Where to stay for Disney’s 50th anniversary


Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 1, kicking off an 18-month celebration that will include the unveiling of new attractions (like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot), shows (starting in November, Attracted to life will be a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil), fireworks shows (Epcot’s Harmonious will be one of the biggest nightly shows created for Disney parks) and much more.

If you are planning to participate in the “Most Magical Place on Earth” festivities, finding the right place to stay is essential. These five Orlando area hotels will give your Disney trip a happy ending forever.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

For an out of the ordinary Disney getaway, visit the Four Seasons. Catch Goofy and his friends’ interactive breakfast at the hotel’s Ravello restaurant on Thursdays and Saturdays, or hire Mickey to stop by your family’s private event at the property.

Then treat your kids to princess, ballroom belle, or spa knight makeovers with crowns, swords, fairy dust and more.

Unwind in Capa with a new dessert pairing on October 1 specially made for the world’s most magical celebration. From Capa’s terrace, you will sip cava; treat yourself to a tray of candies, tangerine fruit paste, chocolate torrones and berry sorbet; and admire the nightly park fireworks.

Finally, retreat to the top floor of the hotel for the ultimate redemption: the nine-bedroom royal and four-bedroom presidential suites all to yourself, plus a panoramic balcony where you can see more of the fireworks illuminating. the sky.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

An official Walt Disney World hotel, the Waldorf Astoria offers exclusive perks, including early entry to the park so you can enjoy a 30-minute jump on the crowds and complimentary luxury coach transportation to the parks. When you retreat to the hotel at night, you’ll have a coveted view – many accommodations overlook Walt Disney World and the daily Epcot fireworks display.

The four-star hotel has its own itinerary with lawn games, mini-golf, poolside s’mores, dive movies, and a river pool with a slide. Foodies planning to go to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (through November 20) may want to double down on culinary outings with Bonnet Creek Epicurious, a new fall offering (Fridays and Saturdays through November 20). ). The 4-hour progressive food tour takes you through restaurants at the Waldorf Astoria and neighboring Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes

When you need a break from Mickey’s fun, try the Ritz-Carlton’s family activities, including a falconry experience; a sunrise safari to spot white-tailed deer, bobcats, alligators and owls; mountain biking on a two mile lake trail; and an eco-friendly canoe trip through Shingle Creek.

You can also participate in the hotel’s Fall on the Farm event, which takes place on weekends in October. Head to the on-site 18,000 square foot Whisper Creek Farm to pick and carve pumpkins with the resort’s Olympic world champion culinary artist and sculptor, or take a walk through the corn maze. Be sure to check out the farm’s resident ducks, quail, and chickens, and pick up farm produce such as honey, jam, pumpkin popcorn, and barbecue sauces and rubs.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Of course, you can just stay at Disney World itself. This Victorian resort is a short walk or water taxi ride from Magic Kingdom Park. Your stay includes perks like early theme park entry, extended hours on select nights, and surprise hotel appearances by beloved Disney personalities.

While staying at the Grand Floridian, dine at the newly renovated Cítricos. The animated 2D sequence of 2018 Mary Poppins Returns subtly influenced the garden-like decor (like the floral print enveloping the armchairs and the brass birds perched on the table lamps) in the gourmet restaurant. But the menu takes inspiration from Florida and the Mediterranean rather than Mary Poppins’ London with dishes like butter-poached cobia with mashed fingerlings, asparagus and local mushrooms with grapefruit butter blanc, and guava barbecue ribs with aged cheddar, roasted poblano, Curiously (a spicy Salvadoran coleslaw) and Brussels sprouts.

Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Those who prefer to be further away from the theme park fray can make this Palm Coast paradise their home base. 90 minutes from Orlando, it’s close enough that you can spend a day at Disney and then spend the rest of your time in Hammock Beach’s 91,000-square-foot Fantasy Pool resort walking down the water channel or slide along the lazy river.

Plus, you don’t have to worry that kids will miss Disney for a long time. The hotel’s Kids Crew program will entertain children ages 4 to 12 with scavenger hunts, beach activities, camps (with themes like Mad Scientist and the Great Outdoors) and more at the seaside resort. sea. Meanwhile, parents can stretch out on the beach or take part in the Ocean Course designed by Jack Nicklaus or the Conservatory Course designed by Tom Watson and dotted with waterfalls and streams.