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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando Become Official Walt Disney World Hotels

March 3, 2019

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando have been added to the list of Official Walt Disney World Hotels.

With this new status, the Hotels are now able to offer additional Perks that are normally reserved for Guests staying on Walt Disney World Property.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando Become Official Walt Disney World Hotels

Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria become official Walt Disney World Hotels

Disney Perks

You can now take advantage of certain Walt Disney World Perks.

Extra Magic Hours

Each day, one of Walt Disney World’s four Theme Parks hosts Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours can be before the Park opens or after the Park closes, so I recommend checking the Park calendars before planning out your days.

Extra Magic Hours is a Perk that Walt Disney World Guests enjoy since it’s a great time to spend more time in the Parks with lower crowds.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are both able to use this Perk.

However, these Hotels don’t use MagicBands. So, to utilize the Extra Magic Hours benefit, you must present an official voucher (which you get at the hotel) and a valid Theme Park ticket.

60-Day Fastpass Reservations

In my opinion, this Perk is the best part of staying at the Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria.

Good FastPasses are like gold at Walt Disney World. So, the earlier you are able to book these FastPasses, the better your chances are at getting the best attractions.

Guests of these hotels are now able to link their Hotel Reservations and Theme Park Tickets to My Disney Experience. This will enable them to book at that 60-day mark.

Complimentary Shuttle to Disney at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Photo Credit: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Complimentary Shuttle to Disney Theme Parks

New Updates in place to prevent Fraud

Because FastPasses are so valuable, many Guests were trying to cheat the system.

Previously, Disney’s system allowed these Guests to keep their fastPasses, even when a Resort was cancelled.

And since Disney has a very generous cancellation policy, these Guests weren’t losing any money in the process.

To help prevent fraud, all FastPasses will be cancelled as soon as you cancel your Hotel Reservation.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Photo Credit: Waldorf Astoria Orlando

What Walt Disney World Perks Are Not Available at Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria?

Magical Express

Although these Hotels are official Walt Disney World Hotels, they are still owned by outside companies. This means they are not eligible to use Disney’s Magical Express.

However, these Hotels do offer a complimentary shuttle to the Theme Parks.

Disney Dining Plans

Disney Dining Plans are only available at Walt Disney World ownded Resorts. So, unfortunately Dining Plans are not available at these Hotels.

MagicBands can now be upgraded to Character MagicBands in your Walt Disney World Package

Magic Bands

These Hotels operate like regular Hotels. This means that they do not have Magic Band capabilities.

However, you can still use a MagicBand in the Parks. In fact, I highly recommend doing so.

MagicBands can easily be purchased on Shop Disney and linked to your My Disney Experience Account.

Disney Parks MagicBand 2 - Lavender

Disney Parks MagicBand 2 – Lavender

Disney Parks MagicBand 2 – Lavender

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