Dec 12

35,000 Toys and Disney Cast Members Make Christmas Magical for Families in Need

Dec 12

Consider Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando for Your Disney Holiday Vacation {Here’s Why}

hilton bonnet creek christmasHave you heard of the Hilton Bonnet Creek at Walt Disney World?  It’s this amazing little slice of luxury attached to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando tucked away INSIDE the gates of Walt Disney World and they really “do it up right” when it comes to celebrating the holidays!

From holiday dining to Christmas activities for the entire family to enjoy, you’re sure to get into the holiday spirit at the Bonnet Creek Hilton.

This past weekend my family and I spent two nights at the resort eating, drinking and exploring all of the offerings for Christmas! Let’s take a look shall we?

The Christmas grandeur starts from the moment you arrive at the resort.  Check out the specialty lighting outside the porte-cochère! My picture really does not do it justice.


Disney Hilton Bonnet Creek Christmas Holiday

The lobby decorations are sleek and match perfectly with the elegance of this resort property.

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

Disney Hilton Bonnet Creek Christmas Holiday

Disney Hilton Bonnet Creek Christmas Holiday

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

Heading down the grand spiral staircase near the resort lobby will bring you to a magnificent two-story Christmas Tree!

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

There’s even a tree at the mini water park pool.

orlando hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday pool

…and yes, we did enjoy an afternoon IN the pool IN December. It’s heated…and it was wonderful!

orlando hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday pool

Later on in the evening you and your family can enjoy S’Mores Christmas Fun where you roast s’mores at the poolside fire pits (nominal fee for s’mores kits). Weather permitting.   Or, you can head up to one of the many restaurants and lounges for a seasonal holiday cocktail!  Here’s the Wood -N- Apple (Woodford Reserve bourbon, maple syrup and house-made apple sauce) $14 from La Luce.

la luce wood n apple cocktail bonnet creek hilton holiday

One of my favorites there is not seasonal but is still pretty unique…well the garnish is. A dirty vodka martini with maytag blue cheese stuffed olives! Ask for Chris or Tony!

la luce dirty martini cocktail bonnet creek hilton holiday

But the biggest draw of all has to be the life-size gingerbread house in the main lobby!  From the moment you walk through the front doors, you’ll be greeted by a 7-foot tall gingerbread house that YOU can decorate. A small donation of $5 per shingle will go to Kids Beating Cancer and Make A Wish Foundation.

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

Here are some guest decorated gingerbread tiles awaiting their placement on the house.

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

My family and I truly LOVE this resort and we love it even more during the holidays! For a complete list of Christmas and New Years happenings at the hotel visit HiltonBonnetCreek.com. You can find rates as low as $129 a night for Florida Residents.  If you would like to book a room here please visit http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/ or phone 407-597-3600.

The resort is located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane,  Orlando, FL 32821

I was provided with a discounted media rate at the resort for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.

Dec 12

Epic Mickey 2 – The Power of Two {Video Game Giveaway} with Oswald Ears

Epic Mickey 2 Oswald Giveaway

Disney Every Day and Disney Interactive want you to have the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!  That’s why we have teamed up as an awesome power of two to giveaway both Oswald Ears and “Epic Mickey 2 – The Power of Two” video games to five lucky readers!  That’s right! Five of you are going to be gifted with a prize pack consisting of an “Epic Mickey 2” video game in the platform of your choice and a set of Oswald ears to wear while playing!

Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good Luck!

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Nov 12

Hilton Bonnet Creek Offers Up Christmas Dinner to Disney Guests

hilton bonnet creek disneyGuests of the Hilton Bonnet Creek at Walt Disney World Resort have a few options for their home-away-from-home Christmas Dinner next month.

My favorite Hilton will be dolling out holiday fare at both La Luce and Harvest Bistro.  A special a la carte holiday menu will be available at La Luce by Donna Scala. Harvest Bistro is featuring a special buffet complete with traditional holiday fixings and a delightful dessert buffet. Adults $39 Children 12 & Under $19. Reservations are required.

Here’s a preview of the Christmas Dinner menu at Harvest Bistro:


Spiced Butternut Squash
Leek & Potato Soup

Charcuterie, Cheese, Fruit & Salad

Fresh Fruit Tray
Mediterranean Cured Meat & Cheese Display
California Pasta Salad with Fresh Vegetables, Sweet Corn & Bell Pepper Salad
Variety of Mixed Garden Greens
Floridian Potato Salad
Sliced Tomatoes & Red Onions with Basil & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ice Bar

Shrimp Poached in Lemon, Fennel, White Wine Broth & Chilled


Honey Baked Ham with Whole Grain Mustard
Roasted Turkey with Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Onion & Sage Stuffing

Entrée & Sides

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Penne Pasta, Spinach Cashew Nut Pesto, Shaved Parmesan
Grilled Swordfish on Sautéed Bokchoy with Chive & Lime Butter
Orange & Honey Glazed Carrots
Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic & Lime Roasted New Potatoes
Sautéed Beans with Roasted Red Peppers
Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Fabulous Dessert

Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding,
Cookies, Bailey Irish Cream Pudding, Jello,
Carrot Cake, Eggnog Parfait, & Cheesecake

Kids Corner

Dino Nuggets, Garden Salad, Mac & Cheese

You don’t have to be staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek to indulge in Christmas Dinner there. For reservations at Harvest Bistro call 407-597-3670.  For La Luce Reservations call 407-597-3675.  The Hilton Bonnet Creek is located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane  Orlando, FL 32821 and is within the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort. For more info visit http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/ or phone 407-597-3600.

Nov 12

Christmas Numbers Revealed at Walt Disney World

disney cast member christmas treeMiles of garland, glitter, twinkling lights and ribbon transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.  Here’s a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Vacation Kingdom:

  • 1,300 decorated trees throughout property
  • A wreath 25 feet in diameter adorning the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney West Side
  • 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations
  • 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the Vacation Kingdom
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draping over Christmas trees across property
  • 8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort
  • 98 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED, 2 percent is compact florescent
  • 11 countries dressed for Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase
  • More than 800 performers each night during Candlelight Processional at Epcot
  • One 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights
  • 6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:
    • One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating
    • One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters
    • 100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom
    • 365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace
  • Our newest ship, Disney’s Fantasy has 931′ garland, 66 sprays, 27 wreaths, 38 trees ranging from 2′ to 20′ and more than 17,000 individual LED lights — 11,000 of which adorn the 20′ lobby tree. The tree has a variety of custom ornaments made from existing elements such as Peacocks and ornate crystal shapes.