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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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Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is celebrating summer with Enchanted Evenings, running weekends May 25 through Sept. 4, 2012.

Twilight is a magical time during this summer-long schedule of special events for all guests staying at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, located inside the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort.

This year, the resort will host the Waldorf Astoria Enchanted Glow at sunset on Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring a brilliant display of Chinese wish lanterns on resort waterways. Guests will have opportunity to purchase their own wish lantern during the day. According to legend, the wish will be granted when the lanterns is set afloat that evening, creating a beautiful candle-lit spectacle.

We’ll provide more complete updates in the coming weeks.  But, to whet your appetite, other Enchanted Evening highlights currently include:

  • Weird Science Ice Cream Social (Fridays Only);
  • Champagne Check-In (Fridays Only);
  • Evening Entertainment at Peacock Alley;
  • Mojito Madness at Peacock Alley (Saturdays Only);
  • Artist in Residence Program (select weekends);
  • Live Entertainment at the Pool;
  • Kids Club Astoria After Dark: Kids Night Out;
  • Family S’more Night;
  • Twilight Golf at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club;
  • Saturday Golf Clinics;
  • Astronomy Walk at Island or Promenade;
  • Enchanted Evenings Horse and Carriage Rides;
  • Chef’s Cooking Demo: Organic Food & Wine Tasting;
  • Jazz Under the “Full Moon” (Select Dates)

*program elements subject to change.

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Sir Harry's Lounge at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Dan and Laura Curtis
Appearing Live
8-10pm
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Waldorf Astoria Orlando


Appearing live at Sir Harry’s Lounge,
for one night only, Dan and Laura Curtis from the United Kingdom.  The duo is the first to appear as part of the ongoing “Florida Keys” piano series at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, featuring  occasional appearances by musicians and pianists from around the world.

Daniel Curtis

Daniel Curtis

Dan and Laura Curtis are considered as one of the foremost ambassadors for the conservation of the music of the Great American Songbook in the United Kingdom.

The Great American Songbook offers a dazzling parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films and musicals ever made. Their concert repertoire includes the works of composers such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. Their arrangements of the songs are classical interpretations and delivered with sincerity.

Previous performances have included the Whitehall Palace, Banqueting House, Royal Albert Hall, Althorp House, Millennium Stadium and the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. They opened the 2010 Welsh Prom Series at St David’s Hall and have performed twice at the BAFTA Awards and Hay Festival. Performing at many notable Cathedrals including Lincoln Cathedral, Palma Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral.

Please visit their website www.dlcmusic.com for more information and to listen to music samples.

Admission is complimentary.  

Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The appearance is part of Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, a season-long tribute to summer in Orlando, featuring an ongoing slate of special events and activities, running through Labor Day weekend.

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Hilton Orlando Barbecue Weekends

As part of our Orlando Barbeque Weekends, we featured the Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down, a competition among the chefs at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  For week one, we featured a chili cook-off.  For the second week, the chefs demonstrated their talent in making re-imagined versions of baked beans!  

The best part… our guests helped to choose the winner, giving the victorious chef bragging rights for an entire year!

 

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Weekend Two Results

During our second Barbeque Weekend, our Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down featured a Baked Beans Cook-off!  Here are the results: 

Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias of La Luce restaurant

Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias of La Luce restaurant

 Honey Barbecue Smoked Baked Beans with Beef Brisket
WINNER – Guest Choice

Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias, La Luce restaurant

Authentic “Boston-Style” Baked Beans
Chef Darren Molnar, Banquets

Baked Beans “Safari”
Chef Alex Olivier, Harvest Bistro

Molasses and Pancetta Baked Beans
Chef Roberto Hasche, Oscar’s restaurant

Spiced Jalapeno and Sourwood Honey Baked Beans
Chef David Sears, Bull & Bear restaurant

 

Weekend One Results

During our first Barbeque Weekend, our Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down featured a Chili Cook-off!  There were two winners.  The first — the Team Member Choice — was chosen during an internal “preview” cook-off.  And, of course, the Guest Choice was chosen during our first Barbeque Weekend event.  Here are the results:

Chef Alex Olivier of Harvest Bistro

Chef Alex Olivier of Harvest Bistro

Albino White Bean Chili
WINNER – Guest Choice

Chef Alex Olivier, Harvest Bistro

Smoked Bison and Pasilla Pepper Chili
WINNER – Team Member Choice

Chef David Sears, Bull & Bear restaurant

Avery Island Chili
Chef Darren Molnar, Banquets

 Pablano and Italian pork Sausage Chili
Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias, La Luce restaurant

Cayenne Pepper Beef Chili with Valhrona Cocoa Powder
Chef Roberto Hasche, Oscar’s restaurant

Complete details about weekend events can be found here.


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Hilton Orlando Barbecue Weekends

Barbeque Weekends Activities and Locations for Aug. 12-14

 Join us for our second of two Barbeque Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!

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Smokin’ Hot Barbeque Buffet
A sizzlin’ barbeque buffet from our illustrious “Bonnet Creek Q Crew,” serving a heaping helpin’ of beef brisket, pulled pork, barbeque sides and delightful dessert from the Dutch oven!
Location: Barbecue Central (Adjacent to Pool)

Friday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Plates between $12 – $14 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under
(Note:  Day visitors are welcome to join us for this smokin’ hot culinary event!)

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Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down
Vote for your favorite baked bean recipes, created by our talented team of chefs at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando!
Location: Hilton Lobby

Friday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Winner announced on Saturday at 3:00 pm
(Note:  Day visitors are welcome to join us for this tasty culinary event!)

Which baked beans recipe will be your favorite?

