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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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In keeping with Hilton’s vision to “fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality,” it takes plenty of hard work, fueled by BLUE ENERGY.

That’s why, at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, we strive to have fun behind-the-scenes as we honor those who share our spirit of BLUE ENERGY.

What is BLUE ENERGY?  It is our passion at Hilton Hotels & Resorts to live our Values, deliver our Promise and celebrate our stories. It’s an expression of the unique spirit we show to our guests, our communities, and each other as Hilton Team Members.  BLUE ENERGY fuels our culture, and enables us to deliver service with positive spirit, strength and passion.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek team member employee events

Our newest initiative is more than it was quacked up to be… the GREAT BLUE ENERGY QUACKATHON.

This summer, we created a new guest event – the DUCKTONA 500 – as part of SummerBlast! at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. In honor of this event, General Manager Tracy Walker and the Blue Energy Committee created their own version… a monthly rubber duck race in our lazy river pool for team members. Although the guest race is with yellow ducks, our Recreation team was able to find blue ducks for this very special event.

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

And with all our “ducks” in a row, the QUACKATHON was born.

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

All month long, team members who went above and beyond in their daily roles were recognized by having a duck in their name placed in the QUACKATHON race. Not only was it an honor, but the recipient of the winning duck won a cash prize!

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

At the quack of dawn (before most of our guests retreated to the pool), team members gathered for the inaugural race. The rubber ducks were released from one of the bridges over the lazy river… and the excitement built as they traveled toward the finish line.

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

This was a sight to see. It made team members (and several guests) literally quack up!

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Who were our first winners?

 •  Third Place  – Sergio M (HOBC Concierge)

Sergio was recognized for loaning a guest his very own pair of dress shoes for the evening. The guest had an anniversary dinner and forgot to pack dress shoes to go with his suit.

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

•  Second Place  – Marilda F (HBC Housekeeping)

Marilda was recognized after a guest sent a very nice letter to the hotel to say that Marilda was sympathetic, helpful and kept their room very clean and organized.

 Great Blue Energy Quackathon at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

•  First Place  – Steven C (Loss Prevention)

Steven was recognized because he was such a good partner and help to the Recreation team over the Independence Day Weekend. In fact, he was there for an extended day in the heat and his help was much appreciated by the Recreation team.

Congratulations!

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