Discounts for Swan & Dolphin at Disney World
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels have released new resort room-only discounts available to Annual Passholders, Floridians, and other groups for this summer and beyond. This post shares the details of these special offers, sample prices for 2023, analysis & other info.
If you’re looking for general public promos for official Disney-owned hotels, there’s currently the “Free” Disney Dining Card Deal, which runs for the late summer through September 2023. For those traveling sooner, check out the up to 25% off room deal for Spring & Summer 2023.
Annual Passholders and Florida residents can take advantage of even deeper discounts of up to 30% off. That’s precisely what the Swan & Dolphin typically offer, making their discounts on par with Deluxe Resorts. That’s technically their category despite being third party-owned, but with the key distinction that the starting rack rates are considerably cheaper at the Swan & Dolphin.
Right now, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Florida residents can save up to 30% off regular room rates on their stays at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. According to the hotel, this discount expires soon. (No expiration date is listed.)
Here’s how to book if you’re a Walt Disney World AP…
For reservations, book online via the WDW Swan & Dolphin’s special offers page. There are a number of other discounts available via that page–you’ll want to use Promotional Code QWH in the Corporate/Promo code box.
Alternatively, or contact the hotel at 1-888-828-8850 and ask for the promotional AP rate. A valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass is required at check-in to receive this offer.
It’s pretty much the same deal for Floridians. When booking online, make sure Promotional Code FR6 appears in the Corporate/Promo code box.
Floridians can also contact the WDW Swan & Dolphin resorts directly at 1-888-828-8850 and ask for the Floridian rate. Valid Florida Resident ID required at check-in to receive this offer.
In doing a bunch of searches, the best rates I could find for the Swan & Dolphin are pictured above. You’re looking at $134 per night for a standard room with no view or balcony, or $172 for one with a view and balcony. That’s not too shabby.
Keep in mind that this does not include the dreaded, mandatory resort fee of $35 per night. (I’ve complained about this consumer-unfriendly pricing practice in countless other posts and won’t rehash it here. If you want to know more about why this should be abolished, see our Fight Back Against Hotel Resort Fees post.)
Excluding those anomalies, you’re still looking at out-the-door prices that are better than any other Crescent Lake. In searching for availability, the best I could do for any of these dates was Disney’s BoardWalk Inn for ~$375 per night. That’s a pretty good rate by the BoardWalk standards, but not this good.
While pricing is pretty comparable between the Swan and Dolphin, this deal is also available at the new Swan Reserve–and it’s significantly more expensive there. I couldn’t find anything below $200 per night at the Swan Reserve, which can easily be over $300 per night after resort fees.
Also, those lower rates are all for the traditional guest rooms at the Swan Reserve. While aesthetically nicer and newer than the rooms at the regular Swan or Dolphin, they’re a far cry from the suites at the Swan Reserve.
Those rooms are fantastic–but the lowest price I could find for the suites was over $325 per night. Most of the time, the suites weren’t available at the discounted rate at all.
For families wanting more space and separate areas, the Swan Reserve suites are arguably worth the cost.
We just wrapped up a stay and there’s a world of difference between the Swan Reserve rooms and regular Swan & Dolphin rooms. (Above is the Swan Reserve, below is a regular room at the Swan & Dolphin as of earlier this month.)
The Swan & Dolphin weren’t refurbished that long ago, but comparatively, they have not aged well. They’re still nice and the beds are incredibly comfortable, they’ve just been far surpassed by the Swan Reserve.
We’ll cover the pros & cons of the Swan Reserve v. Swan & Dolphin soon, but all else being equal, I’d rather stay at the Swan Reserve right now. (Although I do love the rooms with balconies at the Swan & Dolphin–that might be enough to tip the scales.)
For those who are unfamiliar with their affiliations and labels, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels are considered Deluxe Resorts but are managed by Marriott. Due to an agreement way back in the Eisner days, these are the only third party hotels that are treated like actual Deluxe Resorts and bookable by the public. (Shades of Green is similar, minus the last part.)
In addition to enjoying standard on-site Walt Disney World benefits and guest perks, Marriott Bonvoy Rewards members can take advantage of program benefits, including earning Marriott Bonvoy points with each stay. We are Marriott Bonvoy Members, have stayed at many of the chain’s other hotels, and have found it to be a solid brand with quality service.
If you’ve made it this far into the post, you’re probably not one of the many Walt Disney World diehards who dismisses the Swolphin out of hand because these hotels are “not Disney.” Those people are making a mistake.
We are big fans of Disney, but don’t think hotel management is one of the company’s strong suits. Marriott definitely has the edge there. To be sure, not everything about the Swan & Dolphin is perfect (the Magic Kingdom bus to TTC is the biggest strike against it) or even great. With that said, our experiences here have generally surpassed those at Disney-owned properties.
