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  • On Aug 24, 2013
    Brenda from MO Asked

    Hi Lori! Hubby and I (sans kids!) are running our first WDW Marathon and want your opinion of which of the following resorts you would rather stay in for marathon weekend and why: Swan or Port Orleans Riverside. I'm looking for your personal thoughts 

    Hi Brenda!

    How fun!  My husband and I did the same thing this year and plan to be back at it again in January:)  Be sure to check out my runDisney blog posts about Adults-Only trips and My First Marathon!

    I have actually never stayed in either of these resorts, so I turned to my trusted, fellow moms panelists for their opinions.  Overwhelmingly, the recommendation was for Port Orleans Riverside, but here are the pros/cons for each.

    Pros: 
    A HUGE plus for the Swan is its location.  You can walk/ferry into Ecpot and Hollywood Studios, plus you can walk around the Boardwalk area.  There are lots of restaurant choices there, and it's a really fun area to stay in.
    The pool at the Swan is nice.
    You can get some great deals on rooms.

    Cons:
    Missing the Disney "magic" and perks (no Magical Express from the airport, no Dining Plan, no Keys to The World card, etc.)
    You have to pay parking fees and resort fees
    Smaller rooms
    Lots of conference people in hotel due to huge convention centers
    Customer service isn't as good as at Disney Resorts

    PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE:
    Pros:
    Customer service and "magic" that Disney is known for
    Bigger rooms and more elaborate decor
    Beautiful, quiet location with great pool and food court (very relaxing place)
    All the Disney perks (Magical Express, Key to the World card, Dining Plan option, etc.)

    Cons:
    Not within walking distance to any parks (but buses do run to all parks)

    I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any other questions. 


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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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