Growing up in New York, with parents whose jobs were involved in politics and government, I was familiar with the famous New York Waldorf Astoria. Made culturally famous in movies like Scent of a Woman and Coming to America during the '80s and '90s, I remember attending receptions and getting the opportunity for an overnight stay with my parents in the glamorous and opulent landmark hotel. With students out of school on summer break, parents are busy planning activities to keep children and teens entertained and to help create quality family moments. Helping to create those memorable vacations in luxurious settings is the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
Nestled in a nature preserve and conveniently located near Walt Disney World, Waldorf Astoria Orlando is celebrating summer with another season of Enchanted Evenings, running weekends through September 1, 2014. The summer-long schedule includes ongoing events and special activities from dawn to dusk and into the evening. Daily poolside activities, live entertainment, regatta boat decorating and special culinary experiences are some of the activities planned to enhance the summer vacation experience for every member of the family. Enchanted Evenings special activities include (additional fees per event may apply):
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Poolside Yoga, 8am-9am Waldorf Astoria Pool Before a full day of activities, take time to center your body and mind. The one-hour morning yoga sessions are $15 per person and include the cost of the mat. All skill levels are welcome. Please see the Concierge to register for a class.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Water Walkers, 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm Waldorf Astoria Pool Experience the pool in a whole new light in one of the bright water walkers.
SATURDAYS Regatta Boat Decorating, 11am-8pm Waldorf Astoria Pool During the day, families can purchase and decorate a Regatta sailboat and then join in the fun at the pool with their newly adorned boats.
SUNDAYS Waldorf Astoria Orlando Art Tour, 2pm-2:30pm Waldorf Astoria Lobby Explore the history of prized artwork throughout the resort. Complimentary tour. Space is limited. Contact the Concierge for availability and reservations.
FRIDAYS Champagne Check-In, 3pm-6pm Waldorf Astoria Orlando Lobby Upon arriving at the lobby all guests are treated with a complimentary glass of champagne.
SUNDAYS Royal Tea, 3pm-5pm Peacock Alley; Bull & Bear (holiday weekends: May 25, July 6 & August 31) Guests will treasure time together as they savor finely-prepared tea sandwiches and house-made pastries while sipping premium hot tea and listening to live piano music. Reservations are highly recommended. Please see Concierge.
FRIDAYS Weird Science Ice Cream Social, 4pm-6pm Waldorf Astoria Orlando Lobby Watch the hotel's mad scientist create the most magical ice cream in front of your eyes, thanks to liquid nitrogen and some amazing ingredients.
SATURDAYS Cocktail Creations, 4:30pm-5:30pm Peacock Alley Muddle, mix and sample! Guests partake in an interactive experience creating their very own refreshing summer cocktails.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Spa "Happy Hour", 6pm-8pm Waldorf Astoria Spa Guests may extend the bliss of a spa treatment as they wind down with complimentary champagne and chocolate in the Spa Lounge.
SATURDAYS Summer Solstice Nights – Music, Fun and Dining at Sunset, 6pm-8pm Waldorf Astoria Pool/Aquamarine Attend the Summer Solstice Nights every Saturday to celebrate the season with savory Mediterranean-inspired culinary creations and poolside entertainment at Aquamarine. View Menu
SATURDAYS Twilight Horse and Carriage Rides, 6pm-10pm Enchanting trip around the resort in a lighted horse-drawn carriage. $85 per carriage for 30 minutes; includes champagne and strawberries.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Kids Club Astoria After Dark: Kids Night Out, 6pm-10pm WA Kids Club Our twins had a WONDERFUL time at the Kids Club! They designed T-shirts, had kid-friendly dinner, went outside and made s'mores, played games, danced and more. The experience made them feel quite grown-up to be on their own and my hubby, teen and I were able to have some quality time together. At the Kids Club, kids get to take a break from their parents and enjoy an evening of kid-friendly fun, including scavenger hunts, surrey bike obstacle course, crafts, bingo, make-your-own pizza dinner, S’mores and more. A $50 credit will be applied to the Kids Club program fee for guests of Waldorf Astoria Spa or Bull & Bear. Reservations are required by 3pm, and may be made through the Concierge.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Bar du Chocolat, 6:30pm-10:30pm Peacock Alley For all chocolate lovers will be in utter delight with Waldorf Astoria Orlando famous Bar du Chocolat, a decadent selection of chocolate treats. Experience nearly 30 a la carte chocolate treats hand crafted by Waldorf Astoria Orlando's world-class pastry team. Highlights include chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, a rich selection of cookies, gourmet cocoa, pillows of chocolate mousse and bowls of beautiful bon-bons. Priced per piece.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Family S’mores Night, 7pm-9pm Waldorf Astoria Pool Families gather around the fire pit to roast marshmallows and make their own S’mores.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Evening Entertainment, 8pm-10pm Peacock Alley Guests are invited to enjoy live music while taking in the fabulous vibe of Peacock Alley.
SATURDAYS Bagpiper at Sunset, 8pm Waldorf Astoria Pool/Aquamarine Just before sunset, a bagpiper will begin playing while the sun slowly goes down and concludes dinner at Solstice Summer Nights. SPECIAL GOLF EXPERIENCES
- Twilight Golf at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, after 2pm (Daily): Guests can test their skill on the course with the Twilight Golf package. Nike® rental clubs are included with golf play; 18 holes after 2pm for $75.
- Family Golf (Daily): An opportunity for junior or beginner golfers to play from the resort’s Family Tees, where each hole measures between 100-200 yards. Juniors, 15 years of age and younger, play for $25 when playing with a paying adult.
- Saturday Golf Clinics, 10am-11am (Saturdays): Small group golf instruction from PGA golf staff at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Nike® golf clubs provided if needed. Beginner- to moderate-based instruction. $35 per person, sleeve of logo golf balls included.
- Golf Getaway Package at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, 9am-12noon (Saturdays and Sundays): Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a relaxing 18 holes for $95, including rental clubs and a $20 food/beverage credit at the cart.
In addition to all the amenities at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, guests have the added benefit of access to the many amenities at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek including pool, lazy river and all their restaurants so the fun and pleasure is doubled with Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando boasts many fine-dining acclaimed restaurants and a prefect way for families to start their day is with the vast array of breakfast options from meats and cheeses to crepe and omelette stations found at Oscar's Brassiere. True luxury, world-class amenities, fine dining and interactive summer fun for the entire family can be found at Waldorf Astoria Orlando Enchanted Evenings.
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