Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
merina888
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 223

Swan and Dolphin vs. WDW resort?

My younger sister is attending a conference in June at the Swan and Dolphin and is really excited. I would like to know what's the difference between staying at the Swan & Dolphin and staying at a WDW resort (as in those owned and operated by Disney)? What do you get at a WDW resort that you don't get at Swan & Dolphin? Thank you!
merina888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
mickeynut1
DIS Veteran
 
mickeynut1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 15,153

A WDW resort offers room charging to your KTTW card, free transportation to/from the airport (DME), package delivery to your resort, free transportation around WDW (bus/monorail/boat), Disney dining plan (if you choose to get it), and EMH. I'm sure I'm missing some things, but that's all I can think of right now. When staying at the Swan or Dolphin, you can't get the dining plan or charge back to your room. I'm not sure if DME is available to Swan/Dolphin guests or not. I think guests get EMH and package delivery, but hopefully someone will be able to verify that or give the correct information.
__________________


Country Inn & Suites LBV June 2001 - CBR July 2002 - BC December 2003 - WL CL Oct/Nov 2004 - WL September 2006 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2007 -Poly September 2007 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2008 - AKL/GF SL/WL January 2010 - AKL/GF December 2010 - GF RPC May 2011

Last edited by mickeynut1; 10-07-2012 at 05:38 PM.
mickeynut1 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-07-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
jlh512
Johnny
 
jlh512's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 103

Correct. No magical express, no dining plan, you cannot charge to your room, you have to pay daily for parking at the hotel, and you cannot send packages to your resort. You do get extra magic hours thought and Disney transport on property which I guess everyone gets while on property. We stayed there once and liked it.
__________________
'85-Offsite / '90-Contemporary / '92, '95, '99 -Offsite / '02-WDW Dolphin / '03-Rental House / '04-POP Century / '05-All Star Movies / '06-Beach Club & DCL / '07-POP Century & Boardwalk / '09-Port Orleans French Quarter / '10-Yacht Club / '11-Paradise Pier (Disneyland) & Boardwalk / '12 Pop & Beach Club / '13 Disneyland Offsite & Yacht Club / '14 Yacht Club


jlh512 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
LexiC123
on this, our spaceship earth
makes me want to jab candy canes into my ears
 
LexiC123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: city of 10 million dreams...and one parking space!
Posts: 2,286

Actually, you can send packages back to the resort, and you can use all of the WDW internal transportation (buses, boats, monorail).

It is true that there is a daily parking fee at the S/D resort, but you do not have to pay to park at the theme parks.
__________________
WDW: 6/72 offsite.....5/93 offsite.....10/94 OKW.....11/95 BC.....10/96 BWV.....10/97 BC.....3/98 CBR.....10/98 WL.....5/99 YC & GF.....8/99 DI (now SSR).....9/99 CR.....3/00 BC.....4/00 YC.....8/00 Poly.....4/01 BC.....7/01 YC.....8/02 BC.....9/09 Dolphin.....9/10 Swan.....10/11 Swan & Dolphin.....4/13 Swan & BC.....
12/14 Swan

DL: 3/71 offsite.....6/98 Pacific Hotel (now Paradise Pier).....12/00 Disneyland Hotel
LexiC123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
Magic3forme
Grand Slam club members
 
Magic3forme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: ATL
Posts: 3,075

There is a 15.00 a day fee to park at the resorts.

The pools are better maintained at the Disney resorts. The Dolphin pool in June had a film all over it.

The hotels are better maintained too. ( the carpet on floor 10 was thread bare in certain places.) and many rooms have a musty smell.
__________________
Magic3forme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
Dizzytime
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,066

We fly from the west coast,stay at Epcot resorts and have often considered the S/D option... but since we don't rent a car, the cab expense vs ME to/from MCO, plus a little shorter walk to our favorite WS restaurants!!! has always made it an easy choice to go with BC/YC/BWI.

Good luck, you have nice choices for sure!

