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Summer in Orlando at DisneyVisitors to Orlando will have another reason to celebrate this summer, as Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek presents SummerBlast!, May 25 through Sept. 4, 2012.  This summer-long schedule of special events, activities and programs will celebrate 104 days of summer vacation.

The Summer Blast! program is for guests of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, conveniently located inside the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort.   The summer-long schedule for SummerBlast!  includes ongoing events, as well as special activities throughout the season.  Highlights include:

  • SummerBlast! Pool Parties:   Celebrate summer in style with DJ Splash!  Join the crew for the summer’s hottest hits, Orlando-inspired games, and special prizes!  [Saturdays: 12:30-2:30pm]
  • Ducktona 500 – The Great Summer Blast! Duck Race:  You’ve got to see this to appreciate it!  Guests can “adopt” a rubber duck during our race around the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek lazy river pool!   Winners will draw a special prize, which could include a return weekend stay at the resort!  [Saturdays; weather permitting; 2:30pm]
  • SummerBlast! Dive-In Movie Nights:  End the night with a family movie on our big screen, located poolside.  Grab a lounge chair or relax while floating inside the pool.  [Nightly, weather permitting; May 25- Sept. 4; See schedule for times]
  • SummerBlast! Arts and Crafts:  Kids love to bring home souvenirs, and the recreation team will be ready to help them make something special to remember their visit.  Projects could include:  Beach Bag Art, Treasure Box Creation, T-shirt Design, Color Me Bears, Backpack Art, Florida Gecko Craft, and Animal Art.  [Arts and Crafts sessions vary daily, weather permitting.  See schedule for exact activities and times – there is a fee for arts and crafts sessions.]
  • SummerBlast! Pool Activities:  Our recreation team is ready to rock, making your summer a blast, with a full schedule including activities like mini-football games, water basketball, float races, Marco Polo, candy bingo, beach ball dodge ball, H20 Pac Man, line dance fun, hula hoop games, pool relay games, line dance fun, float races, etc.  [Activities vary daily, weather permitting.  See schedule for exact events and times]
  • Cupcake Crazy:  On Friday evenings after check in, join our team in the lobby for an opportunity to decorate your own cupcake.  It’s like edible arts and crafts!  Don’t forget to take a picture to post on Facebook!
  • Poolside Barbecue:  Join us as we crank up the barbecue poolside with your favorite summertime favorites available hot off the grill, including a selection of gourmet hot dogs!
  • S’mores:  Gather around the fire pit and roast your own marshmallows, and make the perfect s’mores! [weather permitting.  See schedule for exact events and times]
  • Golf Getaway Package at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club: Enjoy a relaxing 18 holes for $95 including rental clubs and a $20 food/beverage credit at the cart. Package available from 9am-12pm Saturdays & Sundays.
  • Saturday Golf Clinics:  Enjoy small group golf instruction from our PGA Golf Staff at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.  Taylor Made golf clubs provided if needed.  Beginner to moderate-based instruction. 10am-11am, $35 per person, sleeve of logo golf balls included.
  • Specialty Weekends:   Throughout the summer, we will feature several specialty weekends with additional activities or entertainment.  For further details, visit the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek website
    • Memorial Day Weekend, featuring SummerBlast! Fireworks (Saturday May 26)
    • Cupcake Lovers Weekend (June 15 and 16), featuring activities with America’s favorite snack
    • Smokin’ Hot Dogs & BBQ Weekend (August 10 and 11), featuring the “Smokin’ Hot BBQ Buffet” and a selection of mind-blowing gourmet hot dog treats!
    • Fourth of July Weekend, featuring SummerBlast! Fireworks (Saturday July 7)

In addition, one family every weekend will be randomly selected to be the SummerBlast Weekend Ambassadors of FUN, and will receive special prizes and experiences throughout their stay.


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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

SummerBlast at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

We’ve kicked off Memorial Day weekend with fun activities at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, all part of the SummerBlast event — celebrating 104 days of summer vacation!

The Hilton knows how to throw a party!  There’s music, a barbecue… and cold drinks!

And, at the end of today’s Hilton Jamz Pool Party, we held the first Ducktona 500 rubber duck race!

