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Old 10-11-2013, 10:21 AM   #2926
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If you really want to see IllumiNations - see them from inside Epcot! For me - the music is a large part of the enjoyment, and you can't hear that from inside a hotel room - no matter how good the view.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:22 AM   #2927
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It's the view that is the difference. Generally, TR does not have a desirable view.
Good to know! Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #2928
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A taxi is about $52.00 plus tip
Fl Tours town car is $70 plus tip
Tiffany town car is $65 plus tip

The biggest difference between the S/D is the Swan has 2 queen beds while the Dolphin has 2 doubles.

Picabu, which is cafeteria like, is located in the Dolphin and is a family favorite. There are, I believe 17 different restaurants between the 2 from $$ to $$$$$.

If you think you're leaning this way, join the Starwood Preferred club. You can get better views sometimes at no extra charge.

We've always had wonderful stays at both.
We go with our daughter and grandson. Last time we stayed at the swan. And this time we stayed at the dolphin.
The swan is probably a little nicer but has more of a conference feel as guess is the best way to put it.
We liked the atmosphere of the dolphin. More kids, more vacationing people, easier access the restaurants, pools, boats to Epcot and Hollywood studios.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:43 PM   #2929
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Last question...

Has anyone used a roll away bed in their room at the Dolphin? Just wondering how much space it takes up, whether there is an extra cost involved, etc.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:53 AM   #2930
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Last question...

Has anyone used a roll away bed in their room at the Dolphin? Just wondering how much space it takes up, whether there is an extra cost involved, etc.

Not sure about the space because this is our first stay, but I think I read that there is a $25/night fee for a rollaway. Ludicrous if you ask me, especially with the $20 resort fee.


ETA - I'm grumpy this morning so forgive the tone of my post.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:24 AM   #2931
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Not sure about the space because this is our first stay, but I think I read that there is a $25/night fee for a rollaway. Ludicrous if you ask me, especially with the $20 resort fee.


ETA - I'm grumpy this morning so forgive the tone of my post.
No problem. Have some coffee, the world looks better after caffeine.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:30 PM   #2932
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Is it likely that the suites and alcove rooms are better maintained and serviced than the regular rooms at the Swan & Dolphin?
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:55 PM   #2933
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Is it likely that the suites and alcove rooms are better maintained and serviced than the regular rooms at the Swan & Dolphin?
We've stayed in both regular rooms and suites at both the Swan and Dolphin. The rooms have always been spotless.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:08 AM   #2934
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Checked into the Swan today. We booked and received a boardwalk view balcony room...just a beautiful view. We would have seen the Illuminations high fireworks but were still walking back from the Food & Wine festival. Saw Sugar Ray last night and Edwin McCain tonight. We have magic bands due to our first night at the YC. The weather is just gorgeous here the last two days.

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How are the MagicBands working now that you're at the Swan? We have a set that we used this past summer, and were thinking about trying to use them on our next trip. Can you use FP+ with them still?
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #2935
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How are the MagicBands working now that you're at the Swan? We have a set that we used this past summer, and were thinking about trying to use them on our next trip. Can you use FP+ with them still?
The Magic Bands worked well. The only thing is if you have any issues and have checked out of your Disney hotel at the time they may have some trouble linking information...but it eventually works out. Example - My husband lost his band during MNSSHP. We went to Guest Relations and they gave him a new one but it took awhile. We shouldn't have worn them that night since we went to the party directly from hotel. I guess it was just habit to have them on!
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:52 AM   #2936
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Were you able to make FP during your Swan stay, and what kind of tickets do you have? I have a split stay coming up and was wondering...
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:06 AM   #2937
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Were you able to make FP during your Swan stay, and what kind of tickets do you have? I have a split stay coming up and was wondering...
Yes we used FP+ for entire stay. We had 7 day park hoppers (purchased through UT). We spent first night at Yacht Club and next six at the Swan. We are leaving today...what a great trip! FP+ good but I just don't like to schedule that much ahead of time. Very good if you can stick to what you plan though plus you don't need to make the mad rush at opening to rides like Toy Story. Wifi worked well in the parks. You can change on the fly but availability tougher for headliners.

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Great info, thanks. We are planning a short stay "on-site" before moving to the Dolphin so I was hoping we could book FP. I just hope it stays this way!
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:55 PM   #2939
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Booked with points but paid for upgrade

Hi folks! Can I have your opinion on the booking we have at the Dolphin? We have booked 6 FREE nights with points. We asked about an upgrade to an EPCOT view with balcony and were told it would be an extra (approximately) $100 per night. Does this seem really expensive? I know you can upgrade a free night booking with points but the hotel is sold out our first night. Any advice for us? Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:38 PM   #2940
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Yes we used FP+ for entire stay. We had 7 day park hoppers (purchased through UT). We spent first night at Yacht Club and next six at the Swan. We are leaving today...what a great trip! FP+ good but I just don't like to schedule that much ahead of time. Very good if you can stick to what you plan though plus you don't need to make the mad rush at opening to rides like Toy Story. Wifi worked well in the parks. You can change on the fly but availability tougher for headliners. Kerry
How did you book the fp plus staying at swan?? It doesn't show up on my Disney experience!
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