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How To Do Disney In Style

by Alicia Piazza

If you have children, you will have to make your way to Orlando, Florida at some point. there are many hotel choices that surround the Disney Parks, but I think if you are Mickey, Donald, and Tigger… you might as well lap in luxury back at the hotel. To do this, I suggest The Waldorf-Astoria Orlando. A short 15 minutes away from the park, it is close enough to view the fireworks from your suites, but still be worlds away.

The Waldorf Orlando is positioned on 482 acres, is surrounded by a beautiful golf course. the lobby is grand and covered in marble; the pool is spectacular and has plenty of cabanas, perfect for taking a day off from the parks. the hotel also has a beautiful bar that serves small bites and boasts a large wine selection – something we always look for. forget the parks, the food alone is worth the trip; there are actually 12 restaurants on-site, including the exceptional Bull and Bear and La Luce by Donna Scala.

Let’s face it, Disney can be a beat-down for parents and the Waldorf takes the edge off. kids can play in the day and night “kids club” while dad exercises in the 24,000-foot fitness center, plays golf or takes to the jogging and bicycle paths, while mom can spa. this can be just the right antidote to theme park overload and a happy compromise for the whole family. It has all the sophistication and luxury parents enjoy and all the lights and attractions of the so-called “happiest place on earth.” the surrounding landscape is gorgeous and every window looks at beauty. the best thing about the Waldorf is that it is classy and there is really nothing Disney about it, it’s the perfect place to take off your Mickey ears and relax.