Orlando World Center Marriott - Booking
The Orlando World Center Marriott hotel features:
- 2010 rooms including 110 suites
- 4 slides and 175 meters of lazy river
- A 28-story main tower
- A laser show every night
- 500,000 square meters of conference rooms
- 4 towers for the rooms
- 4 pools
- 1 golf course of 18 holes and a mini-putt of 18 holes
- 8 restaurants
- A hydroponic production (vertical vegetable garden)
It is so big that the jogging track that goes around the hotel is 2.5 km long!
The Orlando World Center Marriott hotel is available from 30,000 points to 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Since I stayed there during the high season, the rate was 40,000 points.
So I used my free night certificate (which has a maximum of 35,000 points) and added 5,000 points. Thanks to this, I avoided paying $476 USD (or $640 CAD). This more than made up for the $120 annual card fee.
However, the hotel charges a hotel fee of $42 USD plus tax per night. It includes:
- Admission to the new River Falls Park with slides
- Daily shuttles to Disney and Disney Springs
- High-speed Wi-Fi
- A bucket of golf balls for practice
I hate this kind of fee! But I could get the full potential out of it, so I agreed to pay for it. For this time.
Each day there are various free activities, but some are not free.
Since it was New Year’s Eve, a DJ was at the pool and a magnificent fireworks display was presented at midnight. We had an excellent view from our room balcony.
|Dining||Yes, 8||USB sockets in the room||Yes|
|Accepts animals||Service animal only||Smart TV||Yes|
|Mobile card||Yes||Shower/Bath||Combination Bath/Shower in the rooms|
|Balcony||Yes||Access for people with reduced mobility||Yes|
|Air conditioning||Window and air conditioning||Lounge||No|
|Parking||$24 US and $40 US Valet||Breakfast included||No. Only for Platinum and + members|
|Pools and Spas||Yes||Self-service laundry||Yes 3.50 for washer and $3.50 for dryer. $ 2 for Tide soap|
|Gym||Yes||Room with kitchenette||No (Mini-fridge and coffee maker)|
|Electric charging stations for cars||Yes But old and/or unusable||Cabana rental||Yes|
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In addition to the great welcome bonus on both cards, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar on all purchases and 5 points per dollar at Marriott locations. And each year, you’ll earn a certificate for one free hotel stay (35,000 point value) and 15 Elite nights toward your Marriott Bonvoy status.
Orlando World Center Marriott - Location
The Orlando World Center Marriott hotel is a huge complex located off Interstate 4. You can see Disney Springs, just across the highway.
By car, the Disney parks are at :
- 15 minutes from Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom
- 10 minutes from Epcot Center and Disney Springs
As it is far from the city, it is preferable to have a car to get there.
Orlando World Center Marriott - Check-in
For the registration, there are 2 waiting lines:
- For members with Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador status
- For all other customers
But even if you have a status and see the other shorter line, feel free to go there. Often, it goes faster.
The resort map and activity map are provided, as well as the required wristbands to access River Falls.
There is no lounge for members.
For Platinum members and above, stop by The Pantry to get your gift of the day. In our case, we had 2 packages of yogurt pretzels.
Orlando World Center Marriott - Room
Our room had a view of the new River Falls Park. It was a standard twin room with a desk and an armchair. There is also a mini-refrigerator.
The balcony and the two chairs were very appreciated.
The bathroom is divided in two by a sliding door:
- bath/shower and toilet
- vanity with 2 sinks
Orlando World Center Marriott - Breakfast
At the Latitude & Longitude restaurant, Platinum members and above are entitled to the Continental buffet for 2 people. This includes:
- Coffee, tea, juice, milk
- Toast, bagel, croissant, pastry, cereal
- Hard-boiled egg, cut fruit, salad
- Cold cuts, cheese, smoked salmon, grits
It’s a $22 USD value per person and gratuity is included.
For an additional $10 per person, you can get the hot buffet:
- Omelette and pancakes made on demand, French toast, egg Benedict
- Waffle, sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, biscuit and gravy
Orlando World Center Marriott - Other Services
Orlando World Center Marriott - Pools and Slides
The main pool (Falls pool) is huge. It is surrounded by cabanas, lounge chairs, giant screens, waterfalls and a DJ is present all day.
Please note that each towel has a microchip. When you want one, you have to open a compartment with your room key and the taken towel is connected to your room. If you do not return it, a $25 fee per towel is charged to your final bill.
The new River Falls area has the 3 slides and the lazy river, surrounded by lounge chairs.
Orlando World Center Marriott - Restaurants
There are 8 restaurants:
- Mikado : Japanese steakhouse
- Central Pantry : Convenience store with cold or hot items at “acceptable” prices
- Falls Pool Bar & Grill: Fast food by the pool
- Starbucks : Near the reception
- Latitude & Longitude: Breakfast buffet and meals made with local food
- High Velocity : Sports restaurant
- The Lobby Lounge : Bar with veranda on the Falls pool
- Siro : Italian style
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Orlando World Center Marriott - Spa and Fitness
The Spa is located right next to the River Falls, in the same building as the fitness room.
The equipment is relatively new.
Orlando World Center Marriott - Arcade and Microwave
Young and less young can have fun with the twenty or so gaming machines.
Nearby, on the floor below, there are 4 microwave ovens for everyone’s use and the guest laundry.
Orlando World Center Marriott - My general impression
The sheer size of the Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel is impressive. But once you’ve had a look around, it’s easy to find.
However, such magnitude depersonalizes the experience. You feel like a guest like any other, through the tide of customers. Also, the loud music in the pools is very annoying.
The variety of activities is extraordinary. Rain or shine, there’s always something to do!