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Old 01-02-2013, 08:23 PM   #1636
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We've booked the Swan for 5/27-6/5 and I was wondering a couple of things...

Is it the same bus that picks up from BC that drops Swan guests to DTD? Also, are all the bus routes the same as the ones from BC to the parks?
I seem to remember every bus we took from BS last summer went to Swan/Dolphin as well....but I could be wrong.

Do the tickets to the parks go one room keys like at the WDW resorts?

I know Swan recs Mears, but has anyone used Tiffany town car service or any other one from the airport and found them adequate?
I'm not sure about the buses, and they may have changed, but I believe they are. We were happy with the buses to and from the parks, but the one to DTD was awful. Maybe it was just the timing or we just missed the previous bus, but we must have waited over 45 minutes for the bus (at DTD), it also make a lot of stops along the way and was completely full. I think it took well over a half hour to get back to the Dolphin once we were on the bus.

Unless it has changed, your ticket cards do not go on the SD room keys.

We used Tiffany town cars too and from the Dolphin and were very happy with the service. The grocery store stop was worth it alone. The only issue we had was when the town car dropped us off because it seemed like everyone else arrived at the same time and it took awhile for us to even get unloaded and check in.

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #1637
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I'm not sure about the buses, and they may have changed, but I believe they are. We were happy with the buses to and from the parks, but the one to DTD was awful. Maybe it was just the timing or we just missed the previous bus, but we must have waited over 45 minutes for the bus (at DTD), it also make a lot of stops along the way and was completely full. I think it took well over a half hour to get back to the Dolphin once we were on the bus.

Unless it has changed, your ticket cards do not go on the SD room keys.

We used Tiffany town cars too and from the Dolphin and were very happy with the service. The grocery store stop was worth it alone. The only issue we had was when the town car dropped us off because it seemed like everyone else arrived at the same time and it took awhile for us to even get unloaded and check in.

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Thanks!

I'm thinking the DTD busses are a problem throughout the resort. I'm thinking we'll just take taxis but unsure how that works with a toddler needing a carseat.
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The Swolphin are sometimes on the same bus as BC and sometimes they are not. It depends on the volume at that time as the bus routes are established according to need.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #1639
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The Swan and Dolphin share a bus with the Boardwalk to the theme parks. The Downtown Disney bus usually goes to all 5 Epcot resorts.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #1640
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The Swan and Dolphin share a bus with the Boardwalk to the theme parks. The Downtown Disney bus usually goes to all 5 Epcot resorts.
Do you know approx how much it would cost for a taxi? I remember the wait for a bus to return seemed endless in years past, but that was in June.

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Do you know approx how much it would cost for a taxi? I remember the wait for a bus to return seemed endless in years past, but that was in June.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:44 PM   #1642
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Do you know approx how much it would cost for a taxi? I remember the wait for a bus to return seemed endless in years past, but that was in June.

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I'd also be interested in the cost of a taxi. Based on our experience, also in June, a visit to DTD may not be worth the hassle. The bus to DTD was fine, it was the return, so maybe catching a taxi back could be an alternative.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:41 PM   #1643
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The Swan and Dolphin share a bus with the Boardwalk to the theme parks. The Downtown Disney bus usually goes to all 5 Epcot resorts.
On my trip in Dec, it was always just S and D, no BW. That was for MK, I never did make it to AK.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #1644
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I'd also be interested in the cost of a taxi. Based on our experience, also in June, a visit to DTD may not be worth the hassle. The bus to DTD was fine, it was the return, so maybe catching a taxi back could be an alternative.

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That is what I'm thinking. It was actually a little creepy waiting so long for the bus back. I've never felt "uneasy" in WDW before, but that night I was not comfortable.

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The Swan and Dolphin share a bus with the Boardwalk to the theme parks. The Downtown Disney bus usually goes to all 5 Epcot resorts.
We took the bus to DTD on our late July trip and we too stopped at all 5 Epcot resorts plus a water park. The trip was long and the bus was very crowded on both to and from. The wait for the bus back was quite long.
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Good morning Karen - so good to see you posting!!!
Have to admit that I do rent a car, and drive to DD. Find it so much easier to park after taking the bus a few times. I agree that it is a long wait to get the bus back to the Dolphin.
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Good morning Karen - so good to see you posting!!!
Have to admit that I do rent a car, and drive to DD. Find it so much easier to park after taking the bus a few times. I agree that it is a long wait to get the bus back to the Dolphin.
Hi, Caroline! I do check in here often but post when I have something to contribute. I will definitely take a taxi next time we choose to go to DTD. The night we went it was extremely crowded. We just walked from the Marketplace to the West End. Stopping in shops was not pleasant due to the crowds...World of Disney was packed! Most years we skip DTD but last July my DSs and DD-in-law wanted to go so off we went. DH was smart and stayed back at the Swan. LOL

We have made tentative plans to return in mid-July to the Swan. I hope all is well with you and your family. School year is flying by!

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That is what I'm thinking. It was actually a little creepy waiting so long for the bus back. I've never felt "uneasy" in WDW before, but that night I was not comfortable.

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I have to agree with you. It definitely has a different feel than waiting for the bus at any of the parks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #1649
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I made the mistake of opening one of the newer FP+ threads and it's made me a little bit nervous about or trip in June. I know that most of the details, including when they will implement it, are up in the air but it looks like it could be installed in the next few months.

What impact do you think it could have on the SD? Do you think the SD will get most of the perks that the Disney resorts will get?
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I too am concerned about the F+ being available to the Dolphin. We will have two little ones with us and we really will need to use FP. I might have to change to another hotel if F+ isn't available. I really want to stay at the Dolphin though! Of course no one really knows for sure how F+ is going to work, it is all speculation until Disney rolls it out.
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