Two of Orlando’s luxury properties now are joining forces with .
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the Hilton Bonnet Creek announced on March 1 that the two properties now officially are Walt Disney World hotels. One big perk they gain from that is the Disney Extra Magic Hours that allow hotel guests to enter a theme park one hour early and stay two hours later than normal operating hours.
“We’re bringing more magic and memories to your vacation — resort guests now receive access to Disney Extra Magic Hours benefit with valid theme park admission thru Dec 31, 2019,” said Hilton Bonnet Creek’s Twitter page.
Waldorf Orlando✔@WaldorfOrlandoWaldorf Astoria Orlando is now an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel! #NowMoreThanEver we’re bringing more magic & memories to your #vacation with Disney Extra Magic Hours benefit with valid #themepark admission thru Dec 31, 2019!
Hilton Bonnet Creek@BonnetCreekThe wait is over! As an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel, we’re bringing more magic & memories to your vacation — resort guests now receive access to Disney Extra Magic Hours benefit with valid theme park admission thru Dec 31, 2019!
The 498-room Waldorf Astoria Orlando and 1,000-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek together form a 482-acre resort surrounded by a private nature preserve on three sides near Walt Disney World. The two properties were acquired by Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) in February 2015.
Luxury properties attract high-end travelers — and big spenders — to Central Florida, which allows local businesses to tap into that lucrative market. In addition, meeting space helps lure more conventions and trade shows that are a big part of the overall visitation success in Central Florida.
The region is continuing a strong trend in hotel growth, thanks to new investments at resorts, as well as theme parks adding more rides and experiences. In fact, Orlando hotel demand and supply will show a 2.4 percent growth next year, according to Tennessee-based hotel data firm STR Inc. That will come from the opening of new hotels such as Universal Orlando Resort’s 2,050-room Dockside Inn & Suites.
Universal’s Dockside Inn and Suites Universal’s Dockside Inn and Suites will bring 2,050 hotel rooms to I-Drive in 2020.
Further, STR data showed that local hotel demand will jump 2.5 percent next year. That likely will be due to the ongoing growth at theme parks such as the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land set to open later this year at Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land The new land will feature a series of new eateries all designed around the Black Spire Outpost’s setting.
Orlando’s $70 billion tourism industry is the region’s dominant economic engine, and draws 72 million-plus visitors to town annually.