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Old 01-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #1711
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You can grab that kind of stuff right in the Swan lobby. Its actually a little nook on the left when you are on your way out towards the dock.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:06 AM   #1712
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Danish, bagels, fruit, coffee, juice, etc are available at both; the Java Bar at the Swan and the Lobby Lounge at the Dolphin (not so much a bar in the AM). I much prefer the Java.

http://www.swandolphinrestaurants.co...bar/index.html

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Picabu might also be an option at the Dolphin.

And the redone Patisserie in Epcot will now be opening at 9 AM rather than 11 AM.
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Can anyone recommend a good/cheap bakery near the Swan? We are travelling at the end of January, and were planning on going to the Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom, or the Boardwalk Bakery, but it looks like both will be closed for refurbishment at the time that we're going to be there... We're not big breakfast people, so we'd just like to grab a fresh danish, croissant, etc. and get going in the morning.

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You can grab a quick breakfast to go at Picabu, in the Dolphin, but I also read in the Disney Parks Blog that Tomorrowland Terrace will be serving breakfast while the Main Street Bakery is closed for renovations, and a temporary breakfast kiosk has been set up on the Boardwalk while the Boardwalk Bakery is closed.

In addition, the renovated Les Halles Bakery in the France pavillion in World Showcase will open early (9am) to accommodate guests looking for breakfast in Epcot.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:43 AM   #1714
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Thanks to everyone for their prompt replies on advice on bakeries.

I have a couple more questions...

1. Where is the best/closest place to go and get groceries?
2. Can we buy things at the parks and have them delivered to the hotel, or is that only for Disney owned hotels?

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #1715
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Depends on what groceries you need. The Screen Door shop right next door at Boardwalk has a limited selection as does the Hess Station across the road from the BW entrance. Both are easily walkable.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:54 AM   #1716
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Thanks Dan. I wish I could just find a little more information about the deluxe alcove rooms. What's the difference between them and a premium studio? Are there a lot of these types of room? Do most have king beds or dbls? If they're not that much bigger than a regular room maybe it would be smarter for us to just book that and get a rollaway. Or maybe bring our own aerobed, I didn't know they allowed that but that sounds great as well. I'm just so
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Does this help at all?

http://www.swandolphin.com/accommoda...xe_alcove.html

http://www.swandolphin.com/accommoda...n_premium.html
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:19 PM   #1718
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Yes, of course, but its the "configurations vary widely" that I was just wondering about. Also, "nestled in the corners with striking views" is intriguing. Does that mean there are no bad views in a deluxe alcove? So, if anyone out there has stayed at the Dolphin in a deluxe alcove could they share their experience?
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #1719
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Until someone answers, try searching this thread.........

Use this....

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....o_threadsearch

Put in alcove.

You can also go to the first post on this thread and get the link to the prior S/D thread, and then from there the prior and I think maybe one more, to search those prior threads too.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #1720
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Now that we have our rooms booked for June, I think I'm going to take others advice and check back periodicaly to see of we can get a better rate. I do have a few questions about that though. Also we booked an executive suite, so we can't check the rates online, we have to call.

1) When you call do you get prices like as a "new" person or do you say upfront that you have already booked a room, but want to check if prices have dropped?

2) How often do you call? Every few weeks, weekly or multiple times a week? I know it well very by person, but just curious what others do.

3) Is their any certain time or number that are better than other?

4) My brother booked, but I would probably be the one checking. If they quote a better price should Itry to get it changed or contact my brother, since its on his card, and have him change it (hoping he gets the same price)

Sorry if I rattled on too much, but would like others feedback.

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Old 01-14-2013, 03:17 PM   #1721
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FYI: Be sure and check the rates for your Dolphin/Swan reservations even after you book. Today the Epcot fireworks room (AAA rate) was the the same as the resort-view I had booked so I called and switched it. It was a great upgrade for our upcoming anniversary trip in February!
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Thanks for posting this. I have been more focused on checking our airline prices- room rates have not really dropped for my stay since July. Your post prompted me to check and I've dropped my nightly rate! I am now in a rate range that is more in keeping with what I have been able to book in the past for President's Week. Now off to check airlines, rental car and BOG openings to see if my luck holds for anywhere else!

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I saw these posts the other day and checked my dates and the rate was still the same. I decided to check again today and they're now lower by $23/night!
So, on top of the C&P deal I got and now the lower rate with my AAA rate nights, it's quite a bargain. So happy!
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:27 PM   #1722
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Thanks to everyone for their prompt replies on advice on bakeries.

I have a couple more questions...

1. Where is the best/closest place to go and get groceries?
2. Can we buy things at the parks and have them delivered to the hotel, or is that only for Disney owned hotels?

Thanks again!
We have used GardenGrocer.com for grocery orders and have always been very happy with their service. They give a 2 hour delivery window that we generally pick on check-in day between 4-6 PM which means the room is almost certainly ready and we are unpacking when they arrive. It is a great option for a first order, and then we pick up additional items at Screen Door (Boardwalk), Hess or in the lobby shops.

I have never tried to have purchases shipped back to Swan/Dolphin - I look forward to seeing the answer to that!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:46 AM   #1723
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No, the park shops will not deliver purchases to the Swan/Dolphin.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:00 AM   #1724
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No, the park shops will not deliver purchases to the Swan/Dolphin.
Actually, they will. You can pick up your park package in the gift shops of both resorts.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:47 PM   #1725
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I realize I am going to ask a really silly question as my first one here!

I am staying at the Swan 3/23-3/28 (EEK! Spring break!) and are getting a balcony room. Now my silly question: are there chairs on the balcony?

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