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Old 04-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #2116
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Out of curiosity does anyone know what speed internet you get in the room? We're going in October and our little girl would love to Skype her grandparents in Disney.

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While I can't speak to the specific speed, we had 2 tablets, an iphone, and a laptop and all worked beautifully for email, Skype, and internet surfing (translation - looking at menus on AllEars.net ) There were a few times we had difficulty getting a connection, but I would say 90% of the time was smooth sailing and very decent speed.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #2117
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Out of curiosity does anyone know what speed internet you get in the room? We're going in October and our little girl would love to Skype her grandparents in Disney.

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Speed (and reliability) varies considerably. You may have no trouble at all. You may not even be able to get a reliable connection. I've stayed at the Swolphin about 10 times, in different room locations and types. Never been able to discern a reason for the variance.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #2118
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Fantastic, thanks SRUAlmn and OKW Lover, if I remember right all the rooms are wifi now too?
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #2119
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We were really worried about this too. I read that they multiply your first room charge by a certain amount (maybe someone can help me here with the specifics) and that's the amount they hold. It wasn't really an 'issue' per say, however, there were issues with the transaction of the balance payment.

My mom paid our balance at check in. It wasn't charged to her card until 3 days after we checked out ($500 less than it should've been.) Then the next day it was all credited back. Then the next day it was taken off again ($300 less than it should've been.) Then the next day it was credited back and later that same day the full balance was taken off. It was really frustrating! We went to Cocoa Beach for a week after Disney and spent so much of our trip that week trying to figure this out
This was my experience and how it was explained to me is they take whatever amount you charge back to your room on your first night and times it by however many nights you are staying and that's the amount they hold. So say you buy a pizza from Picabu for $25 on your first night and you're staying 5 nights the amount they would hold is $125 plus the amount for your room. YMMV.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #2120
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Just back from first stay at Swan/Dolphin

Hi we spent 8 great days at the Swan, from March 22-April 1. It was our first time there, we paid with starwood points for 3 days and cash the rest.

We loved it and would definitely go back!

We loved the pool, we went to the pool on three separate days (parks at night) but would have gone more if it was a bit warmer outside. The pool was kept super warm and my kids had a blast! Us adults loved the drinks (Hula Mula was my fave) and the food was good too. They also had music and games on occasion. We were at the pool for the huge storm that hit Disney and boy was it scary! The staff ushered us into the cabana kitchen, as bottles and other debris was flying around like projectiles. Florida storms are not to be messed with! One negative: jets in hot tubs never seemed to work right.

We also loved the location, we walked to Epcot a few times and took the boat to Epcot and Disney Studios. The bus to DTD was a nightmare though! It took forever!

The rooms were nice, a bit smaller than I thought but nicely decorated. View was fine, nothing special. Biggest complaint: lack of fans in bathroom. By the last shower, the room was pretty stuffy. Thankfully the Swan had a separate sink outside the bathroom, I don't know how we would have managed otherwise. Wish there was more room for luggage. But overall, fine. Bathrooms could definitely use some sprucing up.

We really like the restaurant choices, we ate at Picabu a few times and the coffee shop at the Swan.

So, to sum up:

Positives:Lobby
Restaurants
Pool
Location
Atmosphere
Service

Negatives:Bathroom
Room size

We will definitely be back! We also liked the Yacht Club, we went to Beaches and Cream and loved the pool area. So we are thinking of either Swan or Yacht Club for next trip.

Any questions, feel free to ask!
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:37 PM   #2121
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We also loved the location, we walked to Epcot a few times and took the boat to Epcot and Disney Studios. The bus to DTD was a nightmare though! It took forever!

The rooms were nice, a bit smaller than I thought but nicely decorated. View was fine, nothing special. Biggest complaint: lack of fans in bathroom. By the last shower, the room was pretty stuffy. Thankfully the Swan had a separate sink outside the bathroom, I don't know how we would have managed otherwise. Wish there was more room for luggage. But overall, fine. Bathrooms could definitely use some sprucing up.

We really like the restaurant choices, we ate at Picabu a few times and the coffee shop at the Swan.

Any questions, feel free to ask!
Glad to hear that you had a great trip!

Do agree with you about the location and the nightmare of the bus ride to and from DTD. I still haven't decided if I will make a half day visit in June because of our experience with the buses.

Also agree with the lack of a bathroom fan. It's one of those items you don't appreciate until you don't have them!