Although the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort hotels are not owned by Disney, they are very much on-site hotels. Located on Crescent Lake alongside BoardWalk Inn and Yacht & Beach Club, the Swan & Dolphin are within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
With this prime piece of real estate, the Swan & Dolphin actually have a better location (in my estimation) than most Disney-owned hotels. To each their own, but I’d put Crescent Lake right up there with the Magic Kingdom monorail loop.
The Swan & Dolphin also have better on-site perks than most Disney-owned hotels now that Disney’s Magical Express has been retired and so long as the Disney Dining Plan remains suspended. That’s because, in addition to Early Entry, Swan & Dolphin guests are eligible for Extended Evening Hours, whereas Value and Moderate Resort guests are not.
Unlike other third party hotels that are technically on-site, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin truly offer the best of both worlds. All of the benefits (for now, at least) of staying in a Disney-owned hotel, plus a rewards program, better management, and more competitive prices. About the only thing you’re compromising is Disney IP infused into the hotel.
If you’re neither a Florida resident nor an Annual Passholder, you might be eligible for other discounts that are available on the Swan & Dolphin special offers page. There are offers for senior citizens (62 and older), AAA and CAA members, medical personnel and their families (nurses, doctors, firefighters, paramedics, etc.), teachers and school support staff, plus law enforcement, government employees, and military personnel.
All of these groups are eligible for up to 25% off rooms at the Swan & Dolphin. Most of these are perpetual discounts, subject to room availability at the hotels.
In the past, we had also seen the Swan & Dolphin appear with regularity on the Hotel Tonight app or via Hotwire Hot Rates & Priceline Express Deals for Walt Disney World.
We haven’t see any truly good deals on these options in months…but hopefully that changes soon. Walt Disney World’s “fall” off-season starts in mid-August and runs through September, and that is usually one of the best times of the year for deals.
Nevertheless, if you’re an Annual Passholder or Florida resident wanting to book a trip to Walt Disney World in the next couple of months, it’s definitely worth checking this Swan & Dolphin special offer to see the rates for your dates. (When comparison shopping, be sure to include the resort fee!)
Obviously, tastes and preferences vary, but I’d pay more for the Swan & Dolphin than any Value or Moderate Resorts–but less than what I’d be willing to spend on the Disney-owned Crescent Lake resorts. Here’s hoping that more deals are on the horizon for fall and beyond. We will be closely monitoring what’s released and will notify subscribers of our free email newsletter when any Walt Disney World discounts are released or rumored!
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What do you think of these discounts at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel for Annual Passholders and Florida residents? If you booked this, do you think you ended up with a good price? Able to find any rates below $134/night? What was available or unavailable for your dates? Is this deal enough to convince you to book a trip, or can you not justify these prices? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
We recently stayed at the Dolphin, booked through Disney as a package, but Marriott is telling me I won’t receive points because I booked through “3rd party”. Doesn’t seem right to me at all, which is why I’m researching it. You mentioned that you received points from your stay, I wonder if others had the same issue as me?
Tom, it looks like the QWH deal for AP is not active after December 2022. I hope they renew that discount because I plan to use it next year if it’s available!
Just booked The Swan. Heads up…resort fee was $40. Could not get AP rate but could the senior rate. The booking was for early Dec. 2022. Of course I will continue to call as rates change frequently with both Swan and Dolphin. We booked a king balcony. It was priced all said and done for $20 over for a king at French Quarter. The $40 resort fee kind of made me think twice, but the location is what we were looking for as well as a guaranteed king bed. The balcony is truly a bonus for us! Love a balcony!
Swolfin, I like it! But I have stayed there and while it’s very nice, I just can’t call it a Deluxe, compared to WL, YC, BLT, etc. That easy walk to Epcot though is great.
That’s a steal for a Monday-Wednesday stay. That gets you 2 extended hours and three early entry. You would not need to purchase Genie+. Go back in the middle of the day for a swim, nap and swan boat ride.
That is so tempting. How many people fit in the new reserve suites?
I’m not sure what the official number is, but 4 people is going to be the amount the suites comfortably sleep.
Any idea why you can book a two-bedroom at the Swan Reserve through Disney but not through Marriott directly? All other room types seem to show up on the Marriott app/through their website, but I never see two-bedroom rooms unless I search through Disney. And if I book through Disney, can I still get Marriott points for the stay?
I have no idea. I’ve noticed some wonky stuff with the Marriott site for the Swan Reserve, and assume that’s part of it.
We’ve added our Bonvoy number when checking in several times (usually when booking via Hotwire, etc.) and had no issues earning points. I assume that’s allowed under the official policy, but not 100% sure.
