My Disney World Guide Blog

A blog relating to a Florida Disney World pass holder's experiences at the parks and hotels.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Presidents' Week, 2008 - Epcot Illuminations and Dolphin Resort

This year we decided to be bold, and made a short 3-day trip over Presidents' Day weekend, expecting huge crowds. Surprisingly, the parks were not too crowded at all, and we had a wonderful time. The best part of the trip was seeing the Epcot IllumiNations fireworks with our kids for the first time. Because our children are so young, this was the first year they were able to stay up late enough to see the show, which usually starts around 9pm. We weren't sure how they would react to it, but, they LOVED it! The show's inspirational message even touched a 2 year old and a 5 year old. Luckily, we stayed at the Disney World Dolphin Hotel, so after the show ended, it was a quick boat ride back to the hotel and into bed. I cannot say enough about the Dolphin and Swan resorts. We've overlooked them for so many years, in favor of the "true" Disney resorts. But they are great! They have the same great Disney perks and service (like fast and free transportation to the parks, extra magic hours, etc.) -- with the exception of resort parking, for which you have to pay a daily charge if you have a car. Best of all, these hotels are owned by the Starwood chain, so if you are part of their frequent guest program, you can stay for free using your points!

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