I do have a question for you. Do the bathrooms have one of those pull out laundry strings for hanging bathing suits? I don't think they do but I do remember staying at a hotel, in the last few years that did.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #2122
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Glad to hear that you had a great trip!

Do agree with you about the location and the nightmare of the bus ride to and from DTD. I still haven't decided if I will make a half day visit in June because of our experience with the buses.

Also agree with the lack of a bathroom fan. It's one of those items you don't appreciate until you don't have them!

I do have a question for you. Do the bathrooms have one of those pull out laundry strings for hanging bathing suits? I don't think they do but I do remember staying at a hotel, in the last few years that did.
The Dolphin bathrooms have the pull out clothes line. :-)

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Old 04-03-2013, 05:12 PM   #2123
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I do have a question for you. Do the bathrooms have one of those pull out laundry strings for hanging bathing suits? I don't think they do but I do remember staying at a hotel, in the last few years that did.
I didn't see the laundry strings at the Swan but it's possible I just didn't notice.
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There are laundry strings in the tub/shower at the Swan.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #2125
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Has anyone used Camp Dolphin? My girls are 11, 9, and 4 and we are hoping to use it at least once during our stay at the end of June. Just wondering if there were any opinions on it. Also, which Signature restaurant would you choose?

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Has anyone used Camp Dolphin? My girls are 11, 9, and 4 and we are hoping to use it at least once during our stay at the end of June. Just wondering if there were any opinions on it. Also, which Signature restaurant would you choose?

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Our kids went 3 years ago when they were 10 & 8. They enjoyed playing video games and making crafts. They also enjoyed the dinner, but my DD said the only thing they offered was pizza which I thought there would be more selections. Maybe it was just that night or maybe that is the way it always is there. I know the ones at the Disney resorts have selections.

We had dinner at Shula's and it was fantastic! Would definitely recommend for a great steak dinner and the key lime pie was the best I've had. I have read good reviews on Blue Zoo and and more so on Il Mulino.

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I have not used Camp Dolphin, but have heard good things about it here. As for a signature, probably Shula's or Il Mulino.
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Thanks for the quick replies! We are staying for 10 nights on points, so we might be brave and try to take the kids to a signature restaurant one night too.

My next question is how much time should we plan on it taking to pick up a rental car (will be Hertz if it matters) and getting to the Dolphin from MCO? Our southwest flight is scheduled to land at 8:50am on a Sunday, so I'm wondering if we have any hope of making it to Garden Grove for the character breakfast or if I should just make a late lunch reservation somewhere in a park (if I can ever decide which park we are heading to that day).

Thanks in advance! I'm trying to make this a fantastic trip...this will be my youngest's first visit and some much needed family time (my husband travels for his job including spending 6 weeks out of the country in the last 9 months).
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Has anyone used Camp Dolphin? My girls are 11, 9, and 4 and we are hoping to use it at least once during our stay at the end of June. Just wondering if there were any opinions on it. Also, which Signature restaurant would you choose?

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My kids have been twice (will go again in June) and they like it. It's not that big, but they're well taken care of and they have fun. We have done Bluezoo and Il Mulino -- both were great, but I give the edge to Bluezoo. We thought about trying Shula's next time, but I think we're going to do Bluezoo again.

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Our kids went 3 years ago when they were 10 & 8. They enjoyed playing video games and making crafts. They also enjoyed the dinner, but my DD said the only thing they offered was pizza which I thought there would be more selections. Maybe it was just that night or maybe that is the way it always is there. I know the ones at the Disney resorts have selections.

We had dinner at Shula's and it was fantastic! Would definitely recommend for a great steak dinner and the key lime pie was the best I've had. I have read good reviews on Blue Zoo and and more so on Il Mulino.

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I'm guessing it was just that one night? Both times my kids went, they had about 4 choices.
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My kids have been twice (will go again in June) and they like it. It's not that big, but they're well taken care of and they have fun. We have done Bluezoo and Il Mulino -- both were great, but I give the edge to Bluezoo. We thought about trying Shula's next time, but I think we're going to do Bluezoo again.

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Shula's is nice, but if you have a Ruth's Chris near you, it is basically the same thing. We liked bluezoo, but LOVE Il Mulino! As an Italian girl who lives in the NY/NJ area and has access to fabulous Italian restaurants, I am VERY picky when it comes to Italian food! ;-). Il Mulino is the real deal!

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