Blah, I can't do Animal Kingdom Lodge

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  1. Kathmandu

    Kathmandu New Member

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    I have tried to crunch numbers but I just can't swing my dream resort of Animal Kingdom :( :(

    If you had to choose between Swan/Dolphin and CSR which would you pick and why?

    We have stayed at Port Orleans before and want to try something different.

    Thanks
     
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    I would definitely go with the Swan. Purely for the beds and location. :D

    I have stayed at both the Dolphin and Coronado Springs Resort. With the Dolphin you have to deal with convention people. I know there are convention folks at CSR, they did not seem to be everywhere.
     
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    uscwest Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Keep in mind that you do not get all of the Disney benefits staying at the Swan/Dolphin. They are NOT Disney hotels. Plus if you have a car with you they charge you to park.
     
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    foreverducky New Member

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    The only thing I remember not being able to do is charging to the room, but they deliver packages, use the buses, and allow for extra magic hours. :)
     
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    I agree on the HEAVENLY BEDS :)

    but Im not sure what benefits you dont get...
     
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    I thought they didn't do delivery to the resort?

    Swan or Dolphin are really nice resorts! Their location is great too. You can walk to EPCOT or DHS (or take a ferry) and bus to the other two parks, DTD and water parks.

    If all things were equal (the rate was good :D ) I'd definitely go with the Swan or Dolphin over the other.
     
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    Yep they deliver. I picked up my packages in their gift shop when I stayed in the Dolphin. :yes:
     
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    uscwest Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Hmmm, wonder if that package delivery thing is new. I don't think they used to do that.
     
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    Well that's great news, Foreverducky! One more reason to be pleased with staying there!
     
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    I thought the Swan & Dolphin would be as high as AKL? I haven't checked the rate there in years but as I recall it was as pricey as the deluxe. But if the rates are the same I'd be tempted to try S&D just because I never had and due to the location. I love the Epcot resorts. I've only visited S&D & eaten there & tho it's beautiful it doesn't seem to have the Disney touch all the others do.
     
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    They usually are a pricey, BigThunder, but they also run some wicked specials from time to time. :yes:

    They used to have discounts for certain professions, too. I don't know if they still do that (nurses, teachers...).
     
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    They were delivering packages when I went in 2006.

    And they do have those awesome deals. I was able to have a room for $125 a night.
     
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    I think I can trade off some of the Disney perks for the heavenly beds and I like the closeness to MGM and EPCOT, so maybe we will go for the Swan Dolphin. I guess my next question is which one is better?
     
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    The Swan is smaller and closer to MGM, while the Dolphin is bigger, a convention hotel, and closer to Epcot. However, the are just across from one another and are in the same general area.

    I stayed at the Dolphin, but would go for the Swan if I was given the chance.
     
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    $125 a night, wow, that was an awesome deal!
     
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    I know :yes: It was an awesome deal!
     
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    Right now there is a winter special in January for Florida residents. It's $140/nite some nights for AKL. I booked a room at PO-Riverside for $94.
     
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    Great deal Gwennie. A few years back we got a room at AKL during the summer for almost 1/2 off with AP discount! It was the best discount we'd ever gotten & sadly, never saw another one that good since, lol.
     
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    I ended up booking Swan, even though I had a big lump in my throat for missing out on AKL again :(
     
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    UPDATE!!!!!!!!!I switched to AKL, my tax refund was bigger than expected ;)I booked a poolview but we're hoping for an upgrade to Savanna view, wish us luck!!
     

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