Living out of state, I don’t get to go to Disney as often as I did as a Florida resident (sadly). I still make it work, and find ways to bring Disney into my life even when I can’t be in Orlando.
I also am constantly looking for opportunities to quick, affordable trips for a weekend in between my long vacations.
Hilton Bonnet Creek is an absolutely gorgeous resort on Disney property, but managed separately by Hilton (similar to Swan and Dolphin and the Disney Springs partner hotels). This hotel, however, puts all of those to shame with its rooms, amenities, and location.
Bonnet Creek is located between Disney Springs and Hollywood Studios. It’s in the same area as Pop Century (in fact, I could see the building I stayed in at Pop Century from our Bonnet Creek room).
They have transportation to all the Disney parks, and it’s actually much more efficient than regular Disney bus systems. You go to the concierge first and get a bus ticket (it’s free for guests), that gets you on the bus. You then let them know when you want to be picked up, what park you’re going to, and when you are planning to leave the park. This way, they can have a bus ready and waiting for you instead of having buses constantly running there or you waiting for 30+ minutes to get a bus to come.
You can also park your car at the resort and drive around property to get to where you need to go. We chose this option to save even more time – since it was a very quick weekend trip (after we got the information from the concierge to share with you).
The rooms are beautiful and very spacious. For three of us adults, there was more than enough space for our bodies and our things. The beds were very comfortable and everything you would expect from a Hilton resort.
We were able to get early check in as early as 8 am on Saturday, which was helpful seeing as we only had the one night there. We also arrange a late check out for the next day. The staff were very accommodating every step of the way and had great customer service.
The best part of the room: the view.
You can see Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom from the rooms as well as look down and see the fantastic pool area (more on that later). You can’t see Magic Kingdom because it’s so far off and disconnected by the Seven Seas Lagoon, but you can make out where it would be.
Being able to see Everest, Tower of Terror, and Spaceship Earth on the skyline really made you feel “at Disney” and it’s the best resort view I’ve ever had. I could have stared out the window all day!
Floating around and around is so relaxing and I’d love to go back when I can spend a whole day just doing that – and drinking of course.
The best part of the resort: the pool. They have poolside bar service and the pool is essentially a lazy river with openings for more general swimming.
The resort has several restaurants and bar areas for you to check out and also connects to the Waldorf next door. There’s enough to do between the two resorts (and you get access to both as a guest of one) that you don’t have to go to the parks at all or ever leave the resort property.
This was the perfect weekend getaway location.
I flew down from Indiana to Orlando, landing at 7:30 am on Saturday and left at 5 pm on Sunday (flying on Spirit). The resort atmosphere, plus of course the parks, made this one of the best trips I’ve made to Disney ever.
Have you ever stayed at Hilton Bonnet Creek? Would you consider it?