Discovering the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin: Two Cool Buildings with Some Heavenly Benefits

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I wanted to talk today about the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort hotels, certainly a couple of the neatest looking hotels around. If you have ever visited Disney World, you have surely seen these fantastic-looking landmarks, not far from Epcot’s Spaceship Earth icon.

They are definitely distinctive, to say the least. I have always thought that Michael Graves, the award-winning architect who designed the Swan and Dolphin, took his mission to design buildings that fit the “Disney magic” very seriously. These buildings are way cool. And pretty hard to miss!

I will admit that interesting design fascinates me, so I find the architecture of the Swan and Dolphin extremely appealing. And the interiors and grounds are lovely as well: in fact they rival any of the deluxe Disney properties when it comes to elegance and attention to detail. But, how they look is, frankly, the least of the benefits of being a guest here.

Owned by Starwood (the parent company of the Sheraton and Westin hotels) the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort is actually located on Disney property, and is a short walk or boat ride from Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It is an extremely convenient location. And as a guest, you also get access to Disney’s bus service to the other theme parks as well.

One of the nicest benefits of staying at the Swan and Dolphin is that guests, while not officially Disney resort guests, still enjoy many great Disney resort perks: in addition to the transportation and location, guests of the Swan and Dolphin can participate in the Extra Magic Hours program, get free parking at the theme parks, and can get package delivery from the parks to the hotel.

And then there are the beds. Oh my gosh…

If you have ever stayed at a Westin property, you may be familiar with their “Heavenly Beds”: pillow top mattress, triple sheets, down blanket and comforter, and goose down/feather pillows….Let me just say that after a long day at the Disney parks….the Heavenly Bed is an extremely accurate name!!

What makes the Swan and Dolphin even more attractive is that although in the “deluxe” category, these two hotels are typically less expensive than similar Disney-owned properties. And even better, they are well known for frequent discounts for AAA members, Florida residents, seniors, government employees, members of the military, nurses, and teachers.

We stayed here several years ago over New Years Eve and the reason we did was that the location could not be beat, plus we got all the benefits of being a Disney resort guest, yet got more value than staying at an official Disney resort. Perfect location, more for your money, and Heavenly Beds: What’s not to love?


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