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

  • 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, 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?

Exclusive Virgin Holidays 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 a $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 £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.

 

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disgusting

Jan 21, 2022 569arleneg

We've stayed at the dolphin before, but never again. The rooms are just disgusting. You can tell no one cleaned, walls are dirty, floors are dirty, everything is dusty... the claim they disinfect between guests but let me tell you, it's obvious they don't. Had to go to Walmart and get my own sheets, towels, etc. Never staying here again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location but not clean and no service to room.

Jan 16, 2022 rebeccam0ser Denver, Colorado

Rooms need to be thoroughly cleaned. I don't believe this has been done for some time. They indicate maid service every 4 days but this really does not happen. Supplies are not replenished and other than making the bed and dropping off towels they do not tidy the room. Ran out of things and phone call to desk leaves you on hold. When you are… Read more
Rooms need to be thoroughly cleaned. I don't believe this has been done for some time. They indicate maid service every 4 days but this really does not happen. Supplies are not replenished and other than making the bed and dropping off towels they do not tidy the room. Ran out of things and phone call to desk leaves you on hold. When you are on a Disney trip the last thing you need is more on hold experiences. Marriott needs to step it up at this property. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Proximity, Better than Average, but not a lot of Disney Magic.

Jan 9, 2022 FPS625 Charlotte, North Carolina

This is a nice hotel, it's very large too. Unfortunately, we were on the bottom floor and it took us probably 5 full minutes to walk to our room from the lobby. The proximity to the boats and buses to get to the parks was amazing. We enjoyed walking across the street to play putt putt. There are not the "Disney resort" refillable mugs here,… Read more
This is a nice hotel, it's very large too. Unfortunately, we were on the bottom floor and it took us probably 5 full minutes to walk to our room from the lobby. The proximity to the boats and buses to get to the parks was amazing. We enjoyed walking across the street to play putt putt. There are not the "Disney resort" refillable mugs here, but there is a fountain machine and coffee shop in the lobby. Some rooms have fireworks views of Epcot. We did have a few small bugs in our room, but I think that was mostly because we were on the bottom floor. I think this resort is great for families and definitely better than staying at one of the Moderate Disney resorts, but there's not as much theming. The staff was very helpful and there was a number to text if you needed anything, and they got us some toiletries were forgot at home! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good Sheraton hotel near the parks!

Jan 8, 2022 marytheglobetrotter Milan, Italy

This is a nice Sheraton hotel near the parks. Too bad we did not have time to stay more time in it. The rooms were big and the bed very confortable. The only thing that should impove is the cleaning of the bathrooms, I found a couple of hairs in it.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating No service at all. Filthy rooms. But beautiful pools.

Jan 6, 2022 veevi24 Bayonne, New Jersey

Beautiful grounds! Very nice clean pools but no life guard on duty. The reason for low rating is because we are currently staying here and it is impossible to contact the front desk!!! I think. The phones are literally original to the hotels …maybe that’s why nobody picks up when you call. They don’t turn over your room at all! This will be our… Read more
Beautiful grounds! Very nice clean pools but no life guard on duty. The reason for low rating is because we are currently staying here and it is impossible to contact the front desk!!! I think. The phones are literally original to the hotels …maybe that’s why nobody picks up when you call. They don’t turn over your room at all! This will be our 4th night here and nobody has changed our garbage or freshened our towels!!! They are supposed to provide coffee grounds but I’ve given up trying to contact anyone. The hotel stores are ridiculously overpriced. The balcony we upgraded to doesn’t even fit two chairs and the bars over it make it impossible to see a view. Wish we saved that little bit of money. The kicker and most disgusting thing is is my 4 yr old leaned against a wall in the room and got her HAIR FILLED with dust. I’m so disgusted. Yet I can’t find anyone to comment to. Read less