ACEC 2017 Fall Conference

About Orlando

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria Orlando is surrounded by the Walt Disney World Resort, just minutes from Disney Theme Parks, water parks, and Disney Spring.  World-class shopping, arts and entertainment venues, and the best of Orlando’s exciting attractions are all within a short drive of the hotel.  Enjoy the complimentary private MEARS Motor Coach transportation directly from Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando to the neighboring Disney Theme Parks and Disney Springs.  

Disney Springs (New!)

Disney Springs is a themed retail, dining and entertainment center inspired by Florida's charming waterfront towns, historic architecture and natural beauty. The sprawling promenade features 4 distinct neighborhoods?The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center—built around bubbling springs.

From intimate boutiques to stunning flagship locations, Disney Springs is home to over 150 offerings ranging from Disney-themed shops to noteworthy brands.  There’s so much to see and do at Disney Springs! Stores are brimming with merchandise ranging from fashion apparel and jewelry to collectibles and artwork. Stop for a snack and coffee or cold drink, listen to talented musical performers, or enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the many fine dining restaurants. And cap off your visit with a first-run movie or see a live performance of Cirque du Soleil La Nouba.

View the amazing assortment of retaildining and entertainment options available at Disney Springs.

Theme Parks

Whether you are young or simply young at heart, the world’s greatest theme parks are conveniently located near the resort.  From the classic Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, there’s something for everyone at any age. We suggest:

  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • LEGOLAND Florida
  • SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica where you can dive into adventure and fun from the 3-D-360 TurtleTrek experience to the inspiring Shamu show, One Ocean.
  • Universal Orlando Resort and Universal’s Islands of Adventure give you the opportunity to jump right into the action of your favorite television shows and movies like Shrek, The Simpson, and Despicable Me.


Performing Arts and Museums

Orlando has a vibrant local arts and cultural scene where you can find a wonderful mix of traditional and modern attractions, depending on your specific interests and tastes. One can spend the day strolling through art galleries then take in a ballet or play at night…the array of choices are diverse and bountiful, such as:

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens
  • Orange County Regional History Center
  • Orlando Ballet
  • Orlando Museum of Art
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orlando Science Center
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater


Day Trips

If you have a day open for some travel beyond the Greater Orlando area, you can easily take in the pristine beaches, colorful flora and different city scenes with a short car drive. A few of the neighboring area attractions include:

  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
  • Daytona Beach
  • Cocoa Beach

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria Orlando Activities

Hilton Bonnet Creek Pool

Close your eyes and imagine yourself drifting down our lazy river amid a lush and subtropical environment. Envision yourself lounging by our zero-entry, lagoon-style pool as the children splash in the Florida sunshine. This picturesque setting is the heart and soul of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The Orlando family resort pool area, named #1 by TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Fantastic Pools, offers the perfect escape during your next Orlando vacation.

 The family-friendly pool area caters to children of all ages, from an exciting waterslide to a zero-entry point allowing you to wade as your children play in comfortable depths. Our Recreation Team offers daily arts & crafts poolside, as well as exciting games for all families to participate. Guests are welcome to bring their own pool floats or you may purchase one at the Splash Shop. Complimentary inner tubes are available daily on a first come, first serve basis.

Pool Hours: Daily, 7 am – 10 pm

Dive-In Movies: Saturday Evenings at 7 pm (weather permitting)

Poolside Cabanas

Treat yourself to one of the private cabanas – your very own private poolside oasis. Enjoy private lounge chairs, personalized service and technological conveniences. Stay cool. Relax. Enjoy quality time with the family!

Cabanas are available for full-day rentals and include:

Private cabanas accommodating up to 8 guests
Welcome refreshments to include (4) waters, (4) sodas and a snack basket
Personalized poolside service featuring cuisine from Beech
Wireless Internet access
HD flat-screen television
Ceiling fan

Cabana Full-Day Hours: Daily, 9 am to 6 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve your Cabana in advance of your stay, please contact the Concierge at 407-597-3688. Same-day cabana rental is available by visiting Beech.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa

The Waldorf Astoria Spa is conveniently located adjacent to the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. As a guest of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, all of the Spa’s services and treatments are available to you.

