Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts kicked off construction of its luxury resort at Walt Disney World Resort in a groundbreaking ceremony with joint venture partners Silverstein Properties and Dune Real Estate Partners. The 444-room resort, being built in the enclave of Golden Oak at Walt… Read More »Four Seasons At Walt Disney World Breaks Ground
The newly released concept art for the Four Seasons Resort Orlando.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has declared a target open date of 2014 based on a final financing deal. Although this luxury resort development was originally announced back in May of 2008, the 360 million dollar deal was just completed. Chalk that up to the slow economy.
Concept art from the May 2008 announcement. To be honest, I like this version better, the new version looks more sterile and less detailed.
The original idea for a Four Seasons Resort right on Walt Disney World property was controversial as Disney’s previous effort to allow third party resorts resulted in ruined sight-lines for EPCOT and, some claim, a less than Disney standard of care (pay to park being one of the chief complaints). Even worse, Disney appears to be deeding this property to Four Seasons resulting in another slice of the resort being cut off.
Location of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.
A few have wondered if Disney really needs a high end resort competing with its own properties. But the general consensus is these are luxury guests that Disney wasn’t serving anyway. The sort of pampering Four Seasons resorts expect is just not part of Disney’s DNA, and they were likely staying off-property at Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott. So the net result should be an increase in guests with big spending budgets now even closer to the magic. That has to be good for Disney’s bottom line.
You’ve heard of the new exclusive residential resort community opening at Walt Disney World? Golden Oak will combine a luxury resort experience with the magic of living at Walt Disney World. What Disney fan doesn’t want that? Today Disney announced the amenities that early homebuyers in its unique community will enjoy. Some of these amenities include:
Disney VIP park passes to Walt Disney World Resort with no block-out dates\
Personalized service when making dining reservations at Walt Disney World® Resort restaurants
Access to Extra Magic Hours, aka special early or late theme park hours each day
Select merchandise discounts
Also, families who close on the purchase of a homesite or completed home before December 31, 2011, will receive one complimentary five-year VIP Pass for the homebuyer, providing admission for the Passholder and up to four guests.
Golden Oak will also include a Four Seasons Resort, adding a new level of luxury to the Walt Disney World Vacation option, and some where for guests to stay.
If you do happen to buy one of these Golden Oak properties and ever need some house sitting or anything, I’d be happy to oblige.