Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World, Orlando

Virgin rating

The hotel

Perched overlooking the gardens leading to Epcot, the Walt Disney World Dolphin is a fantastic base to make the most of the famed theme parks - you're even within walking distance of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios so you can explore a galaxy far, far away. With Walt Disney World Swan and Swan Reserve adjacent, there’s 22 restaurants between the resorts for you to enjoy. And with 6 pools, a waterslide, a kids’ camp and mini-golf nearby, little ones will be entertained to high heavens.

Amenities

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Kids Club
  • Car Included
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Free Parking
  • Free transport to theme parks
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service

Where is it

Ideally located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort. Adjacent to Epcot and within close proximity to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Transfer time from Orlando International Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

2,270 guest rooms. All with air-conditioning, flat-screen HDTV, iPod/MP3 connections, complimentary WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-fridge, safe, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. 

Lake View Rooms with 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed, or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 people. (5th person can be accommodated on a rollaway bed*).

Balcony Rooms overlook the courtyard or the lake, with 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed, or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 people (5th person can be accommodated on a rollaway bed*).
  • Stay before 31 Dec '23 to receive the following benefits:


    • Complimentary self-parking, saving $29 per day. 

    • Kids 9 years and under eat free at the following restaurants when accompanied by a full paying adult. Garden Grove which offers breakfast and lunch, Fresh which also offers breakfast and lunch, and The Fountain for dinner. Maximum 2 children per room, per paying adult. Restaurants and meal options are subject to change.

    • Receive $30 off any Mandara Spa treatment when spending $200 or more.

Complimentary Disney transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Within walking distance of Disney's BoardWalk, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and to a private entrance at Epcot. Complimentary water taxi to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Valet-parking £42 plus tax, per night (payable locally, subject to change).

22 restaurants and lounges across both Swan and Dolphin resorts: Amare (Mediterranean cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Fresh Mediterranean Market (open for breakfast). Tangerine (poolside drinks and casual fare). The Fountain (open for lunch and dinner). Fuel (grab and go items). Garden Grove (open for breakfast). Grounds (craft coffee, sandwiches and pastries). Il Mulino New York Trattoria (Italian dining, open for dinner). Il Mulino Lounge. Stir (lobby lounge). Kimonos (sushi, open for dinner). Kimonos Lounge. Splash Pool Bar & Grill (poolside dining). Java (open for breakfast; grab-and-go open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Picabu (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Shula's Steak House (open for dinner). Todd English's Bluezoo (seafood, open for dinner) Todd English's Bluezoo Lounge (cocktails and light bites). Shula's Lounge. Phins (light bites and cocktails). Chill (frozen cocktails). Cabana Bar and Beach Club. In-room Mobile Dining available.

6 swimming pools, including a 3-acre grotto pool with waterslide and waterfalls, 2 lap pools, a spring pool and a kids' pool. 4 whirlpools. Sandy beach. The Dolphin Health Club with fitness centre, classes, and yoga mats (on request). Mandara Spa*. Camp Dolphin* kids' club. Volleyball. Jogging trails. Kids' playground. Arcade*. Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf* (located nearby).

Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour ATM. Babysitting*. Laundry/dry cleaning facilities*. Merchandise delivery service from the park to your hotel. Complimentary parking at Disney Theme Parks with room key and ID.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

At the present time, Walt Disney World are conducting a phased reopening of their resort hotels. You can find out more information about which hotels are currently open at Disney’s Know Before You Go website www.disneytraveltradeinfo.com/wdwws

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: use of a rollaway bed for parties of 5 people or more sharing a room will incur an additional charge. This is subject to change and is payable locally to the hotel.

 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bogus charges on credit card!!

Aug 18, 2022 regranhurst Wheelersburg, Ohio

Stayed with a group of teachers for a conference. Saved up for a year to come here. Three weeks after I checked out I noticed a charge on my credit card for what I was told was upgrades. Our district paid for our rooms so I didn't understand the charge. Called SEVERAL times to clear it up and sent over 30 emails with no help. When I turned them… Read more
Stayed with a group of teachers for a conference. Saved up for a year to come here. Three weeks after I checked out I noticed a charge on my credit card for what I was told was upgrades. Our district paid for our rooms so I didn't understand the charge. Called SEVERAL times to clear it up and sent over 30 emails with no help. When I turned them over to the BBB then they changed their story to it being because I checked out before checkout time to catch my flight. If this hotel will charge bogus charges to a group of teachers I wonder how many families they have ripped off!!! I still hope they will do the right thing and return my money but I would NEVER stay here again!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dolphin delight 🐬

