Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World, Orlando

The hotel

These fully refurbished hotels are situated in a fantastic location and just a short stroll from the vibrant Disney's BoardWalk entertainment district. The hotels are perched overlooking the tranquil, landscaped lake and gardens which lead to Disney's amazing Epcot. There are so many reasons to stay here such as the sophisticated guest rooms, 17 restaurants and lounges, five pools and the luxurious Mandara Spa...a grown-up haven of traquility in which to relax after an exciting day in the theme parks! What's more, you get some great Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Benefits to take advantage of. There are also plenty of activities to keep the little campers amused with the Camp Dolphin supervised kids' activity programme!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Theme Parks
  • No Smoking
  • Kids Club
  • Children’s Playground
  • Children's Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Close to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Room 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: approx 30 minutes.

Hotel information

2,270 guest rooms. All with air-conditioning, 47” flat-screen HDTV, enhanced high-speed WiFi, iPod/MP3 connections, coffee maker, in-room mini-fridge, safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Rooms with 1 king-size bed, 2 queen-size beds or 2 double beds. Choose from Courtyard View or Balcony Rooms sleeping maximum 4 adults at Walt Disney World Swan and Lake View, or Balcony Rooms, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 4 adults and 1 child on a rollaway bed at Walt Disney World Dolphin. There is a local charge for a 5th person on a rollaway bed of $25 plus tax per night* (subject to change and availability).

Why is this a Virgin Holidays favourite?

Range of restaurants, offering fantastic dining options

Great for families, with Camp Dolphin supervised activity programme* (local charge)

Fantastic spa facilities with exclusive discounts for Virgin Holidays' guests

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Receive a Lake View Room at the Dolphin or a Courtyard View Room at the Swan
  • Kids 9 years and under eat free at the following restaurants when accompanied by a full paying adult. Garden Grove which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and Fresh, which offers breakfast and lunch. Maximum 2 children per room, per paying adult. Restaurants and meal options are subject to change
  • Complimentary babysitting service for kids aged 4-12 years whilst parents eat at either Shula's, Blue Zoo or Il Mulino. Maximum 2 hours
  • Receive 20% discount on any Mandara Spa treatment valued at $50 or more
  • Complimentary self-parking saving $28.00 per day
  • Any adult only booking will receive a $50 food coupon to dine at the resort (one per room, per stay)

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. Complimentary shuttle to nearby Orlando Premium Outlets.

17 restaurants and lounges including Il Mulino New York Trattoria (Italian), Todd English’s bluezoo (seafood), Shula’s Steak House (voted Orlando’s best high-end steakhouse) and Kimonos (sushi). More casual eateries include Garden Grove (Disney character dining nightly for dinner and breakfast on Saturday and Sundays), Fresh (breakfast and lunch), The Fountain (lunch and dinner), Fuel, Cabana Bar and Beach Club (poolside), Splash (poolside), Picabu (24 hours), Phins, Java Bar, and 24-hour room service*.

5 swimming pools, including a grotto pool with slide and waterfalls, white sand beach, 2 health clubs, whirlpools, the Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa*, jogging trails, paddle-boat rentals*, games room, Camp Dolphin supervised kids' activity programme*. Nearby golf on 4 Championship Walt Disney World golf courses*.

24-hour convenience store/cafe, room service. Valet and coin laundry. Complimentary high‐speed Internet access. Complimentary 2 bottles of water in room, replenished daily. Complimentary tea and coffee in room. Complimentary unlimited use of health clubs. Complimentary childcare for 2 hours when dining at signature restaurants.

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

Hotel Resort benefits:

- Disney's Extended park hours on selected days, open 1 hour early and up to 2 hours after regular closing at one of the Disney Parks (valid theme park ticket and resort ID required)

- Unlimited use of Walt Disney World transportation

- Disney Character Dining at Garden Grove Restaurant available Mon-Fri for dinner and Sat-Sun for breakfast 

- Complimentary parking at Disney Theme Parks

- Complimentary delivery of purchases made within Walt Disney World Resort theme parks direct to your hotel

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: there may be a local charge for use of a roll-away bed for parties of 5 people or more sharing a room. This is subject to change and is charged by the hotel.


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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just ok-check in process unremarkable

Jan 22, 2020 daviddY3457TQ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I have stayed here over 100 times now, on business and pleasure, and now am lifetime titanium elite after being platinum on both Marriott and Starwood for nearly 20 years. This hotel never has recognized my loyalty and now I am sitting in their bar waiting for my room yet again (it wasn’t ready at 2pm when I arrived). The lobby is empty! The… Read more
I have stayed here over 100 times now, on business and pleasure, and now am lifetime titanium elite after being platinum on both Marriott and Starwood for nearly 20 years. This hotel never has recognized my loyalty and now I am sitting in their bar waiting for my room yet again (it wasn’t ready at 2pm when I arrived). The lobby is empty! The front desk clerk Derek, said I’m getting the VIP treatment - hmm...next time I’m staying at the Hilton or Waldorf! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Shattered our dreams of Walt Disney before we even made it.

