maryt's Passport


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About Me & My Family

Busy family that loves to travel. Our best trips are the result of lots of research. With teens and tweens it is important that they have as much say as their parents regarding what we do and where we go. We always plan some downtime too and try to go with the flow!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, relaxed, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
New Hampshire
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
The Jersey Shore and National Parks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
All the National Parks
Favorite Vacation Memory
Summer at the Jersey Shore just weeks before Sandy hit
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
A week in the rain on Martha's Vineyard
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Disney Hotels for Teens and Tweens

Reviews of Disney World hotels with an eye towards the needs of families on vacation with teens and tweens


2101 Epcot Resort Blvd
Orlando, Florida

One of our favorites

reviewed on: February 12 2010

"Boardwalk Resort Fun for Teens and Tweens"
Situated near the back entrance of Disney World's Epcot theme park, the Boardwalk Resort conjures up Atlantic City of old complete, a three-story clown-themed waterslide and lots of free nightly entertainment on the boardwalk in the evenings.  Grab pizza and ice cream or stop by the ESPN Club on your way into Epcot.  Offers a range of rooms including multi-room suites and villas that are good for families with older kids who need some space.


1960 Broadway
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Good access to Downtown Disney but bus rides to the parks

reviewed on: February 12 2010

"Teens and Tweens like access to Downtown Disney"
Saratoga Springs was built for the Disney Vacation club and most people staying there are members although studio, one bedroom and two bedroom villas are often made available through the Disney reservation system as well.  There are fewer services here than in other resort class Disney hotels.  It is a sprawling complex that offers good access to Downtown Disney restaurants like Planet Hollywood and activities like Disney Quest.  Access to the parks is via bus which can sometime take a bit of time so it is good to have a car here.  If you want to order groceries and do some of your own cooking this can be a good option for a larger group.  


1700 Epcot Resort Blvd
Orlando, Florida

Stormalong Bay is tops for teens and tweens

reviewed on: February 12 2010

"Storm Along Bay + Epcot Access"
Along with its sister hotel, the Beach Club, the Yacht Club offers exclusive use of one of Disney's best hotel pool areas.  Known as Storm Along Bay, the pool area is often very busy and is best for families whose kids are old enough that they don't have to be watched every minute.  An arcade and ice cream fountain are located close to the pool offering a slice of teen and tween heaven if you want to take an afternoon off from the parks.  Located next to the back entrance to Epcot it is an easy walk over to see the Fireworks or have dinner at one of Epcot's many restaurants.


2901 Osceola Pkwy
Orlando, Florida

Wake up with giraffe's outside your window

reviewed on: February 12 2010

"Teens and Tweens love critters too"
The Animal Kingdom lodge features a towering lobby filled with African art works.  It is surrounded by several savannahs that are home to a range of African animals.  Book a savannah view room and wake up to giraffes outside your window.  The Lodge has rooms with bunkbeds as well as villas with kitchens and multiple rooms.

Teens and tweens love a chance to do things on their own.  Ours enjoyed roaming the grounds and checking out all the critters.


1200 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Nice hotel but caters more to business customers

reviewed on: February 12 2010

"More for Business than Teens and Tweens"
The Swan and Dolphin are the only hotels inside the Disney World resort that are not actually operated by Disney.  They tend to cater to a business convention crowd and there is less Disney type decorations and pixie dust than at the other hotels.  The restaurants tend to be higher end and the hotel has a more formal feel.  Very good quality but sort of stuffy for our crowd.