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GettinReadyforDisney
09-10-2004, 03:39 PM
If you could get BWI and Dolphin for same price, at which would you stay? If you've stayed at both, what do you see as the pros and cons of each.

Thanks.

SB in KY
09-10-2004, 03:55 PM
Others may not share my view, but if the costs were equal I would ABSOLUTELY choose the BWI...standard rooms are much larger and the location is terrific. That said I don't think the Dolphin is a bad choice...we have stayed there and the swan a couple of times and they were nice....but not Disney. Dolphin rooms are small, they have double beds vs queens at BWI. The rooms are better designed at BWI (IMHO). We have stayed at the Swan and Dolphin either for free on SPG points or for very low rates ($99 to 139) on AP rates...and for the price we paid it was great...but I would rather be at BWI any day...better pool, better proximity to EPCOT, and the proverbial Disney magic.

tar heel
09-10-2004, 04:04 PM
The only way I would choose Swan/Dolphin is if they are cheaper. BTW, if you can get BWI for the same price, can you also get YC/BC? If so, I would go in that direction.

F1Julie
09-10-2004, 04:44 PM
I haven't stayed at either, but BWI is on my list. It looks like a fun resort, full of Disney magic. From the pictures I've seen of the Dolphin, it seems like any other hotel. Sure, the outside looks nice, but the rooms seem rather dull and sterile. If cost weren't a factor, there would be no doubt in my mind to stay at BWI.

x5x5x5x5x5
09-10-2004, 04:46 PM
BW. The Dolphin is a nice hotel but there is more "Disney magic" at BW. It also offers a superior location if you prefer Epcot over MGM. Make sure you check out the Belle Vue Room (I think I spelled that right) if you stay at BW. Also if you stay at BW, I would definitely explore the other hotels (ie Dolphin, Swan, BC and YC). It's fun to take a look at different places.

finnie48
09-10-2004, 04:52 PM
BWI or S/D -

Hi, and welcome to these boards. We have stayed at the BWI three times and think it is just great. The rooms are large and airy; the pool is neat with a nice snack and beverage bar; the cms are always helpful; and we would return .

On the other side of the coin, we returned from a week's stay at the Swan a month ago. We had the gov't/teacher's rate of $149 which we think is a great deal, and we are in the same location as the other EPCOT resorts, which keeps us in the Disney Magic. We found all the staff to be extremely helpful. There is a Disney desk at both the S/D and the cms did us a big favor. I don't know if I have seen this posted, but there is a concierge desk at the Swan (would guess Dolphin too) that will take care of any PS's and help with other things also. They made a PS for us at a restaurant at Universal. One does not have to be on concierge level to take advantage of this service. It is open to all guests!
We would return here also.

Whatever you decide, have a most magical trip!! Peg and Bob

swilphil
09-10-2004, 05:26 PM
I loved staying at the Dolphin (and Swan) on the teacher/govt. rate ($149). I also took full advantage of the concierage desk in the lobby that does PS's. They did a great job, as did all the staff members. The Dolphin has just remodeled with their heavenly beds, and the lobby is very impressive.

That being said, if the BWI was the same price, I probably would jump at it. The S/D often has discounted rooms, but I haven't seen BWI rooms for less than $150. I was very impressed with the BWI lobby and love staying in the Epcot area, whether it is the BWI or the S/D.

princess pooh
09-10-2004, 05:37 PM
I would choose BWI if they were both the same price. Most of the BW rooms have full balconies and I love relaxing out on the balcony. Balcony rooms at S/D are hard to come by and are more expensive. The BW is also closer to Epcot and MGM so it's more convenient in that way.

I actually stayed at both BWI and the dolphin this summer and I was very happy at both resorts :D

MELSMICE
09-10-2004, 06:02 PM
BWI - definitely wouldn't miss out on the magic if I had the choice.

swilphil
09-10-2004, 08:04 PM
Originally posted by GettinReadyforDisney
If you could get BWI and Dolphin for same price, at which would you stay?

Where are you finding a discount at BWI that's as low as the Dolphin's discounts? Is there something I don't know about??;)

3NTN4WDW
09-10-2004, 11:14 PM
The Board Walk is awesome! A fun pool for all ages, a yummy bakery and several restaurants. The atmosphere is exciting. You're right at Epcot's back door! We love the Board Walk...only 7 more days 'til the Magic begins!::MinnieMo

GettinReadyforDisney
09-11-2004, 12:22 AM
Thanks so much for all of your input. The only reason that I have a rate for BWI that is equal to the Dolphin is that my husband has a meeting a BWI, so convention rate, plus we have the Entertainment Book discount and we're Gold SPG. One complaint about BWI that I've seen on previous posts is that the MK transportation is slow since BWI is the last stop. I would greatly appreciate hearing from those of you who have experienced with bus service from BWI.

Again, I thank you for your time and assistance. This board has proved invaluable to my WDW planning.

GailT
09-11-2004, 08:22 AM
Well I have never stayed at the Dolphin but I have stayed at BWI and going back there in November, I just wouldn't feel like a Disney mood if I wasn't at a Disney hotel...Ok, call me crazy but staying in one of the Disney hotels is part of the excitment :D

swilphil
09-11-2004, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by GettinReadyforDisney
One complaint about BWI that I've seen on previous posts is that the MK transportation is slow since BWI is the last stop. I would greatly appreciate hearing from those of you who have experienced with bus service from BWI.

If you find bus service slow from the Boardwalk, you could always walk over to the Swan--probably less than a 5 minute walk. The Swan is the first stop and the bus often leaves to go to MK directly after the Dolphin. In defense of the Swan/Dolphin, I do have to say that I feel plenty of magic there since you can see Tower of Terror, the Epcot ball, and the Boardwalk. Also service is top notch at the Dolphin.

jabbo87
09-11-2004, 09:52 AM
A no-brainer: BWI by a long shot.

4greatboys
09-11-2004, 10:18 AM
Most definately BWI!!

Tinkbell
09-11-2004, 11:08 AM
BWI for sure.::yes:: You won't be disappointed.

chrismiss56
09-11-2004, 11:26 AM
Hi

Have stayed at both places and while the Dolphin is a very nice hotel and the staff is very nice NOTHING beats the "MAGIC":wizard: of staying at BWI.

When we were at the Dolphin it was like be in any nice hotel across the country.....you were hard pressed to remember you were at Disney.

BWI all the way!!

Have a Disney Day!!

luvpooh
09-11-2004, 12:14 PM
Definitely BWI! Some pluses include balconies in nearly every room and charging privileges throughout WDW, whereas as someone posted earlier, the Dolphin only has a few balconies and they charge extra for rooms with one, and you can only use your Dolphin resort charge at either the Swan or Dolphin.

BTW, I believe the Boardwalk has its own bus now for the Magic Kingdom.

dreamflight99
09-11-2004, 04:20 PM
Originally posted by GettinReadyforDisney
If you could get BWI and Dolphin for same price, at which would you stay? If you've stayed at both, what do you see as the pros and cons of each.

