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Old 02-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #2836
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #2837
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Thanks! I've marked a couple sellers that have good feedback! Now I'm debating on getting lanyards before we go or having them pick them out on their own when we get there?


DH hates flying. He's only flown once- for our honeymoon to Disney. It was a rough flight and he was a sick for the entire first day because of it. We doped him up with dramamine for the flight home and he slept the whole way. I wish it hadn't been such a bad experience or he probably would be more open to flying again.



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4 months from today we'll be driving to Disney!!!!!!
That's really unfortunate. Logan probably would have reacted the same way, if his first experience was a bad experience. Alternatively, if we drive, he ends up driving pretty much the whole way, because he doesn't like how I drive, so I think he's going to be on the side of flying for the foreseeable future.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:58 AM   #2838
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Shelly, I know you have been to the Swan/Dolphin, what was your feel? I forgot! LOL!! I am just looking around trying to get the most bang for our buck...it seems like the savings might be a good deal, but if the extras aren't included or it's just a looooot of extra walking Mike may not like it...not sure how the kids would even feel about it...just exploring our options...we have debated on doing 2 different kinds of vacations this year and skipping WDW...I know! GAAAAASP!
But, we dont usually reserve our room for Nov until around April anyway,..I have time to price things out...
Anyone else have comments/opinions on the swan and dolphin? I looked at the threads but I couldnt get a good read...
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #2839
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I loved The Dolphin, I did. The only cons were no dp, not being able to charge to the hotel key and not being able to send things back to the hotel. However, in hindsight, none of this really bothered me. My biggest criticism is the baths are very narrow. The room that I stayed in was perfect, as it had a perfect viewing location. When I looked out the window one way, I could see Fantasmic being performed. When I looked the other way, I could see Illuminations.

The room was near an elevator, so just a quick walk there. Transportation was quick. You could bus, boat or walk. The room was spotless, mouse keeping came by everyday to see if it was clean enough for me. The bed and pillows were very comfy. One big perk is that the restaurant in The Dolphin is open 24 hours, so if you need anything, it's there. Staff were all really nice. If I have the chance to stay there again, I definitely will.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:48 PM   #2840
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We spent one night at the Swan when we drove down in December 09 and got there a day early (driving straight through was not planned).
I loved it - it was a nice big room, super comfy beds and the location for being near Epcot, Boardwalk and DHS is great. I think we had breakfast at Picabu at the Dolphin and it was really good. I just did the scrapbook from that trip this weekend!

Since I don't care about DDP, I'd stay there. Do they get Magical Express? I can't remember. A lot of the restaurants at those two hotels get good reviews - Il Mulino, Shula's, Bluezoo...
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Not sure if you meant me or the other Shelly, but I haven't stayed there yet. But I will someday! The rooms look very nice, the location is great, and they have awesome pools and lots of restaurants. The only downside I can see is that you can't use ME. You can however use the park buses. The other things like no DDP and no charging to the room and no delivery of merchandise from the park to the room don't bother me because we don't use them anyway!

I say if the price is right -- go for it!
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:15 PM   #2842
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Not sure if you meant me or the other Shelly, but I haven't stayed there yet. But I will someday! The rooms look very nice, the location is great, and they have awesome pools and lots of restaurants. The only downside I can see is that you can't use ME. You can however use the park buses. The other things like no DDP and no charging to the room and no delivery of merchandise from the park to the room don't bother me because we don't use them anyway!

I say if the price is right -- go for it!
yeah! I meant you! LOL!! I guess y'all just ate there one night...but I thought you stayed for one night, but I think I was thinking of Sheree.... Haven't talked to Mike about it yet, but the last two years we got offered FD and not any room discounts for our week....I will probably not do DDP this year because DD will turn 10 this April and she can NOT eat a whole adult meal... I usually don't either. She and I could split an entree after a soup or salad or whatever...and I am gonna pretty much pay for places like the Biergarten one way or the other...and if we ever do Club Level again, we loved having the breakfast options and the midday snax on days we came back. And then they preferred the milk and cookies to most of the desserts anyway...just knowing that my time to book will creep up on me before I know it and I want to make sure I am spending my $$ wisely!!!! I asked him today about taking the kids to California for Spring Break or early summer and he said no way jose....he has been and doesn't care to go back.. I have never really cared to go, but I know there are things there the kids might enjoy seeing...we are leaning more toward West Virgina, North Carolina, Penn,. some of those places if we don't do Disney....
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #2843
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We spent one night at the Swan when we drove down in December 09 and got there a day early (driving straight through was not planned).
I loved it - it was a nice big room, super comfy beds and the location for being near Epcot, Boardwalk and DHS is great. I think we had breakfast at Picabu at the Dolphin and it was really good. I just did the scrapbook from that trip this weekend!

Since I don't care about DDP, I'd stay there. Do they get Magical Express? I can't remember. A lot of the restaurants at those two hotels get good reviews - Il Mulino, Shula's, Bluezoo...
They don't get ME, it's usually through MEARS. The time I stayed, I got put on ME, as my connecting flight had been delayed by an hour, and when I finally did get there, they'd overfilled the van, so off I went on ME.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:58 PM   #2844
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Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop on and say hello.

