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Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
Ranked #176 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
Tampa, Florida
1 review
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“Amazing Time As Always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

We just visited this resort again and have been coming many times in the last 4 years, it is always impeccable and we have always been treated like it's our first time. The ability to take a short boat ride to Epcot or Animal Kingdom is an added bonus while bus transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios run during park hours. The pool area is magnificent and the restaurants range from poolside bites to Shula's...everyone can be happy. Our family ranges from 89 years young to 8 and there is something for everyone. They have earned our business once again!

Room Tip: We have probably been to this resort at least a dozen times and we have never had a bad room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Hello Isabel and thank you for this joyous review of your stay. By the sound of your review, it sounds like you and your family had a wonderful and memorable visit here with us. We are thrilled to hear that you found our pool area magnificent as well as our restaurants that we offer here at the resort. Thank you for being our guest. We look forward to your next visit.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Swan this past weekend for 3 nights. Its a Starwood property with SPG Benefits. The location is great within walking distance to the Dolphin (very close), the Boardwalk dining and nighttime activities (about 10 minutes) and Epcot (about 15-20 minutes walk). You can also choose to take a water taxi or bus to any of the Disney parks. The bus system only stopped at the Dolphin/Swan and Boardwalk Resort, then made its way on to the different parks. You can take advantage of the Disney "Extra Magic Hours" while staying here.

SPG Benefits: If you are a Platinum with SPG you receive free upgrades, free continental breakfast and late check out if its available (or at least we did...). They also brought complimentary chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine to our room because it was our honeymoon. That was such a sweet surprise.

Transportation to/from Swan to/from Airport: I would recommend reserving a private car service instead of using a regular taxi (expensive!) or shared shuttle bus service (uncomfortable and slow). Its so worth it!

The Grotto Pool area and sandy beach were also nice to visit. The pool complex is huge with at least 5 different swimming areas, a water slide and waterfalls. There are hammocks for relaxing in the sun. We had a later flight that night so we checked out, headed to the pool for the afternoon and then showered at the fitness center before taking a taxi back to the airport. We had an amazing stay here at this clean and comfortable hotel and would definitely recommend it to young travelers, couples and families!

Room Tip: Our room (941 & 942 @ the SWAN) was overlooking the water way, beach and facing the beautiful Do...
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Green Features: I absolutely love the program they have where you can forgo housekeeping for a day to receive a $5 voucher towards food/drink at the hotel restaurants. (You get $5 each day you skip housekeeping service!) Saves water, supplies AND Money!! :)
  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay here with us. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for being a Starwood Preferred Platinum Guest. We appreciate your devout loyalty to us. We are thrilled that you were able to take full advantage of our SPG benefits that we offer here at our resort. It is wonderful to hear that you chose us to celebrate your honeymoon. Thank you for being our guest as well as being a Platinum member. We look forward to your next visit.
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

This place is awesome! The pool area is absolutely marvellous and we had such a great time. Its very convenient to visit all the attractions through their free shuttle, boat or a short walk through Disney downtown. The staff is friendly and courteous.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for this wonderful review of your stay Karthik! We are thrilled that you had a great time at our Grotto pool as well as finding the Disney Transportation most convenient for you when planning your fun-filled day at the Disney parks. Thank you for the kind and caring words that you used to describe our talented Cast Members. We look forward to your next visit.
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had a great time staying at the Swan. Our family really enjoyed the upgrades to our rooms and being a Starwood SPG Platinum member Nichole really showed us the red carpet treatment. We always stay at this location due to the convenience to Epcot and the Studios and the Boardwalk. Randys scooters took care of the scooter where they leave it at the concierge at the Swan for pickup. We really appreciate the great service and the fabulous time we had at the Swan.

  • Stayed June 2014
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for this wonderful review of your stay! We would like to take this time to thank you for being a Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum member. We appreciate your loyalty to Starwood. We are thrilled to hear that Nicole at the Front Office treated you with the “red carpet treatment” that you look forward too. We take great pride in our talented Cast Members like Nicole who “go above and beyond” to make sure that you have everything you need. Your kind and generous words have been shared with our Front Office Leadership team. Thank you for being our guest as well as being a Platinum member. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back at any time.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

I stayed at the Dolphin for six nights during a recent conference and would choose the Dolphin again for a WDW vacation. My room was clean and very quiet, plus had a water view (no balcony), but also two beds, as the Dolphin has a very limited number of king beds according to the front desk. The small refrigerator was a plus as was the Starbucks coffee. (Picabu,the hotel 'buffeteria' is open 24 hours and I was able to stock up on cereal, milk, etc.). Unlike so many hotels, the A/C was nearly silent and worked very efficiently. The bath area is small and has a single sink, plus there is a tub/shower combination, but with a Speakman shower head and decent water pressure. Plus the beds were super.

The proximity to the Boardwalk, Epcot and Hollywood is a big plus, as is the extended pool area with many pools and a beach. Bus service is provided to Downtown Disney and selected other locations, but for most destinations, one needs to transfer at Downtown Disney.

A positive, better than expected experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay here with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your room very much during your stay. We agree with you that it is great way to end a long day at your conference with a nice shower and to rest on our “Heavenly Beds” just like you did. It is also lovely to hear that our complimentary Disney Transportation was very easily to use. We hope that you had a successful conference and we look forward to your next Disney vacation here with us.
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Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

Remembering that one always feels a bit "used and abused" after being gouged by Disney for a week, I'll first just stick to my thoughts on the hotel. Overall-not too bad and in fact actually really good just for the location and ease of transportation to Epcot and the other parks. The pool was great and the "cafeteria style" restaurant was adequate for our needs but of course with those elevated prices. The rooms were nice and afforded excellent views of the nearby nightly fireworks. The cultural schizophrenia of Disney in which they are unceasingly polite and cheerful, whilst ensuring that you have to sweat out next month's mortgage payment makes it unlikely that I shall return. Not a Dolphin/Swan thing-I've just grown weary of the Disney Hubris.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for your colorful and eloquent review. We appreciate your detailed and candid feedback. It is pleasing to know that after a week-long stay in what many call, “the most magical place on Earth,” our resort was the highlight of your visit.

While our spectacular location in the heart of Walt Disney World affords effortless access to the Disney theme parks, our resort also offers plenty of restful places as a respite from the hustle and bustle with access to other nearby activities as well. We hope that you will join us again for another visit.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

We pulled up. Samuel met us with a smile and took our luggage. Trip and molly took care of booking our room and gave us great service and location. I met Nicole out in hall way who greeted us with a smile. The kids played all day in the pool. Nathan took care of us at the bar and makes a great Bahama mama. Justin

  • Stayed June 2014
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WDWSDExecutiveOffice, Manager at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Justin, thank you for the great review of our resort! We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself and that so many of our friendly Cast Members had such a positive impact on your stay with us. Your compliments are greatly appreciated and mean a lot to each of us. It would be our pleasure to see you again soon!
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Property: Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
Address: 1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830-8428 (Formerly Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel)
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando > Lake Buena Vista
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#39 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#49 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#117 Business Hotel in Orlando
#118 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#142 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 2267
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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Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Hotel Orlando
Walt Disney Orlando
Walt Disney Hotel Orlando
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Disney World Swan Resort
Walt Disney World Swan Resort

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