Walt Disney World Dolphin in Orlando, FL

1500 Epcot Resort BlvdLake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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A sophisticated hotel offering touches of modern architecture combined with inspirations of the Renaissance era, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel features everything needed for a relaxing stay in Orlando. Guests can enjoy a 3-acre aquatic oasis with a waterfall, slide, caves and whirlpool spas, an on-site steakhouse, a Balinese-style spa, supervised children’s activities, and much more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lake Buena Vista Travel Experts
  • Located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Enjoy transportation throughout Walt Disney World® Resort.
  • Use the free airport shuttle: Disney's Magic Express.
  • Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks included.
  • Complimentary golf club rental.
  • Luxurious rooms with wet bars, free WiFi, flat screen TVs and private balconies.
  • Features a 3-acre aquatic area, spa, and 17 dining options.
  • A self-parking fee applies.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Business Center
  • Children's Program
  • Elevator
  • Express Checkout
  • Game Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Guest Laundry
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Restaurant on Property
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access in Public Areas (free)
  • Tennis Court on Property
  • Health Spa/Massage
  • Wedding Services
  • Porter/Bellman
  • Security Guard
  • Babysitting/Childcare
  • Valet Parking
  • ATM/Banking
  • Concierge Services
  • Parking (surcharge)
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Poolside Bar
  • Coffee Shop or Café
  • Complimentary Newspapers
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services
  • Private Beach
  • Smoke-free Property
  • Waterslide
  • Shuttle Services - Limited (free)
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from Walt Disney World Dolphin
Check-In: 3:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am
Walt Disney World Dolphin is located on the beach in Lake Buena Vista, close to Disney's Boardwalk, Disney's Hollywood Studios™, and Epcot®. Other points of interest near this spa resort include Disney's Animal Kingdom® and Disney Springs® area.

Property Features
Dining options at Walt Disney World Dolphin include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a health club, a spa tub, and a steam room. The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Lake Buena Vista property has 29729 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. The property has a theme park shuttle, which is complimentary. Business services and wedding services are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, an arcade/game room, and multilingual staff. This is a smoke-free property.

Exclusive Disney Resort guest benefits include:
  • Extra Magic Hours: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a more private park experience. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.

  • Complimentary Transportation: Avoid the hassle of driving and the cost of parking with Disney Resort’s complimentary transportation. Disney Resort guests have free access to complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Water Parks. Travel by bus, water taxi, ferry or monorail!

  • Complimentary Golf Club Rental: Want to hit the links but didn’t travel with your clubs? No problem! Disney Resort guests are provided free rentals of golf clubs.

  • Simplify your Stay: When staying at a Disney Resort, you can use your Resort ID to charge your purchases to your room. You may also choose to have your purchases shipped to your resort.

The 1,508 air-conditioned guestrooms at Walt Disney World Dolphin feature laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail, as well as free local calls (restrictions may apply). Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains and electronic check-out. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo-allergenic bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.

Notifications and Fees:
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.

  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:
  • Resort fee: USD 33.75 per accommodation, per night. Subject to change.

    • Self parking fee: USD 25 per night

      • Valet parking fee: USD 35 per night

        • Fee for in-room wireless: USD 25 per night

        • Hotel Policy
          You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

          Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

          Valet Parking:
          Valet Parking is available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas for $33 per night (sales tax included).

          Guests with Disabilities
          Designated parking areas are available throughout Walt Disney World Resort for Guests with disabilities. A valid disability parking permit is required.

Tripster Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Melbourne, IA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Just ok"
June 2016
I was kind of disappointed at the room for how much we paid. We upgraded to a balcony room with a view to the fireworks at Epcott. Room was outdated and smelled musty. It wasn't worth the extra money.
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Tip: I'd save your money and stay and a standard hotel.