Thanks. WELCOME to the DIS, and the RESORT BOARD! :wave2:

Having stayed at both...I have to say: Dolphin...hands down. :teeth: JMOHO...and you asked!! (*& I...like all the REST of you posting, are ENTITLED!!) :teeth:

*The SWAN has QUEEN BEDS (contrary to a previous post)...which are HEAVENLY SLEEPERS, with Luxurious FEATHER DUVETS, high thread-count sheets, and lovely, plump feather pillows! The Dolphin has either KING beds, or two oversized doubles. Being newly renovated, these two resorts offer sumptuous sleeping, resting and just RELAXING accomodations!

Dolphin/Swan~Seem less crowded (less harried) and busy to us, since EVERYONE has now discovered the BW as the place to go from MGM/EPCOT via the friendship boats for some waterside entertainment.
:(

The location is nearly identical...as they are only a few feet from one another! The Dolphin is much TALLER, and offers more SPECTACULAR views of the spaceship earth, Illuminations, and MGM fireworks! Especially in the Far East Wing of the Dolphin, in an upper floor room. The sights are BREATHTAKING from there! ::yes::

Concierge readily available~As Finnie pointed out, for EVERYONE (not just CL). CM's are wonderful, and the GROTTO POOL is INCREDIBLE!

Swan/Dolphin are actually CLOSER with FASTER more convenient service to MGM~USING the water taxi, as it picks up and takes you DIRECTLY there, and DROPS you off FIRST on the return!! ;)

Just left after 5+ weeks at the Dolphin...and we never experienced ANY problems with the BUS transportation. It is the BEST, and YES...the BW was the LAST stop. WHY on EARTH would you want to WALK to/from the SWAN/DOLPHIN's BUS STOP, if you are staying over at the BW? I never even knew people did such things! I stay at the Dolphin, and have never even walked over to the SWAN to take "better advantage" of such a situation. If I wanted better bus service, I'd stay at the resort which best suits those needs. If you are GOLD SPG, your chance of being upgraded to a preferred view is 99%, and one with a balcony, about as good. ;) PLUS...think of all the SPG points you'll be adding to your account. Staying at the BW offers no redemption, (unless you use your Disney Visa, and mine has yet to produce/impress much!). :rolleyes:

24-hour pool!!~Best NON-DISNEY PERK around!! Can't be beat~!

GOLD SPG~LATE CHECK-OUT!! I would MUCH RATHER leave my room at 4:00 pm-ish, than be RUSHED OUT by 11:00 am! Disney is unyielding on this policy, and MAY, under extreme circumstances...permit you an extra hour!! (WOW). :p

SHERATON PROMISE~IF you find anything wrong with your room...or experience ANY problems, THE RESORT WILL MAKE IT RIGHT. They offer either SPG POINTS, CHOCOLATES, IN-ROOM MOVIE, BREAKFAST, OR...(*Disney will now GAG...) CASH CREDIT!! We called star 66 on the phone (service express), as our newspapers were not outside our door one morning. The associate phoned back and offered a CREDIT of $30 for EACH PAPER (total...$60 credit) missing!! We had a suite, and always receive one USA Today, and one local paper. She explained more than half the papers were not delivered. She apologized, processed the credit on our account, and also delivered two papers from the gift shop. AMAZING SERVICE. One of the main reasons I PREFER this resort over Disney.

MAGIC~Is EVERYWHERE!! :teeth: I'm the most MAGIC-CRAZED person I know, and I certainly never notice the absence while I'm taking up residence in the WDW DOLPHIN! It's everywhere I look, and even in the Oversized SHOWER RODS (Which are phenomenal!) and the OATMEAL SOAP!! :cool:

Numerous TOP Restaurants within the resort!~From SHULA's to BLUE ZOO and PALIO's, you can not go wrong when you merely have to stroll inside the mosquito-free, climate controlled interior, and RELAX for such CULINARY DELIGHTS!

MATISSE in the ELEVATORS~A little bit of ART and CULTURE for you and your children to enjoy! The building is an architectural marvel as well!

ROCKET~FAST and SMOOTH ELEVATORS!~The most proficient we've ever had the pleasure to use.

SECRET LOOKOUT~Over the KINGDOM!!! :teeth:

Convenient self-parking~with ultra-close secret area...just PM me for the details!

TUBBI'S Chicken noodle soup..."Need I say more?"

REGULAR CONSISTENT STAFF~most of the bellman have been there 10 years or more, same with housekeeping, Concierge, and even front desk and reservation staff. I feel comfortable returning to a place where the associates are treated well enough to STAY. Speaks volumes for the business!! ::yes::

EXPRESS CHECK-OUT!~no need to visit the front desk, or worry about your charges on the last day in Disney.

High speed internet access~With speaker phones, multi-lines, and all the fabulous convenient power ports (located in all the Michael Graves desk lamps!). Michael Graves alarm clocks too...very nice touch~!

Folio charges may be accessed from your room...~Via the tele, and checked anytime you wish. Very convenient and accomodating!

Internet ACCESS for EVERYONE~via in-room wireless keyboards! The net can be easily accessed for a nominal charge (about $10 hr) though the television. Wonderful touch!!

Now...I can not divulge ALL my SECRETS, so I must stop here! But...there are many, many more reasons we return and invest in this future of this resort. We have stayed at nearly every disney property, (except the values), and STILL return occasionally. BUT, we always end our visits at the WDW Dolphin (with an extended stay). It has a feel, which is difficult to put into words...but exudes MAGIC!

WHERE EVER you decide, both of these resorts are WONDERFUL, MAGICAL, and RIGHT IN THE MIDST of the WORLD!! ENJOY!! :cloud9:

TTFN...DF99 :wave2:

3NTN4WDW
09-11-2004, 11:28 PM
We stayed at the BW in May and will be there again in a week. The bus situation isn't the greatest because the BW is the last stop, but as someone else mentioned, you can get off at the Swan & Dolphin and walk or the Y&BC. We will have a car this trip...great deal through Alamo with AP; so, we can forget the bus if we want. We've stayed at PC, Contemporary, BC, CS, and the BWV...BWV is a great place! I wouldn't let the bus make the decision.:earsgirl:

TDC Nala
09-12-2004, 11:09 AM
Definitely BWI. I like the Dolphin at a discount. The last time I stayed there they had some serious housekeeping issues.

Sometimes, the Boardwalk gets its own bus separate from the others. This usually happens sporadically on the MK or DTD runs.

Pkdcoastrs
09-12-2004, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by F1Julie
I haven't stayed at either, but BWI is on my list. It looks like a fun resort, full of Disney magic. From the pictures I've seen of the Dolphin, it seems like any other hotel. Sure, the outside looks nice, but the rooms seem rather dull and sterile. If cost weren't a factor, there would be no doubt in my mind to stay at BWI.

Are you talking about the newly refurbished rooms? The rooms have this very modern/future in my opinion. The furniture is comfortable, the huge mirror is great, seperate bathroom area, and INCREDIBLE BEDS!!!!!

