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While pool hopping is generally not allowed at Disney Resorts, I can tell you for a fact it happens on a regular basis. In speaking with fellow Disney Resort guests I have heard both ends of the spectrum on this topic. Personally, I say what the heck, let them swim. Each time we stay at a Disney resort it is typically for an extended period of time which usually results in a few days staying put at the Resort. This is where the real vacation time happens. Many of us adults like to enjoy a pool with a nearby bar for the consumption of a nice frozen rum drink while the kids enjoy the water slides and splash pools. Others just want a quiet relaxing waterside sun tanning area where they can read and adjust the melanin levels in their skin tone with the Florida rays.

The problem being is that you can’t always fulfill everyone’s needs at any one specific pool. Also, some resorts cater to a certain demographic. Now I’m not implying anything, but I have gotten cold stares while walking near the pool at the Grand Floridian in my Wal-Mart sandals and “Git ‘er Done” sleeveless shirt. So I can see where Disney is trying to keep each resort experience in tune with the daily room rate. I can also see where guests at a resort with an extravagant pool environment would be quite perturbed to see their pool overrun by immigrants from other resorts. Oh the humanity of it all.

The reality is that if, for example, you’re staying at any one of the Bay Lake area resorts you’re just a short boat ride from several fantastic but different pool environments. The pool at The Wilderness Lodge is an absolute work of art where the parents can sit bar side while the kids play and swim at a masterful creation of Disney water fun. The pool at Fort Wilderness Campground is also fantastic but lacks in sun tanning space and while it offers a game room and snack bar, there is no Bar. Across the water at the Contemporary Resort you have plenty of sun drenched native white sand for tanning, several pool and splash options, and Snack Bar/Drink Bar areas. The Grand Floridian was covered above. As you can see, there’s no easy answer – but there’s definitely a difficult question……. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

See ya real soon, Jerry

From Floridasnapshot.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA - If customers want it, then bring it back.

That’s the story of the Walt Disney World’s treehouse cabins, which opened in 1975, and were demolished in 2002. They were simple structures, up one story in the trees, and memorable for guests.

High in 1970s appeal, they resembled the sort of cottages that might be found a ski or beach resort; rooms upstairs and parking underneath. Today, Walt Disney World has reopened them; they are now called Treehouse Villas, and have gone upscale. The Villas are at Saratoga Springs Resort near the Downtown Disney section of Walt Disney World. They rent for $555.

The Disney Vacation Club property includes 60 of these three-bedroom villa “treehouses,” which are built on pedestals amid forested glens. In a press release last fall, Jim Lewis, president of DVC, said that they were built on the old idea.”

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Thanks to president Obama’s $8 billion dollar grant  for 13 high speed corridors across the country. Walt Disney World may be on the list to get a coveted high speed rail station. Japanese and Chinese bullet train makers are lining up for the bidding. Bullet trains generally travel faster than 180 miles per hour. I know Walt would love to hear this. All I can say is ”there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow”.

Aulani Hawaii Resort

Disney is building a resort in Hawaii…Vacation club members will be given the opportunity to buy into it in the future.

Thanks Mommy D for the scoop.