Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Review

1200 Epcot Resort Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista FL

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Editor’s Review of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Jackie Perrin Editor’s Rating 4/5 Offering a fun-filled water playground, onsite childcare and kid-friendly dining, all in an upscale atmosphere, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort provides guests with a family-friendly vacation experience, along with many of the perks of an onsite Walt Disney World Resort stay.

A short walk or boat ride to the International Gateway at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Swan and Dolphin are two hotels in one. The 756-room Swan and 1,500-room Dolphin opened in 1990. The resort provides a number of unique amenities for families. From complimentary childcare with dining to bargain-rate snacks and beverages available through its Personal Pantry stocking service, kid-toting travelers will appreciate the efforts
... more management has made to facilitate an easy and enjoyable getaway.

Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves and adorned by two 56-foot dolphin statues weighing 60,000 pounds each, the Dolphin property is about double the size of its neighbor, the Walt Disney World Swan, with differing lodging options and dining opportunities. The Swan is also adorned by two 47-foot Graves-designed swan statues.

Standard rooms at the Swan contain two beds and accommodate four guests, as opposed to the smaller beds and maximum occupancy of five in Walt Disney World Dolphin rooms. Executive Suites accommodate fewer people than similar spaces at the Dolphin, but offer more elbow room for traveling families.

Along with two signature dining experiences, a coffee bar and a casual poolside grill and scoop shop, the Swan is home to Garden Grove -- a playful family venue which hosts breakfast and dinner buffet meals with a cast of Disney characters.

Along with two celebrity restaurants, a poolside beach club, an American diner and ice cream fountain, the Dolphin is home to Picabu. This inviting dining option is a 24-hour cafeteria which serves up family-style meals in an ultra-casual atmosphere.

Besides a three-acre pool complex, a beach, staff-led activities for kids and evening childcare at Camp Dolphin, family guests can enjoy an onsite playground, an arcade, adult and teen treatments at Mandara Spa and nighttime entertainment, from campfires with S'mores to "Glow in the Dark Volleyball" games.

For families, one of the most attractive resort benefits is the ability to take advantage of "Extra Magic Hours" at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Through this program, overnight guests enjoy the exclusive ability to enter theme parks early or stay late while enjoying select attractions.

Additional perks include complimentary theme park parking, the ability to make FASTPASS+ reservations 60 days in advance and free transportation throughout the World. Unlike at Disney-owned resorts, guests are not eligible to participate in the Disney Dining Plan. There is a fee for self-parking and airport transportation is not included. less


Our Editors Love
  • Meals with Disney characters at Garden Grove
  • Large water playground and beach
  • Close to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Service
  • Pool
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The Walt Disney World Swan
The Swan features 756 guestrooms, including 55 suites, situated in a 12-story main building and two, seven-story wings.

Rooms are crisp and contemporary with clean lines and earth tones, which nicely contrast with blonde woods and crisp white linens. Deluxe Westin Heavenly Beds cradle guests in comfort, with pillow-top mattresses, down comforters and overstuffed pillows.

Standard Rooms
Standard Guestrooms contain one or two beds and sleep up to four. Some standard king rooms also feature sofa beds. These rooms are limited in quantity and are assigned upon request. All rooms ... more feature a 32-inch, flat-screen TV and a comfortable chair, in addition to an oversized desk that doubles as a workspace and a spot for child play. A dry bar, stocked with complimentary Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea, contains a mini-fridge and a coffee maker.

Bathrooms feature two sinks and a separate U-shaped vanity, and are thoughtfully stocked with a range of Shine by Bliss products. Some rooms have balconies. Cribs, bed rails and outlet plugs are complimentary upon request. There is a surcharge for more than two adults in a standard room. Connecting rooms are available.

Deluxe Alcove Rooms
Deluxe Alcove Rooms add more space, premium views and a table for four. These accommodations feature a bed in bed in the bedroom area, and a sofa bed, a TV and a lounge chair in the living area. These rooms accommodate four, and can fit five with an optional rollaway bed.

Swan Executive Suites
Swan Executive Suites are set up more like a living room than a bedroom, but can be combined with one to two standard rooms for more elbow room and privacy (extra fee applies). Besides a sleeper sofa, a TV and a full bathroom, these rooms feature a desk, a conference table and a wet bar with a mini-fridge.

More upgraded suite options, from Grand to Presidential Suites, are also available.

With regard to room location, resort view rooms facing Crescent Lake offer some of the prettiest vistas, but are sometimes less than peaceful due to activity on the waterfront.

Plans for a guestroom refurbishment are in the works.

The Walt Disney World Dolphin
The Dolphin features just more than 1,500 guest rooms, including 112 suites, situated in a 27-story main building and four, nine-story wings.

Rooms are crisp and contemporary with clean lines and earth tones, which nicely contrast with blonde woods and crisp white linens. Deluxe Westin Heavenly Beds cradle guests in comfort, with pillow-top mattresses, down comforters and overstuffed pillows.

Standard Rooms
Standard guestrooms contain two double beds or a king size bed and sleep up to four. With an optional rollaway bed for an extra fee, an additional person can be accommodated, totalling five in one room.

Some standard king rooms also feature a sofa bed. These rooms are limited in quantity and are assigned upon request. All rooms feature a 32-inch, flat-panel TV and a comfortable chair, in addition to an oversized desk that doubles as a workspace and a spot for child play. A dry bar, stocked with complimentary Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea, contains a mini-fridge and a coffee maker.

Bathrooms feature a single sink in a separate U-shaped vanity and are thoughtfully stocked with a range of Shine by Bliss products. Some rooms have balconies. Cribs, bed rails and outlet plugs are complimentary upon request. There is a surcharge for more than two adults in a standard room. Connecting rooms are also available.

Deluxe Alcove Rooms
Deluxe Alcove Rooms add more space, along with premium views, a separate work area and a walk-in closet. These accommodations feature one bathroom and either one or two beds, and a living area, with a sofa bed, a TV and two lounge chairs.

Premium Studios
Premium Studios, a category unique to the Dolphin, are larger still, as well as more expensive. These rooms offer one or two beds, plus a sofabed, a larger TV and a table for four.

Dolphin Executive Suites
Dolphin Executive Suites are set up for business, but can be combined with one to two standard rooms for more elbow room and family privacy. Dolphin Executive Suites include a Murphy-style bed, a sofa bed, a desk and chair, a TV, a full bathroom and a wet bar with a mini-fridge.

More upgraded suite options, from Governor's to Presidential Suites, are also available. Rooms feature Wi-Fi access for a fee.

With regard to room location, resort view rooms facing Crescent Lake offer some of the prettiest vistas, but are sometimes less than peaceful due to activity on the waterfront. For easy access to the pool, ask for a West Wing accommodation.

Plans for a guestroom refurbishment are in the works. less
Family Reviews
Swan Soars
by Diannesato
My family and I, spouse and two boys (14 and 10), enjoyed the Swan resort during our spring break. The hotel is beautiful; the staff amazing. I was worried about the location as we had previously planned to stay on the monorail ... more


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