As much as I adore Disney hotels, I recently discovered a new way to “do” Disney. In fact, we were so wrapped up in everything the resort had to offer, we almost didn’t even do Disney. But let me back up.
Did you know there are a handful of hotels on Disney property that are not owned by Disney? More importantly, did you know that one of these gorgeous, luxury resorts start at $119 per night?
This is Bonnet Creek Resort. It is a gorgeous Hilton property, and it is nestled inside the Disney gates on a 482-acre nature preserve.
This summer, the fun is heating up pool side in one of the best hotel pools my kids have ever seen with Bonnet Creek’s Summer Blast promotion. During the 101 days of summer guests at Bonnet Creek will have so much fun at the resort, they might even forget about what lies just outside the hotel.
I have to tell you about the Bonnet Creek pool. It is actually three pools connected by a lazy river on a 3-acre pool deck, and it is awesome fun. My girls couldn’t get enough of the pool, we went round and round and round that lazy river. We barely convinced the girls to pause long enough to eat at the poolside restaurant.
The pool area also features a twisty slide, and in a true act of bravery my 6 year old concurred her fear of water slides and discovered just how fun they are.
Tip – Floats and rafts of all type are encouraged in the lazy river. You can bring your own pool floats or you can buy them from the poolside shop — either way you are going to want some. Surprisingly, prices are very reasonable $4 for a toddler-size tube, $7 for a regular tube and $10 for a tube with handles.
Just in case your kids tire of the pool, the recreation team is on hand with games activities and craft projects. But don’t worry, kids don’t have to stray far from the pool games like H2O Pac Man, candy bingo and beach ball dodge ball are all played poolside. Craft activities, also created on the pool deck, include Time Warp Tie Dye, Amazing Animal Art and Sunsational suncatchers.
On Saturdays the pool crowd gets into the racing spirit by adopting rubber duckies that are then dumped into the lazy river to participate in the Ducktona 500. Prizes include gift cards to the various Bonnet Creek restaurants.
After dark families can enjoy a real Florida treat — a dive-in movie — on Friday and Saturday nights. During our stay the movies shown were Shark Tales and Tangled. Of course, this fun activity is weather permitting. And before the movie, families can enjoy a cool treat by the pool during the Bonnet Creek ice cream social.
Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria
In addition to the Summer Blast activities at Bonnet Creek, guests are invited to attend Enchanted Evening activities at Bonnet Creek’s sister property the Waldorf Astoria, which is located next door. A short walk between properties offers more fun like horse-drawn carriage rides at dusk, a weird science ice cream social (with ice cream created in front of your eyes with the help of liquid nitrogen), family s’mores night and more.
Tip – rooms overlooking the Bonnet Creek pool area also get the benefit of watching the fireworks display at Hollywood studios from their bedroom windows.
While my family was invited to stay at the Hilton Bonnet Creek as guests of the facility, we have already decided it is the perfect staycation getaway for our family to come back to. Plus since my husband travels often for business,we can use Hilton points to “pay” for our next visit!
Next time you visit Orlando, you can’t beat the price and the amenities offered by Bonnet Creek.