Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
In 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to Florida for a college convention. It was held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Now, to give you a little bit of background, this was my first trip in a long time. I was an adult student in college, with two young children at home (7 and 2 years old), so needless to say money was tight. However, I couldn’t pass this opportunity up. As we drove in the entrance to the hotel, I probably had a look of shock on my face, because the hotel was gigantic and the architecture was like nothing I’d seen before. I knew the views from the room would be fantastic. When I walked into the lobby of the hotel, I was I heaven. It was the most spacious lobby I had ever seen, with lighting that was dimmed just enough to give it almost a romantic feel. There was a gorgeous water fountain and sculpture right in the center of the lobby. As I walked through into another area, I noticed some of the distinctive décor, art, and light fixtures; everything seemed so unique to me at the time. It almost felt like I had been transported into a dream temporarily.
The first thing I did when we entered our room was take a look out the window. I had to see the view; I was not disappointed. You could see clear through to the other side of the hotel. The resort is split into two hotels. There is the “Dolphin” on one side and the “Swan” on the other side, separated by an outdoor corridor sheltered by a canopy and bordered with palm trees.
It didn’t take us long to take a walk to the pool, and again, we were not let down! One pool was equipped for swimming laps with a cabana bar and plenty of lounge space. On one side you can relax in lounge chairs and on the other, by the cabana bar, there’s a cozier area to hang out.
The other pool was open and had a beautiful waterfall. Lounge areas all around including a cool area underneath the waterfall you could go in. We spent much of our free time relaxing by the pool when we weren’t hustling and bustling from one convention meeting to another.
We did explore quite a bit of the resort; however, with over 80 acres of property, there just wasn’t enough time for me to see everything I wanted while there for a convention. I knew I would have to come back and stay again!