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Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

Disney's Hollywood Studios® Area ·
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

About Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is the gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. Discover our world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin luxurious beds, the luxurious Mandara Spa, and many special Disney benefits. Read More

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Amenities

  • Monorail Transport
  • Boat Transport
  • Bus Transport
  • Skyliner Transport
  • Suites
  • Waterslide
  • Quick Service
  • Table Service
  • Kitchen
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
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On-Site Theme Park Benefits

  • Early Theme Park Entry

Disney's Hollywood Studios® 0.8mi
EPCOT® 0.9mi
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park 2.3mi
Magic Kingdom® Park 3.8mi
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Rooms Offered at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

2 Rooms

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Traditional Room

  • Two double beds*
  • Sleeps up to 4 guests
  • 360 sq ft


*King bed can be requested, but we cannot guarantee any requests. 
Retail From
$282
Rates (excl tax)
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Resort View

  • Two double beds*
  • Sleeps up to 4 guests
  • Courtyard, resort or landscape view
  • 360 sq ft


*King bed can be requested, but we cannot guarantee any requests. 
Retail From
$313
Rates (excl tax)
FROG FAMILY REVIEW
Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort*

What we love

  • Within walking distance to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
  • Prime location on Walt Disney World® Resort property, with easy access to parks
  • Special Disney benefits for guests, including character dining and more!
  • Free transportation to Disney Parks, including boat transportation to Disney's Hollywood Studios® and EPCOT®.
  • 3 acres of pool and water areas, including a children's pool, 4 whirlpools, a waterslide, lush landscaping and pool activities
  • Camp Dolphin, or tadpoles ages 5-12, offers childcare and activity centers for parents to take time off and enjoy some child-free time
  • 6 dining options, including signature fine dining like Shula’s Steak House, as well as casual options and 24-hour room service
  • Guests receive free theme park parking and priority access to Disney parks during sold-out days
  • Washers and dryers on-site; laundry services available

Keep in Mind

  • There is a daily Resort Fee charge of $40 that will be collected at check-out (not included in the room rate).
  • Standard rooms can sleep only 4 adults
  • Rooms near the convention center and on the first floor can be noisy
  • The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin does not participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Camp Dolphin requires reservations ahead of time, so be sure to plan ahead.
  • Hotel charges $32 per day plus tax for self-parking.
  • Hotel charges $42 per day plus tax for valet parking.
  • Some of the fine dining options have a business casual dress code in order for entry.

Notable Facts

  • Opened in Jan. 1990 by the Tishman Group
  • Resort group has a 99-year lease agreement with Walt Disney World® Resort
  • The dolphin statues that adorn the top of the resort span 56-feet tall

Frog Family Tips

  • Once you’ve booked your stay, don’t froget to download the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin App for the latest news on activity schedules, openings, and hours of operation.
  • Ask for a high-floor room with a view of the Disney parks!
  • Request a room with a balcony to best enjoy the fireworks displays
  • Grab a bite to eat at Fountain or Cabana Bar and Beach Club for a casual lunch or dinner–both restaurants serve traditional American cuisine
  • Consider upgrading to valet services to avoid taking a longer walk from the parking area to the hotel
  • Ask for a room closer to the elevators to avoid a long walk down hallways
  • Take advantage of the free access to the adjacent Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel’s amenities and restaurants–guests have free access.
  • Tadpoles will love paddling around in the swan paddleboats, an included perk with the daily resort fee.

Best For

  • Families, couples and adults — especially those who prefer Marriott Hotels — who want to be on Disney's Boardwalk entertainment area with walking distance to EPCOT® and Disney's Hollywood Studios®.

*The views and opinions expressed here are those of Undercover Tourist.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Information

In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is the gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. The resort is located in between EPCOT® and Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and nearby Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park.


Discover the world-class restaurants and lounges, including steak, seafood, Italian, sushi, poolside dining venues, and 24-hour room service. Other amenities include the luxurious Mandara Spa, five pools, including a grotto pool with a water slide and waterfalls, a white sand beach, two health clubs, tennis, jogging trails, watercraft rentals, game room, and a supervised children’s activity center. Guests also receive many special Disney benefits, including complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks and Attractions, advance tee times on nearby Walt Disney World® Resort golf courses, Disney character dining, and Disney ticket desks.

