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5 Things to Love About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Thank you to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

 

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Every time we have visited Disney in the past, we would always pass by the iconic architecture of the Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin resort and wonder: what would it be like to stay there? Well, when we decided to head to Disney World a few weeks ago, I had in my mind that we would finally stay at this resort. And we did…and it was just as beautiful and grand and comfortable as I thought it would be. The award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort is whimsical and luxurious at the same time. Located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort was perfect for our summer kickoff vacation.

Let’s talk about why…..

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DECOR

One of the things that has always struck me is the design of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. It’s distinct exterior architecture has been its signature since opening.  The resort was designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Michael Graves, and is almost whimsical in its design.

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The buildings complement Florida’s tropical landscape and there are fountains in several scenic locations all throughout the property.  All guest rooms have been redesigned in luxurious sophistication by Michael Graves and feature the Heavenly Bed®. I can attest that those beds were a godsend after a long day at Disney and that we looked forward to coming back every night. Especially this one….

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And every day, I started my morning on the balcony with this view…. and a cup of  complimentary Starbucks from the complimentary in room Coffee maker.

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LOCATION

We usually like to stay on a Disney owned property usually because of convenience. I don’t want to drive my car back and forth to the parks while we are there. But I loved how perfectly located The Swan and Dolphin resort was.  The resort is located in between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  You can walk to the Boardwalk and if you want to visit nearby Epcot and Hollywood Studios, there is a complimentary water taxi service.  And even though The Swan And Dolphin isn’t a “true” Disney Property, you do get the Disney  complimentary Disney Bus line transportation to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs.  The buses arrive at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin every 15 – 20 minutes  and we took full advantage of the service while we were there.

 

DISNEY MAGIC HOURS AND OTHER PERKS…

One of the perks of staying at a Disney hotel, is the option to have the extra Magic Hours Benefit!  (Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular park closing time )  Even though the Swan and Dolphin is a part of the Starwood Hotel Group and is not a Disney owned property, you can still take advantage of magic hours at the Parks.  You can also take advantage of Disney’s FASTPASS+ service which allows you to reserve those must do Disney experiences and rides up to 60 days in advance.  Tickets can be purchased in advance in the lobby and if you choose to drive into the parks, you do not have to pay to park!

 

ON SITE DINING

There are SEVENTEEN restaurants and lounges located at  the resort including steak, seafood, Italian, sushi, poolside dining venues, and 24-hour room service. We loved eating breakfast at Picabu at the resort and I loved how the servers/staff could tell me exactly what was gluten-free and therefore safe for Pookah’s allergies.  And if you want to still get that Disney dining experience, don’t forget to check out the Disney Character dining   in Garden Grove.

 

THE GROTTO POOL

Listen: Pookah is all about the pool.

The Grotto pool area was AMAZING. The Grotto area is composed of 5 different pools  with waterfalls a water slide, two lap pools, a spring pool AND a kiddie pool and located near a white sand beach.

Pookah really enjoyed the slide( many many many times).

 

 

And the amazing waterfall.  I found a great spot right behind the waterfall to relax with my book and a fruity adult beverage. I might have even fallen asleep…

 

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

There is SO MUCH TO DO HERE. I wish we had had more time to explore all of the activities offered at the resort! ESPECIALLY Camp Dolphin. The Resort offers a fully supervised evening club for kids ages 4-12. Open nightly from 5:00pm to 12:00am,  Camp Dolphin offers fully supervised programs, including arts, crafts, movies, board games, video and arcade games, nightly themed activities with cool prizes and souvenirs, and a Disney movie!   The camp is free as long as parents dine at one of the resort’s restaurants or get a spa treatment. (If not, the charge is $12 per hour, per child.) Pookah and Cdub stayed up one night and enjoyed the arcade and video games, but next time, he is definitely going to Camp Dolphin while Mommy and Daddy enjoy some alone time.

So while this isn’t a Disney owned resort, I think because of all of these reasons, you need to plan a stay at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort! It offers the best of both worlds: luxury hotel experience and a family Disney experience all in one package.

Have you ever visited the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort?

 

Make sure you head over to the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort’s website and follow them on social media to find out more!

Facebook: Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Resort

Twitter: @swananddolphin

Instagram: @swandolphin

Pinterest: @Swandolphin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Reply
    robin Rue
    June 20, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I have never stayed at the Swan or Dolphin. They were on our list for this year, but we ended up booking the Yacht Club. Maybe next year?

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    Alli Smith
    June 20, 2017 at 8:55 am

    What a wonderful resort! I’d never want to leave! I mean, with 17 restaurants and that amazing pool, why would I want to leave? Next time we go to Disney, we need to stay here!

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    Chubskulit Rose
    June 20, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Such a beautiful place to stay and have a relaxing time with your loved ones. It looks like there’s so much to do in there.

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    Christy Maurer
    June 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Wow! The Swan and Dolphin Resort looks amazing! I have been to Disney 3 times. I’d love to stay at this resort the next time I go.

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    Franc Ramon
    June 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    The Grotto pool area looks really impressive and would be a great place to lounge around. There’s really so much to do here especially for kids.

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    Sarah Bailey
    June 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Oh wow what a beautiful looking resort, I’ve never stayed at any of Disney’s own resorts but if I go back I would love to, I’ll have t look into this one in particular.

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    Anosa
    June 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    You had me at the view from your room, Disney always goes out of there way to make everything even more magical. So far I have only been to Disneyland Paris hope to visit Disney world one day

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    Claudia Krusch
    June 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    We are hoping to stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort next winter. We have friends that stayed there and said it was amazing.

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    Pam
    June 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    The Grotto pool area looks amazing. I could easily spend an entire vacation just lounging there and enjoying the water.

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    Maurene Cab
    June 21, 2017 at 1:39 am

    This looks like a great place to spend our next trip. Your photos just convinced me to visit this resort.

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    Lisa
    June 21, 2017 at 1:58 am

    My kids would be all about the water slide and grotto! I had no idea it was that cool there!

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    rika
    June 21, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Very cool place! I have never been to Walt Disney! I’d love to take my kids there!

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
    June 21, 2017 at 4:10 am

    It’s always more convenient to stay in a Disney resort especially when you’re going to be visiting Disneyland for a more than just a day. This is awesome and the room looks so beautiful and so does the view.

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    Jaime Nicole
    June 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Nobody does resorts better than Disney! I’ve never stayed at this one, but we always stay on property because it’s so convenient!

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    Nikka Shae
    June 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I still have Disney on my bucket list, my kids have all gone on band trips so they bet me to it.

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    Terri Beavers
    June 23, 2017 at 8:17 am

    What a fun place to stay with the family. That pool looks so inviting and refreshing on this hot day in June we’re having. Ill have to check this resort out on our next trip there.

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    Kathleen
    July 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I loved staying here a couple of years ago! Such a beautiful property

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