When we are looking for a quick last minute getaway we usually end up either in New York or Florida. For this trip we decided we desperately needed some sun as summer in Toronto this year has been rather cool. We were last in Florida just 8 months ago where we didDisney, I am still reeling from that trip. Can you really feel tired just thinking of Disney..it’s possible when you go with two kids under the age of 5. Anyhow I am getting off track and that is another post!
We stayed at the Waldorf Bonnet Creek for 3 nights in a one bedroom King suite which was about 900 sq ft. When you have a one year old who needs some quiet time to nap, a suite for us has now become a necessity. We booked the suite using our Platinum American Express which got us some great perks at the hotel. When booking a luxury property this card really comes in handy! We instantly get free breakfast for 2 adults, 100$ USD resort credit, and reduced resort fee. Not sure why a resort fee is charged for amenities the resort provides anyhow but what can you really do?
We rented a car from the airport and were ushered off to a priority check in counter, another benefit of the Platinum card. The regular line was massive, and we would have surely been stuck in that for 3 hours and with two kids who were already tired it was nice to have a speedy check in. The Waldorf is located in Bonnet Creek which is about 40 minutes from the airport and about 10 minutes from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. The Waldorf is right beside the Hilton and the amenities and restaurants can be accessed by guests staying at both hotels.
Location & Property
The hotel is beautifully situated in Bonnet Creek away from the craziness of Disney, we were planning on going to Magic Kingdom one day but wanted a hotel that would be far away from the madness and would allow for lots of pool time and dining options. This trip, we were looking to slow things down a bit and just relax and enjoy time as a family. The property is accessible by car and busses, if you have a car you can pretty much get to shopping, restaurants, parks within 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have a car there is nothing within walking distance and cabs can get expensive. The Waldorf is decorated really nicely, very modern with very subtle touches of Disney – this was really appreciated. The lobby was elegant and beautiful, but very very cold – they actually blast the AC throughout the hotel.
There are some really nice restaurants on site, between Waldorf and Hilton there are over 11 restaurants, bars, and poolside snack bars. We ate at Peacock Alley, Aquamarine, and Oscars at Waldorf and Zeta at the Hilton. We enjoyed Peacock Alley for some quick appetizers, Aquamarine for really tasty poolside snacks and drinks, Oscars for delicious breakfast every day with lots of variety. Zeta was the only one that was a serious miss for us, we ordered green tea, a few sushi rolls, green curry, and a chicken option off the kids menu. We were disappointed by everything, there was rotisserie chicken in the green curry? We left feeling hungry and thoroughly disappointed as this restaurant had received some really great reviews. When we mentioned our thoughts on the food to our server, she did not seem to be concerned and said that is how the chef makes it?
Pools and Lazy River
The first day we decided to head over to the Lazy river at the Hilton, we got there around 11am and all the poolside loungers were gone. We inquired about a Cabana and even those were booked for the entire day at $350US – yikes! That is a bit steep for my liking so didn’t mind that they were booked! The hubby is all about convenience, he was ready to book if it was available. We managed to find a few loungers after 30 minutes and enjoyed the rest of our day there. My oldest who is 5 really enjoyed the slide and the lazy river, ok maybe I also went down the slide like a giddy school girl more than a few times.
The next day we decided to stay and lounge at the Waldorf pool. You could purchase some pool toys and blow up floaties, see below for a huge rubber ducky that someone in front of us purchased. We had brought our own so were good on that front! The Waldorf pool was much calmer with less kids, we did not mind that as it was easier to get loungers. We had dropped our oldest off at the Kids Club for a few hours so we only had one to take care of 🙂 There was a small beach hut located right by this pool, you could purchase all the pool side necessities like sun block, tanning lotion, aloe vera, and floaties if you forgot yours at home.
The hotel provides a shuttle to the parks, they do make stops on the way so you are looking at about 20 minutes. On the way back from Magic Kingdom we would have been the last stop so decided on doing an uber instead which was expensive! It was really hot in June so we came back to the hotel to cool off and allow the girls to take a nap. We went back in the evening and stayed until 11pm when the park closed, our one year old did NOT want to come back. This time we only went to Magic Kingdom one day as this was a quick trip, one day was more than enough. The girls got their fill and we got more than our fill for the next few years – ok maybe we will be back next year.
It was a great little family vacay, we got to do everything that we wanted to and we maximized our 3.5 days there. We shopped, ate, hung out, went swimming and enjoyed being together, we love to travel and now so do our girls. As we were leaving my oldest says “mommy this was a great vacation, where are we going next”. I think we have created a monster – or two tiny cute little minions. Till next time…
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Frequent Flyer Food Points:
Peacock Alley ****
Aquamarine *** 1/2