Not related to your direct post, but the whole "Disney magic" thing annoys me. Whenever I have stayed at any Disney hotel (Grand Floridian, Carribbean Beach, Pop Century, All Star Sports), other then the obvious Disney references, I was never treated so amazingly or different then the service at the Dolphin. To be honest the cast members at the Dolphin were for the most part more friendly and wanting to solve/help whatever situation you were in, whether it was good or bad.

But what can you do. I love Pop Century too, and it's the "cheapest" of the Disney hotels. Go figure my family loved Pop Century, HATED the Grand Floridian.

dreamflight99
09-12-2004, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Pkdcoastrs
Are you talking about the newly refurbished rooms? The rooms have this very modern/future in my opinion. The furniture is comfortable, the huge mirror is great, seperate bathroom area, and INCREDIBLE BEDS!!!!!

Not related to your direct post, but the whole "Disney magic" thing annoys me. Whenever I have stayed at any Disney hotel (Grand Floridian, Carribbean Beach, Pop Century, All Star Sports), other then the obvious Disney references, I was never treated so amazingly or different then the service at the Dolphin. To be honest the cast members at the Dolphin were for the most part more friendly and wanting to solve/help whatever situation you were in, whether it was good or bad.

But what can you do. I love Pop Century too, and it's the "cheapest" of the Disney hotels. Go figure my family loved Pop Century, HATED the Grand Floridian. In hindsight... I should have just followed the mainstream and voted for the BW. Especially since this helps the WDW Dolphin remain one of the BEST KEPT secrets in ALL OF THE WORLD! :teeth: Therefore = ALL THE MORE AVAILABILITY for US!!! I read my post again, and almost GASPED at all the secrets I exposed...as most are unaware of 99% of them! Some things, are better left unsaid.

So...on this note...I would like to "officially" CAST MY VOTE for the BOARDWALK!!! GO and have a LOVELY TIME with all the DISNEY MAGIC, HO-HUM BEDS/BEDDING, CROWDS and that wonderful EARLY CHECK-OUT!!! :teeth: I'll continue to enjoy the OPPOSITE (so some write) at the odd-man-out!! (LOL). :rolleyes: I mean...really. Here's a couple snaps of my GF's renovated DOLPHIN CL suite this summer...just look at the STERILITY of this place!

Art Deco Chairs without ARMS, and cushy & curved for the comfort of your back...what gives?
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ec70733ac80000001610

This one literally SCREAMS Bland...:teeth:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ec72dc3a660000001610

Especially this painting above the king Sico/murphy heavenly bed:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ec7d617a440000001610

This BLASEE (Yawn) painting outside the elevators on her floor (12th)nearly put me to sleep!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ed99275a3c0000001610

And these lighting fixtures overhead are the absolute epitomy of DULL!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ed9efd9b4d0000001610

Everywhere I look....*(Architecture) ZZZZZzzzzzz.....
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ed9fdbdbf30000001610

More ZZzzzzzz...(*Michael Graves = Snooze...)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ed9cdb1a5a0000001610

It just goes on an on, even at the bus area!!! Who needs NYTOL When you have the WDW DOLPHIN?!?
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d723b3127cceb5ed9d08db210000001610

Hideous...and nearly INVISIBLE w/o any DISNEY MAGIC PRESENT!!!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3d608b3127cce8dd5cf8339480000002610

Therefore...I concede, and all the DISNEY-OWNED RESORTS are MUCH BETTER than the SWAN/DOLPHIN! :p

TTFN...DF99 :wave2:

Mouse Man
09-12-2004, 05:18 PM
QUOTE]Originally posted by dreamflight99
In hindsight... I should have just followed the mainstream and voted for the BW. Especially since this helps the WDW Dolphin remain one of the BEST KEPT secrets in ALL OF THE WORLD! :teeth: Therefore = ALL THE MORE AVAILABILITY for US!!! I read my post again, and almost GASPED at all the secrets I exposed...as most are unaware of 99% of them! Some things, are better left unsaid.
[/QUOTE]

Wow. It really bothers you that the majority of Disers would pick BWI over S/D. I've stayed at both and would have to cast my vote with BWI as well. The atmosphere is 100 times better. I went before rennovation so maybe it's changed some, but I thought the Dolphin was just a typical hotel. So, unless the new "heavenly" bed is going to make or break your vacation, go with BWI.

Besides the general atmosphere, two things really bothered me about the Dolphin. One was the inability to charge in the parks with the room key. I like having that list of everything I spent on my vacation readily available for me at the front desk. The other thing was the valet parking. At Disney resorts, if you use the valet, you can resort hop without being charged again. This isn't the case when you are at S/D. It's just an extra hassle that doesn't come into play at Disney.

As far as the 24 hour pool goes, I swam at BWI at 2 in the morning in the quiet pool. Front desk said it was ok as long as I wasn't disturbing anyone in their rooms.

As far as service, the BWI wins from my accounts. Maybe If I spent over a month at the Dolphin, they'd take my problems (dirty room, not enough towels) into more consideration.:confused:

dreamflight99
09-12-2004, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by Mouse Man
Wow. It really bothers you that the majority of Disers would pick BWI over S/D. I've stayed at both and would have to cast my vote with BWI as well. The atmosphere is 100 times better. I went before rennovation so maybe it's changed some, but I thought the Dolphin was just a typical hotel. So, unless the new "heavenly" bed is going to make or break your vacation, go with BWI.

Besides the general atmosphere, two things really bothered me about the Dolphin. One was the inability to charge in the parks with the room key. I like having that list of everything I spent on my vacation readily available for me at the front desk. The other thing was the valet parking. At Disney resorts, if you use the valet, you can resort hop without being charged again. This isn't the case when you are at S/D. It's just an extra hassle that doesn't come into play at Disney.

As far as the 24 hour pool goes, I swam at BWI at 2 in the morning in the quiet pool. Front desk said it was ok as long as I wasn't disturbing anyone in their rooms.

As far as service, the BWI wins from my accounts. Maybe If I spent over a month at the Dolphin, they'd take my problems (dirty room, not enough towels) into more consideration.:confused:

Sorry you misunderstood my post, as I NEVER used the word "BOTHERED" once!:rolleyes: It would take a LOT more than a post to BOTHER me!! :teeth: Obviously...you do not know a fun/facetious post when you read one! IT'S IN JEST!!

Also, FYI: "MAINSTREAM" does not equate to the MAJORITY. No official POLL was used here, so I have NO IDEA what most DISers would actually choose given such circumstance! (LOL). :confused:

You...on the other hand mon ami, used the word "BOTHERED" in your description of your experience/stay!! Please, be nice and kindly refrain from projecting your personal disappointment/unhappiness onto moi. :p Remember here...each reply is merely a PERSONAL OPINION, which is what the OP requested (and what I delivered!). I never attacked any other poster for voicing an opinion (even yourself)!! Everyone is entitled to the same here...without harsh admonitions or criticism!

