The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is one of the most recognizable properties within the resort for its sculptures of dolphins and swans visible from the highway.
They were designed by modernist architect Michael Graves, who also designed Disney’s Burbank headquarters, in 1990.
The dual hotels are located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios in Orlando and popular with the convention crowd, each with its own conventiion center. The Swan Resort has 756 guest rooms, while the Dolphin Resort has 1,514 guest rooms.
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My room was located at the Swan, which is a part of the Florida Green Lodging Program, a collection of properties that make efforts to reduce waste. Rooms come in king or double arrangements, including some with balconies overlooking the lake.
Rooms come with amenities like a flatscreen television equipped with streaming services, in-room safe, telephone, coffee maker with tea and coffee, bottled water, mini-fridge, and complimentary newspapers. The design is minimalist but modern.
There are two sinks and vanities with a hairdryer, makeup mirror, ironing board, robes, and closet space. The hotel also has laundry services if you need to wash up during your stay.
A daily resort fee includes high-speed Internet, a discount on spa services, two bottles of water, access to the fitness center with Peloton bikes, game room, a daily fitness class, daily smores kit, and swan paddleboat rides.
The dual resorts have two lap pools and one grotto pool with a waterslide and waterfall. Cabanas are also available. The resort has a Mandara Spa and a nearby mini-golf course. Guests also have access to a full golf course.
The Swan and Dolphin Resort is great for families as they have the Camp Dolphin Kid’s Club and activities like live entertainment and complimentary childcare. There’s a fitness track for runners.
Between the two hotels, there are 18 restaurants, bars, and dining outlets so you’re never far from a good meal. Shula’s Steak House has been named one of Orlando’s best steakhouses and Todd English’s bluezoo is helmed by the celebrity chef.
There are also Italian and sushi restaurants as well as a coffee shop selling Starbucks. Garden Grove hosts character dining for dinner and breakfast on weekends so you don’t have to go into the parks to experience it.
Room service is also available 24 hours a day. If you need to use a microwave, they are located on some floors in both hotels.
They are owned by Marriott but leased to Disney so you get perks like Bonvoy points alongside early park admission, park transportation, Fast Passes, and easy ticket pickup. It does not, however, include the Magical Express from the airport.
Guests have access to free boat transportation to Hollywood Studios and Epcot as well as bus transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs. You can also walk to Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District.
If You Go
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is located at 1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830. Rates start at around $150 per night and go up for suites.
I received a discounted stay at the Swan and Dolphin Resort.