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Old 09-25-2012, 12:14 PM   #1261
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I'm just wondering if anyone knows why both the Swan and Dolphin are booked for these nights? My family was considering coming down from the 12/29 - 1/5 and it seems odd that 12/30 and 1/2 are the only days booked.
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Is there any plan to close the grotto pool for refurb soon. I had heard it will not be in 2012 but what about Jan or Feb? We are coming in February.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:12 PM   #1263
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We loved Picabu. Ate bkfst there almost every morning. We would get 4 kids breakfasts: eggs, bacon, toast, potato, DD got a V8, usually a piece of fruit or two. Used the AAA card and the whole thing was around $20. Where else in Disney are you going to get breakfast for 4 for $20?
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #1264
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Actually, not all levels of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program are eligible for the upgrades...only the Preferred Plus, Gold and Platinum levels.

But you're right, it never hurts to ask. I'm glad it worked out for you. That's another one of the perks of the lower-occupancy September season: less filled rooms means that there is more availability for upgrades such as yours.

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We loved Picabu. Ate bkfst there almost every morning. We would get 4 kids breakfasts: eggs, bacon, toast, potato, DD got a V8, usually a piece of fruit or two. Used the AAA card and the whole thing was around $20. Where else in Disney are you going to get breakfast for 4 for $20?
Thanks for this info. It's really good to know. I've been pricing rooms and there is about a $40 difference in price between the AAA rate and the AAA rate with free breakfast. I think we will pay OOP.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:03 PM   #1266
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We stayed at the Swan in March 2012 and LOVED it. I will request a different room this time - I think we had an alcove room but the room was wierd. The couch was tucked in the "alcove" which was strange placement - it was like it was L shape part of the room and not comfortable to sit and watch tv. Liked the large room, though.....

Next time I will request an EPCOT view. Some of your photos are fantastic!!

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We stayed at the Swan in March 2012 and LOVED it. I will request a different room this time - I think we had an alcove room but the room was wierd. The couch was tucked in the "alcove" which was strange placement - it was like it was L shape part of the room and not comfortable to sit and watch tv. Liked the large room, though.....

Next time I will request an EPCOT view. Some of your photos are fantastic!!

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Can you give a little more info about the alcove room at the Swan? We have one reserved for a March trip for my husband and I and our teenage daughters. Did the room have a king bed? How big was the pull out? Did it have a regular refrigerator or was it a glorified cooler?

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Can you give a little more info about the alcove room at the Swan? We have one reserved for a March trip for my husband and I and our teenage daughters. Did the room have a king bed? How big was the pull out? Did it have a regular refrigerator or was it a glorified cooler?

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We stay in an alcove room at the Swan. It is L shaped, king bed and pull out sofa which would be fine for 2 young children but tight for 2 older kids - fine for one. There is a table and 4 chairs. The refrig is a small one in the cabinet under the tv. We reserve a balcony room and love the east wing because you get 3 windows plus the sliding door to the balcony.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:02 PM   #1269
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Just want to give the Dolphin a big ! Had another great visit there and was really glad we switched from BWI and saved the extra $$. The difference easily paid for all our OOP meals + we still got the same boardwalk experience.
I think DH even likes it more than the POLY!
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:53 AM   #1270
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Just want to give the Dolphin a big ! Had another great visit there and was really glad we switched from BWI and saved the extra $$. The difference easily paid for all our OOP meals + we still got the same boardwalk experience.
I think DH even likes it more than the POLY!
Thanks for this review. DH and I are switching from BWI to dolphin too in November and I was worried we might regret it.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #1271
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I'm sitting under the Dolphin pool right now, and it's completely awesome. I just don't see us staying anywhere else without some massive discount. Loving it.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:41 AM   #1272
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BWI might be just a little more "fancy" but the rooms at the Dolphin are still VERY nice and maybe a little larger and the beds are GREAT. The bathroom also looked like it had been recently updated. We had a resort-view room in the EAST Tower. IMO you might have a better chance of a better view there. Also, the balconies are really small. (The one we had at BWI was too) Glad we didn't pay extra for one.
You still get the convenience of the water taxi and Boardwalk area for ALOT less. Be sure and check the AAA rate if you are a member. It was less too. Wish we were returning in November (Xmas), it's our favorite time to go!
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:24 PM   #1273
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I'm sitting under the Dolphin pool right now, and it's completely awesome. I just don't see us staying anywhere else without some massive discount. Loving it.
We are headed down on Saturday. Are there towels at the pool or should we consider bringing some from home? I can't wait to relax around the pool.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:36 PM   #1274
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We are headed down on Saturday. Are there towels at the pool or should we consider bringing some from home? I can't wait to relax around the pool.
Yes, there are towels at the cabana stand. Just have your room card. Sometimes they ask to see it. You can also rent/buy floats and buy suntan lotion at that spot. If it s closed, you can get towels at the health club front desk. Have fun!

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BWI might be just a little more "fancy" but the rooms at the Dolphin are still VERY nice and maybe a little larger and the beds are GREAT. The bathroom also looked like it had been recently updated. We had a resort-view room in the EAST Tower. IMO you might have a better chance of a better view there. Also, the balconies are really small. (The one we had at BWI was too) Glad we didn't pay extra for one.
You still get the convenience of the water taxi and Boardwalk area for ALOT less. Be sure and check the AAA rate if you are a member. It was less too. Wish we were returning in November (Xmas), it's our favorite time to go!
Thanks so much Alabama Minnie! That's great to know as I just cancelled my last 4 nights at BWI. The price difference is just too big so I'm glad to know the rooms are good and bathroom is updated
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