 At Waldorf Astoria Spa, luxurious therapies, soothing environments and a unique client-centric approach to well-being all unify to create an elevated state of rejuvenation and renewal.  Ther new menu of services includes locally sourced ingredients such as the signature ingredient, honey, which is infused into our unique skin treatments, products, and personalized therapies.

Here individual treatments become a completely customized experience in which your personal skin qualities and aesthetic expectations are the sole objective of your session.  Waldorf Astoria Spa will transform your visit into a luxurious and personal escape – you will leave a more balanced version of yourself.

  • Facial Therapies – rediscover your most radiant complexion
  • Body Therapies – from hydrotherapy to contouring body treatments, reduce stress and rejuvenate your skin
  • Massage Therapies – enjoy the healing and harmonizing benefits of personalized massage therapies
  • Hand and Foot Therapies – the ultimate in pampering for your hard-working extremities
  • Salon Services – from makeup application to manicures and pedicures to hair cuts and color, you will leave feeling gorgeous and pampered

To book your appointment at Waldorf Astoria Spa, click here or call 407-597-5360.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Amidst the Bonnet Creek nature preserve is Golf magazine’s prestigious “Top Courses You Can Play” – The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.  As a guest of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, you have full access to the golf club, located at the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

 Using the land’s natural contours as a canvas and a fertile imagination as a palette, this meticulously designed course was created by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones. The 18-hole masterpiece pulls in elements from several of the world’s classic courses – some designed a century ago. The layout ingeniously blends its traditional character with endless subtleties for a challenging experience. Mindful of the natural elements and in homage to the game’s storied history, Jones created a course of great integrity and environmental consciousness that seamlessly folds into the terrain, so it appears to have been here forever.

Visually stunning and immensely playable, our Par 72 course is enhanced by natural elements like majestic cypress trees lining the fairways and features a five-tee system to accommodate golfers of every caliber. The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club measures an impressive 7,108 yards from the Professional Tees and maintains a course rating of 74.6 and slope of 139.

Pro Shop

The Pro Shop at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is fully stocked with a variety of merchandise fit for even the most experienced golfers.  Included are top-of-the-line Taylor Made and Peter Millar merchandise. Taylor Made club rentals and golf shoe rentals are available.

Practice Range and Putting Green

The practice range features several target greens, enabling golfers to hone their accuracy with a number of different clubs. There is also a chipping area to fine-tune the short game, and a putting green is maintained in the same condition as the ones on the course. The expansive practice range and putting green are included in the Greens Fee. Guests who would like to experience the golf course but do not have time to play a round, can enjoy the practice facility as part of the daily resort charge. Proper golf attire is required at all times. 

Individual Private Lessons

To truly improve your game, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy offers a range of private and group golf packages. Benefit from the advantages of private, one-on-one instruction led by Golf Digest’s Top 50 and Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Golf Instructor Brian Mogg, Director of Instruction.

Dress Code

MEN – Shirts with collars and sleeves. Slacks or Bermuda shorts are considered appropriate attire. Tank tops, tee shirts, fishnet tops, cut-offs, sweat pants, warm up suits, blue jeans or denim shorts, tennis shorts, short shorts or other athletic shorts are not permitted.

WOMEN – Dresses, skirts, mid-length shorts and blouses are considered appropriate attire. Halter tops, tee shirts, fishnet tops, bathing suits, sweat pants, warm up suits, blue jeans or denim shorts, tennis dress, athletic shorts, cut-offs or short shorts are not permitted.

SHOES – Golf shoes with no metal spikes are required on the golf course. Tennis, soft sole and field shoes are only permitted if approved by the golf shop.

Improperly dressed golfers will be asked to change before being allowed to play or practice. The Golf Staff reserves the right to make final decisions on compliance with the dress code policy.


Attire for the 2017 Fall Conference is business casual (no-ties). 


The month of October in Orlando is one of the best times of the year to visit. The average daytime temperature for October in Orlando is 84 degrees and the nighttime temperature is 65 degrees. 

Make sure to bring a jacket as meeting rooms can be cool.