Swan and Dolphin at Disney World finishes 3-year renovation

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin just finished its three-year $140 million renovation which included all the guest rooms and a complete update of the Dolphin Resort lobby

A room in the Wet Disney World Swan Hotel.

The resort is now able to return to full capacity.

“With the transformation now complete, our guests can enjoy a stylish new look, new amenities, the latest in technology, an operation with more than a quarter century of excellence in serving guests and a prime location at Walt Disney World Resort, all in one property.” Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort General Manager Fred Sawyers said.

All 2,267 guest rooms were completely transformed to a new look which reflects the resort’s water-themed architecture. Noted interior design and architecture firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios designed the rooms, drawing inspiration from the resort’s original designer, the renowned late Michael Graves.

The new rooms offer guests a relaxing oasis featuring hues of white, blue and gray, sleek multi-functional furniture and all new bathrooms featuring vanities with backlit mirrors on iridescent glass tiles

Technology upgrades include the addition of more outlets and USB ports for charging devices and new high-definition TVs.

The resort will also soon introduce new interactive TV software, allowing guests the ability to check out from their room and cast their own video streaming services from their personal tablets and mobile devices to their in-room TV. 

Public Space:

The new Dolphin Resort lobby, designed by ICRAVE, features a contemporary look with a new geometric ceiling, enhanced lighting and more than double the amount of guest seating. The centerpiece of the new lobby is a grand chandelier stretching 20 feet from the ceiling with nearly 1,000 strands and about 10,000 individual crystals suspended above the Dolphin fountain

For the first time since its opening, the resort has built a completely new dining venue. Located in the Dolphin lobby, fuel offers high-quality quick service and grab-and-go food and drink options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast options include pastries from world-champion pastry chef Laurent Branlard, muffins, breakfast sandwiches and wraps and a variety of coffee, tea and espresso options. Lunch and dinner options include sandwiches and salads. Those with a sweet tooth will find Branlard’s signature desserts and chocolates as well as frozen yogurt and a wide assortment of candy

Phins, a new bar centrally located in the Dolphin lobby and seating up to 150 guests, offers wines, beers and cocktails along with appetizers perfect for sharing. Signature offerings include the resort’s own craft brew Phins & Feathers, wine on tap and creative cocktails. On Sunday mornings, Phins offers brunch-themed beverages including a variety of bloody marys and sparkling options

Coming soon will be new private poolside cabanas furnished with lounge seating, tables, fans, refrigerators and television for rental. Each cabana will include full food and beverage service

Meetings Space

A new 2,800-square-foot meeting and event space, Lake View, offers scenic outdoor views of the resort’s private lake and picturesque Dolphin Resort

All of the resort’s 332,000 square feet of meeting space has been transformed with an updated appearance

New technology includes electronic reader boards throughout the meeting space and the latest in high-density Wi-Fi offering high-speed, uninterrupted internet to groups as large as 15,000 people

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Redesign By the Numbers:

$140 million – cost in dollars of the entire project

3 – length in years of the project

6 – phases of room renovations to keep the resort open to guests throughout the project

2 – new food & beverage venues introduced: the grab-and-go Fuel and bar Phins

2,267 – number of guest rooms redesigned and upgraded

86 – number of meeting rooms redesigned or added

9,890 – total number of individual crystals in new Dolphin lobby chandelier

6 – number of new pool cabanas at the resort page2image23424
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