Tell me about the Swan

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  1. kaylajr

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    We thought we were staying at the Dolphin but had to change our dates so we will be at the Swan in Feb

    tell me all you can

    thanks
     
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  3. Tikiman

    Tikiman He kuikawa ka 'ikena o kela wahi ho'oku ka'a e wai

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    I would like to get some opinions also. We are staying there in December. We tried the Dolphin and did not like it much at all but that is a whole other long story.
     
  4. Leota

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    The Swan & Dolphin are our favorite resorts at WDW. We have tried all different Disney resorts & these are it for us. We will probably only stay there and Animal Kingdom Lodge on future visits.

    What I love about the Swan -
    Location - Best location in all of Disney for us. Walking distance to our favorites Park (Epcot) wonderful dining at the resorts & surrounding area. Views of Epcot & MGM from our rooms/balconies
    Service - The best service we've had at Disney in years. Every request is promptly addresses & followed up.
    Amenities - From the Heavenly Beds to the Grotto, everything is Top Notch. As well as the unbeatable comfort of the Heavenly Beds, the standard toiletries are wonderful, much better than the Mickey Wrapped Ivory soad. Plus, your TV has a channel with the local weather as well as pay per view movies & games.
    Size - As much as we love the convienence of the Dolphin, the intimate size of the Swan is very appealing. We also love the atmosphere of the Swan & Dolphin. I like the Clean, bright rooms & modern whimsy. I've sort of outgrown the 100 ft tall Dalmation stage of my life at this point tho - your mileage may vary.

    All you can do is give it a try & see if you like it. We've tried other resorts that other people love & found them not to our taste. Evene so, I never regretted trying them for myself.
     
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    We are going to be leaving soon (in about 2 weeks) for our WDW trip and will be staying at the Swan. I am soooooo looking forward to it :)
     
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    I also love the Swan.

    The location is great and the transportation is wonderful. I went in March and there was never anyone on the buses. There were always empty seats. Taking the boat to MGM and Epcot was nice too. The bus does go to the Swan first and then the Dolphin.

    I also like the beach and the Grotto pool.

    I like that the Swan is smaller than the Dolphin. It just seemed quieter.

    Oh and the Heavenly Beds. I can't say enough about them. It was the most comfortable bed I ever slept in. My kids even commented on how nice the beds were. I asked them what the liked about the vacation and they mentioned the beds.
     
  7. DisneyFans4

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    Hi Steve---As you know I absolutely love the Swan and will be back in 3 days!!!! The views are awesome at the Epcot resorts. I never had better views of Disney until I stayed at the Swan. The Swan is smaller than the Dolphin and alot more quiet and intimate. A place I think you and Tara would enjoy. At night you can just hop over to the Boardwalk and enjoy all the nightly activities there. I love the fact that if I miss the boat or don't want to wait that I can walk to Epcot or MGM.
     
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    Which hotel has the Queen beds the Dolphin or the Swan??
     
  9. Leota

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    The Swan.
    But the Dolphin Doubles seem bigger than the standard doubles to me for some reason..... :confused3
     
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    Oh that is Good since it is the Swan we will be at in Feb
     
  11. DisneyFans4

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    And they have the heavenly beds which are absolutely wonderful! The only beds I have ever had a good night's sleep while in Disney.
     
  12. Tikiman

    Tikiman He kuikawa ka 'ikena o kela wahi ho'oku ka'a e wai

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    Well I think I like the fact that the Swan sounds like it won’t be the mad house that the Dolphin was. I am not very excited about talking that boat again. I liked being at the Yacht Club and having half the walk to Epcot. Tell me that the Swan rooms are not smaller than the Dolphin!!! We would never get a crib in the Dolphin room it was so small. I hope a get a better view than we had at the Dolphin. Sounds like it might have more rooms with better views. We just got back from Maui and being vacation owners of Starwood properties we stay in Heavenly beds all the time. In fact we stayed in two different Westin Resorts and a Sheraton in Maui and the beds are great but I still think the new Polynesian bed is more comfortable but I would take either. Everyone who was on the trip wants to buy the heavenly shower head!!!

    Thanks for the info.

    Aloha

    Steve
     
  13. DisneyFans4

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    Hi Steve-I've never stayed at the Dolphin so I don't know whether the rooms are of the same size. We're usually in a suite at the Swan so it's very spacious. My boys are now teenagers so they need their own room and bathroom, makes things alot easier. Maybe a junior suite for you, Tara and the baby would be a good choice.

