If you have ever driven through the Walt Disney World resort property, you are certainly familiar with some of the well-known landmarks. Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth (the “golf ball”) at Epcot, and Hollywood Studio’s Tower of Terror all are readily recognizable by the millions of Disney vacationers each year. Yet there are two more Disney landmarks that you can’t miss when visiting Disney World: The Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort hotels. And while they are definitely eye-catching, they offer some great benefits to their guests as well, that may just make them perfect for your next Walt Disney World vacation.
Location, Location, Location…
The Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort Hotels are sister resorts that are actually Starwood properties, the same company that owns the Sheraton and Westin hotel companies. Yet despite being non-Disney owned, they are located on Disney property, just a short walk or boat ride from both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. This perfect location, plus access to Disney transportation is just the beginning of a number of benefits of staying at one of these resorts.
Beautiful and Luxurious Inside and Out
The buildings are stunning architecturally, as are the lovely interiors and grounds. Designed by award-winning architect Michael Graves, the two properties offer beautiful décor, a fantastic shared pool complex, and multiple high-end amenities and facilities that rival any of the deluxe Disney-owned properties. In addition, there are a number of full-service restaurants and lounges, in all price ranges, tastes, and styles.
Disney Resort Guest Perks
One of the nicest aspects of the Swan and Dolphin is that guests, while not technically Disney resort guests, still enjoy many Disney resort perks. Transportation and location have already been mentioned. In addition, 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. If you have ever stayed at any Westin property, you may be familiar with the “Heavenly Beds”, each of which include a pillow top mattress, triple sheets, down blanket and comforter, and goose down/feather pillows. After a long day at the Disney parks, relaxing in one of the Swan or Dolphin’s Heavenly Beds is just…heavenly!
Frequent Discounts and Promotions
The best thing about all of this is that, while the Swan and Dolphin are definitely in the “deluxe” category of resorts, their prices are generally quite a bit less. Even better, they frequently offer discounts to Florida residents, seniors, government employees, members of the military, nurses, and teachers.
If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you owe it to yourself to discover the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort hotels for your accommodations. Beautiful properties, tons of amenities, super location, Disney perks, and all at a great value. They are true gems indeed!