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Old 08-19-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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We were at WDW from Aug 14-18. Stayed at the Swan. Used tickets from UT, went on the Illuminations cruise, did all big rides at all 4 parks. I'd be happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Illuminations cruise info please

We are booked for our 1st cruise for my DD's 16th birthday. I am super excited about this cruise and would love any and all info you can give
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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Hi,
This was our 2nd cruise. The first was years ago. It's a bit different now. There are 6 pontoons that go out. (of course, if they are all booked). You meet at the Y&b boat rental. Our driver took us out right at 8 and we cruised up to Hollywood Studios and back around the Boardwalk before we parked at about 8:30 or so past the bridge in Epcot. All 6 pontoons tie up to one another. The Boat next to ours was celebrating a 16th Birthday so all of the boats sang to people.
The view couldn't be beat. Front and center. The driver will have goggles on board in case the wind is blowing the wrong way. We didn't use them at all. Just a bit smokey for a very short period of time. It was a very nice way to end out trip. Our driver dropped us back off at the Boardwalk afterward although I don't think he was suppose to!
I'm sure you will love it!
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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I want to know all about the Swan . We have our first stay there in December in a delux king alcove room. We wanted to be in the Epcot area and we couldn't beat the prices at Swan. How were the food option? Particularly breakfast?
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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Sounds nice, mickey, a fun evening.

bas, check this thread for Swan information......

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2904771

Food is great at S/D. And 20% discount for AAA at the non signature restaurants; signatures accept Tables in Wonderland.

For breakfast...Fresh, Picabu and Garden Grove, all excellent.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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Hi,
The Swan was wonderful! We've stayed between the Swan and Dolphin 5 times. I always recommend the Swan. Their service is amazing. We booked 2 connecting rooms and we were upgraded upon arrival to resort view with balcony. You can call housekeeping in the morning and ask for cleaning before a particular time. For instance, we requested cleaning between 8am and noon. Always taken care of.
My husband and myself went with my son, 20, my daughter 15 and her friend. The kids went to Picabu (in the dolphin) each morning for breakfast. Very convienent. They said the food was good too. We ate dinners in either the parks or my husbands favorite, ESPN.
Our choice of hotels is the Epcot resorts. It is so very easy to get to 2 parks!
I know you will Love the Swan!
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Sounds nice, mickey, a fun evening.

bas, check this thread for Swan information......

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2904771

Food is great at S/D. And 20% discount for AAA at the non signature restaurants; signatures accept Tables in Wonderland.

For breakfast...Fresh, Picabu and Garden Grove, all excellent.

I'm subbed to that thread Dan, thanks. I just get bogged down in a lot of the "stuff" when I get on there. KWIM I'm excited for our first stay at the Swan, but really really nervous about all this FP+ stuff too and getting "left out" since I guess we are considered off site. I'm trying not to stress because we've planned this trip as go with the flow and have picked what appears to be a slow week, but the anal retentive, type A planner in me is struggling.....

Thanks OP for your feedback.
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I know the illuminations cruise is pricey .. did you tip the driver as well? Did they provide any drinks or snacks or is that extra to have? Thinking of booking for you next trip
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I'm subbed to that thread Dan, thanks. I just get bogged down in a lot of the "stuff" when I get on there. KWIM I'm excited for our first stay at the Swan, but really really nervous about all this FP+ stuff too and getting "left out" since I guess we are considered off site. I'm trying not to stress because we've planned this trip as go with the flow and have picked what appears to be a slow week, but the anal retentive, type A planner in me is struggling.....

Thanks OP for your feedback.
Now why did I not recall your name there?

I would say that S/D would not be included in the testing process (a good thing in my opinion), but would do FP+ when the bugs are worked out and fully operational. S/D is not considered off site, just giving up a few incidentals of a Disney owned resort, but gaining so many more in exchange.

For amp, tipping is normal for cruises, 15-20%, like dining. Pop/soda, water, chips, pretzels are included in price. Additional items (cakes, etc) would need to be ordered from the dining at the cruise resort.
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Good Morning,
Yes, the cruise was just under 350.00, but it really does give you an amazing view. I did forget to mention that it was raining when we were to meet at the dock at 8:00. We were given the choice of whether to go out or not. By the time we parked under the bridge the rain had stopped. Our driver put up the canopy (as did all of the other drivers) so we never got wet at all.
The snacks were just as the poster above described. Just very basic.
Yes, we tipped the driver at the end of the cruise.
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I would say that S/D would not be included in the testing process (a good thing in my opinion), but would do FP+ when the bugs are worked out and fully operational. S/D is not considered off site, just giving up a few incidentals of a Disney owned resort, but gaining so many more in exchange.

I'm hoping those "bugs" and "fully operational" don't happen until AFTER my trip . I really can't see WDW wanting this fully up and running during the busiest time of the year, but then, crazier things have happened. I just see nightmarish glitches happening when hundreds of thousands of people converge on Disney between Cmas & New Years. I'm hoping for calm & easy going during the first week. I've promised the family no Sgt. Mom for this trip. We'll still do rope drops, we are just that kind of early rising family, but we aren't tied to ADRs everyday and we have a loose plan of things we want to do
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Hi,
This was our 2nd cruise. The first was years ago. It's a bit different now. There are 6 pontoons that go out. (of course, if they are all booked). You meet at the Y&b boat rental. Our driver took us out right at 8 and we cruised up to Hollywood Studios and back around the Boardwalk before we parked at about 8:30 or so past the bridge in Epcot. All 6 pontoons tie up to one another. The Boat next to ours was celebrating a 16th Birthday so all of the boats sang to people.
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I'm sure you will love it!
Thanks for all the info. We are going to eat at Cape May's prior and then just hang around the BC/YC area before we meet at the YC pier. It's a surprise for DD, we are super excited!
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Per the Looking for the Live Report and Just Back Threads? sticky thread, I have moved this to the Disney Trip Reports forum.
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