The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek have just become Official Walt Disney World Hotels, providing their guests with access to Extra Magic Hours for the first time.
You may be surprised to learn that, until now, two of the most luxurious hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort area were not Official Walt Disney World Hotels. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek are located on land near Disney Springs that is completely surrounded by — but not actually owned by — the Walt Disney World Resort.
Previously, these two upscale properties were considered Good Neighbor Hotels, which provided their guests access to a Disney Guest Services desk where they could purchase park tickets, but not any of the other perks enjoyed by those staying at Official Walt Disney World hotels.
As of March 1, 2019, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek have announced that they have been re-classified as Official Walt Disney World Hotels, which grants their guests access to Extra Magic Hours. That means guests of these hotels can enter early or stay late at a select Walt Disney World theme park, according to Disney’s published Extra Magic Hours calendar.
Be aware that at this time, unlike all the other Official Walt Disney World Hotels, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek do NOT allow guests to book FastPass+ reservations 60 days prior to their stay; instead, they may book within the same 30 day window as guests who are not staying on-site. A Disney representative told us that the perk could possibly be extended to the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek at some point in the future, but nothing has been announced at this time. Currently, the Swan and Dolphin, Four Seasons, and Disney Springs hotels do permit guests to book 60 days in advance; this perk is scheduled to run through at least Dec. 31, 2019.