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Orlando is a playground for all ages, thanks to its enchanting theme parks, natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities. To help you make the most of your next trip, we asked Sandra Ferrarese, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, for tips on navigating the parks and recommendations for the best things to see and do throughout Orlando—from delicious dining options to educational adventures.

Orlando’s eclectic dining scene

For a romantic night out, reserve a table for two at Capa , the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse at the resort, offering Spanish-style cuisine with views of the Magic Kingdom ® Park fireworks nightly. Or, venture outside the resort for an evening at the newly transformed Disney Springs and enjoy options like Morimoto Asia, Frontera Cocina, and Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant

Families can join locals for dinner at one of the many restaurants dotting Park Avenue in the nearby city of Winter Park, central Florida’s premier destination for boutique dining and shopping. Stroll along Park and adjacent streets such as New England Avenue, as well as nearby Hannibal Square, until you find a spot that suits the whole family.

There is something for every taste in this area, from innovative pizzas and pastas at Prato to the landmark Café de France. Save room for dessert (handmade fudge or 32 flavours of ice cream) at Kilwins. The bohemian atmosphere and menu of small, shareable plates at Café Tu Tu Tango make it a great place to rendezvous with friends. Local artists can be found painting live throughout the restaurant, so while you wait for your food to arrive, walk through the space to admire the art, visit with artists and purchase any pieces that catch your eye.

Artistic inspiration

Continue exploring the creative, sophisticated side of Orlando by visiting The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, home to the world’s most complete collection of works by 19th-century artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (whose father was the founder of Tiffany & Co.). Included on display here is a four-panelled stained glass window known as Four Seasons.

After the sun goes down, head to House of Blues in Disney Springs® Westside. The venue offers live music performances nearly every night and a menu of reimagined American classics.

Fun with family in Orlando

Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® are only a few of the must-do experiences at Walt Disney World® Resort, so visit the Resort’s on-site Disney Planning Center for help mapping out your family’s unique itinerary. If you like to plan ahead, online and mobile tools such as My Disney Experience and the Disney FastPass+ service allow you to make advance reservations at restaurants, shows, parades and Character Greetings; with FastPass+ you can even skip the long lines at select attractions. If you prefer to leave the details to the experts, VIP Tour Services can orchestrate a full, stress-free day for the family, filled with perks such as preferred seating and door-to-door transportation.

Kids For All Seasons provides a variety of fun and educational activities for the Resort’s youngest guests, such as supervised swim time.

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With all this activity, make sure to find time to relax. Kids For All Seasons is a complimentary programme housed in the Resort’s Mansion and overseen by Four Seasons staff, who provide safe, creative, educational and, of course, fun activities for children ages 4–12. While the kids check out The Mansion’s volcano, parents can enjoy the quiet and relaxing adult pool or a treatment at the Spa.

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Orlando’s great outdoors

The area’s abundant outdoor activities provide great ways to soak up Orlando’s sunny weather. Start your day at the Resort’s secluded, Spanish Revival–inspired Tranquilo Golf Course, which is also a certified Audubon sanctuary rich with wildlife such as wild turkeys, osprey and turtles.

Take advantage of Florida’s sunny weather and tee off at the Resort’s Tranquilo Golf Club, which also happens to be a certified Audubon sanctuary.

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See more of Orlando’s beauty by driving a half hour northeast of the Resort to Lake Eola, where a morning walk around the lake offers picturesque views of ducks, swans and turtles, or the nearby Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre (20-hectare) botanical oasis. If you love sailing or water activities, arrange an outing for a scenic boat tour, waterskiing or fishing on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, just east of Orlando. Wekiwa Springs State Park, an hour away from the Resort, offers the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, and swim or paddle along the Wekiva River. Arrive early in the day to hike, bicycle or ride horseback along the park’s 13 miles (21 kilometres) of trails.

For an entirely different perspective, ask the Concierge to help arrange a sunset hot-air balloon ride over the area to admire the parks, lakes and forests from the sky.

Shop local in Orlando

The Mall at Millenia is a shopper’s paradise, and home to a wide selection of upscale retailers, from Burberry to David Yurman.

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With two boutiques housed at the Resort, you don’t have to travel far to find style inspiration. Shop Wardrobe for contemporary women’s apparel, swimwear, footwear and accessories from well-known designer brands and up-and-coming talents. The boutique also specializes in exclusive collections and one-of-a-kind products (think Minnie Mouse ears accessorized with Missoni bows).

Nearby, Fable boutique is the spot to shop for the perfect souvenir or pool accessory. If you’re in the mood for high fashion, the Mall at Millenia (20 minutes from the Resort by car) is home to upscale retailers such as Burberry, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Cartier and David Yurman.

Pamper yourself, Florida style

Unwind from a day spent exploring the parks with a revitalising treatment at the Spa.

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While Orlando is undoubtedly a high-energy location, if you need a place to relax, head to a cabana at the Resort’s adults-only pool and enjoy a signature drink like the Explorita before escaping to the Spa for the exclusive La Floridian treatment. This enchanting service begins with a fine cane-sugar body polish infused with the intoxicating aroma of jasmine flower and organic pink grapefruit. Next, a whipped shea butter cream is applied, and a steamy wrap helps this deeply hydrating goodness to soak in. While wrapped, you can give your locks some love with a signature jasmine hot oil hair and scalp treatment. You will emerge with renewed radiance in body and spirit.

Orlando after dark

Florida is the Sunshine State, but the enchantment doesn’t stop at sunset. The night sky lights up over Walt Disney World® Resort as colourful fireworks displays end each day on a magical note.

A perfect day in Orlando

One of the best places to watch the Disney fireworks display is from the outdoor terrace at Capa as you enjoy a Spanish-influence dinner.

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Visit the on-site Disney Planning Center to prepare for a full morning at one of the Disney parks. Head back to the Resort in the afternoon to relax and lounge by the pool before you escape to the Everglades-inspired spa for a massage (kids can visit The Mansion for rides on the lazy river or water slide). As evening falls, enjoy dinner on the rooftop at Capa, where you can savour Spanish-influenced cuisine on the outside terrace while watching the dazzling Disney fireworks.

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