Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort News: Barista Bootcamp

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

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Barista Bootcamp

For those who’ve ever wanted to become the consummate at-home coffee barista, Lickety Split at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is presenting the perfect chance. Guests can attend a Barista Bootcamp, this December, learning how to master single drip coffee, cold brew coffee, coffee cocktails, and latte art.

The Barista Bootcamp is offered as part of Four Seasons Entertain U(niversity), a series of unique classes offered between now and December 31, 2015 taught by the entertaining, culinary and beverage masterminds at Four Seasons properties across the globe.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

Lickety Split is an innovator among Central Florida coffee shop offerings, featuring techniques and equipment that are unique to Orlando.  Lickety Split features Caffe Umbria coffee, a third generation Italian coffee roaster based out of Seattle, Washington, and offers six different blends and four different brew styles, enabling baristas to customise the coffee experience.

The two-hour Barista Bootcamp at Lickety Split will give the coffee lover the necessary skills to move beyond creating a basic “cup of joe” to creating an extraordinary, signature cup of coffee rich in flavour and with an artful presentation. Baristas-in-training will learn from coffee connoisseur Allison Burkard, Manager of Lickety Split, who honed her coffee making skills in Seattle, Washington at the headquarters for Caffe Umbria coffee roasting company.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

Burkard will welcome guests by first teaching them how to make the signature cold brew coffee Lickety Split is known for. Next, she will discuss how to make the perfect single drip coffee. Burkard will also demonstrate how to add some holiday cheer to coffee by creating two different coffee cocktails. In addition, Burkard will provide instruction on latte art – including whimsical designs from Christmas trees to snowmen, perfect for the festive season. Guests will also learn about the art of the pour, and how to serve designer coffees with fun accents such as peppermint swizzle sticks and chocolate spoons, which can be easily made at home and lend a festive touch and holiday flavour to one’s coffee. Each guest will depart with a fun takeaway bag filled with decadent delights from Lickety Split.

Classes, offered at USD 75 per person, will be offered on December 5, December 12, December 19 and December 26, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Lickety Split. Reservations are required and space is limited; for reservations, call (407) 313-6161.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Barista Bootcamp Lickety Split

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A Visit To Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s Plancha #FiveDiamondOrlando

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A Visit To The Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s Plancha

The Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a beautifully designed Tom Fazio course, that is also a certified Audubon Sanctuary, is home to a true gem…Plancha.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Sign

Plancha, open to the public daily 11am – 6pm, is an all-day dining restaurant featuring a Cuban-American Cuisine, Signature Cocktails, and wide variety of Cigars.

The Plancha dining room is intimate and filled with a laid-back elegance, that would be a perfect way to cap off an afternoon of golf or lunch with friends.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course
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Chef Pedro Sanchez and his team have created a vibrant, fresh, and authentic menu that brings a taste of Cuba to Orlando.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Chef Pedro Sanchez

At Plancha, Sanchez combines his experience, love for food and natural cooking ability with recipes that he learned from his grandmother, who is originally from Cuba. “I grew up in Puerto Rico but we had Cuban restaurants on every street. Puerto Rican food and Cuban food are very similar, but Cuban food uses different spices,” he says.  Dishes like the black bean soup and the mojo chicken, favourites on the menu at Plancha, are recipes that he learned from his mother. “My goal is to cook from the heart and serve dishes guests can make at home, but presented in an upscale and innovative way.” 

We started with a few beverages from the full-service bar that offers signature cocktails, beer, and wine.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Hemmingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daquiri (Bacardi Rum | Lime | Grapefruit | Luxardo)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Lemon Basil Punch

 

Lemon Basil Punch (Stoli Vodka | Lemon | Orange)

The Plancha menu has some really great appetizers that are perfectly portioned, light, and fresh. Any, or all, of these would be a great start to a meal.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas (Mango & Jalapeño Jam)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Guacamole

Guacamole (Roasted Corn Relish | Naan Chips)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Tuna Ceviche

Tuna Ceviche (Avocado | Ginger & Coconut Dressing)

The Salads, Sandwiches, and Entrees were extremely flavorful and vibrant.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Casa Salad

Casa (Baby Mache | Tomatoes | Avocado | Red Onions | Lemon Vinaigrette | Grilled Chicken)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - El Cubano

El Cubano (Roasted Pork | Black Forest Ham | Swiss | Mustard | Housemade Pickles)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course -  Plancha Burger

Plancha Burger (Chorizo and Beef Patty | Maduros | White Cheddar | Lettuce | Heirloom Tomatoes)

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - NY Strip

NY Strip (Mamposteao Rice | Classic Chimichurri)

And what kind of person would I be if I didn’t try the desserts at Plancha? I would eat the Traditional Flan everyday if I could!

