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Old 02-04-2013, 08:24 PM   #16
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DD and I are going to WDW to celebrate her 13th bday this June. It'll be a split stay, and we wanted to be in the Epcot area for part of it. I chose S/D (most likely Dolphin) because of price considerations, and after reading up on it, I've gotten really excited about staying there. However, I just discovered that I can book a preferred-view studio at BWV for around $200 more (including resort and parking fees from S/D). Now I can't decide and would love your opinions!

Pros to S/D:
Price
Two beds as opposed to 1 bed and sleeper sofa (DD is a kicker so I won't share a bed with her)
Better pool area (from what I can tell)
Rates might drop later
Refundable deposit
Better on-site dining

Pros to BWV:
Has the "Disney magic"
Washer/dryer in unit
On the Boardwalk / little bit shorter walk to Epcot
My Magic+ not an issue if it starts before we get there

Magical Express and dining plan aren't a factor either way, and we wouldn't use the kitchenette at BWV enough to matter.

After making my list, it looks like there are more pros for S/D, but the Disney magic counts for a lot with us! So, tell me, where would you stay?

How many nights are you staying? If you sign up for the Starwood American Express you get one free night at swan or dolphin. Free. My wife and I signed up for the card and are getting two free nights there before heading to the boardwalk inn =).
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:46 PM   #17
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If the reservation is cash through Disney Reservation Center, that standard view is exactly the same as the DVC points pool/garden view. You can't get DVC standard or DVC BW view for cash.
OP said they'd be renting points.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #18
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DD and I are going to WDW to celebrate her 13th bday this June. It'll be a split stay, and we wanted to be in the Epcot area for part of it. I chose S/D (most likely Dolphin) because of price considerations, and after reading up on it, I've gotten really excited about staying there. However, I just discovered that I can book a preferred-view studio at BWV for around $200 more (including resort and parking fees from S/D). Now I can't decide and would love your opinions!

Pros to S/D:
Price
Two beds as opposed to 1 bed and sleeper sofa (DD is a kicker so I won't share a bed with her)
Better pool area (from what I can tell)
Rates might drop later
Refundable deposit
Better on-site dining

Pros to BWV:
Has the "Disney magic"
Washer/dryer in unit
On the Boardwalk / little bit shorter walk to Epcot
My Magic+ not an issue if it starts before we get there

Magical Express and dining plan aren't a factor either way, and we wouldn't use the kitchenette at BWV enough to matter.

After making my list, it looks like there are more pros for S/D, but the Disney magic counts for a lot with us! So, tell me, where would you stay?
Is the price difference $200 a night or over the length of your trip? If it is over the length of your trip, then how long is your trip? Also. If you are driving, factor in the parking fee at the swolphin into your price breakdown.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:32 PM   #19
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Is the price difference $200 a night or over the length of your trip? If it is over the length of your trip, then how long is your trip? Also. If you are driving, factor in the parking fee at the swolphin into your price breakdown.
She already factored the extras in.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #20
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A lot of differing opinions, although it looks like BWV has a bit of an edge over S/D. The price difference between the two resrots is $200 total (including parking and resort fees at S/D) for a 4 night visit (so $50 a night). Normally, I'd go with BWI, but we've already stretched the vacation from 8 nights to 11, and have splurged to do WL for 4 days before we get to either S/D or BWI. It's been one of those, "Hey, but if we just paid an extra $100/$200/$300 we could stay longer/better, etc." type trips. I keep telling myself that I have to stop the spending somewhere!

The other issue is that I would be more comfortable not having to rent points -- which means a non-refundable payment -- which I would have to do with BWI. And, I would qualify for one of the S/D's cheaper promotions (teacher) if it comes out later, so I could potentially save more at S/D.

Thanks, everyone, for the help!
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:20 AM   #21
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A lot of differing opinions, although it looks like BWV has a bit of an edge over S/D. The price difference between the two resrots is $200 total (including parking and resort fees at S/D) for a 4 night visit (so $50 a night). Normally, I'd go with BWI, but we've already stretched the vacation from 8 nights to 11, and have splurged to do WL for 4 days before we get to either S/D or BWI. It's been one of those, "Hey, but if we just paid an extra $100/$200/$300 we could stay longer/better, etc." type trips. I keep telling myself that I have to stop the spending somewhere!

The other issue is that I would be more comfortable not having to rent points -- which means a non-refundable payment -- which I would have to do with BWI. And, I would qualify for one of the S/D's cheaper promotions (teacher) if it comes out later, so I could potentially save more at S/D.

Thanks, everyone, for the help!
Did you see my tip about the Starwood American Express card? Free nights at swalphin my friend... FREE
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:39 AM   #22
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While I've never stayed at BWV, I have stayed at both S/D and I never felt like I was suffering by staying there. We personally didn't like the Dolphin, due mostly to it's size, but we love the Swan and have stayed there multiple times. You can't find a better bed on site plus you get Starbucks coffee in the room. I've got an upcoming trip for four nights in May that's going to cost about $250 due to a couple free nights and a couple cash and points nights. If I didn't have the rental car it would be under $200. I don't know any deluxe, let alone in the Epcot area where you can get such a deal.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:05 AM   #23
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Hands down BW. We just did Swan last yr - it was a good value but for us, we really missed the resort feel - Swan/Dolphin have an outdated business hotel feel. Not a vacation resort feel. Also the food options at the hotels were not good and the rooms very basic/bland. We really missed the Disney magic and are willing to pay more for BC this yr.
There are 17 restaurants at the S/D including:
Shula's
Il Mulino
Blue Zoo
Kimonos
Garden Grove
Picbu
Fresh,etc.

OP, the BWV standard studios are basically a hotel room. If you're renting points, you won't get housekeeping. We are DVC members at BWV and we love it BUT I would not trade a room at the Dolphin for a standard BWV studio.
Save your $200. We stay at either the Swan or Dolphin often and they are very nice.
I had to laugh at the asylum comment because my husband said the other day that the Contemporary makes him think of the movie, Coma. OP, I promise the S/D are not asylum-like. Also, there are conventions at many of the deluxe Disney resorts- CR, GF, YC, BW and the moderate, CSR.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:01 AM   #24
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OP, I think you will be very happy with your decision. I've stayed in BW & BC, both the hotels and villas, at least ten times. I stayed at the Swan in June because I couldn't commit to renting points, and didn't want to spend the money for two rooms at either. I'm going back to the Swan/Dolphin in May. This time to the Dolphin. They are lovely resorts, and you will most likely be very happy.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #25
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I love the Dolphin. We stayed there in May 2012 then again for 7 nights for Christmas 2012/New Year's Eve. And are booked there again for our July 4th and DD's 6th birthday trip. Their customer service is great. And the hotel is lovely. There are lots of restaurants and dining options, shops including a candy store and a Disney store, a spa, a gorgeous pool with a playground for kids, a kid's club, boat transportation to Epcot and HS, or you could walk to either, and buses to the other parks and downtown Disney. And you get the extra magic hours park benefit as well. No, you do not get DME or a dining plan but some of the Dolphin and Swan restaurants give AAA members 20% off and some restaurants accept the TIW card. Mears, Alamo and National are located inside the hotel for your transportation needs. Airport transportation isn't complimentary but in comparison to Disney's hotel costs, you are still saving money using Mears or other taxi services and using Alamo or National is super convenient. I do not understand how anyone could say there is no Disney feel to this hotel as you are on Disney property; literally walking distance to Epcot. Save the $200 for spending money on your trip.
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