Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
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... out by the Guatemalan army, only to hold my head down and pay my way in later in the day. Did some river tubing, jumped from a GIANT bridge and held candlelight, swimming, jumping and diving through caves with zero safety precuations – but that was what made all the fun! Also met a weird guy who was a classic shoemaker – oh and some more new, unique and awesome friends! After that was another giant ballache trip through the mountains to probably the poorest place I went. ...
... it was "Shamu". Who is Shamu? I only found out later!
Next I wanted to check the roller coasters. I am sad ... there are two roller coasters but I could not ride them because I am too short. Dad rode them and gave his review.
Manta is a ride where you are on your stomach for the whole ride. Dad gives it 10 Oliviers out of 10. The Kraken is another big ...
... the people mover, a moving carriage that took us round the whole of tomorrowland. It took us through Space Mountain an indoor roller coaster ride and I could hear the screams of all the people on the ride. I was very scared as it was in the dark. I'm not going on that!
Whilst on the people mover we saw people in race cars racing round a track and that's what we did next. The race cars we're real cars with engines with ...
... is no use as you hardly travel (except may be Lego land or Kennedy or other areas away from the main attractions). And since Disney provides a FOC shuttle between parks (and a monorail between Epcot and Magic Kingdom) you really can manage smartly without a car. The only deal is, how to get from Hotel to Park and back, and here is where my biggest trump card worked wonders...read on...(Before that, you definitely need a car to cover Lego Land as its a 2 hour drive ...
... got himself onto the camera with some questionable dancing.
It was then Fantastyland with the Mad Hatters teacups, Snow White ride, WInnie the Pooh and his Honey Pots. We dragged Paul onto It’s a Small World – I’m still humming it, leave me alone tune!! The Philarmagic show was super cute and had some of the classic Disney music which Megs and I are huge fans of. The Peter Pan ride was gorgeous with hanging boats and Tinkerbell flying everywhere. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Orlando
Loved The Swan
My son and I stayed at The Swan Hotel from June 23-June 27th and had the greatest vacation stay we have evr had. I had read tons of reviews beforehand and found this hotel to be more beautiful and luxurious then any of the tourguides or travel sites had shown. The Swan Hotel is a gorgeous site on the Disney Premises. We took the Friendship Boat on the Gateway to Epcot, MGM, and the Boardwalk. The boat ride was lovely, and at night the lights added a most magical touch to being at Disney. The Hotel beds was unbelievable with the plushest down pillows you would ever lay your head on. After a long day of plodding though Magic Kinddom heat and lines it was heavenly to come to our restful peaceful room at The Swan. We had a balcony overlooking the Gateway and had room service a couple of times that we ate on the balcony. Heavenly!! The pools at The Swan were gorgeous, on exquisitely manicured grounds. I could go on and on. I can't wait to go back. It was the best Hotel ever. The staff were incredibly accomadating and when I had a problem with the in room safe they sent someone up immediately to fix it and followed up with a call to make sure it was fixed and offered me a $25.00 discount or free meal for my inconvenience. They were great there and I can't praise them enough for a wonderful week.
Beautiful Hotel But....
My husband and myself just returned from a stay at the "Swan Hotel:, we found it to be a beautiful hotel, very clean, great restaurants, and service. However, we found the energy saving air conditioning sytem leaves alot to be desired. The room would notl down enough at night, and we found it miserable! It works on motion detection, so that when you are out, it goes up tp 72 degrees, according to the read out, however it feels like 82 at night when you are sleeping! We will not return to the the "Swan",because of this. Also, we were surprised to find out this hotel is not owned by Disney, just on Disney grounds, so therefore you cannot use the room card to purchase items in any of the parks as you can when staying in Disney Resorts. S, it's back to Disney Resorts for us!
Absolutely beautiful resort!
