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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 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

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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A visit to Orlando Aug 5-7 and 12-14 is brought to you by the Letter Q… as in BBQ!

Hilton Orlando Barbecue Weekends

O-town visitors will enjoy a heapin’ helpin’ of barbeque and some finger-lickin’ fun, as Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hosts the first-ever Barbeque Weekends, a quirky celebration rhythm, brews and barbeque!

Miami Chef Howie Bulldog Kleinberg of Top Chef and Miami Chef Michael LoveThe special August weekends, part of the resort’s season-long SummerBlast! promotion, will feature a schedule of activities and events themed around summer barbeque, including the Smokin’ Hot Barbeque Buffet and scheduled appearances on Aug. 13 by Top Chef finalist (and BBQ aficionado) Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg of Miami, owner of Bulldog BBQ, named one of the hottest new BBQ restaurants in the nation by Bon Appétit magazine.  On the first weekend, Aug. 5 and 6, Michael Love, Executive Specialty Chef at Epicure Gourmet Market in Miami and author of “Love In The Kitchen – Women Love Men Who Can Cook,” is scheduled to appear.  In addition, Orlando’s “hot list” barbeque entrepreneur John Rivers, owner of 4Rivers Smokehouse, will make an appearance Aug. 6, with his signature sauces in tow.

“Summer has become synonymous with barbeque,” said Tracy Walker, general manager of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  “And why not celebrate something we all love with some smokin-hot fun?”

See first weekend schedule by clicking here.

Guests visiting the hotel during Barbeque Weekends, will have an opportunity to dine on barbeque and participate in barbeque-themed events, including:

  • The 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!  Barbeque will be served Friday from 3-9pm, Saturday from noon – 9pm, and Sunday from Noon – 3pm.  BBQ plates will be sold for around $12-$14 (depending on selections).  Kids’ plate, for children 12 and under, will be $8.Florida Beer Company
  • The “Beer-B-Q” Station – an opportunity to sample the latest ice-cold Florida brews from the Florida Beer Company, the largest craft brewer in the Sunshine State.  The Hilton lounges and pool bar will also up the ante, with an exceptional barbeque-themed cocktail menu.
  • Live Entertainment on Saturday afternoon – nothing goes better with barbeque than rhythm and brews!
  • Bonnet Creek Summer Show-down – an opportunity to vote on your favorite culinary creations of our talented team of chefs from Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando.  Featuring a Chili Cook-Off on Aug. 5-6, and Baked Beans Cook-Off on Aug. 12-13.  Complimentary Cook-Off tastings will be held 4-8pm on Friday and Noon-2pm on Saturday.
  • Barbeque Demonstrations – Learn more about barbeque from our team of chefs, and well-know barbeque aficionados.  Scheduled demonstrations include Top Chef Finalist Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg and Master of the Kitchen Michael Love.
  • Barbecue Breakfast – To celebrate the weekend, Harvest Bistro (where kids eat FREE – see website for details) will feature a Cowboy Benedict breakfast, as well as other BBQ specials during the day.
  • Summer Activities – Special “BBQ themed” activities for kids will include a “Squeaky Pig Toss,” “Pigs in a Blanket Relay,” and other fun games.  In addition, guests can enjoy their favorite SummerBlast! activities and events, including a DUCKTONA 500, a zany rubber duck race in our lazy river; a Just Dance 3 dance-off; Dive-in Movies; and our SummerBlast! Saturday pool party (featuring Radio Disney), where one guest will win an iPod loaded with the latest hits.Just dance 3 logo
  • Just Dance® 3 — Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is the first public venue where Just Dance enthusiasts can play the highly-anticipated third installment of Just Dance 3 video game prior to its U.S. release on all video game consoles on October 11, 2011. Just Dance 3 Preview Weekends will be held on August 6 and August 13.  (See our video here!)

Great Rates! Starting at $149 for weekend of 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.

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Orlando Cupcake Lovers Weekend

Traditional sweet cupcakes are among the top 10 food trends of the last decade, according to several culinary publications.  But what is the next stage of innovation for this trend?  Savory cupcakes!

As part of the CUPCAKE LOVERS WEEKEND at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (July 8-10, 2011), a special tasting menu of Savory Cupcakes is being offered at Harvest Bistro tonight only.

Here’s a peek into these fabulous mealtime creations:

Savory Cupcake:  Meatloaf with Cream Potato Frosting
Savory Cupcake: Meatloaf with Cream Potato Frosting

This fun creation (above) is made of ground beef and pork, topped with a cream potato frosting, English peas and a roasted tomato BBQ sauce.

Savory Cupcake:  Chicken 'n Waffles

Savory Cupcake: Chicken 'n Waffles

This is a vanilla waffle “cupcake” base, topped with a creamy maple bacon frosting and popcorn fried chicken.

Savory Cupcake:  Roasted Vegetable & Tomato

Savory Cupcake: Roasted Vegetable & Tomato

This amazing treat is made from roasted asparagus, mushrooms, tomato and spinach, all baked in an egg custard and topped with tomato cream.

Savory Cupcake: Mac 'n Cheese

Savory Cupcake: Mac 'n Cheese

This take on traditional mac and cheese starts with macaroni baked in a velvety creamy cheese sauce and piped with a mascarpone cheese and chive frosting.

These savory cupcakes are available for $5 each, or a sampler platter for $20.  They are available tonight, Saturday July 9 only.

Harvest Bistro - Restaurant near Disney WorldHarvest Bistro is located inside Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  At this restaurant, up to two children (ages 12 and under) can eat free off the kids menu for every adult diner.  Diners can request validation for self-parking.

CUPCAKE LOVERS WEEKEND is part of the SummerBlast! celebration at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

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It’s America’s birthday and we’re getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Summer continues… and Orlando is where it’s at! With so much to see and do for the Fourth of July, make Bonnet Creek your home away from home.

Create family memories and go to Disney for FREE!  That’s right, for every two-night stay booked under the Disney Ticket Bonus Package,  you get a FREE Disney theme park ticket! Well, it wouldn’t be a brithday without presents!  

Join Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek as we go red, white & blue  and  enjoy a weekend with a variety of entertainment and fun!

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is gearing up for quite  the Fourth of July weekend (July 1-4)   filled with special events, all part of our new season-long “SummerBlast!” that celebrates 104 days of summer vacation.

Weekend activities include family events and entertainment at the Hilton lagoon-style pool — such as:

  • 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.
  • Patriotic Pool parties and activities
  • DJ pool entertainment
  • Nightly Dive-In Movies
  • Poolside family barbecues 
  • and more!

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

 

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

At Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Fourth of July weekend is filled with special events and entertainment, and even an opportunity to visit Disney free!   The activities are part of our season-long Enchanted Evenings celebration!

Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria will feature:

  • Friday Night Flights at Sir Harry’s Lounge
  • Kids Crafts  at WA Kids Club
  • Walk on Water –  it’s your chance to walk on water at the Waldorf Astoria Pool
  • Live Music by Joseph Jevanni Duo at Peacock Alley
  • Live Music by Acoustic Guitarist Greg Eyma, poolside
  • Slip Slidin’ Away! The tallest inflatable waterslide in the state of Florida!
  • A new summer menu at Aquamarine poolside bar
  • A fireworks show in celebration of Enchanted Evenings 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! 

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Pack your bags and book your room today to take advantage of the special SummerBlast! Free Disney Ticket Bonus or Enchanted Evenings Free 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 links above, see booking page for details)!

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