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Old 08-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #2671
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We recently stayed 3 nights at the Dolphin. This was our first time at the Dolphin and the Epcot area resorts. LOVED IT! Booked via Travelocity deal last minute for $129/night. We were upgraded to resort view with balcony after originally booking a standard view (join SPG); incredible deal even after adding resort and self parking fee. Room was great and beds SO comfortable and location FANTASTIC! Yes there was a slight musty smell in one of the hallways near the pool entrance/ laundry, but not in our room. Wifi was good and was able to do work no problem. Room was clean, furnishings good, typical Graves style. Bathroom could use an update but was clean. I really enjoyed the palm trees around the property-- felt like Miami. Pool, playground, surrounding area was wonderful. Kids 7&3 did not miss AKL, which we had just stayed at earlier in the week. Ate at Picabu and must say food was fine but service slow, though very friendly. The only thing we missed was Mickey waffles, but we drove over to CBR for them at the food court. We did not try the bus service but took the boat to Epcot and DHS, which was fun. Boardwalk was pretty at night and we saw Illuminations each night from the lake area if not on the park. We would not hesitate to stay there again, and DH prefers this hotel to the WDW resorts we have stayed at (poly, WL, AKL, CBR, Pop).
I'm pretty sure Mickey waffles are available at FRESH Mediterranean at the Dolphin. I know for sure they will make you Mickey pancakes! :-)

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:22 AM   #2672
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I'm pretty sure Mickey waffles are available at FRESH Mediterranean at the Dolphin. I know for sure they will make you Mickey pancakes! :-)

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:21 AM   #2673
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I'm very excited to see all the wonderful reviews!! My only past experience staying at Swan/Dolphin was 11 years ago for a convention (just myself). I stayed at the Dolphin...loved the view I had of the lake and the bed was soooooo comfy! Loved the location, wanted to return to the Epcot resorts area and many years later our family stayed at BC then YC (also love those resorts).

My hubby and I are staying at the Swan in October (going to F&W festival for first time). We are looking forward to our stay!!

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:41 AM   #2674
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We stayed at the Dolphin for the 1st time last October and are returning this October because we had such a great experience. The room was a bit cramp but clean and the beds were absolutely wonderful.

We're DVC members but do not own in the Epcot area which is our preferred choice for the Food and Wine event at Epcot. We looked into doing a cash stay at one of the Disney motels but the Dolphin was so much less $$ that we decided to take and chance. We were very happy - obviously
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:34 PM   #2675
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Thanks Singing Mom and Patty for the info on Mickey waffles! Great to know for future visits! Plus we are AAA members so 20% discount on food hopefully applies there too (not sure but Picabu gave us this discount)
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:40 PM   #2676
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Thanks Singing Mom and Patty for the info on Mickey waffles! Great to know for future visits! Plus we are AAA members so 20% discount on food hopefully applies there too (not sure but Picabu gave us this discount)
Yes - 20% AAA discount at Fresh!

My family LOVES Fresh!
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:46 PM   #2677
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Yes - 20% AAA discount at Fresh!

My family LOVES Fresh!
Only thing is breakfast can be a little slow. ;-). Not a place if you are in a hurry to get to a park early. But SO tasty we always save one lazy morning for FRESH. The homemade jams are fabulous!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:04 PM   #2678
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Used points to pay for room - can I upgrade with points?

I've booked a Dolphin room with points (thanks Starwood AmEx!). Can I upgrade that room with more points - either in advance or at check in? Or can I pay for an upgrade at check in and how much would that be? I would love a balcony with EPCOT view! Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #2679
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I've booked a Dolphin room with points (thanks Starwood AmEx!). Can I upgrade that room with more points - either in advance or at check in? Or can I pay for an upgrade at check in and how much would that be? I would love a balcony with EPCOT view! Thanks!
Probably yes to all of the above but I would wait until you checkin to see what room you get first. I booked a standard and was upgraded for free to a deluxe alcove just last week. Didn't even have to ask
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:34 AM   #2680
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Probably yes to all of the above but I would wait until you checkin to see what room you get first. I booked a standard and was upgraded for free to a deluxe alcove just last week. Didn't even have to ask
Same, in May. Booked a standard room at the Dolphin, and was upgraded to a balcony room. What a wonderful surprise!
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:12 PM   #2681
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I've been reading the feedback on the Dolphin on the Sheraton website (instead of Trip Advisor - going to take everything I read there with less seriousness from now on) this morning and between that and all of the great information here, I am now officially excited again about the Dolphin. What is a "standard" view (my reservation says "limited view")? Since we'll be there during President's Day weekend, won't upgrades will be less likely to happen if at all?
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:14 AM   #2682
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Hi all! I have a trip coming up in Sept with 1 night where we will be looking to eat after Fantasmic at HS. I was thinking of Picabu on our way back to BCV where we are staying. I didn't want a very long dinner as the kids 6, 4, & 4 maybe worn out. What do you think? We're not on the dining plan so we would be paying OOP regardless of where we ate.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #2683
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Extra points promo

Does Swan/Dolphin usually not participate in the double points promos? Got an email to sign-up yesterday but then found that neither Swan or Dolphin where participating. Really would have been nice to get the extra points since we have 2 stays there during the promo period.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:51 PM   #2684
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Questions about the Deluxe Alcove Rooms

I am considering upgrading to either an Epcot view room or a deluxe alcove room. Can anyone tell me about or point me to a thread that describes the locations and views from the alcove rooms? Are the sofas in the alcove rooms sleep sofas?

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:09 AM   #2685
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Does Swan/Dolphin usually not participate in the double points promos? Got an email to sign-up yesterday but then found that neither Swan or Dolphin where participating. Really would have been nice to get the extra points since we have 2 stays there during the promo period.
Yes, unfortunately the Swan/Dolphin have a history of opting out of some of the Starwood promotions. I was particularly disappointed in this opt-out list because nearly all of my planned stays during that period were at opt-out properties (Swolphin, W Boston, and W New York Times Square). It's frustrating!
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