At the end of the day, the sophisticated guest rooms and suites offer the perfect retreat. The centerpiece of these rooms is the Westin Heavenly Bed®, featuring a pillow-top mattress, white goose-down comforter, 250 thread-count sheets, and five overstuffed pillows. Guests don’t just sleep in it… they lose themselves in it!


Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Refurbishments

The Character Dining and Park Merchandise Delivery perks are temporarily suspended. Check the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin App for the latest openings and hours of operation.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Amenities

General Room Info:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 PM
  • 27 floors
  • 1,514 total rooms
  • Accessible rooms available
  • Non-smoking property
  • Buildings offer elevators and interior corridors
  • Pets are not allowed (service animals allowed)
  • Minimum check-in age: 18 years old with valid ID
  • Daily Resort Fee: $40 plus tax (paid at checkout and not included in the room rate)*
In Each Room:
  • Individual climate control
  • Desk
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Alarm clock
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Flat screen television
  • Hair dryer
  • Make-up mirror
  • Free daily weekday newspaper

Dining at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort:

  • 8 restaurants and lounges
  • 5 Full-service restaurants: Shula Steak House, Todd English’s Bluezoo, Fresh Mediterranean, Cabana Bar and Beach Club, Fountain
  • 2 Quick-service restaurants: Picabu, Fuel
  • Lounge: Phins
  • 24-Hour room service

Recreation at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort:

  • Spring pool and a children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Lap pool
  • Cabana Beach Hut where you can rent tube and raft rentals, towels, life vests and more
  • 4 Whirlpools
  • Water volleyball
  • Watercraft rentals
  • Tube and raft rentals
  • Seasonal poolside activities and entertainment
  • 2 Sand volleyball courts
  • Beachside playground
  • Spraying seal fountain
  • Basketball hoops
  • Table tennis
  • Giant checkers game
  • Mandara Spa
  • Camp Dolphin - kids' only club
  • Walt Disney World golf courses - guests can enjoy advance tee times
  • Jogging trails
  • Game room
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis courts
  • Private beach

Transportation:

  • Hotel charges $32 per day plus tax for self-parking
  • Hotel charges $42 per day plus tax for valet parking
  • Free scheduled shuttle and boat transportation provided to the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks
  • Free parking at all Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks

Other Services:

  • Housekeeping service twice per week (more frequent services can be requested)
  • 24-hour sundry/convenience store
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities (located at the Dolphin)
  • Concierge services
  • 24-hour bell stand
  • Two (2) on-site Disney planning centers
  • Two (2) airline boarding pass kiosks
  • Full on-site business center
  • Conference space and meeting rooms
  • Four (4) ATM machines (two in the Dolphin and two at the Swan)

*Daily Resort Service Package Includes:

  • In-room wireless internet
  • Complimentary Swan Paddleboat rentals
  • Live instructor-led fitness classes
  • $30 off Spa Services (individual or combined exceeding $200. Excludes Hair & Nail services)

General Walt Disney World® Resort Benefits

  • Theme Park Early Entry - Stay in the magic at a Disney Resort hotel and enjoy 30 minutes early entry to any Theme Park every day!*
  • Complimentary Transportation – a scheduled water taxi or shuttle bus can transport guests to the Disney Parks or Disney Springs area.**
  • Advanced Tee Times - As a guest of the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, you are able to take advantage of advance tee times at the three Walt Disney World® Resort championship golf courses.
  • Complimentary Parking At Disney Theme Parks - Guests who choose to drive their own car to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks will receive free standard parking just by showing your Disney resort hotel room key.
  • Character Dining - A unique dining experience for young and old alike, the Disney characters will join weekend breakfast at select restaurants, entertaining the children, signing autographs and posing for individual photos.
  • Complimentary Delivery Of Purchases In Disney Theme Parks – Disney souvenirs will be delivered to your hotel’s Disney gift shop so there’s no need to carry them around the park all day.
*This benefit is exclusive to Disney Resort guests only. Lines for the most popular attractions are drastically shorter allowing you to enjoy more of your favorite rides! A Park reservation and valid ticket or pass for the same Park on the same date and a valid Resort ID are required.
**The water taxi runs approximately every 20 – 25 minutes to and from Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios™. There is also a walkway that connects to the entrances of these parks. Shuttle buses arrive at the main entrance of the hotel approximately every 20 – 25 minutes to transport guests to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney Springs® area, and Magic Kingdom® Park. A complimentary bus to the Disney Springs® area departs approximately every 20 – 25 minutes from the front entrances of the Swan, Dolphin, and Swan Reserve.

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