Do you feel like doing something different this Thanksgiving?
What about the Waldorf Astoria Orlando where guests can enjoy a Thanksgiving weekend filled with “family time” while creating new memories. The Orlando luxury resort, accessible within the gates of Walt Disney World and nestled in a quiet nature reserve, has an entire schedule of special holiday activities, punctuated by the Saturday-night “Holiday Lights,” a fireworks show held exclusively for resort guests.
A run-down of holiday events:
Holiday "Lights" Fireworks on Saturday, Nov. 26
Enjoy a special "Holiday Lights" fireworks show at 9pm. Prime viewing locations available from the Waldorf Astoria Signature Pool deck, the outdoor terrace of Peacock Alley, the Signature Island or resort promenade.
Bar du Chocolat at Peacock Alley, Nightly
Enjoy a nightly opportunity to experience nearly 30 ala carte chocolate treats from Waldorf Astoria’s dynamic display of decadence. Peacock Alley is transformed into a chocolate boudoir, offering an evening of self indulgence. Guests can choose from a signature selection of chocolate treats from the hotel’s talented pastry team, using recipes from around the globe. Highlights include handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, pillows of chocolate mousse, and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Bull & Bear restaurant, Thursday Nov. 24
Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving meal, served on Thanksgiving Day from 6-10pm. This special meal includes “heritage" turkey, pork and beef -- all carved tableside. A seafood item will also be featured, to make it a true "Florida" Thanksgiving. As a special treat, a decadent dessert selection will be offered... here's to happy endings! The standard Bull & Bear ala carte menu will be available.
Thanksgiving Family Dinner Buffet at Oscar’s restaurant, Thursday Nov. 24
Oscar’s will feature a holiday dinner buffet from 4-10pm. This “feast for the senses” will include classic holiday fare, new Waldorf Astoria traditions, and a special dessert buffet.
Live Entertainment, Nightly
All weekend, enjoy live entertainment nightly in Peacock Alley. On Thanksgiving evening, enjoy a special "after-glow" with live music in Peacock Alley, from 6:30 - 10:30pm.
Fun for Families, Daily
All weekend, families can participate in the Waldorf Astoria Turkey Hunt. This special holiday scavenger hunt will bring your family throughout public areas of the hotel to find cleverly hidden stuffed turkeys. Use the clues to search at your own pace, and when you find them all, claim your family's special prize at the front desk. In addition, kids can participate all weekend in special holiday craft sessions, part of the WA Kids Club.
"Harvest Classic" Golf Tournament, Thanksgiving morning, Thursday Nov. 24
Play a round of golf before the big meal! Featuring a 9am shotgun start at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. $95 per person ($50 for 9 holes) includes complimentary rental clubs. Children 15 and under $25. For reservations, call 407-597-3783
Gobble Golf – a Turkey of a Challenge, Friday Nov. 25
This family event is on the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club putting green, from 10am until 3pm. Everyone who completes the free challenge wins a prize and everybody is entered to win a grand prize.
What's Thanksgiving without football? Guests can enjoy the weekend's NFL and college football action at The Clubhouse Grille, inside the Golf Clubhouse.
If all of that isn't enough, then in addition to a weekend of relaxation, visitors to Orlando can enjoy Disney theme parks decked out in their holiday decorations, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom. For holiday shopping, Mall at Millenia features Orlando's largest collection of upscale shops and department stores.