Jan 21, 2020 durkeel North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We were greeted by a valet guy who helped with our bags and and we were told that valet parking was 25 for self parking and valet was 35.oo. The guy said self parking was a mile away from hotel so we decided to pay the 35.00 instead of walking a mile back and forth to car. We asked to have same guy bring our bags up to the room and the guy said ok… Read more
We were greeted by a valet guy who helped with our bags and and we were told that valet parking was 25 for self parking and valet was 35.oo. The guy said self parking was a mile away from hotel so we decided to pay the 35.00 instead of walking a mile back and forth to car. We asked to have same guy bring our bags up to the room and the guy said ok but another guy brought them up, We didn't get to tip the valet guy so we asked the bellman did the valet and bellman split tip s and he said yes so I doubled the tip. We checked in and waited in line cause only one girl working the desk. She told us that if we didn't accept maid service during our stay that we would get 5.00 vouchers. We got 15.00 in vouchers for no maid for 4 nights..She asked for credit card and handed the keys and told us where elevators were an that was it. No smile, no have a fun time. Just hand the tickets. We took our keys out of little slip card they put them in and put in our wallets. We were not aware there was a card stuck inside with the room key with information about free things we could of used during our stay til we had left resort an put keys back in little packs for souvenirs. We could of got free smores packages for evening fires that they had each day that we were not aware of. It also informed us that we could use the white swans to paddle in the ponds . It also said we could of got 30 off on a spa package. The front desk did not even let us be aware of all these things happening at the hotel. It was just credit card and key and 15 dollar voucher and we were told where to go to elevator. Next morning ,we went to guest service for our Disney entrance fast pass card to get in each day and woman said we didn't have right info number is we called travel agent an then guest help told us we had to go to front desk. Not very nice lady. So we went to front desk an waited while one girl was working again. We asked for our package and she gave it to us and didn't say have fun, enjoy or nothing. She didn't even smile. Why didn't they give us our package when we checked in so we didn't have to wait around til 7 am til they open at guest services. My friend had souvenirs sent to hotel and she spent 2 days trying to get someone to help her find them. Hotel staff was not helpful at all. We were also told that we couldn't catch bus to parks til 8 am but we walked to swan and they told us we could go ahead an catch cause they were going every 15 mins so we got to park at 730. The Swan had the most nicest staff and greeted us everytime we walked over there. We liked going and sitting or grabbing a coffee at the Swan instead of Dolphin. When we checked out, we asked the bellman if valet and bellman split tips with one another and he said no so we got lied to again. We doubled the 1st bellman tip cause he said they did. Then the morning we left, we found out the resturant downstairs that had a small lunch and breakfast Buffett was closing cause they were loseing monies. Someone in the hotel told us that. This is a beautiful hotel but the staff made us feel like we were entering a morgue instead of being at a place that was connected to The Worlds happiest place to be. I tried to give my best friend a surprise nice trip and I felt like I failed by talking her to This hotel. The main thing ill always remember about this trip will be the service at The Dolphin. Saving monies for a nice trip to treat someone, i would recommend go to The Swan or elsewhere to start your adventure for Walt Disney World. Thank God we only had 4 nights there and we spent most of the time hanging at other hotels and at the Magic Kingdom ,Epcot and Animal Kingdom. One other thing the Dolphin had going for them was SHULAS. The resturant and food was perfect. Would highly recommend going to Dolphin just for SHULAS.. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location and property

Jan 21, 2020 MarkF886 Bentonville, Arkansas

Both the Dolphin and Swan are very centrally-located, and walking distance to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. They are the only two non-Disney-owned hotels on Disney property, so you have the advantage of location, without the burden of Disney prices. Not that these hotels are a "bargain" generally, but when compared to similar Disney… Read more
Both the Dolphin and Swan are very centrally-located, and walking distance to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. They are the only two non-Disney-owned hotels on Disney property, so you have the advantage of location, without the burden of Disney prices. Not that these hotels are a "bargain" generally, but when compared to similar Disney products, they are. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and the amenities are excellent. The rooms are clean and fresh, and seem to have been recently renovated. I would highly recommend the Dolphin and Swan. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our new favorite resort in Disney World!

Jan 20, 2020 Tourist35913122047

Although we usually stay at Port Orleans Riverside, we decided to give the Dolphin a try due to better rates. Best decision we made! Very nice accommodations with courteous staff, a large selection of dining options and most importantly nice clean, bright rooms with comfortable beds and a nice hot shower! Our housekeeper was exceptional and went… Read more
Although we usually stay at Port Orleans Riverside, we decided to give the Dolphin a try due to better rates. Best decision we made! Very nice accommodations with courteous staff, a large selection of dining options and most importantly nice clean, bright rooms with comfortable beds and a nice hot shower! Our housekeeper was exceptional and went out of her way to make it a pleasant experience for us! Although visiting the parks this year was a bit disappointing due to the crowds, the Dolphin provided some well-needed relaxation in between the chaos! We don't plan on coming back to Disney World any time soon but when we do, we plan on staying at the Dolphin for sure! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Family Vacation to see Mickey

Jan 20, 2020 CRAIGGL Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

We put together this 1 week vacation two weeks before we left and it was probably our best family vacation ever. There weren't alot of hotel options left when we began looking and so we ended up staying in the WDW Dolphin which is a Marriot hotel. We were not disappointed. The large lobby was the first thing we noticed about it. Perfect for… Read more
We put together this 1 week vacation two weeks before we left and it was probably our best family vacation ever. There weren't alot of hotel options left when we began looking and so we ended up staying in the WDW Dolphin which is a Marriot hotel. We were not disappointed. The large lobby was the first thing we noticed about it. Perfect for just sitting and relaxing. We had a standard double bed room with a King suite attached and it was perfect for us (4 people in our family). We like alot of space when we travel. The hotel has boat service to two parks and all parks are within a 15min bus ride via the Disney buses. The front desk was friendly and the concierge was always helpful. They even have a place to get your Disney questions answered and tickets to events at the parks. We did eat at the FUEL restaurant each day and everything was very good. Very clean hotel and friendly staff. Read less