I just came back from a stay at the Swan. This was my first time staying there. I travel to Orlando with my family quite a bit, but we usually stay at other hotels. We decided to stay at the Swan because it was within walking distance of Epcot.
My first impression upon arriving was that it felt like a large Vegas-style hotel. There were three car lines near the entrance. Check in wasn't as bad as a large Vegas-style hotel though. All went smoothly and the front desk employee was friendly and helpful.
I self-parked, so I had to park in the lot across the street. It was farther than I wanted it to be. Our room key didn't work for entering or leaving the parking area. No big deal as the front desk people were very helpful with this.
The common areas (lobbies and sitting areas) were well decorated and clean. Definitely a nice design. Our room on the other hand was not as nice as we hoped it would be.
We got a king size room with a balcony. While it was nicely decorated, it was in need up an update. The paint on the bathroom ceiling and room door were peeling. The TV wasn't working well; no signal on most channels. No big deal as we spent little time in the room anyway. The room had a mini fridge with two bottles of water as advertised. The shower head was interesting (large square rain-shower design with a hand-held sprayer head). The view we had was not all that great. It was facing Animal Kingdom. Bellow us was a circular dining room with loud kitchen extractors.
Compared to the Dolphin, the Swan was a small building; almost like an architectural afterthought added to fit more people. I think I would have preferred staying at the Dolphin instead.
As for the convenience factor, there was a ferry boat that transported guests to Epcot from the hotel. Problem was that it stopped at two places along the way; Beach Club Resort area and the Boardwalk area. We found that walking to Epcot took the same amount of time as the boat. We grew tired of sitting next to coughing people on the boat, so we decided to walk most of the time.
Having a couple of extra "magic hours" at Epcot for being a resort guest was nice especially at night when the crowds dwindled down a bit.
Overall I was ok with our stay. It wasn't as "magical" as we expected, but it was convenient. I found the prices to be a bit high; there are definitely other places to stay get more bang for your buck. Would I stay there again? Maybe if it were less expensive. I would like to stay at the Dolphin though as it seemed so much nicer than the Swan (at least in size and architecture).
- Also Known As:
- Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Hotel Orlando
- Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Hotel
- Disney World
- Walt Disney Orlando
- Walt Disney World Swan
- Walt Disney Hotel Orlando
- Swan Resort Disney
- Disney World Swan Resort
- Walt Disney World Swan Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walt Disney World Dolphin resort is located in Walt Disney World by Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios, with Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park nearby. Our hotel has free area transportation. ... more less
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