Hotels for Canada Day, Bluesfest, Winterlude and Other Festivals in Ottawa

Ottawa has a number of great festivals every year like the Ottawa Jazz Festival (late June), Ottawa Bluesfest (in July), and Winterlude (in February).  In addition, there is the big Canada Day party every July 1 where hundreds of thousands of people will gather in the area of Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada’s birthday.  For a list of Festivals in Ottawa see Ottawa Festivals.

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Pool Hopping in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Resort Area

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.

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Magic Kingdom Area Pool Hopping

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.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Courtyard Pool
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Grand Floridian Resort 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.

If you’re looking to relax on a Lazy River, check out the Longest Lazy Rivers in Orlando.

Enjoy, and let us know your pool hopping experiences at Walt Disney World.

Ranking the Largest Pools At Walt Disney World

The bigger the better! Having been a Disney Vacation Club member since the late 90s, our family has had the chance to try a number of the pools at Walt Disney World.  This was before the days when pool hopping was disallowed at the most popular spots like the Beach Club.  We loved to search out and try the larger pools with waterslides and other fun activities.  We found the larger pools also allow people to spread out so you don’t feel like you are sitting or swimming on top of someone else.   So where are the largest pools at Walt Disney World?  Let’s have a look.

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Top 3 Family Resorts in Arizona

Arizona reminds everyone of the Grand Canyon,  the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River. But there are other reasons besides the Grand Canon to visit Arizona.  Millions of travellers visit the state each year to enjoy its spectacular landscape, exotic Navajo heritage, and lovely sunny warm climate.

Arizona offers numerous family-friendly activities and kid-friendly resorts. Here’s a sampling of three excellent family resorts in Arizona. These could be your next destination if you’re looking for fun in the sun!

1# Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Located in Scottsdale, this versatile Spanish colonial-inspired resort can function as a family escape, or as a romantic weekend. Kids keep themselves busy with waterpark-style slides, group sports, crafts, and the free-form lagoon pool, while you and your partner sneak away to the Willow Stream Spa, golf courses, or the award-winning restaurants.

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Longest Lazy Rivers at Orlando Hotels

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:

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Top 3 Family Resorts in California

Home to sunny weather, sandy beaches, first-rate amusement parks, and snowy mountains, California offers everything you need when planning a family getaway. There is no lack of first-class accommodations, and many of them are family-friendly. From San Diego to Anaheim and Lake Tahoe, you’ll find beaches, amazing wilderness, attractions ,and ski resorts dotted across the state.

Here are short reviews of three of the best family resorts in California.

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Lake Placid Visit and Whiteface Lodge Review – Including Hotel Floor Plan

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.

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