Hey all! I am going to give you my thoughts on my stay at the Dolphin over the weekend. I won’t bore you with a full report as most of what I did had to do with work.
location - you cannot beat the location of this resort. It is a super fast boat ride away from my favorite park, Hollywood Studios. I took full advantage of that closeness upon arrival. I checked into the room, tossed my bags in the door (seriously tossed them) and hauled butt down to the boat and was at the Studios less than 30minutes from walking in the resort’s front door.:laugh: This resort is also a quick boat ride from Epcot. That ride is a touch longer with stops at both the Boardwalk and Beach/Yacht club resorts, but relaxing and enjoyable.
layout - the layout is simple. I had it figured out in seriously no time at all. I never felt lost or confused when trying to get to and from the convention center.
rooms - I cannot go on enough about the quality and size of the rooms. They were nicely decorated, clean and spacious. I was blessed to not have to share a room and had more space then one girl needed, but it was peaceful and I was able to sleep without having a random stranger in my room - which is seriously creepy to me for some reason. The bathrooms where the tub and toilet are were a little on the small side, but the vanity/sink area outside of it more than made up for the lack of space. A family of four would be perfectly fine in that room and still not feel cramped.
food - there are several restaurants and a 24-hour food court type place at this resort. It was typical Disney-like food - over priced and average at best. The food that was catered for our company events was decent. I wasn’t going crazy for any of it and didn’t desire more of anything except the delicious desserts.
Staff - the staff was Disney quality in every way. Each one magical in their own right and worthy of being called a great Cast Member even though they are not. The Gift shop team specifically was amazingly fun to deal with.
Summary: my opinion of this resort is similar to my opinion of CSR. Great convention resort, but I would never choose it for vacation. I don’t want to deal with convention people while trying to relax. We had some managers get stupid as they all do with an open bar. There is always those few that ruin for the rest of us. I don’t drink at company events. I especially avoid it when I am one of maybe ten women at an event like that. It gives the wrong impression and some drunk man is bound to say something stupid - which they did and I just ignored it and left for the parks…:laugh:
So, while I was there it was cheerleader weekend and Michelle Obama showed up. I would have been totally ticked had I been on vacation that week. Everything was packed!!! The cheerleaders do not bother me in the least, but they do make a huge crowd.
I went to Hollywood Studios and Epcot only. It’s all I could squeeze into the small time frame I has to be free without my corporate ball and chain…:laugh: