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Old 02-25-2013, 06:43 AM   #1951
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Headed to the Swan in the morning and so excited. Can someone please remind me the name of the transportation company I need to use? Is it
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:50 AM   #1952
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Headed to the Swan in the morning and so excited. Can someone please remind me the name of the transportation company I need to use? Is it
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Yes, Mears -- their booth is on the first level at MCO, next to Disney's Magical Express (which of course is Mears too!).

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:40 AM   #1953
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How does the visitor parking work at the S&D? My mother-in-law may come over to see the kids while we are staying at the dolphin. Will she have to pay to park?

Also, how strict is the childcare regarding the age 4 requirement? We will be there in May with my 3 year old, he will be turning 4 in August. Will they take him in the club or no go?

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Old 02-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #1954
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We inspect the room when we arrive -
Check the beds for stains, footprints and bedbugs
We flush the toilet and and run the bathtub to look for clogs
We try the A/C unit, and now the refrigerator in the room.
We open every draw and make sure they are empty.
We try the clock radio and TV.
Even go out to the balcony, check the sliding door and the chairs outside.

If good we then unpack, if not good, no unpacking in anyway.

When we are all done with our inspection, we either go to the front desk with our concerns or call housekeeping for extra towels and thank the front desk for a wonderful room.
Nice checklist! Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:09 PM   #1955
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We are just back from the Dolphin. As you enter the fitness center there is a sign up with rates. I think it was $8/day and then maybe a weekly rate. I did not pay it too much attention, but it was clear that there was some kind of opportunity for nonguest to pay to use the fitness center. I bet you can work something out!
Thanks magsmum, we will definitely check it out. There is nothing like training in an outside pool! Awesome!

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #1956
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I was trying to book March 2-6 2014. The rates at the Swan are reallly high. Don't they come down some for AAA and such?

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:21 AM   #1957
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I check in with the family the 15th.

I also wanted to know how visitor parking worked. My parents are planning to spend a day with us in Epcot.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #1958
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Where to find the nurses & teacher discounts

This thread has been great! I am about 40 pages through And have seen reference to both a nurses and teachers discount. We have both in our family and I was hoping someone could tell me where to call to see what the discount would be for our upcoming stay in July? Do you just call the resort 800 number and ask for it? Can it be used in conjunction with a AAA discount?
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:26 AM   #1959
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This thread has been great! I am about 40 pages through And have seen reference to both a nurses and teachers discount. We have both in our family and I was hoping someone could tell me where to call to see what the discount would be for our upcoming stay in July? Do you just call the resort 800 number and ask for it? Can it be used in conjunction with a AAA discount?
Go to this link: http://www.swandolphin.com/ On the right side of the page (you may need to scroll down a bit), you will see "Special Offers". Click on that and it will bring up several discounts, including teacher, nurse, military.

Click on the discount you want and it will take you to a page where you can put in your dates and check the rates! I believe teacher and nurse rates are the same......... and AAA rates have also been the same the past year or 2.

No, you can not stack discounts, but for the location and accommodations - the Swan/Dolphin is a true bargain!

You can call their reservation number 888-828-8850 and the CM will check for any discounts available for your travel dates.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:47 AM   #1960
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I check in with the family the 15th.

I also wanted to know how visitor parking worked. My parents are planning to spend a day with us in Epcot.
They will have to pay one day parking. $15.

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #1962
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I am booked at CSR for 178 a night for everything in June 7 nights before switching to Poly CL for 4. I just joined AAA and can get a basic room at S/D for 225 or 235 everything. I was trying to save because I am splurging on the Poly, but it will be my three kids 16, 13, and 10 and myself.

First WWYD?

Second, aside from bed size and the extra 20 square feet between rooms, how do you decide between S/D? Is there really a difference? I really prefer queens, but will need to do laundry at some point.

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:36 PM   #1963
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Hi all! I am subbing to this thread. I'm not sure when my next Disney vacation will be. I need to lose some weight first, but I'm being optimistic and hoping to be able to go one of the first 2 weeks in December.

Originally we were just going to do a value unless there was a really good deal (like free dining) and we may upgrade to a mod, but then i decided to check out the Dolphin and Swan. I just love their location and their pricing is similar to a rack rate mod, but double the price of a mod for the quotes I am getting now. I don't know. I explored the site and signed up to be an SPG member. I can also get a discounted AAA membership through my insurance. I haven't done it since we rarely travel but if I can save more money than it costs to get a membership that might be an option as well. I want to be on the lookout for a good deal and thought subscribing to this thread may give me a heads up to discounts. I am trying to be open to all options.

