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Swan / Dolphin to MK

PolynesianPrincess

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I just read recently that buses from Swan and Dolphin to MK are now operated by Mears and only go as far as TT&C. Has anyone had experience with this recently? If so, how early did the buses start running from S&D? We might walk over to BW or YC instead on our MK mornings to make sure we get there at least an hour before rope drop!
 

bennyw01

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I'd just walk over to Y&BC I reckon, I am booked into Dolphin in August and plan to take full use of the accessible routes this resort allows for, I don't mind the occasional walk so just about taking whatever versatile routing works for you. Its a shame the parks aren't widely accessible cause MK for me would previously mean walking through EPCOT and jumping on the monorail.
 

PolynesianPrincess

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Yeah we are a bit bummed the monorail isn't running from Epcot. We have dinner at Cali Grill and normally we would take the monorail to T&TC and then hop the Epcot monorail and walk through the park but that's not an option :( We only have 2 mornings for MK so I think we're just going to walk over to YC and go that way. At the end of the night I think we'll just hop whichever bus comes first for the Epcot resorts. Luckily S&D are smack dab in the middle of the resorts that whichever resort we decide to go to, it's just a short walk.
 

bennyw01

Active Member
Also.. a good option with the Skyliner is to now take resort buses back to Hollywood Studios and walk/take the Skyliner, another reason why S&D is perfectly placed for the flexible Disney guest. Disney Springs, I will now be looking at any of the Cresent Lake resorts, but also Caribbean Beach, Riviera, and Art of Animation! all great, but slightly longer options.
 

DISR

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We were there between Christmas and New Years...tried the buses three times and ended up driving or Ubering each time. On the return trips we went to Boardwalk or Yacht/Beach using Disney buses. The Mears transportation option is a non-service. Even if you manage to be there when bus arrives (rare), the physical distancing on the bus means you may have to wait for the next one. Maybe it has gotten better, but I doubt it. Also, Uber was pretty slow...plan ahead. I suspect there are less Uber drivers operating and more people using it.
 

Nubs70

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I was at Dolphin 2 weeks ago. We would walk to Boardwalk Bus Stop. On way back, we would take Boardwalk or Y&BC, whichever was going to load first.

Also, if you are using the East elevators and there is a line up, walk up the stairs to the next floor and grab the elevator there.
 

LovePop

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I was at Dolphin 2 weeks ago. We would walk to Boardwalk Bus Stop. On way back, we would take Boardwalk or Y&BC, whichever was going to load first.

Also, if you are using the East elevators and there is a line up, walk up the stairs to the next floor and grab the elevator there.
This proves that Disney is being ridiculous, forcing S&D out of the bus loop. They have no way of preventing people just use the other hotels' buses, while Disney doesn't even get paid for it.
 

PolynesianPrincess

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This proves that Disney is being ridiculous, forcing S&D out of the bus loop. They have no way of preventing people just use the other hotels' buses, while Disney doesn't even get paid for it.

Anyone can use the park buses, staying onsite or not. There is no rule against that. I know many people who will take a bus to a resort for dining even though they're staying off-site.
 

PolynesianPrincess

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Haha I’m staying at the Yacht this week and seeing all of these “use the yacht club bus stop” suggestions will have me judging everyone on line if they are from the resort or not. No bother, I’d do the same thing myself, just find it funny to think about.

We probably would end up taking either the YC, BC or BW buses anyway since Dolphin doesn't have great breakfast options. We would be going to one of those resorts anyway for breakfast.
 

PolynesianPrincess

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We were there between Christmas and New Years...tried the buses three times and ended up driving or Ubering each time. On the return trips we went to Boardwalk or Yacht/Beach using Disney buses. The Mears transportation option is a non-service. Even if you manage to be there when bus arrives (rare), the physical distancing on the bus means you may have to wait for the next one. Maybe it has gotten better, but I doubt it. Also, Uber was pretty slow...plan ahead. I suspect there are less Uber drivers operating and more people using it.

Thanks for the heads up!! I've been checking Ubers every single morning to see if I can gauge how the rates and prices are. Definitely busy in the mornings!!
 

PolynesianPrincess

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I was at Dolphin 2 weeks ago. We would walk to Boardwalk Bus Stop. On way back, we would take Boardwalk or Y&BC, whichever was going to load first.

Also, if you are using the East elevators and there is a line up, walk up the stairs to the next floor and grab the elevator there.

Thanks for the info! I am requesting the east side of the building so that's helpful to know about the elevators. How was the housekeeping? I've read some pretty bad stories lately about how the housekeeping has been atrocious.
 

Nubs70

Premium Member
Thanks for the info! I am requesting the east side of the building so that's helpful to know about the elevators. How was the housekeeping? I've read some pretty bad stories lately about how the housekeeping has been atrocious.
Housekeeping is by request only.

More people than usual eat in room then leave the remains outside their door. A pet peave of mine, both sagging in one's room and then leaving garbage outside door. Pickup of the remains can take a while which only grinds me a little more. But that's me.

Pool is crowded. Walk to Boardwalk for bus service. Speedway across from Boardwalk parking lot is goto for reasonably priced beer and packaged adult beverages but no liqour.
 

PolynesianPrincess

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Housekeeping is by request only.

More people than usual eat in room then leave the remains outside their door. A pet peave of mine, both sagging in one's room and then leaving garbage outside door. Pickup of the remains can take a while which only grinds me a little more. But that's me.

Pool is crowded. Walk to Boardwalk for bus service. Speedway across from Boardwalk parking lot is goto for reasonably priced beer and packaged adult beverages but no liqour.

Yeah I had heard about the food and stuff being left outside the doors. That's SUPER unsanitary!

Did you still get your 2 bottles of water per day? We're paying that dang resort fee, I better get my 2 bottles of water!!! :hilarious:
 

daisyduckie

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I was at Dolphin 2 weeks ago. We would walk to Boardwalk Bus Stop. On way back, we would take Boardwalk or Y&BC, whichever was going to load first.

Also, if you are using the East elevators and there is a line up, walk up the stairs to the next floor and grab the elevator there.

Why did you walk to the Boardwalk and not the Yacht Club? Is it closer? Wondering as we are staying at the Dolphin this fall.
 

Nubs70

Premium Member
Why did you walk to the Boardwalk and not the Yacht Club? Is it closer? Wondering as we are staying at the Dolphin this fall.
The Boardwalk route seems to have more to look at and you can bypass the lobby. If you head to the Yatch Club from the Dolphin exit by BlueZoo, there are inlets of the lake to walk around. If you take the bridge by Swan, a simple right turn takes you to Boardwalk. To go to Yatch Club, its a bit of a backtrack.
 

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