and the 1,000-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek here.
Hilton chose an auspicious day, Oct.1, for the opening of the complex. The original Waldorf Astoria in New York opened on that date 78 years ago.
Among the guests at the opening ceremonies, which celebrated the opening of both hotels, were Florida governor Charlie Crist and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer.
The Waldorf features the first ever Waldorf Astoria Golf Club and WA Kids Club as well as a branch of the Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain.
The 482-acre Bonnet Creek development is surrounded on three sides by Walt Disney World and includes a private nature preserve.