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Old 04-24-2013, 04:42 PM   #2191
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I returned from 8 nights at the Swan yesterday, and it was great- as always. I am very happy to be a GOLD Starwood member, because my "gold amenity" was free internet - saving me the $17 + tax/day resort fee. I don't like to pay for parking, but there's rarely a need for me to have a car for my entire stay - since I almost always fly. When I do rent a car for transportation between the airport and hotel, I rent from Alamo or National, and drop-off and/or pick-up the car at the Dolphin.

I spend more time at Epcot than the other parks, and I often end my day there. (That's because off Kilter usually plays 5 days/week - and I hear them whenever they play. ) I love being able to walk (or boat) back to the Swan at the end of the day. The few times I stayed elsewhere onsite (AKL/WL in 2009 and ASM in 2012) - I dreaded having to take the bus to go back to my resort.
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Also, we are transferring over from Yacht Club. Will they move our bags over or should we walk them over that morning?
You'll have to walk them over.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #2193
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When I do rent a car for transportation between the airport and hotel, I rent from Alamo or National, and drop-off and/or pick-up the car at the Dolphin.
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We've stayed there twice now, but I've never noticed a rental car desk/area...where exactly is it? What kind of rates do you typically get? ( I know that can vary wildly...)
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #2195
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We've stayed there twice now, but I've never noticed a rental car desk/area...where exactly is it? What kind of rates do you typically get? ( I know that can vary wildly...)
National/Alamo are at the Dolphin - just off the rotunda near the Dolphin fountain. I can usually get a compact car from the airport to the Dolphin for ~ $50 or less, but it depends on when you book and when you travel.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:41 PM   #2196
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I returned from 8 nights at the Swan yesterday, and it was great- as always. I am very happy to be a GOLD Starwood member, because my "gold amenity" was free internet - saving me the $17 + tax/day resort fee.....
Welcome home, Nancy.

I forgot to mention the same. With a choice of several gold amenities, the waiving of the resort fee was by far the best for me, 6 nights at $17 plus tax was about $108 savings.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #2197
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Welcome home, Nancy.

I forgot to mention the same. With a choice of several gold amenities, the waiving of the resort fee was by far the best for me, 6 nights at $17 plus tax was about $108 savings.
Thanks, Dan. That gold amenity sure is a great perk! I hope to qualify for "lifetime gold" at the end of this year. Then I won't have to worry about staying 25 nights (or 20, if you have the Starwood Amex) per year at Starwood properties to requalify for Gold.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #2198
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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?

Thanks for any advice you can give!
Yacht Club will send your bags to the Swan for you - I have done this many times both ways from a WDW resort to Swan/Dolphin and visa versa !!Don't expect them until at least check in time though!

Mears also has a shared shuttle service but for 4 people a private car or towncar service would be about the same and you have personal service.
Check a few of the companies recommended on the transportation board for recommendations on reliability and price. It may be worth it to just do a round trip for around 110/120 to the YC and then back from the Swan. Most companies also offer a free 30 minute grocery stop. We grab water, soda, snacks and fruit as well as beer & wine
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Hi old friends! I've been away for a few years now but am excited to say that after many resort changes(I should be on the RC thread) we have settled on The Dolphin for our late May trip! Yay!!!!!!!
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Hi old friends! I've been away for a few years now but am excited to say that after many resort changes(I should be on the RC thread) we have settled on The Dolphin for our late May trip! Yay!!!!!!!
Woohoo!!! How ARE you?!?! :-) Hope you and yours are well!!
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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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I'm in totaly agreement. We just came back from the Dolphin, the 5 of us in an alcove room, and it was fabulous. Will definitely stay here again. The amount of $$ we saved paid for some fabulous meals at Chefs de France and Via Napoli, and Sci Fi Theatre.

Time is money, and being at the mercy of a bus (after a long day) is not optimal. Loved the boats and the walk. A very intimate feel vs. a third world urban vibe.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:47 AM   #2202
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I returned from 8 nights at the Swan yesterday, and it was great- as always. I am very happy to be a GOLD Starwood member, because my "gold amenity" was free internet - saving me the $17 + tax/day resort fee. .

Love being Gold Starwood . That is a big savings!

Another benefit of the Dolphin: you actually accrue points and are rewarded for your loyalty. Meaning: more free nights in the future! Hello, Disney? **cricket, cricket**
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:27 AM   #2203
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OK. So since I can't make up my mind and I still have time to decide because I'm waiting for Airtran to release their flights so I can compare to Jetblue and then book (therefore my dates might shift a bit), can someone pro & con the Swan vs. the Dolphin for me?

I'm pretty sure that if we stay Dolphin (where I"m booked right now with a AAA rate), I'm going to end up with a rollaway bed because of the double beds. So why not book at Swan where there are queens (DD and I share a bed when we travel because DH and I are used to a king and don't do well in smaller beds together. I value a good night's sleep )?

Does it really matter, Swan v. Dolphin or will I be happy at either. DH tells me just to quit stressing and book whatever I want.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:35 AM   #2204
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There was something else new, I think. In the past, I have posted instructions here from the S/D engineering folks as to how to bypass the default settings on the thermostats for cooling/heating. On this trip, and I think the one in Dec also, I noticed that the thermostat stayed at whatever temperature and fan setting you set it at, rather than returning to the default after a short period (unless bypassed in the past).

With that the case, we found that it was wise to set the thermostat a bit higher when we left the rooms in the AM so as to not waste energy. Upon returning to the rooms, if we wanted it a bit cooler, the system brought the temperature down quite rapidly.

It was great to see you again too, Caroline. Natalie, Jeremy and Christopher enjoyed meeting you also. And that bug you sent me in the email was great, will have to show Christopher. And our server, your friend (Debra?) was so nice also.

Yes it is, Karen. Hope to meet you some day too.
Dan- you need to make another trip to Boston. I missed meeting you at the last Dis meet when you came to Boston. 😊
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Hi! I have yet another quick question. Can the weekend, character breakfast buffet be booked or is it walk in only? Thanks!
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