“When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are,” but it certainly makes a difference where you are.
Skip the crowds and long lines at the best rides, like Avatar Flight of Passage, and meet your favorite characters. Afterward, watch the fireworks displays from the comfort of your suite balcony.
It’s simply magical, as Disney calls it, and it’s an unforgettable experience that your Waldorf Astoria Personal Concierge is happy to provide during your stay.
“Whether our guests are looking for day-by-day agendas, theme park suggestions, tips and tricks for getting the most out of their day, or an escorted private tour, our dedicated Personal Concierge team uses their personal experiences and in-depth park knowledge to best assist our guests,” says Chris Houle, VIP Services Manager at Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
THE WORLD OF STAR WARS
This official Walt Disney World partnership comes at an opportune time: the unveiling of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Galaxy’s Edge lets Star Wars fans of all ages to explore Batuu, a planet rarely featured in the franchise. Check out the life-sized replica of the Millennium Falcon while sampling specialty foods and drinks designed for the characters that roam Black Spire Outpost, the remote trading post hidden in a canyon of towering rock formations.
Live out your own Star Wars adventure on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Pilot Han Solo’s iconic “bucket of bolts” or fend off stormtroopers with members of the Resistance. With Waldorf Astoria Orlando as your home base, you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours to enjoy additional time at the new universe.
For the best in cosmic dining, drop by Oga’s Cantina, a comical riff on the watering hole frequented by bounty hunters and intergalactic creatures in the original Star Wars films.
The venue serves up creative cocktails like the Fuzzy Tauntaun, a mix of peach vodka and peach schnapps, orange juice and pure cane sugar, and topped with “buzzz” foam, which numbs your mouth. Too far out? Then go for the Outer Rim margarita with black salt. No need to use the Force; let your Personal Concierge reserve your seat at the cantina.
Before you depart Galaxy’s Edge, don’t miss the blue or green milk that Luke Skywalker drinks in the movies. They’re a delightful fruit-flavored combination of coconut- and rice-based milks. For a more permanent souvenir, build your own custom lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop or design a droid at the Depot, a fan favorite.
Your Disney exclusives don’t end in a galaxy far, far away. As an Official Walt Disney World Hotel®, Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers a variety of perks and elevated experiences for a more curated stay.
Surrounded by Walt Disney World® Theme Parks on the 482-acre Bonnet Creek nature preserve, the resort lies minutes away from the rides and restaurants. Start with a luxury motorcoach shuttle that travels directly to Disney’s four theme parks — Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom — as well as Disney Springs. For a more magical experience, reserve a “Minnie Van,” complete with red and white polka dots, available through LYFT directly from your smartphone.
Enjoy early and late access to the parks through Disney’s Extra Magic Hours benefit and reserve FastPass+ tickets 60 days in advance — your golden tickets to skip lines to the most popular rides and attractions during busy days.
Book a private guided tour led by knowledgeable Disney experts; it’s packed with exclusive access throughout the day. The tour can include covering all the main attractions, special seating at parades and shows, a behind-the-scenes look at how the parks operate, or tables at the most sought-after restaurants.
Kids can also enjoy plenty of playtime on property at the Waldorf Astoria Kids Club. Activities include color-your-own T-shirts and playing poolside games. On Friday and Saturday evenings, kids enjoy special nighttime activities via Astoria After Dark.
Need a break from the parks? Reserve a private cabana at the special cabana pool. Or plunge into one of two additional pools, complete with food and beverage service by Aquamarine bar and grill. Unwind at the award-winning 18-hole golf course designed by Rees Jones. Then, sip cocktails at Peacock Alley before a romantic dinner at the award-winning Bull & Bear.
To help you enjoy a relaxed day on Bay Lake, Disney offers rental boats of all sizes. Allow your Personal Concierge to charter a 52-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge yacht for up to 18 people. Complete with snacks or a full meal and butler service, the evening cruise promises the best views of Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After and Once Upon A Time fireworks displays.
“We share our excitement and our passion with our guests, and we often introduce them to experiences they didn’t even know existed,” Waldorf Astoria’s Houle says. “We’re all about creating memories, and our team focuses on ensuring every guest interaction is a ‘Wow!’”
To create your own unforgettable Disney experience, book your stay at Waldorf Astoria Orlando.