I clearly stated, and I repeat, I VOTE FOR THE BW!!! This should be clear enough without having to reply to any more dribble about my presumed emotions!!! THANK YOU!! ;)

*(I truly do not care about the charging privs [*The ONLY DIFF between Disney-owned and the SWAN/DOLPHIN], and had NO PROBLEM resort hopping & receiving COMPED VALET service at other properties when "VALET-ing" at the Dolphin! It must have been a LONG while since you've been there!)

DF99 :wave2:

Mouse Man
09-12-2004, 08:04 PM
Just seems like you're a bit sensitive about the Dolphin, considering you spend over a month there every year. Naturally, you are receiveing the best possible treatment since you are spending big $$ there. Even you have to admit that that's not the typical stay for a family. Heck, they should let you sleep in that giant fish's mouth if you wanted to.:teeth: :wave: Have fun!

dreamflight99
09-12-2004, 08:32 PM
Originally posted by Mouse Man
Just seems like you're a bit sensitive about the Dolphin, considering you spend over a month there every year. Naturally, you are receiveing the best possible treatment since you are spending big $$ there. Even you have to admit that that's not the typical stay for a family. Heck, they should let you sleep in that giant fish's mouth if you wanted to.:teeth: :wave: Have fun!

True mouse man, I do spend a lot of time/$$$ there, ~but the same goes for the Disney-owned props I visit! ::yes:: I usually stay in suites on CL, for more than a week at these, and the costs can be outrageous (but worth every penny IMOHO). There is much to be said about the old "stale" subject of "Dolphin~sensitivity" (especially on these boards!), but I am not a victim of such. I merely enjoy posting in regards to the wonderful experiences we share at this resort, and do the same for the PBH, Disney's Vero Beach, CR...and many others. I still believe it's a bit of a "touchy" subject, where only the BRAVE dare to tread.

The amount of time I spend there, truly has little to do with the treatment/experience. My GF only stayed one week, and was treated in exactly the same manner in which I am *(Thank goodness for that!). I also never "expect" any better treatment because of the length of time we are there. We rent at DVB, for up to two weeks, (which is more than most all DVC members). We do not receive better treatment than anyone else, because we are there for so long, or any other factor.

Now...on another note. I would LOVE to sleep in the Giant Fish's mouth sometime (LOL), but would much prefer Cinderella's Castle! When they offer that place for a night's stay...I'll be FIRST in LINE!! Of course, I'll have to beat everyone else to the Kingdom...as I know LOTS of others whom DREAM the same DREAM! :teeth: :cloud9:

:wave2:

simonmunro
09-12-2004, 09:55 PM
I would say Dolphin.

swilphil
09-13-2004, 03:59 AM
We stayed at the Dolphin for only 4 nights in a standard room with the teacher discount and were given top-notch service, even the cash credit for a very minor problem. Dreamflight offers lots of good examples of Dolphin's amenities, and I must agree that the Disney magic is all around there. Where ever you decide to stay, have a great trip. I don't think you can go wrong either way.

Hieatt
09-13-2004, 03:27 PM
We have stayed at the Dolphin 3 times and are going back in December. IMHO, the suggestion that the Dolphin doesn't have the same "Magic" as a true Disney owned hotel doesn't hold much weight. We have stayed at the Contemporary Resort as well, and I found the Dolphin to be superior in almost every way - and you never forget you are at Disney. They have always bent over backwards for us - they even offered us free breakfast when we didn't get our wakeup call! I found the staff at the Dolphin to be every bit as attentive and Disney oriented as "true" CMs. Don't shy away from the Dolphin because of the fear of not experiencing Disney magic - most people have no idea it's not a Disney hotel to begin with.

DF, you need to stop revealing all of our secrets! Although one you didn't mention was the availability of discounts on suites (up to 50% off) - which to my knowledge are never offered at Disney properties.

That being said, for the same price for the same room type, I would probably try the BWI. We toured it on our trip last December - the public areas are extraordinarily beautiful and the location is second-to-none.

dreamflight99
09-13-2004, 03:45 PM
Originally posted by Hieatt
DF, you need to stop revealing all of our secrets! Although one you didn't mention was the availability of discounts on suites (up to 50% off) - which to my knowledge are never offered at Disney properties.
:wave2: :teeth: *(True!!) Although only on one occasion, for the CR, did I actually "obtain" a small discount on a suite. It is never offered, and I do not believe most ever receive such. But, I did...for the 14th floor! I also received a bit of an "upgrade" when there too. But, since this is NOT the norm, I do not like to reveal such things or discuss them. I take advantage of the 50% discount on our exec. suite while at the Dolphin for more than a month each summer. W/O this wonderful offer, we would probably not stay as long!

Take care!! Enjoy your time there in December, and be sure to report on your Holiday visit, and the lovely decorations which adorn the lobby!! *(Tree and Train!).

TTFN...DF99 :wave2:

NMAmy
09-13-2004, 03:49 PM
We stayed at the Dolphin in March and the whole family ADORED the place. DD is totally in love with the grilled cheese sandwiches at Tubbi's, the service was incredible, we were upgraded to a balcony room with an Epcot view at no extra charge, the concierge is available to all, and best of all--with all the convention people staying there--there was no one around! The hotel was full according to the front desk but we never waited for transportation, never had to wait to get into a restaurant, no big crowds, the pools were empty--it was just a wonderful trip. There was magic all around and no big crowds to deal with.

And, by the way, this was not special treatment. We had the gov't rate and stayed for a week. In fact, when I checked in, the employee at the front desk told me, "Oh, you're staying for a whole week? We know you have many choices for a resort and we really appreciate you spending your whole vacation with us."

I needed something from housekeeping and stopped at the front desk to make the request-- they beat me back to the room.

dreamflight99
09-13-2004, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by NMAmy
DD is totally in love with the grilled cheese sandwiches at Tubbi's

*ME TOO!! They make mine (by request, which anyone can do) with three different types of cheese!! MMmmm. So delicious! They also have things which are not listed on the menu board, if you merely ask (like an adult-size order of the delicious all-white chicken tender strips!).

*When we ordered room service for dinner, and the cut of beef I requested was not available from the menu, the room service manager ran over to the SWAN to aquire it, and back to the Dolphin to prepare it! She phoned me with the news, (*She FOUND it), and made my EVE/MEAL! ::yes::

*Since I enjoy the Family Fun and Disney magazines sometimes found in the rooms of the Disney resorts...I called the Concierge and inquired if these were available through the Dolphin. They said they would "check" and call back. WELL...there was a knock at the door a short time later, and VOILA...BOTH MAGS were given to me from a Concierge member!! ;)

*I also enjoy opening my door, to the morning paper each day!~And to think the one time these were not outside our doors (we receive two different papers for our two-room suite) we were credited $60.00 for the inconvenience?!? Unthinkable!! I have endured much worse (although very rarely) at a Disney-owned resort...and all I've received is an apology (which I graciously accepted). :teeth: The Dolphin Service Promise is extremely impressive and top-rate. I'm glad to see many others have enjoyed similar memorable experiences and enjoy this resort.

