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 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.

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 Decent resort but filthy room

Jan 15, 2021 Rock_of_Boston Las Vegas, Nevada

We recently stayed at the Dolphin. The following was relevant: -The resort itself was fun with many good things to do. We particularly recommend doing the swan paddle boat, which was relaxing and something different. -The pool is outstanding - large, well laid out, and a nice temperature. There is also water volleyball and other… Read more
We recently stayed at the Dolphin. The following was relevant: -The resort itself was fun with many good things to do. We particularly recommend doing the swan paddle boat, which was relaxing and something different. -The pool is outstanding - large, well laid out, and a nice temperature. There is also water volleyball and other activities. -Our room, unfortunately was absolutely filthy, which was even more disturbing during this time of covid-19. For example: the carpet had soap crushed into it as well as food, the wall in the bathroom was "painted" with pink smears, and the bathroom door and light switch was covered with a sticky "something". An attempt to bring this to the front desk's attention resulted in zero action. -The food options are solid; we enjoyed our dinner at BlueZoo and cannot say enough about the deli/store known as Fuel. The sandwiches and coffee here are great, as are the staff. -Overall, I cannot recommend staying at the Dolphin due to the cleanliness issue; if people look at my historical reviews they will see that a negative review from me is relatively rare. Read less
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Jan 12, 2021 Darin R

We have stayed at the Swan and Dolphin multiple times. On our trip over the weekend, we had the best experience yet! The Dolphin room we were given was the perfect size, and very clean. It felt more updated compared to our last visit. The staff was friendly, resort was clean, and it was an overall great stay!
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Jan 12, 2021 CruisingBarneys Palm Harbor, Florida

We stayed during the week and the hotel felt pretty empty. Guest service was really fantastic. Everyone we met seemed genuinely happy to be back at work. Our room was clean and everything functioned fine. For the price, service and location I'm not sure why anyone would want to pay more to stay at a Disney run resort.
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Jan 10, 2021 Abuc2020 New York City, New York

This was my 2nd visit to this Disney resort . The first time was a soon to be newlywed almost 20 years ago and this time with my teens. I loved this hotel 2nd time around. Either I missed a lot of the details first time around or did not appreciate (fast forward all my travels thru the years) or a lot has changed. I dare to say it is most likely… Read more
This was my 2nd visit to this Disney resort . The first time was a soon to be newlywed almost 20 years ago and this time with my teens. I loved this hotel 2nd time around. Either I missed a lot of the details first time around or did not appreciate (fast forward all my travels thru the years) or a lot has changed. I dare to say it is most likely the 2nd reason. This hotel is affordable, elegant and central. Easy access to everything Disney. Only downside of staying on Disney property is you can’t do food delivery from anywhere I tried. Food at hotel was average- some places better then others. But I found dining options limited. Good news is Swan is right across path to offer more options. Rooms were clean and modern. The grounds were beautiful. Loved beach and pool area. Staff was friendly and hotel did ok job making guests feel safe during pandemic. Loved resort view room and wished I took a balcony- maybe next time. I would definitely return. Had a great time with kids Read less
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Jan 9, 2021 1letgonz1 Rancho Cucamonga, California

The Dolphin Hotel is within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is minutes away from the Boardwalk, which has restaurants and shops. The actual rooms in the Dolphin Hotel are okay, they are roomy and clean. The main reason to book here is the proximity to the parks. The restaurants on property are also very good,… Read more
The Dolphin Hotel is within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is minutes away from the Boardwalk, which has restaurants and shops. The actual rooms in the Dolphin Hotel are okay, they are roomy and clean. The main reason to book here is the proximity to the parks. The restaurants on property are also very good, food was much better here than eating at the parks. Tip: Walk to Boardwalk Hotel or Yacht and Beach Club Hotel to take transportation from there instead of Dolphin Hotel. They leave you MUCH closer to the parks (Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs) and are more frequent. Read less