    The walk to Epcot from the Swan is really not that bad and we've done it alot if we missed the boat or didn't want to wait for it. Believe it or not, by the time the boat does come and makes all it's stops before getting to Epcot you can get there faster on foot.

    2 more days to go!!!!!
     
  14. Tikiman

    Tikiman He kuikawa ka 'ikena o kela wahi ho'oku ka'a e wai

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    We are using Starwood points to book so I don’t think they will give us a suite. Sounds great though.

    I know many don’t mind the walk from the Swan/ Dolphin area but it is twice what we walked from the Yacht Club and when we were at the Dolphin you had to walk around those ponds they had around the building instead of a straight shot (that sounds whiny, doesn’t it). I guess I was just not use to that much of a walk from the parks to the resort especially staying at the Polynesian we get to Epcot fast with little walk. It rained on us also and that makes the walk seem unbearable since there is no cover and it is hard to enjoy the surroundings when you just want to get to your room. We did walk most of the time though since waiting for the boat took a long time and once you were on it they made stops at the YC than the Boardwalk than the International Gateway and it was faster to walk than to take the boat so I agree 100% with you on that.

    Thanks for the suite info. Do you have any photos?
     
  15. jwfla422

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    It's not whiny at all, we've stayed at both the S/D many times (the Swan more), and honestly it seems like a longer walk to/from your room at the Dolphin if you walk to/from Epcot because you have to go around the lakes and once in the resort the walk can be really long depending on where your room is located.

    The Swan is actually easier to navigate once in there, the rooms are pretty convenient and mostly closer to the exits (even if you're at the end of a hallway). Once out you just walk over the bridge and you're almost to the YC.

    Although we like both resorts we do prefer the Swan because it is smaller, easier to navigate and it has more of an "intimate" feel to it. Some people prefer the liveliness of the Dolphin over that (but we like the "laid back" feeling of the Swan) especially after coming back from the parks in the afternoon. It's a nice escape! We have also gotten to know some of the CM's a the Swan so it's nice to go back to a place where people know you, kinda has that "fuzzy" feeling. :goodvibes

    If you want to see photos of a King Executive Suite at the Swan you can click on my link below. We did enjoy the roominess but it was actually big for us! I kept losing things, LOL!! Our favorite rooms at the Swan are definitely the studio rooms, they're perfect for us and they have the best views in WDW!! :thumbsup2
     
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    Tikiman He kuikawa ka 'ikena o kela wahi ho'oku ka'a e wai

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    Yeah our room at the Dolphin was down 4 different hallways so it was hard to remember which one to turn down each time.

    I like the sound of the Swan already. The Studio looks like a good size. The Dolphin room was small and would be too small with a crib. They also tried to put too much furniture in the room. You could hardly get to the sliding glass door past the furniture. Add in a crib and you would not be able to walk. I guess we are spoiled by the Polynesian room size. We got the suite at the AKL and it was perfect because the standard rooms there are a little to small also. Sometimes we get upgraded because of our Starwood status but we don’t count on it and we were not at the Dolphin. Any one have photos of the standard rooms at the Swan?
     
  17. DisneyFans4

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    There is a different route to Epcot from the Swan, or at least it's the one I take. We go over the bridge onto the Boardwalk and go through that and then onto International Gateway. Don't know if it's the same distance or if one is longer or shorter.

    I prefer the Swan because it is more quieter. The only thing I wish is that the Swan would get their own laundry room because I have to go to the Dolphin to do that and it can be a pain. I use my son's rolling duffel bag as my laundry bag so that makes things easier.
     
  18. Blondie

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    That's the route we take when walking, whether we're staying at the Swan or Dolphin.

    When it's just my hubby and me, I prefer the Swan. When our teen boys come along with us, the Dolphin.
     
  19. DisneyFans4

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    Blondie-So is Tikiman taking the longer route along the lakes to get to Epcot or is our way shorter or equal in distance. It never seems like a long walk to me but maybe that's just me.
     
  20. Leota

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    My 17 yo swears the Boardwalk route is shorter too. I'll have to time it next trip. Neither way seems long to me at all.
     
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    It seems like the Boarwalk route is shorter. :confused3
     

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