Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Review
About Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
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 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.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Reviews
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