Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World, Orlando

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. With Walt Disney World Swan adjacent, there’s 18 restaurants between the two resorts for you to enjoy. And with 5 pools, a waterslide, a kids’ camp and mini-golf nearby, little ones will be entertained to high heavens.

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: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

2,270 guest rooms. All with air-conditioning, flat-screen HDTV, iPod/MP3 connections, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-fridge, safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Standard Rooms have courtyard or lake views, with 1 king-size bed, 2 queen-size beds or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. (5th person can be accommodated on a rollaway bed*).

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 and lunch, Fresh which also offers breakfast and lunch, and at The Fountain for dinner. Maximum 2 children per room, per paying adult. Restaurants and meal options are subject to change
  • Complimentary babysitting service for kids aged 5 -11 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. Self-parking $29 plus tax, per night, and valet-parking £39 plus tax, per night (payable locally, subject to change).

18 restaurants and lounges across both Swan and Dolphin resorts: Fresh Mediterranean Market (open for breakfast and lunch). The Fountain (open for lunch and dinner). Il Mulino New York Trattoria (Italian dining, open for dinner). Il Mulino Lounge. Kimonos (sushi, open for dinner). Splash Pool Bar & Grill (poolside dining). Java (open for breakfast; grab-and-go available 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; lounge serving light bites and cocktails). Shula's Steakhouse (open for dinner; lounge open for drinks). Phins (light bites and cocktails). Chill (cocktails). Cabana Bar and Beach Club. Kimonos Lounge. 24-hour room service*.

5 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 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 Cant understand all then negative reviews

Jul 20, 2021 lany1963 New York City, New York

Background......we live about 40 minutes from Disney. Before moving to Florida last year from NY we traveled many times to Disney and always stayed in Deluxe resorts with our 2 boys. We are now Florida residents and recently purchased the Florida resident tickets for 3 days for myself and husband. We love Epcot and decided to to the Food and Wine… Read more
Background......we live about 40 minutes from Disney. Before moving to Florida last year from NY we traveled many times to Disney and always stayed in Deluxe resorts with our 2 boys. We are now Florida residents and recently purchased the Florida resident tickets for 3 days for myself and husband. We love Epcot and decided to to the Food and Wine festival and get a room so we could have a few drinks and not worry about driving home. I looked at Boardwalk and Beach and Yacht and prices were about $400 per night. I checked the Dolphin and it came out with fees to about $250.00 with $30 paid separately for parking which we would have paid $25 to park at Epcot anyway. We arrived at 9 am thinking we would have to store our luggage,but our room was actually ready so we checked in dropped off bag and off we went. Our room was 10164, 2 double beds .The room was clean ,sheets were clean,bathroom was clean,there were plenty of towels,toiletries and Dasani water bottles,which was a pleaseant surprise. The staff was friendly ,there are plenty of dining options at hotel and the grounds were attractive. Cant beat it for the price,short walk to Epcot and Boardwalk area with alternative dining options. I am a clean fanatic and really found no issue as people have previous posted. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not yet back to pre-Covid service

Jul 19, 2021 BillL569 Appleton, Wisconsin

My wife and I just finsihed a 2 night stay at the Dolphin(7/17-7/18). Overall, they seem to be doing better than Disney in restoring service.That said, it would have been nice if they told us at check-in that the room would not be made up. They compensated by having plenty of clean towels in the room. They also must have some challenges getting… Read more
My wife and I just finsihed a 2 night stay at the Dolphin(7/17-7/18). Overall, they seem to be doing better than Disney in restoring service.That said, it would have been nice if they told us at check-in that the room would not be made up. They compensated by having plenty of clean towels in the room. They also must have some challenges getting people back to work or finding quality employees. Some are very good, some appear to be still learning the ropes. You should consider staying here if you are visiting Epcot and the Hollywood studios because the boat service is great and both parks are within a 15 minute walk. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dirty, dated and half the service at full price

Jul 18, 2021 rktj Tampa, Florida

What can I say that hasn't already been said in other reviews - they are spot on. The rooms in this place are dirty and horribly dated. They will still charge $300/night plus an extra $70 in resort fees and parking but will provide zero housekeeping and no room service. Sorry, but Covid is no longer an excuse. The location is obviously great but… Read more
What can I say that hasn't already been said in other reviews - they are spot on. The rooms in this place are dirty and horribly dated. They will still charge $300/night plus an extra $70 in resort fees and parking but will provide zero housekeeping and no room service. Sorry, but Covid is no longer an excuse. The location is obviously great but the rooms are downright depressing. The lobby bar is stupid expensive ($60 for two double crown and cokes). This is not NYC - this is Orlando. Give this place a hard pass. Read less
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Jul 17, 2021 bigtimetravelY DeWitt, Michigan

This place is dated and really shows serious wear. We are completely unsatisfied with this experience. The hallways are dirty and full of trash. The carpet is worn out from housekeeping carts. The room (6020) smells and had jam stains on the floor. The bathroom door won’t open all the way and it complete. They also never told us at… Read more
This place is dated and really shows serious wear. We are completely unsatisfied with this experience. The hallways are dirty and full of trash. The carpet is worn out from housekeeping carts. The room (6020) smells and had jam stains on the floor. The bathroom door won’t open all the way and it complete. They also never told us at check in that they only provide room cleaning every 4 days. We also waited almost 20 minutes to check in as the desk staff was flirting with a guest. Our check in took about 2min. We were second in line and waited 20 for the person in front of us. We will never be back and would not recommend it. The only bright notes were Sophia in housekeeping who actually helped us as well as the bartender at the adult style pool. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dirty and messy

Jul 13, 2021 Fe19de68

It is a mess, and remarkable dirty. I had to beg for housekeeping and double check every day. They say they just do housekeeping after the 4th day of stay; I guess they have a kind of agreement with the virus, I don’t know really. Personnel has the wonderful habit of walking through the corridors early screaming like hell, a wonderful wake up for… Read more
It is a mess, and remarkable dirty. I had to beg for housekeeping and double check every day. They say they just do housekeeping after the 4th day of stay; I guess they have a kind of agreement with the virus, I don’t know really. Personnel has the wonderful habit of walking through the corridors early screaming like hell, a wonderful wake up for anyone. Just check the pictures, this is what corridors look like normally. The accumulated bags on the floor reminds the streets of NY. They also apologize and justifies everything on the fact of being busy. I don’t know why the fill the hotel up if they cannot handle it. Read less