Walt Disney World Dolphin
Price Level: Deluxe
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The companion to the Swan, the Walt Disney World Dolphin dominates the Epcot-area skyline. Its more than 1500 Michael Graves-designed guestrooms offers beds with pillowtop mattresses and high-speed Internet access.
Stayed there in December 2016. The location, grounds, atmosphere and staff were all exceptional. Because this is a privately run hotel on Disney property, there is a different feel here than at most WDW resorts. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary, and just popped in for a couple of nights, and we actually found the lack of Disney decorations and flare a welcome aspect of our stay. There certainly were far fewer families at the Dolphin than we see at other Disney resort hotels. The vast majority of customers were adult couples, or convention attendees.
Last time we stayed here it was in May, with a group ranging from 4 to 74. The pools and outside amenities were absolutely awesome, especially given the heat, and really made the resort for us. Location was also outstanding, we walked to Boardwalk, took a boat ride to the back of Epcot, and really felt in the middle of everything.