*BTW...I love conventioners too! This summer we were invited to a private Party at the AK by a very generous CEO and his family!! The Company had rented the AK park for two hours past closing, and this included a safari and other treats! AMAZING PERK for sitting next to them at Dinner in Epcot one eve this August. ;) We enjoyed a wonderful time.

:wave2: TTFN...DF99

Eeyore2003
09-13-2004, 04:15 PM
BWI!!! ;)

Disney's Deluxe Princess
09-13-2004, 06:18 PM
I've stayed at both and would choose BWI if they were the same price. BWI is bright and cheery. I feel more relaxed there. Like some others have stated, the Dolphin is pretty much a typical hotel. I have stayed there during a big convention and found it a bit too stuffy for vacation. I know BWI has conventions, as well. However, from my experience, they are less noticeable.

#1hockeymom
09-13-2004, 07:17 PM
While the BWI concierge does intrigue me, I would have to, and I have, continued to stay at the Swan/Dolphin for my Epcot area resort of choice!

I honestly have never understood the problem with no charging to your room key. I have a room key, I have my license on me, I have ONE more piece of plastic which is another credit card. Doesn't seem to take up too much space and has never ruined my day! :)

Debbie

dreamflight99
09-13-2004, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by #1hockeymom
While the BWI concierge does intrigue me, I would have to, and I have, continued to stay at the Swan/Dolphin for my Epcot area resort of choice!

I honestly have never understood the problem with no charging to your room key. I have a room key, I have my license on me, I have ONE more piece of plastic which is another credit card. Doesn't seem to take up too much space and has never ruined my day! :)

Debbie DITTO!! No problem here! I SPEND the same either way. Some of my plastic is SO tiny, it is like a miniature cc! :teeth: My B~of~A Plat Visa is a tiny key chain card, and has a mini black leather sleeve!! I have a couple more like this, and for my #1 AMEX Plat CC, I punched a little hole in the corner of the card to carry on my own Disney Keychain (with my room key and others)! LOL...keeps them all safe, and HANDY! I did this to my Disney Visa, and a couple of others. I just requested an extra card from the bank, and keep the others in my wallet.
:hyper: :p ::yes::

TTFN...DF99 :wave2:

Tiffany
09-14-2004, 08:08 AM
Hi,

As someone who has stayed at the BWI once and is currently posting live from the Dolphin, our 3rd stay, I would have to say the Dolphin hands down.

Let's see.

Disney Magic - We watch the EC fireworks from our bed everynight. Does not get much more magical than that.

The staff is outstanding - We arrived before noontime and checked in at the SPG desk and our assigned room was not "clean" yet so she called and found a room that was. We did not ask. She just did this. Talk about magic.

The food choices. The Dolphin has it over the BWI hands down. The Dolphin Fountain has got to be one of the best kept secerts on propety.

Late checkout - not a problem. 2pm this trip just because we booked our room using an AP discount.

Bus service outstanding. Yesterday morning the bus to the MK stopped at the Swan then the Dolphin and then headed directly to the MK.

My husband and I have commented many times that people just do not know what they are missing at the S/D. In room coffee maker and product, a great health club that has a hot tub/spa, 24hr fast food, Tubbi's, almost unlimited highspeed internet access from your room and WiFi access from the Lobby. The only service that we do not use at the Dolphin is the valet parking as we do not think that the service is worth $14 a day. But, someone must think that it is since that has been the price point for sometime now.

The beds are out of this world and the soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower cap, and shoeshine kits are all either not provided at WDW resorts or not of a high quality.

Oh well, as DreamFlight said more room of those of us that truely see the advantages of the S/D.

After our one stay at the BWI we both agreed that we would not stay there again. There is not anything that you cannot experiance there that you cannot experiance by just strolling over there. There lack of in resort food service really bothered us.

Oh well, just our opinion.

dreamflight99
09-14-2004, 10:43 AM
Originally posted by Tiffany
Hi,

As someone who has stayed at the BWI once and is currently posting live from the Dolphin, our 3rd stay, I would have to say the Dolphin hands down.

Let's see.

Disney Magic - We watch the EC fireworks from our bed everynight. Does not get much more magical than that.

The staff is outstanding - We arrived before noontime and checked in at the SPG desk and our assigned room was not "clean" yet so she called and found a room that was. We did not ask. She just did this. Talk about magic.

The food choices. The Dolphin has it over the BWI hands down. The Dolphin Fountain has got to be one of the best kept secerts on propety.

Late checkout - not a problem. 2pm this trip just because we booked our room using an AP discount.

Bus service outstanding. Yesterday morning the bus to the MK stopped at the Swan then the Dolphin and then headed directly to the MK.

My husband and I have commented many times that people just do not know what they are missing at the S/D. In room coffee maker and product, a great health club that has a hot tub/spa, 24hr fast food, Tubbi's, almost unlimited highspeed internet access from your room and WiFi access from the Lobby. The only service that we do not use at the Dolphin is the valet parking as we do not think that the service is worth $14 a day. But, someone must think that it is since that has been the price point for sometime now.

The beds are out of this world and the soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower cap, and shoeshine kits are all either not provided at WDW resorts or not of a high quality.

Oh well, as DreamFlight said more room of those of us that truely see the advantages of the S/D.

After our one stay at the BWI we both agreed that we would not stay there again. There is not anything that you cannot experiance there that you cannot experiance by just strolling over there. There lack of in resort food service really bothered us.

Oh well, just our opinion. Wonderful points, TIFF! Especially the FREE internet service!! ::yes:: Oh, I too LOVE the fountain (Great food: cheese sandwiches, burgers...chicken strips and a knock-out chicken ceaser salad also served in a fresh bread bowl!).

I wanted to ask you how you like those NEW shower curtain rods?! Aren't they just the coolest thing since sliced bread? I can not believe the amount of extra room you have to move around, as opposed to the "conventional" type offered at every other resort on property. It's these little "magical" touches which continue to make the WDW Dolphin a WINNER!! *(Storing our surf boards for more than a year didn't hurt much either!) LOL...;) I love the slate tile at the entrance to every room/bath, and the new colors/design for the renovated rooms. Fresh and inviting!

P.S. I discovered the curtain rods in our Delta SKY magazine on the return flight for $49. I have two such tubs on my home (a total of five full baths) and ordered them for these locations pronto! Anyone staying in the guest house will appreciate the extra room, and innovative design. :cool:

TTFN....DF99 :wave2:

Tiffany
09-14-2004, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by dreamflight99
Wonderful points, TIFF! Especially the FREE internet service!! ::yes:: Oh, I too LOVE the fountain (Great food: cheese sandwiches, burgers...chicken strips and a knock-out chicken ceaser salad also served in a fresh bread bowl!).

I wanted to ask you how you like those NEW shower curtain rods?! Aren't they just the coolest thing since sliced bread? I can not believe the amount of extra room you have to move around, as opposed to the "conventional" type offered at every other resort on property. It's these little "magical" touches which continue to make the WDW Dolphin a WINNER!! *(Storing our surf boards for more than a year didn't hurt much either!) LOL...;) I love the slate tile at the entrance to every room/bath, and the new colors/design for the renovated rooms. Fresh and inviting!

