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Old 04-05-2013, 11:11 AM   #2131
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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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Ooooh...interesting about Il Mulino. I'm an Italian girl from RI, and hardly ever go out for Italian because I always think I can make it better. If an Italian girl from NY/NJ likes it, I might just have to try it. Going to check out the menu now...
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #2132
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Ooooh...interesting about Il Mulino. I'm an Italian girl from RI, and hardly ever go out for Italian because I always think I can make it better. If an Italian girl from NY/NJ likes it, I might just have to try it. Going to check out the menu now...
We were just there in January. The parmigiana cheese appetizer is great. We all enjoyed our dinners, except DH wasn't thrilled with the prosciutto & melon appetizer, since it was melon balls, and not prosciutto wrapped around melon slices, like usual. Atmosphere is terrific. We met our CM friend for drinks in the bar, then closed the restaurant. Lol. Server brought us homemade limoncello - I think to finally get us to finish and get out of there! Lol

It is authentic Italian!

Tutto Gusto Wine cellar in Epcot Italy is also very good, in the opinion of this "Italian restaurant snob." LOLOLOL ;-)

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #2133
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Hi Everyone! Will be making my first stay at the Dolphin this June with my SIL who is attending a nurse's seminar. I'm looking forward to exploring the Swan and Dolphin. I usually travel with my family and stay at the BC so this will be a different trip for me.

I will be solo for most of the days until my SIL's seminar is over. Trying to figure out just what I want to do on my own.

My SIL and I will be landing at the same time at MCO but will be leaving at different times to go back to MCO at the end of our trip. This is my first trip travelling alone and would welcome any suggestions on the best way to travel to and from the airport.

Thanks for all the information on this thread. I appreciate all the time and information from everyone.
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Hi Everyone! Will be making my first stay at the Dolphin this June with my SIL who is attending a nurse's seminar. I'm looking forward to exploring the Swan and Dolphin. I usually travel with my family and stay at the BC so this will be a different trip for me.

I will be solo for most of the days until my SIL's seminar is over. Trying to figure out just what I want to do on my own.

My SIL and I will be landing at the same time at MCO but will be leaving at different times to go back to MCO at the end of our trip. This is my first trip travelling alone and would welcome any suggestions on the best way to travel to and from the airport.

Thanks for all the information on this thread. I appreciate all the time and information from everyone.
The most economical way would be to use Mears. You can purchase a round trip for around $36. You're transported in a Mears van. The disadvantage being you will probably stop at another hotel or 2 along the way.

Or the 2 of you could get a town car for the ride to Dolphin (since it sounds like you'll ride in together); then book the Mears van back to MCO (last time I booked a one way it was $21 Dolphin to MCO).
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:38 PM   #2135
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then book the Mears van back to MCO (last time I booked a one way it was $21 Dolphin to MCO).
Thanks! I was thinking along those same lines. Maybe we could split a town car for the way to the Dolphin and then do Mears back since I'll be by myself.

How much time should I allow if I book Mears back to MCO? I know when we do the ME they pick you up 3 hours prior to your flight. My flight will be taking off at 8:05pm on a Sunday night. Do I need to allow 3 hours for Mears too
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Thanks! I was thinking along those same lines. Maybe we could split a town car for the way to the Dolphin and then do Mears back since I'll be by myself.

How much time should I allow if I book Mears back to MCO? I know when we do the ME they pick you up 3 hours prior to your flight. My flight will be taking off at 8:05pm on a Sunday night. Do I need to allow 3 hours for Mears too
3 hours is plenty sufficient. You could realistically do it 2-1/2 hours, but I'm one of those who likes to get to the airport plenty early (even though I've checked in online!)

The only issue (and really it's not an issue at all) with booking Mears for the one way back to the airport is that you have to do it at the Mears desk at Dolphin.

I like to do things online. MCO to hotel and round trip can be booked online -- but when you are going hotel to MCO, you can't do it online. I stop by the desk the day prior to my departure and make my reservation.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:23 PM   #2137
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I didn't love Il Mulino... I almost feel bad saying it but it is true. It was loud the night we were there, not romantic. The food was pretty good and our server was fine. We were never offered the Limoncello . There was a private party in the bar area and outside so it was very busy. I didn't care for the atmosphere in the restaurant.

I didn't eat at any of the other restaurants in S/D but I thought a better, more romantic setting was our dinner at Jiko. Very quiet, excellent food and service. We enjoyed a walk outside before the sun went down to see the animals then in for dinner.

Other trips when our kids were little and we had them go to the kid's club at BC we ate at Epcot restaurants so that is a possibility too.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #2138
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I didn't love Il Mulino... I almost feel bad saying it but it is true. It was loud the night we were there, not romantic. The food was pretty good and our server was fine. We were never offered the Limoncello . There was a private party in the bar area and outside so it was very busy. I didn't care for the atmosphere in the restaurant.

I didn't eat at any of the other restaurants in S/D but I thought a better, more romantic setting was our dinner at Jiko. Very quiet, excellent food and service. We enjoyed a walk outside before the sun went down to see the animals then in for dinner.

Other trips when our kids were little and we had them go to the kid's club at BC we ate at Epcot restaurants so that is a possibility too.
Sorry you didn't enjoy it. We didn't go for a romantic dinner, it was to have dinner with a dear friend, but it wasn't too loud. We talked all night! Lol.
We weren't offered the limoncello our first visit; I think it had something to do with the addition of our very handsome guest this time. ;-) teehee

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We've eaten at Il Mulino a number of times and have always been offered the limoncello as the "traditional way to end the meal".

I don't think they'd get me out of there at this point unless they offered it to me!
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #2140
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We've eaten at Il Mulino a number of times and have always been offered the limoncello as the "traditional way to end the meal".

I don't think they'd get me out of there at this point unless they offered it to me!

LOLOLOL Love it!

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Ok, I read the first post and skimmed through a lot of other posts, but I haven't found my answer. We are booked at the Dolphin for October. Are Swan/ Dolphin guests able to book ADRs at 180 + 10, or do I need to call every day as each date hits the 180 mark?
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Ok, I read the first post and skimmed through a lot of other posts, but I haven't found my answer. We are booked at the Dolphin for October. Are Swan/ Dolphin guests able to book ADRs at 180 + 10, or do I need to call every day as each date hits the 180 mark?
Sorry, no 180+10 for us Swan/Dolphin guests.
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That's what I thought, but I figured I'd ask. Thanks!
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Ok, I read the first post and skimmed through a lot of other posts, but I haven't found my answer. We are booked at the Dolphin for October. Are Swan/ Dolphin guests able to book ADRs at 180 + 10, or do I need to call every day as each date hits the 180 mark?
Stayed at Dolphin last week of October 2012 and there was plenty of availability in the restaurants.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:41 AM   #2145
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Questions about pool/beach

We are 1 month out for our trip to the Dolphin . First time there and we are VERY excited!!!!

Quick question related to the location of the playground to the pool. Can you watch little ones on the playground and also keep an eye on older kids in the pool. Wondering the proximity?

Also - does the S/D have any night time activities on the beach? Any movie nights at the pool? I thought I read somewhere about smores and movies on the beach but I am not sure if it's at the Dolphin or another resort.

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