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Piña | Coconut Helado | Passion Fruit

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Guava Roll

Guava Roll | Crema de Queso

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Traditional Flan | Caña Sugar Caramel

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Tres Leches

Tres Leches | Dulce de Leche | Dulcey Pearls

I was really excited to be invited to this tasting luncheon at Plancha, and while it was my first visit it won’t be my last!

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Project: Time-Off at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off
Photo Courtesy: U.S. Travel Association and Project: Time Off

Do you have a few vacation days left? Why not use them to take a Staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World as part of Project: Time-Off Week!

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer are both proclaiming May 25-29 as Project: Time-Off Week, inspired by the global travel industry’s “Super Bowl” – IPW 2015 – the largest generator of international travel to the U.S. and in turn, a very high-profile showcase for its host city, which this year is Orlando.

During IPW, held May 30 – June 3, thousands of travel industry executives, journalists, and influencers from more than 70 countries will coming to Orlando generating nearly $2 billion in future travel to Orlando and Central Florida.

And if we are talking Ultimate Staycations, you have to consider staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

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Located inside of the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Community, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a breathtaking lakeside location, spacious and luxurious rooms, and activities the entire family will enjoy.

Boasting the largest standard guest rooms on property, the Four Season Resort Orlando feature a welcoming décor, luxurious bathroom, amazing touches of technology, and beautiful views.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Park view guest room project: Time-Off Week
Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World – Park View Guest Room

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will enjoy a wide variety of activities and amenities without a Resort Fee:

  • Complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Access to the 5 acre “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, climbing wall, and much more.
  • Poolside ‘Dive In’ movies on select nights
  • Complimentary Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
  • 24-hour Fitness Centre
  • Adult-Only Oasis Pool
  • Access to The Spa at Four Seasons

If you are looking to step up your experience there is an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club and The Spa at Four Seasons to explore.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Spa
Inside The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if shopping is more your speed, you will definitely want to visit Wardrobe, open daily from 8 am – 9pm, for exclusive merchandise that is inspired by Walt Disney World.

Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World also has four restaurants and three lounges with delicious menus and stunning settings.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

For an extra special treat The Lobby Bar and Capa Bar each offer Happy Hour drink and food specials.

Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

And if you are looking for a quick bite, something sweet, or a coffee fix you will want to stop by Lickety Split. Their gelato is made in house, and if you are looking for a delicious mix try the PB&J and chocolate!

Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

As Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond Award rated property, a staycation at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is now even more enticing with as they have introduced an amazing Florida Resident Rate offer.

The Resort is offering Florida Resident rates starting from $295 USD per night for a Four Seasons guest room that includes the amazing amenities and resort activities, as well as valet parking for one vehicle and basic WiFi.

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The Florida resident rate is offered over select dates beginning April 23 through June 11, 2015 and also from August 17, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

To check availability and to make reservations, you can contact the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World by contacting them online or by calling  1-407-313-7777

I have to give a huge Thank you to Desiree Miller from Stress-Free Baby for letting me join her on her stay at the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World!

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Experience Spring Break Fun At Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Spring Break 2015

Experience Spring Break Fun In the Sun at

Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

Put down the shovel and escape to the pool this spring break with an enticing value-added package with a daily resort credit.

In many areas, March is the month with the greatest snowfall, and even April can be quite chilly; but in Orlando, it’s the time of year when the weather is blissfully sunny and the temperatures are perfect for poolside relaxation. To celebrate the inaugural spring break season at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the new Fun In the Sun package offers a daily resort credit for guests to maximize their on-property experience.  For a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in perfect balance, guests can enjoy the Disney parks along with Four Seasons’ many on-site recreational activities.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Spring Break 2015

The Fun In the Sun package extends a daily USD 50.00 resort credit with a four-night minimum stay, available for use on Tranquilo Golf Club; at The Spa or Salon; shopping in the resort’s designer boutiques; for a golf, tennis or fitness lesson; poolside cabana rental, and more.  The resort credit enables guests to maximize their on-property enjoyment by experiencing a variety of resort activities during their stay.

“With easy access to Walt Disney World Resort, and the dynamic diversions offered right here on property, guests will be assured the perfect spring break vacation,” says Thomas Steinhauer, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

On Property Recreational Pursuits
A highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando 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, billiards and more.  Additionally, “The Mansion” at Explorer Island is home to the Kids For All Seasons program, providing a complimentary kids camp for children ages 4 to 12 on a daily basis during the hours of 10 am to 6pm—a one- of- a-kind offering in central Florida.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Spring Break 2015

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 Tranquilo Golf Club, 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 center is available 24-hours a day, with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio offered on a weekly basis.

