If you are planning a trip to multiple cities on the east coast of the U.S., as of June 2018, here are TripAdvisor’s #1 hotel in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC.
Wow, that’s all you can say after visiting this park! Here are some pictures taken at Snow Canyon State Park near St George, Utah in February 2018. If you are interested in visiting Snow Canyon State Park, see our list of recommended hotels at the end of the post.
One of the great benefits of being a member of the Disney Vacation Club is the ability to do pool hopping at Walt Disney World. Over the years Disney has reduced the ability to pool hop to some of the most popular resorts, but there are still lots of great pools out there to enjoy. As a DVC member, pool hopping allows you to use pools at other Disney Vacation Club resorts and some pools at Walt Disney World resorts.
When our family goes to Disney World we love to take advantage of the monorail transportation in the Magic Kingdom Resort area to do some pool hopping. We can stay at one of the Disney Resorts, like the Polynesian Resort, and then pool hop to some of the other great resorts on the monorail system. It’s so easy and so quick, and there are no car or parking hassles. The strategy of where to stay is important because of the limitations on pool hopping. Here is Disney’s current policy for pool hopping:
Pool hopping is not available at the following Disney pools:
- Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Uzima Pool and Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resorts
- The leisure pool at Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- The Lava Pool and leisure pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- The Copper Creek Springs Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- The pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Boulder Ridge Cove Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’ monorail transportation stops at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and from the TTC you can transfer to another monorail to take you to Epcot.
So the best strategy for Magic Kingdom area pool hopping is to stay at one of the resorts that doesn’t allow pool hopping like the Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Bay Lake Towers, take advantage of the pool there, and then pool hop to some of the other pools which are allowed, like the Grand Floridian Resort pools. If you have a park hopper pass you can also take the monorail to Epcot and then walk through Epcot to the Epcot Resort area, and take advantage of pools like the Boardwalk Resort Lunar Park Pool. If you don’t have a park hopper pass you can always take the bus to the Epcot area resorts.
The Grand Floridian has two great pools, the Courtyard Pool and the Beach Pool.
If you want the full details on Disney pools have a look at this post which contains descriptions of all the largest pools at Walt Disney World.
Enjoy, and let us know your pool hopping experiences at Walt Disney World.
Want all the benefits of a water park, but at your own hotel? This is certainly possible in Orlando. Many of the larger hotels have all of the features of a water park including the Lazy River. I love floating down a lazy river, and the longer the better. Here are the Orlando hotels with the longest lazy rivers:
If you’re like me, you understand how difficult it is to leave your favourite pet behind while you’re traveling the world. Leaving a pet behind creates a lot of worries. Can the caretaker be trusted? Will my pet be fed and walked properly? Will my dog be happy with the other dogs in the kennel? Hotels, traditionally, have not been the most hotel pet friendly places. But slowly over the last decade, many in the hotel industry have acknowledged the fact that pets are part of their guests lives, and being pet-friendly can prove to be a highly profitable decision.
Need a break and think of heading to the Adirondacks in New York?. Friends told me that Lake Placid is a great place to do some cycling and hiking. I did some quick research and Whiteface Lodge was consistently listed as one of the top hotels in the Adirondacks. I double checked with TripAdvisor and it was listed as the #2 hotel in the Lake Placid area. So I thought I should give it a try. It’s more expensive than a typical hotel room, but the rooms are more like suites. Prices usually start in the high $200s for a Junior One Bedroom Suite, up go up to close to $900 for the Grand Lodge three bedroom suite. We went mid week in May, so we got a bit of a deal, we reserved a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite for about $300 / night.
We loved our stay at the Lodge. The hotel is extremely well run and has all the amenities needed for a great couples weekend, or family vacation.