DESTINATION WEDDING | DISNEY WORLD ELEGANCE AT THE FOUR SEASONS ORLANDO

If you’ve dreamed of a honeymoon or wedding that includes the magic of Disney minus the crowds of kids and costumed characters, let the Four Seasons Resort Orlando be your golden ticket to the Magic Kingdom.

This AAA Five Diamond hotel — the only resort so honored in central Florida — is located within Walt Disney World, but seems worlds away. With a design inspired by the piazzas, villas, and aqueducts of Italy, the Four Seasons Orlando is truly a destination unto itself, with a luxury spa, tennis center, a five-acre water park, and an 18-hole, Tom Fazio designed golf course. If the Disney resorts weren’t five minutes away, couples might never feel the need to leave.

A honeymoon at the Four Seasons Orlando can include a “Sticks and Stones” massage in one of The Spa’s couples’ treatment rooms and relaxing at The Oasis, the only adults-only pool at Walt Disney World, where frozen grapes are delivered on the hour and refreshing mojitos can be ordered anytime. A romantic dinner for two at the resort’s outstanding rooftop steakhouse and tapas restaurant, Capa, is a must-do, and don’t skip the wine list — it’s one of the best in the country. Couples may also choose to dine in splendor at the five-diamond Victoria & Albert's in Disney’s Grand Floridian resort, a Five Diamond restaurant known for its attentive service and palatial setting.

Four Seasons Orlando weddings effortlessly blend the experience of a luxury resort with the fun of a Disney vacation. The Disney theme parks are just a quick limo ride away, and the resort also can arrange VIP tours of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom, complete with preferred seating and front-of-line privileges. Cirque de Soleil’s acrobatic La Nouba show, presented at a theater in Disney Springs, is a great option for a group outing on a wedding weekend or as a thrilling date night for newlyweds.

Family and friends can settle into signature Four Seasons Beds in the largest resort rooms in Orlando, while couples will thrill to lofty views of the evening fireworks at Epcot from the twin terraces of their honeymoon suite. Guest rooms all have marble baths and Bose surround-sound systems, plus bedside “do not disturb” controls — perfect for romantic newlyweds!

The resort’s six restaurants and numerous venues provide many options for rehearsal dinners and venues for ceremonies and receptions and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber is world renowned for his wedding cake artistry, leading a team that recently finished among the top performers at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie International Pastry Cup in Lyon, France. The Four Seasons’ Grand Ballroom and Palm Ballroom provide an endlessly adaptable template for any theme wedding, while the 26-acre resort has many charming locations for an outdoor ceremony or reception, including amid the woodlands surrounding the golf course.

“Don’t be fooled when you see that this is a Disney resort,” Wedding Style publisher Grace Ormonde, who recently returned from a stay at the Four Seasons, advises couples. “This is a real luxury Four Seasons experience, and they work with the most high-end wedding planners in the country.”

>Written by: Bob Curley