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Old 11-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #1531
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Okay...this only took an hour or more to transfer photos to photobucket. I guess website issues.

I had a second wonderful day the beautiful Disney Swan Resort.

Here is a photo of the Swan Lobby Christmas tree:




The beautiful lobby fountains:






I also enjoyed the outdoor, relaxing water fountains in the bamboo chair reading the USA Today newspaper placed outside my door.




A beautiful, all chocolate Christmas Santa Clause, presents, train, Christmas tree and fireplace on my way to breakfast.





I loved dining at the Swan Garden Grove on their raised circular dining room with a tree in the center and high ceilings. Olivia, my seater, was very intuitive and asked to change my table. Without me asking, she chose a wonderful table where I drove up their ramp and was able to back my mobility scooter up next two my two person table out of the way from all of the other guests way instead of a high traffic area. Brad, the omelette chef made a wonderful omelette with my choice of ingredients. He said today was his last day and that he was starting work at the prestigious Dolphin Resort Blue Zoo restaurant. Congrats, Brad. And Sue was a wonderful server, too. Here is a photo from my table:





And here is my breakfast with omellete, grilled potato wedges with green/red/yellow peppers and onions, and french toast, and bacon. Next time I want to try the make your own yogurt with all sorts of fresh fruit. They have a pastry/bagel etc. table; and a cereal/fruit/yogurt table; and several other tables with cereal, grits, oatmeal, waffle, french toast and I can't remember the rest. They do use the regular AAA 20% discount, too.

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:06 PM   #1532
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It's worth a shot! Otherwise, if you haven't prepaid and you aren't within a cancellation penalty period, you could always cancel your existing reservation and re-book. The offer is for 12/9 - 12/13. Good luck!
We had an existing reservation from 12/7 to 12/15 with a AAA discount. I forwarded the newsletter to my travel agent and she called the Swan/Dolphin. They applied the TWELVE rate to 12/9-12/13 and left the AAA rate on the remaining days.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:23 PM   #1533
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Ray,
We only ate at the Garden Grove for breakfast on our last day this past June. With three teen-aged boys...we got good value for our dollars. I'm hoping to try the seafood buffet on my trip in May. It was really pretty and felt like eating in a park.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:29 PM   #1534
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It's a shame this app doesn't have smell-o-vision...we were floored last year when we walked in the Swan lobby and SMELLED that gorgeous chocolate display!!! Mmmm! We haven't tried Garden Grove for breakfast, but we love Mediterranean night. Sounds like you're having a wonderful stay, Ray--thanks for sharing with those of us who can't be there this year!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:02 AM   #1535
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My Day 3 at the Disney Swan Resort has been so incredibly great. I have really enjoyed my stay. I have been just taking my time doing my favorite things. Wednesday, 11/27/2012, I spent time at Epcot Candlelight Processional and Illuminations Holiday Fireworks. Then I walked around the Boardwalk and enjoyed basketball on TV at the ESPN bar.

As I was walking over the bridge from the Boardwalk to the Disney Swan Resort, my caught this beautiful site along the causeway between the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.





And before entering the Disney Swan Resort, I looked down the causeway toward the Disney Dolphin Resorts with all other night lights that appear to be changing colors. But it could just me, I did have a few beers in Canada and United Kingdom's Rose and Crown and Germany and wine in France.




I walked down further to get a closer view of the Disney Dolphin Resorts cascading waterfall from the clam shells into their fountain.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:54 PM   #1536
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Another reason to love the Swan and Dolphin (and I've never stayed there before!) I had read about the "TWELVE" code a few days ago on this thread (thank you Swan/Dolphin vets!) and thought it wouldn't apply to my reservation because I check in on Dec. 13 (the last day of the promo). I didn't realize I could apply it to my first night and then keep my AAA rate for our last two nights! I thought I might have to make two reservations to make it happen, but that wasn't the case - one reservation, two great discounts! Thank you Swan and Dolphin!

I am now saving $98 on my initial reservation. I am thrilled! Can't wait for our trip!
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:08 PM   #1537
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I booked the Dolphin with AAA123 (AAA rate plus $50 resort credit) for May 2-8. The resort credit didn't show up on my reservation, so I called in-house reservations. They said they would fix that and email me a corrected reservation, but it would take 15-20 minutes. That was around three hours ago. Think I'll make another call.
Has anyone else tried to book the AAA rate with resort credit and then the credit didn't appear? I've tried it a number of times, and can't get it to work. It accepts the dates...just doesn't give the $50 credit.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #1538
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Ray - thank you for the beautiful photos! I'll look forward to seeing the same beautiful sights tomorrow!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:30 PM   #1539
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Don't forget the great wine shops in Epcot for a bottle to take to the room!
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:12 AM   #1540
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Anyone have a AAA rate for the Swan late May early June?

It's coming up $206 plus fees and taxes.

Anyone else get cheaper?

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:29 PM   #1541
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It's coming up $206 plus fees and taxes.

Anyone else get cheaper?