P.S. I discovered the curtain rods in our Delta SKY magazine on the return flight for $49. I have two such tubs on my home (a total of five full baths) and ordered them for these locations pronto! Anyone staying in the guest house will appreciate the extra room, and innovative design. :cool:

TTFN....DF99 :wave2:

Hi DF,

Yes the curtain rods are great. My husband and I were commenting on them. We are going to be redoing our bathroom within a year or so and I have made a note about them. I have never seen rounded shower curtain rods before.

Yes the title is great also.

NancyIL
09-14-2004, 05:55 PM
I've been staying at the Swan/Dolphin since Nov. 2000, and I love it there! The Heavenly beds are to die for, and I'm thrilled to read that the bathrooms now have curved shower rods. (Hoping all the rooms have that now, as mine didn't in March.) I'll be back to my favorite - the Swan - in less than 5 weeks. :teeth:

4DisneyfansinNC
09-14-2004, 07:18 PM
Do all the rooms at the Dolphin have the Heavenly beds?

Tiffany
09-15-2004, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by 4DisneyfansinNC
Do all the rooms at the Dolphin have the Heavenly beds?

Yes they do. I believe they are called "Sweet Sleeper" on the Dolphin side but they are beds to die for.

dreamflight99
09-15-2004, 10:51 AM
It's SO good to see you!!~:hug: I'm still hanging around here...:teeth: and enjoying the Dolphin as much as ever!! I've been thinking of you lately, as DD and I are visiting England/Paris in November. I recall the time a couple years back, when you and your DH visited for your anniversary!! PM with some suggestions if you have the time (Or would like). ;) I'm sure the shower curtains are up in all the rooms now. It's an amazingly wonderful contraption...and lends SO much more freedom to an ordinary bathtub-type shower! :)

Tiffany~That is what they are supposed to be (Sweet Sleeper), as they are in ALL of the Sheraton Properties! BUT...in the WDW DOLPHIN, they are actually the SAME as the SWAN...and are the famous HEAVENLY BEDS (which are in all the Westin named properties). In fact, the WDW Dolphin is the only Sheraton property in all the world to have the HEAVENLY BED!! I'm glad you are enjoying it! ::yes::

TTFN...DF99 :wave2:

4DisneyfansinNC
09-15-2004, 12:06 PM
Anyone have a pic of this shower curtain you're all getting excited about? I can't seem to picture it. Thanks!

dreamflight99
09-15-2004, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by 4DisneyfansinNC
Anyone have a pic of this shower curtain you're all getting excited about? I can't seem to picture it. Thanks! http://images.skymall.com/images/products/ff/15/06/102104932x.jpg You can buy it/check it out online @ www.skymall.com (*$39.95 for the white, and $10 more for stainless). Key word is "shower extender" or use item number ACO104 (to bring up the item). It's a FABULOUS item!! Absolutely ingenious! :)

*Here's the product description:

Do You Feel Cramped In Your Shower?
This curved rod will add 6" in comforting depth to the center of your shower area. Because it curves outward from each end, your shower curtain will stay safely inside the rim of your tub while giving you the additional space you always wanted while showering. The 1" rod comes with adjustable brackets for easy assembly on any standard or oval 60" tub, adjusts from 57 3/4" to 61". Includes cast zinc brackets, bracket covers, mounting hardware, tile and sheetrock anchors.

Hope this helps!!

DF99 :wave2:

Tiffany
09-15-2004, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by dreamflight99
Tiffany~That is what they are supposed to be (Sweet Sleeper), as they are in ALL of the Sheraton Properties! BUT...in the WDW DOLPHIN, they are actually the SAME as the SWAN...and are the famous HEAVENLY BEDS (which are in all the Westin named properties). In fact, the WDW Dolphin is the only Sheraton property in all the world to have the HEAVENLY BED!! I'm glad you are enjoying it! ::yes::

TTFN...DF99 :wave2: [/B]

Hi DF99,

Thanks for the clarification. The bed, no matter what it is called, is out of this world.

dreamflight99
09-15-2004, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by Tiffany
Hi DF99,

Thanks for the clarification. The bed, no matter what it is called, is out of this world. Oh...I agree Tiff, it makes me want to STAY in and under the plush covers....all morning loooong!! :eek: :rolleyes: It truly IS like sleeping on a big billowy-soft cloud!

Since we sleep on a wonderful (& heavenly) Stearns & Foster at home, I merely purchased ALL the bedding accessories (everything from the sheets, to the pillows/cases, duvet and feather comforter)...so each day I awake, it's like being at the DOLPHIN in WDW in my HEAVENLY BED!!! AND...I did it for DD as well!! (Yup...I'm pretty addicted to those beds!). :teeth:

The entire SET is available...everything from the special patented SEALY mattress, to all the things mentioned above. Just ask at the front desk for a list, and the instructions are on there. The shipping fees are nominal considering WHAT you get!! What a CHRISTMAS GIFT to yourself...your own "RESORT @ HOME" Heavenly Bed/bedding!! ::yes::
Highly recommended...

DF99 :wave2:

Mouseteacher
09-15-2004, 06:21 PM
Popping in with my vote - S/D of course!!!

Add BLT to the yummies at the Dolphin Fountain -- my fav- ----on wheat, toasted, bacon crisp please! :D

The curved shower rod seems to be such a small thing but it isn't - it is awesome and you do notice the difference in space.

I have stayed at the BWI and did enjoy it but that was pre S/D stays. The problem with the BWI, IMHO, is the lack of a restaurant or food service area in the resort (except for the continental breakfast served in the Lobby each morning). You have to go out onto the Boardwalk. There are times when I just like to stay within the resort to access food.

:wave2: Hi, DF

zagafi
09-15-2004, 09:51 PM
Honestly? I'd choose the S/D. The BoardWalk did nothing for me. It's all about personal prefs!

BambiTamby
09-15-2004, 10:23 PM
LOL!!!! I LOVE it!!!!::yes::

OK....looks like everything's been pointed out, except that the S/D have the BEST ROOM SERVICE/FOOD on property!
hands down!:teeth: :teeth: :teeth:

Love the beds, the bathrooms, the SHEETS, the duvet comforter, etc....even their CL is very nice!

But ya'll know I LOVE them ALL!
Especially the concierge services and suites!!!!!;) :p :sunny:

BTW...did anybody ever reveal how they got the BWI for the same price as the S/D????:crazy:

GettinReadyforDisney
09-17-2004, 11:46 AM
Thanks everyone for such great info. I've booked both the Dolphin and BWI and it looks like this will be a tough call. I got the same price because we got a convention rate at BWI (my husband has a meeting) and we got the Entertainment rate at the Dolphin (there was no standard room available when we are going, which is 2/20-27/05, so we we booked a deluxe room -- those end up about the same -- $209. I know that this is a great rate for BWI but am still hoping for a deeper Dolphin discount, which might help me make my decision. We are SPG gold members so we'd get an automatic upgrade at the Dolphin and would consider using points to bump up to club. Thanks again for all the great info. We are soooooo looking forward to this trip.

