Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort to Add Hotel Designed for Groups

A new hotel catering to groups will be built at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, beginning this fall.

The hotel, which will be the third at the resort, will provide more than 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two ballrooms 12 meeting rooms, a rooftop reception space with views of the nightly fireworks and a landscaped, 16,800-square-foot elevated deck with a fire pit and pool. It will have 349 guest rooms, including 151 suites featuring a large conference table, separate working and private spaces, a built-in audiovisual system and other features designed to enhance collaboration.

“This new resort is designed to allow us to better meet the needs of meetings and groups,” said Gino Marasco, director of sales and marketing. “Its unique features will complement our location, recent renovation and service to give planners even more options to enjoy.”

A business center, 90-seat restaurant, 50-seat lounge, upscale craft-cocktail lobby bar, grab-and-go market and health club will also be included at the 14-story hotel tower, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, with group bookings slated to begin on March 1, 2021.

“This is another significant phase for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said Fred Sawyers, the resort’s general manager. “We’re excited about the resort’s continued evolution and the new experience it will provide for our guests.”

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, situated in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort, currently has 2,270 guest rooms and more than 331,000 sq. ft. of meeting space—all recently renovated during a $150 million transformation, the largest in the resort’s history. The resort has 86 meeting rooms—including two executive boardrooms—four ballrooms, 110,500 sq. ft. of contiguous convention and exhibit space, outdoor function areas and two business centers.

“We look forward to expanding the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and to marking the next chapter in our decades-long relationship with Disney,” said Daniel R. Tishman, principal and vice chairman of Tishman real estate firm, co-owner of the resort, along with MetLife Investment Management. “This expansion is an exciting continuation of our commitment to delivering a best-in-class experience for all resort guests and is consistent with our recent enhancement of the Dolphin lobbies and resort guest rooms.”