Explorer Island

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is due to open on August 14 at Walt Disney World - and it will come complete with its own mini-water park, Explorer Island.

Unlike most of the on-site hotels at the resort, the Four Seasons hotel will not be operated by Disney. Instead, it will be run by the luxury Four Seasons hotel chain itself, and will be priced accordingly. Many of the rooms will offer views of the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display, as will a rooftop steakhouse restaurant.

The images below give an impression of the quality of the 444 rooms that will be on offer at the $360 million hotel, which will also feature a spa with 18 treatment rooms.

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Perhaps the most exciting element of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, though, will be the five-acre Explorer Island "water playground". This will effectively be a mini-water park - not on the scale of Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, but still offering an entire day's worth of entertainment. Here's a quick look at what will be on offer.

The Mansion

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Explorer Island will be based around The Mansion, a "ruined" mansion that will act as a "family hang out spot". Guests will be able to enjoy outdoor table tennis, pool tables, bocce ball, a fireplace and an observation deck.

Family pool

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The 7,590-square-foot family pool overlooks Bay Lake, and offers a gradually-sloping "beach entry" designed for younger swimmers. The underwater audio system will play popular tunes, and guests will be able to watch movies from the deck or from a floating pool chair on the "Star Struck" movie screen on select nights.

Adult pool

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There'll also be an adults-only pool, designed to help guest relax. This will also overlook the lake, will be 92 feet long and will be equipped with underwater audio and an adjacent jacuzzi.

Splash zone

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Choreographed interactive fountains will blast water 30 feet into the air, with the entire area being set within the ruined columns of The Mansion.

Drifters lazy river

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The 11,000-square-foot Drifters lazy river snakes its way around The Mansion, and is equipped with a 9-foot waterfall, a bubbling rapids section and two spray cannons.

The Drop

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Swooping down from The Mansion's main tower is a 242-foot enclosed water slide. It's made from see-through fibreflass, so riders will be visible as they plunge downwarrds.

Other entertainment

Guests at Explorer Island will be able to play beach volleyball, shoot hoops or play arcade games at The Hangout.

Explorer Island is expected to be open only to Four Seasons guests - making this the priciest water park at Walt Disney World.


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