FIRST LOOK! New Quick Service and Lobby Bar Coming to the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Located within the Epcot Resort Area, the iconic Swan and Dolphin hotels are a comfortable walk from World Showcase in Epcot.

The Causeway

The Swan and Dolphin Causeway During the Food and Wine Classic

There are some hidden gem eats and drinks to be found in its restaurants and bars. And it’s also the setting for one of our favorite Disney fall events — the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic! (Read all about what you can expect at this year’s event here!)

The Swan and Dolphin has been undergoing a major renovation recently. Rooms have been renovated, and the massive meeting space has been overhauled as well.

The final move in the $140 million (!!!) project is a transformation of the Dolphin’s lobby space.

Artist's Rendering of New Walt Disney World Dolphin Lobby

Artist’s Rendering of New Walt Disney World Dolphin Lobby

While the work will modernize and transform the (admittedly tired) lobby, with lots of new lighting and completely new decor, the lobby’s iconic dolphin fountain will remain.

When the space reopens this fall, it will include two new food and beverage outlets. A new bar and lounge will offer a place for relaxing and meet ups, with seating for up to 150. The Dolphin will also be adding a new quick service stop.

Artist's Rendering of New Lobby Bar at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Artist’s Rendering of New Lobby Bar at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

The cafe and market will serve coffee in addition to snacks and sandwiches, geared toward the busy convention traveler or vacationing family anxious to hit the parks. And here’s a first look at the brand new, yet-to-be-named grab-and-go location!

BRAND NEW Artist's Rendering of the New Grab and Go Location at the Dolphin

BRAND NEW Artist’s Rendering of the New Grab and Go Location at the Dolphin

We can’t wait to see everything they have to offer.

It’s important to note that the hotel’s lobby is still open to guests during the renovation, so no worries about navigating the hotel for that Shula’s advance dining reservation.

In addition to the lobby bar and new quick service offering, the reno doubles the amount of seating in the lobby area, making it a great place to meet, cool off, hang out, or people watch.

Will you be visiting the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in the near future? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. Janet says

    Wow!!!! Beautiful! I don’t think I will miss the turquoise and peach decor–at all!

    We frequently stay at the Swan and Dolphin and have been enjoying the redone rooms at the Swan. Can’t wait for the completion of the renovation!

  2. says

    JP — While we don’t have an exact date, all of our info says it will be open by fall. I expect it will be open well in advance of the holidays.

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