You’re here to see the parks, but if the kids (or you) need a day off, there is no reason to leave the resort. The two-hectare ‘Explorer Island’ will keep the little ones cool and busy winding down the lazy river around the ‘ruined’ mansion, dodging the rapids, racing down the two water slides and shooting dad with the water cannons. When it’s time to dry out, drop the kids at the Kids For All Seasons complimentary kids’ camp, while you relax in the resort’s brand-new spa, adults-only pool or 18-hole golf course.
If you have a (really) big family, or just want loads of space to spread out in, you may consider hiring the Royal Suite. On the 16th floor, you’ll enjoy views to kill, but the biggest problem is you may not find your way out again! It can be configured with three separate living areas and a total of nine bedrooms, so you have plenty of room to take your household staff with you – after all, when you’re on a Disney holiday you need all the help you can get, and who wants to travel without their nanny, PA and stylist?
If you want to experience Disney the most exclusive way possible, the age-old adage applies: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The Cinderella Suite, located in the upper wing of the iconic Cinderella Castle cannot be booked for any amount of money – you have to be invited to stay in its hallowed walls, just like Tom Cruise and daughter Suri were back in 2012 – but that’s part of its appeal.
Originally intended as an apartment for Walt Disney and his family, the space was left unfinished when Walt died in 1966 before the park was completed. Although the apartment is actually quite small, it’s unparalleled views of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks, stained glass windows depicting the story of Cinderella’s rise to royalty, pumpkin coach mosaic on the floor made of 30,000 Italian tiles, and authentic glass slipper on display are sure to get you feeling the fantasy spirit. Never fear, however, the 24-hour concierge and flat-screen TV hidden expertly in a magic mirror will make sure you don’t feel like you’ve gone back to medieval times.
TOUR LIKE A VIP
The sheer size of Orlando’s Disney World is enough to overwhelm even the hardiest of travelling parents. If you think tackling one theme park is tough enough with littlies in tow, then think of this; Disney World is made up of seven – that’s right, seven – theme parks, each with its own theme and an endless list of rides and attractions that the kids have to see. But it needn’t be as hard as it sounds. Just book a VIP tour.
Your VIP Tour Guide will plan an itinerary around what you want to see. They’ll pick youup in a private vehicle from your hotel, whisk you around to the rides you want brave in as many parks as you want to tackle in a day. You can skip the lines, enjoy rides more than once without queuing, enjoy VIP seating at shows, and get all the tips and tricks from your guide. It’s a super-deluxe service, and at up to $500 an hour, you’ll want to enjoy every second.
Stay: Four Seasons www.fourseasons.com/orlando
Info: Disney World disneyworld.disney.go.com