This past week we were lucky enough to stay at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort in Orlando. This Wyndham is an Official Walt Disney World Hotel on 13 lake front acres in Disney Springs. The Official Disney Springs Resorts are some of Walt Disney Worlds greatest hidden secrets.......that is until now!
Being big fans of the Disney Springs area we loved the fact that the hotel is located directly across the street with a safe and quick pedestrian bridge that gets you into the Springs within moments. It is also less than 2 miles from most of the Disney theme parks and only a 17 mile drive from the Orlando International Airport. This hotel does not offer the typical Magical Express included with other Disney properties however we used Lyft to and from the airport for $25.00 (including tip) each way. I have to tell you, we were smitten with the walking distance to the Springs right off the bat!
This property contains two hotels, the Wyndham Garden and the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, although you would never realize they were considered separate resorts without someone telling you. The Wyndham Garden pricing would be slightly less expensive than an All Star Resort stay while the Lake Buena Vista would be comparable to the pricing of staying at one. Honestly in my opinion it is a no brainer which one I would personally choose. Both share a lobby, a pool area, gift shop, restaurants and more. They are only separated clearly for pricing and placement within the hotel grounds.
Our stay took place in the Wyndham Garden area in a pool view room with two double beds. The room was clean and simple which was fine because we were never in it. One of the things we were happy to see was the condition of the air vent. It may seem silly but in many of our hotel stays the air vent is extremely caked with dust. Not here, not only was the air vent spotless but there was a brand new air filter inside. Not many people would think to look at this but we comb over everything and believe me there was not much to pick apart here. They have a much larger refrigerator than many other hotels which is great for those who store cold drinks (there was even a crisper inside the fridge for fruit). I also really loved the fact that they had a multi port outlet that housed six outlets in one area. We all know how much electronics we travel with anymore.
I did also get to tour a room at the Wyndham Lake Buena which was recently renovated. This part of the hotel is a little bit more exclusive and a room key is required to obtain access to any floor in the tower.
Staying at this Official Walt Disney World Hotel gives you access to many of the awesome Disney benefits you would get staying in one of their other resorts. You will be able to take advantage of making your Fast Pass + selections 60 days before your arrival, Disney Theme Park Transportation as well as enjoying the Extra Magic Hours that the Disney Theme Parks may offer during your stay. You will receive a voucher to show when required to enjoy those Extra Magic Hours when you check in. Plus, as a bonus, when we checked in we also received the new Disney Springs Passport booklet that features discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Some of the coupons that are currently in the booklet are special offers at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, T-REX Cafée, Paddlefish, Rainforest Cafeé at Disney Springs Marketplace, The Polite Pig, The Boathouse, STK Orlando, Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers, Dino Store at T-REX, Rainforest Cafée Retail Village, American Threads, Johnny Was, and Sephora. Since we spend a lot of our time in Disney Springs this booklet came in very handy.
The hotels theme park busing transportation was surprisingly spot on with what they advertised. Transportation pick up is right outside the lobby and is every thirty minutes from an hour before park openings to 90 minutes after park closing. You can have anything from a Mears bus with those nice comfy plush seats to a regular park bus with the traditional Disney bus seating.
This resort even offers a Disney Character breakfast buffet that is served on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. Their buffet had a nice choice of offerings including a delicious omelet station and of course Mickey waffles! I also felt that you had much more time to spend with the characters at this specific breakfast because it was not booked to capacity and somewhat under the radar.
They have a "Director of Fun" on staff who keeps the kids and families entertained with games by the pool, arts and crafts and more. One of the neat activities she created a few years ago is the Legacy Tile Wall which is located by the pool. While vacationing your child can decorate a tile that is then placed on the wall for display forever. For years to come your family can return to see the tile again on your future vacations.
The hotel offers an Oasis Aquatic Playground featuring two pools, interactive water features and a large hot tub. You can also grab a bite to eat at the Oasis Pool Bar and Grill. They also have a Jeoffry's Coffee and Sundial 24-7 Cafe (open 24 hours a day) in the lobby along with the Eclipse Lobby Lounge. They also have an official Disney Gift Shop for those like me who can not have a visit without purchasing that souvenir from your resort gift shop!
We had a great stay and even talked about our future stays at this specific resort. Given the location of Disney Springs and the cleanliness of the hotel, the choice is very easy!
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