Our Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan
The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel (along with its sister, the Walt Disney World Dolphin) are two resorts smack dab in the middle of Walt Disney World property, but aren’t actually owned by Disney. The resorts get many of the same benefits as on-site guests (I got to book our fast passes 60 days out like on-site guests for instance) but one disadvantage for us was having to pay for parking. (There is also a resort fee, but with a special rate I booked it was waived for us.) The location is amazing – in the Epcot resort area, but at about half the price of the neighboring Disney resorts for our dates.
We experienced infamous I-4 traffic in Orlando which had us getting to the Swan later than we wanted to. Once we got there we pulled near the entrance so we could run and check in, and the valet parking folks asked us for our keys in case they needed to move the car while we were in there. I’ve never had anyone asked that before when checking into a hotel, but I handed over the keys. We were only inside the Swan for a few minutes before I had to ask valet for my keys again. They didn’t have to move our car, so it was in the same spot.
We went up to room 346 with bell services a few minutes behind us with our luggage. We made a quick video of the room before they arrived.
And some photos:
Since the Swan and Dolphin have daily resort fees, as part of these fees you get these bottles of water and fancy coffee and tea replenished daily.
We were given the option to forgo housekeeping that night in exchange for a $5 resort credit. We took them up on that offer, so the next day we were given a bag filled with our 2 bottles of water and coffee/tea supplies. Also, during check-in, we were given a card to exchange for a free s’mores kit to be used at their campfire that night, but unfortunately we weren’t around at that time to be able to use it.
There is a sign like this near the check-in desk that lists all of the daily events happening at the resort. A lot of pool activities were listed. The fitness class caught my attention – more on that in another post.
I enjoyed our room at the Swan. I absolutely loved the location. Nothing beats getting to watch Illuminations at Epcot and get to stroll leisurely back to your room instead of getting on an overcrowded bus with a 20 minute ride ahead of you. The room amenities were great and the beds were comfy. No complaints there.
I’ll talk more about the fitness class, the pool, and our Thanksgiving dinner at Todd English’s Bluezoo (next door at the Dolphin Hotel) in my next post.
To end this post, I leave you with a video that I made when I asked Gary to walk around the revolving door for my amusement. 😉