Tour of the new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

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Tour of the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Posted: Thursday November 18, 2021 9:13am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is now officially open to guests and we took a tour of the new tower during the grand opening celebration earlier this month.


The Swan Reserve is a brand new 14 story tower, the third main building at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort complex - known for its incredible location at the center of Walt Disney World within walking distance of both EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

We will start our tour leaving the original Swan and Dolphin area and heading towards the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve.

Although the Reserve is a self-contained hotel, guests still have access to all of the amenities of the Swan and Dolphin, including the impressive main feature pool. A newly installed crossing and traffic light makes crossing the road much easier than before.

The exterior design is intended to recreate the reflective light of Crescent Lake, and includes a nod to the region's citrus legacy, with orange trees lining the entranceway.

The Reserve has its own porte-cochere and arrival area, including dedicated parking.

Stepping inside, you are greeted with a bright and inviting lobby area. Immediately ahead is an entrance that leads directly to the ballrooms. So for business guests who are perhaps staying at the Swan or Dolphin and are using the Reserve for meetings, access is easy and direct and bypasses the other guest areas.

An escalator and stairway lead guests up to the second floor, where all guest facilities are located, including the main lobby and reception.

You will find a check-in desk and concierge, with mobile check-in also available.

The lobby is dominated by a welcoming central lounge, including the "Stir" bar and lounge.

Seating areas surround the lounge, making ideal spots to unwind after a day at the parks or to hold informal meetings.

Just off the lobby on the second floor is the Reserve's own swimming pool area.

There are covered cabanas, lots of seating, loungers, and even a fire pit.

The Tangerine pool bar offers poolside drinks and eats throughout the day.

Heading back inside, the Grounds coffee shop offers a full line-up of grab and go items, including craft coffee.

Adjacent to Grounds is Amare, the Reserve's signature restaurant.

The upscale venue highlights fresh premium ingredients from the Mediterranean region, including a variety of seafood, citrus, olive oils, pasta and pitas.

The restaurant transforms from a casual breakfast and lunch experience to a more upscale venue in the evenings for dinner service.

That completes a look at the second-floor guest amenities and now onto the guest rooms.

The 14-story hotel features 349 guest rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding Walt Disney World area. This is one hotel where there truly is not a bad view to be found. One side of the hotel looks towards Disney's Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, and the other side looks towards EPCOT.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin became known for having some of the most spacious and versatile rooms on Disney property, and this continues with the Swan Reserve.

The guest rooms are bright and airy, with up-to-date design details that deliver a high-end feel.

There are 151 suites, including two-bedroom options featuring a spacious living room area.

Some of the suites also include balconies to enjoy even more of the spectacular views.

The Swan Reserve offers a lot for events and weddings, and nothing highlights that more than The Vue event space that the hotel boasts on its top floor.

The exclusive roof-top space is ideal for weddings and special events, offering 360-degree views of the Walt Disney World Resort - including firework views of EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom.

There are two ballrooms and twelve meeting rooms on the ground floor, bringing more than 15000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

If you are a fan of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, the Reserve adds even more to the resort and offers the opportunity to try something new on your next trip. Being part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, it becomes another hotel at Walt Disney World where you can use points for the stay.

As with the Swan and Dolphin, the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve also gives you access to Disney's theme park perks, including morning early park entry and extended evening hours benefits.

Reservations are available now, with pricing typically below the price of Disney's deluxe resorts. Visit the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin website for more details.

Click the gallery to see more of the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve.

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Mike W10 days ago

Stayed at the Swalphin and always had a great stay. On a few of the rooms on the higher floors, you can watch the fireworks from above.

ImperfectPixie12 days ago

The Swalphin was also renovated in 2015/2016. We stayed in one of the first newly refurbished family suites in October of 2015. (Someone complained earlier that it felt "dated".)

Purduevian12 days ago

Just stayed at the Swan this this past October. My room was $344 a night for a room with 2 queen beds. The other cresent lake resorts were all over $700 a night. Easy decision for me to get all the perks of a disney hotel, walk to EPCOT, boat to DHS, and stay at a very nice resort. Just looking 4 months from now (just a random dates March 12th-19th). I can book Dolphin $336 a night Swan $442 a night Swan Reserve $452 a night Or All Star Movies $235 a night (Cheapest Value Resort) Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside $366 a night (Cheapest Moderate Resort) Animal Kingdom Lodge $618 a night (Cheapest Deluxe Resort) *I can also get AAA discounts and BonVoy points by staying at Swalphin

JMcMahonEsq12 days ago

That's interesting. We had the exact opposite customer service experience when we went in August. We had booked 2 rooms, one an upgraded resort view room, the other a standard (least expensive available) room. When we went to check in, and they gave us our room keys, we were asking the location of the rooms and they stated that they were both in same area, with adjoining door. When we asked how that could be they stated that they had complimentarily upgraded the standard room to the deluxe room and gave us adjoining rooms, which ended up being a really nice surprise. We thought service was great, but at same time we were their in late August, during a definite dead time at the parks/hotels, so likely the service staff was not being pushed all that hard. I will say now that some business travel is picking up, it has been my experience that many hotels are short service staff, and that check ins times have been spotty. As to the hotel itself, the only downside to the room I could pick on was having 2 full beds as opposed to 2 queens. But they clearly advertised that was what we were going to get, so I can't complain too much.

