[QUOTE=mousemom;1071083]I vote for BC. I have been to the Dolphin and BC and hands down,BC is better. They have an amazing pool that fits all ages. There is also a beach area(no swimming but fun stuff) that has a campfire with the works. a movie each night( weather permitting) and Beaches,which has AWESOME ice cream. You can boat over to the BW for the cool entertainers and watch them perform. I like the gameroom at BC as well. It is large with lots of fun games. They also have daily activites for people of all ages. We will be back there in May and cannot wait. I hope that helps. The Dolphin was nice,don’t get me wrong,but just did not have the “kid friendly” stuff that BC did.[/QUOTE]
Beaches and Cream has EXACTLY the same Edy’s ice cream they serve everywhere else in WDW. It’s just OK and you can buy it all day long at your local supermarket. Sorry to disagree, but Edy’s standard flavored ice creams are not awesome. And that’s another thing, they don’t really have a big selection of flavors to choose from anywhere in WDW, unlike Baskin Robbins or Cold Stone Creamery or even your local gelato shop.
Even if you aren’t a hotel guest, you can still participate in all of the stuff Yacht/Beach does on their beach. It’s just too high of a traffic area to tell people they can’t come onto the beach.
Swan/Dolphin should cost you a bit less than Y/B/B, but most of the rooms do not have balconies. On the other hand, the Dolphin is taller than all the other hotels. Inside, there is no real difference between Yacht and Beach as it’s actually one big hotel that shares most of their amenities between the two sides.
The real differences are that only the Disney hotels offer the Disney Dining Plan and you can not charge most of your purchases back to your room.
As for activities, other than Stormalong Bay being exclusively for Yacht/Beach guests, you can activate at any of the 5 Crescent Lake resorts if you wish to.