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Swan and Dolphin announces $12 million upgrade to Dolphin Resort lobby


The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has shared concept art of a rennovation underway on the Dolphin lobby. The $12 million re-design is the final stage of the largest makeover in the resort’s history. When finished in the fall of 2017, the new lobby will be completely transformed into a sleek contemporary space and feature new dining and beverage options.

The lobby re-design will complete a total $140 million project which also includes the transformation of all 2,267 guest rooms, along with upgrades to the hotel’s meeting space.


“This lobby will mark the final piece of an exciting transformation for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “This space is designed specifically to cater to today’s guests and offer an inviting place where they can come together to relax, network, and grab something to eat or drink.”

Renowned Manhattan design firm ICRAVE, designers of projects including Westin New York at Times Square, W Atlanta and STK restaurants, created the concept for the new lobby space, drawing on inspiration from the lobby’s iconic Dolphin fountain.

The centerpiece of the new lobby will be a dazzling custom crystal chandelier which will sparkle above the fountain and use the latest in color-changing lighting technology.

Other new features will include a new geometric ceiling, increased lighting, all new contemporary décor and furnishings and more than double the amount of seating.


Two new food and beverage options will be incorporated into the lobby, including a bar and lounge space seating up to 150.

A new quick service café and market offering coffee, sandwiches and snacks will provide guests a convenient way to energize during their day, whether it be filled with business meetings or exploring the theme parks.

We here at The Disney Blog are fans of the value you get at the Swan & Dolphin Resort. Not only do you get a deluxe hotel experience, you are centrally located on property, and get all the benefits of other Disney hotels. All this for about half of what you would pay for a moderate resort.

The Dolphin Resort lobby will remain open throughout the renovation with minimal impact to resort guests. The project is currently scheduled to begin in spring 2017 for completion by fall 2017.

2 thoughts on “Swan and Dolphin announces $12 million upgrade to Dolphin Resort lobby”

  1. I love hanging out (eating/drinking) at the Swan/Dolphin.
    I’ll never end up staying there, BWV or BCV own my business, but I still spend a lot of $$$ in there.
    Looking forward to the new look!

  2. Any chance they would entertain changing the exterior color scheme of the properties so that it was less disruptive to the views in World Showcase looking east to west? Thank you!

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