My idea of an acceptable WDW hotel is Pop Century. However, my Dad is one to not make sacrifices. This is the guy who not only booked the Disneyland Hotel for a week, but had a specific tower demand and then was not satisfied until he requested a move to a room that faced DL's parking lot so he could watch the Monorails come and go and I could gawk at the Matterhorn each night. These champagne dreams did not pass on to me, the cheapskate. So obviously, POP Century is a bad idea just because I'm willing to pay for it. "NO. You're not cheaping out on us again!"
(My frugal attitude has led us to some true dumps in the DLR area. I thought after our latest DL trip where I booked the excellent Candy Cane Inn would have softened Dad to my low-cost lodging decisions. Guess not.)
So Dad threw out a list of demands for what he wants in a WDW hotel, and I came to three resorts: Yacht Club, Swan and Contemporary. Beach Club used to be in there but I sent pictures to Dad and he immediately shot that hotel down because "that looks ugly." But Yacht doesn't? Okay then.
I guess my first question is have those nice renovated rooms come to the wing rooms at Contemporary yet or not? On bang-for-buck, Contemporary looks good, and my Dad is one of those guys who is in love with it for it's classy monorail setup, so he'll probably enjoy "staying at the Contemporary" even if it's not in the tower. But, we are not looking to spend time in George Jetson's nightmare, so it's either the refurbished rooms or another hotel.
The second question is what kind of service are we going to receive at Swan? How much "magic" is there compared to Yacht Club? IIRC Yacht Club is one of the more typical, less colorful Disney resorts. Is Swan even moreso? I never walked into either of them on my visit, so other than "you shouldn't dismiss Beach Club out of hand like that" I had nothing to say.
Thanks. In the meantime, I'll try to talk my father down to Riverside or something.