The Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin Resort lies in the Epcot Resort Area in strolling range to both Epcot and also Disney’s Hollywood Studios along with Disney’s Boardwalk Inn as well as Yacht as well as Beach Club Resorts. Created by popular designer Michael Graves, the hotel includes 2,270 visitor areas throughout a contemporary style as well as a complete spread of services. We lately invested a weekend break at the hotel, and also we’re delighted to bring you our complete testimonial!
The Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin enthusiastically held my remain in exchange for truthful ideas and also viewpoints in this testimonial in addition to added short articles for Disney Tips and also a lot more.
I was thrilled to remain at the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin due to the fact that I’ve constantly assumed the hotel was lovely and also with its close closeness to Epcot as well as selection of facilities incorporated with its less-than-Disney-deluxe-level rates it’s gotten on my listing of locations to remain for a long time. I believe for numerous visitors (myself consisted of) the a lot more affordable rate factor of the hotel contrasted to its closest next-door neighbors in the Epcot Resort Area can be a big draw for visitors seeming able to stroll or take a watercraft to World Showcase.
As for expense goes, you can discover spaces at the Walt Disney World Swan and also Dolphin in the roughly $250/night variety relying on the moment of year. These prices are clearly a lot more than you would certainly pay at a Disney worth hotel, however they’re a lot closer to Disney’s modest costs– if you’re searching for one of the most value on a Disney luxurious experience, we discovered that this hotel can be an exceptional option.
Some extra indicate take into consideration when figuring out a spending plan nevertheless is that the hotel bills a necessary solution bundle cost (essentially a hotel cost) of $28 per evening that includes in-room Wi-Fi, $25 off $100 well worth of day spa solutions, 2 containers of water left in your area each day of your keep, limitless accessibility to their health and fitness club as well as everyday physical fitness courses, a S’more Kit for every day of your remain for the nighttime campfire as well as s’mores occasions, as well as free 30-minute trips on the Swan Paddle Boats. Despite the added $28/day, you would certainly be tough pushed to discover comparable prices at a Disney luxurious hotel, particularly for the area that the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin offers.
The Walt Disney World Swan and also Dolphinwas created especially for the Walt Disney World Resort though it is taken care of by Starwood Hotels and also Resorts Worldwide. Also while the hotel’s administration is a 3rd party business, visitors remaining at the hotel take pleasure in most of the advantages that Disney hotel visitors can benefit from consisting of free transport, Extra Magic Hours, very early accessibility to FastPass+ options (60 days ahead of time), as well as free bundle pick-up and also vehicle parking at Disney amusement park. (The only advantages unique to those remaining with Disney are Disney’s Magical Express as well as use the Disney Dining Plan).
Throughout my current keep, my area was situated on the Dolphin side of the hotel so this was where I invested most of my time. (Though I will certainly claim that with dining establishments and also services found on both sides of the hotel it deserves discovering the entire building if you do remain below!) The hotel went under a $140 million improvement in 2017 that entirely spruced up the Dolphin’s entrance hall, as well as the outcome is sensational. It does have a much more contemporary and also underrated ambiance contrasted to a great deal of Disney hotel entrance halls, however it’s someplace that offered the size of my remain I might see myself investing time there.
The improvement of the entrance hall consisted of the enhancement of Phins, a bar and also lounge that includes customized mixed drinks, as well as substantial red wine listings, and also the hotel’s very own Phins and also Feathers beer. I can not wait to invest even more time right here, as well as I’m currently intending on returning for Sunday breakfast– their Sunday Sips food selection includes “breakfast in a glass” with 4 ranges of Bloody Marys.
We remained in a dual space with a porch as well as hotel sight, as well as while we enjoyed our sight of the hotel as well as the lake in addition to the remainder of the Epcot Resort Area, I would certainly predict that any one of the spaces at the hotel (veranda or otherwise) all have charming sights. The alternative of having a space with a porch generally is additionally great to have as terraces are more difficult to find by at Disney hotels particularly for a similar rate variety.
Back to the within the areas, the modern-day decoration really felt extravagant and also inviting, as well as we enjoyed the comforts of having mineral water in the area, and also the beds at the hotel are by undoubtedly one of the most comfy I’ve ever before rested on at Disney (or most likely any type of various other resort anywhere). The hotel includes the Heavenly Bed ® and also “Heavenly” is most definitely the excellent means to define it. I’m not one to rest late throughout a Disney journey, yet if you’re a late sleeper this is the method to do it.
When we signed in we likewise observed that the Smart television in our area had streaming solutions like Netflix all prepared for us on it (with your very own login). In the beginning we giggled believing we would not remain in the area sufficient to see Netflix (and also to be completely straightforward I nearly never ever have the television on in any way when I’m in a resort area). Having Netflix in fact was available in helpful though because after a lengthy day at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts we in fact intended to invest a long time unwinding in the space. We invested the evening seeing High School Musical on Netflix as well as delighting in a scrumptious spread by means of space solution as well as it was entirely worth it to really feel freshened for the adhering to day!