Aug 16, 2022 5Saratoga London, United Kingdom

Fantastic stay, at a beautiful resort. Staff is superior at almost every area to most other Disney resorts without the stuffiness of the Floridian or obvious age of the Contemporary or Polynesian. Both outdated , overcrowded and overpriced . The Dolphin 🐬 has numerous amenities, awesome pools and many options connecting to the Boardwalk. Superb… Read more
Fantastic stay, at a beautiful resort. Staff is superior at almost every area to most other Disney resorts without the stuffiness of the Floridian or obvious age of the Contemporary or Polynesian. Both outdated , overcrowded and overpriced . The Dolphin 🐬 has numerous amenities, awesome pools and many options connecting to the Boardwalk. Superb leadership and sincere, personable style by Margot in reservations, Bill, manager and Carlos in dining. Staff at Front desk with Ashley always helpful and warm, Andy, best bellman and Carlos at concierge, terrific and helpful. Location is terrific and the renovations are usually done with minimal impact to the guests, but keep the Dolphin, new, refreshed and shining . Fuel and Peekaboo for quick, casual food or drinks have smiling staff that focus on a timely and positive interaction. Very good selection of items. Blue Zoo or Garden grove are excellent dining for sit down. Will continue to recommend Dolphin/ Swan to neighbors and friends 👍. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Stay at the Dolphin

Aug 14, 2022 742sharonh

We had a lovely stay a the Dolphin. Staff was helpful and friendly. Room was fine with comfortable beds. Convenient to be able to walk or take a boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. For Magic Kingdom would suggest walking to yacht club and taking Disney bus there and after park taking the bus to either Boardwalk or Beach and Yacht Club and… Read more
We had a lovely stay a the Dolphin. Staff was helpful and friendly. Room was fine with comfortable beds. Convenient to be able to walk or take a boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. For Magic Kingdom would suggest walking to yacht club and taking Disney bus there and after park taking the bus to either Boardwalk or Beach and Yacht Club and walking to the Dolphin. I will say that if your reservation. Is linked to the My Disney Experience App, it may become unlinked and you would have to go the Disney website to link it again. This happened after we checked in as well as any time we edited the reservation. After speaking with a Dolphin, it seems like a glitch on Disney's end and not the hotels. The hotel gives water bottles every day and those came in handy when we went to the parks where we could refill them a few times. Would definitely stay again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great hotel, perfect location

Aug 14, 2022 joannesH3404GJ Mansfield, United Kingdom

So the first thing to comment about with the dolphin is that it is in a incredible location close to Epcot and Hollywood studios literally in walking distance and/or there is a water taxi to take you which is a five minute walk out of the hotel. In terms of the rest of the hotel and the facilities the lobby area is really pretty it’s got a nice… Read more
So the first thing to comment about with the dolphin is that it is in a incredible location close to Epcot and Hollywood studios literally in walking distance and/or there is a water taxi to take you which is a five minute walk out of the hotel. In terms of the rest of the hotel and the facilities the lobby area is really pretty it’s got a nice seating area so it’s nice to sit in the lobby and have a drink the pool area is great for children around 3 pools for children there was a DJ playing, floats you could rent they had face painting, tshirt making, table tennis etc so loads and loads for kids to do. it’s a five minute walk to the Fantasia minigolf as well which is another great activity to do and in terms of the rest of the parks in driving distance to magic kingdom, animal kingdom and Disney Springs is really really close so location of this hotel is perfect. we stayed in a executive King suite room which was really great, plenty of space for a family. It was very clean, cleaning was a bit haphazard in terms of timing but was done. The room service was fantastic it was literally download the app and it was a 10 minute wait for breakfast to be delivered to your room and the breakfast was fantastic the pancakes are amazing and you only need to order kids pancakes because that’s plenty for an adult so they’re all the positives about the hotel. Just focusing on where they could make improvements going forward one is catering for children so they have a fuel shop on site where you can get coffee and snacks and everything I just felt that there wasn’t enough child focused friendly food in there such as you know quite basic sandwiches all different things that children would eat. Within the Fountain restaurant downstairs the ice cream is fantastic the kids love that but the food in the Fountain was just average below par so I would say they need to improve on the food aspect of the hotel for sure but apart from that we had a really great state the Dolphin I would recommend it and I would come back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bad for the environment and for the soul

Aug 6, 2022 travelsleuth1961 Kansas City, Missouri

After a long journey was unable to check in at 7:30 pm. How on earth can a room not be ready so late? Fees and taxes are excessive, approximately 35% before being coerced into tipping in front of a cashier at a buffet. Attitude towards the environment is disgraceful with wide use of single-use plastics, and more.