Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 563 votes, 5.00 average.
Old 05-01-2012, 11:22 AM   #196
Dan Murphy
We are family.
 
Dan Murphy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Chicago area, IL
Posts: 77,752

Quote:
Originally Posted by KBecks View Post
.....I am reading some bad reviews on Trip Advisor (and I'm also reading bad reviews for our other possible places -- Wyndham Bonnet Creek and Sheraton Vistana..... )

It's a little scary. Also there are many complaints about the extra fees.......
I do not know the answers to your other questions, but as for Trip Advisor, or similar, remember, negatives will always outweigh the positives, just the nature of the sites. I personally have never had a bad experience at either of the resorts.

As for the fee, it is what it is and should not be a surprise to anyone. I look at the resort fee, and the parking fee as part of the total package when comparing the price to an alternative.
__________________
Dan-'Let's Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand'--We are Family

Why she runs.....

Random acts of kindness, no matter how small, are never really lost. They live forever in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of them----Lady M
dmurphydis@sbcglobal.net







.
Dan Murphy is offline  
Old 05-01-2012, 11:23 AM   #197
SRUAlmn
DIS Veteran
 
SRUAlmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SC
Posts: 9,168

I have a question that I'm not sure I've seen asked before.... do rooms at the S&D offer the Bounceback offers that you receive at the other Disney resorts?

Thanks!
__________________
Me DH Our "Baby"
**Christmas 1994 - POFQ
**Christmas 1997 - Polynesian
**September 2004 - Pop Century (first trip together)
**January 2007 - POFQ (Wedding Planning Trip)
**July 2007 - Contemporary (WDW Wedding & Honeymoon)
**Thanksgiving 2007 - Pop Century
**July 2008 - Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs Jr. Suite, Contemporary Club Level MK View
**July 2009 - Boardwalk Inn Deluxe Club Level
**July 2010 - Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View)
**June 2012 - Dolphin (2 Bedroom Grand Suite)
**June 2013 - Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Room)
**July 2014 - Bay Lake Tower (2 Bedroom, Theme Park View)
SRUAlmn is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 05-01-2012, 11:26 AM   #198
el_tigre
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: L.A.
Posts: 231

Quote:
Originally Posted by SRUAlmn View Post
I have a question that I'm not sure I've seen asked before.... do rooms at the S&D offer the Bounceback offers that you receive at the other Disney resorts?

Thanks!
No, unfortunately they do not.
el_tigre is offline  
Old 05-01-2012, 11:28 AM   #199
SRUAlmn
DIS Veteran
 
SRUAlmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SC
Posts: 9,168

Quote:
Originally Posted by el_tigre View Post
No, unfortunately they do not.
Bummer! Thanks!
__________________
Me DH Our "Baby"
**Christmas 1994 - POFQ
**Christmas 1997 - Polynesian
**September 2004 - Pop Century (first trip together)
**January 2007 - POFQ (Wedding Planning Trip)
**July 2007 - Contemporary (WDW Wedding & Honeymoon)
**Thanksgiving 2007 - Pop Century
**July 2008 - Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs Jr. Suite, Contemporary Club Level MK View
**July 2009 - Boardwalk Inn Deluxe Club Level
**July 2010 - Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View)
**June 2012 - Dolphin (2 Bedroom Grand Suite)
**June 2013 - Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Room)
**July 2014 - Bay Lake Tower (2 Bedroom, Theme Park View)
SRUAlmn is offline  
Old 05-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #200
el_tigre
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: L.A.
Posts: 231

Quote:
Originally Posted by SRUAlmn View Post
Bummer! Thanks!
The good news is that there are so many discounts available, like the teacher discount it sounds like you're using, the Swan and Dolphin almost always have options that typically make them the best value among onsite resorts.
el_tigre is offline  
Old 05-01-2012, 11:51 AM   #201
patty57
DIS Veteran
 
patty57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The Ocean State
Posts: 1,992

