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Old 01-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #16
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Not sure why your price differential is so low (there should be a bigger price difference btwn Swan/Dolphin vs. BC/BW) but for that little, def. stay at BC/BW. We did Swan last year and felt it was just a standard business hotel - no magic, didn't like food options - but great location. Did not give us a vacation/luxury feel. Buildings themselves are outdated too. We are staying at BC this yr.
I think the difference was $75 per night, because I had already factored in the additional cost of a rental car (and they were very expensive for that weekend on hotwire), the resort fee and the parking fee. If you take those out of the mix, Dolphin is about $150-160 per night cheaper. Since we are DME users, we wouldn't get a rental car otherwise, so I needed that factored in for an accurate comparison.

I appreciate everyone's thoughts. We will certainly be trying Swan/Dolphin soon. However, I was able to book a BWV preferred room through dvcrequest.com for the same price as the Swan/Dolphin, so we are going that direction for this trip and will hit the Swan/Dolphin later this year.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:51 PM   #17
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We are staying at the Dolphin in March and its $300 cheaper per night than the boardwalk
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #18
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swan fans here

My wife , daughter and I have been going to WDW for 12 years-approx 14 trips. Our next trip is over Easter for DD sweet 16. We have stayed at The GF- 8 times,Poly and AK, once each. The GF is our favorite (and the only pace to stay on the monorail IMO), but it is expensive.

We tried the Dopphin 5 years ago and were not sold, but we loved the location as DD was getting older ahd we went to EPCOT and MGM as much as MK. The following trip we were going to try YC, but at last minute switched to the Swan, as I had accumulated enough SPG points for a free stay.

There was no looking back for us. The relative smallness of the Swan and location/transportation etc, at always great prices made it a no brainer for me. In the interest of disclosure, we never did stay at the WDW EPCOT resorts (but have been back to the GF) and likeiy will not.

While Im sure the YC, BC and Boardwalk are fantastic, much like our beloved GF, I just dont see what you are losing by staying at the Swan. For me, what we are gaining is a much better deal. As example, for this coming trip we are staying in a 1br suite (2 baths, nice w/ a teenager) for about 35% less then some standard view WDW EPCOT resorts are charging for the same period.

So for us when staying in the EPCOT resort area the Swan wins hands down.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:42 PM   #19
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DVC Member- first stay at the Dolphin

I'm a DVC Member (Boardwalk)but out of points. First time stay at Dolphin coming up tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed but I know that the location can't be beat. I know paying cash the Swan & Dolphin is less than the other Epcot Resorts but I don't like the way they hide additional charges for daily room cleaning and parking. Why not be upfront about it? Being a DCV Member and Passholder I can pretty much park anywhere for free except the Swalphin and really don't need daily room cleaning. Anyway, just makes me feel like the Disney Resorts(the real Disney Resorts) are a great value. Not to mention the lack of Magical Express service and the fact that I wouldn't have rented a car in the first place if the DolphSwan had ME.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:37 AM   #20
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I'm a DVC Member (Boardwalk)but out of points. First time stay at Dolphin coming up tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed but I know that the location can't be beat. I know paying cash the Swan & Dolphin is less than the other Epcot Resorts but I don't like the way they hide additional charges for daily room cleaning and parking. Why not be upfront about it? Being a DCV Member and Passholder I can pretty much park anywhere for free except the Swalphin and really don't need daily room cleaning. Anyway, just makes me feel like the Disney Resorts(the real Disney Resorts) are a great value. Not to mention the lack of Magical Express service and the fact that I wouldn't have rented a car in the first place if the DolphSwan had ME.
I can pretty much guarantee that even after including all fees and transportation costs, the Swan/Dolphin are significantly less expensive than the WDW Epcot resorts...even if the WDW resorts have a discount. I'm not talking about DVC, but regular CRO rooms.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #21
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We love the look of the Swan and Dolphin and the price as well, especially with the Teacher Discount, however and please somebody correct if I'm wrong but you can't get the Disney Dining Plan when you stay at the Swan and Dolphin correct? We would love to stay here but we just can't give up the DDP! If they took the DDP we would stay in a heartbeat.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:59 PM   #22
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We love the look of the Swan and Dolphin and the price as well, especially with the Teacher Discount, however and please somebody correct if I'm wrong but you can't get the Disney Dining Plan when you stay at the Swan and Dolphin correct? We would love to stay here but we just can't give up the DDP! If they took the DDP we would stay in a heartbeat.
Right, no DDP last I checked. We are thinking of using the teacher discount for a first stay there next Feb. if no better Disney deals come up, but we are not big dining plan fans anyway. We are counter service kind of people instead of 1-2 hours at a restaurant when the kids would rather be elsewhere in the World. (And got spoiled when it used to include an appetizer AND tips, not that much of a deal now if we eat how we normally would.)

