Teachers and school support staff take note:  the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida are offering special “Teacher Appreciation Rates” in recognition for all that you do. Available for stays May 1-September 30, 2014, the special rates provide the opportunity to take in the many exceptional special events that are happening at the Walt Disney World® Resort this spring and summer. This includes the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival, Presented by HGTV; Star WarsTM Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®; the opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a new family coaster at Magic Kingdom® Park; and the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot®.

In addition to their ideal location an easy walk to the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney® area, these seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to Downtown Disney® Marketplace. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2014 Downtown Disney Deals” booklet that features exclusive discounts and special offers from over 30 merchants for Downtown Disney® area dining, entertainment and shopping.

The Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ “Teacher Appreciation Rates” are:

  • B Resort – opening this Spring – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa – rates from $75 per room, per night
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – rates from $109 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista – rates from $94 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – rates from $79 per room, per night.

For more information on the “Teacher Appreciation Rates,” or to make a reservation, visit www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com , specifically http://downtowndisneyhotels.com/teachers-special-downtown-disney-hotels-offer (or http://bit.ly/Sbh8nj ). The rates apply to kindergarten through college teachers and school support staff in the United States and Canada. Rates are based on availability and some blackout dates may apply. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups. All teachers and school support staff must show proof of employment upon check-in.

Taking advantage of the special rates also will enable you to enjoy such other benefits of staying at one of the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels as:

  • Disney tickets available to purchase at each hotel
  • Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World® golf courses
  • Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel
  • The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Special events at the Walt Disney World® Resort include:

  • Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival, Presented by HGTV – March 5-May 18, 2014
  • Flower Power Concert Series – March 5-May 18, 2014, at Epcot®
  • Star WarsTM Weekends – Friday-Sunday each weekend from May 16-June 15, 2014, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – opening in spring 2014 at Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series – June 8-July 26, 2014, at Epcot®
  • Night of Joy – September 5-6, 2014, at Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Presented by Chase® -- Sept. 19-November 10, 2014, at Epcot®.

In addition to these special events you also could take in the wonders of the recently expanded New Fantasyland, which is the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom® Park. It offers more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences, and features two new themed areas:  Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus. Enchanted Forest attractions and experiences include Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid; Be Our Guest Restaurant; Enchanted Tales with Belle; Ariel’s Grotto; and Gaston’s Tavern. Storybook Circus attractions include:  The Barnstormer; Dumbo The Flying Elephant; Casey Jr Splash ‘N’ Soak Station; Pete’s Silly Sideshow; and Fantasyland Station. New Fantasyland will feature more additions through 2014, which will include the new family coaster Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Among the many coupons featured in the “2014 Downtown Disney Deals” booklet are discounts at Rainforest Café, T-Rex, Wolfgang Puck Express, Steve Baker Caricatures, Lego Imagination Center, Planet Hollywood Downtown Disney®, House of Blues® Restaurant, La NoubaTM by Cirque du Soleil®, Bongo’s Cuban Café®, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.

“We are offering the ‘Teacher Appreciation Rates’ to recognize all that teachers do throughout the year,” said Steve Garner, chairperson of the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ marketing committee. “The special events at the Walt Disney World® Resort during the summer are so much fun and diverse; it’s just a great time to visit!

Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels (www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com) is a consortium of seven Official Walt Disney World® Resort hotels that includes:  B Resort, opening in Spring 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa, and a resort-style infinity-edge pool; the 18-story Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, surrounded by 12 acres of lush tropical landscaping, and offering 325 spacious rooms and suites, and complimentary WiFi; the newly renovated and sophisticated Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, featuring 1,014 guest rooms and suites, a 10,000-square-foot spa, three pools, and five restaurants and lounges; the luxurious and spacious 229-suite Doubletree Suites by Hilton, the only all-suite resort hotel in the Downtown Disney® Resort Area; the deluxe 814-room, full-service Hilton Orlando Resort, featuring seven on-site restaurants and lounges and the new Hilton Fitness by Life Fitness® Center; the Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, the only Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World® Resort Area and featuring elegant rooms with modern Florida décor;  and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, featuring 626 guest rooms (which each feature a refrigerator), the Oasis Aquatic Playground with two pools and interactive water features, and six dining options.

With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, more than 3,600 rooms and scores of amenities, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Downtown Disney® area, these properties are within walking distance of some of the area's best shopping, dining and entertainment.

For reservations, or more information, visit www.DowntownDisneyHotels.com ..