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 August 2022, analysis & other info.
This is just one of several discounts available for Walt Disney World now. There’s also an offer for up to 25% off rooms through July 7, 2022 for Floridians and Annual Passholders. For the general public, Walt Disney World released savings of up to $100 off per night, which also run through July 7, 2022.
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.)
Here’s a rate calendar, showing the least and most expensive dates for the Swan. The wild price swings from August 22-24 to August 23-26 are downright amusing. Suffice to say, those $749 nights are not good deals.
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.
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!)
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!