Discounts for Swan & Dolphin at Disney World
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts have released new room-only discounts for Annual Passholders, Floridians and other groups for this summer and beyond. This article shares the details of these special offers, sample prices for August 2022, analysis and other information.
This is just one of the many discounts available for Walt Disney World now. There is also an offer for up to 25% discount on rooms through July 7, 2022 for Floridians and Annual Passholders. For the general public, Walt Disney World has released up to $100 savings per nightwhich also run until July 7, 2022.
For dates from the beginning of July to the end of September 2022, there are several options. One is up to 25% off for Disney+ subscribers and another is up to 30% off for Annual Passholders or Floridians. However, no on-site discounts at Walt Disney World have been released for the general public after July 7, 2022…so far!
Currently, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Florida residents can save up to 30% off the regular room rate when staying at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. According to the hotel, this discount expires soon. (No expiration date is given.)
Here’s how to book if you’re a Walt Disney World AP…
For reservations, book online through the WDW Swan & Dolphin Specials page. There are a number of other discounts available via this page – you’ll want to use promo code QWH in the Business/Promo Code area.
You can also contact the hotel at 1-888-828-8850 and request the promotional AP rate. A valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass is required at check-in to receive this offer.
It’s pretty much the same for Floridians. When booking online, ensure that the promotional code FR6 appears in the Corporate/Promo code box.
Floridians can also contact WDW Swan & Dolphin Resorts directly at 1-888-828-8850 and request the Floridian rate. A valid Florida resident ID is required at check-in to redeem this offer.
By doing a lot of research, the best rates I could find for the Swan & Dolphin are pictured above. You’re looking at $134 per night for a standard room with no view or balcony, or $172 for a room with a view and balcony. It’s not too shabby.
Keep in mind that this does not include the dreaded mandatory resort fee of $35 per night. (I’ve complained about this consumer-unfriendly pricing practice in countless other posts and won’t repeat it here. If you want to learn more about why it should be abolished, check out our article Fight Back Against Hotel Resort Fees.)
Here is a fare calendar, showing the cheapest and most expensive dates for the Swan. The wild price swings from August 22-24 to August 23-26 are downright funny. Suffice it to say, these $749 nights are not good deals.
Excluding those anomalies, you’re still looking at door prices that are better than any other Crescent Lake. Looking for availability, the best I could do for one of those dates was Disney’s BoardWalk Inn for about $375 per night. That’s a pretty good fare by BoardWalk standards, but not that good.
Although the prices are quite comparable between the Swan and the Dolphin, this offer is also available in the new Swan Reserve – and it is significantly more expensive there.
I couldn’t find anything below $200 per night at the Swan Reserve, which can easily cost over $300 per night after resort fees.
Also, these lower rates are for all traditional rooms at the Swan Reserve. Although aesthetically nicer and newer than the rooms at the usual Swan or Dolphin, they are a far cry from the suites at the Swan Reserve.
These rooms are fantastic, but the lowest price I could find for the suites was over $325 per night. Most of the time the suites were not available at all at the discounted rate.
For families who want more space and separate areas, the Swan Reserve Suites are arguably worth the cost.
We have just completed a stay and there is a world of difference between the Swan Reserve rooms and the regular Swan & Dolphin rooms. (Above is the Swan Reserve, below is a regular room at the Swan & Dolphin earlier this month.)
The Swan & Dolphin wasn’t renovated that long ago, but comparatively it hasn’t aged well. They are always nice and the beds are amazingly comfortable, they have just been vastly surpassed by the Swan Reserve.
We will soon cover the pros and cons of the Swan Reserve v. Swan & Dolphin, but all things being equal I would prefer to stay at the Swan Reserve at this time. (Although I love the balcony rooms at the Swan & Dolphin, that might be enough to tip the scales.)
For those unfamiliar with their affiliations and labels, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts are considered luxury resorts but are managed by Marriott. Due to an agreement dating back to Eisner’s time, these are the only third-party hotels that are treated as true luxury resorts and bookable by the public. (Shades of Green is similar, minus the last part.)
In addition to enjoying standard Walt Disney World onsite benefits and guest benefits, Marriott Bonvoy Rewards members can enjoy program benefits, including earning Marriott Bonvoy Points with every stay. We are Marriott Bonvoy members, have stayed at many other hotels in the chain and have found this to be a solid brand with quality service.
If you’ve gotten this far in the post, you’re probably not one of the many Walt Disney World die-hards who dismiss the Swolphin out of hand because these hotels are “not Disney.” These people are making a mistake.
We’re big Disney fans, but don’t think hotel management is one of the company’s strengths. Marriott definitely has the advantage there. Of course, not everything is perfect in the Swan & Dolphin (the Magic Kingdom bus for TTC is the biggest strike against it) or even great. That said, our experiences here have generally exceeded those at Disney-owned properties.
Although the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort hotels are not owned by Disney, they are largely on-site hotels. Located on Lake Crescent, adjacent to the BoardWalk Inn and Yacht & Beach Club, The Swan & Dolphin is within walking distance of Epcot Studios and Disney’s Hollywood.
With this prime real estate, the Swan & Dolphin actually has a better location (in my opinion) than most Disney-owned hotels. To each their own, but I’d put Crescent Lake up there with the Magic Kingdom monorail loop.
The Swan & Dolphin also offers better on-site perks than most Disney-owned hotels now that Disney’s Magical Express has been retired and while the Disney Dining Plan remains suspended. This is because, in addition to early entry, Swan & Dolphin guests are eligible for extended evening hours, while Value and Moderate Resort guests are not.
Unlike other third-party hotels that are technically on-site, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin truly offers the best of both worlds. All the benefits (for now, at least) of staying at a Disney-owned hotel, plus a rewards program, better management, and more competitive pricing. Pretty much the only thing you compromise is the Disney IP infused into the hotel.
If you are not a Florida resident or Annual Passholder, you may be eligible for other discounts available on the Swan & Dolphin Specials page. There are offers for seniors (62+), AAA and CAA members, medical personnel and their families (nurses, doctors, firefighters, paramedics, etc.), teachers and school support staff, as well as law enforcement, government employees, and the military. personal.
All of these groups are eligible for up to 25% off rooms at Swan & Dolphin. Most of them are perpetual discounts, subject to hotel room availability.
In the past, we’ve also seen the Swan & Dolphin appear with regularity on the Hotel Tonight app or via Hotwire Hot Rates & Priceline Express Deals for Walt Disney World.
We haven’t seen great deals on these options in months… but hopefully that will change soon. Walt Disney World’s off-season “fall” begins in mid-August and ends in September, and it’s usually one of the best times of year for deals.
Still, if you’re an Annual Passholder or Florida resident looking to book a trip to Walt Disney World in the next few months, it’s definitely worth checking out this Swan & Dolphin special to see the rates for your dates. (When shopping for comparison, be sure to include resort fees!)
Obviously tastes and preferences vary, but I’d pay more for the Swan & Dolphin than any value or moderate resort, but less than I’d be willing to spend for Disney-owned Crescent Lake resorts. Here’s hoping more deals are on the horizon for fall and beyond. We will closely monitor what is released and will notify our free email newsletter subscribers when Walt Disney World discounts are released or rumored!
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What do you think of these discounts at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents? If you booked this do you think you ended up with a good price? Able to find rates below $134/night? What was available or unavailable for your dates? Is this offer enough to convince you to book a trip, or you can’t justify these prices? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback – even when you disagree with us – is both interesting for us and helpful for other readers, so share your thoughts below in the comments!