Also I have an odd question. DH loves the monorail but there is no way we can afford to stay in a resort on the monorail. However with Dolphin/Swan being so close to Epcot, how easy/difficult would it be to take a boat to Epcot then hop on the monorail to the MK? Just an idea. He has to be in an ECV for WDW and while buses were very convenient last time they were also a hassle. I just think the boat then monorail may be more 'fun' even if it takes a bit longer but if it takes A LOT longer maybe not. Thoughts?

Then a more mundane question...
When getting quotes I noticed there are 3 'standard' options:
Standard Room
Resort Room
Epcot Room
At first I thought Resort room meant resort view but then there was an Epcot room so I got confused. I am guessing resort room is a view of DHS? Also they only mention the mini-fridge on the Resort room. Do standard rooms have a mini-fridge? We usually only keep waters in the mini fridge. Hopefully we won't have to take DH's medicine on the trip but if we do we will need a fridge for that too so i just want to make sure. I don't think we want to use their pantry service.

Thanks in advance I hope to learn alot.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:30 PM   #1964
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Hi all! I am subbing to this thread. I'm not sure when my next Disney vacation will be. I need to lose some weight first, but I'm being optimistic and hoping to be able to go one of the first 2 weeks in December.

Originally we were just going to do a value unless there was a really good deal (like free dining) and we may upgrade to a mod, but then i decided to check out the Dolphin and Swan. I just love their location and their pricing is similar to a rack rate mod, but double the price of a mod for the quotes I am getting now. I don't know. I explored the site and signed up to be an SPG member. I can also get a discounted AAA membership through my insurance. I haven't done it since we rarely travel but if I can save more money than it costs to get a membership that might be an option as well. I want to be on the lookout for a good deal and thought subscribing to this thread may give me a heads up to discounts. I am trying to be open to all options.

Also I have an odd question. DH loves the monorail but there is no way we can afford to stay in a resort on the monorail. However with Dolphin/Swan being so close to Epcot, how easy/difficult would it be to take a boat to Epcot then hop on the monorail to the MK? Just an idea. He has to be in an ECV for WDW and while buses were very convenient last time they were also a hassle. I just think the boat then monorail may be more 'fun' even if it takes a bit longer but if it takes A LOT longer maybe not. Thoughts?

Then a more mundane question...
When getting quotes I noticed there are 3 'standard' options:
Standard Room
Resort Room
Epcot Room
At first I thought Resort room meant resort view but then there was an Epcot room so I got confused. I am guessing resort room is a view of DHS? Also they only mention the mini-fridge on the Resort room. Do standard rooms have a mini-fridge? We usually only keep waters in the mini fridge. Hopefully we won't have to take DH's medicine on the trip but if we do we will need a fridge for that too so i just want to make sure. I don't think we want to use their pantry service.

Thanks in advance I hope to learn alot.
The boat to the monorail is doable (we do it at least once a trip ) but it is a long walk from the International Gateway to the front of Epcot, where the monorail is located. It isn't something to do if you have a time constraint, but it is enjoyable. :-). We usually book afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian our first day, so we check into the Dolphin, drop our bags, then take a leisurely trip to the GF via Epcot and the monorail.

All rooms have a mini-fridge. :-)

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I am booked at CSR for 178 a night for everything in June 7 nights before switching to Poly CL for 4. I just joined AAA and can get a basic room at S/D for 225 or 235 everything. I was trying to save because I am splurging on the Poly, but it will be my three kids 16, 13, and 10 and myself.

First WWYD?

Second, aside from bed size and the extra 20 square feet between rooms, how do you decide between S/D? Is there really a difference? I really prefer queens, but will need to do laundry at some point.

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That's a tough one. While I'm a HUGE S/D fan, I really do love CSR too. The newly renovated rooms at CSR are gorgeous. So you're looking at CSR being about $329 cheaper overall than S/D. Do you need ME? If so, I'd stick with CSR, airport transportation to S/D will really eat into that $329. The advantage for kids your ages would be the location of S/D. Walking distance to Epcot & DHS, as well as all the Boardwalk activities. I also like the Grotto pool area at S/D better than the mail pool at CSR. Hmmm....I'm not helping, am I??

I never notice a difference in size at all between Swan & Dolphin rooms. I honestly don't notice the difference in bed size either (and I'm used to a king at home). Those darn beds are so scrumptiously amazing you lay down & don't care how big the bed is! I sink in & don't move til morning!

If you have laundry to do then definitely Dolphin. You don't want to be schlepping your dirty (or clean) clothing outside from resort to resort. There is only laundry at Dolphin. The nice thing is that the laundry room is right by Picabu and the pool, so you can throw a load in & hang at one of those places while you wait.

Good luck whatever you choose!
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