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4.3 out of 5

"Paid for a resort view but it was definitely not " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 26 Oct 2020

Hotel Description

4-star beachfront resort near Epcot®, connected to the convention center

Beachside getaway

Your stay at this Bay Lake resort places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios®. Disney Springs® and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Private beach, health club

This smoke-free resort features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 6 restaurants. There's fun for all ages with a children's club and a children's pool, and families will appreciate the onsite laundry facilities. Enjoy the 3 outdoor pools and free perks like WiFi in public areas and a theme park shuttle.

Comfy beds, WiFi

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, the 1509 guestrooms also offer WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Separate bathtubs and showers, coffee/tea makers, and free local calls are also available. Housekeeping is available once per stay.

Traditional Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
$132* Per night/room Jan 18 - Jan 19

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Resort View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 2 Double Beds, View (Fireworks View)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking, Resort View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Resort View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Walt Disney World Dolphin ratings based on 113 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Walt Disney World Dolphin

Everyone (58) Couples (15) Family (50)
4 out of 5
Paid for a resort view but it was definitely not

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 30, 2020 by cac

Thank you for sharing your feedback. Can you please advise the room number that you had and we are happy to look into. We appreciate the feedback.

5 out of 5
We really enjoyed our stay at the Dolphin. I’m a seasoned Disney traveler and this was my first time staying at the Dolphin and booking through Travelocity. I was nervous to book through them at first because I normally book directly with the hotel. However, I am very glad I chose to go through Travelocity because I got a great rate and they made booking my stay so easy!! At check in we were automatically upgraded to a 9th floor room with a balcony (Thank you Andy!!). The view was wonderful!! Room was very clean & tastefully decorated. Beds were very comfortable. We were surprised how quiet the room was, usually you hear toilets flushing and people talking but the room seemed pretty soundproof. We loved the nice lobby, well maintained grounds and the pool area. Hotel did great job following the Covid safety measures. The Dolphin also has a great selection of restaurants in the hotel and close by at the neighboring Swan hotel. After a long day at the park it is nice to know you can go back to your hotel and have a nice meal. The only negative is the $27 per day fee to self park. This isn’t New York City or Boston, there’s plenty of space in Central Florida so it’s pretty clear this fee is an extra cash grab by Disney which is very disappointing. I would highly recommend staying at the Dolphin.

Posted by , from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2020

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3 out of 5
Liked that you could get on a boat to get to the parks...Didn’t like that they charged me extra for parking and didn’t tell me ..also don’t like that the parking is so far from the rooms..also the toilet didn’t work when we got there, they fixed it but was a inconvenience.The bathroom is so small you can’t change in there so make sure you are good with changing in front of who is in the room with you.

Posted by on Mar 14, 2020

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3 out of 5
The ground around the property pretty and nicely kept. I like that there was a boat to take you to Epcot. It was centrally located near all the parks we were visiting.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020

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5 out of 5
Loved that it was a Disney resort.. so close to Hollywood studios and Epcot

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020

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1 out of 5
Arrived at 1am with a car full of tired children and they overbooked.

Posted by , from Alpine, UT on Feb 15, 2020

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020

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5 out of 5
This hotel has so much to see and do AND is within walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Fantastic property and we will definitely be staying here again!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020

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5 out of 5
This property is next to the Disney boardwalk which made it great for eating and drinks or just a nice walk on the water

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020

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3 out of 5

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Property Features

Step outside to unwind on the white sand beach. At Walt Disney World Dolphin you can cool off in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. There are 6 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. This beach resort also offers a children's pool, a 24-hour health club, and a garden. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star Lake Buena Vista resort is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 1509 guestrooms or units
  • 27 levels
  • 6 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • 306979 sq ft of conference space
  • 28519 sq m of conference space
  • Karaoke
  • Bar by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Cabanas by the pool (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Convenience store
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Lockers available

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • On private beach
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Free WiFi
  • Free theme park shuttle
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Playground on site
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge) , RV, bus, truck parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Orlando Intl. Airport (MCO) (36.4 km / 22.6 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free theme park shuttle
  • Parking: Valet parking, self parking, and RV/bus/truck parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Walt Disney World Dolphin offers 1509 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature laptop-compatible safes and complimentary bottled water. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. 49-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered once per stay and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

Fuel - This café specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Phins - Onsite lobby lounge. Open select days.

Fountain - This family restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. A children's menu is available. Open select days.

Shula's Steakhouse - This steakhouse specializes in American cuisine and serves dinner only. Open select days.

Bluezoo - This seafood restaurant specializes in seafood and serves dinner only. Open select days.

Nearby Activities

3 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include a private beach, a waterslide, and a 24-hour health club.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Horse riding nearby
  • Playground on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Beach volleyball on site
  • Ziplining nearby

Spa Services

Mandara Spa has 8 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, and a steam room.

The spa is open daily.

  • Number of treatment rooms 8
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Prenatal massage
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Thai massage
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices in meeting rooms
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 3 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old. This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property. Guests are provided with hand sanitizer and masks are required in public areas.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • UnionPay
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property follows a brand or regulatory agency's sanitization guidelines Commitment to Clean (Marriott)
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Debit cards

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 39.38 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Internet access
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 13.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 29 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 39 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Dolphin Hotel
  • Dolphin Walt Disney World
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
  • Dolphin Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Lake Buena Vista
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Lake Buena Vista
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Bue
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Lake Buena Vista
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Lake Buena Vista

You should know

  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM.
  • Reservations are needed for golf tee times, massage services, and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 3 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.