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There are over 20 Disney World hotels to choose from when planning your vacation, not counting the Good Neighbor Hotels nearby!

Swan and Dolphin

Good Neighbor hotels are hotels that aren’t owned by Disney but have a partnership with the Company that allows people to enjoy some of the perks of staying at a Disney World hotel. This includes things like free transportation to the parks and Disney Springs, Early Entry, and, starting July 24th, being able to book Lightning Lane selections up to seven days before your arrival date. There are a lot of Good Neighbor Hotels to choose from, but we’re personally HUGE fans of the Swan and Dolphin Hotels — here’s why!


Many guests love staying at Disney World hotels because they find the beds extremely comfortable. They’re not too soft or hard, and that’s the perfect medium for many guests. Most Disney World hotels use Beautyrest Disney Pillow Top Mattresses, and they’re so great that most frequent guests can TELL when those mattresses aren’t being used.

The Bed at Swan Reserve

However, the beds at the Swan and Dolphin hotels are even BETTER. The Swan and Dolphin hotels are operated by Marriott, and they choose to use different mattresses. The beds here are Westin Heavenly Beds, described as having a “pillow-top mattress, a white goose-down comforter, and four overstuffed pillows.”

Swan Reserve rooms

And guess what? They truly are heavenly from both what we’ve experienced and heard from our readers who stay there! Getting enough sleep in Disney World is WILDLY important because you’ll be going, going, going all day long, and doing that without adequate rest? It’s a recipe for disaster. We always know we’ll get a great night’s sleep here (but never want to get out of bed, which is a problem).  

SO Close To The Parks

Let’s play a little comparison game: at the Swan and Dolphin hotels, you’re within walking distance to EPCOT, a short boat ride away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and have complimentary bus transportation to the parks and Disney Springs. A room at these hotels for one night from July 19th through July 20th is between $367-$474 with no discounts, depending on how fancy you’d like to go. 

Swan and Dolphin

A similar Disney World hotel would be located on or near Disney’s BoardWalk, which puts you within walking distance of EPCOT and comes with complimentary transportation to the remainder of the parks and Disney Springs. A room at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for the same night would cost around $592 with no discounts, or a room at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is $598 with no discounts.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Staying at the Swan or Dolphin hotels can give you a similar deluxe Disney hotel experience for hundreds of dollars less! For some families, this is a fantastic way to have the same level of service and expectation from your hotel at a lower price point.

You Get A Break From Disney Theming

For those of you out there who aren’t huge fans of having Disney-theming as part of every single second of your Disney World vacation, the Swan and Dolphin hotels might be a great fit. While these hotels are on Disney World property, there isn’t any major of Disney theming in the hotel or hotel rooms.

Dolphin fountain

While some families want Disney-theming everywhere, or at least hints of it, others prefer a simple, elegant hotel experience. If you want a bit of a break from the theming when you’re not in the parks, AND you’re looking to, again, stay at more of a deluxe-level hotel, this is the spot for you!

Swan Reserve Entrance

You’re still close to the action of Disney World, though, which is great! Walk 10–15 minutes, and you’ll find yourself in EPCOT, so you can immerse yourself in the Disney magic whenever you like.

Rosa Mexicano in the Dolphin Hotel

We’re always here to help you plan your next Disney World vacation, so stay tuned to DFB!

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What’s your favorite hotel to stay at when you travel to Disney World? Tell us in the comments!

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