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Orlando | Waldorf Astoria

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BY: ROB MERLIN | SmartFlyer

WHY:  Disney vacation, minus the crowds
WHEN: Thanksgiving 2012 
WHO:  Myself, my wife, two children, and their friends

A luxurious escape only minutes from Disney that allows you to explore the Magic Kingdom without the crowds.



TYPE: Resort that caters to families (many of whom are doing to Disney) without the mass marketing, crowds, and noise of the theme parks.

ROOMS: Large, luxurious rooms with suites big enough for families.  Book the rooms that overlook Disney - although the property is five miles away, at night you can still see the fireworks over the castle. 

POOL/GYM: Huge fitness center overlooking the golf course. Two large pools with available cabanas. 

RESTAURANT: Breakfast is wonderful with many healthy options. The Waldorf also features a great bar and lounge lounge, as well as multiple dining options here and at the connecting Hilton Bonnet Creek.

BAR: Perfect for enjoying a cocktail while overlooking the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.

VIBE:  Family-friendly chic - perfect for Disney visitors seeking a little more luxury and a little less crowds.

GOLF: 18-hole Rees Jones-designed championship course, offering lessons and equipment rentals.  

SPA: 22 treatment rooms, featuring a full menu of therapies and treatments, as well as a tea lounge, steam room, and jacuzzi. 

WIFI: Included in the resort fee, and available throughout the resort.

KIDS: Bring them. With Disney, Epcot, Downtown Disney, Legoland, Universal, and Sea World only minutes away, there is no doubt kids are welcome throughout.

LOCATION: Orlando, just two miles from downtown Disney and five from the Magic Kingdom, with complimentary transportation to/from Disney. Twenty minutes from the airport. 

SmartFlyer Exclusive Amenities:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Early / late check-out, subject to availability
Daily continental breakfast, in room for up to two guests
$100 USD resort credit


- A few things -

Families looking for Disney fun sans whitewashed commercial appeal should look no further than the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The property features all of the luxurious amenities Waldorf is so famous for, all while keeping the theme park at arm's length. However, with pools, golf, and spa all on offer, families need not make Disney World a part of their Orlando vacation, as there's plenty to do on the resort grounds. 

Enjoy dinner at Bull & Bear, the resort's onsite restaurant, modeled after New York's restaurant of the same name. If you're in a more relaxed mood, poolside grill Aquamarine will deliver food right to your cabana.