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Orlando World Center Marriott

Reviewer's Name:

Donn Feyche

Reviewer's Email Address:

Date(s) of Stay:

1-29 thru 2-4-00


Walt Disney World:  Lake Buena Vista Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

The commute to WDW was only about 5 minutes by car.

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?


Park Shuttle Comments:

Not Reported


8701 World Center Drive

Phone Number:

(407) 239-4200

Facility Type:


Accommodation Used:


Accommodations Review:

We had the extraordinary good fortune to spend a week in one of their 2-Bay Vista Suites, which included separate living and dining areas, a master chamber (including a VERY comfortable king bed) with French doors, and a double outdoor terrace. No, we didn't pay for family of four got the suite as an upgrade to our Marriott Rewards coupon (thanks to an extraordinarily generous reservation agent).

Rate/Night (for your stay):

Rack rate $800.00/night

# of Restaurants/Lounges:


Restaurant/Lounge Review:

Allie's American Grille was excellent for lunch, but was set to close in early February for renovation. We did not have dinner at any of the hotel restaurants.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Golf, Hairdryer, In-Room Safe, Concierge, Room Service, Non-Smoking Rooms, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

The single largest, and probably most beautiful pool I've ever seen.......highlighted by multiple waterfalls, a water slide, and beautiful landscaping. However, there is no diving pit.....I believe the deepest part of the pool is only about 5 feet deep. There's also an indoor pool adjacent to the rather nicely equipped (and fairly large) health club.

Other Comments:

This 1,500+ room gargantuan is deserving of it's rather presumptuous name, World Center. A major expansion is presently underway, which will add another entire tower (about 15 floors), along with an upscale steak restaurant, a Starbucks Cafe in the lobby, and other niceties. This expansion does not really impact the present hotel. 

The hotel is highlighted by a grand, 13-story, glass-ceiling Atrium with three panorama elevators. As befitting it's name, a preponderance of the front desk employees are foreign-born (generally European) females. 

Owing to the presence of a gigantic convention center onsite, the hotel appears to cater more to the convention trade than vacationers (at least this was true in late January/early February.....which is apparently the height of the convention season in Orlando). My biggest complaint (which was wholly offset by our extraordinary room) was the lack of convenient self-parking. The parking garage is a pretty long haul from the hotel (surface parking is very limited, and apparently mostly reserved), which makes use of the hotel's valet parking service ($10/day with in-out privileges) just about mandatory.

The commute to WDW was only about 5 minutes by car (which you basically MUST have), and we never once were sorry that we weren't staying at a Disney property. All in all, a wonderful experience, made extraordinary by the fact that it was on Marriott's nickel.


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