Dizzytime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 12:22 AM   #7
jenndisney
Is this a tag? Am I dreaming? Someone pinch me!
 
jenndisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 705

Quote:
Originally Posted by LexiC123

It is true that there is a daily parking fee at the S/D resort, but you do not have to pay to park at the theme parks.
So the daily rate there also covers parking at the parks??
__________________
If life is like a box of chocolates, make mine mouse shaped!

Dec, 2008 - WDW, July, 2005 - WDW, July, 2004 - DL, June, 2003 - WDW, July, 2002 - DL

jenndisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 02:00 AM   #8
Robbi
DIS Veteran
 
Robbi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3,694

Quote:
Originally Posted by Magic3forme View Post
There is a 15.00 a day fee to park at the resorts.

The pools are better maintained at the Disney resorts. The Dolphin pool in June had a film all over it.

The hotels are better maintained too. ( the carpet on floor 10 was thread bare in certain places.) and many rooms have a musty smell.
The was something floating in the pool at the Poly and it wasn't film! The pool was evacated. Any resort can have an off day. We were just at the Swan in August and thought it was beautifully maintained.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jenndisney View Post
So the daily rate there also covers parking at the parks??
Yes, it does. There are excellent restaurants at the the Swan and Dolphin too.
Robbi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 06:24 AM   #9
LexiC123
on this, our spaceship earth
makes me want to jab candy canes into my ears
 
LexiC123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: city of 10 million dreams...and one parking space!
Posts: 2,286

Quote:
Originally Posted by jenndisney View Post
So the daily rate there also covers parking at the parks??
Yep...you just have to show your room key.
__________________
WDW: 6/72 offsite.....5/93 offsite.....10/94 OKW.....11/95 BC.....10/96 BWV.....10/97 BC.....3/98 CBR.....10/98 WL.....5/99 YC & GF.....8/99 DI (now SSR).....9/99 CR.....3/00 BC.....4/00 YC.....8/00 Poly.....4/01 BC.....7/01 YC.....8/02 BC.....9/09 Dolphin.....9/10 Swan.....10/11 Swan & Dolphin.....4/13 Swan & BC.....
12/14 Swan

DL: 3/71 offsite.....6/98 Pacific Hotel (now Paradise Pier).....12/00 Disneyland Hotel
LexiC123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #10
ke3d98
Mouseketeer
 
ke3d98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 93

You can be on the Disney dining plan and you get free transportation to the parks, downtown Disney district, and the water parks.
__________________
Me-DF- DM- DB-

ke3d98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #11
Scott MC
DIS Veteran
 
Scott MC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Back, Back, Over the Falls!
Posts: 1,495

Quote:
Originally Posted by ke3d98 View Post
You can be on the Disney dining plan and you get free transportation to the parks, downtown Disney district, and the water parks.
You can be on the dining plan? Really? I didn't think so....
__________________
Scott MC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:40 PM   #12
LexiC123
on this, our spaceship earth
makes me want to jab candy canes into my ears
 
LexiC123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: city of 10 million dreams...and one parking space!
Posts: 2,286

Quote:
Originally Posted by Magic3forme View Post
There is a 15.00 a day fee to park at the resorts.

The pools are better maintained at the Disney resorts. The Dolphin pool in June had a film all over it.

The hotels are better maintained too. ( the carpet on floor 10 was thread bare in certain places.) and many rooms have a musty smell.
I have to disagree with blanket statements like these. Of course, the S/D may have their share of issues from time to time, but so can other resorts. There's an on-going thread in this forum right now about how one guest found the guest rooms and public areas of the Beach Club to be run-down and dirty, but other guests have chimed in about being quite happy with the cleanliness and condition during their trips.

It's the same with the S/D. I've stayed at both properties over the past four years and have never had a problem with cleanliness or musty smells...as as someone who has asthma, believe me, I would have noticed that instantly! Have there been a few people over the years who were less than thrilled with the condition of the resort, as you were? Of course. But there are also dozens and dozens of people on the S/D Resort thread who have come back from there trips raving about the resort.

And as far as the pools at the S/D go, yes, it appears that there have been periodic maintenance issues with the pools over the past few months, but it's not as if it's a given that the pools are like that all the time. Again, in my stays over the past several years, I have used both the main Grotto pool and the lap pools, and have never had a problem with them being unclean, or the water being anything other than crystal clear.

