I stayed at my Mom's timeshare at the Dolphin Cove Resort. Though I'm leary of the timeshare concept in general, I've been happy with the places we have stayed, including this one. They do pay attention to their business. The Dolphin has great location close to Disney. You can take the free shuttle from the "Toy Story" Disney parking lot, which is only a big empty lot away from the DCR. (You are technically not supposed to do this judging by the "no access to Harbor Blvd" signs near the shuttle when leaving Disney), but we were greeted warmly by Disney employees when we were obviously entering from the sidewalk, so it seems generally ok as of this writing - there were very few people doing this while we were there). Our room was clean and nice and felt like it was recently updated. The grounds are lush and beautiful. The pool was clean and big enough, unlike many hotel pools that more resemble oversize bathtubs (though the stairs into the pool are strangely slippery - use that rail). Target is within walking (No rental car in LA - it can be done!) distance and has basic grocerys including produce. I also walked to Vons, but that was pretty far, and the store is right out of 1972. Pay extra attention walking in Anaheim - you are not in Kansas anymore; this pertains to the locals as well as their cars. Coffee and the USA Today were free in the lobby, and most welcome. Person at the desk turned me on to getting a Star Tours fast pass ASP on entering the park as they run out. We used the tip (our friends missed out). Nice to have them paying attention - it's not always the case. The free Wi-Fi worked great for us, and we needed it.
We stayed in 513 facing the parking lot. You can see the Tower of Terror clearly. We enjoyed the Disney fireworks from our balcony as well as the "Dance of the Swifts" - not as good as the "World of Color", but fun ;) Most rooms on the property don't have this view. it was not too noisy. The noisyest thing about this resort was the air conditioners, lol.
The return cab trip to Long Beach Airport was a $50 flat rate through DCR, which was a lot less that the $65 we paid from the airport with a driver who had not the foggiest idea where we were going. I think I might try to set up a pickup in advance the next time if possible, and try to save that $15 bucks for Sundaes on Main Street.
It's not the Four Season's, but for a straightforward place close to disney with a good pool I liked it a lot. I would stay here again.
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- Dolphins Cove Hotel
- Dolphins Cove Anaheim
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