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Old 01-20-2013, 04:14 PM   #1756
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Alas, the Stay Connected rate is not available for our dates. Still happy with the rates, though!
We found out that the Stay Connected rates don't apply to the peak times. My parents will likely be at the SD for part of our stay and that's what they were told.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #1757
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When I've stayed at the Dolphin in the past, I've always driven. This time I'm thinking of flying into MCO for my first solo trip. I'm not sure how I'll get to the Dolphin so I'd appreciate any suggestions.
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There are several ways...using a town car service (we use Tiffany - which runs in the ballpark of $105 round trip, plus tip) or a Mears shuttle (approx. $68 round trip) seem to be the route most people use. Using a taxi is a bit pricey...or so I've heard. And then there's always renting a car, but keep in mind that there is a charge for parking ($15/day).

We like the town car service, because we like to make a quick stop at the supermarket for beverages, and because it's the quickest way to/from the airport. Mears wasn't bad, but we did stop at 4 other hotels (adding about 40 minutes to our trip) going to the S/D. We stopped at 2 other hotels on the return trip.

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Old 01-20-2013, 07:54 PM   #1758
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Hi Everyone,
Been reading, and here and there mentioned are "problems" with the grotto pool and a pending refurb.
Just was wondering if anyone has any info. as to a refurb. is scheduled. Is it in major need of a refurb?

Heading to the Swan on May 15th...Can't wait!

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #1759
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I've used Mears for a solo trip and for the return leg of a split stay, leaving Shades of Green, on a family trip. As PP said, you may make multiple stops, but the price was definitely right.

On the plus side, that solo trip way back when was the first time I got to see the Dolphin and Beach Club, on the way to drop me at Port Orleans Riverside (newly renamed from Dixie Landings...heehee)!
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I don't think the grotto pool is getting a refurb; think it was more of a repair to something in the filtration system. It was lovely when we were there in October.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #1761
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Been reading, and here and there mentioned are "problems" with the grotto pool and a pending refurb.
Just was wondering if anyone has any info. as to a refurb. is scheduled. Is it in major need of a refurb?

Heading to the Swan on May 15th...Can't wait!

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Stayed at the Dolphin this past week. Didnt hear anything about refurb, but I must say, the Grotto pool looked fine. I just used a hot tub and dipped in the round pool near the Cabana Bar, but DD19 and I sat at the Grotto pool on Monday and enjoyed the atmosphere!

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Hey thanks all for the quick replies!

Glad to hear you had a nice trip, SingingMom...Could use some of that Florida warmth here in NJ this upcoming week, eh? We've been lucky thus far, though...

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:09 PM   #1763
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We booked the Dolphin for October - Epcot view! We are super excited. Never stayed at Swan or Dolphin before, but have stayed at Yacht Club and LOVE the Epcot resort area. It'll be our first trip during F&W, and first trip to the Dolphin. We can't wait!
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #1764
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Hey thanks all for the quick replies!

Glad to hear you had a nice trip, SingingMom...Could use some of that Florida warmth here in NJ this upcoming week, eh? We've been lucky thus far, though...

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Don't ya know it, Mark!! DD19 spoke to a few of our CM friends this trip and she's seriously considering the Disney College Program. If she ends up working for Disney after graduation, I think DH and I may leave NJ and move to Florida for good! This past week of sun and warmth really convinced me I need to be in the south!

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Alas, the Stay Connected rate is not available for our dates. Still happy with the rates, though!
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Sorry! I wasn't aware. We always go in the summer and have used it with no problem. Once was even the week of July 4, which I would assume is a 'peak time?' Hopefully you can still get a good rate
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Don't ya know it, Mark!! DD19 spoke to a few of our CM friends this trip and she's seriously considering the Disney College Program. If she ends up working for Disney after graduation, I think DH and I may leave NJ and move to Florida for good! This past week of sun and warmth really convinced me I need to be in the south!

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Awesome program, isn't it? Our son thought about it for a while, as he's graduating H.S. this year. Instead, he's leaving for Marine Corps. boot camp in July instead. (his dad did the same thing 20 some years ago

And yes Florida's on our radar, too! We're looking around Sarasota (a tad south to be exact) when I retire in 7 years!

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Old 01-21-2013, 02:14 AM   #1767
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For those who have stayed recently- were the 4 fountains on the Dolphin roof working, or lit up at night? When we stayed this past August, they were not on. Then we got a surprise trip in Oct for husbands conference- roof top fountains still weren't on or lit up! Front desk had no idea why. I love seeing those fountains lit up at night- almost as much as watching the friendship boats from our balcony! Anyone know what's up with them? Thanks!

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Under some conditions the fountains won't be on so the spray won't bother people coming and going.
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Thanks for everyone who provided valuable info on my questions (looking for a bakery and delivery questions)!

Looking forward to our trip next week!
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #1770
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For those who have stayed recently- were the 4 fountains on the Dolphin roof working, or lit up at night? When we stayed this past August, they were not on. Then we got a surprise trip in Oct for husbands conference- roof top fountains still weren't on or lit up! Front desk had no idea why. I love seeing those fountains lit up at night- almost as much as watching the friendship boats from our balcony! Anyone know what's up with them? Thanks!

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They were lit last week, but for the life of me, I can't remember if they were spraying. Lol. There were a few conference gatherings and the lights on the walkway were purple and pink - really neat!! I just love the Dolphin. FYI - the Swans on the roof were being worked on - some scaffolding a few days, but I believe that was completed before we left.

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