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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

The award-winning Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin resort (designed by Michael Graves) has a touch of Dr. Seuss whimsy with the elegance of a Disney Deluxe resort.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

While it isn’t theoretically a Disney-owned resort (because it is owned by Sheraton), it is located on Disney property and is within walking distance to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

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Not only is it a Deluxe Resort, it is a conference center.

What that means for you as a guest is that it has a totally different feel than many other Disney resorts which cater more to vacationing families than business people.

Swan & Dolphin Kids Activities

This resort doesn’t scream Disney and you probably wouldn’t even know it was related to Disney in any way if it weren’t for the activities for children.

At the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, you will find high-end restaurants, boutiques, and an ultra-modern spa. The entire resort really does feel luxurious.

But because it is considered a Deluxe Disney Resort, you do get the perks of staying on Disney property: Extra Magic Hours & Disney Transportation.

Swan & Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

While not filled with traditional Disney-themed decor, families will appreciate the Dr. Seuss touches, on fountains and the top of the buildings that give it a whimsical elegance.

Swan & Dolphin fountain

The interior lobby of both the Swan & Dolphin buildings are chic and modern.

If you are looking for the full Disney experience in terms of a resort, this is not the resort for you.

Disney Swan & Dolphin Room

We stayed in a Deluxe Room in the Dolphin building that was very roomy (by Disney standards) and easily fit our family of four.

Each room comes with a mini fridge and in-room safe and rooms are cleaned daily (although the times seemed to vary).

I would recommend requesting a room with a view of Epcot because you will be able to view the night show from your balcony!

View from the Dolpin Resort

We stayed in a room that was nearest to Hollywood Studios and while we could see some of the fireworks, we did not have a perfect view of their laser light show.

Nevertheless, the daytime view was quite spectacular.

Swan & Dolphin Resort Pool

Swan and Dolphin Resort Pool

If pools are your thing, the Swan and Dolphin Resort does not disappoint.

We spent the majority of our time at the Grotto area of the Dolphin pools.

Spanning nearly 3 acres, the Grotto area is divided into three sections with no area more than 5 feet deep.

Swan & Dolphin Pool with Slide

Kids will love the water slide feature & poolside kid activities, and parents will appreciate the hot tubs located just behind the pool.

FREE Pool towels are located outside and rafts & beach balls can be rented for a small fee so no need to bring your own!

Dolphin also has a beach area located right beside the grotto for lounging.

There are also sand volleyball courts and plenty of space for creating sandcastles.

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And guests can take a leisurely ride around Crescent Lake on a swan paddle boat for free!

Rosa Mexicana Lobby at Swan & Dolphin
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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Restaurants

One of the things that sets Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort apart from the others is the choice of restaurants.

You will find a selection of 23 restaurants and lounges.

You will find signature restaurants featuring a wide range of cuisines.

Blue Zoo Restaurant

One to try is the world-renowned chef Todd English’s BlueZoo!

Do note however that the Swan and Dolphin does not participate in the Disney Dining Plan. You will not be able to use your Disney MagicBand or Disney Gift cards either.

Water Taxi

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Transportation

Probably the best thing about Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort is the location.

It is within walking distance to the Boardwalk area where you can cross the bridge and go to Epcot or take the Skyliner on to Hollywood Studios.

There is also the option to take a quick boat ride to Hollywood Studios and Epcot as well.

Although this isn’t a “true” Disney property, you do get complimentary Disney Bus line transportation and extra magic hours at the parks.

Swan & Dolphin Resort

Booking your Stay at Swan & Dolphin

This is considered a Disney Deluxe Resort and occasionally Disney does offer deals.

Aside from that, all year long, Disney Annual Pass Holders Save Up to 30% Off Regular Rates

Book your stay at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin NOW and save on your stay.

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