Hotel Overview & Exclusive Editorial Review
- Free shuttle-bus or water-taxi service provided to all Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and attractions.
- Parents looking for a private evening together can send their kids to the hotel’s Camp Dolphin for an hourly fee per-child.
- Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts under the Sheraton brand.
Self-parking: $18 per day. Valet service: $26 per day.
Part of a two-hotel complex, the Walt Disney World Dolphin joins its sister property — the adjacent Swan — in providing a uniquely Orlando resort experience. With its Michael Graves-designed architecture and lakeside setting, you’ll find plenty to like. Especially the on-site dining and super-close proximity to the fun-filled action at the Disney parks.
Things To Do
- Dine. Enjoy a 48-ounce porterhouse at Shula’s Steak House or fresh seafood at Todd English's bluezoo.
- Ride. Pick your favorite Disney theme park and go for a ride. Like Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom Park or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- Chill. Get pampered at the Mandara Spa with specialized treatments such as the "Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial" or the "Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap."
- Party. Head to the nearby Downtown Disney entertainment complex for a mind-blowing evening performance of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil®. Then grab a pint at the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
- Meet. Book a meeting, conference or tradeshow using the combined 329,000 square feet of function space at the Dolphin and Swan.
What We Like
- Amazing on-site dining with Todd English’s bluezoo and Shula's Steak House.
- Five heated pools with fountains, waterfalls and whirlpools, all in a tropical-themed three-acre beach on Crescent Lake.
- Guests have access to the five championship golf courses that are part of the Walt Disney World Resort.
- The Dolphin's VIBE banquet program provides a variety of customizable events for meeting attendees.
- The world-class Mandara Spa®, shared by the Dolphin and Swan hotels, offers specialized Asian-inspired spa and massage services.
The Walt Disney World Dolphin opened in 1990 and has remained a fan-favorite for more than two decades. The striking aquatic design is certainly Disney-esque, but on the tasteful side of the spectrum. Kids love the whimsical atmosphere, parents dig the adult amenities, and meeting attendees appreciate the top-notch event facilities. And everyone enjoys this "deluxe" property's service.
Well, you've always got the theme parks. Only the world's best — that's presumably one of the reasons why you're staying at the Dolphin. And for good reason — they're all a quick shuttle-bus ride away. Your best bet is to purchase a multi-day, multi-park ticket and just go for it. Or you could just hang at the hotel and seriously relax. Between the refreshing pools, pampering massages and indulgent dining, you'll certainly find something to do.
Sleeping and Such
All rooms are smoke-free and provide free high-speed Internet access. They also include a Heavenly Bed® with goose-feather pillows. You can reserve a "Traditional Room," "Resort Room," "Epcot Room," "Family Room" or multi-room suites. The "Epcot Room" is of special note because of its spectacular view of the theme park's iconic Spaceship Earth as well as the evening fireworks.
With its central location within the Walt Disney World Resort — not to mention plenty of on-property distractions — the Dolphin remains an upscale option for those seeking a bit of sophistication with their theme-park experience.