Love, love the Swan and Dolphin! This is after many, many trips to Disney trying "out of" Park hotels, as well as other moderate Disney properties. Even though when you first arrive the property is massive and came seem overwhelming you immediately feel a sense of comfort and finding a wonderful niche here. The stunning lobby has great seating areas to meet and greet your party b/f you head out for the day. Escalators lead to wonderful lower level to restaurants and spa areas as well as to the beautiful outdoor waterway areas leading to pools and boat launches to Disney's Movie Studios and EPCOT. Walkways are also found here on beautiful days, easy walks to both Parks. Our fav is to boat to EPCOT as it opens and the launch drops you off at International Gateway right next to France..the only part of the countries of EPCOT you are allowed into in the AM..and we hit the fab bakery in France for a morning cafe and croissant. Great way to start your day in EPCOT!
Restaurants: although dinner is typically a Disney Parks event for us, breakfast is always here at the Swan. Fresh Mediterranean Market: We love the outstanding buffet..yes buffet. And I am not a buffet person. But the build your own fresh ingredients eggs, healthily fruits, oatmeal, of course the fun vaca goodies/ breakfast sweets always available too! Enjoyed trying the 3 daily offered fresh juiced veggie/fruit drinks in wheat grass, carrot and blueberry based. All ingredients listed, incredible tasting tried all..enjoyed! Glad to see they are up on latest trends! Enjoyed our fab waiter asked for his area each morning..Javier! Wonderful to talk to caring, asked about our day shared about his life Sweet employee. After many hours in Parks, wonderful to come back to the resort and relax in the beautiful Jacuzzi and heated pools. Stunning resort grounds, beautiful pools, cabanas, waterfall grotto pool, quiet, huge relaxing Jacuzzis.
Now...do I think this Dolphin could use some tidying up?? yes. Our room although we were upgraded to a water view at check in.. our usual upper floor /quiet room request not being available... due to busy holiday season. We did enjoy the stunning water view complete with beautiful morning sunrise. It can be noted that the room could use some touch ups. Bathroom was older, need paint and cleaning. Easy to get too and although on a lower level one above the Lobby wonderfully quiet. Needed for this light sleeper..
Love the quick, easy access to EPCOT and Studios our 2 fav parks, bus service to Animal and Magic Kingdoms and Downtown relatively quick.
My favorite feature about the Swan & Dolphin is thier option to offer Teacher Rates on their rooms. This routinely beats the Moderate Disney Resorts, of Caribbean and Coronado Spgs. Have stayed at both and still return to Swan & Dolphin.
Newest featured enjoyed???
The fab testing of the new Digital Fastpass system for Disney resorts. Although we do not get at check in access as Disney resorts themselves, here at Disney Swan & Dolphin, we enjoyed Reps at each Park just inside the gates ready and waiting with tablets to access the Fastpass system and provide us with our daily choices. The key is to get to Park at opening time. make your selections, and go on into the Parks and ride, or..return to parks when you are ready. With a college aged young adult sleeping in..the midday choices were perfect! And an up early Hubby would cruise to park, get passes and come back we would eat breakfast and be ready to hit the Parks.
New fastpass system worked very well. Got to pick 3 items for the day from list on tablet. Combining big ticket rides and shows. Concierge type staff available all day at parks to help S & D guests. Only quirk happened in the Studios..1 show was had a low populated audience so Fast pass not needed..we were offered 1 Park wide open fastpass in exchange. Very nice! Overall. great experience..understand this Digital FastPass will roll out to public sometime in 2014,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walt Disney World 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