Seems like that's a pretty good deal for the Waldorf.
What I want to know is when is the pet resort at Bonnet Creek going to be built/opened???
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Waldorf-Astoria opens at Bonnet Creek 10/1/09 – 10-01-2009,06:00 AM
Anyone planning on trying out this luxury hotel on their next trip to WDW?
Wraps Taken Off Disney-Area Waldorf-Astoria, Hilton
Reported by Dave D'Marko
ORLANDO -- Two luxury hotels will open near Disney Thursday with a variety of dignitaries on hand.
The 10 a.m. ribbon cutting for the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek will be attended by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty, Florida governor Charlie Christ and golf course designer Rees Jones.
Over 482 acres, the two hotels will add 1,500 luxury rooms to the Orlando area.
"Today's a historical day for us. We've been planning this opening nearly nine years for Orlando. Our guests are going to enjoy some of the wonderful amenities that currently are offered in New York at the original Waldorf Astoria, plus some extras. The golf course will be opening today, as well. Rees Jones designed (it)," said Tom Parke, director of marketing for the Waldorf Astoria.
"We have a grill and spa that will be open to the public as well as to our guests. (There are also) be in-room amenities that are endless, including flat screen televisions, surround sound, bedding that nowhere in Orlando will you see but here, and 13 dining options throughout the resort," Parke said.
If you want to stay at the resort, there are some breaks in price for the opening.
"Many people have taken advantage of our introductory pricing. We have been quietly, and with care, pricing is so that many people can enjoy both the Hilton and the Waldorf-Astoria in our first days of opening," Parke said.
The choice of Oct. 1 for opening day was not random. On Oct. 1, 1931, the original Waldorf Astoria in New York City opened, and on Oct. 1, 1971, Disney World opened.
Both hotels are offering introductory rates for the grand opening starting at $199 a night. Golf packages are available for $329 a night at the Waldorf Astoria and $299 a night at the Hilton.
Hotels Good For Orlando
The two new hotels are great for tourists, but it has also been great for the Orlando area. First came all the jobs that came with the construction, and then 750 people were employed to run the hotels. Peter Kacher, managing director of the Waldorf Astoria said there are still some job opportunities. To apply go to HiltonFamily.jobs.
There is a slideshow on the above link. It looks beautiful....1974 - 1983 WDW day trips*1992 WDW off site*1994 WDW Contemporary*1997 WDW off site *1997 WDW Polynesian*1998 DL PAC*1999 DLH*2000 WDW Coronado/Port Orleans*2001 WDW off site*2002 DLH*2002 WDW Happy Haunts Ball*2003 WDW Riverside*2003 WDW Happy Haunts Ball*2004 Moved to Orlando*2006 DVC Member*2006 DLR*2007 DVBR*2007 OKW*2007 VWL*2008 GCH*2009 BLT*2009 AKV*2010 OKW*2010 SSR*2010 DLP DLH*2011 BLT*2011 AKL/Kidani*2012 BWV
10-01-2009,03:23 PMSophia: “The race was underway. I start off slow. I’m cagey, like a panther, but when the time is right I pounce! The crowd is on its feet: ‘Sophia! Sophia!’ I could see the finish line; it was only 200-300 yds away. And then, it happened—what every runner dreads. I hit the wall.”
Dorothy: “Ah, ma, you ran out of steam?”
Sophia: “No, I actually hit a wall. They put up a new Wendy’s on Collins Ave.”
-The Golden Girls, Season 2