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Old 01-15-2014, 10:52 AM   #3316
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this seems like s dumb question,and I think I know the answer....but let me ask anyway I'm looking to stay at Dolphin, booking a 3rd party site to save a little $$ the option includes a 'twin room' suitable for 1-2 persons....from what I know, it's only a king bed, or doubles,right? another option is double,suitable for 1-2 persons.... must be a typo,right?
I'm pretty sure the Dolphin is either a king or 2 doubles. I don't think they have any rooms with just 1 double bed.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:46 PM   #3317
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I am trying not to stress about the Magic Bands and FP+.
I have a reservation at the Dolphin June 1-7, and I'm not worried about MB's or FP+. Why? Well, I booked a one day reservation at the BC prior to our stay (KIds wanted to check out Stormalong Bay anyway) to receive MB's and, perhaps, be able to pre-book FP+ the rest of our stay. There are other options if you don't want to spend money on a deluxe.

Food for thought...
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:27 PM   #3318
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Here are a couple of questions for those that took part in FP+ testing:

1) Were you able to book FP+ for parades, fireworks, and Illuminations?

2) Were you able to book FP+ for lunch at Be Our Guest?
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:19 PM   #3319
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Here are a couple of questions for those that took part in FP+ testing: 1) Were you able to book FP+ for parades, fireworks, and Illuminations? 2) Were you able to book FP+ for lunch at Be Our Guest?
Be Our Guest Lunch FP+ is a separate system and not part of the normal FP + selection process. If requires an on-site reservation number to access, so hasn't been available to off site guests. Whether this will change in the future is anyone's guess...
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:47 PM   #3320
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Still here at the Dolphin - two more full days of vacation left before we return home Saturday! Pretty chilly today, tomorrow supposed to be a nippy 54!

FP+ still available for Swan/Dolphin guests. Table set up at Epcot international gateway again today. We picked a Soarin' and Mission Space FP+ . You can pick one from column A and two from column B. Test Track, Soarin' and Illuminations are all in column A, so you can only pick one. Lines are minimal this week, so except for Soarin', we haven't needed any FP.

I asked the CMs at the table if wristbands would be available in the future for Swan & Dolphin and he said "No. They chose not to be included." Now, I have heard a few versions if this, so I have no idea who has the right info! Lol. CM did say soon Swan & Dolphin guests will be able to choose their FP+ online prior to that day.

No paper FP at all now in MK & AK. Still a few stragglers in Epcot & HS.

Going to MK tomorrow. Will see if we can make FP+ for Wishes. Will let you know.

If weather warms up Friday, I may opt for a solo day at the Grotto Pool and Cabana Bar!

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Old 01-16-2014, 06:46 AM   #3321
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Still here at the Dolphin - two more full days of vacation left before we return home Saturday! Pretty chilly today, tomorrow supposed to be a nippy 54!

FP+ still available for Swan/Dolphin guests. Table set up at Epcot international gateway again today. We picked a Soarin' and Mission Space FP+ . You can pick one from column A and two from column B. Test Track, Soarin' and Illuminations are all in column A, so you can only pick one. Lines are minimal this week, so except for Soarin', we haven't needed any FP.

I asked the CMs at the table if wristbands would be available in the future for Swan & Dolphin and he said "No. They chose not to be included." Now, I have heard a few versions if this, so I have no idea who has the right info! Lol. CM did say soon Swan & Dolphin guests will be able to choose their FP+ online prior to that day.

No paper FP at all now in MK & AK. Still a few stragglers in Epcot & HS.

Going to MK tomorrow. Will see if we can make FP+ for Wishes. Will let you know.

If weather warms up Friday, I may opt for a solo day at the Grotto Pool and Cabana Bar!

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SingingMom, Thanks for the update. I guess they have moved from "testing" through January 12th to this is the system they will use. I don't care about ever using MBs after reading all the problems some have had with them, but I sure would like to be able to book FP+ ahead of time. Guess we need to see how this plays out.
I vote for a solo day at the Grotto Pool and Cabana Bar for you! I sure hope it warms up though.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:16 PM   #3322
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Swan & Dolphin can go directly to the regular FP+ kiosks now. We didn't see the special tables set up today at MK.

