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Waldorf Astoria and Hilton open near Disney World

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The Waldorf Astoria Orlando (above right) and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (above left) held their grand openings today. In attendance at the ribbon cutting was Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and a host of Hilton executives and special guests.

The two hotels are surrounded by Disney property on three sides. The entrance to the Bonnet Creek area is off Buena Vista Drive, just down the street from Downtown Disney.

The Waldorf Astoria is only the second ever built. The original is a landmark hotel in New York City. The two hotels each feature pools, spas and restaurants. They share a golf course and they are connected by a shared convention center.

Here’s a video and some photos from the opening. Be sure to get your copy of our upcoming Winter 2010 issue for more photos and to read all about the new hotels.

You can also keep up to date with the hotels via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Orlando grand opening

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The Waldorf Astoria ribbon cutting.

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The lobby of the Waldorf Astoria.

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Waldorf Astoria.

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

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