Suzanne74
09-17-2004, 12:48 PM
I have stayed at BWI before and just recently the Dolphin. I was not impressed with the Dolphin AT ALL and ended up only stayed there one night. You might like it because they cater to conventions but here is no disney magic and I thought everyone on their staff needed to SMILE!!! No one smiled - they were all polite I guess but no smiling - way too serious for me.

The lobby was very nice (not as nice as BWI) but the upstairs hallways were gross. Pulled up dirty, frayed and bumpy carpet. Dirty walls, cheesy beach umbrella murals on the hallways. The rooms are very small. The tub/toilet area is SO small and the only place to change in private. No fan in the tub/toilet room either. Very strange. The TV was so out or reception, our room was dirty. Sand on the sheets, dark hairs in the tub, toothpaste spots on the sink, crumbs on the floor. We called down and weren't even offered another room - just that housekeeping would be up within an hour. Well after 50min my DH went down to front desk and had to argue his way for another room - no apologies, no upgrade. Horrible service. Half the hotel was empty too per what the front desk said - so why the delay?? - ugh - it was like pulling teeth. That would have never happened at Disney.

Also the heavenly beds I guess are nice if you have never stayed at a Westin but they are not the same beds - at least not washed ot treated the same. Our sheets were scratchy and felt like that hard bleach wash. The duvet and pillows were not nearly as nice or plump as the ones we had at Palm Springs Westin. Our bed at OKW was much more comfortable.

BWI has a better atmosphere and more surrounding it. The staff is so friendly as are all the Disney resorts.

For the same price, there is no question the Boardwalk is your best bet. For that price, I would jump on it. I paid $139 for Dolphin and thought I overpaid!! The Port Orleans is a nicer hotel for less than that! I will nver stay at Dolphin again

Tiffany
09-17-2004, 02:14 PM
Originally posted by Suzanne74
I have stayed at BWI before and just recently the Dolphin. I was not impressed with the Dolphin AT ALL and ended up only stayed there one night. You might like it because they cater to conventions but here is no disney magic and I thought everyone on their staff needed to SMILE!!! No one smiled - they were all polite I guess but no smiling - way too serious for me.

The lobby was very nice (not as nice as BWI) but the upstairs hallways were gross. Pulled up dirty, frayed and bumpy carpet. Dirty walls, cheesy beach umbrella murals on the hallways. The rooms are very small. The tub/toilet area is SO small and the only place to change in private. No fan in the tub/toilet room either. Very strange. The TV was so out or reception, our room was dirty. Sand on the sheets, dark hairs in the tub, toothpaste spots on the sink, crumbs on the floor. We called down and weren't even offered another room - just that housekeeping would be up within an hour. Well after 50min my DH went down to front desk and had to argue his way for another room - no apologies, no upgrade. Horrible service. Half the hotel was empty too per what the front desk said - so why the delay?? - ugh - it was like pulling teeth. That would have never happened at Disney.

Also the heavenly beds I guess are nice if you have never stayed at a Westin but they are not the same beds - at least not washed ot treated the same. Our sheets were scratchy and felt like that hard bleach wash. The duvet and pillows were not nearly as nice or plump as the ones we had at Palm Springs Westin. Our bed at OKW was much more comfortable.

BWI has a better atmosphere and more surrounding it. The staff is so friendly as are all the Disney resorts.

For the same price, there is no question the Boardwalk is your best bet. For that price, I would jump on it. I paid $139 for Dolphin and thought I overpaid!! The Port Orleans is a nicer hotel for less than that! I will nver stay at Dolphin again

WOW!! Talk about different experiances. We are at the Dolphin right now, on our afternoon pool and nap break, and while I agree that the hallways are in need of renovation that is a known issue and they are in the process of being redone.

Maybe we have just been lucky but all of the staff we have encountered have been great. No better but no worse then the staffs at the Disney owned resorts we have encountered over the years.

Oh well, that is what is great about Disney so many differant resorts for different types of people.

swilphil
09-17-2004, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by GettinReadyforDisney
... I got the same price because we got a convention rate at BWI (my husband has a meeting) and we got the Entertainment rate at the Dolphin (there was no standard room available when we are going, which is 2/20-27/05, so we we booked a deluxe room -- those end up about the same -- $209. ...

I'm not sure what kind of deluxe room you got, but my in-laws had an executive suite on our last trip and it was awesome!!!

By the way, the Dolphin is in the process of redoing the hallways. We also have had great luck on two trips being compensated for any minor problems--we received a $15 credit because they had to rekey our room. We were in our room at the time, so it was not an inconvenience.

dreamflight99
09-17-2004, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by Tiffany
WOW!! Talk about different experiances. We are at the Dolphin right now, on our afternoon pool and nap break, and while I agree that the hallways are in need of renovation that is a known issue and they are in the process of being redone.
ABSOLUTELY!~And here are the PICS from the fully renovated 9th floor of the EAST wing at the Dolphin (*Tiff...take a ride up and PEEK!):

Looks like a beautifully detailed and trimmed rug, laying atop TILE!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c4cf983210000001610

That TILE is CARPET!! Soft...clean...& VIBRANTLY NEW~!!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c4f2742560000001610

Walls and Wainscot tastefully completed as well...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c421b02f40000001610

Elegant look of perfectly laid TILE...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c4d7dc33d0000001610

Gazing down another hallway...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c4671029c0000001610

My camera kept returning to the TROMP Loeil Image!!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c447802940000001610

Wallpaper uses subtle starfish as a pattern...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c5a0d02ee0000001610

If I wasn't STANDING on top of it...I would have SWORN it was MARBLE!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c5e2283f30000001610

Inviting...it even has that NEW~NEW~NEW Carpet SMELL!! Mmmmm!!http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c5c2602c60000001610

Elevator MATISSE!!! I couldn't RESIST!! :teeth:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c5d72420a0000001610

The OLD standard...(I'll miss this WHIMSEY!)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c529d027a0000001610

I've never seen such FUN carpets/halls in all the WORLD!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c511642680000001610

Familiar scenes...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c563683e30000001610

Cabana Doors...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c546e028a0000001610

Billowy Cloud Wall Sconces...(Okay, I admit...I bought a couple of these for the memories!) LOL!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4d733b3127cceb63c511dc3530000001610


As much as things in life constantly change, the more they stay the same. For us...the ESSENCE of the Dolphin remains under every new coat of paint and fiber of carpet. We have shared SO many wonderful family times in this resort...our laughter and resounding happiness resonates/echoes through the halls even when we are miles away. Each time we return, we recapture these memories as we glide through the front door underneath the shooting stars. The timeless aura captivates and envelops us with a blanket woven with infinite glimpses of the past, and threads of desire for what's to come. We will never tire of this property, nor of these scenes. The Dolphin represents a blessed and sacred bridge to our past, linking the summers of our lives with the present. It's ingrained in our FAMILY. And, as much as we leave molecules of ourselves behind each visit, we also capture a part of the same stardust within our souls (*taking it home with us). This realization is comforting, and reassuring. Continuity...like the ebbing tide...is never to be underestimated. The desire...and secret, lies in the yearning. It's not so much the destination, as it is the journey. After all...to IMAGINE...is EVERYTHING. ::yes::

(Deepak) DF99...LOL! :wave2:

Mouseteacher
09-17-2004, 08:26 PM
Oh, DF, thanks for the pix of the new halls. However, the pics of the old generated such a warm and fuzzy feeling of our family memories walking through these whimsical halls. I can hear the laughter as my DBro and his family and my family cavorted down the hall to the elevator singing ZippedeeDoDah ZippedeeAY or the knocking on the cabana-like door encouraging everyone to "hurry up we're in Disney World - let's get going!" We all become children at heart and in spirit.

