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Old 04-26-2009, 11:57 AM   #106
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Headed to Swan in July. What is the story with the mini-fridge? Can I use it to store a half-gallon of milk, Juice, etc., for breakfast? Will I get charged if I "break the seal"?
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but at the Swan the fridge you get is an empty mini-fridge. The Dolphin does not have a fridge, but a stocked mini-bar. I think I have heard people say that you can call to have them come and clean it out. I have never personally done this though.

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Can someone explain why the Swan occupancy is 4 with 2 queen beds and the Dolphin is 5 with 2 double beds. I'm curious as to why they are not the same occupancy rules. Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:56 PM   #108
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Can someone explain why the Swan occupancy is 4 with 2 queen beds and the Dolphin is 5 with 2 double beds. I'm curious as to why they are not the same occupancy rules. Thanks.
The square footage of the Dolphin rooms is larger than the rooms at the Swan.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:29 PM   #109
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We are considering staying at the Swan or Dolphin over Christmas this year. Could anyone tell me if a special rate is in effect when you check in can you still use for the rest of your stay. Or will the rate change on the day the promotion expires like it currently does for other Disney resorts.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:31 PM   #110
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We are considering staying at the Swan or Dolphin over Christmas this year. Could anyone tell me if a special rate is in effect when you check in can you still use for the rest of your stay. Or will the rate change on the day the promotion expires like it currently does for other Disney resorts.
We're staying Dec. 25-Jan. 2 using the Teacher Rate. But in our situation, they couldn't give us the reduced rate on our last night, Jan. 1, as the 2010 special rates have yet to be released. We'll be calling back later this fall in hopes that we won't have to pay full price for our last night (or, I think we will have enough Starwood points to cover the last night anyway!).

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We're staying Dec. 25-Jan. 2 using the Teacher Rate. But in our situation, they couldn't give us the reduced rate on our last night, Jan. 1, as the 2010 special rates have yet to be released. We'll be calling back later this fall in hopes that we won't have to pay full price for our last night (or, I think we will have enough Starwood points to cover the last night anyway!).

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Did they change the dates from what are listed on the site for the Teacher Rate? On their site it says until 12/24. If they did then it won't matter. Thanks for the info. We are hoping to stay from 12/23-12/27.
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Did they change the dates from what are listed on the site for the Teacher Rate? On their site it says until 12/24. If they did then it won't matter. Thanks for the info. We are hoping to stay from 12/23-12/27.
Actually, when I booked this original part of our trip (Dec. 27 -Jan.2) it was back in July 2008 at the then published teacher rate. Then, 2 months ago, I wanted to add the 24th, 25th and 26th at the same rate, and they set me up at the Swan for those three nights, moving to the Dolphin on the 27th. Now, when I discovered my school schedule wouldn't allow me to arrive until the 25th, I had to cancel the 24th, which was the newer teacher rate offer cut off date....so I lost the teacher rate at the Swan for the 25th and 26th. YIKES!! Too expensive for us! So, we're trying out the Gaylord Palms for our first two nights, and will move to the Dolphin on the 27th...the original reservation we had made back in July, which, apparently, was a different teacher rate offer.
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Oh. I was just wondering if there was something that I was missing. Guess not. Maybe they will reinstate it as it comes closer.(At least I hope.)
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A few ?'s.... Staying @ Swan prior to Disney cruise in June & I am using DCL transfers to port ~

1) I know the S&D does not use ME ~ How do I get to the Swan from MCO?

2) I read you can check-in w/your KTTW @ WDW resorts for your cruise ~ Can this be done @ S&D?

3) What time is DCL pick up for port?

Thanks... trying to get everything taken care of ahead of time. I have changed so many things so far that my head is spinning.
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A few ?'s.... Staying @ Swan prior to Disney cruise in June & I am using DCL transfers to port ~

1) I know the S&D does not use ME ~ How do I get to the Swan from MCO?

2) I read you can check-in w/your KTTW @ WDW resorts for your cruise ~ Can this be done @ S&D?

3) What time is DCL pick up for port?

Thanks... trying to get everything taken care of ahead of time. I have changed so many things so far that my head is spinning.
The only one I can help with is #1. How many people are in your party? That may determine the best way. There is a National Car Rental at the Dolphin. Look online to see what rate you can get for a one-way rental from MCO to the Dolphin. It may take a little while but enter every discount code you can find. One year I got a one-way rental for about $13 using one of the codes I found on MouseSavers.com.
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Any hopes of these teacher rates being extended into 2010?? We are trying to book for January but now I'm wondering if we should do early Dec? We need two rooms as well and I see there's a discount for that right now as well?
Also if Disney comes out with a fab winter discount like 4/3 you can still use it at the Swan/Dolphin right???
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:47 AM   #117
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Any hopes of these teacher rates being extended into 2010?? We are trying to book for January but now I'm wondering if we should do early Dec? We need two rooms as well and I see there's a discount for that right now as well?
Also if Disney comes out with a fab winter discount like 4/3 you can still use it at the Swan/Dolphin right???
No, unfortunately you can't use the 4/3 deal at SwanDolphin, as it's not a Disney owned hotel.
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Any hopes of these teacher rates being extended into 2010?? We are trying to book for January but now I'm wondering if we should do early Dec? We need two rooms as well and I see there's a discount for that right now as well?
Also if Disney comes out with a fab winter discount like 4/3 you can still use it at the Swan/Dolphin right???
Just some additional info, since you're considering a Dec. trip and will need two rooms....this is an offer from the SwanDolphin website:

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Book any room in 2009 and reserve a second guest room for only $99*.
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Just booked last week for 15-20 Dec @ the Swan. As a other Dis member posted, the Swan is a bit more quiet than the Dolphin. Also,the Swan is closer to the Boardwalk and Epcot. My wife and I have stayed over 45 days @ the Swan or the Dolphin thru the years. It is one of our favorite Starwood hotels.

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The only one I can help with is #1. How many people are in your party? That may determine the best way. There is a National Car Rental at the Dolphin. Look online to see what rate you can get for a one-way rental from MCO to the Dolphin. It may take a little while but enter every discount code you can find. One year I got a one-way rental for about $13 using one of the codes I found on MouseSavers.com.
You can do the same with Alamo...which tends to be slightly less expensive.
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