We just returned from a short stay at the Swan, and it was so wonderful, I wish we had stayed longer. The rooms were immaculate, beautifully decorated, and fairly large. I do believe the next time we stay we will stay at the Dolphin, because the Dolphin seemed to be more geared towards families--dining options, the laundromat was there, etc.
The Swan had the more upscale eateries. The pool was a resort in itself. Chek into the discounts the Swan and Dolphin offer for teachers--they're incredible.
I stayed there in Feb/03 and got a great Internet rate of $129/night.
For that price, the stay was unbelievable! The room was standard but there were no problems with a/c.
The BEST thing was the location. You are extremely close to Epcot and MGM. At night, there is no waiting in line for a bus since the group of resorts around that area are quite exclusive.
The hotel is owned by Disney but managed by Starwood. I can take a break from WDW since I'm not bombarded with Disney while in the room.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the value.
Very nice hotel, great location
We stayed at the Swan recently and were overall very pleased. It is clean and well-kept, has plenty of nice restaurants, an outstanding pool that it shares with the Dolphin, and free buses to Magic Kingdom and other area attractions. We got a room on the fourth floor facing the Boardwalk, so we were able to see the fireworks at Epcot every night. Obviously the higher the floor the better, but 4th is the minimum because the trees go up to the top of the third floor, blocking any view. The location is outstanding because you can walk (or take a free, short boat ride) to MGM or Epcot, and at night a short walk to the lively Boardwalk, which is a hopping place of fun, shopping, and eating (skip the Big River Grill, though).We had a great time at the pool with our toddler, and loved the breakfast at the buffet in the Dolphin. The rates are a little high, but not as high as some of the upscale new resorts, and this is a place with everything you need.
Great, but HOT!
We loved our stay at the Swan in late February. We had one of the newly renovated rooms with the heavenly beds--they were that indeed! Service was great, the hotel was beautiful, restaurants were fine. However, we had one major problem that marred our stay. They have an energy-saving program that turns off the a.c. after you leave the room or if you open the balcony door. We had a room facing the setting sun; it got very hot in the room during the day (86?!) while we were out, and it never cooled off completely. The bathroom was hot and stuffy our entire stay which made doing hair and makeup a major problem. The bedroom did cool off eventually, but the a.c. vents were facing the bed which made that part of the room very drafty. We talked to the front desk about this on 3 separate occasions to no avail. I cannot even imagine how bad it would be in the summer. I would go there again but I would insist on an eastern facing room.
Stayed at the WDW Swan Hotel in May 2003. Wonderful hotel! Rooms beautiful and clean; staff courteous and attentive. Hotel decor at both the Swan and Dolphin was impressive; the landscaped grounds absolutely beautiful. Food prices a bit steep but typical of WDW. Location fabulous; convenient transportation, especially the boat to epcot/MGM. Walk to the Boardwalk. Stayed with family, including a sr. citizen so got a fabulous AARP rate of $145/night. If I had known about their special nurses/teachers rate would have made reservations earlier for a $129/night rate! Would without hesitation recommend this hotel to anyone! Will DEFINITELY stay there again if I return to WDW!
Great vacation at WDW Dolphin
Just back from a great fortnight at this lovely hotel -the exterior is breathtaking. The rooms were a good size and comfortable - although a bit bland for my taste. Lots of guests attending conventions so I kept away from the lobby and reception areas which reminded me of life in the office. The spacious pool and beach areas were great for relaxing, but avoid the lap pool near the Cabana Bar if you want to escape everyday life: there were way too many people shouting into their cell phones.
Shula's restaurant was ok (a bit over the top for a chain type eatery), but I preferred Palio's at the Swan which served great food. Finally, the hotel was ideally located close to the Boardwalk, Epcot and MGN - a short ferry ride if you don't fancy the 15-20 minute walk.
great i will go here again defenatly
We were treated like royality for one week. This was our second year at this wonderful hotel. We are going back this year. We totally enjoyed the wonderful experience.