PHOTOS - Concept art of the new Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Tower

Sep 21, 2018 in "Walt Disney World Swan Resort"

Concept art of the new Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort tower

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has officialy announced an expansion of the resort, with features and amenities catering to meetings and groups.

The project is expected to break ground early this fall and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020. The new structure will be located next to the Swan Resort on the current site of the tennis courts.

The tower will be 14 stories tall and include:

  • Meeting and rooftop space – Over 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms, 12 meeting rooms and a rooftop reception space offering spectacular views of the nightly Walt Disney World fireworks

  • Guest rooms – 349 guest rooms including 151 suites featuring separate working and private spaces, built-in AV system, large conference table and other features designed to create the perfect collaboration space

  • Outdoor space – Landscaped 16,800-square-foot elevated deck with a fire pit and pool

  • Restaurant – 90-seat restaurant and a 50-seat lounge

  • Other amenities – Health club, business center, grab-and-go market, upscale craft cocktail lobby bar, Disney benefits

“This is another significant phase for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said Fred Sawyers, the resort’s general manager. “We’re excited about the resort’s continued evolution and the new experience it will provide for our guests.”

“This new resort is designed to allow us to better meet the needs of meetings and groups,“ said Director of Sales and Marketing Gino Marasco. “Its unique new features will complement our location, recent renovation and service to give planners even more options to enjoy.”

The expansion follows a $150 million transformation of the resort’s guest rooms, lobby areas and all meeting space. Once the new tower is completed, the resort will offer more than 2,600 total guestrooms and 350,000 square feet of meeting space.

The new location will be open for group bookings beginning March 1, 2021. 

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Article Posted: Sep 21, 2018 / 12:20pm ET
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Bocabear26 days ago

Well it is trying to be Uber modern, and if this building were anywhere else we would probably say they did a great job... To me, the architecture is fine, just the wrong structure for the location... They should have designed something to thematically harmonize with the Michael Graves hotel buildings... Using Swan and Dolphin they have Water, Air, and they would need a terrestrial creature to base the third tower on.,.. Well, that is how I would have approached the project... At least some sort of visual marriage point between the new tower and the other existing buildings to tie it together... Heck, the Fantasia Gardens golf course is next door...It could have been the Fantasia Tower and pulled design and decor themes from that, but with a nod to the Graves style.

disneyC9727 days ago

I can’t get over how lousy the whole thing looks.

lazyboy97o28 days ago

I just can’t get over how lousy the spandrel looks.

DCBaker28 days ago

JoeCamelFeb 19, 2021

Universal does not have a resort fee but does have a parking charge.

Ripken10Feb 18, 2021

I could be wrong, but I thought the Universal prices don't include all the add on cost. Disney was the opposite, but now they also don't include the parking add on that they didn't used to have. Please correct me if I am wrong. I seem to remember this on our last stay at Universal. For instance, the resort fee wasn't included on the online price

BocabearFeb 18, 2021

Also crazy is the "Value" stripped down motels are $189-$238... I just stayed at the Dolphin last weekend for $160. The Value Resorts are a horrible deal...funny that they were meant to be a value option and the prices are just outlandish...especially for the quality of the accomodations.

PurduevianFeb 18, 2021

Just picking a random week October 4th- 11th... some price comparisons from Undercover Tourists Hotel Price (nightly rate for cheapest room at resort) Value Level Resorts $189 - $238 Moderate Level Resorts $268-$342 Deluxe Resorts $522-$710 Disney Springs (non-Disney) $76 - $159 Swalphin $231-244 ($265-$284 on the Marriott Website) Swan Reserve $294 (not listed on Undercover Tourist Yet) Universal Hotels (no express pass) $98-$157 Universal hotels (with express pass) $230-$264 FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD $862 (not cheapest on UT) I find it crazy I can stay at the Swalphin (with EMH, 60 day FP plus, walk or boat to EPCOT and DHS, and free bus to MK and AK) for ~$260 a night ($30 resort fee I believe). OR Go to USO and never wait in line and walk to the parks for $230. That is crazy compared to anything Disney is offering at similar prices (All star music, POP and AOA)

UNCgolfFeb 18, 2021

Seriously. I wish we could make upper management watch that ending. Not that it would change anything, but awareness never hurts.

MrPromeyFeb 17, 2021

Better yet, skip to 37:42 (through the end, which that almost is) and tell me current management hasn't lost their way... ... BTW, thank you for this. I'd never seen it before.

TJ VazquezFeb 17, 2021

My point I suppose is that it doesn't matter that its a cat 5, the price is basically the same as the Swan and Dolphin, dollars and points. This is just another option for the conference/convention clientele that will be newer and s bit more modern.

mgfFeb 17, 2021

Because it is the under-developed, poorly thought out, across the parking lot, across the street, overflow venue for a nicer set of hotels? This should have been a cat 5 to pull the non-convention stays out of the S&D so that their conference room blocks wouldn't sell out any more (and they did sell out frequently pre-covid). And no, executives will not stay at this downgraded hotel.

BocabearFeb 17, 2021

Thank you. Looks nice... Not terribly unique, but nice. Modern. Then all the guests will have to run the Death Race 2021 Gauntlet to get to across the street to the park walkway...lol When we were there last weekend we saw a few people scatter crossing the road...which is curved...So the sightlines are not great for a pedestrian crossing...

TJ VazquezFeb 17, 2021

They are not. I posted this a few pages ago that they had intended to build the bridge but pulled that plan. It will be a mess on Epcot Resorts Drive.