Recently I had the opportunity to visit Wyndham Disney Springs as part of our TravelingMom conference. The plan was to have breakfast, tour the property and attend a few sessions with our group. My assignment was to meet the chef and talk about the Wyndham breakfast – and maybe score a recipe. I met the chef, and a few other Wyndham representatives and what I learned went far beyond the ingredients of a recipe.
A Breakfast for Champions
Going out to breakfast is always a treat. Who has time to make a big breakfast at home? When I get the chance to go out to breakfast, I take it. That’s one of the great things about staying in resorts that offer an expanded breakfast. Wyndham Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs is one of those resorts.
Although I didn’t have the opportunity to stay at the Wyndham resort during my visit to Orlando, I was treated to a delicious breakfast as part of our TravelingMom conference. It was the kind of breakfast you can’t help but love – bowls filled with fruit, omelet stations with spinach, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheeses and meats to mix into my eggs, pastries, Mickey waffles, and, of course, bacon. And, since this particular Wyndham is in the southern part of the country, there were biscuits with gravy and grits.
Meet Chef Mark Lewandowski, a Man with Talent and Heart
But eating wasn’t the main objective for this visit. I wanted to meet the chef and see if he would share one of his recipes with the TravelingMom readers. Chef Mark Lewandowski wasn’t hard to find. He was in the center of the breakfast buffet whipping up big Mickey Mouse waffles – shouting out “there’s a hot Mickey ready” with each completed waffle. Chef Lewandowski was more than happy to chat about the restaurant, its menu and his role as the chef in charge.
He shared information on how he chooses various recipes for the breakfast buffet to keep things interesting. More importantly, Chef Lewandowski takes guest satisfaction seriously. This is especially evident when guests have particular dietary requirements. Chef Lewandowski plans gluten free menus, diabetic friendly options and much more to keep the guests satisfied and happy.
In fact, Chef Lewandowski had just learned of a family visiting in the coming weeks that had a daughter suffering from Phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU is a metabolic disorder where the patient cannot eat protein. When Chef Lewandowski learned of the child’s condition, he didn’t just jot down a list of foods to prepare – he researched the disease to get the full story. From his research he began to develop menus that would complement the child’s required diet.
Chef Lewandowski also took the time to e-mail the family and speak with them on the phone to be certain he understood the child’s dietary needs. I didn’t walk away with a recipe – instead I walked away with a story about a chef that really cares.
More Reasons to choose Wyndham Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs
Besides good hearted employees, there are additional reasons to choose Wyndham Lake Buena Vista while visiting the Orlando area. First, the hotel is located on Disney property but isn’t owned by Disney. There is definitely a cost savings without sacrificing convenience. The hotel offers shuttle service shared with other Disney Springs area hotels providing guests an easy route to all of the Disney parks. Also, the Wyndham is the closest hotel to Disney Springs which means you can walk to the shops, restaurants and attractions of Disney Springs.
The hotel’s Lakeview Restaurant features fine cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere with beautiful lakefront views. Besides the daily breakfast buffet, the Wyndham Disney Springs offers a real Disney character breakfast – without the long lines at many Disney resorts. The Disney Character Breakfast delivers a delicious buffet and a memorable opportunity to interact with two Disney favorites – Goofy and Pluto. The popular event is available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pricing: $26.95/adult, $12.95/kids 4 to 11, children under 4 eat free.
And There are Plenty of Options for Fun
The hotel also has an Oasis Aquatic Playground featuring a zero entry pool and interactive water features for the kids – including spraying water cannons. The poolside Oasis Bar and Grill is perfect for lunch and a tropical libation. And, the kids will be entertained by the amazing Director of Fun, Jill Arnold. A former server at the restaurant, Jill was promoted to Director of Fun after the hotel’s General Manager witnessed her building pyramids out of creamer cups to entertain the kids. She is creative, imaginative, and committed to keeping the little ones happy and fully entertained.
So if you’re looking for a quality resort conveniently located to Disney attractions, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista is an excellent option. And, if you’re looking for quality people, you’ll find Chef Mark Lewandowski and Director of Fun, Jill Arnold.