Walt Disney World Dolphin
|Walt Disney World Dolphin|
|Location||Epcot Resort Area|
|Resort type||Deluxe Resort|
|Opened||June 1, 1990|
The Walt Disney World Dolphin is a resort hotel designed by architect Michael Graves located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, next to Disney's BoardWalk Resort area. It opened on June 1, 1990 and is joined to its sister hotel, the Walt Disney World Swan (also designed by Graves) by a palm-tree lined covered walkway crossing a lagoon. The Dolphin Resort is owned Tishman Hotel Corporation and MetLife but operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide under the Sheraton Hotels brand. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are the only Walt Disney World resorts to carry the Disney name and receive special Disney benefits, while not being fully owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company.
The Dolphin and Swan share similar elements, but each has a distinctive appearance. The Dolphin is composed of a 257-foot (78 m) tall triangular tower bisecting a 12-story rectangular mass with four 9-story wings on the Swan-side of the structure. The roof of each half of the main mass is adorned with a 56-foot (17 m) tall Dolphin statue. On the main colored facade there is a turquoise banana-leaf pattern echoed by a similar wave pattern on the Swan.
The statues on top of the Dolphin hotel are not mammalian dolphins, but a stylized version of a nautical dolphin, a common symbol used on old world nautical maps. The design of the creatures is based on Triton Fountain in Rome.
In 2008, The Walt Disney Dolphin Resort was awarded a One Palm Designation through the Florida Green Lodging Program established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary state initiative that provides the lodging industry with free technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste, conserve natural resources and improve the bottom line.
- Cabana Bar and Beach Club - Poolside
- The Fountain - Ice Cream Shop
- Picabu - 24-hour Modern American restaurant
- Splash Terrace - Poolside Cafe
Walt Disney World privileges
Walt Disney World Dolphin guests are provided complimentary transportation to all Walt Disney World theme parks and attractions on the Disney Transportation System, via boat (to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios), and bus (to all other Disney attractions). Length-of-stay park passes are available, as is package delivery from Disney theme park shops to the resort. There is a Disney information and ticketing desk located in the Lobby of each resort. Walt Disney World Dolphin guests can also use Extra Magic Hours at certain theme parks on certain days, equivalent to the other Disney resorts. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin guests also have access to Disney's Fastpass+ service, guests can select 3 attractions per park per day, choose a time and skip the line. However, room charging (using hotel key as a credit card at Walt Disney World) is not available and hotel restaurants only participate in the Tables in Wonderland Dining Plan, not the Disney Dining Plan. There is onsite Disney Character Dining nightly and on weekend mornings, and reservations for all restaurants can by made through Disney. Room charging within the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Complex is available. Also, guests staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin have free theme park parking and priority access to the Disney theme parks during sell out situations.
- Weiss, Werner (26 March 2010). "An Urban Legend: Swan and Dolphin Reversed?". Yesterland. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Green Lodging Program Designated Properties, Northwest District". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort". Walt Disney World. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- Swan & Dolphin official website
- Dolphin resort page at Sheraton website
- Dolphin Resort page at Walt Disney website