"My family and I had a memorable stay at the Waltz Disney World Dolphin! One of my favorite trips. Our three nights/four days were too short...I’ll ret ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in Lake Buena Vista awaits you at Walt Disney World Dolphin. You'll be 1.9 km (1.2 mi) from Disney's Hollywood Studios® and 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from Epcot®. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 12 restaurants, 5 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

You can enjoy WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and in-room childcare, featured in all rooms. Refrigerators and round-the-clock room service make in-room dining convenient. Pillowtop beds and premium bedding invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like free toiletries. Coffee/tea makers, free newspapers, and free local calls are also available.

A relaxing visit to Mandara Spa can include deep-tissue massages and hot stone massages along with body wraps, body scrubs, and aromatherapy. The steakhouse, Shulas Steakhouse, is open for dinner. With 5 bars/lounges and a poolside bar to choose from, you can enjoy a drink at the resort. Spend the day at the private beach and enjoy the 4 outdoor tennis courts, 24-hour health club, and kids' club. 320,000 square feet (30 square meters) of event facilities include conference space, and other business amenities include a business center and limo/town car service. Other amenities include a spa tub, a steam room, and WiFi in public areas. There's also valet parking, along with the convenience of a free theme park shuttle.

Within a 15-minute drive of this 4-star Bay Lake resort, attractions include Walt Disney World® and Magic Kingdom® Park.

Walt Disney World Dolphin ratings based on 351 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

A pleasant and enjoyable experience

My family and I had a memorable stay at the Waltz Disney World Dolphin! One of my favorite trips. Our three nights/four days were too short...I’ll return in the future.

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018

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4 out of 5
Beautiful hotel I booked a perfect location. The hotel pools were clean and warm. The restaurants were diverse and lovely. My only complaint is there was no mention of a parking fee, $36 per day, until I checked in. Otherwise a great experience

Posted by , from nantucket, ma on Apr 7, 2018

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4 out of 5

First time at the Dolphin

Pros: Convenience to Disney properties.
Cons: Carpet in the hallway. Free parking would have been nice.
Location: Super close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Beautiful property, lobby area and pool areas. The room was updated and very nice and comfortable. The carpet in the hallway on the 14 th floor was in really bad condition. Everything was great and the convenience to Epcot and Hollywood Studios a real bonus!

Posted by , from florida on Mar 27, 2018

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5 out of 5
Staff was very rushed. Not as friendly and wanting to take their time like other Disney resorts. Valet took 30mins to get our car to us. We tried calling ahead and they didn’t answer and then told us when we got down there it would take 10mins. It was half an hour with no apologies.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018

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4 out of 5

Would I do it again?

Pros: Close to parks. Access to park services and activities was readily available. There were plenty of restaurants and places to get food and drinks.
Cons: The price I paid was not the lowest available.
Location: It’s in the middle of Disney World.
The room had two full beds and not two queens as was purchased. I use a walker and they did not offer a handicap accessible room and supplied one that very far from elevator and lobby. The room was clean and well maintained.

Posted by , from Florida on Mar 13, 2018

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5 out of 5
Beautiful hotel. Rooms were very spacious, nicely decorated and very comfortable. The lobby bar was amazing with a good drink selection and complimentary snacks. The only negative is the parking rate, a little pricey.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018

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3 out of 5

Okay Stay

Pros: Room Location View of Epcot Fireworks Price Transportation
Cons: Check In Process New Hallway Carpet Room Scents Cleaner Elevators A La Carte Pricing Point A Clearer Map of the unusually built hotel
Location: Near Epcot, Studios, and Boardwalk
This hotel is in a perfect location at a great cost. It does not meet my no a al carte pricing, however it does provide a disney guest with a way to arrive at two themes parks and the boardwalk. It also provides transportation to other Disney themed parks. If you are looking for top of the line Disney hotel stay this hotel rates far below those hotels, Boardwalk, Yacht, and Beach. It does not give you the Disney guest experiences and hospitality a Disney resort gives its guests. Checking into this hotel was long and very much like checking into an old school Holiday Inn. I feel they need to take a better look into this very archaic check in process. I was stunned by the straws on the elevators that were there throughout our stay and the worn down hall way carpeting. The room was up to date and very clean, however it had a weird vinegar smell and the shower area had a strong mold like smell. This hotel is great for those who want to pay a lower cost then the Disney Deluxe hotels that surround the EPCOT area, however it is not going to provide you with the deluxe experience. Knowing that going into your stay will help with your experience.

