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The **New** Swan and Dolphin Resort thread ~ April 2012 ~ Please read post #1

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by MOM POPPINS, Apr 3, 2012.

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  1. RaySharpton

    RaySharpton Active Member

    Wow...that was a long time ago. I remember that they had us queue in the for the riverboat before entering MK. I can't wait to see you again.
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  3. RaySharpton

    RaySharpton Active Member

    I can't wait to see you again, Dan.

    I can't wait to see you again, Nancy.
  4. bas71873

    bas71873 Active Member

    Can anyone comment on the Thanksgiving buffets at Fresh Med and Garden Grove? We will be arriving NEXT year on Thanksgiving and I'm thinking that when the time comes, I will make us a reservation at one or the other. Any reviews?
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  6. RachelTori

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    That would be awesome, Dan and Nancy! :thumbsup2

    SideshowBob if you will be in the area, would be fun to meet you too! :thumbsup2

    See ya all real soon! :yay::woohoo::yay:
  7. bas71873

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  8. pixiedust247

    pixiedust247 Member

    This may sound like a silly question but are you able to get fastpasses if you are staying at either the swan or dolphin resort? We are trying to find our best option for our next trip and right now the Swan is our best option!

  9. dansdad

    dansdad DIS Veteran

    Yes you can! Anyone with a ticket can get a fastpass.
  10. Marthasor

    Marthasor Active Member

    By a twist of fate, I am staying at the Swan for the very first time in mid-December with my DS5 and I'm really excited! I am planning on taking him to all of the holiday offerings at the resort and hoping to try bluezoo and Garden Grove for breakfast. Fresh looks good, too!

    I booked a traditional room, but I am a SPG member, so I guess I might get an upgrade. If anyone could off some advice on room requests, I would appreciate it. My main desire is to have a quiet room, but a view would be nice, too! Is there a quieter section of the resort? If I want an EP view, do I ask for "far East Wing" higher floor? Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Thanks so much!
  11. Mouseteacher

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    We always request the east wing - love this location. We like the view of the Friendship launch. But the other side of the hallway has the view of the BW and partial view of SE. You would need a high floor because palm trees could impair the view.
  12. Marthasor

    Marthasor Active Member

    Thank you so much!
  13. patty57

    patty57 Active Member

    I'm planning a (probably) solo trip for May. I would have jumped through all kinds of hoops to rent points at BCV or BWV because I love the Epcot resorts area, but after staying at the Swan this past June...I booked the Dolphin. I did make some overtures to renting points, but BCV is booked and the only available BWV is preferred view. I would have ended up paying slightly more for it than the AAA discount at the Dolphin. Even though I'll need to book transportation, the flexibility of an actual hotel reservation totally won out over renting points. I wouldn't have done this before, but after staying at the Swan...I'm a convert! I really love these resorts!
  14. SingingMom

    SingingMom Active Member

    Happy Thanksgiving and Warm Blessings to all our friends ! We wish you well and look forward to our return in January!!,

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  15. We are checking in to the Dolphin on Saturday (yay!) and would like to arrive early and spend some time at a park that morning and afternoon. Can we do a "pre" check-in that morning to allow us to get whatever it is we need to get free parking at the parks?
  16. jnfr2424

    jnfr2424 I'm Tink I got my Peter Pan and together we love t

    The free parking pass is showing your room key they will give it to you if you tell them you are driving to the park(I'm assuming you are going to either MK or AK) We checked into the Swan on Thanksgiving morning and our room was not ready and they offered a key but we had to change the key when we got back
  17. jnfr2424

    jnfr2424 I'm Tink I got my Peter Pan and together we love t

    Happy Holidays everybody!! We arrived Thanksgiving morning and So far no chocolate Santa at the Swan and no lighted palm trees outside in the causeway yet will be checking all week!
  18. jmpurdy

    jmpurdy Active Member

    We are staying at the Swan for the 1st time also in 2 weeks. VERY last minute trip. Love the Epcot resorts area too. Cannot beat walking to two parks. We actually rent a van from mco to dolphin (very very cheap) and rent another van on departure day to mco and it is actually cheaper than a van service for us. Hope the Swan doesn't disappoint.
  19. patty57

    patty57 Active Member

    I don't think it will. People talk about the lack of Disney magic at the Swan/Dolphin, and that is probably true to some extent. No hidden Mickeys etc., but the hotels themselves, dining options, pools, and dare I say it...pool bars are wonderful. In fact, the pool bars are superior to anything I've ever experienced at a WDW resort. Paying the price of a moderate with the Epcot resorts location? Can't beat that. Enjoy your stay.
  20. jmpurdy

    jmpurdy Active Member

    And that's exactly why we chose this location. Only a 5 night trip and we want to keep bus time to a minimum. We almost booked a moderate but the deciding factor WAS the location. Nothing beats walking back from Epcot or DS on a nice evening. Priceless.
  21. jnfr2424

    jnfr2424 I'm Tink I got my Peter Pan and together we love t

    They are putting Santa together right now! I'm standing here watching!!
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