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Nope. I've been scoping out rates a few times a week for both Swan and Dolphin since September and for my dates (checking in on June 6th), I've never seen it lower than $206 for Swan and $224 for Dolphin (this is for resort view at Dolphin -- standard not available).

It appears (at least at the Dolphin) that my dates fall between two sold out time frames which may be driving up the rates because if I look at dates a couple of weeks later, they're both under $200.
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Nope. I've been scoping out rates a few times a week for both Swan and Dolphin since September and for my dates (checking in on June 6th), I've never seen it lower than $206 for Swan and $224 for Dolphin (this is for resort view at Dolphin -- standard not available).

It appears (at least at the Dolphin) that my dates fall between two sold out time frames which may be driving up the rates because if I look at dates a couple of weeks later, they're both under $200.
Ok thanks. I went ahead and booked the $206 rate last night for June 2-8.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #1543
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I am going to the Dolphin tomorrow for a school field trip! I have never stayed there and I have stayed at many Disney resorts. I was actaually hoping to stay at either the Dolphin or Swan in the next year of so, but now I got to go on a field trip here. We will be going Sun 12/2/12-Tues 12/4/12...
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:20 PM   #1544
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Had a very nice first stay at the Dolphin! We had booked a standard view and requested a quiet room and that's what we got. We were in central tower at the very end of the hall and had the fire exit stairs on one side, so we only had one adjoining wall and we barely heard a sound the whole six nights of our stay. The room was 15066. It seemed quite spacious to us, bigger than what I expected but I'm not sure if it was larger than the standard room since I've never stayed there before. We particularly liked having the sink outside the toilet/shower room. For not much more than what we would have paid for a king bed room at a moderate, we vastly preferred staying here. Yes, it is a bit less Disney but the amenities, lobby, larger room and fantastic, walk-able location more than make up for it!

The only negatives in my opinion were that, as many have reported, the mini-fridge kept things cool, not cold and the "high-speed" internet was barely functional. We heard others complaining about the slow internet when we checked in and they said they were having problems and were working on it. Well they credited our ENTIRE resort fee with only the nicest mention that we had experienced problems with it during our stay. Just something to keep in mind if you have the same issue in the coming days We appreciated their desire to "make it right". Oh, one last little gripe... what is up with the fake cookie smell in the lobby? Is this a holiday thing? I found it to be way, waaaay too strong, particularly right as you walk in through the front doors. DH didn't mind it so much, so maybe it's just me?

We didn't eat many meals at the hotel but enjoyed ice cream at the Fountain and a great breakfast buffet at Fresh. Had not so great build-your-own burritos at Picabu. It's right by the laundry room and we needed to run a load so it served the purpose, but we would only eat there again as a last resort. But I guess it's nice to at least have something available 24 hours a day.

The pool looked just fine to us, no algae or weird funk. I did think that the main pool felt colder than the lap pool and kid's pool... the two smaller pools were very warm, the main pool was colder than I would have liked but still swim-able. We liked the swanky pool bar!
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Had a very nice first stay at the Dolphin! We had booked a standard view and requested a quiet room and that's what we got. We were in central tower at the very end of the hall and had the fire exit stairs on one side, so we only had one adjoining wall and we barely heard a sound the whole six nights of our stay. The room was 15066. It seemed quite spacious to us, bigger than what I expected but I'm not sure if it was larger than the standard room since I've never stayed there before. We particularly liked having the sink outside the toilet/shower room. For not much more than what we would have paid for a king bed room at a moderate, we vastly preferred staying here. Yes, it is a bit less Disney but the amenities, lobby, larger room and fantastic, walk-able location more than make up for it!

The only negatives in my opinion were that, as many have reported, the mini-fridge kept things cool, not cold and the "high-speed" internet was barely functional. We heard others complaining about the slow internet when we checked in and they said they were having problems and were working on it. Well they credited our ENTIRE resort fee with only the nicest mention that we had experienced problems with it during our stay. Just something to keep in mind if you have the same issue in the coming days We appreciated their desire to "make it right". Oh, one last little gripe... what is up with the fake cookie smell in the lobby? Is this a holiday thing? I found it to be way, waaaay too strong, particularly right as you walk in through the front doors. DH didn't mind it so much, so maybe it's just me?

We didn't eat many meals at the hotel but enjoyed ice cream at the Fountain and a great breakfast buffet at Fresh. Had not so great build-your-own burritos at Picabu. It's right by the laundry room and we needed to run a load so it served the purpose, but we would only eat there again as a last resort. But I guess it's nice to at least have something available 24 hours a day.

The pool looked just fine to us, no algae or weird funk. I did think that the main pool felt colder than the lap pool and kid's pool... the two smaller pools were very warm, the main pool was colder than I would have liked but still swim-able. We liked the swanky pool bar!
Wow! Thank you so much for the report! Question - what kind of view did you have from your room? I put in a request for an EP view on a high floor, but I may change that to "quiet room" after reading your review. I've had many a noisy room on Disney property and would love to get a good night's sleep at the Dolphin!

Thank you for the restaurant and internet tips as well - super helpful review!
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