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  • On Sep 23, 2019
    Belinda from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If we stay at the Swan or Dolphin resort the only perks we don’t get are: charging privileges on Magic bands (we have to buy magic bands) and we can’t purchase a Disney dining plan. Is this correct? Are there other advantages we would miss out on?

    Hi there, Belinda! We're so glad you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question!

    The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels are technically on Walt Disney World Resort property, even though they are owned and operated by Starwood/Marriott Hotels. Because of this, you won't receive complimentary MagicBands, but these can be easily purchased before your trip on (however, you are correct that you still won't have charging privileges). Although Guests at staying at these resorts can't participate in the Disney Dining Plan, they can save on meals and snacks with the Disney Quick-Service Dine Card. You also won't get to partake in Disney's Magical Express staying at the Swan and Dolphin, but Uber and Lyft are always options. 

    However, there are many benefits to staying at the newly renovated Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, with the main one being LOCATION, location, location! Situated between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios on Crescent Lake, the Swan and Dolphin are popular with Guests who like convenience, since both of these Parks can be reached in a 15-20 leisurely walk. Also, official Walt Disney World transportation, including buses and water taxis, run to and from these resorts, making it easy to get around property. Other benefits that Guests of these resorts enjoy are Extra Magic Hours and the ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to check-in. Add in the fact that you can enjoy an on-site character meal at Garden Grove or indulge in homemade pasta at Il Mulino, and I think you'll agree you won't be missing out on much by staying here!

    I hope this helps, Belinda! Please remember that anytime you need advice, we're all ears!

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Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.


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