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Old 02-24-2013, 08:08 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by singastory View Post
I am in a similar boat. I realize that S&D has better pricing and better restaurants with the advantage of the same primo location, but I really just HATE looking at them, I think that they're such an eyesore. That's such a snobbish thing to say but I can't help it!! I've never been inside, I will make an effort to do so on my next trip and give it a chance. If they were any color combo besides burnt orange and copper green... Sigh
I used to think that way, too. Now I see their beauty, too. You've got to get in there, or better yet, stay there. Then you might feel differently. (Might - not everyone does. Which is fine for those of us who like it there. )

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:42 PM   #17
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My family and I have stayed at the Dolphin two years in a row and it is our favorite hotel! My DD cried when I told her we would not be staying at the Polynesian again, but once we arrived at the Dolphin and stayed the first time, she said she wanted to stay at the Dolphin from now on The rooms are so comfortable, staff friendly, love the boats and proximity to Epcot and HS, pool is amazing, you can see fireworks from both Epcot and some from Fantasmic from the pool at night, Food is really good, especially the pool bar, and you can't beat the prices! I was worried it wouldn't feel like Disney because of the lack of theming, however, when you look out at the Epcot ball or the Tower of Terror every day, and you hear the friendship boats horn calling, you know you are home and right in the middle of Disney! Oh and the Boardwalk at night is also a lot of fun! We rounded out our evenings every night there! We are taking a break this year to try AKL, but next year we will be right back at the Dolphin!
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:53 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by blackacex2 View Post
If the boardwalk is the least disney for you, what is the most disney?
Great question. I will break it down to our favs at the levels.

Deluxe: AKL - the atmosphere, the anaimals, Jiko's. Overall, we love the feel here we like the quiet nature of the resort. Compared to BW, where you had to join the crowd on the boardwalk to eat or get a drink.

Moderate: Enjoy Caribbean Beach's pool, but seems a lot of the rooms even though just recently redone seem worn, especially the bathrooms.
We also enjoy Coronado even those it has little Disney theming.

Value: Pop is our favorite for this level as rooms and food goes. All Star movies has the best Theme in my opinion, but the location and feel we get at Pop gives it the nod.

The main negative about the BW feel, is it didn't seem like a resort on its own, it truly did feel like you were on the boardwalk. So, they accomplished their point, but growing up going to the NJ and Maryland shores and staying ont he boardwalk this is not what we look for at WDW.

This is just one person's perspective of the resorts. We have gone almost continuously since 1991 and have stay at almost every resort, each has positives and negatives from everyone's point of view.

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Old 02-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #19
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We are staying at the Dolphin for two nights in August then moving to the AKL for 4 nights. We are planning to park hop maybe 1 or 2 of the days--the rest of the days will be spent at or around the resorts or at other dining locations outside the parks. It will be a relaxing romantic vacation and some great dining. Thanks for the info and tips on having fun and relaxing outside the theme parks
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #20
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Glad to read some of your replies. We will be staying at The Dolphin for the first time after spending several years at Disney themed resorts. I was hesitant, but we love this location. Glad to hear we won't be disappointed.
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