Friday, April 24, 2015

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek: An Elegant Paradise For This Princess


Welcome to my Elegant Disney's Princess Half Marathon
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Review!
     I had the pleasure of staying at Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort during Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend and if I could use one word to sum up the weekend, it would be "ELEGANCE".

     Why "Elegance"?? I chose that word because from the moment that I walked into the resort to the moment that I had my Princess Half Marathon Medal draped around my neck, I was emmersed in "Elegance".  Everything about this Resort and Race is sparkly, pretty and all about channeling your inner Princess.

     Now over the course of my 42 year life span, I have visited Walt Disney World Resort more times than one should probably admit to. I know, I know. Most people don't come anywhere close to understanding this part of my life. And guess what?? That is OKAY by me. I'm a repeat offender.....check out my stay and more photos of pre-race festivities during runDisney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon here.

     However, there are many people who do understand why I keep returning to "my happy place" as most Disney-loving people like to call it but I would be willing to bet that those same people don't use the words "Disney" and "Elegance" in the same sentence.

     To most, a Walt Disney World Resort Vacation (or Run-cation in this case), will require a vacation from your vacation when you return home. To some degree, this is the truth. There is A LOT to see and do. There are many parks, restaurants, attractions and races to run!! Whew!! I'm tired just typing this. I'm super guilty, I try to pack in so much over such a small amount of time. But again, let me state the word that I chose. "Elegance". There is a valid reason.
Welcome to Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!
#MarathonWeekends

     I have stayed on property at Walt Disney World Resort many many many times in conjunction with runDisney event weekends. I have always felt like that I'm always trying to navigate my way around. Always trying to figure things out. Where do I go? What time does the Expo open? What are the race procedures?? The races are popular, huge and overwhelming at times. So many things to do and figure out. So many people. So much hustle and bustle.

     The VERY LAST thing that I want to be worried about when I'm visiting Walt Disney World Resort during race weekend is the hustle and bustle. When I'm ready to unwind, I'm ready to unwind!! It's hard for me to unwind anyways.....I'm just not geared that way. For years, I would stress myself out over EVERYTHING when it came to runDisney run-cations.
Ready to have some fun with my running pal at Hilton Bonnet Creek Marathon Weekends!!
     Fast forward to February 2015. There's a new me and the new me is not stressed out. Thank you very much Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Runner's Resort Guide.  Everything that I need to know and do is right at my fingertips upon check-in. :)

If I can't figure out the answers, there is a Runner's Concierge on hand to answer all of my questions.  Located in the Hilton Lobby, the Runner's Concierge is dedicated to making your race weekend run smoothly. The Runner's Concierge can help you with:

  • Marathon Bus Transportation Sign-up:
  • Disney Expo Information
  • Race Information
  • Hotel Information
  • Running Supplies
I have actually found that relaxing during race weekend is a good thing. I am letting other people handle the details. I am sitting back and taking it all in. And believe it or not, I am having the time of my life during the race because I'm just relaxed going into it.
This girl is ready for fun #MarathonWeekends!
   Besides....WHO could be stressed out when you are sleeping on these comfy beds before a race??

....And WHO could be stressed with a room with THIS view!! Aaaaahhhhhh!!! So Beautiful!
The view from my room.
Large Bathrooms...check!
Several Princesses could adjust their tiaras in here. 
Relax in the Lazy River!
A Royal Photoshoot with my bling quickly followed by a dip in the pool. :)
A little more information about #MarathonWeekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando:

Marathon Transportation:
Special complimentary bus transportation is provided for the runDisney events. Pre-race celebration followed by loading the buses and then one BIG send-off to get the party started! (Bus sign-up is required).  Please see the Runners' Concierge to reserve your spot on the bus!

Return transportation post event will depart every 30 minutes from event location.

See the Runner's Resort Guide for information on Specatator Transportation as well. 

Get Fueled Race Day Morning!
Before the race, enjoy complimentary items in the Convention Center entrance foyer, adjacent to Zeta Bar.
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee
  • An Assortment of teas
  • Water
  • Energy Bars
  • Muffins
  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Granola Bars
  • Plain and Multi-Grain Bagels
  • An Assortment of cream cheese, peanut butter and jelly condiments
Relax and Unwind at Waldorf Astoria Spa:
The World-class Waldorf Astoria Spa is just steps away at the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Reward yourself with a pampering treatment after the race. Same-day appointments may be available. To book your Spa Reservation, call 407-597-5360.

Join the Runner's Challenge:
Participants of runDisney events have a chance to WIN A WEEKEND STAY at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek by predicting their expected finish time.

Entry forms are located in your welcome bag. Only one entry per participant. The runner closest to his or her time will be named the winner. Drop off your completed form to the Runner's Concierge before your race.

Carb Load:
Carb Load at one these three great restaurants on property!
  • La Luce- Open 5-11pm. For "carb loading," our signature restaurant will feature a la carte pasta dishes.
  • Harvest Bistro- Dinner 4-10pm.  Featuring a "carb loading" dinner menu, for $16 per person.
  • Muse- Open 24 hours. Featuring gourmet coffee, pastries, garden fresh salads and sandwiches.
I had such a FABULOUS time running the Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend and staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort! I will definitely make plans to stay there again for my future runDisney events and family vacations.

Feel free to shoot me an email or find me on Twitter or Instagram at @Bamagirlruns if you'd like to have me answer any more questions about a future runDisney run-cation at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek or Waldorf Astoria Orlando!

For more information on #MarathonWeekends please visit Hilton Bonnet Creek.

Happy Running and Hope to see you soon at #MarathonWeekends!
We did it!!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stay at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in exchange for my honest opinion regarding #MarathonWeekends. I cannot express how much I love this resort and plan to stay here for many future vacations at Walt Disney World Resort.