Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Disney Race Weekends

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Offers Disney 'Marathon Weekends'

Runners at the Walt Disney World Marathon (Photo: runDisney)

During my latest visit to Walt Disney World for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, I stayed at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek for two nights to get the scoop on their Marathon Weekends, offered during many runDisney races since 2011. Marathon Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Orlando offer runners complimentary transportation to runDisney half-marathons and marathon, an included pre-race breakfast and send-off party, discounted rates that include late check-out, a runner’s concierge, and more.

Disney 'Marathon Weekends' at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Deluxe Double Queen guest room (Photo: Hilton)

My room was large, comfortable, and clean with a beautiful view of the pool and Walt Disney World beyond. And best of all, it was within the gates of Walt Disney World Resort—a 10-minute drive to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—with free transportation to the parks. I thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and would stay there again in a heartbeat when visiting or running Walt Disney World. The value and bang-for-your-buck is exceptional.

As a mid-week guest I wasn’t able to experience the Marathon Weekends myself, but chatted with folks in the know, got a look at some of the runner amenities like the welcome bag, and took in much of what the resort had to offer. I ran the property, lounged poolside in a cabana, made use of guests’ 10% discount at the Waldorf Astoria spa, hit the lobby coffee shop—which has some amazing pastries, by the way—and more.

Here’s the low-down on Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Marathon Weekends and runner-friendly amenities at the resort.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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  1. 1

    What great amenities, especially the early breakfast and late checkout. Love it.
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    • Karla Bruning

      So many hotels that host runners for big races have no idea how important late checkout is! And having breakfast available that early is amazing and rare too. I’ll never forget Philly Marathon when I was dragging my bag down to check out…on my way to the race at 5 am, since they wouldn’t give me late check-out (not even for a fee, which I would have gladly paid) and I wouldn’t be back from the marathon in time. Needless to say, I’ll never stay at that hotel again. I love that Hilton Bonnet Creek gets it!
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  2. 5

    so fun, they do such a good job!

  3. Kerri #

    Hi. I found this post and as a Hilton Honors member I was already looking at this property, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’re offering any packages or transportation for the 2017 marathon, just called them. Was wondering how you found out about this in the past so I can search for similar packages? Would appreciate any guidance. Would love to stay at a Disney property, but I’m traveling with others and some have limited budgets.

    • Karla Bruning

      Sorry to hear that, Kerri! Based on their website, they were offering the rate for the 2017 marathon, but perhaps it already sold out or something changed. I actually first heard about it on the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek website: http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/special-offers/marathon-fit. That’s the spot to watch. If you want to be on property but have budget limitations, I also recommend checking the Disney Springs area hotels. They generally don’t offer race transportation, but have park transportation and are a very short cab ride/drive to the start and finish outside of Epcot. There’s a Hilton there as well: http://disneyspringshotels.com/ Good luck!
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