“Swolphin”, you have an image problem!

“Hello? Is this the Swan & Dolphin publicity department? My readers are amongst the most knowledgeable Guests on property, and you’re not even a ‘blip’ on their radar. You, my friends, have a serious image problem!”

OK, so one reason I gave each poll on Monday’s post an “escape hatch” – er, an option reading “never visited” – is because I was afraid that this would happen. Let’s face it, I started this series the other day with an admission that we, also, knew very little about the WDW Swan & Dolphin Resorts the first time we stayed there.  In the end, over four polls, with over 54% of the responses, our favorite answer was …

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There are how many restaurants?!

There’s a specific reason why Mrs. All in WDW and I were excited to stay at the WDW Dolphin for the first time back in 2010. We really love the Crescent Lake area of The World. “Everything” we want, it seems, resides around that large lake and its interconnecting waterways and walking paths. Epcot. Restaurants. The Board Walk. Lounges. Pool bars. Hollywood Studios.

Our love of Epcot has to be legendary, by now, but we’ve always been huge fans of Cape May Cafe’, for example. Cape May was the site of several Christmas Eve dinners for the All in WDW clan, and I can’t tell you the number of times that we waited to be seated for dinner in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club and wondered if we would ever take the leap to stay there.

Frankly, for a long time, the sheer cost to stay at a Crescent Lake resort just seemed to be beyond my sensibilities. When I tripped over Travelocity’s offer to spend Labor Day 2010 at the WDW Dolphin for only $99 per night, our decision became a no-brainer. We’d be staying in the area of WDW that we like the most for less than we would normally pay for a Disney Moderate. We were in!

We were pleasantly surprised by the Dolphin, since it is a non-Disney establishment, but I have to confess that I was astounded by the multitude and diversity of their selection of restaurants. Now, years later, places like Todd English’s bluezoo and Shula’s Steak House hold a special place in our family history, but back in 2010, we were clueless. “There are how many restaurants?!”

If you visit the special web site that they have dedicated to their restaurants, you’ll see that the “Swolphin” houses four Signature, five Casual, and three Quick Service options. In addition, they tout five lounges. 17 restaurants and lounges!

It put me to thinking … I have already given you two of our family favorites. What are yours? I would love to know your top choices. And, folks, please look it at this way … if you haven’t been to any, don’t be shy. Tell us where you would LIKE to go.

Talk to you later!

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WDW Trivia! – The Answer

Connected by a palm-tree lined covered walkway that crosses over a lagoon, the WDW Swan & Dolphin Resorts, combined, contain 2,267 rooms. Wow! That’s a lot of guests. The Swan offers 758 rooms, but the Dolphin is almost twice as big with 1,509.

Interestingly, the “Swolphin” doesn’t win the prize as the wealthiest resort (or combination of resorts) on property when it comes to accommodations. The other options I included in our trivia poll, were legitimate room counts, and it is actually Disney’s Pop Century that takes the prize as WDW’s single-biggest resort with 2,880 rooms!

Alternatively, the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts combine for a total of 1,197 rooms. The Port Orleans Resort (French Quarter and Riverside) can accommodate 3,056 parties. And, finally, the All-Star Resorts “check in” as the most-plentiful combo in “The World” at 5,406!

Thanks for the great response, all!  Have an outstanding Sunday!

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WDW Trivia!

I know I’m kind of bouncing around a bit this week – from water parks to Swolphin recipes and back to water parks, etc. – but it occurred to me that maybe I should spend just a little bit more time at the WDW Swan & Dolphin Resorts. After all, they’re probably a lot less well-known than I think.

For example, until we stumbled on that $99/night rate I mentioned the other day, we had never even considered staying at either hotel. In fact, up until that point, with only five trips to The World under our belt, we had never stayed anywhere but at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The Dolphin was our first foray into trying something “new and different”.

Let’s start with something pretty basic but a bit challenging. Connected by a palm-tree lined covered walkway that crosses over a lagoon, these two resorts, combined, contain __________ guest rooms. How many?

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