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Are you running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon tomorrow morning?

We challenge you to find Shadi – one of our team members also running the Half (bib number 31313!).

You’ll be able to readily identify him – he’s wearing a shirt with the logo above that bears his image:

Walt Disney World Marathon Where's Shadi Social Media Promotion

Why?    If you see him during the Disney Half Marathon, call out his name – and he’ll give you a card with a special prize and an invitation to our Here’s Shadi reception Saturday afternoon.

Watch our Facebook fan page for postings on where you can find Shadi on the race route!

If you are on Twitter, watch for the hashtag #ifoundshadi

Walt Disney World Marathon Hotel

This is all part of the fun of Marathon Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  We’ve got plenty of fun going for our guests, as we strive to be the Orlando hotel with the most enthusiastic program for Walt Disney World Marathon runners.  We’ve worked hard to make sure we are ready for our special guests — while we all have a bit of fun!

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Walt Disney World Marathon Hotel

The WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon is right around the corner, Jan. 5-8, 2012.

Marathon Weekends are a magical time of the year for the team at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  Last year, we set our goal:  we wanted to be the Orlando hotel near Walt Disney World  that did the best job of caring for guests in town for Disney’s marathons.

Since many of our team members are runners themselves, we knew that hotels are sometimes challenged with meeting the needs of marathon runners… especially during early-morning runs.

We were inspired by an online post from a carb-craving runner who begged at her hotel to get a bagel at 4am, just hours before the race started.  She finally gave up — it wasn’t going to happen.

So, we put our heads together, adjusted our schedules, and provided customized services for runners during the past few Run Disney events, including transportation to the race. It’s been a task the entire team has rallied around — and our goal is for the experience to improve at every race.

This year, we decided to have a bit more fun, too.

Introducing….

Walt Disney World Marathon Where's Shadi Social Media Promotion

Remember when I mentioned that many of our team members are runners themselves?

Shadi (pronounced SHOD-DEE) is our leisure sales manager.  He is one of those passionate runners, and will be running in this year’s Disney Half Marathon.  

You’ll want to remember his face.  

Why?  We’re about to kick off our new Facebook campaign “WHERE’S SHADI?,” where we’ll challenge you to locate Shadi in and around race day.  More details are forthcoming.  

The fun only begins there.  You’ll want to stay with us at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek — we’re the place to stay for Disney Marathon runners.

Watch this blog (and our Facebook fan page) over the next few weeks as we reveal more details.

Now please excuse me as I go look for Shadi.  He’s turned up missing again.

Let the fun begin!


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Walt Disney World Marathon Hotel

Walt Disney World Marathon welcomes back veteran runners and beginners alike for a magical weekend of memorable events taking place January 5-8, 2012!

This year’s Disney Marathon event schedule will include:

  • WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon
  • WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Relay
  • WALT DISNEY WORLD Half Marathon
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
  • Disney Family Fun Run 5K
  • Disney Kids’ Races
  • Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo

At Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek , we salute our guests who participate in the WDW Marathon Weekend! We have a passion for celebrating good health and offer the Marathon Weekends Marathon Fit package during your visit.

Enjoy a FREE pasta carb-loading dinner at Harvest Bistro the night before your race, FREE transportation to select races, a FREE welcome fitness amenity, spa discounts, when you book our Marathon Fit package!  The fun doesn’t stop there, we have special surprises planned  all weekend long, just for our marathon guests.

It is our goal to be the Orlando hotel that best understands the unique personal needs of marathon runners who visit Orlando. Let us take care of you (and your family) for the weekend!  In fact, we have many of our team members who will be running alongside you! 

The Marathon Weekends Marathon Fit package rates start at $149 a night. To book the package, click here or call 888-353-2013.

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Hotel near Disney Marathon

The Disney Marathon Weekend features three races that run through several theme parks.

The team at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has been working hard to become the preferred hotel for runners and spectators visiting for Walt Disney World Marathon events.  This year, we held special weekend events in January (for the original Walt Disney World Marathon) and in February for the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend.

And, of course, we welcome our guests who are checking in this weekend for Disney’s Wine and Dine Marathon.

As always, we’ve got a plan prepared to pamper you during Disney race weekends!

Here is a comment we found on Racevine, a site for runners:

“OK… I’ve done this [race] three times and it’s got to hold the record for the most fun race out there! The funny thing about this year is that all I want to talk about is my hotel. This year, I actually decided to stay at a non-Disney hotel. My experience last year at Disney weren’t that good. I chose the Bonnet Creek Hilton, a new hotel that is kind of tucked away next to Caribbean Beach Hotel. Off the hook. I don’t know how to describe it. From when I checked in, the staff were so excited I was there and running. They even had a contest going where you could guess your run time in advance. The person running closest to their guess won a stay at the hotel. How cool was that? They gave me a runners welcome kit. There were picture opportunities and free massages in the lobby for runners. They had multiple carb loading dinner options. They opened their restaurants and coffee shop early for us on race morning. They had free bagels and things for us in the morning when we were headed for their free race transportation. And then – to top it off – they had a team of cheerleaders there in the lobby cheering us on! In the middle of the night! Yes, at 3am! And when I returned with my medal, the staff continued to break into spontaneous applause. Wow! So, yes, you should run this race. Disney places “wows” all through it. I get cheers around every corner practically. But I would team it with a good choice of a hotel, the Hilton Bonnet Creek. The girl at the desk said they will be doing this again. I’ll meet you there!”

