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I’ve been to the Walt Disney World Resort dozens of times, and when I go, I typically stay on property. But there are so many fabulous family-friendly hotels and resorts located near the theme parks. With wonderful amenities and activities, one of these hotels may be a good option for your Florida family vacation. On our recent family cruise on the Disney Dream, we decided to spend two nights at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, a hotel located right near Walt Disney World. While we didn’t go to the parks during this stay, we did want to spend some time at Disney Springs.
A Review of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Location of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The resort is conveniently located adjacent to Walt Disney World (within the Walt Disney World gates), and many of the rooms have views of the Disney property. The complex includes the Hilton’s sister property – the Waldorf Astoria. It took us about a half-hour to travel from the Orlando International Airport. Because we planned to spend the evenings in the hotel room, I decided to upgrade to a “Disney Fireworks View” room. We were able to see both the Disney Hollywood Studios fireworks, as well as the Epcot fireworks, and it was the perfect end to our evening.
Rooms at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hotel offers 1,009 guest rooms. There are plenty of different options, including the Disney Fireworks view that we had, as well as standard rooms, Disney view, high floor, deluxe rooms, and suites. When you book your room, you may have the option to opt in to upgrades (if they are available). If you choose to do that, you’ll automatically get the upgrade at a discount if it’s available. You do have to commit, however, so make sure you are willing to pay the extra fee.
Rooms include a safe, hair dryer, complimentary WiFi, a desk, comfortable beds, Peter Thomas Roth amenities, and two bottles of water per day. We found that it had plenty of room for our family, and we would have been comfortable staying there for more than two days.
Amenities at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The resort offers complimentary bus transportation to the parks throughout the day. The transportation is available on a schedule – you just have to check in with the concierge for a free ticket before boarding. We were easily able to work within the schedule, and found the bus to be comfortable and convenient. If the bus schedule isn’t convenient for your schedule, you could always book an Uber or get a cab.
There are plenty of on-site amenities as well. The highlight is the Hilton Bonnet Creek pool complex, which includes a zero-entry pool, two whirlpools, a small waterslide, and a 3-acre lazy river. After arriving in the evening and looking at the pool, my kids were so excited to visit it first thing in the morning. Towel service and inner tubes are available. There’s also a small shop where you can purchase floats, sunscreen, and other small toys. The weather wasn’t too warm during our visit, so the pool area was pretty empty. I can imagine that it’s lively when the weather is nice.
The property also offers a fitness center, a business center, and a Disney merchandise shop. If you need Disney theme park tickets, you can purchase them right at the resort. The adjacent Waldorf Astoria also has some activities that are available to guests of the Hilton, including a kids’ club, golf club, and spa.
Restaurants at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The hotel’s resort fee includes a great deal at one of the property’s restaurants – Harvest Bistro. Kids 12 and under get dinner free when ordering off the kids’ menu and when accompanied by an adult purchasing an entree. It’s a fabulous way to save some money on your Disney vacation. Kids can also get the restaurant’s breakfast buffet at 1/2 off when accompanied by an adult paying full price. We ate at the restaurant twice and enjoyed our meals – especially the breakfast.
There’s also Zeta Asia, a sushi bar located off the lobby. After eating a late lunch for Thanksgiving, we decided to grab some sushi rolls during the happy hour at Zeta. They were absolutely delicious and it was the perfect light meal.
The hotel also offers a lobby bar, a pool-side restaurant, and a coffee bar. There are also two signature restaurants, as well as several restaurants in the Waldorf Astoria.
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