We are heading to WDW in late August, and are really torn between keeping a seemingly great rate at Coronado Springs or switching to The Dolphin Hotel.
We are staying for seven nights and are going to try to break up our days by making frequent use of the pool. Based on current projections, if we start touring at park open, we will do everything we want to by lunch time. In theory we will go back to the hotel, eat, swim, shower, and hop to Epcot most days. The point here is: access and pool are key factors.
Two rooms at Dolphin will cost about $100 more/night than CSR, all-in including taxes. If I said we (a party of six) would be spending $50-60/day on Uber if we keep our CSR reservation I don’t think I’d be too far off.
With three teenagers and a 7yo, we are most interested in AK and HS rides, but we are going to open at MK at least once. May fit in one Boo Bash. No plans to open at Epcot but we will definitely hop there several evenings. We also plan to visit Disney Springs, which we’ve never had time to fit in.
We generally only stay at Marriott properties in the real world, but have never stayed anywhere but Beach Club at WDW.
I think we will get more use out of our hopper tickets if we can walk to Epcot; bussing will just take too much time. The alternative is Uber, but that is somewhat tricky with a party of our size.
What are folks experiences taking a mid-day break from CSR? Am I wrong to assume doing that will require Uber at least to/from the midday break?
How do the pools compare? I’ve watched videos on both and they seem pretty comparable to me.
I read the Marriott hotels will nickel and dime us on food etc. even compared to WDW prices. Hard to tell what will be open at CSR by the time August rolls by, but my kids are picky eaters and we are planning on having some basic groceries delivered for breakfasts and lunches.
And of course no MDE which we would otherwise take advantage of.