Different guests, different experiences.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ke3d98 View Post
You can be on the Disney dining plan and you get free transportation to the parks, downtown Disney district, and the water parks.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott MC View Post
You can be on the dining plan? Really? I didn't think so....
Guests of the S/D cannot participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
__________________
WDW: 6/72 offsite.....5/93 offsite.....10/94 OKW.....11/95 BC.....10/96 BWV.....10/97 BC.....3/98 CBR.....10/98 WL.....5/99 YC & GF.....8/99 DI (now SSR).....9/99 CR.....3/00 BC.....4/00 YC.....8/00 Poly.....4/01 BC.....7/01 YC.....8/02 BC.....9/09 Dolphin.....9/10 Swan.....10/11 Swan & Dolphin.....4/13 Swan & BC.....
12/14 Swan

DL: 3/71 offsite.....6/98 Pacific Hotel (now Paradise Pier).....12/00 Disneyland Hotel
LexiC123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 10:10 PM   #13
HeartWDW
Earning My Ears
 
HeartWDW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 32

I've stayed at both the Swan and the Boardwalk. Both hotels have their pluses and minuses. The biggest plus for the Swan and Dolphin is the price. On average, the Swan is about 30% less than the Disney hotels on the boardwalk. At the Boardwalk my room was about $335 a night. At the Swan it was $179 per night including the extra per day fee (August date - normally it's about $250). The Swan has great restaurants like the Fresh Market buffet breakfast and Don Shula's Steakhouse. You can walk to Epcot from there (I've done it) and you get internal transportation to all Disney parks for free. What many people have a problem with is that it's not "Disney" enough. There are no hidden Mickeys and such. No dining plan or DME. So if you want full Disney immersion, you may not like it. I love both places though.
HeartWDW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 10:17 PM   #14
2disneycruzrs
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 810

I've stayed at both S/D a few times as well as YC/BC because we like the BW area. My preference for S/D is the ability for free room nights using Starwood points for the same quality hotel as the BW area Dis hotels. If you need to pay, the rooms are usually cheaper at S/D than the BW hotels even with the other charges figured in. A lesser item for guests at S/D is you can't use DCL transfers to the ships anymore - only Dis hotels. The DME is a nice value but not worth $100-150 per night more. If I remember correct: Swan is like YC with queens in two bed rooms and Dolphin is like BC & BW with doubles.
__________________
Jen
Click Here for Cruise Packing List, First-Timer Tips, Airline and Port Information and More.
Click Here for Stateroom Photos of Dream/Fantasy 6186 and 6190 plus Wonder/Magic 8102 and 8532.

Wonder 10/14 * Reimagined Magic 12/13 * Swan/Dream/Animation: 12/12 * Beach Club: 1/12 - work * AKL/Dream: 9/11 - my daughter's and nieces' first cruise! * Beach Club/Wonder: 11/08 - work * Beach Club/Wonder: 8/08 - work (I get paid to go?!) * Dolphin/Wonder: 12/05 * RCCL - Jewel inaugural season (Western) 4/05-work * RCCL - Serenade inaugural season (Alaska) 8/04 - work * Swan/Magic: 11/03 Eastern * Dolphin/Wonder 10/02 - our honeymoon * WDW '83
2disneycruzrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 08:23 AM   #15
mickeynut1
DIS Veteran
 
mickeynut1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 15,153

Quote:
Originally Posted by ke3d98 View Post
You can be on the Disney dining plan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott MC View Post
You can be on the dining plan? Really? I didn't think so....
The dining plan is not available at the Swan/Dolphin.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2disneycruzrs View Post
Swan is like YC with queens in two bed rooms and Dolphin is like BC & BW with doubles.
All of the Disney deluxe resorts have queen beds, including the BC & BWI.
__________________


Country Inn & Suites LBV June 2001 - CBR July 2002 - BC December 2003 - WL CL Oct/Nov 2004 - WL September 2006 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2007 -Poly September 2007 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2008 - AKL/GF SL/WL January 2010 - AKL/GF December 2010 - GF RPC May 2011
mickeynut1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.