Rubber Duck race in lazy river

Guests can adopt a rubber duck, which are all dumped into the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek lazy river.  It’s zany fun as guests cheer for their quacker… until it crosses the finish line!  The first, second, and third place ducks (and their adopted owners) win a prize!

Ducktona 500 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

The fun continues all day… and ends with a bang (literally)!  The SummerBlast fireworks for Bonnet Creek guests are at 9pm, followed by a Dive-in Movie!


Waldorf Astoria Orlando – Bonnet Creek

This afternoon at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, guests are enjoying  Acoustic Guitarist Greg Eyma at the pool.

Acoustic Guitarist at Waldorf Astoria Pool

Acoustic Guitarist at Waldorf Astoria Pool

And guests received poolside samples of Grand Marnier’s French Margarita, a saucy take on the tequila cocktail that reverses the ratio of the main ingredients.

In case you are intrigued (we were):

 Recipe: Grand Marnier’s French (Reverse) Margarita

• 3 ounces Grand Marnier

• 1.5 ounces premium tequila

• 3 ounces fresh lime juice

• 3 ounces simple syrup

Shake all the ingredients over ice or blend and pour into salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Tonight, Waldorf Astoria will feature a “gourmet grill” from 6-9pm, at the Aquamarine pool bar.

And, of course, Bonnet Creek fireworks at 9pm!

Click here for an entire schedule of events.

Here’s to a great Memorial Day Weekend!  And let the summer begin!

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Kick off Summer and Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando!

Memorial Day in Orlando

It’s the unofficial start of summer… and Orlando is the perfect place to start a family tradition for Memorial Day Weekend, where you’ll even have the opportunity to visit a Disney theme park free (more on that in a minute!)

Join Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek as we celebrate the holiday weekend with a variety of entertainment and fun as we salute our armed forces and create family memories!


Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is ready to “kick off” the summer with a Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) full of special events, all part of the new season-long “SummerBlast!” that celebrates 104 days of summer vacation.

Summer Blast at Hilton Orlando Bonnet CreekWeekend activities include family events and entertainment at the Hilton lagoon-style pool — such as:

  • The first Ducktona 500, a quirky water race that quacks!  Sponsor a rubber duck and cheer it on as it races around the Bonnet Creek lazy river pool!
  • A fireworks show in celebration of SummerBlast!  will be launched over the resort grounds on Saturday night, and will be viewable from the promenade areas adjacent to the resort swimming pool.
  • Pool parties and activities
  • DJ pool entertainment
  • Nightly Dive-In Movies
  • Karaoke
  • Poolside barbecues 
  • and more!

—> Take a look at our complete schedule of events at  Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and join in on the fun!

Be sure to pack your bags and  book your room today to take advantage of the special Memorial Day Weekend rates starting at  $159 per night.  ** Disney Ticket BONUS:  For every two nights booked with us, you will receive one FREE Walt Disney World one-day one-park ticket (when using the link above, see booking page for details)!  WOW!


Waldorf Astoria Orlando

At Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Memorial Day weekend is filled with special events and entertainment, and even an opportunity to visit Disney free!  

To commemorate the reason behind Memorial Day Weekend, the  WA Kids Club will feature special themed crafts.  In addition, we are inviting kids to write letters to our Troops stationed in the Middle East to give our thanks and celebrate their bravery.

In addition, Waldorf Astoria will feature:

  • All-American Small Plates at Peacock Alley
  • Fine Wine Tasting at Sir Harry’s Lounge
  • Live Music by Joseph Jevanni Duo at Peacock Alley
  • Live Music by Acoustic Guitarist Greg Eyma, poolside
  • A “gourmet grill” offered poolside at Aquamarine
  • A new menu at Bull & Bear restaurant
  • A fireworks show in celebration of summer  will be launched over the resort grounds on Saturday night, and will be viewable from the promenade areas adjacent to the resort swimming pool.

—> View our complete schedule of events at Waldorf Astoria Orlando! 

Book your room today to take advantage of the special Memorial Day Weekend rates starting at  $199 per night.  ** Disney Ticket BONUS:  For every two nights booked with us, you will receive one FREE Walt Disney World one-day one-park ticket (when using the link above)!  WOW!

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