I had not been to WDW in just a little over 6 years. Had a lot of friends in Orlando I wanted to see, but above all, it was the Disney experience that I wanted to get.
This was a very last minute trip. I looked for availability for the Disney Budget Resorts and everything was booked. Even the All-Star Sports Resort had no available rooms for the days I was planing to travel.
I knew I wanted to stay on Disney property, so I started looking for the hotels in the Disney Springs area and opted for the Best Western.
Best Western gave put me within walking distance of Disney Springs and provided transportation to all 4 Disney Parks starting an hour before park opening to up to an hour and a half after park closings. It also provided shuttle service to Disney Springs starting at 6pm. Buses ran in 30 minute intervals and proved to be very convenient.
Word of advice. Once you are done in whichever park you started out in and are ready to move on to another park, you can use the Disney buses to move in between parks. You don't have to wait for the Disney Springs buses to do this as they will only take you back to the hotel. Take advantage as much as you can of any transportation Disney has to offer to move withing Disney property. It doesn't cost anything and they run from 10, 15 and 30 minute intervals. Also, Disney Springs transportation from the Theme Parks starts at 4pm every day, but keep in mind that this is only one way. You will not get transport to the parks from Disney Springs.
I arrived to the hotel around 9am since I took a red eye flight from LAX. My room was not ready yet, but I was allowed to leave my luggage and their storage room and went to spend some time at Disney Springs. Around 1:30pm I got a call from the front desk to inform me that my room was ready.
My friends were with me, who I met at Disney Springs, and they gave me a ride to the hotel before going to Buffalo Wild Wings to meet other friends for the evening. The hotel was nice enough to let them park in the employee parking while they waited in my room for me to shower and get ready.
My room was on the 12th floor with a breathtaking view of Disney Springs, the lake and the surrounding hotels in the Disney Springs area. The room was clean, nice and cool with plenty of pillows as per my request when booking. The AC in the room was easy to operate, plenty of coffee supplies. The room also has a safe which became really handy as I locked my laptop and other electronics there every day. It is very easy to use and I highly recommend it. Bathroom was clean with plenty of towels and toiletries. The TV had plenty of channels. I recommend Channel 7 if you are wondering what to do in the parks. This channel gives you a run down on everything there is to do at the Walt Disney World Resort. The rooms have a balcony with two chairs and a table (These were brought into the room the day before the storm). I loved having my morning coffee overlooking Disney Springs before heading out every morning.
House keeping service was top notch. I can back every day to a clean room with re-stocked supplies.
Front desk was very helpful as I had two items delivered to me from Amazon and held for me at the front desk. Do be advised that there is a 5 dollar fee for holding packages for you, but this is worth it as I really needed these items for my trip.
The lobby has a Disney run shop with plenty to choose from in case you forgot to get a souvenir in the parks for someone. There is also a gift shop where you can get supplies like water, snacks, sewing kits, tape, envelopes... you name it.
The eateries offer Pizza Hut products and the restaurant has a great breakfast buffet.
I ended up extending my stay two additional days since my flight got cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The staff was very helpful with integrating my Expedia reservation into their system so that I didn't have to change rooms or even check out and then check back in. The process was seamless and took no time at all for them to do. Everyone working the hotel before, during and after the storm were just great. Everyone very helpful and attentive to all the guests.
I had a great time staying at the Best Western in the Disney Springs area. Staying here really made my trip memorable and I would not hesitate to stay here again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Make memories to last a lifetime during your stay at the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort hotel! From our friendly staff to our Junior Omelet Chef breakfast program, we strive to add some extra magic to your Walt Disney World vacation. Our convenient location makes it easy to spend a full day at the theme parks, hassle-free. Simply hop on a shuttle bus to the Disney park of your choice and skip the lines at the entrance by purchasing your tickets ahead of time at our ticket concierge desk. With shuttles running continuously throughout the day, it's easy to stop back at the hotel for naptime or an afternoon swim in our heated outdoor pool. As a Disney Springs Hotel, we put you just minutes away from the excitement of Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney)! Enjoy numerous dining choices, one-of-a-kind shopping, and live entertainment nightly. Guests staying at the Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel will also enjoy in-room walk-out balcony options. We are the only hotel on Hotel Plaza with these views! Your family will love our enhanced, kid-friendly amenities during your stay, including a heated outdoor pool and kids' pool, Pizza Hut Express on-site, arcade room, and our official Disney gift shop. Additionally, all 325 of our deluxe guestrooms offer a flat screen TV, high speed Wi-Fi, and a private balcony to provide you with all the comforts of home during your stay. The Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort hotel is here to provide the perfect setting for you and your family to enjoy the Walt Disney World vacation of a lifetime. We hope to see you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista Hotel Orlando
- Best Western Orlando
- Orlando Best Western