UNCgolf12 days ago

That's the kind of theming I'm talking about. I don't want "Disney" theming that consists of characters slapped on stuff. I love the Boardwalk Inn, for example, and used to love Grand Floridian before they cut the orchestra, among other things. I also love Port Orleans. I like theming that's intended to evoke another era and/or location. The Contemporary isn't really themed at all, or at least wasn't before they built the new awful Incredibles rooms, which is one of the reasons I never had much interest in staying there.

castlecake2.012 days ago

Had friends stay at Swan this weekend. Rooms felt dated. I feel if your beds still have bed skirts you are out of date in the hospitality industry. They arrived around noon and asked if there room was available. “No but you can do early check in into an upgraded room for $40 a night.” They decided to wait. 5pm room still wasn’t ready. “We can check you into a different room but it’s an extra $10 a night because it’s an “upgrade” from your booked room”. Ridiculous. You’re going to PO your guest to make an extra $30 because you couldn’t get the room ready in time? Anyway, good location but overall resort felt tired, almost like it’s too big for its own good and they can’t keep up.

JMcMahonEsq12 days ago

The Marriot/Bonvoy point option is definitely a big plus. Especially when it comes to corporate event planning, although to be fair, it also makes a significant impact if your looking to reduce costs and makes an attractive alternative budget planning feature. For anyone that travels at all for work, taking out a Marriot/Bonvoy credit card is an easy way to rack up points, which can help you get a free or heavily discounted stay here, one of the few choices for alternative pricing/budgeting for an on property stay. We normally stay at the Contemporary but this summer due to construction we booked a relatively last minute trip to Swan and Dolphin and really enjoyed the trip. Given the easy walking access to two parks, and the level of restaurants/pools at S&D, I think it is fairer to compare it to Disney Deluxe Resorts (Boardwalk or Yacht Club) as opposed to moderate resorts, thought to be fair/honest, I haven't personally stayed at a moderate resort. As to theming, I will admit to never staying at a Pop Century or AoA type property that had themed rooms. However I will say comparing my stays at other Deluxe resorts (Contemporary, Yacht Club, Poly, GF) prior to the the latest round of room renovations at Poly and Contemporary, I didn't see the Deluxe resorts being overly "Disney" themed. Yacht club has its own nautical theme, Boardwalk its Jersey Shore/Cape May type theming. Poly obviously a Polynesian type setting, and Contemporary a "modern" feel. But none of those things really screamed Disney theming. Other than the theme park view from Contemporary (which to be fair to me was the most "worth it" upgrade cost of anything Disney related) nothing at any of those resorts in style really linked me to a Disney experience. It was more the connection via location to the parks that made me feel within the Disney bubble, as opposed to the theming of the hotel itself. We liked it so much, and given that our kids are getting older and looking at less of an MK centric trip with more time spent at Epcott/HS I priced out a trip for next summer, looking at pricing differences between Boardwalk, Swan, and Marriot World Resort, and found significant savings at Swan vs. Boardwalk (around range of 15-20%) using cash payments only, not points. Marriot World being off site was of course was by far the most economical at over 20% saving (and I do love that hotel itself) but we thought the onsite ability at Swan (we loved walking to 2 parks, and the helpful hint from someone on these boards to just walk to boardwalk or Yacht Club and take their buses to MK and AK was a lifesaver) outweighed the cost savings of off site Marriot vs Swan. Now that all being said, going back to more on topic. The Reserve really doesn't fit into the Swan/Dolphin motif, and really in my mind does look out of place. That can be good or bad. While not my particular style, it does create a new offering that wasn't available in the area. The more suite focused approach of the hotel creates an opening to a certain guests especially in the convention setting that I can see being appealing. Its "on site" for the convention, yet still across the street and separate.

danlb_200012 days ago

I haven't looked at the prices recently, but when I have stayed there the prices were dramatically less then the other Boardwalk area resorts, so I was basically getting Deluxe amenities for the price of a Moderate.

MisterPenguin12 days ago

It used to be that the Swolphin was significantly cheaper than the Crescent Lake resorts, providing a resort from which one can walk to EP or DHS. Not so much anymore. However, the main use is for conventions. And the Reserve seems to be the more upscale set of suites for the big muckety-mucks (tho, the downside is they'll need to walk outside to get to the conferences).

UNCgolf12 days ago

I don't spend much time at the resort either (I never use the pools or anything like that), but the resort theming is still a big part of the experience to me. My issue with the Swan and Dolphin is the price, though. They're not that much cheaper than the Disney deluxe resorts, and cost more than the moderates. If I'm going to pay those prices, I want the theming. Otherwise I could just stay at one of the Disney Springs area hotels for much less. They only make sense to me if you have a bunch of Marriott points and can stay there for a reduced rate or free.

lazyboy97o12 days ago

But it doesn’t need to look so ugly. The colored spandrel panels are completely washed out. The random angled rooms that don’t really do anything but expose the floor slabs. Then the giant columns on the roof that don’t match anything else. It’s a mishmash of kind of trendy bits just slapped together onto a box.

danlb_200012 days ago

Personally I spend very few waking hours at the resort so theming isn't that important to me.