Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Completes Redesign

One of the best kept secret places to stay at Walt Disney World is the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  The Swan and Dolphin Resort is smack in the middle of Walt Disney World property, in walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme parks, but not a Disney-owned property.  Meaning… you’re not paying Disney prices.  Now, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed the largest redesign in its history with all guest rooms, public spaces and meeting space transformed as part of a $140 million, three-year project.  Continue reading for how the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has just gotten better.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Exterior view of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, photo by Dave Parfitt

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

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed the largest transformation in the resort’s history: a $140 million, three-year project which included a redesign of all guest rooms, complete transformation of the Dolphin Resort lobby and renovation of all meeting space.

“This is both a huge accomplishment for our team and a significant moment for our guests,” said Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort General Manager Fred Sawyers. “With the transformation now complete, our guests can enjoy a stylish new look, new amenities, the latest in technology, an operation with more than a quarter century of excellence in serving guests and a prime location at Walt Disney World Resort, all in one property.”

The completion of the project also means the resort returns to operating at full capacity just in time for the openings of Toy Story Land (2018) and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is within walking distance of the resort.

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Swan Renovated Double-Double Room, image courtesy Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Overall, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort redesign:

Guest rooms:

  • All 2,267 guest rooms were completely transformed to a new look which reflects the resort’s water-themed architecture. Noted interior design and architecture firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios designed the rooms, drawing inspiration from the resort’s original designer, the renowned late Michael Graves. The new rooms offer guests a relaxing oasis featuring hues of white, blue and gray, sleek multi-functional furniture and all new bathrooms featuring vanities with backlit mirrors on iridescent glass tiles
  • Technology upgrades include the addition of more outlets and USB ports for charging devices and new high-definition TVs. The resort will also soon introduce new interactive TV software, allowing guests the ability to check out from their room and cast their own video streaming services from their personal tablets and mobile devices to their in-room TV
Swan Renovated Alcove

Swan Renovated Alcove Room, image courtesy Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Public Space:

  • The new Dolphin Resort lobby, designed by ICRAVE, features a contemporary look with a new geometric ceiling, enhanced lighting and more than double the amount of guest seating. The centerpiece of the new lobby is a grand chandelier stretching 20 feet from the ceiling with nearly 1,000 strands and about 10,000 individual crystals suspended above the Dolphin fountain
  • For the first time since its opening, the resort has built a completely new dining venue.  Located in the Dolphin lobby, fuel offers high-quality quick service and grab-and-go food and drink options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast options include pastries from world-champion pastry chef Laurent Branlard, muffins, breakfast sandwiches and wraps and a variety of coffee, tea and espresso options. Lunch and dinner options include sandwiches and salads. Those with a sweet tooth will find Branlard’s signature desserts and chocolates as well as frozen yogurt and a wide assortment of candy
  • Phins, a new bar centrally located in the Dolphin lobby and seating up to 150 guests, offers wines, beers and cocktails along with appetizers perfect for sharing. Signature offerings include the resort’s own craft brew Phins & Feathers, wine on tap and creative cocktails.  On Sunday mornings, Phins offers brunch-themed beverages including a variety of bloody marys and sparkling options
  • Coming soon will be new private poolside cabanas furnished with lounge seating, tables, fans, refrigerators and television for rental.  Each cabana will include full food and beverage service
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Dolphin Lobby & Phins, image courtesy Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Meetings Space

  • A new 2,800-square-foot meeting and event space, Lake View, offers scenic outdoor views of the resort’s private lake and picturesque Dolphin Resort
  • All of the resort’s 332,000 square feet of meeting space has been transformed with an updated appearance
  • New technology includes electronic reader boards throughout the meeting space and the latest in high-density Wi-Fi offering high-speed, uninterrupted internet to groups as large as 15,000 people
Swan Hotel

Swan Hotel Lake View Meeting Space, image courtesy Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Redesign By the Numbers:

  • $140 million – cost in dollars of the entire project
  • 3 – length in years of the project
  • 6 – phases of room renovations to keep the resort open to guests throughout the project
  • 2 – new food & beverage venues introduced: the grab-and-go Fuel and bar Phins
  • 2,267 – number of guest rooms redesigned and upgraded
  • 86 – number of meeting rooms redesigned or added
  • 9,890 – total number of individual crystals in new Dolphin lobby chandelier
  • 6 – number of new pool cabanas at the resort
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Grounds of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, photo by Dave Parfitt

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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.