Pros

  • Excellent location by Disney Boardwalk and walking distance to Epcot
  • Free transportation to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney parks
  • Five heated pools, including one with a rock waterfall and slides
  • Four outdoor whirlpools, a kiddy pool, and two lap pools
  • Clean rooms have flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, and mini-fridges
  • 12 restaurants and two poolside bars
  • Balinese-inspired full-service spa
  • Small beach area with volleyball courts
  • Big, 24-hour gym with Life Fitness machines and Peloton bikes
  • Business center with computers and printers (fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Daily resort fee (rare for resorts in Disney World)
  • Only one pool on the Swan side
  • Rooms are showing a bit of wear
  • No Disney decor or theme (pro for some)
  • Extra fees for things like parking
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Bottom Line

The 756-room, upper-middle-range Walt Disney World Swan Resort has an excellent location behind the Disney Boardwalk and offers free transportation to parks. Rates are largely affordable, though the high daily resort fee and extra fees for things like parking are notable downsides. The Swan is a split property with adjacent Dolphin Resort, where most of the shared restaurants, pools, and resort features are located. Rooms are contemporary, though showing some wear despite 2016 renovations. All have coffeemakers, desks, and flat-screen TVs. Between the two resorts, guests can expect a full-service spa, good 24-hour gym, five heated pools -- including a popular waterfall pool with slides -- 12 restaurants and eateries, and a more adult-friendly vibe than most Disney hotels. Travelers wanting more Disney decor should consider the Disney Boardwalk Villas, though rates are higher.

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Walt Disney World Swan

Scene

One half of a larger resort complex with no Disney-themed decor

The Walt Disney World Swan has the perks of being both a Disney and Marriott property, though visitors won't find any of the typical Disney theming within the hotel (a pro for some). The Swan is also essentially one half of a larger resort, sharing most of its resort features with its adjacent sister resort The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. This makes for an interesting setup, as there are separate check-ins and a big chunk of the resort features are over on the Dolphin side. This means guests here will have to venture over for most facilities, but the result is a calmer, quieter, and, some say, more adult-friendly vibe. Renovations in 2016-17 brought things like refreshed beds and tubs in guest rooms, and a coffee cafe, but hotel decor and things like popcorn ceilings and worn carpets still need attention. This is a popular pick for business traveler looking to avoid the heavily-themed Disney properties, as well as couples and families on a budget who still want a prime location and free transportation tot he parks. 

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Location

Excellent location off the Disney Boardwalk, within walking distance to Epcot

The Walt Disney World Swan Resort is located just behind the Disney Boardwalk between Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and its location is a major draw for most guests. Visitors are within a 10- to 15-minute walk of both Epcot and Hollywood studios, and within a 15-minute free shuttle ride or drive to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. The quarter-mile Disney Boardwalk area is also super convenient and loaded with nightlife, restaurants, and shops. The Orlando International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel, and, unfortunately, guests are unable to take the Magic Express. 

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Rooms

Simple, comfortable rooms with mini-fridges and some dated aspects

The Swan's 756 rooms and suites receive mixed reviews, with negative points usually being the lackluster decor, dated popcorn ceilings, and worn carpets. Nevertheless, renovations in 2016-17 brought contemporary beds, attractive artwork, and fun throw pillows. Rooms are spacious, the Westin's signature Heavenly Beds are comfortable, and upgrades to certain rooms can reward guests with stunning views of the Epcot ball or balconies. Other views consist of Crescent Lake or other areas of the resort. Standard amenities include desks, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, mini-fridges, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Deluxe rooms have noticeably more space and sofa beds. Contemporary bathrooms sport shower/tub combos with rain showerheads in all, hairdryers, and a basic range of toiletries. 

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All-Inclusive / Food

Over 12 eateries, but only five located on-site

Combined with the restaurants at the nearby Dolphin Resort, guests have access to over 12 restaurants and eateries across the complex. Five of these restaurants are within the Swan property. Garden Grove is the main dining spot, serving up casual American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is also the place where guests can get their Disney fix thanks to character dinners and weekend breakfasts. Other dining options include a sushi spot, coffee cafe open for breakfast, poolside grille, and a slightly more upscale Italian restaurant. Restaurants at the Dolphin sister property include spots such as a New York City Italian steakhouse, seafood from Todd English, well-reviewed sushi spot, and Mediterranean cuisine. 

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Features

Popular pool with slides, spa, excellent gym, and a resort fee

Five heated pools and a collection of whirlpools are definitely the stars of the Swan and Dolphin resort complex, though only one is on Swan property. This rectangular lap pool isn't much to write home about, but guests can grab food and drink at the nearby Splash Grille. The main wet attraction is the Grotto Pool, which is located just over the border on the Dolphin side of the resort. A wide rock waterfall and slide make it a hit with kids. Another lap pool, four whirlpools, a kiddy pool, and smaller pool round out the options. Finding sun loungers isn't usually a problem. 

For even further dives into relaxation, the Mandara Spa has a full menu with everything from massages and facials to Ionithermie cellulite reduction and teen treatments. There is a distinct Balinese look and feel thanks to Eastern-themed treatments, lots of polished teak wood, a tea garden, and meditation area with its own small temple. The Swan has a large 24-hour gym stocked with all the workout essentials from Life Fitness machines, yoga mats, and exercise balls to even rarer finds like Peloton bikes. It's open 24/7 and free fitness classes are sometimes offered.

Daily activities are organized and run by resort staff, and guests can also challenge each other on two sand volleyball courts, go on ferryboat rides, or chill "beachside" at the Dolphin hotel's small sandy area. Crescent Lake has ferryboat transportation to Epcot and Hollywood studios, while free buses shuttle guests to Disney resorts. Other resort features include free Wi-Fi, an small on-site shop, and access to Disney benefits like Extra Magic Hours and FastPasses. It's worth noting that using the computers, printing, and other business center features will cost you extra. Parking also costs extra and there is a high daily resort fee. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Business Center

  • Concierge

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Tennis Court

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