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Diana Rio
Miami, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great stay!"
March 2015
Hotel was gorgeous, clean.
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Tip: don't forget your credit cards at home!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
"Very large, very busy Disney centric Marriott"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2019 NEW
I say that not because it will be a surprise to anyone but because it makes for a slightly surreal conference venue. Stayed here for 5 nights attending a conference onsite and one off site. So very odd to be in the lobby in a suit with entire families dressed as Disney characters! Hotel is well maintained if a little dated - given how busy it was, this is to be expected. Room servicing was a little random as to when it would turn up - expect knocks from 5am and 10pm (had both, and Do Not Disturb is ignored!). Signage in the hotel is a little poor and it's something of a maze - I didn't take the same route twice all week! Food in the bar was surprisingly good, and the servers prompt and friendly.
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Mike C
Clearwater, Florida
"Expansive Resort"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2019 NEW
This resort hotel is quite expansive that can cater to large conferences. The entrance to the hotel and the lobby are very impressive and elegant. The service is top notch and the amenities are in abundance. Close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
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Nancy O
Nashua, New Hampshire
"Expected More From This Resort"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2019 NEW
We got a 12th floor, corner, King, balcony, fireworks view. Room 6117. Thought it would be facing Epcot, which is what I wanted, but it looked out onto the lake and beach area and you could see the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios. Nice, modern room. First thing we did was raise the large shades so we could look at the view of the Swan out of our other window. 2 large shades, one for light filtering and one blackout. Each shade had a really tiny chain pull to lower and raise each individual shade. They were both really hard to work and one of them got stuck. My husband called maintenance and they sent 2 men (very nice guys) up within 10 minutes. The younger man said these pulls were a pain and they constantly get stuck and break. It was a really hot, humid day and the room did not feel very cool despite the thermostat being set to 68. I asked about it and the older man said it did not feel right so he got his tools and took off the large air conditioning/heating unit panel. He said something was missing and it was not working correctly and wondered just how long it had been like that. We were in the room not even 30 minutes now and two things are not working correctly. He came back with something and apparently fixed the issue as it got cold immediately. They left and we went out to check the place out and to grab a meal at The Fountain restaurant onsite. It was really good btw. Came back 2 hours later to find some sort of thick beige substance all over the table, chair, my husband's hat, personal items on the table and all over the floor under the vent. Our room smelled like something was burning and stunk and burned our eyes and hurt our throats. We immediately opened the door to our balcony for ventilation. My husband said to get out of the room and he called the front desk. He said they seemed unfazed (???) and said they would send housekeeping up to clean it!! Something was burning for God's sake, never mind the crap all over the place! I stayed in the hall crying (it was a long awaited 1st anniversary trip) while he went down to the front desk. He talked to another person at the desk that was equally unfazed and asked what we wanted to do?? Good grief! Does the safety or well being of your guests mean nothing? They said they would send maintenance up. My husband came back up and we were met by the original 2 maintenance men and a very sweet woman from housekeeping. My husband did not want the crap all over the place to be touched until a manager saw it. I took several photos. They opened the unit up again and looked into it with a flashlight. He said everything was covered with a thick buildup of what looked like years of dust (and dirt and skin cells and who knows what else from years of guests in the room). He was shocked and said this should not have happened and he did not know why this had NEVER been cleaned. Apparently the system kicks the heat on if you raise the temp on thermostat and the air conditioning if you lower it. Weird to say the least. Both maintenance men complained about it. So the heat switched on when the first guy was messing with it earlier and started burning all the crud in the unit after he fixed it then spewed it out all over the place. I was concerned it was asbestos and took a sample home with us that I am having analyzed. I know asbestos was banned in the 70s but I have no idea what this stuff actually is. A few minutes later, a female manager and 2 security guards came up. So now we have the 2 maintenance guys, the woman from housekeeping, the manager and 2 security guys all in our gross, stinky room. I lost it. I just cried. I told them it was our anniversary and why was this happening to us?? The housekeeper hugged me and said it would be ok. The manager said we could change rooms. I did not want to do that because we had actually just switched resorts (read my Best Western Lake Buena Vista review!) because of major room problems and I was just done. We did not want to pack up and move yet again! This trip was turning into a nightmare already. The maintenance men vacuumed out the unit as best they could, but it was getting late. He said they would come back the next day and really get in there and get down to the coils which were caked with crap. The manager, who was not very sympathetic, said they would reimburse us (we assumed for the 1st day which they should have at least done that) and because it was our anniversary, send up a bottle of wine for all of this trouble. The maintenance guys said there would be no more burning smell. We decided to stay because we were both just exhausted as this had already taken a huge chunk out of our first night there. Well, we never did get that bottle of wine (so why even offer it?) and they reimbursed us only $50 for this fiasco. Unbelievable. On the surface, this resort is gorgeous and has a lot going for it. We will never stay there again though. I really hope they are looking into cleaning and maintenance of all the air conditioning units. I'm glad the burning debris on our room unit did not turn into a major fire. I have been going to Disney World since I was a kid in the 70s and had always stayed at an official Disney hotel. While the Dolphin is on Disney property, it is not a Disney hotel. We will never again stay at anything but a Disney resort ever again. We NEVER had a problem with Disney. Pretty resort to look at, but what else are they leaving unattended?
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Rob G
"Convenient to Disney, room for improvement."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
Decent Marriott hotel that has easy access to Disney. We are at Il Mullino and it was really good. Pool scene was OK but one pool was totally closed and another was closed early one night for a corporate event. The resort fee should have been waived. We also didn’t get housecleaning until after 4 every day, even though we left for Disney at 6:30a one day. The restaurant in the basement, the Fountain, was awful. We had a good meal at Shula’s, as well. A fine Disney hotel but nothing to gush about.
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Amanda P
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
This was our first stay at the Swan and Dolphin and will probably be our last, mold in the bathroom on the wall, glad we only spent one night there. The hotel otherwise was convenient to Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Walt Disney World Dolphin

Is theme park shuttle service available?
Yes. Hotel guests can utilize Disney’s Bus Transportation for shuttle service around the Walt Disney World resort and Disney’s Magical Express for transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport.

Are smoking rooms available?
No. However, outdoor designated smoking areas are available around the property.

Is parking available?

Yes. Self-parking is available at $20 per day and valet parking is available at $28 per day.