Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Feb 3, 2013
    Karyn from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thanks Cathy! Any tips on the Swan would be great. Is it possible to see the Epcot fireworks from the hotel if we don't have a view from our hotel room?

    Hi, Karyn!

    To get the most from Illuminations, you really need to be inside Epcot.  However, you can still catch some of the nighttime magic from outside the park.  My advice would be to head out to the Boardwalk area.  Find a cozy bench (we like being near the Yacht Club) and watch the magic in the sky!  This will be less than a 10 minute walk from the Swan and a perfect way to spend the evening. 

    A few things to remember about the Swan:  even though you are on Disney property, this is not a Disney resort.  Because of this, you cannot utilize Disney's Magical Express so make sure to have your transportation to and from the airport arranged.  If you are getting a car, there is a nightly charge to park your car so make sure to put that into your budget.   Also, there is a resort fee, but they are pretty up front about that when making your reservation so you are probably aware of this already.

    From the Swan, you can walk or take the boat to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  If you have strollers or are traveling with kids, you might want to opt for the boat so the little ones do not get too tired.  Bus service is available to the other parks.

    For dining, I am a big fan of Il Mulino.  Wonderful service and great Italian meals and pizza.  For breakfast, head over to the Dolphin to Picabu.  This restaurant serves cafeteria style, but they have nice selection from cold cereals to made to order omelets.  I love their breakfast potatoes, make sure to try these!

    Finally, plan an afternoon for relaxing at the pool.  There are plenty of shady spots where you can rest under a palm tree and enjoy the wonderful sunshine.  Towels are available pool side.

    I hope this helps as you head to the beautiful Swan.  I will be here if you have other questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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