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Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts
Located within Disney World but not operated by Disney (they carry the name but are technically Starwood properties akin to Westin and Sheraton), the Swan & Dolphin are options for families who want the convenience without all the branding. Designed by iconic architect Michael Graves, the Swan & Dolphin are two tropical-themed hotels linked by lagoon and within walking distance (or boat ride) of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and connected by shuttle to the rest of the theme park. While the price point is lower than some of the Disney-managed resorts, it doesn’t include a $28 daily resort fee, which covers wifi and phone calls, access to the gym and pool activities, plus fun things like a s’mores kit for use around the campfire. Rooms are bright and contemporary, with cool colors and geometric artwork; families can book L-shaped rooms with extra space and a sleeper sofa. Multiple lap pools and whirlpools accommodate overflow from the main grotto pool and white-sand beach, and swan paddle boats are free to rent on the lake. More than a dozen restaurants are on property, including a Todd English seafood restaurant, Black Angus premium steakhouse, to a more casual mediterranean market serving lighter fare. While not covered on the Disney Dining Plan, there is a loyalty dining program, and SPG members might find more perks here while staying on the park property.