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Old 04-24-2013, 04:33 AM   #2176
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Plus don't we have to pay for parking daily if we drive there?
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Can we opt out of the resort service package?
No, you cannot. It's automatic. In fact, if you price out a room online it will add that part in.

And these 2 fees are why I am likely going to be canceling my ressie at the Dolphin. I am booked with the AAA rate right now, but with these 2 fees added in, it pushes me significanly higher than the AAA rate I can get at POFQ. And POFQ has 2 queen beds (and I get to share the bed with DD while on vacation) and POFQ has ceiling fans (I must have air circulating when I sleep) and that would save me having to bring my foldaway fan along. Even if FD is offered during my time and I have to pay rack rate at POFQ it still ends up cheaper than the Dolphin. I'm sad, because I wanted to give it a try, but I can't justify the cost difference. There are other things I'd rather spend my money on
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:27 AM   #2177
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Thanks to those who answered my previous questions. I have another. I'm looking at the rates and one of the rates includes breakfast. Where is this breakfast at? How is it? Do you think it's worth it?
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:02 AM   #2178
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No, you cannot. It's automatic. In fact, if you price out a room online it will add that part in.

And these 2 fees are why I am likely going to be canceling my ressie at the Dolphin. I am booked with the AAA rate right now, but with these 2 fees added in, it pushes me significanly higher than the AAA rate I can get at POFQ. And POFQ has 2 queen beds (and I get to share the bed with DD while on vacation) and POFQ has ceiling fans (I must have air circulating when I sleep) and that would save me having to bring my foldaway fan along. Even if FD is offered during my time and I have to pay rack rate at POFQ it still ends up cheaper than the Dolphin. I'm sad, because I wanted to give it a try, but I can't justify the cost difference. There are other things I'd rather spend my money on
BUT...the LOCATION alone makes it worth more then POFQ, don't you think?
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:11 AM   #2179
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For me, the location is just amazing. I could stay at pop for half the price of the swan (with 2 queen beds) but walking to 2 parks, monorail over to mk, and Epcot view are awesome. And we love the smaller size if the swan so we can walk in the hotel and not be a mile (exaggerating) from our room like at some other hotels there.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:26 AM   #2180
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Posted this question last week but never saw an answer so I am going to post it again. When I look at rates on-line for the Dolphin they add a 5th person charge (an extra $25) for my 3rd child. When I check out will I be charged another $25 per day if we request a rollaway or is that 5th person charge the rollaway charge? Add those charges to the parking fee and the resort fee adds quite a bit to the original rate.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:52 AM   #2181
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Posted this question last week but never saw an answer so I am going to post it again. When I look at rates on-line for the Dolphin they add a 5th person charge (an extra $25) for my 3rd child. When I check out will I be charged another $25 per day if we request a rollaway or is that 5th person charge the rollaway charge? Add those charges to the parking fee and the resort fee adds quite a bit to the original rate.
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Your best bet is to call their direct reservation line and ask. We have reservations for five in an alcove room and they are giving us a rollaway complimentary because they cannot guarantee me a two bedded room. They are not charging us for the fifth person. From my understanding, they don't charge children as extra... I believe that would only apply to five adults to a room. The agents at their reservation line are extremely helpful and accommodating. Another thing I think might help is to sign up for the SPG program online before you make a reservation. It will get you the best rates, especially if you also have AAA.

To answer your original question directly, you should not be charged both for five people and fora rollaway. Calling them directly will get you the best rate. Hope that helps!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:55 AM   #2182
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Hi,

Your best bet is to call their direct reservation line and ask. We have reservations for five in an alcove room and they are giving us a rollaway complimentary because they cannot guarantee me a two bedded room. They are not charging us for the fifth person. From my understanding, they don't charge children as extra... I believe that would only apply to five adults to a room. The agents at their reservation line are extremely helpful and accommodating. Another thing I think might help is to sign up for the SPG program online before you make a reservation. It will get you the best rates, especially if you also have AAA.

To answer your original question directly, you should not be charged both for five people and fora rollaway. Calling them directly will get you the best rate. Hope that helps!
Thanks! I thought it was weird that on-line I was being charged $25 more for my 3rd child even though it states that kids under 18 are free when staying with adults. We are members of SPG. Don't actually have a trip booked. Just trying to see if a summer trip is financially feasible (we are taking a Disney cruise at the end of the year). One of my kids has been asking to go back even though he already went in the summer and Sept of 2012! Wants to see the new Fantasyland...and when you say to call direct, are you saying the Starwood reservation line of the actual hotel?
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Thanks! I thought it was weird that on-line I was being charged $25 more for my 3rd child even though it states that kids under 18 are free when staying with adults. We are members of SPG. Don't actually have a trip booked. Just trying to see if a summer trip is financially feasible (we are taking a Disney cruise at the end of the year). One of my kids has been asking to go back even though he already went in the summer and Sept of 2012! Wants to see the new Fantasyland...and when you say to call direct, are you saying the Starwood reservation line of the actual hotel?
Try calling 888-828-8850. That is the dedicated reservation line for the Swalphin. Thomas in particular has always been super helpful and friendly. We are going in June and I cannot wait! We stayed at BWI last year and just kept gravitating over to the Dolphin to eat. Thought it was so pretty and rates so much more reasonable, so we booked it for this year.

Good luck and hope your cruise is wonderful! That is something we would like to do one day when kids are a little older.
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BUT...the LOCATION alone makes it worth more then POFQ, don't you think?
That's what I'm trying to decide!!! I'm so wishy washy! The cheapskate in me says NO way
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That's what I'm trying to decide!!! I'm so wishy washy! The cheapskate in me says NO way
You have to do what is right for your family and budget.

But.... Remember there is also a "value" placed on your time, too! I didn't like the busses for Port Orleans or the outside room entrances. We have now been at the Dolphin six times and won't stay anywhere else! The Friendship boats are so relaxing and we can also walk to Epcot, HS, and Boardwalk.

Hope you'll give the Dolphin a try! :-)

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.....and POFQ has ceiling fans (I must have air circulating when I sleep) and that would save me having to bring my foldaway fan along.....(
You can set the thermostat fan to hi, rather than auto, and it does produce a pretty significant wave of air throughout the room. If too breezy, you can set to med or lo.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #2187
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You have to do what is right for your family and budget.

But.... Remember there is also a "value" placed on your time, too! I didn't like the busses for Port Orleans or the outside room entrances. We have now been at the Dolphin six times and won't stay anywhere else! The Friendship boats are so relaxing and we can also walk to Epcot, HS, and Boardwalk.

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And I heard the rooms are dusty at POFQ too.

...and that dragon in the pool would give me NIGHTMARES......... ;-)

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Just booked the Swan for the 3 nights at the end of a week long split stay. How much is the transportation option that you can book through the concierge at swan for transportation to the airport? Is it more than booking through Mears? When I went on the Mears website the only option was for a private car-$67 for 4 people.

Also, we are transferring over from Yacht Club. Will they move our bags over or should we walk them over that morning?

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