Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin ResortsThe Swan & Dolphin resorts, located within Disney World but not operated by Disney (they are Starwood Hotel properties), offer accomodation options for families who want the convenience without all the mouse branding, or who want to use their loyalty points. The tropical-themed resort pair, designed by iconic architect Michael Graves, are linked by a lagoon and fall within walking distance (or boat or shuttle ride) of Epcot and Hollywood Studios and the rest of the theme park. While the room rates here are lower than some of the Disney-managed resorts, there's an additional $28 daily resort fee which covers WiFi, phone calls, access to the gym and pool activities, plus fun things like a s’mores kit for use around the campfire. Guest rooms are bright and contemporary, with cool colors and geometric artwork; families can book L-shaped rooms which provide extra space and a sleeper sofa. Multiple lap pools and whirlpools are a bonus extra to the main grotto pool and white-sand beach. More than a dozen restaurants are on property, including a Todd English seafood restaurant, Shula’s Steak House, and a casual Mediterranean market serving lighter fare. While restaurants here are not covered by the Disney Dining Plan, there is a loyalty dining program.