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28
Jan 15

Why the B Resort and Spa Orlando is the Perfect Hotel for Your Next runDisney Half Marathon

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

runDisney Racecations can be both exilerating and exhausting. Earlier this month I participated in the runDisney Dopey Challenge. Four races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Full Marathon) run over four consecutive days with four consecutive 3:30 am wake-up calls. These events don’t leave much time for park touring. I knew that I would need a comfortable place to sleep and I wasn’t too concerned with staying in a Disney owned and operated hotel that came with extra magic hour perks since I really wasn’t going to be partaking in extra park time. I was there to run. The fun would come after I crossed the finish line of my fourth and final race.

I had also had the bright idea of volunteering at the runDisney race expo the Thursday before all of this running was about to take place. Sometimes my bright ideas get dimmer as D Day approaches. Standing on my feet for a seven hour volunteer shift might not have been the best idea before running 48.6 miles, but hey…I was giving back to this community I so adore.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

So for the first two nights of my Dopey Challenge racecation I stayed at the all new B Resort and Spa Lake Buena Vista.

The resort is located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard adjacent to Downtown Disney and inside the gates of Walt Disney World Resort.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

These mattresses were seriously in my top five of “comfortable beds” at a resort. No lie. The resort has it’s own signature bedding called Blissful Bed. This is the number one thing that mattered to me during my racecation. I needed what little sleep I was going to get to be restful sleep. It’s hard to get good sleep when you’re away from home. This bed was as close to my plush, comfy king mattress at home as you could get.

Also…how can you not love Jelly Bellys on your pillow at night?

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

The room had a 47″ flat screen TV, clock radio with bluetooth capabilities, mini-fridge, safe, and a B Treated Box full of goodies all at $5 each.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

The bathroom was amazing! My room had a hairdryer and was fully stocked with AVEDA products.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

That little stuffed frog is placed in every room and is available for purchase. It’s the resort mascot and a percentage of the proceeds from all sales go to the Florida Wildlife Foundation. Rooms are also stocked with recycle bins and the bathrooms are outfitted with water conserving toilets and showers.

This plush velvet couch converted into a bed so you could comfortably sleep five adults in a room.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

…and check out the view. I could see Downtown Disney and was able to watch Wishes Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom after I returned from my volunteer shift at the race expo.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

If you chose to book your next runDisney Racecation at B Resort & Spa you can enjoy:

  • Complementary shuttles to Walt Disney World theme parks
  • Zero entry heated pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Courtesy loaner iPads
  • Valet and self-parking options
  • B Active Fitness Center
  • B Indulged AVEDA full service spa (See a review here)
  • Executive Business Center
  • Within walking distance to Downtown Disney Marketplace

I was also really impressed with the Monscierge digital touch screen concierge and destination guides that were located in the hotel lobby. You could send a postcard back home and even check in to your return flight via the touch screens. Your boarding pass would print out right at the hotel front desk for easy pickup.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

The resort’s restaurant is called American Q and I was so bummed not to have been able to try their BBQ while staying there. How cool is that cherry red 1951 Ford F1 flatbed pickup truck? It houses the all-you-can-eat buffet. When you’re run’gry the buffet is the way to go!

B Resort and Spa is approximately 17 miles from Orlando International Airport. A taxi will run you around $46 each way or you can take a shuttle for $34 round trip. Rates start at around $104 a night.

Seen enough and ready to book? Here are the hotel details.

B Resort & Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407)828-2828
BHotelsandResorts.com

I was hosted as a guest of the B Resort for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.


26
Dec 14

New Steakhouse Coming to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando

STK Orlando Walt Disney World

STK is coming to Walt Disney World!

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., known for developing upscale, high-energy restaurants, recently announced plans to open a STK in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. STK Orlando is expected to open within the waterfront setting of The Landing at Disney Springs in 2015, with the full completion of Disney Springs expected in 2016.

STK’s unique ambiance blends the elements of a modern steakhouse with a sleek lounge, including a DJ, emphasizing a social, fun environment.  At approximately 14,000 square feet, the Orlando outpost will be one of the largest STK locations. STK Orlando will have two dining floors—including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs.


03
Nov 14

Concept Art for a New Waterfront Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort

the boathouse restaurant downtown disney

Opening Spring 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing at Disney Springs – a re-imagined and exciting district of entertainment, dining and shopping –The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. (Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)


06
Sep 14

A Preview of What the Disney Springs Parking Garage and New I4 Flyover Will Look Like at Downtown Disney

Disney Springs RenderingsThe largest expansion in Downtown Disney history, Disney Springs will provide even more opportunities for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. When completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. Seen in this rendering, part of the expansion includes widening Lake Buena Vista Drive, constructing two multilevel parking garages and two pedestrian bridges and creating a new I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four interconnected neighborhoods: The Landing (opening in early 2015), Marketplace, West Side and Town Center (opening in 2016).


08
Aug 14

Because Nothing Says Coffee and Disney Like a Moss Fireplace in Florida

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

I’d forgotten to post these photos I took a few months ago when Starbucks first opened it’s doors at Downtown Disney West Side. Well, better late than never I always say. This new Starbucks location is right on the water and has a fantastic rear porch. Of course it’s only a few months out of the year here in Central Florida where it’s actually cool enough that you’d want to sit outside let alone sit fireside, but Starbucks has ya covered with it’s moss covered mermaid fireplace.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

OK. I admit it. There was one person outside on this sweaty afternoon.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Grass. It’s not just for grazing animals anymore. Actually, it’s an environmental feature.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The new site is Starbucks 500th LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) store. The standard, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. LEED certification is just one component of energy and environmental design for the Starbucks.

Among the elements of sustainable design at the new store at Walt Disney World Resort: 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting; reclaimed oak, maple and other materials used throughout the store; community tables made from salvaged trees; a green roof consisting of hundreds of lemon grass plants. All the grass was grown in a nursery and it was fed with compost from coffee grounds from a nearby Starbucks store.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Love this big long window cause I love me some people watchin’.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Let’s take a look inside shall we?

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The nearly 4,000 square foot store is a new page in the collaboration between two iconic brands. In March of this year, Starbucks and Disney teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

David Daniels, the lead designer of the Orlando store, says both locations are the result of the “magic” that can happen when two storytelling companies work together to design distinctive, memorable experiences for customers.

The Orlando and Anaheim Starbucks locations share another special bond. For the first time, Starbucks is connecting customers through in-store interactive touchscreens. The 70-inch digital display panels – one in each Starbucks store – use built-in cameras to create chalk sketches of guests and their surroundings. Customers in the Disney World Starbucks will be able to interact with those in the Disneyland location.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The location is also the first Starbucks Reserve Store at the resort, offering rare and exquisite small-batch coffees from around the world. The store is equipped with the Clover Brewing System and four Mistrena espresso machines. Elegant bar seating encourages interaction between Starbucks baristas and customers. The store also has a more expansive food case than most cafes, and 30 Starbucks partners (employees) per shift serving customers.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

This newest Disney Starbucks is modern and hip just like you’d expect it to be. It really is a beautiful space and will help draw tourists to the West Side area.