This stay was at the Walt Disney World Dolphin (the Sheraton version of the pair). We have stayed at the Swan and Dolphin before and this trip did not disappoint. We like it because it has practically all of the features of a Walt Disney resort (transportation, character dining, etc) but it is a Starwood property so you get Sheraton / Westin quality and Starwood points. It has a similar Disney feel but isn't quite as over the top as the full Disney resorts. It, however, was decorated beautifully for the Holidays!
The room was oversized and was very comfortable. We paid a little extra to get a balcony which was nice. The room had very comfortable beds and a very useful fridge - it is nice to stock up a little on supplies to sustain you when you are visiting the parks.
The place is large but it is very efficient. We checked out on a day they said they had 850+ departures but didn't really have to wait long for help with our luggage or our valet parked car.
The pool area is VERY nice - many different areas to lounge in - sun and a healthy amount of shade. Also very good pool-side service even though it was not a hot pool-centric day.
Speaking of service - every member of the staff we deal with was great. Made you feel welcome and not just a cog in the giant Disney money making machine :-).
Finally, there are excellent restaurants on site - esp Bluezoo (I will add a separate review for it). And, it is an easy walk or boat ride to the World Showcase area of Epcot where there are LOTS of food options.
We will DEFINITELY be returning to the Dolphin on our next trip to Disneyworld!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is located in the center of Walt Disney World. Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios are just a boat ride or short walk away, with Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park nearby. Our hotel has free area transportation. We offer a unique blend of Disney benefits and Starwood amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Hotel Orlando
- Walt Disney Orlando
- Walt Disney Hotel Orlando
- Swan Resort Disney
- Disney World Swan Resort
- Walt Disney World Swan Resort