Tips on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

With so many places to stay in Orlando it can be really hard to choose. For us we just  love the convenience of a hotel but with Walt Disney being at the top end of the budget you need to know it’s worth the extra you will be paying. We had a fantastic time at Disney this year and we felt that again we made a great choice, So heres my Tips on the Walt Disney world Swan and Dolphin.

The Swan and dolphin are much easier on the pocket than some of  the other resorts and although they are managed by another company you get all of the convenience  of staying at Walt Disney world too.


The Swan and dolphin are situated side by side and are very similar in styling inside and out. Very contemporary and  it feels very luxurious on the inside. This was our 3rd stay at the resort and the rooms have been refurbished and are very pleasant and clean. Having two sinks with a family of 4 was also a big help in getting out of the door.

walt disney world swan and dolphin

One of the best things about the swan is its location it’s very central and if you don’t want to drive or get a taxi its in within walking distance of many restaurants . Its also very closely situated to some of the best parks, Hollywood Studios is a short walk or a free boat ride as is Epcot. This is great if you just want to pop in to a park at rope drop or for the extra hours and not even stay long.

swan and dolphin fountain interior walt disney

The Transport between the parks is great you can get free courtesy buses directly outside to any Disney park. A boat to the Boardwalk, Hollywood Studios, Epcot or another hotel. Or if you want to drive free parking at the parks.

disney board walk viewed from the swan and dolphin

Some of the best Disney restaurants are located in the heart of the swan and Disney too! Shula’s one of Americas best steak houses, Todd English’s blue zoo which is a contemporary fish restaurant with a stunning bar and the Italian trattoria El Mulino. All of the restaurants have a bar and Kimonos even does karaoke thrown in with your sushi.

So with 4 signature restaurants , 5 casual restaurants and snack and coffee counters you really are spoilt for choice.

shulas steak house swan and dolphin

If you feel like you need short walk and a real Disney fix you can head of over the bridge to the Disney Boardwalk which comes alive at night. You will find Disney stores many more restaurants and even street performers.

This really is fantastic being a 5 minute walk away! When your not spending your evening in the park you can still pop out without having to worry about a taxi or driving.


The best bonus of staying at a Walt Disney parks is the parks magic hours. Each day a different park has extra magic hours, sometimes in the morning for an hour or 2 hours after closing. This is fantastic and makes getting on all the rides so much easier.

You can book your fast passes for later in the morning, Go to the park before opening and get straight on some of the more popular rides without having to queue for long. The same for the evening redo your favourite rides.


The Swan and Dolphin have a great pool with water slides for the children a bar and the occasional duck wandering past. They had a live singer here during the day and there were plenty of sun loungers, so perfect for an afternoon of escape.


Another great bonus is the complimentary camp dolphin. When dining in one of the hotels restaurant you can get 2 hours free with a meal. We didn’t use this facility this time but in previous years our children enjoyed it.

So if you would like a couple of hours peace and quiet you can be rest assured your children will be having great fun in there.

Disney resort shopping

You can even get your purchases shipped to your hotel resort shop for collection the next day, Particularly helpful if you are going to come home with a Stitch the size of a small child!

walt disney world swan and dolphin

Thank you for reading my Tips on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. All in all its worth a stay for the convenience’s you receive, its central, its luxurious and good value for money. And above all its Disney!

D x



  1. September 6, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Ah last time I saw that fountain was at your wedding. It must be lovely revising when you got married there. I think we may try this out next time we visit x

    • donswish
      September 6, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Lol! I know , Was so easy to get around , walk to Boardwalk , walk to Hollywood studios, Epcot 10 min boat ride takes you in to England near the pub! 😂 really convenient!

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