Very crowded today - and VERY cold!!! Tomorrow is our last full day. Looks like it won't be warm enough for lounging at the Grotto pool & Cabana Bar.
Oh well, there's always next year!!

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Old 01-17-2014, 07:19 AM   #3323
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Swan & Dolphin can go directly to the regular FP+ kiosks now. We didn't see the special tables set up today at MK.

Very crowded today - and VERY cold!!! Tomorrow is our last full day. Looks like it won't be warm enough for lounging at the Grotto pool & Cabana Bar.
Oh well, there's always next year!!

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I'm sorry about the weather. I've had some crazy cold weather in WDW (December 2010), and I really don't like it. I just expect it to be warm and, if lucky, sunny in FL. Unrealistic expectations on my part. Bundle up and have a quick drink at the Cabana Bar.

I can't say I like that S/D guests will be treated totally as offsite guests for FP+. I didn't feel as though I were offsite before, and felt as though we had the best of all worlds at the S/D. I would definitely feel like an offsite guest now though. This would be a game changer for my family, and would probably move us back to WDW properties...which makes me sad.

Have a wonderful last day of vacation.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:31 AM   #3324
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Patty- I got the impression from a CM that eventually the Swan & Dolphin guests will be able to make their FP+ Online ahead of time.

Two of my FP+ observations: (remember, this is ME. Lol)

1. I like paper. Lol. And the older I get, the sadder my short term memory. I need to check my ticket four times to remember the FP time. Sure, you can send it yo your My Disney App, email, or take a photo, but..... My iPhone kept running out of charge because I was using it to take pictures or check wait times! (Can someone suggest a good portable charger?!). Also.... If we didn't use a paper FP, we used to love to make someone smile and pass it along.

2. It seems like EVERYONE was using a FP now. . January lines were pretty intense the past two days. You used to need to make a little effort to get a FP. Now you can get them at 2 am in your pjs on your lazy boy.


I will have to see what I think after all the testing is done.

However - it isn't a deal breaker for us. The Dolphin still holds my heart! <3

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[QUOTE="SingingMom;50497888"]Patty- I got the impression from a CM that eventually the Swan & Dolphin guests will be able to make their FP+ Online ahead of time. Two of my FP+ observations: (remember, this is ME. Lol) 1. I like paper. Lol. And the older I get, the sadder my short term memory. I need to check my ticket four times to remember the FP time. Sure, you can send it yo your My Disney App, email, or take a photo, but..... My iPhone kept running out of charge because I was using it to take pictures or check wait times! (Can someone suggest a good portable charger?!). Also.... If we didn't use a paper FP, we used to love to make someone smile and pass it along.
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For those of you there now, are the Swan/Dolphin FP+ kiosks separate from the off-property guests FP+ kiosks?
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For those of you there now, are the Swan/Dolphin FP+ kiosks separate from the off-property guests FP+ kiosks?
There are no separate kiosks for S/D.
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For those of you there now, are the Swan/Dolphin FP+ kiosks separate from the off-property guests FP+ kiosks?
They were gone mid-week last week. Now you use the same ones every guest does. There are signs and CMs to assist. Be prepared - lines got very long, even on light crowd days.

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They were gone mid-week last week. Now you use the same ones every guest does. There are signs and CMs to assist. Be prepared - lines got very long, even on light crowd days.
Not what I wanted to hear. Hopefully we'll get some additional benefits soon.
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Not what I wanted to hear. Hopefully we'll get some additional benefits soon.
I don't look at it as a Swan/Dolphin issue, though. I think it is Disney sorting out how the whole system works.

I guess I don't plan my vacation so specifically that I want to schedule my rides online in advance. Maybe in high capacity months it makes more of a difference, or the people that are only in a park one or two days. Guess we'll see how things shake out!

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