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Old 12-14-2012, 09:01 AM   #1576
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Morning - have used the teacher discount for many years now. Either hotel requests a copy of your pay stub, or your teacher ID card, your teacher's union card or some alternate form of proof provided by your school system. We only had to provide it the first year, and it was noted after that. I don't know if others have had to provide it more frequently.

AAA is just that - bring your card to show upon check-in.
If you use either, make sure to mention it when you make the reservations.

When using either, keep track of the rates. I usually have to make it at the higher rate, and then as the time passes, check back at the hotels, or on the Starwood web site, and if a lower rate becomes available, ask them to change it .

We are spoiled by these 2 hotels, and have really not used any others on property for many years, so i am not the person to compare pricing.

Hope this has helped.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #1577
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Back home now, Caroline. And yes, a great time as always. The S/D is still in good order, magical. And do hope to meet up again, yes. We had some fun times there, lots of laughs together.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #1578
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Back home now, Caroline. And yes, a great time as always. The S/D is still in good order, magical. And do hope to meet up again, yes. We had some fun times there, lots of laughs together.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:50 PM   #1579
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We had a wonderful time and are back home too.

On the king rooms - not all have a sleeper sofa. We were on the 7th floor overlooking the entrance area. Our room as an accessible room that seemed to be set for wheelchairs. The wardrobe hanging was low, handles in the bathroom, no separate sink/vanity area.

The Santa area in the evening was so much fun - he was awesome (who wouldn't be when at their favorite resort) as were his helpers.

Kristina at the front desk went so far above and beyond to make our stay magical, there are not words for it. The food at Picabu was excellent and I was so glad we got the refillable coffee mugs, we made use of them for breakfast and for decaf in the evenings.

We saw many familiar faces all around but everyone looked to be having as magical a getaway as DH and I were.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:53 PM   #1580
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I had a reservation at the Swan which I cancelled one week ago as I decided to stay at the Dolphin instead. I am still waiting for my refund of the 1 night's deposit. It was a fully refundable rate. (AAA) I have a cancellation number. Does it typically take this long for a refund?
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #1581
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I had a reservation at the Swan which I cancelled one week ago as I decided to stay at the Dolphin instead. I am still waiting for my refund of the 1 night's deposit. It was a fully refundable rate. (AAA) I have a cancellation number. Does it typically take this long for a refund?
Yes. I've had it take almost 30 days for a refund from them, back onto a credit card.
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Wow 30 days! They keep your money that long? I'm sure they give you interest for it then. (sarcasm implied)
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:03 PM   #1583
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Hi! We've booked the Swan for 5/29-6/5, but have previously stayed at Beach Club. We love the Epcot area amenities and the pricing at this resort was too great to pass up. I had a couple of questions for vets of the resort that I couldn't figure out from the main page....

1. Is there a market - similar to Beach club's- that's open where we can stock up on some quick breakfast items and water for the room?

2. Do they use the Disney resort refillable mugs? And if so, where can we fill up at- coffee in the morning is a big one for us.

3. I know they don't offer the Disney airport transfer...is there recommended transport to book from the airport?

4. What's the recommended QS place we can get like a hot biscuit at in the mornings prior to leaving for RD at the parks?

Thanks for any help!
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:13 PM   #1584
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Hi! We've booked the Swan for 5/29-6/5, but have previously stayed at Beach Club. We love the Epcot area amenities and the pricing at this resort was too great to pass up. I had a couple of questions for vets of the resort that I couldn't figure out from the main page....

1. Is there a market - similar to Beach club's- that's open where we can stock up on some quick breakfast items and water for the room?

2. Do they use the Disney resort refillable mugs? And if so, where can we fill up at- coffee in the morning is a big one for us.

3. I know they don't offer the Disney airport transfer...is there recommended transport to book from the airport?

4. What's the recommended QS place we can get like a hot biscuit at in the mornings prior to leaving for RD at the parks?

Thanks for any help!
1) Picabu is located at the Dolphin. You could also go to the Screen Door General Store on the Boardwalk. The Bakery at the Boardwalk is also just a short walk away.

2)They S/D has their own refillable mugs, one for cold, one for hot. But unlimited coffee, Starbucks, is available for free in the rooms.

3) I rent a car.

4) Java Bar at the Swan, or Lobby Lounge or Picabu at the Dolphin. The Bakery at the Boardwalk is also just a short walk away.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:00 PM   #1585
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Thanks for the pointers on the teacher discount. I've got a staff ID card so I'll probably use that and bring a pay stub as a backup if I use these hotels.

I know we've done AAA before but this is the first trip I'm planning myself; usually have had family or friends take on the booking of things in the past.

I do like the general location of these hotels. Are they on the walking trail to Epcot like the Yacht and Beach are? I do like the boats for getting around; I usually take the bus to other places but will probably have a car with me since I'm coming from SC and can make the trip in a day.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #1586
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Welcome to the dis, Mac.

This gives you a bit of perspective. And the answer is yes.

http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articl...y-world-resort
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:16 PM   #1587
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Talking 2 question!

We have an upcoming trip to the Dolphin and we are very excited as it is our first stay at the S&D

2 things that have been on my mind are this:

1. Can you buy disney tickets at the S/D and are they the tyvek/paper kind or are they on a hard plastic card similar to the KTTW?

2. As with regular disney resorts, are you provided with one room key card per person so each person in the room can show proof to the CM's at the parks for EMH?

Thats all for now, thank!

PS... how do the room key cards at the S/D look like? any pics? Thanks a bunch!
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Each person does get a key card. The key has a photo of the swan dolphin resort.

You can purchase Disney tickets at both resorts. They each have a Disney desk in the lobby. The tickets are the paper/card type not plastic.
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Each person does get a key card. The key has a photo of the swan dolphin resort.

You can purchase Disney tickets at both resorts. They each have a Disney desk in the lobby. The tickets are the paper/card type not plastic.
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I returned home from the Swan last night. I spent 8 nights at WDW, followed by a 7-night Disney cruise, and then 2 more nights at the Swan! Ray Sharpton spotted me at Off Kilter, but I'm sorry I never connected with Dan Murphy this trip.
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