Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 09-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #1276
chattadisser
Mouseketeer
 
chattadisser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 327

Quote:
Originally Posted by SingingMom

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!

Sent from my iPad using DISBoards
Thank you! Now I have even more room to pack!
__________________
Me DH DD (8) DD (4)

chattadisser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2012, 11:22 PM   #1277
melliej
Earning My Ears
 
melliej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Chicago Suburbs
Posts: 65

I think my husband is catching the fever! He suggested we make a quick stop at Disney on our way down to the Atlantic coast for our Spring Break Beach trip this year. We will be staying at the Swan. Hooray!
__________________
DOLPHIN: spring or summer 2014 (hopefully)
SWAN: march 2013 • just a couple of days, but I will take what I can get!
SWAN: march 2012 • joined by my parents
YACHT CLUB: december 2010 • first disney trip for my husband & kids
CARIBBEAN BEACH: december 1997
CARIBBEAN BEACH: march 1989
melliej is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 09-30-2012, 07:28 AM   #1278
ccsmith312
Earning My Ears
 
ccsmith312's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 56

Checking in at the Dolphin this
Friday and now I'm second guessing myself! I read some online reviews saying the resort is outdated and in need of a refurb. Is the Swan in better condition? Is the Dolphin really looking dated? Help!
__________________
Life is always better when you have a Disney trip planned.

Mom's Simple Guide to the Disney Magic
ccsmith312 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 08:21 AM   #1279
bakerworld
DIS Veteran
 
bakerworld's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 596

Quote:
Originally Posted by LexiC123 View Post
The in-room coffee is a bold roast, Africa Kitamu. Not sure what flavor the decaf pods are.


None of those coffee systems are compatible with the coffee machines at the S/D. They use "pods" which are basically round coffee filter paper filled with coffee...a coffee ravioli, if you will.

They look something like this, but slightly larger in size. I'm not sure if these smaller pods would work in the coffee makers in the room.


Has your husband ever tried the Starbucks Via instant coffee? My DH says it doesn't even taste like instant, and you'd be able to get a mild roast. Might be worth trying before your trip...you can pick them up in Starbucks stores and most supermarkets.
Am just reading thru this thread since we're staying here for the 1st time in a couple of weeks so I apoligize in advance for any redundancy.

1-cup SENSO machines use these pods - packs are available at Wegmans.
__________________


AKL 2008, BLT 2009, BCV 2013
bakerworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 10:36 AM   #1280
Alabama Minnie
DIS Veteran
 
Alabama Minnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alabaster, AL
Posts: 790

Just returned and we found those Starbucks filters to be too strong. They are really meant for a 4-cup maker. The one cup filters might work better IMO, unless you like REALLY strong coffee.
__________________
(me) (dh)
2012-(5/12)Universal/IoA(RPH) (9/12) Dolphin***2013-(2/14) AoA/Dolphin/(12/13)Wilderness Lodge
2011-BWI /POLY/WL***2010-POLY/ASMu/CSR***2009-AKL/Dolphin/CSR/Pop***2008-CR/ASMo/Pop***2007-FQ
Alabama Minnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 10:41 AM   #1281
Alabama Minnie
DIS Veteran
 
Alabama Minnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alabaster, AL
Posts: 790

ccsmith312:
We just got back from a stay at the Dolphin. We really didn't think our room looked that bad. They aren't as "fancy" as BWI but ours was VERY nice, roomy and clean. Our room also had a updated bath (very nice). Didn't smell anything that others are complaining about either. We were in the East Wing/8th floor.
__________________
(me) (dh)
2012-(5/12)Universal/IoA(RPH) (9/12) Dolphin***2013-(2/14) AoA/Dolphin/(12/13)Wilderness Lodge
2011-BWI /POLY/WL***2010-POLY/ASMu/CSR***2009-AKL/Dolphin/CSR/Pop***2008-CR/ASMo/Pop***2007-FQ
Alabama Minnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 01:27 PM   #1282
bakerworld
DIS Veteran
 
bakerworld's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 596

If our Tampa-based DD visits can she park somewhere close that doesn't charge $15?
__________________


AKL 2008, BLT 2009, BCV 2013
bakerworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 01:50 PM   #1283
SRUAlmn
DIS Veteran
 
SRUAlmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SC
Posts: 8,499

Quote:
Originally Posted by bakerworld View Post
Am just reading thru this thread since we're staying here for the 1st time in a couple of weeks so I apoligize in advance for any redundancy.

1-cup SENSO machines use these pods - packs are available at Wegmans.
They're actually not the same as the SENSEO pods. They're the same shape, but they're much larger. If you picture the size of the filter compartment on a regular drip coffee maker, the pods are the entire size of that compartment.
__________________
Me DH Our "Baby"
**Christmas 1994 - POFQ
**Christmas 1997 - Polynesian
**September 2004 - Pop Century (first trip together)
**January 2007 - POFQ (Wedding Planning Trip)
**July 2007 - Contemporary (WDW Wedding & Honeymoon)
**Thanksgiving 2007 - Pop Century
**July 2008 - Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs Jr. Suite, Contemporary Club Level MK View
**July 2009 - Boardwalk Inn Deluxe Club Level
**July 2010 - Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View)
**June 2012 - Dolphin (2 Bedroom Grand Suite)
**June 2013 - Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Room)
**July 2014 - Bay Lake Tower (2 Bedroom, Theme Park View)
SRUAlmn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 01:53 PM   #1284
Dan Murphy
We are family.
 
Dan Murphy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Chicago area, IL
Posts: 76,966

Quote:
Originally Posted by bakerworld View Post
Am just reading thru this thread since we're staying here for the 1st time in a couple of weeks so I apoligize in advance for any redundancy.

