When planning your vacation to Walt Disney World, do you tend to always look at staying “on property”, checking out the resorts that can meet your needs but most importantly, your budget. We want that Disney experience, the feeling of being in that immersive experience that only a Disney resort can give. However, there is one great option out there you may not be aware of.
This week, I had the privilege of being invited out for a stay at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs. I huge thank you to them, their General Manager Jay Leonard and my good friend, George McNeilly, for rolling out the red carpet and allowing me to bring to my audience all of the reasons why you should be looking at this Official Walt Disney World resort for their next stay.
Yes, that’s right. The Wyndham Garden and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista are Official Walt Disney World Resorts, meaning that when you stay with them, you are afforded all of the perks and amenities of say, even a Deluxe resort accommodation. In the “category” area, these resorts would be considered a moderate resort, with The Wyndham Garden Inn even being a value in price alone. They are the closest resorts (within walking distance to Disney Springs, which took us about 4.8 minutes at the most to arrive) which makes it super convenient to grab a bite to eat, shop, or check out some of the cool offerings there. Again, thank you so much to my friends at the Wyndham and Disney Springs for giving me the opportunity to bring the Mayne Mafia into some of those experiences and showcase how much fun you can have while staying so close. I will be talking more about those in another blog. You could also grab one of the many buses that leave from Disney Springs to visit other resorts.
There was so much to see and do during my stay, so let me try and break it down as best as I can. You can also see more fun and information on my social media from my stay, so be sure and check out Spokesmayne on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube if you are not yet following. I will break this into two parts, one concentrating on the resort experience and the other on the Disney Springs offerings and experiences. Here is what this awesome place has to offer you and your family when you decide to stay here. Also, if you would like to come along and see the tour on the live stream replay, click on the link below.
My room was great! I had a beautiful room at the Wyndham Garden Inn. It has very large windows and overlooked the gardens which were beautiful. The beds were super comfortable and the room was very clean, with touches of a modern style that I really liked. The most unique and favorite part of the room for me where the super cute “Snow White bird” hooks on the wall, where you could hang your bags, backpacks or raincoats. The other was the bathroom, with a huge backlit mirror. It was very roomy and comparable to many of the other Disney resorts that I have stayed in. It had a very nice refrigerator which I think is a plus when you are on vacation, from keeping snacks and drinks/water, leftovers or even if you have to keep medication cold. All the amenities of a higher end resort can be found in the room and although they are technically not offering housekeeping services, I did have staff checking in periodically to see if there was anything that I may need during my stay.
We also got to tour one of the rooms in the tower building, overlooking Disney Springs. Now, when I say overlooking, I mean right over top of Disney Springs! You can also see Space Mountain, Cinderella Castle and even Spaceship Earth. The rooms have a lakeside feel to them with another amazing mirror in the bathroom (don’t judge me). Again, they have plenty of room and modern touches to make your stay a comfortable one during your vacation.
Wyndham Garden Inn and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista sit right next to each other, sort of merging into one expansive resort, offering amenities from both resorts. The Wyndham Garden Inn has two beautiful pools, a kid’s pool, a hot tub, fitness center and an arcade. It also has a beach volleyball and basketball courts (you know I checked those out) to work off that breakfast or late night snack. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful, reaffirming that reason that it is called Wyndham Garden. It is a warm and inviting hotel, very family-oriented, with that Wyndham style but also that Disney touch. Both hotels have a Disney gift shop, so if you missed grabbing that souvenir for your neighbor who is watching your pets while your away, there is plenty of option to choose from here. They offer one of the largest breakfast buffets and character meet and greets of any resort on property. However, due to the current health and safety climate, it is not available at the time of this posting. They also offer room service, which after a long day at Disney Springs or the parks, is a welcomed feature.
As an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel, they both offer convenient shuttle service to and from four parks. Explore the wonders of Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney’s Epcot® Theme Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Theme Park, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. At the time of this posting, the buses are temporarily not being run, however, we are hoping that they will be back in service very soon. It still is super convenient to walk over the bridge to Disney Springs or a quick drive over to the parks.
When I checked in, I was privileged and honored to meet up with the General Manager of the Wyndham, Jay Leonard and George for a drink at the beautiful Oasis Bar and Grill. They offer great wings and sandwiches as well as other light bites and they have a great drink menu. The Eclipse Lounge has that sports bar vibe and if you want to catch the game or just hang out, this is a great place to kick back. For those that must have their coffee in the morning (you know who you are), they do boast a Joffrey’s coffee shop. Here they make the largest donuts I have ever seen along with some other incredible goodies to go with that coffee.
Thursday I was afforded the opportunity to from the Oasis Restaurant, the poolside restaurant offering casual atmosphere, great food and drinks. Grabbing a cabana along the poolside, was super relaxing and I have to say, I could get used to this very easily. The cabanas are covered, keeping you from the sun as well as having sofas, table, fans and a mini fridge. They are for rent on a first come first serve basis. They also have the Sundial, which is a grab and go style eatery and convenience store, which makes it super easy to get something quick and easy if you are heading out to the parks or just want some munchies for your room.
OASIS POOL AREA:
The Oasis Pool Playground is a dream come true. I know that when my parents would bring me and my siblings on vacation to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, they having planned everything down to the last second, spending thousands of dollars, all we really cared about was going swimming in the pool. Well, the Oasis Pool is a dream come true for the younger (and even present) me. located in the Oasis pool area, the zero entry pool is loaded with interactive water features and a rock waterfall. It reminds me of the Little Mermaid Grotto and is super relaxing. Kids enjoy crossing the playground’s raised platform while being showered with water from the mushroom shaped fountain. You’ll be sprayed with water around every turn and don’t be surprised if a bucket of water falls on you from above.
There is plenty to do or you can just put your feet up, grab a drink and relax, whichever suits you here at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. I was super stoked to find out that the Wyndham was one of the very first of three original resorts to be built at Walt Disney World. Although it has been here since 1971, it just underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and it is truly beautiful.
If you are looking for a place to hold a large or small scale meeting, wedding or company convention, The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort is a perfect choice for that as well. With a great team of planners and the added bonus of getting those Disney perks, this is a great location to hold whatever type of get together or professional meeting it is.
Again, I so grateful to Wyndham Lake Buena Vista’s team, General Manager Jay Leonard and my friend George McNeilly from McNeilly Communications, who not only was an incredible host but also a wealth of information about not only Disney Springs, the Wyndham and Walt Disney World, but also about his experiences that he has had during his career with Walt Disney Resort and beyond.
If you are looking to stay close and within a budget but still want that feel of a higher end resort, I cannot recommend the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista enough. And with rooms starting at $89/night, it is like staying at a value resort but the amenities of a deluxe. If you would like more information or would like to book your stay go to: https://www.wyndhamlakebuenavista.com/.
Spokesmayne, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort