Highlights of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Christmas Festivities

Some say the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Christmas festivities are Santa’s favorite.  Well, actually it’s the Swan/Dolphin themselves that say that, but the hotels certainly ramp up the fun for the holidays.  Santa and Mrs. Claus are vacationing in Central Florida to rest up for their big night; seems like an odd time to take a vacation since the biggest work night of the year is coming up, but who am I to judge?  New additions to the Christmas festivities for 2013 include a 7 foot tall, 400 pound chocolate Nutcracker added to the larger than life chocolate Santa display, and a dancing holiday light show on the causeway between the two hotels where palm trees perform Christmas classics.  Continue reading for more details of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Christmas plans, and some of the best hotel deals on Walt Disney World property.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Santa

Image Courtesy Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

From the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s Press Release

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is celebrating the season with the ever popular Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin.  This year’s magical month-long celebration in December will once again feature Santa – clad in cool Florida resort wear – accompanied by Mrs. Claus, as they jet off to Florida to escape the cold and spend their vacation at Santa’s favorite resort, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Families can enjoy a unique holiday experience away from home at the Epcot Resort Area hotel, mingling with Santa, lighting the tree with Mrs. Claus and even getting tucked in by one of Santa’s elves.  Santa’s favorite elf, Kandy Kane, will also return this holiday season.

Children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience with this year’s line-up:

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, decked out in their vacation attire, will meet with guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut select nights.  The hut features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, making it a photo opportunity like no other.

Dancing Lights Show

Each evening, the causeway transforms into a holiday spectacle, where illuminating palm trees become the performers of a dazzling musical light show featuring favorite holiday tunes.

Life-Size Chocolate Santa Scene

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture of Santa weighs in at approximately 1,200 pounds.  The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), will be on display in the lobby of the Swan.  And to make it even more decadent, a chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train will also be featured in this taste bud-tempting display.  As a new addition, this year’s display will feature a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker.

Chocolate Santa at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished!  On December 24, parents can hire a full-costumed elf to deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room; read a bedtime story and tuck the children into bed before Santa arrives.  This premium service costs $55 for one child and $15 for each additional child.  A service charge of 20 percent is added.  Reservations are required and space is limited.

Holiday Entertainment

On select nights, guests can catch entertainment by carolers, choirs and musicians in the hotel lobbies, on the causeway and in other public areas throughout the hotel.

Magic Keys for Santa

Since there is no chimney for Santa to fly down, the magical key is the perfect solution.  Children can hang a magic key outside their guest room on Christmas Eve to help Santa find his way.

Christmas Tree at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Tree-Lighting Ceremony

On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby for the lighting of the hotel’s 45-ft. tall Christmas tree, followed by hot beverages at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies

Throughout December, families can tune in to free holiday-themed movies on their guest room televisions.  Children also can decorate delicious holiday sweets in the lobby.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Santa

Image Courtesy Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort


For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500.  Overnight rates start at $159 per night.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.