There are many benefits of staying at the Walt Disney World Resort, but it can often be expensive. The Dolphin and Swan Resorts, both located right on Walt Disney property, offer some of the benefits of staying on-site but at a better price.
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If you are staying at the Dolphin and Swan, you’ll get to experience Extra Magic Hours (extra hours at the parks just for on-site guests), resort transportation to the different parks, character dining right at the Swan, and a Disney ticket desk right a the resort. You’ll also be within walking distance of both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, as well as Disney’s Boardwalk. There are several delicious restaurants right at the resort, and of course, you’ll have all of the options at the parks and at the other Disney resorts.
If you are a member of the Starwoods Hotels Preferred Guest program, you’ll be able to use and earn points in the program with your stay. I know this is a huge benefit for those who are active in that program.
You will, however, miss out on a few perks. Guests of the Swan and Dolphin do not receive access to the Disney Dining plan, which can offer guests a lot of discounts. In addition, you won’t be able to take the free Magical Express Service (although, you can book the Mears Shuttle for approximately $21 each way too and from the airport). The resorts do not have any sort of theme, like the other Disney resorts, so they do feel more like business hotels and less like theme park hotels.
However, rooms at the resorts are a nice size – most offer two (incredibly comfortable) double beds a good-sized bathroom, a mini refrigerator, and a long dresser. Many of the rooms have some nice views too – the photo above was taken from a room at the Swan.
You can read reviews of the Swan and Dolphin here.
Save up to 28% on Disney Resort hotels here, and see various discounts on Walt Disney World tickets here.