The Swan has Queen beds versus the Doubles at the Dolphin; the Swan has sinks inside and outside the bathroom, while the Dolphin originally only had them inside. (I’ve heard whispers and rumors that the Dolphin now has the two sets of sinks, but I kept getting lower rates for the Swan Queens so I may never know!)
The non-AP discounts were lower in percentage on the weekends, so be aware that your average discount may vary.
Aaron, we stayed at Dolphin in a standard room late May and there was only one sink which was outside the tiny toilet/tub area. No way there would be room for a sink in there, you couldn’t even swing open the door to the tub/shower all the way because it hit the tub! That said, we had a great stay and overall we were very happy. We have stayed in several Disney resort rooms whose bathrooms were no better. Planning to try out the Swan next time!
I often hesitate to comment honestly about the Swan and Dolphin, because I don’t want the secret to get out. I absolutely love these hotels. Great customer service, excellent dining options, beautiful pools and amenities, comparatively reasonable pricing, convenient location and absolutely the most comfortable beds on property. I’ve stayed at the Yacht Coub and loved it, but the only Yacht Club amenity you can’t easily access during a Swolphin stay is Stormalong Bay. There is no moderate resort that comes close to these, and I’d be thrilled to book them at value-level rates.
If the secret hasn’t gotten out after ~3 decades, I don’t think it’s going to! 😉
I’d hazard a guess that many Walt Disney World guests and fans dismiss it out of hand simply because it’s not owned by Disney. It also helps that the hotels are enormous and have tons of rooms.
Kelly D.: I’m glad u had a good experience there. I have to be candid, we stayed in a Swan deluxe suite over Christmas and the hotel was terrible. Engineering and the pool food was good. The rest, from front desk and valet staff on, were abysmal. My wife almost broke her ankle on a wet ubmarked surface.We couldn’t even get into our rooms till 1130 PM. I contrast that with staying at the Hilton Signia, Contempo Tower, and Saratoga Springs recently, and all were wonderful. So you go to the Swan, be prepared.
Hi, this article notes they can secure resv. for you at 180 days..is that still true?That would be a great perk!
I don’t know where you’re seeing that (on the Swan/Dolphin’s official site?) but it’s definitely 60 days now.
Hey Tom! Had a question about the Swan and Dolphin I’ve never been able to get answered recently. We are doing a split stay All-Star Music –> Swan. When we asked Disney if they provide baggage transfer between the two, they said they didn’t, but all the stories I’ve found post-opening indicate they still do. Do you have any experience with transferring to the Swan or Dolphin recently? Thank you!
Sorry, but I don’t have the answer!
Worst case scenario is transferring yourself via Uber, Lyft or Minnie Vans and checking your bags at bell services.
Thank you! It’s not too bad either way, just tough to not be able to plan for.
John: I’m doing a split SR to Contemporary (reverse order from yours) but just got a yes from Marriot to the baggage transfer question from on site SR Marriot/ bell services two days ago. Try calling on site services for SR,D & S at (407) 934-4290 & see if they can help you investigate from the Marriot perspective. Seems strange they’d do it from Marriott to Disney but not the reverse!
Laura: That’s actually great news. I’ve found a bunch of anecdotes about Disney to Swan, but every data point makes me a bit more confident it’ll work out. It’s funny most Disney CM’s will tell you no and bell services will just do it.
We stayed at the All Star Movies in May and then then Dolphin. Disney did move our luggage for us. When we asked at the front desk they were unsure, but when we went to the luggage people, they knew they could do it.
Ahhh. These prices are downright nostalgic.
The tough question for me is Swan/Dolphin or renting points at Boardwalk/Beach Club. Renting DVC near Epcot has gotten difficult and more expensive, and it has pretty bad (or none) cancellation options. Anytime Swan has discounts, direct or Priceline etc, the balance tips.
Question, have the Disney bus transportation issues at Swan & Dolphin been resolved? Or are Swan & Dolphin guest’s still being dropped off at the MK Ticket and Transportation station instead of bus depot next to the MK?
Still the TTC, to my knowledge. We walked over to BoardWalk to take the bus to MK during our stay.
My wife, daughter, and I stayed at the Dolphin in October and loved the location but not the transportation. We ended up using the Yacht Club bus transportation for MK and AK. The Disney Springs bus at the Dolphin dropped us off in a really crappy location….out at the far end where Lyft drops off. With that being said, is the Boardwalk bus transportation closer than the Yacht Club?
Stayed at the Dolphin in Feb and late March and yes, buses still go to TTC. Not sure where you get dropped off at AK since I also walked to BW for that bus. The YC bus stop could be closer depending on your room location at the Dolphin, but where I was both times, it was similar. The YC and BW bus stops are (or were) right next to each other at MK, so coming back I’d take whichever one came first.
We secured a great AP rate for New Year’s Eve to January 4th at the Dolphin.