It truly is about the journey - the emotion and the satisfaction of being in such a wonderful World.

Timmbco
09-17-2004, 08:35 PM
I've stayed at both. I really don't like the feel at BWI. I know it's a personal thing. I also HATE clowns.

Dolphin definately has the WOW factor. It feels magical to me and the pool is awesome!

DF- I would love to know more about that "close parking" you mentioned!

Tiffany
09-17-2004, 08:49 PM
Hi DF99,

Thanks for the heads up on which halls have been redone. We are going to take a ride up tomorrow. I do like the current halls though. :D

The Edge
09-17-2004, 10:05 PM
I've stayed at the Dolphin and BWI. The only reason I stayed at the Dolphin was because of a very CHEAP rate. It is not worth over $200. BWI is wonderful. I don't understand how folks can say it lacks food options. Spoodles take out window was a shorter walk for me than "Tubbis" or whatever they call it now was from my room at the Dolphin. Yes, you have to go outside, but, unless the weather is horrible, I don't see the problem with that.

dreamflight99
09-17-2004, 10:59 PM
The Edge~Sometimes...I just don't want to brave the HEAT...or MOSQUITOES...or CROWDS! I just want to stroll through the A/C halls...unencumbered and pest-free, to my TUBBI'S for some chow! Just goes to show, DIFFERENT STROKES for DIFFERENT FOLKS! Some folks would say the same thing about the BW...(*only reason they stayed was a CHEAP rate!!) LOL. :teeth:

To each...his/her OWN!

The Edge
09-17-2004, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by dreamflight99
The Edge~Sometimes...I just don't want to brave the HEAT...or MOSQUITOES...or CROWDS!


Heat, mosquitoes and crowds..........pretty much sums up all of my WDW vacations!:teeth: LOL. I see your point though. Never considered it because those things just seem to blend in with the whole vacation experience.

I'd try S/D again if I received the low rate I did last year, but if the price was the same as BWI, I'd have to go there. The new pictures of the Dolphin do look interesting so I think we'll check the place out again during our next trip. Thanks for posting them. :D Do you have a thread or a website with more photos?

Tiffany
09-18-2004, 07:55 AM
Originally posted by The Edge
I've stayed at the Dolphin and BWI. The only reason I stayed at the Dolphin was because of a very CHEAP rate. It is not worth over $200. BWI is wonderful. I don't understand how folks can say it lacks food options. Spoodles take out window was a shorter walk for me than "Tubbis" or whatever they call it now was from my room at the Dolphin. Yes, you have to go outside, but, unless the weather is horrible, I don't see the problem with that.

Last time I checked the Spoodles window was not opened 24hrs. Also, we have had the pizza that is served from that window and maybe we are spolied with pizza from Boston but the pizza down here does not compare.

You cannot compare the products avaiable at Tubbis to the pizza take out window at Spoodles.

The Edge
09-18-2004, 09:12 AM
Originally posted by Tiffany
Last time I checked the Spoodles window was not opened 24hrs. Also, we have had the pizza that is served from that window and maybe we are spolied with pizza from Boston but the pizza down here does not compare.

You cannot compare the products avaiable at Tubbis to the pizza take out window at Spoodles.

Actually, I had a KILLER meatball sub from Spoodles takeout. They didn't have that at Tubbis. Mostly I saw burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese. I can get that on the Boardwalk or anywhere in the parks. The window was open until midnight. I really don't need food after that.

Mouseteacher
09-18-2004, 09:46 AM
I believe the intent of the OP was solicit personal opinions. There is no right or wrong or best answer. Preferences / choices make the "World" (Disney, that is) go 'round - :D

Disney's Deluxe Princess
09-18-2004, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by Mouseteacher
I believe the intent of the OP was solicit personal opinions. There is no right or wrong or best answer. Preferences / choices make the "World" (Disney, that is) go 'round - :D

So true. Why do some people have to "prove" their point on these threads? State your opinion and move on. No need to come back every day with new proof to show your opinion is the right one.

simonmunro
09-18-2004, 12:39 PM
Bumping

dreamflight99
09-18-2004, 12:41 PM
Originally posted by Disney's Deluxe Princess
So true. Why do some people have to "prove" their point on these threads? State your opinion and move on. No need to come back every day with new proof to show your opinion is the right one. No one is returning to try and PROVE anything here...:rolleyes: ~We are merely enjoying the lively exchange of opinions and creative banter which IS the DIS! :teeth:

The Edge~LOL...TRUE~! You are SO correct, and I had to laugh after reading your reply ("Heat, mosquitoes and crowds..........pretty much sums up all of my WDW vacations!"), and say DITTO. :teeth: Now...I have to TRY the Meatball sub at the takeout window of Spoodles, as I had NO IDEA you could order such fare until midnight! I'll have to stop by on a late-eve walk back from Epcot and give it a go! Thank you for your informative post. :cool:

For more pics: take a look at the www.swandolphin.com site. It's a great way to keep updated on all the things being currently offered at the resorts. ;)

TTFN...DF99 :wave2:

Tiffany
09-18-2004, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by The Edge
Actually, I had a KILLER meatball sub from Spoodles takeout. They didn't have that at Tubbis. Mostly I saw burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese. I can get that on the Boardwalk or anywhere in the parks. The window was open until midnight. I really don't need food after that.

Did not know about the meatball sub. Might have to give that a try.

Tiffany
09-18-2004, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by Disney's Deluxe Princess
So true. Why do some people have to "prove" their point on these threads? State your opinion and move on. No need to come back every day with new proof to show your opinion is the right one.

Not trying to "prove" anything as you cannot "prove" an opinion. This is just a good back and forth of services provided buy the two different resorts and different peoples opinions of those services provided.

A good example is that there are some who do not mind going onto the Boardwalk for their food choices and we did not think it would bother us when we booked the BWI back in 1999. After staying there for ten days we determined that it did bother us.

So this is our opinion but it is information that someone who is considering booking the BWI should be aware of.

Oh well. To each their own.