We understand runners, because many of our team members are runners!  This year, for instance, General Manager Tracy Walker and Marketing Manager Yolanda Ancayan have both run.

If you are running in January, you can stay close to the action with our MARATHON FIT package.  It includes: race morning transportation, a special welcome amenity, and other special runner perks.

To book your room, visit our Disney Marathon Package page.

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Attention Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek marathon fans!

Run Disney has announced that registration for the 2012 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend is NOW OPEN!  

Walt Disney World welcomes back veteran runners and beginners alike for a magical weekend of memorable events taking place January 5-8, 2012! 

This years event schedule will include:

  • WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon
  • WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Relay
  • WALT DISNEY WORLD Half Marathon
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
  • Disney Family Fun Run 5K
  • Disney Kids’ Races
  • Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo

At Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek   we salute our guests who participate in the WDW Marathon Weekend! We have a passion for celebrating good health and offer the Marathon Fit package during your stay.

Enjoy a FREE pasta carb-loading dinner at Harvest Bistro the night before your race, FREE transportation to the race, a FREE welcome fitness amenity, spa discounts,  plus special surprises we’ve planned  all weekend long, just for our marathon guests.

It is our goal to be the Orlando hotel that best understands the unique personal needs of marathon runners who visit Orlando. Let us take care of you (and your family) for the weekend!  In fact, we have many of our team members who will be running alongside you! 

Book today and stay tuned in the weeks to come for more details!

(Can’t wait for January?  Join us for Disney’s Wine & Dine Half-Marathon in October!)

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Need a way to inspire the family to get more active? Perhaps you are a seasoned runner looking for your next big run and you need a deliciously fun place to do it ?

Well look no further, because Disney is the hottest destination for memorable race events.

With a little over six months left to train,  Walt Disney World continues to offer the most unique race in Orlando with the return of Disney’s annual  Wine & Dine Marathon on October 1 to kick off Epcot’s 2011 International Food & Wine Festival.

Wine & Dine Inaugural Year Start Line Photo

Last year  during its inaugural year, runners had a blast! Running 13.1 miles at night through four Disney theme parks including ESPN Wide World of Sports, Animal Kingdom,  Magic Kingdom and ending at the entrance of Epcot.  This run is  guaranteed to be a magical experience.  Though if you are looking for something a little less beastly, enjoy the Disney Family Fun Run 5k . Bring your spouse, your children, your cousins and grandma (if she’s up to it) and get ready to make fitness a family affair!

And here’s the unique part… after you run,  it’s time to feast!

Runners enjoy the Finish Line Party where you get an exclusive taste of some of the delicious food and drink from the Food & Wine festival. This year, it will include access to many of Epcot’s attractions making it not only the best run of your life, but the most fun!

2010 Disney's Wine & Dine Marathon Course

And when it’s time for rest, we aim to make Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek the perfect destination for your race needs!  As the closest resort to Disney theme parks, we pledge to make your stay comfortable, as we cater to your unique needs.  Many of our team members are runners themselves, and we have created special programs and surprises that simply no other hotel is offering. Our feedback from  runners at past Disney races has been phenomenal… and we want to share our resort (and passion for running!) with you, too.

The 2011 Wine and Dine Marathon participants who take advantage of our Marathon Fit package will receive a fitness welcome amenity, up to 20 percent discount off any spa treatment at the luxe Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain, one complimentary pasta dinner at Harvest Bistro the night before the race (with proof  of race registration), complimentary breakfast snacks the morning of the race plus complimentary transportation to the race for runners on race day!

Hilton Bonnet Creek's Guests of Honor posing for a snapshot before heading out to this year's Disney Princess Marathon in February!

With Disney’s Wine & Dine Marathon weekend open for registration, get ahead of the game and book your Marathon Fit package today before it sells out!  Ready… Set… Go!

(Coming for the Disney Marathon Weekend in January?  Join us for our Marathon Fit Weekend!)

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A dream is a wish your heart makes! The 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is the perfect event for those women making their dreams a reality.

The team at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek continues to celebrate runners and their families. For this year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, we have added some special elements to our guest experience, fit just for royalty!

Every princess deserves some pampering, right? Disney Princess Half Marathon participants who take advantage of our MARATHON FIT package will receive a fitness welcome amenity, 20 percent discount off any spa treatment at the luxe Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain, one complimentary pasta dinner at Harvest Bistro the night before the race (with proof of race registration), complimentary breakfast snacks the morning of the race and transportation to the race.

To book your room, visit our Princess Half Marathon Package page on our website.

Our goal is to celebrate our guests who are runners, and to take care of you better than any other hotel! Take a look at some of our guests and employees getting ready for the race during the recent Disney Marathon Weekend!

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