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Old 11-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Question Polynesian vs. Swan/Dolphin Questions ???

We are spending two nights (Dec 31 & Jan 1) at the Polynesian. The cost for a standard "no view" room for those two nights is over $1400. We can stay in a Theme Park View w/Balcony at the Swan for a total of $700. We have a car, don't care about Disney hotel theming, etc ... but have these questions:

1. Are Swan Theme Park View rooms a good way to view NYE fireworks?
2. Is Dolphin better than Swan?
3. Are there specific things we should look for, or ask?

i.e. We know that watching NYE fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian would be most spectacular ... but I'm not sure for our family, that the fireworks show is worth more than $700.

Thoughts please from those who know and have been there, done that?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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Polynesian is my favorite WDW resort but $1400 is a ridiculous amount to spend for a hotel room let alone a no-view room! We are staying at the dolphin for NYE. Ive never stayed at the Swan / Dolphin before but from what I understand some rooms may have a view of the epcot fireworks... I would switch to swan /dolphin if it were me and if you're dead set on seeing the MK fireworks head over to the poly beach for the fireworks.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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Do you know if Dolphin is supposed to be better than Swan? The only thing we know is that the two beds in the Dolphin are double beds, and the two beds in the Swan are queen beds.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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For what it's worth:

I stayed at resort view Dolphin and really enjoyed it. Although I could see the Epcot fireworks, you have to realize that parts of Illuminations are low to ground so you don't always have a great view of the whole thing. But interestingly, at the windows in the lobby by the elevator banks, I could stand there and watch the MK fireworks. Then back to my room with no wait! Husband and I agreed we would definitely stay there again and hope for similar room(12th floor, resort view).
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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The only thing ive heard is that swan is a little more on the quieter side than the dolphin but on nye I'm sure the whole area will be hopping!
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:21 AM   #6
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From what I understand, you can go to the Poly beach and watch the fireworks, even if you aren't staying there. It might be a little cold due to it being December/January, but if you dress for the weather you can have the best of both worlds!
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:42 AM   #7
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We are staying at the Dolphin for the first time in a few weeks and I posted similar questions on the boards. The consensus seems to be, if the bed size isn't an issue, that you should go with the resort (Swan or Dolphin) that is least expensive although the Swan/Dolphin vets on the official resort thread seem to prefer the Swan.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #8
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I've stayed at all 3 - Poly, Swan & Dolphin. S&D many many times.

If you're expecting to see MK fireworks from S/D, don't base your stay on that. While you may get a room facing MK - it is miles & miles away, you will just barely be able to make them out. And rooms facing MK are far & few between, and are usually in the "standard" booking category, overlooking the dumpsters. When they say Theme Park View, it's Epcot you're facing. Yes you will see the higher Illuminations fireworks, but most of Illuminations is lower to the ground & can only be seen inside Epcot.

I would stay there for the cost difference alone, and watch MK fireworks from someplace else. I'm not sure if they will let you in Poly, I've heard on NYE you can't go to the beach there to watch them unless you're a guest at Poly.

Swan is smaller & more intimate, Dolphin is larger & more hustle & bustle. Dolphin has the only quick service (Picabu) - Swan has none, and laundry is also only at Dolphin. Dolphin is also closer to the Grotto Pool.
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We stayed in a theme park view room at the Dolphin when our kids were younger. It was great to stay in the room and see all the fireworks at midnight. The view was such that not only did you see the higher Illuminations fireworks, but we also saw fireworks off in the distance.

That being said, we have watched the MK fireworks from the Poly beach. That was perhaps the best viewing of fireworks from outside the park. However, I don't know if it's worth paying $700 more.

I've never stayed at the Poly for NYE. What I liked about being at the Dolphin was being able to walk around the boardwalk earlier in the evening.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:35 AM   #10
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We stayed in the Swan on the 8th floor facing DHS. We could see the fireworks from Fantasmic from our window. Out at the end of the hallway there was a window facing toward Epcot, we could watch Illuminations from it. Of course, there is no music, but it sure was pretty.

Plus, I'll add in that the beds at the Swan are SO comfy.

I'd definitely change to Swan from Poly and save a ton of money.

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