’s adults-only and family pools.

Outdoor walkway to PB&G

Outdoor walkway to PB&G

Seating at PB&G

Seating at PB&G

PB&G Bar

PB&G Bar

I mentioned that it only gives you “some idea.” That’s because some of the dishes and flavors here are decidedly unexpected! We’ll start with one of the poolside cocktails, Peach Time.

Pouring some Peach Time!

Pouring some Peach Time!

Absolut Peach Vodka, Peach and Raspberry Grand Marnier, ginger tea, fresh cut peaches and thyme (offering a fun play on the name “Peach Time”) combine in this smooth, just-sweet-enough beverage.

Peach Time

Peach Time

But the biggest surprises come from the concept behind the menu. At PB&G, the barbeque dishes will fall in one of two categories: “Homage” and “Treason”.

“Homage” dishes will do exactly that: pay homage to traditional, southern barbeque with entrees such as rotisserie chicken and beef brisket.

But the Chef described the “Treason” dishes as “barbeque sacrilege.” ;) Alongside of the more traditional items, they’ll be smoking foods such as octopus and tofu. It sounds like nothing will be off limits!

Plates will be chock full of barbeque goodness: Rotisserie Chicken with potato salad, Beef Brisket with sauerkraut coleslaw on rye, and Oysters “Roc”a Fella with spinach puree, smoked aioli, bacon breadcrumbs.

Rotisserie chicken, Beef Brisket, and Oysters "Roc" a Fella

Rotisserie chicken, Beef Brisket, and Oysters “Roc” a Fella

The beef brisket with sauerkraut will be w inner. The punch of the sauerkraut slaw on top of the tender, smoky brisket is unexpected!

Beef Brisket with sauerkraut coleslaw

Beef Brisket with sauerkraut coleslaw

It’s all a terrifically fun take on barbeque that manages to please both adventurous eaters and those who are pickier.

Small bites will be available as well, including these deviled eggs topped with caviar – can’t say I’ve seen these at any other pool bar ;) .

Deviled eggs topped with Caviar

Deviled eggs topped with Caviar

Our final stop is Lickety-Split: the house coffee bar and gelataria, which will also offer other goodies created in-house daily.

Lickety-Split

Lickety-Split

Lickety-Split booth

Lickety-Split booth

Coffee selections will include six different blends and several different brewing methods. I was completely fascinated with the cold brew drip tower, dripping ice water over the grounds and into the decanter, taking 8 hours to brew.

Cold Brew Drip Tower

Cold Brew Drip Tower

Cold Brew decanter

Drip falling into the Cold Brew decanter

It’s the only one of its kind in Orlando.

Morning guests will have the chance to enjoy Bomboloni: Italian donuts described as having a “muted sweetness.” The star here, however, will likely be the 15 flavor gelato bar, opening along with the resort on August 3rd. Unique flavors such as Sour Patch Kids and Key Lime Pie will make their debut alongside more traditional tastes.

Speaking of Key Lime Pie

Four Seasons Key Lime Pie

Four Seasons Key Lime Pie

We had the opportunity to sample a few of the desserts that will be featured around the resort, made by a team of gourmet chefs led by Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber. It was difficult to decide which to choose from options such as Carrot Cake, Dulce de Leche, and Tiramisu.

Four Seasons Carrot Cake

Four Seasons Carrot Cake

Four Seasons Dulce de Leche

Four Seasons Dulce de Leche

Four Seasons Tiramisu

Four Seasons Tiramisu

But ultimately I couldn’t pass up the to-die-for Pecan Pie.

Four Seasons Pecan Pie

Four Seasons Pecan Pie

Oh, and a little of that gorgeous Panna Cotta, too ;).

Ravello's Panna Cotta

Ravello’s Panna Cotta

Again, two more restaurants will be opening at Four Seasons in September: Capa, a Spanish Steakhouse also serving tapas, will boast fireworks views from the 17th floor roof of all three nighttime Park spectaculars. Plancha will be available during the day right around the resort’s golf course.

Upon it’s August 3rd opening, Four Seasons will welcome both resort and non-resort guests to enjoy their unique and varied restaurants and lounges. Reservations are currently being accepted on www.opentable.com. For more information on the resort, its dining opportunities, amenities, and room reservations, visit http://www.fourseasons.com/orlando/ and learn more about what is bound to be a remarkable experience!

Booking for the restaurants may soon be available on DisneyWorld.com.

Thanks to the Four Seasons for showing us around and letting us sample some of the eats!

Would you like to dine in one of the Four Seasons restaurants? Please let us know which one with a comment!

 

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10 Comments

  1. Meghan says:

    Any idea if DDP will be accepted there???

  2. Katherine says:

    The building reminds me of the Tower of Terror 0_o

  3. Amanda says:

    It’s not a Disney owned hotel, so no DDP.

  4. Anna says:

    Love the decor at Lickety Split! What a beautiful booth. Can you give us some pricing info on the different restaurants? Thanks!

  5. Joni says:

    Would love to see the menu’s for all the restaurants. PB&G sounds very interesting. Love the fun spin on food

  6. Wendy says:

    They didn’t have menus available during the sneak peek, unfortunately, but now that 3 of the restaurants are up and running, hopefully we’ll be able to find out more info on offerings, prices, etc, soon :). Joni, I’m especially interested to see the final menu and item descriptions for PB&G as well :).

  7. Justin says:

    Originally they said that Four Seasons guests would basically be treated as Disney Resort guests, in terms of Extra Magic Hours and whatnot. Any idea if this is still the case?

  8. nancye says:

    Where is the hotel located?

  9. Michelle says:

    I booked a park view deluxe suite then canceled when I found out no extra magic hours and you can only book fast pass + 30 days before arrival. Guess I’m a bit spoiled, booked a boardwalk villa. I was really looking forward to the extra luxury.

  10. Eva says:

    Is there anyone who know the price of the breakfast buffet at the Four Seasons in Orlando?

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