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Old 03-25-2013, 05:46 PM   #16
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I also think you experience will very greatly depending on your past (if you have any) visits.

If you have stayed at a Disney resort in the past than things like the lack of DME or lack of Disney "magic" is likely going to be a bigger negative to you than someone who has never stayed at a Disney Resort or only stays offsite.

For our trip on 2011, my first trip in over 20 years, my 2 nieces first visit and my brother and SIL 3 trip trip this decade (at Disney resorts). So the lack of "Disney magic" and DME didn't bother us much. I think we felt the town car with grocery stop was more valuable than DME. I do think my brother and SIL did miss some of the "magic", but the location more than made up for it.

Also as far as cost and location the SD is very hard to beat! The suite we stayed in (photos in above post) were so much better and cheaper than 2 rooms at a moderate. Especially with the teachers, nurses, military or AAA discounts. For us it would be difficult for us to stay anyplace else. Thats why we are booked again in June Also, if you do book, periodically check prices, so far we were able to save $30 a night doing so.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #17
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I'm a teacher. How do I get a teacher discount?
Just tell them that you are and they will give you the discount. When you show up for your vacation you need to show some type of verification (ID, pay stub). If you have multiple discount options check them all, sometimes the discount percentages can vary.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:54 PM   #18
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We always stay at BC or BW (with a rare BLT, WL, and Poly thrown in.) Always hesitated to stay at the Swan/Dolphin, but was forced to last June because we couldn't commit to renting points for DVC and needed two rooms. We loved it. I thought I would miss the Disney magic, but guess what? Didn't miss it at all. The pool is great, bars and restaurants are also. For me it's all about the Epcot location. I got a great AAA rate for my upcoming May trip at the Dolphin and didn't hesitate for a second. I'm saving well over $600 from the BC with their 30% off discount, even after paying for all fees and a town car to/from the airport. I'll have a great time with that $600.

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IMO, the "Heavenly" beds are more comfortable than WDW beds. And if you need a cot, they are wider and more comfortable than WDW cots...IMO...

We loved the Dolphin and the only reason why we don't stay there anymore is we are DVC owners at BCV and BWV - our family fits in a one bedroom better so the villa works better now. Nothing beats the hotels in the EPCOT area. And the D/S are right there with incredibly reasonable prices. I think it's the best kept secret!
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We always stay at BC or BW (with a rare BLT, WL, and Poly thrown in.) Always hesitated to stay at the Swan/Dolphin, but was forced to last June because we couldn't commit to renting points for DVC and needed to rooms. We loved it. I thought I would miss the Disney magic, but guess what? Didn't miss it at all. The pool is great, bars and restaurants are also. For me it's all about the Epcot location. I got a great AAA rate for my upcoming May trip at the Dolphin and didn't hesitate for a second. I'm saving well over $600 from the BC with their 30% off discount, even after paying for all fees and a town car to/from the airport. I'll have a great time with that $600.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #21
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Looking for a place for 2 families to stay for 1-2 nights prior to our DCL cruise in December (between Christmas and New Year's ). Not planning to do any parks at this time, but that could change. We will probably do some pool time, play a little mini golf, and hit DTD. Not planning to rent a car, but will have some sort of shuttle transportation to the port on Saturday.With that in mind, would the Swan be a good choice? Trying not to pay $500/night (or more) for hotel before we leave. Would we be better off staying at an off site hotel?
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:39 PM   #22
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I like the positive feedback, thank you all so much!! Now one Q about the parking & resort fees. Is it $15 for both or $30?? That is per night? I just want to be clear as that will add up & we are renting a car. We had treated ourselves to SSR last year to be close to DTD. It is coming out to be around the same price, like some have said. I can do $200 w/ tax a night but I can't justify anymore then that. I will miss the magic that the WDW resorts have, but if the price is right, I know that the location will be such a treat for us!!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #23
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I like the positive feedback, thank you all so much!! Now one Q about the parking & resort fees. Is it $15 for both or $30?? That is per night? I just want to be clear as that will add up & we are renting a car. We had treated ourselves to SSR last year to be close to DTD. It is coming out to be around the same price, like some have said. I can do $200 w/ tax a night but I can't justify anymore then that. I will miss the magic that the WDW resorts have, but if the price is right, I know that the location will be such a treat for us!!!
It's $30 but even with the fees, you're still getting a deluxe room in an awesome location for about the same price as a Disney mod.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #24
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It's $30 but even with the fees, you're still getting a deluxe room in an awesome location for about the same price as a Disney mod.
And it also includes 2 free bottles of water.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:12 PM   #25
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Just posted this on the Swan/Dolphin thread. The All Ears Newsletter just reported that the resort fee is increasing to $17 plus tax as of April 1st.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:52 PM   #26
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I really like the Dolphin, less so the Swan. No real reason, just preference and a couple of not so wonderful issues at the Swan.
But...for me the basic 'cons' would be having to pay $15 to park your car each day and having to pay for transportation to the resort from MCO if not renting a car.
I have no issue with the lack of 24/7 Disney 'magic'. I get enough of that in the parks, don't have to have it in my resort. I have no issue with not being able to charge back to my room outside the resort. I do love the food options...Picabu is a favorite!!! I like the toiletries at the Dolphin much more than WDW's!
Since I seldom have a car with me, parking isn't a big issue. And if I get a good enough rate at the Dolphin, I don't mind paying for transportation from MCO.
What kind of toiletries are there now? Is it still the Bliss soap? I haven't been in 4 years.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:10 PM   #27
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We stayed at the Swan last year - got a decent rate through expedia with a $100food credit.

Pros - can't beat the location for the price
Decent room
beautiful pool
The Fountain has great ice cream

Cons - no Disney feel (and yes, we did notice it).
Check in took forever due to conference attendees arriving
resort fee (2 expensive bottles of water)
LONG bus ride from Downtown Disney
Lots of conferences/business people
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