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Hotel overview

In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. The resort is located in between Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds® and the luxurious Mandara Spa. Enjoy five pools, two health clubs, nearby golf, and many special Disney benefits, the Extra Magic Hours benefit, and up to 60 days advance reservations on Disney’s top attractions with Disney’s Fast Pass+ service.

Cribs are actually complimentary – available upon request


Epcot Resort Area
Orlando, FL, USA - Orlando International Airport ( : 30 miles

Property information

Year Built: 1990
Last Renovation: 2017
Accessible rooms: 35
Floors: 20
Total rooms: 1509


Hotel details


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Hotel advisories

Advisory A mandatory Resort fee of $35 plus tax per room, per day will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Advisory A minimum self parking fee of $29.00 + 6.5% tax per room, per night, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due. (after 5 nights, self parking free)
Advisory A minimum Valet Parking fee of $39.00 + 6.5% tax per room, per night, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Advisory The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool waterslide and water play area will be closed for refurbishment. During this time, the Meadow Swimming Pool, Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool and other outdoor recreational activities at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will remain available. Before long, the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool waterslide and water play area will be back to offer their 67-foot-long corkscrew slide and space for little ones to make a splash.

General policies & fine print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee inclusions:

Exclusive dedicated and continuous luxury motorcoach transportation direct from our hotels to Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, and Disney Springs®. One bus per theme park running approximately every 20-30 minutes.

•         Disney’s Friendship Water Taxis providing transportation to Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios® (or guests can take a leisurely stroll to the entrance of these theme parks as well)

•         Complimentary daily parking at alt Disney World® Resort theme parks with your Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin room key – two cars maximum

•         Complimentary daily access to Swan Paddle boats on property – 2 ppl.

•         Enhanced Wi-Fi access daily

•         Fitness Class led by a Professional instructor – up to 2 ppl daily.


• $30 off spa services of $175 or more during each night of your visit at Mandara Spa 

Resort Service Package inclusions are subject to change and substituted without affecting the value of the benefits.

Important note: Airport transportation is not included

Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 4Maximum child age: 17
Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.0 1455 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Disneyworld Dolphin hotel

    Doesn’t really feel like a disney hotel. Feels and looks like your average hotel. On my last day housekeeping came in and “cleaned” my room, a little too clean. My wallet went missing from the table i had left inside my hotel room. I had talked to security multiple times and all im told is “we will make a report” but everytime i call and they try to look up the report they say “i cant find a report, let me put a new one in”. I had multiple cards with my name on them and my annual pass for universal studios. Wont be staying here again.

    Apr 16, 2021
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    So disappointed

    We have always stayed at the Dolphin every visit to Disney because of the great pool and service. I was shocked at how bad the service is. Also paying 30 a night to park my car is criminal and then a 35 resort fee plus all the other taxes. Like in prior reviews you can't find a place to eat. They cram all these people in the hotel and you can't get a meal or your room serviced.I asked housekeeping for a cup and was treated rude. You pay all that money to be treated like you are bothering them. This ruined my Disney magic.

    Apr 14, 2021
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Disappointing Overnight Stay.

    I have stayed at the Dolphin or the Swan probably a half dozen times over the years. I usually like these properties. If you want to be close to EPCOT and the Boardwalk, the location is very good. They are a good place to be if you are staying for the Disney Marathon Weekend. There are boats to Hollywood Studios and you can walk to EPCOT. And, the price used to be right compared to the nearby Disney owned resorts like the Beach and Yacht Clubs. I wanted to like this property, but this time we left disappointed. First strike - they now have a $35 / nt resort fee, plus $39 /nt for parking. OK, I knew this and booked anyway, so it was my choice, but it wasn't worth it. The pool area is getting dated and sad looking. Second strike -- when we tried to check in, the room wasn't ready. This is a major pet peeve, especially on vacation. If you tell me I can check in by a set time and have to leave by a set time, I plan accordingly. But, if I pay you for a room and I can't check in on time, I am going to be unhappy. I am being taken advantage of, because, instead of taking my family to the parks or dinner -- which at Disney requires remaining on schedule because everything is on a reservations basis -- I am sitting around with a sad, hungry family in a busy hotel lobby waiting to get into my room which should already be waiting. This is not me wanting to check in early, I understand that isn't always available, and that is no problem. This is the second time it has happened at these resorts that we couldn't get our room at the normal check in time. I don't recall ever having it happen at other Disney properties. If you can't make the rooms available on time, you either need to provide a different or upgraded room or make amends some other way. We got nothing but an apology. Strike three -- poor mattresses with sheets which are so crunchy that you can literally hear it when your roommates turn in the middle of the night. We had a family suite and there was no microwave and the frig did not keep anything cold, just slightly above room temp. For the money I will stay elsewhere next time. There are lots of good choices.

    Apr 12, 2021
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Shocked with the unmasking!

    I am staying here now. While I am very happy with the hotel itself and have stayed many times.....I am extremely shocked and disappointed with the lack of enforcing the requirement to wear masks in public spaces. Walking through the lobby I would say 20% are wearing masks. I realize there is a bar in the middle of the lobby......but outside the bar area...most are walking around unmasked. I will likely avoid the Dolphin next time during corona. It’s a total disappointment.

    Apr 08, 2021
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Inconsistent Services with COVID as an excuse

    I stayed at the Dolphin Thursday 4/1/21 - Sunday 4/4/21 with my family for a short family vacation. I was truly disappointed with all the services provided during my stay at this property. My first issue is with the cleanliness of hotel room. With COVID guidelines, the Dolphin is only cleaning rooms between guest stays with the expectation that this will be a thorough cleaning. In addition, guests need to remove garbage and used towels in the hallway and let the hotel know if more towels are needed. However, in my room, we found several hairs around the bathroom-tub, sink, floor, under the garbage. We also noticed the fridge wasn't cleaned and there were still half finished drinks, fruit and opened waters still in the fridge. Lastly, we found an empty water bottle, a used mask, and used Q-tip under a counter. I complained and was moved to a similar room. Unfortunately, there's more. The amount of dirty laundry and garbage in the hallways was ridiculous and disgusting for a Disney resort. It's pretty gross having to walk around all of those piles in the hallways. And it's completely avoidable by having a resource pick up the halls on some frequent basis. It's Easter weekend and your resort is at 100% capacity-be proactive and pick up the hallways. You don't need a overly trained resource for that. Getting meals on property was also a HUGE HEADACHE! Each restaurant has their own nuances and there was no consistency...all restaurants allow limited reservations, but all had different non reservation options. Shula's- I tried to order a piece of cake from Shula's for my son's birthday and they WOULDN'T TAKE MY TAKEOUT ORDER for a piece of cake between 7-9. I had to work around it by having a drink at the bar and ordering takeout from the bar because I want my kid asleep before 9 pm. I tried to order a dinner pickup order from Kimono, but they didn't take orders via phone, I couldn't order online, and they only took orders at the restaurant. Fuel was packed in the mornings and I spent 35 minutes trying to buy a coffee and fruit salad. I spent enough time in lines at Disney and Hollywood Studios. The last thing I want to do is wait in more lines at the hotel. I reached out to the property's front office director and to date have not received a reply to my frustrations. In the end, I don't recommend this property.

    Apr 07, 2021