The table with our space solution on it had wheels and also healthy flawlessly in between our beds. Set this with a glass of red wine as well as High School Musical as well as I can not consider a much better means to kick back!
Mentioning food, the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin has 17 dining establishments! We just invested 2 evenings at the hotel so we weren’t able to attempt them all, yet the hotel actually does have something for everybody. I recognize a great deal of visitors that pick to remain in other places do so since they’re seeking an extra “Disney” sensation hotel, yet the Disney personality eating below is possibly the most effective “offer” for personality eating you can discover anywhere. The Garden Grove hosts personality eating for supper and also morning meal on weekend breaks and also it’s just $26 for grownups as well as $17 for children– if you’re a normal personality restaurant you recognize that those rates are unprecedented anywhere else.
We did have lunch at The Fountain that we actually appreciated, so if you are searching for an extra laid-back non-character eating experience at this hotel that’s absolutely a good alternative to have. As its name recommends this dining establishment is a traditional soft drink water fountain including a food selection of salads, hamburgers, and also a couple of various sandwiches in addition to tasty milk drinks as well as sundaes. You do not require to book below that makes for a great unscripted dish, something that is not constantly very easy to find by at various other table solution dining establishments around the Walt Disney World Resort.
For a much more high end eating experience, the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin is house to a variety of trademark dining establishments also. We really did not have time to examine any one of them out throughout this journey, yet I have actually eaten at Shula’s Steakhouse in the past and also would extremely advise it– not just if you’re searching for an acclaimed steak, yet additionally if you’re a football follower given that the dining establishment has plenty of pictures as well as souvenirs from the 1972 Miami Dolphins “Perfect Season.”
Considering that this was a fast weekend break journey (in the winter months) we really did not have a possibility to try a great deal of the hotel’s leisure offerings as well as features like pool. Although it was as well cool for us to swim, I’m certain these swimming pools are the locations to be at the hotel in the warmer months. The hotel has 5 swimming pools in addition to lots of exterior tasks like those Swan Boats I stated previously, so if you do occur to remain right here when the weather condition is best for it I would certainly prepare at the very least eventually to invest by the swimming pool.
We actually appreciated our remain at the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin (as a matter of fact I’m currently considering preparing an additional journey right here once again. I would certainly enjoy to place a food lover journey in the jobs and also remain below throughout the Epcot International Food & & Wine Festival and also the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin Food & & Wine Classic.)
While I’m certain Starwood incentives participants enjoy remaining at the Walt Disney World Swan as well as Dolphin, as do lots of Disney visitors as well as convention visitors, I’m not exactly sure it’s a concern for visitors checking out especially for a household Disney journey. I can not talk way too much to just how it would certainly be for households, because I stuck with a buddy as well as I do not have youngsters, yet there are great deals of tasks for youngsters around the hotel. For me, the Walt Disney World Swan and also Dolphin is the supreme hotel for a journey concentrated on Epcot’s events. It’s a much better offer than the various other luxurious hotels in the location and also it’s still a fast stroll or watercraft trip right over to World Showcase.
I’m certain some visitors likewise fret that the hotel isn’t “Disney” sufficient, and also I can comprehend that specifically if you have young children and also you intend to be bordered by Disney whatsoever times. That being claimed, the Disney aspect might be much more underrated contrasted to Disney’s luxurious hotels, however the Walt Disney World Swan and also Dolphin does still supply visitors a lot of the exact same advantages as Disney hotel visitors, a personality eating experience, as well as it also has a Disney preparation facility and also Disney present store situated straight off the entrance hall.
I’m everything about all-around evaluations and also I would certainly need to claim the only genuine disadvantage I attend the hotel for me directly is the hotel cost (just since I’m not a follower of hotel charges) and also the failure to take Disney’s Magical Express from the flight terminal. I do not like hotel charges because similar to flight terminal luggage costs I would certainly instead this price simply be included right into the nighttime area price. Although I recognize they exist, as well as lots of resorts have hotel charges beyond this hotel as well as beyond Orlando, I simply do not such as when they’re consisted of as a necessary extra cost– if it’s compulsory I would certainly instead simply have the additional quantity consisted of to begin with. Still, the area prices right here with the cost exercise to be much more inexpensive than their equivalents at the various other Epcot Area Resorts. I actually like taking the Magical Express due to the fact that it’s so very easy to simply get on the bus without paying anything additional at the flight terminal, as well as where I reach the Walt Disney World alone a great deal I really feel actually comfy solving onto the Magical Express.
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