Walt Disney World Resort:Swan and Dolphin
Resort type: The Swan and Dolphin are 2 separate resorts owned by Westin. They are located on Walt Disney World property but are not operated by Disney.
- Shula’s Steakhouse
- Fresh Mediterranean Market
- The Fountain
- Picabu Buffeteria
- Garden Grove
- Il Mulino New York Trattoria
- Splash Grill
- Room Service
Pools: 2 lap pools and the Grotto play area
Transportation: Buses to all the parks, you can walk to Epcot
This review comes from my reader Chris…
Why did you choose this resort? It was an affordable option for the five of us and it looked like it would be a blast! It proved to be all the fun we had expected.
What were the resort rooms like? Were they big enough for your family? Did you find them to be acceptable? The most memorable part of the resort room was the bed. This resort has the nicest beds of any resort I’ve ever stayed at anywhere!! They are so comfortable that I had to make my family mad by waking them up to go to the parks-literally! I had even threatened to leave them there but that only made them happy. We had plenty of room for all of us for a week and we were fine with the arrangements. The view was also great and a quick walk to the Boardwalk, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios.
What were the amenities of the resort like? What was your favorite one? The Grotto was an awesome pool. The teens loved the waterfall area (and they could “hide” under it). There were also hammocks, a playground, and it is right across from Fantasia Gardens. The bad part of the amenities is that you have to pay extra for parking (per day) and you have a “resort fee”. There is also a refrigerator in the room but you will be charged for whatever you use there too, so watch out with little ones. One amenity that didn’t apply to us was the availability to rent a car or turn in one at the Dolphin.
What was the food court like? Any favorite foods? We only ate one meal at the resort due to timing, but the meal we had, breakfast, was great. The rest of the time we were just too busy! There are so many restaurants at these two resorts that we wanted to try so maybe next time we can do more of them.
How were the resort buses? What was your walk to the bus stop like? How were the resorts bus stops at the parks? How far was the walk to the gates? How crowded were the buses at any given time? The boat ride to EPCOT was great. It took a little longer than expected due to stopping at the Boardwalk on the way, but other than that, it was fine. The buses were a different story. They were always crowded and one time, we were so packed on the bus that the bus could not lift up. We had to let some people off the bus, the bus driver raised the bus, then the people got back on. Our walk to the boat was about 4 minutes and to the bus was about 7. We could have walked to EPCOT in about 15 minutes and Hollywood Studios in about 10.
Would you stay at this resort again? If not, please provide a reason. I would definitely stay in this resort again because of the fun we had and the things we enjoyed here like the pool and the closeness to the parks and Boardwalk area. Since you can’t have your room key “all-inclusive” and can’t have the dining plan when staying here, it would be on a limited basis when I didn’t want all of those options.
If you are military, you might consider staying at Shades of Green.