1-cup SENSO machines use these pods - packs are available at Wegmans.
You can get as many one cup pods as you want from housekeeping. I always ask for more, decaf. Excellent coffee.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bakerworld View Post
If our Tampa-based DD visits can she park somewhere close that doesn't charge $15?
Not that I know of, unless it were to just run into the hotel for a few minutes and out again.
__________________
Dan-'Let's Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand'--We are Family

Why she runs.....

Random acts of kindness, no matter how small, are never really lost. They live forever in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of them----Lady M
dmurphydis@sbcglobal.net
April 26-May 3, see you there?







.
Dan Murphy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 09:15 AM   #1285
becky11
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 341

We stayed at the Swan for the first time this weekend, and I know it's personal preference, but we like the Dolphin better. Can't put my finger on an exact "why", but we do. The only thing I liked about the Swan is the closer walk to Epcot.

Here's my biggest pet peeve for both of these hotels: I cannot, for the life of me, understand why there is NOT ventilation in the bathrooms!!!! I've stayed in lower-end hotels in much less humid states that have fans so loud they scare the bejeesus out of you, but at S&D - nothing!!! I've never seen a situation where it's needed MORE than S&D bathrooms!! I wish they'd fix that. It's my only suggestion.
__________________
-Amy
Me DH DD (10/05)

Retired USAF 11/1/12 after 21 years!

Apparently, I'm a runner. Who knew?
------------------------------------
Race for the Taste 10K (WDW) 11 Oct 09 -- Tower of Terror 13K (WDW) 24 Oct 09 -- Inaugural Wine & Dine Half Marathon (WDW) 2 Oct 10 -- 2nd Annual Wine & Dine Half Marathon (WDW) 1 Oct 11 -- Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon (DL) 29 Jan 12 -- Royal Family 5K (WDW) 25 Feb 12 -- 4th Annual Princess Half Marathon (WDW) 26 Feb 12 - CtC! -- 5th Annual Expedition Everest Challenge (WDW) 5 May 12 - DH's first race! -- US Air Force Marathon (Dayton, OH) 15 Sep 12 - first full marathon! -- Inaugural Tower of Terror 10-miler (WDW) 29 Sep 12 -- 3rd Annual Wine & Dine Half Marathon (WDW) 10 Nov 12 -- 5th Annual Princess Half Marathon (WDW) 24 Feb 13
becky11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #1286
SRUAlmn
DIS Veteran
 
SRUAlmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SC
Posts: 8,499

Quote:
Originally Posted by becky11 View Post

Here's my biggest pet peeve for both of these hotels: I cannot, for the life of me, understand why there is NOT ventilation in the bathrooms!!!! I've stayed in lower-end hotels in much less humid states that have fans so loud they scare the bejeesus out of you, but at S&D - nothing!!! I've never seen a situation where it's needed MORE than S&D bathrooms!! I wish they'd fix that. It's my only suggestion.
SAME here!! We stayed at the Dolphin in June and it drove me crazy!
__________________
Me DH Our "Baby"
**Christmas 1994 - POFQ
**Christmas 1997 - Polynesian
**September 2004 - Pop Century (first trip together)
**January 2007 - POFQ (Wedding Planning Trip)
**July 2007 - Contemporary (WDW Wedding & Honeymoon)
**Thanksgiving 2007 - Pop Century
**July 2008 - Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs Jr. Suite, Contemporary Club Level MK View
**July 2009 - Boardwalk Inn Deluxe Club Level
**July 2010 - Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View)
**June 2012 - Dolphin (2 Bedroom Grand Suite)
**June 2013 - Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Room)
**July 2014 - Bay Lake Tower (2 Bedroom, Theme Park View)
SRUAlmn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 07:59 PM   #1287
Dan Murphy
We are family.
 
Dan Murphy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Chicago area, IL
Posts: 76,966

Likewise here. I never understood why no exhaust fans in the bathroom. After a good shower, it takes several minutes to get the steam out and mirror usable.
__________________
Dan-'Let's Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand'--We are Family

Why she runs.....

Random acts of kindness, no matter how small, are never really lost. They live forever in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of them----Lady M
dmurphydis@sbcglobal.net
April 26-May 3, see you there?







.
Dan Murphy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 09:10 PM   #1288
kandb
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,213

The coffee in the room (starbucks) for both regular and decaf, is very strong. I would slant the coffee pod so it wouldn't go thru as much coffee. I agree, the pods are probably more for 2-3 cups, not just 1.
kandb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2012, 04:36 AM   #1289
jnfr2424
I'm Tink I got my Peter Pan and together we love to fly away to Neverland!
 
jnfr2424's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Joisey
Posts: 1,398

Quote:
Originally Posted by ccsmith312 View Post
Checking in at the Dolphin this
Friday and now I'm second guessing myself! I read some online reviews saying the resort is outdated and in need of a refurb. Is the Swan in better condition? Is the Dolphin really looking dated? Help!
Those rooms were just refurbished in the last 2-3 years
I am sure you have nothing to worry about just go and have a great time
__________________
If you can dream it, you can do it - Horizons
Been there, done that since 1979 and will do it again at Disney!!!


jnfr2424 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2012, 07:28 AM   #1290
jmasgat
DIS Veteran
 
jmasgat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,686

If anyone is interested.....Sniqueaway.com is having a "Secret Snique" hotel room sale which looks like it may be Swan/Dolphin--based on the descirption as a "non-Disney resort on Disney property". Some dates are available for $109/nt. This is a fully prepaid rate,and you don't find out the actual hotel til after you book, but where else could it be?

Maura
jmasgat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: