Located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios on Crescent Lake, the Swan and Dolphin is one of our favorite places to stay at Disney World. Not only is the location fantastic but we use Starwood and Marriott points to stay there for free. That’s because the hotel is not actually owned by Disney even though it’s right in the middle of all the action. The Dolphin is technically a Sheraton hotel and the Swan is a Westin, part of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, owned by Marriott.
If you’re thinking about a stay on your next Disney vacation, you’re likely wondering what are the Disney perks at Swan and Dolphin?
Disney Perks at Swan and Dolphin
Here is a list of the primary perks associated with a Disney World vacation and which of them are included with a stay at the Swan and Dolphin.
Do Swan and Dolphin Get Magic Bands
When you stay at a Walt Disney owned hotel, you get free Magic Bands as part of your stay. Unfortunately, you do NOT get free Magic Bands when you stay at the Swan and Dolphin. You can purchase them at the hotel. You can purchase them in advance through Disney for as little as $14.99 right now. Or, you can use Magic Bands you already have from a previous trip.
Do Swan and Dolphin Get Extra Magic Hours
Yes. You do get access to Extra Magic Hours when staying at the Swan and Dolphin. You just need to have your Swan and Dolphin Resort ID with your ticket. Your ticket can be on your Magic Band, but you’ll still need your resort ID even if you’ve linked your hotel reservation through My Disney Experience.
Does Swan and Dolphin Have Magical Express
You won’t get Disney Magical Express at the Swan and Dolphin. This is perhaps one of the bigger drawbacks. However, Orlando International Airport opened up access to ride shares from the airport in 2017. So, you could take an Uber or Lyft for about $40 to the Swan and Dolphin.
Swan and Dolphin FastPass Plus 60-Day
When you stay at the Swan and Dolphin, it does include the 60-day window for FastPass Plus. You’ll need to link your hotel reservation in your My Disney Experience account. The Swan and Dolphin has a helpful trouble shooting page if you’re having difficulty your reservation HERE. Plus, we’ve found their guest services to be helpful with this as well if you’re having any problems.
Making sure it’s properly linked in advance will be important for making your FastPass reservations far in advance. We all know how important that extra 30 days can be when trying to get FastPass reservations for some of the most popular attractions.
Complimentary Transportation Around Disney for Swan and Dolphin
Just like any one else on Disney property, you’ll get access to all the internal transportation options when staying at the Swan and Dolphin. These include water taxi to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and buses to the other parks and Disney Springs.
Souvenir Package Delivery for Swan and Dolphin
Like other Disney Resorts, if you purchase a souvenir at Disney World but don’t want to drag it around all day, you get free package delivery to the Swan and Dolphin.
Character Dining at Swan and Dolphin
Garden Grove at the Swan offers character dining for dinner and for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Using Marriott Points at Swan and Dolphin
The Swan and Dolphin are a Category 6 Marriott hotel and require 50,000 points per night.
You can also read a great review from our friends at The Frugal South who stayed at the Dolphin on points.