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Walt Disney World Swan Resort Lake Buena Vista

1200 Epcot Resort Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Visited: 2012-01-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-19 15:40:07.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

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This is a favorite destination of ours. What does it have? LOCATION, LOCATION LOCATION! We have been staying at the Swan (and Dolphin) for the past 10 years...sometimes just our immediate family, sometimes extended family (our last stay was in a 2 bedroom grand suite w/ an additional room for a party of 11) sometimes just me and the kids, sometimes even just me and some girl friends for a getaway. Although it is not a Disney owned hotel it is on Disney property (it's an interesting story actually). As a guest you have access to WDW operated buses and boats. The other perk is that you also get the "extra magic hours" at all the WDW parks. You can not participate in the WDW dining plan or utilize the "magical express" to and from the airport. We are also SPG STARWOOD members ... I suggest signing up (it's a great and more than fair rewards programs). As members we probably got at least 10 nights free over the years along w/ other rewards and great rates (which can be used at any starwood hotel around the world). We have any many, many wonderful stays at the Swan and I highly recommend it. We have also stayed at The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and the Beach and Yacht Club. We loved all of those WDW owned and operated hotels but we always still come back to the Swan/Dolphin!!! BTW - the beds are truly HEAVENLY! They are my favorite beds of any hotel I have every stayed at! The restaurants are fabulous! We have prob. eaten at all of them over the years.... a little pricey (but that's Disney). They now offer their own version of a Dining plan (something to check out).

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I suggest families stay at the Swan because they offer queen sized beds (as well as King). Where as the Dolphin the choice is 2 double beds or a King. Both are considered "convention/business" hotels but I think the Swan is a little better suited for families. I have stayed in both hotels but when I am staying with the family or a larger group, I always opt for the Swan. You are able to use the facilities in both hotels (and there are restaurants in both). However, the only place to grab a quick bite (and hot food/some light groceries/snacks etc.) is in the Dolphin. I believe the only bar is in the Dolphin too-Something to consider if those things are important to you. Although its a quick walk between the hotels.

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Northern Lights Arcade At Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, Pennsylvania

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Visited: 2011-10-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-19 15:21:36.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5) and tweens (9-12)

GREAT Wolf - GREAT Getaway for EVERYONE!

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Something for everyone ... a little pricey but worth it! You get what you pay for! It's very clean, and seems safe. I felt very comfortable letting my 12 and 9 year old daughters walk around and even go to the pool area at night together. The pool is very well staffed w/ many vigilant life guards. Although I couldn't leave my 4 year old son alone - I did feel that he was very safe at all times. I would suggest trying to go on a week day (not a weekend or holiday) if you can take the kids out of school. It can get very crowded otherwise.

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The food is very, very expensive. I would suggest packing up lunch at the very least - food and snacks in the pool area are very expensive and not worth the price. They allow you to bring in your own food and drinks. If you are going to splurge on food - then I would suggest sticking to the breakfast and/or dinner buffets (also pricey but much better selection and value for your money than the food in the pool area). For that matter, you can eat cereal in the room and skip the breakfast buffet. There is a microwaves and mini frig. in the room. I also heard that restaurants in the area give discounts if you go in w/ your wrist bands.

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