Could anyone expand on their feelings of Swan versus Dolphin? I understand dolphin has counter service and laundry as opposed to the swan and the bed sizes are different. Any other opinions on one versus the other?
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:51 PM   #23
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I'm pricing out an early June Universal/Disney trip. I am getting a standard room rate with a AAA for around $170 at the Dolphin. BUT we are a family of 5 and it looks like they charge $25 extra for a 5th person even if they are under 18. The Deluxe Disney resorts and the Universal hotels don't have an extra charge for a 5th person as long as only 2 of those 5 persons are adults. I am not clear whether there is an additional $25 rollaway charge on top of that fee. So if I add $170 + $25 5th person fee + $25 rollaway + $17 resort fee + $15 parking = $252 (not including tax). For my same June 7 - 11 dates, Port Orleans Riverside is coming up at $206 per night pre-tax (non-discounted rate). BUT, if I could book a week later when discounts are available at WDW resorts (30% off many Deluxe hotels) I come up with $286/night for a standard room at the Boardwalk or garden view at the Beach Club. For $34/nt more, I would probably go for the Boardwalk or Beach Club over the Dolphin and likely take Magical Express to make up the difference. I'm not sure that there is a 5th person charge AND a rollaway charge though. My youngest child is 6 so could fit on the daybed in the Beach Club or at the Boardwalk. But I would think the Dolphin would be nicer than Port Orleans and I might pay $46 more per night for the Dolphin over Port Orleans. I have stayed at the Dolphin before and the Beach Club and the Boardwalk (villas) but have not stayed at Port Orleans. The only mods I have stayed at are Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach. I just hate all the extra charges that the Dolphin/Swan tacks on. But I also hate paying rack rate for the on-site Disney resorts. I think my family would have to stay at the Dolphin (over the Swan) since I think the Swan doesn't allow a 5th person in the room (not enough room for a rollaway since the beds are queen sized?). Seems that the rates for the Swan are about $50 more per night than the Dolphin. And the sq footage listed for the standard room at the Dolphin is actually larger by 20 sq feet than the Swan? I am not sure what would make the Swan that much more desirable to pay $50 more a night?
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #24
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They are both nice resorts. We missed our Disney theming while at the dolphin, but really liked the comfy beds, and good coffee. for a good rate I would stay there again!
Agree with this. Something was missing when we stayed at Swan. I thought no way would I miss the Disney theming. I can step outside of the hotel and be submurged in it! We loved the Swan and would stay there again, but I have to say, that trip was different then our other trips because we stayed there.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:32 PM   #25
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We stay in the Boardwalk often (DVC members) and I would not hesitate to stay at Swan or Dolphin. And unless you NEED a rental car - I would skip it and take Tiffany Town Car or another service. Save the parking money and the cost of the rental. We find we do a day or so at MK, one at AK and the rest of our time is at the Studios and EPCOT so the location is excellent and have always had great service at Swan and Dolphin.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:50 AM   #26
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We just came back from a six night stay at the Dolphin and LOVED it. Our family if five got a deluxe Alcove room which gave us plenty of room with two double heavenly beds and a king size sofa sleeper. Room was nice, service was attentive, staff was friendly. When we asked for towels or o adjust the shower, the staff called to check how if they got delivered, if the shower got fixed etc. great follow up

We stayed in the central tower...no long walks to our room like at some WDW resorts. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Nothing like WDW Locations and services at non WDW prices. And oh, if you are Starwood gold status, your resort fee per night is waived.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:47 AM   #27
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We just came back from a six night stay at the Dolphin and LOVED it. Our family if five got a deluxe Alcove room which gave us plenty of room with two double heavenly beds and a king size sofa sleeper. Room was nice, service was attentive, staff was friendly. When we asked for towels or o adjust the shower, the staff called to check how if they got delivered, if the shower got fixed etc. great follow up

We stayed in the central tower...no long walks to our room like at some WDW resorts. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Nothing like WDW Locations and services at non WDW prices. And oh, if you are Starwood gold status, your resort fee per night is waived.
Ohh, please tell me about the Deluxe Alcove.

It, on the teacher's discount, is my Plan B in case I don't get a deal next year. You're the first person I've seen who has stayed in the Deluxe Alcove.
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It was 500 sq feet. Two double beds, one king sofa sleeper. two lounge chairs in room. we were on the 18th floor in the central tower. Way more elbow room for our family of 5 than our previous stay at the Boardwalk. Even with the extra $$ over the std, it was larger and cheaper than a WDW deluxe. This will be our "go to" place. and starwood points to boot!
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Thanks!

I'm still hoping for a huge break from Disney (hey, it's not till summer 2014, and a girl can dream.) But that's my Plan B. Thanks for your help.
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It was 500 sq feet. Two double beds, one king sofa sleeper. two lounge chairs in room. we were on the 18th floor in the central tower. Way more elbow room for our family of 5 than our previous stay at the Boardwalk. Even with the extra $$ over the std, it was larger and cheaper than a WDW deluxe. This will be our "go to" place. and starwood points to boot!
How comfortable was the sofa sleeper? We are going in October and are planning on having our seven year old sleep on it. I was trying to figure out if it is ok or if I need to pay for a rollaway for him. Did your kids like it?
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