I recently decided to plan a last minute trip to Walt Disney World to cheer on some of my friends at the marathon. Since it’s a popular weekend, and I was booking very last minute, my hotel options were fairly limited. As an American Express cardholder, I was able to get a great prepaid deal at the Walt Disney World Dolphin – a hotel I hadn’t visited before.
While the Dolphin isn’t an official Walt Disney World hotel, it does have some Disney perks. Guests are able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours as well as Disney transportation. However, Magical Express transportation is not available.
We had booked a two double-bed room, as there were three of us sharing the room. However, when I checked it at 10pm, my room wasn’t available. Instead, we got a king bed room with a sofa bed and a pull-out couch, along with a one-time $50 credit and complimentary breakfast for three. I was a little disappointed, but the room was actually very nice.
The restaurants at the Dolphin (and sister hotel the Swan) are fabulous, if a bit expensive, and the pool area is wonderful. But you can’t beat the location – walking distance to Epcot’s World Showcase and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Walt Disney World Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Photo credit: Jodi Grundig