Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Explorers Island represents a 19th Century citrus plantation estate, to reflect Florida history.

The detailed storyline for Explorers Island says a Florida boil spring erupted in a wine cellar, and now flows out in cascading waterfalls, seen in the background.

Interactive spray features and sports equipment make the lazy river friendlier to children.

Sabal palms are leaned give the impression of a natural Florida wetland.

Waterslides fall from the ruinous mansion tower.

Travertine, glass mosaic tile and modern furniture add a contemporary resort feeling.

Designers meticulously angled seating around the vanishing-edge pool so that every perch showed the pool water melding with the horizon.

The traditional Spanish garden styling of the adult zone is marked by symmetry and suits the architecture of the resort itself.

While the design team had the luxury of a Four Seasons budget, it still had to work within limitations. Priorities had to be set, so the group set aside a couple waterplay features to afford the higher-quality materials needed to blend with the rest of the resort.

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