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Walt Disney World Dolphin in Orlando, FL

1500 Epcot Resort BlvdLake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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A sophisticated hotel offering touches of modern architecture combined with inspirations of the Renaissance era, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel features everything needed for a relaxing stay in Orlando. Guests can enjoy a 3-acre aquatic oasis with a waterfall, slide, caves and whirlpool spas, an on-site steakhouse, a Balinese-style spa, supervised children’s activities, and much more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lake Buena Vista Travel Experts
  • Located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Enjoy transportation throughout Walt Disney World®.
  • Use the free airport shuttle: Disney's Magic Express.
  • Extra Magic Hours at Disney Parks included.
  • Complimentary golf club rental.
  • Luxurious rooms with wet bars, free WiFi, flat screen TVs and private balconies.
  • Features a 3-acre aquatic area, spa, and 17 dining options.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • ATM/Banking
  • Babysitting/Childcare
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Business Center
  • Children's Program
  • Coffee Shop or Café
  • Complimentary Newspapers
  • Concierge Services
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services
  • Elevator
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Game Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Guest Laundry
  • Health Spa/Massage
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet Access in Public Areas (free)
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Parking (surcharge)
  • Poolside Bar
  • Porter/Bellman
  • Private Beach
  • Restaurant on Property
  • Room Service
  • Security Guard
  • Shuttle Services - Limited (free)
  • Smoke-free Property
  • Tennis Court on Property
  • Valet Parking
  • Waterslide
  • Wedding Services
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from Walt Disney World Dolphin
Check-In: 3:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am
Walt Disney World Dolphin is located on the beach in Lake Buena Vista, close to Disney's Boardwalk, Disney's Hollywood Studios™, and Epcot®. Other points of interest near this spa resort include Disney's Animal Kingdom® and Disney Springs® area.

Property Features
Dining options at Walt Disney World Dolphin include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a health club, a spa tub, and a steam room. The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Lake Buena Vista property has 29729 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. The property has a theme park shuttle, which is complimentary. Business services and wedding services are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, an arcade/game room, and multilingual staff. This is a smoke-free property.

Exclusive Disney Resort guest benefits include:
  • Extra Magic Hours: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a more private park experience. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.

  • Complimentary Transportation: Avoid the hassle of driving and the cost of parking with Disney Resort’s complimentary transportation. Disney Resort guests have free access to complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Water Parks. Travel by bus, water taxi, ferry or monorail!

  • Complimentary Golf Club Rental: Want to hit the links but didn’t travel with your clubs? No problem! Disney Resort guests are provided free rentals of golf clubs.

  • Simplify your Stay: When staying at a Disney Resort, you can use your Resort ID to charge your purchases to your room. You may also choose to have your purchases shipped to your resort.

The 1,508 air-conditioned guestrooms at Walt Disney World Dolphin feature laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail, as well as free local calls (restrictions may apply). Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains and electronic check-out. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo-allergenic bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.

Notifications and Fees:
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.

  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:
  • Resort fee: USD 14-25 per accommodation, per night. Subject to change.

Hotel Policy
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Reserve Orlando Customer
Melbourne, IA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Just ok"
June, 2016
I was kind of disappointed at the room for how much we paid. We upgraded to a balcony room with a view to the fireworks at Epcott. Room was outdated and smelled musty. It wasn't worth the extra money.
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Tip: I'd save your money and stay and a standard hotel.

