Disney World Dolphin Convention Hotel


Bordering Epcot Resort and Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Walt Disney World Dolphin Convention Hotel and Resort opened in June 1, 1990, joining its sister hotel, Walt Disney World Swan.


Located at Lake Buena Vista, the hotel is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide under Sheraton Hotels, the largest and second oldest brand of the company, although it is a property of Disney Company. It serves as a gateway to the theme park.

The entertainment structure towers high up to twenty-seven floors of 257-foot tall triangular tower. The 58-foot tall Dolphin statue is considered one of the most noteworthy adornments of the building, despite it sparsely resembles a mammal dolphin. The statue is actually a stylized version of a nautical dolphin which has been the symbol on world nautical maps.

disney world dolphin convention hotel and resort, lake buena vista

Walt Disney World Dolphin was designed by American Architect Michael Graves, the same person behind the designs of such important landmarks such as the Humana Building in Kentucky, 1500 Ocean Drive in Florida and National Museum of History in Taiwan. Graves is one among the "New York Five" architects, with Peter Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, John Ejduk and Richard Meier. Their works were featured in the Museum of Modern Art and the book “Five Architects.” Graves’ design philosophy is often referred as classical postmodernism. The award-winning World Dolphin Resort offers special Walt Disney World Resort benefits including transportation to all Walt Disney World theme parks and attractions, ticket desks and advance tee times at any golf courses inside the theme park. Exciting experiences await visitors who can choose to enjoy either the white-sand beach or the grotto pool. Services and amenities of the hotel include seventeen restaurants to choose from, alongside with room services, caretaker, health club, babysitting and child services, Internet access, meeting and dinner facilities and business center.

Popular dining places include Shula's Steak House, named by critics as one of the nation’s best steak houses; Todd English's Blue Zoo, a combination of the seafood and coastline cuisines; Cabana Bar & Grill, the poolside eatery; and Fresh Mediterranean Market which include savory and aromatic dishes from Greece, France, Morocco, Italy and Spain. People desiring for recreation have truckloads of choices which include the three-acre grotto pool that includes a waterslide, two lap pools, four whirlpools, spring pool and a kiddy pool. Visitors who would choose to proceed first at the Health Club to tone-down before flaunting themselves in the white-sand beach and to relax in the sauna or get treated with a massage after an hour or so of swimming. Children may get hitched with a variety of video games in the Game Room while the bigger boys and girls can enjoy playing tennis, volleyball or basketball. The family can also enjoy an activity via the Camp Dolphin.