Unmatched convenience to the Disney Parks/Springs
Posted Jan 9, 2017
Get nearly all of the perks of staying at the Disney property resorts, but at a lower price. It's only a 10 minute walk from Epcot, 2 minutes from the Boardwalk, and 15 from Hollywood Studios. Free shuttles go back and forth to the Magic Kingdom, Water Parks, and Disney Springs every few minutes.
Both the Swan and its "sister" hotel have access to 2 large swimming pools, gyms, and a waterfall grotto pool. There are a dozen restaurants between the two hotels plus the boardwalk. Disney shops can accept deliveries from the parks so you don't have to lug around souvenirs all day.
Rooms are clean and spacious, but aren't particularly noteworthy. The main advantage of the Swan (vs. the Dolphin) is the Westin bed.
Literally the only knock on the hotel is the lack of a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport. However the amount you save and the additional convenience of the location more than outweighs the $50 Mears charges.
I know some families really appreciate the costumed characters and imagery at the official Disney property hotels. The Swan and Dolphin don't really feature anything like that. As a result, I'd recommend the hotel more to couples and families without very young children.