Spring Break Activities
During the spring break period, between March 20, 2015 to April 12, 2015, guests will enjoy added resort activities on a complimentary basis, offering fun for all ages.   Kids For All Seasons will offer fun water slide races, hula hooping contests, lazy river boat races, family feud games, Nintendo Wii dance parties, balloon artistry, face painting, S’mores making, pizza making with the Chef, and more.   For adults, mixology classes and cooking classes with the culinary team will be offered in the resort’s custom demonstration kitchen, along with special theme dinners in Plancha.  Fitness classes including yoga, spinning, “power flex” and “yogalates” are also offered throughout the week.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Spring Break 2015

In addition, other activities will be offered for a fee, such as Kids For All Seasons’ special Hide Out Nights Out, where parents can drop off the kids for a few hours to enjoy a romantic dinner. Tranquilo Golf Club will offer daily clinics with Head of Golf Instruction Rod Cook, on topics such as the fundamentals of chipping, how to make more putts, how to control distance with a scoring club, and how to control curvature and trajectory of shots.

Easter at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
For guests staying at the resort over Easter Sunday, on April 5, little ones will enjoy a morning and afternoon Easter Egg Hunt, along with games and photos with the Easter Bunny.  Ravello will offer an Easter buffet from 11 am to 8 pm, for USD 95.00 per adult and USD 45.00 per child.   Additionally, Capa restaurant, typically open exclusively for dinner, will be open on Easter for a special a la carte brunch from 10 am to 2 pm.

Disney Connectivity

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy great access to Walt Disney World, including complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The resort also offers a lobby level Disney Planning Center and a character breakfast, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, offered on Thursdays, Saturdays and select Tuesdays at Ravello restaurant.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Spring Break 2015

Rates start at USD 579.00 per night at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for the spring break period. Visitwww.fourseasons.com/orlando/offers or call 1-800-267-3046 for more information.

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A peek at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

 

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This week we got to take a look at the all new Four Seasons Resort Orlando, at Walt Disney World! The resort doesn’t officially open until August 3rd, but everything is looking amazing and ready for opening day!

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is located within the prestigious Golden Oak Community, you enter through the main gates, although separate gated entrances ensure privacy for the residents from resort guests.

The resort features a Tom-Fazio championship designed golf course, a world-class spa and an ‘explorer island’ for kids and families.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

 

 

chandy by night

The first thing I noticed on entering the resort was the amazing chandelier you are greeted with by the stairs, it is supposed to represent fireworks, and as the day changes into night it only becomes even more stunning throwing dancing lights all around! Look closely over the balcony and you will spot a large hidden Mickey!

hidden mickey

We headed outside and found a reflections pond right outside which the ducks were currently enjoying! You can see lots of cabanas along the lake that guests can rent out and grill by the lake. One of my favorite areas was a seating area that had a fun water feature that was a rotating clear ball over a fountain, very mesmerizing!

reflections pond

water ball

The first pool you come along is an adult only pool, gated off with child proof locks. Its called The Oasis and features under water audio!

the oasis

The part we were most excited to go see was Explorer Island, that features a family pool, a Splash Zone, a Lazy River, and The Drop.

This whole area is pretty amazing. The Splash Zone features an interactive fountain among ruins, I specifically loved the curtains of water falling from the arches, and at night the fountains light up all different colors. It’s beautiful!

splash pad Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Lazy River reminds me of something that you would find at the Atlantis Resort!

It’s an 11,008 sq ft lazy river, and even has canons by the splash pad that reach pretty far out.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

So watch out fellow tubers passing by, those kids standing by watching you may have hidden intentions! Cant wait to see these in action!

 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Drop is their 242 foot water slide that’s made of see through fibre glass so you can watch your fall alllllllll the way down!

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

If you take the stairs up, you can get to The Mansion, that features tables tennis, bocce ball, pool tables, a fireplace, additional seating areas, and an observation deck to check out all the fun below!

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After seeing the sunset around the pool we headed back inside to eat. We decided to eat at Ravello, a modern Italian restaurant located on the ground floor, and is linked to their bar upstairs.

ravello

I loved the lay out and seating in here, but I thought the live action “show Kitchen” was fun as you can watch the chefs prepare your food.

show kitchen

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

They had a limited menu since the opening isn’t until August 3rd, but it still had some great items on and really gave us an idea of what was to come.

menu

I decided to order the Gnocchi, featuring gorgonzola, parmigano, provolone AND fontina cheeses! So delicious, and they even accommodated me not having the toasting walnuts on top due to my allergy, and ensured they used separate equipment and utensils too.

gnocchi

They had quite a long wine list to go with the menu, offering all of them by the bottle or by the individual glass. We were very tempted by the dessert since they had tiramisu but we were too full from our mains, so we will have to just go back to try those. I did enquire about whether they would be offering a Disney Cast Member discount, but they weren’t sure yet, so if you go make sure you ask about it as they may start to offer one. We loved this restaurant and we will go back once it has opened officially.

restrooms

I loved getting to see around the Four Seasons Resort Orlando! The Resort is very beautiful, and with florida resident rates, I may have to go back!

On the way out through Golden Oak I spotted a Little Mermaid figurine with Sebastian and Flounder, very cute, see if you can find her too!

ariel Four Seasons Resort Orlando

 

 

 

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