We never really considered staying at the Swan or Dolphin before...always Beach Club or Boardwalk. For our June trip, I got a nurse's rate on the first room and a "stay connected" on the second room at the Swan. The only way we could have come close to those savings would have been renting points to stay at DVC at no more than $10 a point for 2 studios. We couldn't commit far enough ahead for DVC, so the Swan it is! After doing a little research online and watching this thread, I'm pretty excited to try it out. We're also eating at bluezoo for the first time this trip.
__________________
patty57 is offline  
Old 05-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #202
suzimar57
when i do put some makeup on, he's stunned!
loose screw i find in his work pants
It's cheesy, in a fun sort of way!
 
suzimar57's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 7,845

is it 499 days out when i can make a res at Dolphin?

have been waiting YEARS (literally) to get back to WDW!

this will be first time at Dolphin (during Food & Wine)

hoping to be there during SD Food & Wine Classic weekend as well
__________________
1981 Offsite 1995 CR 1997 ASSP 1998 ASMU 1999 DLP 2000 ASMO 2001 ASMO 2001 ASMO
2002 ASMO 2003 CR 2003 ASMO 2004 CR 2004 CR 2005 PC 2006 CR 2007 PC 2008 PC 2015 AOA
suzimar57 is offline  
Old 05-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #203
SRUAlmn
DIS Veteran
 
SRUAlmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SC
Posts: 9,168

Quote:
Originally Posted by el_tigre View Post
The good news is that there are so many discounts available, like the teacher discount it sounds like you're using, the Swan and Dolphin almost always have options that typically make them the best value among onsite resorts.
Quote:
Originally Posted by patty57 View Post
We never really considered staying at the Swan or Dolphin before...always Beach Club or Boardwalk. For our June trip, I got a nurse's rate on the first room and a "stay connected" on the second room at the Swan. The only way we could have come close to those savings would have been renting points to stay at DVC at no more than $10 a point for 2 studios. We couldn't commit far enough ahead for DVC, so the Swan it is! After doing a little research online and watching this thread, I'm pretty excited to try it out. We're also eating at bluezoo for the first time this trip.
Very good point! To get the kind of space we're getting at the Dolphin at BWI or BC it would've easily cost us 3x what we're paying with our teacher + stay connected rate Plus, I'll be racking up some Starpoints on this trip, so maybe we'll have enough for a free night
__________________
Me DH Our "Baby"
**Christmas 1994 - POFQ
**Christmas 1997 - Polynesian
**September 2004 - Pop Century (first trip together)
**January 2007 - POFQ (Wedding Planning Trip)
**July 2007 - Contemporary (WDW Wedding & Honeymoon)
**Thanksgiving 2007 - Pop Century
**July 2008 - Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs Jr. Suite, Contemporary Club Level MK View
**July 2009 - Boardwalk Inn Deluxe Club Level
**July 2010 - Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View)
**June 2012 - Dolphin (2 Bedroom Grand Suite)
**June 2013 - Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Room)
**July 2014 - Bay Lake Tower (2 Bedroom, Theme Park View)
SRUAlmn is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 04:24 AM   #204
magsmum
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 94

Quote:
Originally Posted by KBecks View Post
I am looking closely at the Dolphin for our next disney trip, we loved the Epcot area!

Looking at the room floor plans though, it looks like it would be very tight with a family of 5 in a dolphin room with a roll away. Has anyone tried 5 in a basic room with a rollaway and how did it work for you?

Our family is cozy, and we like being together.... but... we also don't want to step on each other and we want room for luggage and toys etc... we stayed in the Boardwalk and were fine.

I am reading some bad reviews on Trip Advisor (and I'm also reading bad reviews for our other possible places -- Wyndham Bonnet Creek and Sheraton Vistana..... )

It's a little scary. Also there are many complaints about the extra fees.

