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Old 04-18-2009, 12:50 PM   #76
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Swan check in

We were at the Dolphin last year in April, and could only get the Swan this year in Oct. I'm OK with it, as it is a quick 4 day getaway, and two of those days I got with points, followed buy 2 days with a gvt rate. My question is, where do you check in for the Swan? I don't remember seeing their lobby last time I was there. Also...Where is their spring pool? I don't recall that either as we stayed at the grotto pool most of the time. Any features of the swan that I can talk up to the family besides the queen beds?

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We were at the Dolphin last year in April, and could only get the Swan this year in Oct. I'm OK with it, as it is a quick 4 day getaway, and two of those days I got with points, followed buy 2 days with a gvt rate. My question is, where do you check in for the Swan? I don't remember seeing their lobby last time I was there. Also...Where is their spring pool? I don't recall that either as we stayed at the grotto pool most of the time. Any features of the swan that I can talk up to the family besides the queen beds?

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I prefer the Swan over the Dolphin. The Dolphin has the more "wow" lobby, but I don't sleep in the lobby. The check-in desk is near the main entrance (if entering from the parking lot). I don't use the pools, so can't help with that. The buses to the MK and AK stop at the Swan before going to the Dolphin. The Swan is also a bit closer to the Boardwalk, and I walk that way when going to Epcot.

I'll be back at the Swan tomorow night...can't wait!
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #78
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Thanks for the info. I don't need the lobby either. As I recall, the Dolphin beds were a bit cramped last year, and since the kids are growing, I'm looking forward to the Swan's Heavenly beds

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Thanks soo much for this thread! My DD & I are staying @ the Swan prior to our cruise in June ~ AWESOME RATE (only through DCL) .

We are going to enjoy the day in DTD ending w/dinner @ T-Rex w/other Dissers that will be on our cruise.

I signed up to become a SPG preferred member & emailed my TA to add that # to my ressie.
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Thanks for the info. I don't need the lobby either. As I recall, the Dolphin beds were a bit cramped last year, and since the kids are growing, I'm looking forward to the Swan's Heavenly beds

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The Swan has an extra sink outside the bathroom that really helps with everyone getting ready.

I have stayed 2x at the Dolphin and this summer will be our 3rd stay at the Swan. I do love both resorts but when given a choice, I go for the Swan because it is smaller and seems more intimate. The Swan's "quiet" or lap pool is located right next to the resort just beyond the west wing.
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just posted a review of swan, got back yesterday. happy to answer any questions
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:50 AM   #82
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I was actually joking in my above posts about rooms being left - when I check through spg.com there are NO ROOMS AVAILABLE for my dates. Argh!! It's a long way off though...I'll keep checking...this happened once before & the rooms literally opened up 2 weeks before I went. Whew.
No rooms available in Nov.?? I'm sure something will open up...and I'm sure you'll keep checking Did you check the Swan?

We're heading to the airport in a couple hours!! I have been up at 6am for the past couple days, which is not like me. Must be the Disney excitement!
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:51 AM   #83
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No rooms available in Nov.?? I'm sure something will open up...and I'm sure you'll keep checking Did you check the Swan?

We're heading to the airport in a couple hours!! I have been up at 6am for the past couple days, which is not like me. Must be the Disney excitement!
There are rooms at The Swan for that time, still nothing at the Dolphin. I think you should consider the girls trip & come with us!

Have a GREAT trip, you lucky duck, and tell us all about it when you get back, I'll be waiting!
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There are rooms at The Swan for that time, still nothing at the Dolphin. I think you should consider the girls trip & come with us!

Have a GREAT trip, you lucky duck, and tell us all about it when you get back, I'll be waiting!
Thanks! I'll report when I get back. I will certainly consider the girls trip...DH is a different story. I won't mention it to him for a little while. With my 3 trips in 2008, he thinks an intervention is in order.
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A question for the experienced S/D guests: Do you usually book on-line, through the Westin/Sheraton websites, or do you call the shared S/D reservation number?

I initially booked the Swan for our September trip - by phone - but I'm thinking of canceling and rebooking through the Sheraton website, to take advantage of Fat Wallet's cashback program. (Only 3%, but still...a $ is a $.)

Just wondering how the majority of book your trips. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

Oh, and PS - I also noticed that Sheraton's website does not recognize the confirmation number given to me when I booked by phone. Is that par for the course?
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:44 AM   #86
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I use Dreams Unlimited to book S/D as the rates they offer have been lower than I could get directly from the S/D website

See post two for the rates through June 2009 but note that DU's website is: www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com (not as it is in post 2).
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:55 AM   #87
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I use Dreams Unlimited to book S/D as the rates they offer have been lower than I could get directly from the S/D website

See post two for the rates through June 2009 but note that DU's website is: www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com (not as it is in post 2).
Actually, when I plugged in my dates on the Dreams Unlimited website, they came back with a much higher rate: $189.50, vs. the $129.00 I booked directly with the Dolphin. Both were AARP rates.

I told DH that getting a rate this good was the silver lining to turning 50, LOL.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:21 PM   #88
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I've always booked online through spg.com...if you see a lower rate & call they will apply the lower rate if it's available, and the same category you have booked.
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Hi,
I hadn't considered Swan/Dolphin before because I love MExpress, lol. But am considering it now. Trying to decide between the two, if I do.
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Can we make our ADR's at the same advance time as we can for Disney resorts?

Thanks a bunch! tink

edited to add that I decided not to stay at Swan/Dolphin afterall, even with the good deal they offer now. I really like ME and they don't have it. Also, when I researched the Swan/Dolphin threads here and reread how they handled the incident with the one DISer who got booted from there a week before she was supposed to leave for WDW, I would rather not deal with them.

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Actually, when I plugged in my dates on the Dreams Unlimited website, they came back with a much higher rate: $189.50, vs. the $129.00 I booked directly with the Dolphin. Both were AARP rates.

I told DH that getting a rate this good was the silver lining to turning 50, LOL.
How do you get a AARP rate, do you have to become a member?
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