A great alternative to staying in the parks when the kids start to grow and you need more room!!! A review of Nickelodeon Suites Resort
We have been "on property" fans of Disney for years and only went "off" when the kids started to get older and we needed more room. Two years ago we decided to try the HIFS-LBV and I was apprehensive because prior to that we were a Disney's Wilderness Lodge family all the way, for about 6 years. Well, I needn't have worried. Once we got over the initial shock of not being on-site, I have to say that this hotel is wonderful. The suites are new, amply sized at 485 square feet each, and you have your choice of different types of suites for different needs. A massive and plentiful buffet breakfast with the usual hot items is included in your room price daily. Also, kids eat free at the hotel restaurant and food court (Pizza Hut and A&W Root Beer) when accompanied by their parents. There are two huge pools, one a free-form zero entry pool with interactive entertaining toys built in, the other an adult olympic-style lap pool. (TIP: the suites on the lap pool side are much quieter, that is where they put business people!!) There's a kiddie pool, playground, free miniature golf, etc. There is free entertainment for the families every night. Each suite has three tv's and a vcr (videos can be rented in the lobby). For those renting kidsuites, they are equipped with cd player, tv and the all-important Nintendo 64 (rent nintendo tapes at the video arcade).
If you decide to try this hotel, ask to join the HI Priority Club (free) when you arrive. You will get points for your stay and for each dollar spent in the hotel. We did this last year and have already received enough points for a free night at a Holiday Inn, have also received free upgrades to pool views and suites instead of regular rooms.
This is a great hotel for a family vacation. The brochure says it is one mile from WDW, but it is really only a few thousand feet from the parking lot of the hotel to the Magic Kingdom gate....one mile must mean from the center of the MK! Another thing that is great about this place is its location, across from the Marriott World Center on World Drive (a main drag) and near major things but not in a "strip mall" area that's tough on the eye. It is surrounded by lots of greenery.
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