As the final stage of the largest makeover in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s history, the Dolphin lobby will undergo a $12 million re-design that will feature a contemporary look and new dining options when finished in the fall of 2017.
The Epcot-area hotel’s lobby re-design is the final stage of a total $140 million project which also includes the transformation of all 2,267 guest rooms, along with upgrades to the hotel’s meeting space.
“This lobby will mark the final piece of an exciting transformation for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “This space is designed specifically to cater to today’s guests and offer an inviting place where they can come together to relax, network, and grab something to eat or drink.”
Manhattan design firm ICRAVE, designers of projects including Westin New York at Times Square, W Atlanta and STK restaurants, created the concept for the new lobby space, drawing on inspiration from the lobby’s iconic Dolphin fountain. The centerpiece of the new lobby will be a dazzling custom crystal chandelier which will sparkle above the fountain and use the latest in color-changing lighting technology. Other new features will include a new geometric ceiling, increased lighting, all new contemporary décor and furnishings and more than double the amount of seating.
Two new food and beverage options will be incorporated into the lobby, including a bar and lounge space seating up to 150. A new quick service café and market offering coffee, sandwiches and snacks will provide guests a convenient way to refuel during their day.
The Dolphin Resort lobby will remain open throughout the renovation with “minimal impact to resort guests”. The project is currently scheduled to begin in spring 2017 for completion by fall 2017. For a recent look at the hotel prior to renovations, watch this episode of “Attractions Magazine – The Show” featuring the Swan and Dolphin’s Food and Wine Classic: