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Old 09-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #1216
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No, because they are not owned by Disney.
Why do they even call themselves Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin?
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:38 AM   #1217
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Why do they even call themselves Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin?
Because they're on Disney property.

There are also other food/entertainment venues that don't accept Disney Gift/Rewards cards as forms of payment. Rainforest Cafe, Jellyrolls and the Richard Petty Driving Experience come to mind.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:39 AM   #1218
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Why do they even call themselves Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_World_Swan

Probably the key here.......

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....In the late 1980s, Disney saw that they were losing business to area hotels that catered to conventions and large meetings, so Michael Eisner decided to build a convention-oriented hotel near Epcot. The Tishman Group, the contractor who was hired to build Epcot and who also had hotels in the nearby Disney hotel zone, claimed that the Epcot deal gave them exclusive rights to operate convention hotels on the Disney property. So Disney partnered with Tishman to develop the Swan and Dolphin complex. Eisner had used Graves for other company projects and wanted to continue to build striking, unique buildings.

Tishman owns the buildings, but has a 99-year lease on the land from Disney. Disney also receives a share of the hotel's revenues, and has a say in any design or architecture changes to the interior or exterior of the buildings.....
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:54 AM   #1219
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I was just confused since you can book dining and hotel reservations through the disney site. I thought perhaps there was an agreement of sorts.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:25 AM   #1220
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Why do they even call themselves Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin?
All kinds of reasons: because they are on WDW property; because you can book their rooms and restaurants through the WDW website; because they have WDW stores on site in the lobbies; because the Swan offers one of the official WDW designated "Charactor" restaurants; because it is serviced by the WDW transporation system...

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:09 AM   #1221
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Several more.....

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:17 PM   #1222
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I've just booked my first stay at the Dolphin! I'm going to be there 9/19-9/23. It was a very last minute trip, so I'm very excited. I got a great AAA rate of $135.20/night, so I just had to grab it. Thanks for all your hard work on the FAQs on the first page, it answered a lot my questions!
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #1223
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:31 PM   #1224
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Any word yet on when the refurb will happen? Thinking of booking for a week in mid-April, but won't if the pool is down.

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Old 09-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #1225
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How's the hair dryer quality? I really need one but it's just a wknd trip so i'd like to pack light. My hair is not super thick or long either btw. TIA!
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:37 AM   #1226
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How's the hair dryer quality? I really need one but it's just a wknd trip so i'd like to pack light. My hair is not super thick or long either btw. TIA!
The dryers are great. I have to blow dry my hair and need a good dryer. It has been nice to not pack my dryer.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:25 AM   #1227
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Any word yet on when the refurb will happen? Thinking of booking for a week in mid-April, but won't if the pool is down.

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It CAN'T be in mid April - that's when we are planning to be there!

Seriously, pure spectulation on my part, but it would make sense to do it in January, when occupancy is a tad lower, and the temperatures can often be too cool to use the pool anyway. April is the kick off to high season, with better weather and more people.

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Old 09-13-2012, 05:47 PM   #1229
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DH and I had been wishy-washy about whether to stay at BWI or the Dolphin from Oct. 23-28 (we had reservations for both). BWI just ended up being too expensive, and the Gartner Symposium basically meant no discounts for the first two nights of our trip because everything is booked up. Even the discounts that we could've gotten weren't great. So, today I cancelled our BWI ressie. We're officially staying at the Dolphin! I got a great government rate quite a few months ago (I work for local govt.). We have a room with a king-size bed. Still have to book our airport transportation...thinking of going with Tiffany Towncar since I've seen it recommended here. I know the convention is basically headquartered at the Dolphin, so I hope it's not too busy. Either way, I'm super-psyched about our trip. F&W 2012!
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #1230
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I'm in the same predicament as u. I have a BWI ressie as well as a Dolphin ressie. Still trying to get a discount for BWI but I'm going during Jersey week and discounts seem hard to come by. I will cancel our BWI ressie soon I guess...
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