Baked Beans “Safari”
Harvest Bistro, Chef Alex Olivier

Honey Smoked Baked Beans with Beef Brisket
La Luce restaurant, Chef Alberto Arias

Molasses and Pancetta Baked Beans
Oscar’s restaurant, Chef Roberto Hasche

Spiced Jalapeno and Sourwood Honey Baked Beans
Bull & Bear restaurant, Chef David Sears

Authentic Boston-Style Baked Beans
Banquets, Chef Darren Molnar

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Barbecue chefs for Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek barbeque weekends - Chef Howie Bulldog Kleinberg Top Chef
Special  Guest Appearances
Cooking Demonstration with Chef Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg, Top Chef finalist
Learn cooking techniques from Chef Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg, owner of Miami’s Bulldog BBQ
Location: Hilton Lobby

Saturday 12:10 pm and 5:00 pm
(Note:  Day visitors are welcome to join us for this cool culinary event!)

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“Beer-B-Q” Station

Tastings  from the Florida Beer Company of a variety of locally brewed beers.  In addition, our lounges will feature specialty cocktails with a “summer barbecue” theme!
Location: Barbecue Central (Adjacent to Pool)

Daily 11 am – 10 pm
(Note:  Day visitors are welcome to join us for this thirst-quenching culinary event!)

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Specialty Barbeque Entrees
Featuring special entrees for Barbeque Weekends, including Cast Iron Cowboy Benedict for breakfast, BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich for lunch, and our soon-to-be-famous Mesquite-Rubbed Half-Rack Pork Ribs for dinner.
Location: Harvest Bistro, Hilton Ground Floor

Open Daily 7 am – 10 pm
(Note:  Day visitors are welcome to join us for this specialty culinary opportunity!)

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Live Entertainment
Enjoy some rhythm along with your brews and barbeque
Location: Hilton Pool and Barbecue Central

Friday and Saturday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Radio Disney® Pool Party
Part of our SummerBlast! season-long celebration of summer.
Location: Hilton Pool

Saturday 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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Just Dance® 3 Dance Party
Enjoy a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released video game sensation Just Dance 3!
Location: Broward Room

Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

SummerBlast Orlando - Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Great Florida Resident Rates! Starting at $134 for for this weekend, Aug. 12-14. To make a reservation, please visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com, or call 888-353-2013.

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Hilton Orlando Barbecue Weekends

The highlight of this weekend’s Barbeque Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is the Smokin’ Hot  Barbeque Buffet.  Not to be outdone, Harvest Bistro is featuring several specials for the “BBQ Lover” in you!

CAUTION:  Reading this will definitely make you hungry!

Harvest Bistro - Restaurant near Disney World

  • Breakfast:  Cast Iron Cowboy Benedict — a savory waffle with sautéed collard greens, barbecue-glazed ham, grilled asparagus and Hollandaise sauce covered with cheese.
  • Lunch: BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich — Tri-tip rubbed with our house-blend rub and cooked to perfection, with roasted garlic, horseradish cream spread, and topped with sautéed mushrooms and shallots. Served accompanied by french fries.
  • Dinner: Mesquite-Rubbed Half-Rack Pork Ribs –– We don’t cook our ribs, we baby them. We rub ’em with a unique blend of seasonings, slow roast ’em for more than 8 hours in-house, grill ’em to perfection & slather ’em down with a savory BBQ sauce.  Served accompanied by baked beans and coleslaw.
  • Kids Meal: Hot Dog on a Stick — A unique “French fry-coated” hot dog on a stick
Learn more about Barbeque Weekends here.

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Hilton Orlando Barbecue Weekends

August is here, and that means the days are numbered for Summer 2011.  To help our guests celebrate — and milk every bit of fun from the season — Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is featuring Barbeque Weekends August 5-7 and 12-14!

After guests are done enjoying a heapin’ helpin’ of barbeque, the beverage team has created some creative ways to quench your thirst!

  • Florida Beer CompanyThe “Beer-B-Q” Station – Your chance to sample the latest ice-cold Florida brews from the Florida Beer Company, the largest craft brewer in the Sunshine State. 
  • BBQ Speciality Drinks — The Hilton lounges and pool bar will also up the ante, with an exceptional barbeque-themed cocktail menu.  On deck:
    • BBQ Bloody Mary (Served at Sena):   A sizzling twist on a traditional Bloody Mary, with a bit of barbeque twang!  Imagine:  Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka, Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, and Lime Juice, topped with a splash Tabasco and Worcestershire.   Oh, and we almost forgot the “secret” ingredient:  Heinz BBQ Sauce!  A little dab with do ya!  All of this, garnished with a lime, olive and grilled shrimp.
    • Raspberry Sweet Tea (Served at Zeta Bar):  A refreshing blend of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Chambord.
    • Southern Watermelon Lemonade (Served at Beech Pool Bar):   You gotta try this one.  We start with cubes of muddled vodka-infused watermelon.  Then we add Smirnoff Vodka, Midori, lemon juice,  simple syrup, and pink lemonade.   This is summer in a glass!

You’ll certainly want to bring your appetite this weekend… and save room for a cocktail!

For highlights of this Orlando barbeque event, visit our recent blog post.

Great Rates! Starting at $149 for for this weekend, Aug. 5-7. To make a reservation, please visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com, or call 888-353-2013.

SummerBlast Orlando - Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek offers the best of both worlds: a convenient “insider” location accessible from within Walt Disney World property and the peaceful serenity of the surrounding 482-acre nature preserve. Resort amenities include 1,001 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, a 3-acre Florida-style lazy-river pool, a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, a spa by Guerlain, a full fitness center, and nearly a dozen complex-wide dining and lounge options, including the award-winning La Luce by Donna Scala.

Barbecue chefs for Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek barbeque weekends - Chef Michael Love

Barbecue chefs for Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek barbeque weekends - Chef Howie Bulldog Kleinberg Top Chef

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