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.

Choosing the Perfect Hotel Room

Lodging eats up a lot of the travel budget when you’re planning a trip. So, like most people you try and choose wisely to get a cheap hotel, an amazing hotel or hopefully both. But where do you turn to for advice? There are the old-fashioned, solidly-researched travel guidebooks, in addition to a plethora of online material that’s enough to spin your head. It’s tough to sift through all that information. And is it really reliable? Many people these days turn to the relative ease of reading short travel reviews readily available through sites, such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. Others scroll through the reviews posted on booking sites, such as Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, Trivago, and HomeAway to mention just a few.

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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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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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iSomnus – Unique Information on Hotel Rooms

Ever been disappointed when you walked into your hotel room?

Ever have a trip start off on the wrong foot because something was wrong in your room?

Ever wake up in your room wishing you were back in your comfortable home bedroom?

Here at iSomnus we’ve all felt that way one time or another. That’s why we started this site. We want to provide the best information on hotels, hotel rooms and hotel bookings so you won’t have to suffer through those painful moments. This is information that is not available anywhere else on the Internet, and certainly not on hotel websites or the big booking sites. The objectives of those sites is to get you to book a room as quickly as possible, and to collect the most money possible.

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