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Old 07-10-2012, 02:32 PM   #796
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Hello everyone,
My family is hoping to book in June 2013. Our budget is tight so we are looking at values and also at the D/S. From the looks of this thread all I can say is wow! Just to make sure I am understanding everything....you get to access the DR transpo and you get awesome room rates. Do you get the use the DDP and ME?
No - Swan and Dolphin guests don't get to use Magical Express or book the Disney Dining Plan.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:12 PM   #797
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Can you still take the boat from the Dolphin to International Gateway to get to Epcot before 9:00 for breakfast reservations at Akershus?
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:19 PM   #798
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Can you still take the boat from the Dolphin to International Gateway to get to Epcot before 9:00 for breakfast reservations at Akershus?
Yes, although it's only about a 10-minute walk to the International Gateway.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:54 PM   #799
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Yes, although it's only about a 10-minute walk to the International Gateway.
Speaking of International Gateway, I heard they start allowing people in at 8:30am. Is that true?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:08 PM   #800
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Speaking of International Gateway, I heard they start allowing people in at 8:30am. Is that true?
I've read there are no more "rope drops." However, I haven't arrived at Epcot earlier than 9:00 recently to confirm.
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Yes, although it's only about a 10-minute walk to the International Gateway.
Yes, looking forward to that! I mainly wanted to know if they will let you in through International Gateway as early as 8:00? And once you are done with breakfast, are you allowed to walk around world showcase and take photos before the crowds come, or is it closed off until 11:00?
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:25 PM   #802
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Yes, looking forward to that! I mainly wanted to know if they will let you in through International Gateway as early as 8:00? And once you are done with breakfast, are you allowed to walk around world showcase and take photos before the crowds come, or is it closed off until 11:00?
I'm pretty sure you can enter the IG at 8:00. You will walk to Norway by way of the UK, Canada, and Mexico. But when breakfast is over, you won't be able to venture beyond Norway, as the rope between Norway and China will remain in place until 11:00.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:27 AM   #803
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I just tried to book the Dolphin for a stay March 23-30 and the reservation agent told me the hotel is completely sold out for March 24-25....anyone know of a convention for those days?
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Both Swan & Dolphin are often sold out at any given time during the year. There is never a time that there is no convention, let alone 5-6 at each, the are convention hotels.

We are usually there at that time of year for the SAP Insider which always books the hotel to capacity, but I don't know the exact dates for next year for that. There was also a huge Allstate convention there this March.
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We just returned from a 7 night stay at the Dolphin, and with a few minor exceptions, found the room (and whole resort) to be very clean! We have exclusively stayed at Disney resorts, and were a little nervous about this switch, but we were so pleasantly surprised at the friendliness & helpfulness of the staff as well as the value for the space and location. We mainly stay at deluxe resorts, and we got 3 times the space for 1/3 the price

Thanks so much. This helps me a lot. I believe we will book the Dolphin the location is perfect and as much I love the Yacht Club I don't like the price point.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:37 PM   #806
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Labor Day Weekend

We are arriving on August 31 and staying over the labor day weekend! We stayed at The Dolphin once before in 2010 and loved it.

Can anyone tell me if I can call and make payments on the room the way I can with Disney so it is paid in full before I arrive?

Also, is there a convention calendar somewhere. I am curious as to what may be booked in over that weekend.

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:09 PM   #807
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Trying to compare prices at the Dolphin vs. packages. Does anyone know when the Dolphin will extend the nurses/teachers discount (could be either, I'm a nurse and my mom is teacher and will be travelling with us)?

When I looked at the discount and tried pricing out next April it said the discount was unavailable.

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We are arriving on August 31 and staying over the labor day weekend! We stayed at The Dolphin once before in 2010 and loved it.

Can anyone tell me if I can call and make payments on the room the way I can with Disney so it is paid in full before I arrive?

Also, is there a convention calendar somewhere. I am curious as to what may be booked in over that weekend.

Thanks!
I don't know about the payments, but there is no schedule of conventions. Since they're convention hotels, there are several going on at each resort, 24/7, 365 days a year. I asked DH's S/D contact for his conferences there if these resorts really had conferences booked on holidays & she said absolutely. Not everyone is from the US and/or celebrates US holdiays, she said there has never been a day without conventions. Ever!
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Trying to compare prices at the Dolphin vs. packages. Does anyone know when the Dolphin will extend the nurses/teachers discount (could be either, I'm a nurse and my mom is teacher and will be travelling with us)?

When I looked at the discount and tried pricing out next April it said the discount was unavailable.

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I've had a hard time getting a teacher or gov't employee discount at S/D as well as other Starwood resorts recently. However, I would consider looking up the AAA rates. I paid $57 to join AAA and the membership easily paid for itself for what I was saving on the room discount.
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About the Conventions...

There are so many, and they are so common, that when we checked in, they asked us which convention we were with. We also got room service for breakfast two mornings and the girl who brought it asked us when our morning meetings began. We were there celebrating my mom's retirement from teaching, and had a banner we made her in our room. The room service lady pointed to the banner and asked if we'd had our retirement convention yet

During our last 4 days, the Starbound Dance Semi-Finals were going on, so not only was the resort full of suited businessy people, it was also full of costumed kiddies running around all sugared up!
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