Anyway, please advise if you have done 5 in a room and how it worked for you. We have 3 boys, ages 8, 6 and 4.

Thank you!!!!
We are a family of 5 (13, 11, 5) and we just bring an aerobed for my oldest. Most often we stand it up against the wall, but you can also quickly and easily deflate it in the morning so it takes up no space at all. Works well for us whenever we travel. We have had two lovely stays at the Dolphin and are looking forward to a third next Feb- just waiting for teacher rates to be released!
magsmum is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 06:28 AM   #205
RachelTori
AKL Jambo Wildbunch

Sees little green people
Wants to dine with Kansas
 
RachelTori's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Georgia & SSR
Posts: 13,335

9 days till Mom/Daughter Mothers Day weekend at the Dolphin!!!



__________________
LOR-uh



RachelTori is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 09:33 AM   #206
Gipperland
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 153

First, a huge thank you to all of you who have put together this thread and everyone with all your great advice! this trip would not have been as wonderful without all your help
My husband and I just returned from 3 nights at The Swan and LOVED everything about our stay. This was our 1st stay at the Swan (never Dolphin). We have stayed at most of Disney's hotels, except the value resorts and I have to say the Swan was every bit as nice, if not nicer than anyone of the Disney properties.
We followed the instructions on how to request an alcove room and were granted our request The room was much nicer and cleaner than our rooms at the BW and BC. The view was outstanding!
The CMs were very nice and did whatever they could to make everything perfect.
The restaurants were all very good with lots of choices. The pools are great, especially loved the hammocks. I really can't say anything bad about this resort. I did prefer The Swan to the Dolphin. Can't wait to go back.
I did miss the Magical Express and if I had my children, the meal plan, but not enough to not stay there again.
Thanks again everyone!
Gipperland is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #207
Gipperland
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 153

We ate at Il Muliano on Sunday night. Everything was top notch. The food and serve was outstanding! Not one complaint, just accolades :-)
Gipperland is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 10:10 AM   #208
PNO4TE
DIS Musician
Piano Teacher
Can't stay awake at night for the "hen parties"
 
PNO4TE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 31,349

Quote:
Originally Posted by RachelTori View Post
9 days till Mom/Daughter Mothers Day weekend at the Dolphin!!!



__________________
Elin

"Music... this is the favorite passion of my soul." ~ Thomas Jefferson
‎"Good wine is a necessity of life for me" ~ Thomas Jefferson

In memory of June. 09/04/06. "Keep the board going for me while I'm gone..."
PNO4TE is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 10:14 AM   #209
sewer
Is it really Monday again!!
 
sewer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Time out of mind...
Posts: 1,377

Quote:
Originally Posted by RachelTori View Post
9 days till Mom/Daughter Mothers Day weekend at the Dolphin!!!



I still gotta wait a little longer
__________________
sewer is offline  
Old 05-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #210
jasminescent
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 6

Are alcove rooms the best? How do you go about requesting for them?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gipperland View Post
First, a huge thank you to all of you who have put together this thread and everyone with all your great advice! this trip would not have been as wonderful without all your help
My husband and I just returned from 3 nights at The Swan and LOVED everything about our stay. This was our 1st stay at the Swan (never Dolphin). We have stayed at most of Disney's hotels, except the value resorts and I have to say the Swan was every bit as nice, if not nicer than anyone of the Disney properties.
We followed the instructions on how to request an alcove room and were granted our request The room was much nicer and cleaner than our rooms at the BW and BC. The view was outstanding!
The CMs were very nice and did whatever they could to make everything perfect.
The restaurants were all very good with lots of choices. The pools are great, especially loved the hammocks. I really can't say anything bad about this resort. I did prefer The Swan to the Dolphin. Can't wait to go back.
I did miss the Magical Express and if I had my children, the meal plan, but not enough to not stay there again.
Thanks again everyone!
jasminescent is offline  
Closed Thread



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: