Thanksgiving day at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

I’ve talked about our room at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, but there is a lot more to explore at the Swan and Dolphin. On Thanksgiving day we did a quick workout, swam, and had dinner at Todd English’s bluezoo.

Near the front desk at the Swan is a daily recreational activities sign (like this one) that lists all of the events happening not only there, but also next door at the Dolphin. One that caught my attention was a spin class using those fancy Peloton exercise bikes that have a screen attached for streaming online spin classes. My Planet Fitness doesn’t have these bikes so I wanted to check them out in person. Gary was surprisingly onboard!

We headed to the gym, located in a separate building near the pool area.

And the ONE Pelton exercise bike among regular exercise bikes. Luckily no one was on it.

The wifi was so horrendous that the live spin class wouldn’t play. We switched between the Peleton and the regular exercise bike that had a TV attached where we watched part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade instead. Oh well. We still got a little bit of a workout in!

Afterward we looked around the pool bar area and made a video!

We then went back up to our room to change into swimsuits and head to the pool. The quiet pool was a ghost town, but we went to the feature pool with the waterfall.

Gary went down the slide.

We also hit the hot tub, but apparently I was too relaxed to have remembered to take a photo unfortunately.

As if this wasn’t already the greatest Thanksgiving day I ever had, we walked to Epcot for a few hours. (You cannot beat the location of the Swan and Dolphin for Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I absolutely love being able to walk to two parks.)

On the way back we both did this photo op.

We decided to get dressed up to have Thanksgiving dinner at bluezoo, located in the Dolphin Hotel.

My favorite part is this beautiful chandelier in the newly renovated lobby.

The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived for our 5:30 reservation, but it started to fill up while we were there.

They had a special Thanksgiving menu but neither of us ordered from it.

We picked a side order of french fries as an appetizer.

Gary ordered the ‘Honey Brined Chicken” as his meal. Sweet potato puree, savoy cabbage, pearl onions, iberico ham, and pommery mustand jus.

He also got a side of lobster mac & cheese.

I ordered off-menu, of course. The waiter recommended an Asian tofu dish and I can never pass up tofu. It came with rice (hidden under that pile of green there.)

The verdict? Gary just thought his food was okay. I enjoyed mine, but I thought it was a little salty. It was pleasant enough, but it’s not a place that we would make a point of returning anytime soon. I enjoyed my meal at Spice Road Table a lot more.

After our meal we walked back to Epcot for our fast pass at Frozen Ever After, and then stayed to watch the special holiday version of Illuminations.

Did I mention it was the best Thanksgiving ever?

February 2, 2018

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