This old playground recently got an overhaul and major safety upgrades. The main components are all plastic now, and the kids seem to enjoy playing with the new equipment made for climbing. There are some really big tube slides that I don't like because of the static electricity factor. It can be hard to keep track of my kids when they run off in different directions. And there is a TON of sand. My kids love that but I wish there wasn't quite so much. I really like the "mommy and me" swing in the toddler/preschool section.
My kids are preschool ages, and we recently got a membership here. The exhibits on the first floor are divided into sections for art and theater (including an art lab and an auditorium), music, archaeology/outdoor science, science/technology with a workshop, and a couple of smaller areas for the littlest children to play. In addition, there are activities going on in the main lobby area, and a water play room with a playground up above. The second floor is where they have traveling exhibits for several months. There's also an exhibit about bees, a cooking demo room, a reading room, an outdoor play area, and a tower that involves a lot of stairs to climb! My kids were only able to handle about two hours there until recently, but now three to four hours is about limit. We don't plan to do everything every single time, but there are enough activities to keep them busy. The cafe is located on the first floor and has a good variety of snacks and meals. It's also within easy walking distance of lots of great restaurants downtown, and you can come and go with your wristband. Outside food is not allowed. Parking is the only headache, but there's a lot directly behind the building that is $7 for all day.
For our first trip to Disney World and with two preschool-aged children and a very full park schedule, we opted for a less expensive resort on the property, mostly so we could take advantage of free transportation and experience more Disney magic. We didn't have high expectations for the room, but it did turn out to be a small but decent place to stay for eight nights. I brought a hanging shoe rack because I knew from other reviewers that there wasn't much counter space. There was a large rack in the "closet" area, and I loved that they had a curtain between the room and bathroom/closet area. We requested a bed rail for one side of the kids' bed and then pushed it against the wall, revealing lots of grossness on the floor that was thankfully vacuumed the next day. It wasn't completely spotless and the floor was kind of grimy feeling all week, but you get what you pay for. The fridge in the room was small and I wish they'd had a microwave in the room. We had a couple of late-night maintenance issues that were quickly resolved. Transportation was pretty efficient most of the time. The food court was decent. The theming wasn't very "Disney." I disliked how frustrating it was to have to walk past the smoking area to get to and from the main building. They should move smokers way out to a more remote location instead right along the main walkway. I liked the information videos on TV. The Hippy Dippy pool was gigantic, not too deep, and very fun, especially since they had life jackets and we had not brought ours. It was definitely worth it because of the convenience of using our Magic Bands for everything, as well as checking in online. We would stay here again unless our budget allowed us to move up a category next time.
This is an all-suites hotel, and since we ended up in the wrong room to begin with, I got to see two different styles of rooms. The bathrooms have a separate area for the vanity and closet, and this area is very large, with lots of counter space. In the two double suite, the beds were in one room, and a pull-out couch was in the other room. Both areas had TVs. There was a microwave and small refrigerator in the room, along with some cabinet space for storage. Five adults were very comfortable there. We stayed in a Club Level suite, so a Club breakfast buffet was included. It was a generous amount of food, and good variety. The indoor pool was pretty small, and I didn't get to observe the outdoor pool. The hotel was within walking distance to the mall, but the layout to get from the parking garage to the hotel, and from the hotel to the mall, was complicated and involved crossing a very busy street with no crosswalk. I don't think I would've wanted to try to cross it with small children.