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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Toronto, Ontario
"my all time favor"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2019 NEW
We stayed in the Dolphin hotel this summer. I love the facilities the hotel can offer. All the pools are great. The pedal boat is free this round, we enjoyed sailed around the lake. Only the little ants in the room bothered me. I hope the hotel can find a way to resolve the little ant issue. The boat service to the theme parks is very convenience.
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"Location, location, location..."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
The main feature of this resort is, without a doubt, its location. It is located within walking distance from both, EPCOT and Hollywood studios. But if you’re not willing to do the walking you can make use of the Disney boats serving the property. WDW Dolphin resort also gives convenient access to Disney’s boardwalk, which broadens the available eating and drinking options. Whereas I would not say Disney’s boardwalk is a must visit spot by itself or the dining/drinking hotspot, parlors here are certainly more appealing than those at the WDW Dolphin. Finally, in regards to the convenient location, EPCOT fireworks are observable within the property. If possible, book a room facing EPCOT; though not be surprised if room price goes up considerably. And even if you didn’t book such a room, take the time to stroll the gardens and enjoy the show. Besides that, there are pros and cons that turn this property into a very average one. On the PROS side, I would highlight the partnership –or whatever the relationship is– between Sheraton (Marriott) and Disney. You could even say you have the best of both worlds. On the one hand, you have all the perks a Bonvoy valued guest has (points earning and redemption, early check-in, late check-out, booking preferences, and so on), and on the other hand, you receive –almost– the same treatment other Disney resorts guests get (transportation to/from parks, purchase delivery to the resort, extra park hours, Disney app syncing, etc.) On the CONS side, I’ll go back to saying you ALMOST get the same treatment other Disney resorts guests get. As an instance, magic band is not usable within WDW Dolphin resort: not for purchases, not as room key, and not in any other way. Also, although the property is served by Disney transportation system, it is noticeable that buses do not run as often as they do in other resorts. My party and I had to wait up to 45 minutes for the Disney Springs bus to arrive, and almost 30 minutes for the bus headed to Magic Kingdom. Finally, it is quite striking the difference between Disney’s resorts' quality and the WDW Dolphin’s. Let’s not forget we’re taking about a 300 USD/night (or higher) resort here: 1) Lobby apart, other common areas, and even the rooms, look not very well taken care of, some areas are even smelly, look outdated and unappealing (gardens however, are beautifully preserved); 2) although we just had breakfast here, food was of very poor quality, and the location of the restaurants makes you feel more in the basement rather than next to those beautiful gardens (better go to the café at the lobby); 3) as far as we knew, if you book through Marriott’s app, it is near to impossible to get the Disney Magical Express taking you to/from the airport, though we could have missed something; and finally, 4) handicapped parking spots are impractically narrow! We did struggle when trying to depart early in the morning because of the neighboring car being so close to ours, and not because it was wrongfully parked but because of the narrowness of the spot. Overall, staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort was not a bad choice. As a Bonvoy user I would certainly go back, though not sure if I weren’t. My takeaways: hardly have breakfast here (except for the coffee shop at the lobby), consider longer transit times between this hotel and parks (those served by bus), and make the best out of Disney’s boardwalk. Just as a remark: AVERAGE rating is in no way intended as something negative!
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Sarah H
Webster, New York
"Great value"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
This hotel was very nice. Clean, updated, and cost efficient. If you want to stay on the Disney property and have access to transportation this is a great option. It does not have everything like meal plans and magic bands (you can add this though). Otherwise you wouldn’t have know you weren’t at a Disney hotel.
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"Better than Disney Hotels"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
Wow! I was expecting little but it’s great! I couldn’t believe it! The rooms are so nice and the beds are so much better than the Disney beds. The feel isn’t the same but the hotel I would say is easily as nice if not nicer than all of the Disney resorts. It’s still right there next to Epcot!
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"Cost more than you think."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
After you have found the best deal you can online add $30.00 a day for resort fee. $25.00 a day to park your car, $5.79 room charge-associate leisure, $5.34 room tax, Resort service service package $1.95, Resort Tax- Resort service pkg $1.80, Sales tax $1.63 and a charge card fee of $1.63, per day. This is not a Disney hotel so no Disney stuff anywhere. This is a conference hotel and in my opinion not best for a family.
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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.