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Diana Rio
Miami, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great stay!"
March, 2015
Hotel was gorgeous, clean.
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Tip: don't forget your credit cards at home!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Dan S
"Great location, a little expensive, poor food choices"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2017 NEW
My girlfriend and I visited the dolphin for 4 nights. The hotel had just finished renovations(on time) and our room was pristine. We arrived at 10:00am and were in our room by noon. They gave us the first available clean room, because we arrived early. I paid a bit extra for a balcony, but we ended up with a room facing Epcot with 2 balconies. We sat outside and watched illuminations fireworks from our deck. The pool was great. They had a quiet pool, an area with music playing, and servers coming around taking drink orders. The restaurants in the hotel were a bit pricey (all of disney) for what you were getting. They are about to open a cafe with salads/coffee/sandwiches the end of this month which looks to be great for a quick breakfast or lunch. Location was great, 10 minutes walk to epcot or boat ride. If you wanted to go for a walk the beach club and boardwalk were 5 minutes away. My biggest complaint was that the dolphin happens to be the last stop for all free disney transportation. After a long day, and sitting on a packed bus from the parks.. frankly you just want it to be over. The route stops at the boardwalk first, the swan and then the dolphin. We spent a decent amount of time at disney springs and waited over 35 minutes for a bus on multiple locations. To remedy this issue we took transportation to the beach club (direct stop) and walked 5-10 minutes or hopped off at the boardwalk and did the same. Also, we alerted the front desk.. we had 5-10 small ants on the floor of our bathroom and on our tv stand. I assume they came in from our balcony.. nothing earth shattering. Overall we had a great stay.. the room was far beyond our expectations, location was great. We likely wont be headed back to disney for a while but next time we go i would look to stay in the swan or dolphins.
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New York City, New York
"Fantastic WDW stay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2017 NEW
I stayed here for a 3 night/ 4 day JetBlue vacation. The decor and detailing of this restaurant was fantastic! The service from the concierge and staff were informed and very helpful with lots of information. I stayed in a room on the 17th floor and loved the view. I recommend trying a higher up room rather than a lower floor below 10 as you will notice due to hurricanes and hurricane season a few of the fountains are turned off. The room service maid was great, not at all haphazard as rumored. They cleaned the room at the same time everyday. My only negative would be that i disliked the design of the bathroom. The bathroom was shower and toilet inside and the sink on the outside. This is to give two people space to get ready, but I usually prefer it together. My second complaint is about their restaurant Picabu, which seemed somewhat unsanitary. The glass windows that show into Picabu has grime and was a bit off putting to me. Overall, I enjoyed my stay as this hotel was well situated in Epcot and allowed me to get around with rental cars or Disney transport.
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New York City, New York
"WDW for the rest of us"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
WDW is very expensive. I often wonder how anyone - or who it is who - can afford it. The Swan/Dolphin resort is a way to get close to the full on Disney experience. This resort is situated by the Boardwalk (and all the attractions there) and between Epcot and Hollywood Studios (accessible by a boat ride). On the resort there's a sandy beach, multiple hot tubs, four pools, a water slide, pool bars, two gyms, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlor, buffets, and more fun features coming--we missed seeing the opening of a new food court in the Dolphin lobby. This is probably the best situated, run and appointed quasi-WDW resort you can hope for at a (relatively) reasonable price. Our view from the 17th floor was of both theme parks mentioned (he big golf ball at Epcot and the Tower of Terror at HS), the Boardwalk, the fireworks over Epcot, the light show below along the walkway between the Dolphin and Swan. It was just wonderful. The room was clean, fresh, roomy and perfect. We had fresh coffee, a fridge and a nice big flat screen TV. We loved drinks and wings at the pool bar. We enjoyed drinks and apps at the pricey BlueZoo. We were let down only by the lobby bar with a stale pretzel and pricier drinks. The availability and proximity to everything Disney, help desks, etc. was just great.
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new york city
"Making a Green Choice program issues"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
On check in we were asked if we wanted to participate in the resort's "green choice " program. I was surprised they offered "benefits " for doing so including a $5 daily voucher towards resort restaurants or 500 Starwood points as well as the daily in room complimentary water and coffee. They said each day those items would be left in a bag on our door handle. The first morning around 10 am I called Guest Services. After waiting an inordinate amount of time for someone to answer I was told that this is a big hotel and the items would be delivered eventually. Not great customer service. After pressing the issue they finally sent someone up with the package. On day 2 we found the package on our door after returning from the parks around 4pm. On day 3 we left the room around 12:30 and returned around 11pm. Again no package of water and coffee. Called again, waited again for someone to answer, was promised the coffee and water, and received only the coffee. Called AGAIN and was told that they would send someone up with the waters. Never received them. At this point we went to bed hoping the items would be delivered by the time we got up. It is now that morning. No waters and no $5 credit coupon either. The concept of the program is good. Unfortunately they don't have a team in place to execute it. When I asked why the package wasn't on the doors so we have them in the morning I was told that staff comes in around 8:30 and then went to their morning "meeting " before starting. Doesn't make sense. Guests want their morning coffee and would want to bring a bottle of water to the park with them This place charges a $28 daily resort fee which includes the water, coffee and housekeeping among other things. The $5 daily credit for Going Green isn't working. Stick to the housekeeping with the daily clean towels, sheets, water and coffee amenities. The $5 per day credit is not worth the aggravation. It's really too bad because it could have been a good program
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New York City, New York
"We love the Swan and Dolphin!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
We have stayed at the swan and dolphin at least a dozen times. This is the best spot on Disney property. The rooms, restaurants, pool are incredible plus walking distance to Epcot as well as the Studios. Most importantly is the staff, above and beyond. From check in to check out the staff was incredible. Front desk, better than most. Housekeeper could not have been nicer. Pool staff took great care of us. Thank you to everyone at the Swan and Dolphin for making this our home away from home when we are in central Florida. Special thanks to Kye!!!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Walt Disney World Dolphin

Is theme park shuttle service available?
Yes. Hotel guests can utilize Disney’s Bus Transportation for shuttle service around the Walt Disney World resort and Disney’s Magical Express for transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport.

Are smoking rooms available?
No. However, outdoor designated smoking areas are available around the property.

Is parking available?

Yes. Self-parking is available at $20 per day and valet parking is available at $28 per day.