Posted by , from Carlsbad, Ca. on Jan 9, 2018

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4 out of 5

Almost a five rating

I would have rated them a five except we paid to have a balcony which was great but for some reason our two chairs were missing. I asked at the desk to send up the two chairs but they never did so we paid for a balcony we didn't really get to enjoy. Loved they had Santa for the kids, lights, Christmas decorations and music. If not for the missing chairs I would have rated them a five

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017

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2 out of 5
Very small room. Very small bathroom. No microwave. Old or low quality furniture. Overpriced. This hotel should be a 3 star hotel

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

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5 out of 5

Beautiful Resort Beautiful Room Spectacular View

Pros: Boat to Epcot and Gorgeous lobby smart tv that let us watch Netflix
Cons: Sheets were stained on one of the beds and door in bathroom was broken at the bottom, but we were still very comfortable.
Location: Epcot.Disney's Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios
This hotel was so elegant and I thought is was a great value, but I was stunned they had no parking for resort that was not $22 per nite. Usually you are given at least one space included with your room and it was really far from the room, but the view was gorgeous and we could see the fireworks at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Super Cool. Food was great.

Posted by , from Memphis, TN on Nov 20, 2017

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Property Features

Simply walk outside to feel the sun on your face at the white sand beach. At Walt Disney World Dolphin you can cool off in one of the 5 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. There are 12 restaurants and 2 coffee shops/cafés, as well as a grocery/convenience store. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 5 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. This beach resort also offers a children's club, a children's pool, and outdoor tennis courts. Parking is available for a fee. This 4-star Lake Buena Vista resort is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 27 levels
  • 12 dining venues
  • 5 bars or lounges
  • 2 coffee shops
  • 10 conference rooms
  • 320,000 sq ft of conference space
  • 30 sq m of conference space
  • Bar by the pool
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Convenience store
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • On private beach
  • Number of outdoor pools - 5
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 4
  • Free theme park shuttle
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.) (33.7 km / 20.9 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free theme park shuttle
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Air-conditioned accommodations at Walt Disney World Dolphin offer laptop-compatible safes and complimentary newspapers. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Lake Buena Vista resort provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Shulas Steakhouse - This steakhouse serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Todd English bluezoo - This seafood restaurant specializes in seafood and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fresh Mediterranean Mrkt. - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

The Fountain - This restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. A children's menu is available.

Picabu - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Open 24 hours.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

Walt Disney World Dolphin has an expansive water complex with a grotto pool with waterfall and waterslide, a children's pool, 2 outdoor lap pools, 3 spa tubs, and a private, white-sand beach. Floats, towels, and beach accessories are available for rental in the Cabana Beach Hut. Camp Dolphin provides supervised nighttime children's activities (surcharge) such as arts and crafts and bead making. The 24 hour health club (surcharge) offers stationary bikes, treadmills, stair machines, strength-training equipment and steam rooms. Other recreation options include a video arcade (surcharge), sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, 4 lighted tennis courts, Segway and paddle boat rentals, and a running track. Guests will also find water skiing, parasailing, and other water sports/activities nearby.

Guests enjoy preferred tee times at the 5 golf courses in the Walt Disney World Resort, including the 18-hole Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, 4 miles from the hotel. Bike and watercraft rentals are available at Disney's BoardWalk Resort, adjacent to the hotel. Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course is across the street.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Playground on site
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Basketball on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Volleyball on site

Spa Services

With meditation, tea gardens, and garden and city views, the Mandara Spa specializes in Asian-inspired treatments. Relax in the sauna, spa tub and steam room, and enjoy aromatherapy treatments, various types of massage, body scrubs and wraps, facial treatments, manicures and pedicures and reflexology.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult when they visit the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 8
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 31.50 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Phone calls
  • In-room bottled water

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 12 and USD 17 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 25 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 25.00 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 23.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 33.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Dolphin Hotel
  • Dolphin Walt Disney World
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
  • Dolphin Resort

You should know

  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.


Disney FastPass+® Offer

Guests can use their booking reservation number and Walt Disney World® Resort tickets for complimentary access to Disney’s FastPass+® service, allowing guests to book entry times to Theme Park attractions and events up to 60 days in advance of arrival.

Purchase of a valid Walt Disney World® Resort admission ticket from an authorized Walt Disney World Ticket Seller, a booking reservation number for this property, and online registration required to qualify. Guests must contact the property directly for instructions on how to register and link their reservation; contact information is provided on the booking confirmation email. Offer valid anytime, subject to availability. Restrictions apply.

Complimentary Parking at Walt Disney World® Resort

Book a stay in any room or rate category and receive complimentary parking at any Walt Disney World® Resort theme park by showing the resort hotel room key at parking booth.

Full details at check-in. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.