Kim- Let me know which characters Andrew and Emily like. I have a bunch of lanyards and I can include them with your Mickey Mail!

I have bought pins on Ebay many times and they have always been great. Madison usually keeps a few that she likes and then the rest are for trading. We have a ton of fun pin trading!
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:51 PM   #2845
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Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop on and say hello.

Kim- Let me know which characters Andrew and Emily like. I have a bunch of lanyards and I can include them with your Mickey Mail!

I have bought pins on Ebay many times and they have always been great. Madison usually keeps a few that she likes and then the rest are for trading. We have a ton of fun pin trading!
Awww Meghan you're too sweet!!!! Emily loves anything Princesses or Fairies. She's not picky! Andrew is into Star Wars now. I miss his Lightning McQueen and Mickey Mouse days!
We just got the 2013 planning dvd in the mail today and I can't wait to watch it! I'm so excited to see the new Fantasyland! Em had dance class tonight so it was too late to watch it when we got home. I told them we would watch it for Valentine's Day tomorrow!

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yeah! I meant you! LOL!! I guess y'all just ate there one night...but I thought you stayed for one night, but I think I was thinking of Sheree.... Haven't talked to Mike about it yet, but the last two years we got offered FD and not any room discounts for our week....I will probably not do DDP this year because DD will turn 10 this April and she can NOT eat a whole adult meal... I usually don't either. She and I could split an entree after a soup or salad or whatever...and I am gonna pretty much pay for places like the Biergarten one way or the other...and if we ever do Club Level again, we loved having the breakfast options and the midday snax on days we came back. And then they preferred the milk and cookies to most of the desserts anyway...just knowing that my time to book will creep up on me before I know it and I want to make sure I am spending my $$ wisely!!!! I asked him today about taking the kids to California for Spring Break or early summer and he said no way jose....he has been and doesn't care to go back.. I have never really cared to go, but I know there are things there the kids might enjoy seeing...we are leaning more toward West Virgina, North Carolina, Penn,. some of those places if we don't do Disney....
I vote for an East Coast trip if you're not going back to Disney! We'll meet you in Philly or in Virginia at Luray Caverns or at the Outer Banks of NC!
We decided against the dining plan this trip too. I felt like we wasted so much food last trip. Andrew eats like a bird and is soooo picky. I could literally pack a loaf of bread and some PB and the boy would be happy for the week.
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Awww Meghan you're too sweet!!!! Emily loves anything Princesses or Fairies. She's not picky! Andrew is into Star Wars now. I miss his Lightning McQueen and Mickey Mouse days!
We just got the 2013 planning dvd in the mail today and I can't wait to watch it! I'm so excited to see the new Fantasyland! Em had dance class tonight so it was too late to watch it when we got home. I told them we would watch it for Valentine's Day tomorrow!



I vote for an East Coast trip if you're not going back to Disney! We'll meet you in Philly or in Virginia at Luray Caverns or at the Outer Banks of NC!
We decided against the dining plan this trip too. I felt like we wasted so much food last trip. Andrew eats like a bird and is soooo picky. I could literally pack a loaf of bread and some PB and the boy would be happy for the week.
ok girlie! If we don't do Disney I will expect this! LOL!! I am always leaning more toward East Coast vacas when I am off the Disney radar...we just always cave and go back!
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So last night I was with my best friend and her husband when the say the plan to take the kids to Disney World in 3 years. They are penny pinchers and definately live on a budget, so they know it will be enough time for them to save up, and also the youngest at that point would be 4 yrs. So they then asked if I would "escort" them! Jared says he won't go unless I go because I know the ins and outs. He also says he doesn't want to be beaten for taken the kids for the first time without me!

So let the planning begin!! And saving! I'm going to make each kid a piggy bank that says "Disney Fund" on it. I'm so excited!

Never done Disney World with young kids! Ahh!!!
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So last night I was with my best friend and her husband when the say the plan to take the kids to Disney World in 3 years. They are penny pinchers and definately live on a budget, so they know it will be enough time for them to save up, and also the youngest at that point would be 4 yrs. So they then asked if I would "escort" them! Jared says he won't go unless I go because I know the ins and outs. He also says he doesn't want to be beaten for taken the kids for the first time without me!

So let the planning begin!! And saving! I'm going to make each kid a piggy bank that says "Disney Fund" on it. I'm so excited!

Never done Disney World with young kids! Ahh!!!
That's awesome! I wish someone would ask me to do that!!!
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No Kidding! Most people just want to know what resorts we liked! They don't always take my advice on the best times to travel...and that is more important to me...who cares if your room is great if you are miserable at the parks all day cuz you picked crowd level 10?!! I think you will have a great time Red and make memories with the little chickadees they will never forget!
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Well, I've finally decided to cancel my Bermuda cruise. Not because of the Triumph problems, and we had a great time on Princess two weeks ago. But they're rebuilding the docks in Bermuda, and there's a possibility that we might have to tender (take the little boats) between the boat docked in the harbor and the land. I really don't want to have to deal with that, especially while traveling with my elderly aunt. So it'll have to wait until next year. Oh, well.

At least the Disney trip is still on for September!
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