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 A Favorite Property, BUT

Jan 26, 2020 somelady321

The Swan and Dolphin property is my absolute favorite for visits to Epcot, and it’s great for Hollywood studios as well because of the boat transportation available for both parks. All of the grounds and amenities are beautiful, and the atmosphere is fun and relaxing. I would truly call it one of my “happy places.” Before I get into the BUT,… Read more
The Swan and Dolphin property is my absolute favorite for visits to Epcot, and it’s great for Hollywood studios as well because of the boat transportation available for both parks. All of the grounds and amenities are beautiful, and the atmosphere is fun and relaxing. I would truly call it one of my “happy places.” Before I get into the BUT, here’s what I love: -Awesome pool with a fun grotto slide and cute ducks everywhere, shared with the Swan. -Boat transportation to the international gateway at Epcot, a sort of “back entrance” to the park, allowing you to skip huge crowds at the security check in the front. You just can’t beat the Swan and Dolphin if you’re going to Epcot. -Several restaurants on-site, with more that can be accessed across the way at the Swan (which is an overall nicer hotel, separately owned). -Disney representatives on site, allowing you to quickly get your RFID cards and/or magic bands instead of waiting in the long lines at the park. We ended up upgrading our tickets to annual passes here as well. -Access to the Disney Boardwalk area, with more restaurant and entertainment options. -It has been a few years since we stayed, and I think the rooms may have been updated. Bathrooms were much nicer than I remembered. Now for the BUT with the Dolphin (and probably a little TLDR): We got an “upgrade” with our Bonvoy membership and ended up in one of the rooms in the pyramid, where my inner-child always thought it would be super cool to stay. This is not, however, where you want to be, because this puts you over top of the incredibly noisy air conditioning system. That white noise I could have dealt with, but there was also a loud, intermittent thunking noise coming from who-knows-where inside the walls that can be heard all throughout the property. I’ve never before called a front desk to complain about something, but as a person who has difficulty sleeping combined with a “thing” with random rattling/thunking noises, I had to make that call. They said they would come check it out, which they did not do until we returned from the park and made a second call, which was mildly annoying. They did end up moving us to a more quiet wing of the hotel, where we still heard the thunking, but it wasn’t quite as loud, and we didn’t have the noisy AC unit right outside the window. It’s probably the best they could have done for us. I don’t remember hearing this noise during previous visits, and I was surprised that we seemed to be the only ones complaining. If we can ever afford to come again, I think we’ll go with the Swan. I will also say that the place is expensive, and seemingly getting pricier over time. Parking and resort fees are outrageous, but these factors are pretty much unavoidable if you want to stay close to the parks. This is where you come to treat yo’self. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Comfortable in September During a Hurricane!

Jan 25, 2020 thomashH860PG pittsburgh, United States

It was a mix of sun and clouds our first day so we took advantage of the huge swimming pool and hot tub. The next two days we spent indoors while outside was a torrential downpour or near horizontal rain caused by hight winds. Although not all the restaurants were open, those that were offered delicious meals and excellent service. I recommend… Read more
It was a mix of sun and clouds our first day so we took advantage of the huge swimming pool and hot tub. The next two days we spent indoors while outside was a torrential downpour or near horizontal rain caused by hight winds. Although not all the restaurants were open, those that were offered delicious meals and excellent service. I recommend Il Mulino(because of the weather, the Manager bought us a round of drinks!) and Shula's Steak house. The staff was very helpful and kept us informed about the severity of the hurricane. The room was very comfortable. At no time did we worry about our safety as this hotel is a safe have from extreme weather. We plan on returning this fall. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Over Hyped

Jan 25, 2020 timaH2833LB Sturgis, Michigan

This is a just okay resort considering the price obviously if you stay here you are probably going to the Disney parks so the transportation from here to the parks is very convenient the rooms themselves are about the same as any other average hotel not really a place for more than 1 person to sit if you need a microwave it’s only on 2 floors of… Read more
This is a just okay resort considering the price obviously if you stay here you are probably going to the Disney parks so the transportation from here to the parks is very convenient the rooms themselves are about the same as any other average hotel not really a place for more than 1 person to sit if you need a microwave it’s only on 2 floors of the 20 something floors the first room I was in had severe water damage on the ceiling I had paid to have a room with a view and we had a view of the roof with a a/c unit and a wall the lobby is nice but the rest of the hotel is in need of a remodel it is very dated in the rooms we also had ants in the bathroom they didn’t seem to concerned about it they put the nicest spots of hotel in their pictures I would not recommend staying here Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good hotel!

Jan 24, 2020 TravelDiaries_Pulkit

I liked the hotel. It is huge with lots of options around - for food and drinks. The most happening place is their huge lobby near the reception area. The rooms are decent if not great. Good for a business travel - keep in mind that this is not a disney property. The only other complain I had is that the room was not cleaned daily without me… Read more
I liked the hotel. It is huge with lots of options around - for food and drinks. The most happening place is their huge lobby near the reception area. The rooms are decent if not great. Good for a business travel - keep in mind that this is not a disney property. The only other complain I had is that the room was not cleaned daily without me asking for it. The standard of cleaning also seemed rushed with strands of hair in the bathroom area. A good Marriott property should be mindful of that! Read less
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