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 Love love love.... Only Stay Here

Nov 10, 2019 jenna677 Airdrie, Canada

I was recently here for convention for 4 days and it was one of the best hotel experiences. From the moment I checked in, Lars, was warm friendly and eager to ensure we well taken care of. He explained all the amenities, provided us a map, and ensure we had all we needed. In the Fuel, coffee shop, Kerly remembered me every visit and was so warm.… Read more
I was recently here for convention for 4 days and it was one of the best hotel experiences. From the moment I checked in, Lars, was warm friendly and eager to ensure we well taken care of. He explained all the amenities, provided us a map, and ensure we had all we needed. In the Fuel, coffee shop, Kerly remembered me every visit and was so warm. Sabrina pool side, went above and beyond to provide us the most exceptional service. This is the standard that all hotels should aspire too, This is the level of customer service, where you remember their names, because they genuinely care about you as a guest. BEST HOTEL EVER. Read less
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Nov 10, 2019 Sdgeek San Diego, United States

As a frequent Disney traveler, I’m used to certain standards that this resort clearly fails to meet. 1. Whatever they are using to clean these rooms is horrible. My eyes are burning. 2. Look at the picture of the carpet! So gross! Customer service here whole polite, was unhelpful. For once, i can’t wait to leave Disneyland.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible all around: worn, dirty and overpriced.

Nov 9, 2019 Ekapus

I was booked in the dolphin because of a conference. Despite the convenience I would choose to stay somewhere else if it returned there. The hotel was simply run down. From the construction going on in the lobby continuing to the worn carpet in the haps to the half clogged shower head in my room it was a mess all around. First the amenities:… Read more
I was booked in the dolphin because of a conference. Despite the convenience I would choose to stay somewhere else if it returned there. The hotel was simply run down. From the construction going on in the lobby continuing to the worn carpet in the haps to the half clogged shower head in my room it was a mess all around. First the amenities: there really aren't any. There are a few restaurants that want you to think they're upscale, but they're not. The coffee place in the lobby, again, puts on the pretense of quality but was fast food quality across the board (think McDonald's or Sheetz). The pool isn't easily accessible and that's about it. Next, the rooms: garbage. Their design is dated and nothing to get excited about but every detail I noticed was aged, worn or broken. My comforter had some dirty spots and was actually threadbare. The shower head was half clogged and the shelf that held soaps and shampoo was falling off the wall. There was also an inexplicable sound coming from the toilet and the walls. Housekeeping seemed to have no attention to detail either. Trash was left in the room, toiletries were partially refilled and I found quite a few hairs hanging around. Even the hanger bar was weak: adding a normal amount of stuff bowed it to the point I was worried about it breaking. Between those two places were the hallways. They weren't scary but they were worn. The pattern in the carpet was worn off to the point it disappeared. Unreal. I've stayed at really nice hotels. I've stayed at really cheap hotels. This one most definitely reminded me of the latter while charging me like the former. I can think of no reason, at all, to ever stay here. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, however you will pay a high price.

Nov 9, 2019 pookguy

Just stayed for 3 days early November. Had a double with balcony and fireworks view. The bathroom smelled and hadn't been cleaned. Very small bathroom. Cleaning person did not clean the room the entire day we went out. Came back and the room was still dirty with left over towels and unmade bed. Good thing I had dinner reservations and they cleaned… Read more
Just stayed for 3 days early November. Had a double with balcony and fireworks view. The bathroom smelled and hadn't been cleaned. Very small bathroom. Cleaning person did not clean the room the entire day we went out. Came back and the room was still dirty with left over towels and unmade bed. Good thing I had dinner reservations and they cleaned the room right away. Resort Service fee gives you two bottles of water and free internet on top of your room charge. This hotel is a great location for Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Do not see overall value at this place. Read less
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Nov 9, 2019 Pamela S

Hello my husband and I went with friends last night. We paid $290, we should have received a wrist band and didn’t. Major embarrassment, told staff, showed our receipt, was made to go verify again with the cashier. Really ?