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An American Adventure at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

An American Adventure at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

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A stay at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (or I guess specifically, what I call The Swan Hotel in Orlando) may surprise you. It caught me off-guard. Despite being situated just a short walk from Epcot and a brief drive to Magic Kingdom, the recently refurbished rooms in the swan side of this big complex are classy and chic.

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The Swan Hotel Rooms

There’s no sign of Mickey or Minnie. Nope, the rooms are perfect for couples (or solos in my case on this trip). There’s a stylish blue theme going on, with simple artwork on the walls. Fresh, crisp white sheets cover the huge bed and work well with the cushions.

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There’s even a desk area for proper grown-ups (or a sofa for those who are in denial). For those who really want to get on with their emails, Starbucks coffee is available.

And for those who are able to switch off, the balcony awaits. My room looked out onto one of the onsite pools. There are five heated pools – not to mention whirlpools, fountains and waterfalls, so it really is a heaven for mermaid wannabes. And if being a mermaid isn’t really your thang, you’ll probably find there’s a class or activity for whatever is.

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Mandara Spa

Spa lover? Swan and Dolphin has it covered. Just head into the Dolphin side of the hotel to check out the recently refurbished Mandara Spa. Stepping inside, you feel like you’ve travelled to Bali rather than America.

I was lucky enough to experience a facial and oxygen blast. You see, nothing is done by half measures here. A blast of oxygen sounds a little OTT (and a little scary), but it actually feels amazing on your skin. A small tool pumps lashings of oxygen directly onto your massaged face, helping the oils and lotions to get to work. I was a little dubious, but my skin instantly looked a million times better. If only I could have a facial every week?!

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Todd English’s bluezoo

Foodie? You guessed it, this resort has it covered. There are so many restaurants and cafes, ranging from signature, casual, and quick service dining. Admittedly the vegetarian selections aren’t great across the impressive collection, but there is a cute spot to get some epic sundaes.

Todd English’s bluezoo is the place you go to if you want to get a little bit dressed up (or as dressed up as it gets in Orlando!). The menu centres on coastal cuisine, so if you’re really into fish you’ll love it. I on the other hand must have been their most (unintentional) fussy customer.

I had to waiver to the pescetarian side (rather than my usual vegetarian side) by having a fillet of salmon. I also had to shun the cocktail menu due to a growing bump (recap here!), but luckily the super friendly waiter created an amazing raspberry mojito a la mocktail style.

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The starter was probably intended as a sharing plate, but I guess that’s just the perks of being a solo traveller – you don’t have to share! This is especially true when it comes to dessert – the chocolate creation was divine (so divine that I didn’t snap it!).

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The service was faultless and the restaurant is beautiful, so if you like seafood it’s worth booking a table here (especially if you’re on a date night).

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Something Else

Whatever you’re thing, I’m pretty sure this place has it covered. When you check-in you’re given a booklet containing a whole schedule of amazing activities. My top picks include ‘Campfire with S’mores on the beach’, Latin dance lessons and ‘Cinema on the beach’. Had my husband been with me he would have definitely picked ‘Rockstar Workout’, hair-braiding and ‘80’s Trivia’…

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Disney’s Boardwalk

You’ll find Disney’s Boardwalk a few minutes from the walkway that connects the Swan hotel with the Dolphin side of the hotel. It’s a pretty area by a lake, lined with restaurants, shops and street artists. As in most of the tourist spots in Orlando though the vegetarian choices are limited.

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However, fear not because Disney’s Boardwalk is full of amazing delights; funnel cake, fried ice cream and more. My personal faves were the pink lemonade slushy drink and the crinkly fries smothered in pouring cheese. Literally, that cheese is my absolute weakness. I know I’m meant to like stylish things, but I just can’t resist that stuff!

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

This resort is huge and located right in the thick of all the fun parks. It’s also only a half hour or so drive to the more unique things to do in Orlando, like Winter Park, College Park and such.

If you’re looking for a couple’s getaway, a refurbished room in the Swan side of the hotel is a step splash in the right direction. Want to see more of this place? Check out my #TravelTrailer vlog…

You can find out more and book here.

Have you stayed here? What do you think to my stay? I’d love to hear from you. X

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Big thanks to Visit Orlando for hosting my stay.

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9 Comments

  1. Oh man, this post made me miss Disney even more! We went last October and it was just the best ever. It’s impossible not to feel like a kid again – best ever. We didn’t stay in a hotel but passed this one most days – great to know it’s so good. Will bare it in mind for next time!

    Pretty sure your starter wasn’t supposed to be a sharing platter… it really was just that big. We went to a Red Lobster and the starters were about the size of a 3 course meal each. Madness!

    Great post :)

    Gabby

  2. I’ve stayed at The Swan twice now, most recently with my new bride for our Honeymoon in 2014. It is a spectacular hotel and I am sure we will return for one of our “signature” anniversaries (or all of them, lol). Being able to walk to Epcot and take a short boat ride to Hollywood Studios is a huge perk. Thanks for the review, well written and captures the essence of the resort.

    1. Congratulations to you and your lovely bride :)

      Definitely. It was so cool to even be able to see the Epcot fireworks every night just from Disney’s Boardwalk and the boat ride just makes it all the more fun. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and for taking the time to comment. Hope you have many more lovely stays at The Swan.

  3. I’m looking at going next year as part of a bigger roadtrip, but never thought of staying in one of the Disney hotels due to the intense full-on ‘theme-ing’, but this looks so classy!

    C x | Lux Life

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