Dolphin Questions

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  1. ascardino

    ascardino Mouseketeer

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    Definitely decided to stay with the Dolphin over YC for long weekend w/o the kids.

    I have stayed at the Swan several years ago but haven't stayed at the Dolphin.

    Just wondering if anyone can give me info on:

    *I booked a King - resort view room w/balcony. Does anyone have any pics and what will I see from my room? I have read a lot of the posts on S/D threads and have seen posts on water views and Epcot views but not resort views.

    *It is ESPN weekend and I am wondering what the crowds will be like at the hotel or the general Epcot area because of that event. Will it be so crazy that I will be sorry that I didn't stick with YC?

    *Should I make any special requests or just hope for the best on check in?

    Thanks in advance! :goodvibes
     
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  3. NMAmy

    NMAmy Can speak food in German

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    Are you a Starwood Preferred Guest member? If so, you will usually get at least a view upgrade at check in. I always booked a standard view room and put in a request for an Epcot view on my reservation and mentioned it again at check in. If you're not a member, go to www.spg.com and you can enroll at no charge. I really like earning points for stays and in my experience, the front desk CM's are extremely friendly and helpful.

    We've gone a couple of years at ESPN weekend and did not notice remarkably large crowds anywhere but at DHS when events were going on. One great thing, IMO, of the Dolphin being a convention hotel is that conventioneers are generally not competing for the same amenities as families. The buses and the pools weren't crowded but the bar was packed. ;)

    Have a great time!
     
  4. Needafix

    Needafix <font color=blue>I'm trying to make the most of ev

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    I don't think you'll regret your decision of Dolphin over YC at all. I've stayed at both and love them both, but would much prefer Dolphin, especially when i get their amazing discounts.

    I'm sorry I don't have pics of my king, corner room with the most amazing views imaginable. I never wanted to leave the room. It was a free upgrade. They are wonderful at upgrading for free if there is an opportunity. I've been upgraded on all but one of my stays. I personally prefer the Dolphin over the Swan, only because I like the atmosphere better. In my opinion, if you liked the Swan, you'll LOVE Dolphin. Have a great trip.

    Oh yeah - I've also been there during seriously busy times of the years and conventions and it never felt crazy or overly busy. I've always found S/D slightly more relaxing than many Disney resorts.
     
  5. ascardino

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    Thanks for the info. Yes, we are SPG members and I have given the # when making my ressie. So, I still am not sure what the difference is between a standard view and a resort view is but maybe I will get lucky and get an Epcot view. We aren't considered platinum or gold members but hopefully we will get some type of upgrade.

    I believe that I read that they have moved some of the ESPN activities from the BW over to WWS so hopefully, it will not be too chaotic. I just know that S/D were offering a great rate of $149 per night for ESPN weekend to the general public so I am thinking the hotel will be booked near capacity. I know that I was unable to get a king room at the Swan with a teacher's discount when I originally called.

    Either way, really looking forward to this trip and from our experience at the Swan, I am sure the Dolphin will be at least as pleasurable. ;)
     
  6. MrBelding

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    Wild coincidence...We're heading down this weekend to celebrate out 13th anniversary (w/out the kids)as well. I booked under the Nurses discount and got $199 King w/balcony resort view.

    I'm a little concerned about the weather, that is getting out of DC, hope you guys don't have any issues.

    Have a great time
     
  7. Paticake

    Paticake DIS Veteran

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    We had the best view in room 8015 I think!
     
  8. ascardino

    ascardino Mouseketeer

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    You too! Maybe we should meet up to toast.
     
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