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Disney World Military Discounts on Strollers

Use the code THANKS at checkout for your Military Discount

Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resorts

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts
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The Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resorts are located in the Epcot Resort area and are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Both hotels are Deluxe Disney Resorts, located next to Disney's Boardwalk entertainment area.

They are within a convenient walking distance from the Epcot World Showcase International Gateway and Disney Studios. Disney water taxis are also available to Epcot and Disney Studios.

See the reviews of my stays at the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin.



Pools - Get ready for fun in the sun! With five heated pools - not to mention whirlpools, fountains and waterfalls - all nestled in an exotic tropical environment, you'll find the perfect spot to relax in the shade or tan in the sun.

The expansive pool area provides the best of both worlds: quiet alcoves for those who prefer a private place to unwind and more lively areas with seasonal disc jockeys and entertainment for those who prefer a little more excitement.

Fitness - Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offer two state-of-the art health clubs equipped to satisfy even the most demanding fitness enthusiast.

Mandara Spa - Mandara Spa blends the Deluxe Disney resorts unique Walt Disney World Dolphin architecture with its signature Balinese style to provide a fresh and original setting where guests may indulge in world-class pampering and beauty services.


Swan and Dolphin Dining

The Swan and Dolphin offer both fine and casual dining options.

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Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, the Beach Club, Yacht Club, and the BoardWalk Inn can be reached by Disney Boat Service.

All other Disney World guest areas can be reached by WDW's Bus System.

There is a fee of $23.00 + tax for guests to park at the Swan and Dolphin (valet parking $33.00 + tax)

Disney theme park parking is free for Swan & Dolphin guests.



Guests at the Swan and Dolphin receive the following amenities:

  • WDW transportation to all Disney attractions
  • Free parking at the theme parks
  • Guaranteed park admission
  • Package delivery to your hotel from the parks
  • Same day dining reservations
  • Preferred tee times

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is also nearby.


The Swan and Dolphin Military Discounts:

The Swan and Dolphin offer discounts for the military under their government rate code GO1.

Unfortunately, they no longer offer the TROOPS package which started in 2009 and ran through 2016, which included 50% off Food & Beverage and several other amenities.

Call (888) 828-8850 and ask for the military rate.


Resort Fee

There is a $28 mandatory resort fee per day charged to your room. For this fee you receive:

  • Unlimited access to the resort's health club facilities including 24 hour access to Dolphin Health Club
  • Unlimited domestic, long distance, and local calls
  • 2 bottles of water refreshed daily
  • In-room enhanced high speed wireless internet access
  • Complimentary daily scheduled fitness classes
  • Complimentary daily scheduled recreational resort and pool activities
  • $25 off spa services of $100 or more during each day of your visit at Mandara Spa
  • Complimentary Swan Paddle Boat rentals
  • Complimentary S'mores Fun Kit each day of your stay to be used at our evening Campfire & S'mores event

Note: ake sure you use your $28 waters daily or put them out of view so they get restocked!


Swan and Dolphin Dining offers gift certificates for Swan and Dolphin dining locations at different rates during the year of 10% to 50% off.


* Rates are per room, per night based on rate schedule availability and do not include the mandatory Resort Service Package, daily parking fees (if applicable), applicable taxes or gratuities. Not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations or for groups. Military personnel must present proof of service and room key.

** Food and beverage discount not valid with other rate code offers.


Disney Deluxe Resort

The Swan and Dolphin are not owned by Disney and do not participate in the Disney Armed Forces Salute. They do however have a military discount of their own. See to the right at the bottom for details.

MDT Tested

The Swan is aMilitary Disney Tips Tested Resort, while the Dolphin has not yet been tested. Info

Touring Plans rates the Swan and Dolphin as 4.5 Star Disney Resorts with a room score of 90 out of 100

Read the full Swan review

Read the full Dolphin review is the website of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

When to go...

Finding the best time to go to Disney World can be a challenge for a military family. You need to consider not only deployment and school schedules, but also many variables at WDW which can effect your vacation.

See this page for help

Swan & Dolphin Links

Swan and Dolphin Salute to the Troops

Swan and Dolphin link

Swan link

Dolphin link

Swan and Dolphin Pictures

More pictures located here

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts


Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts


Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Swan Room View

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Couch Bed

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Hot Tub

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resorts Military Discounts

Rent a Swan Boat!

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Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? See our:

Learn about the Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.

See: Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Steve Recommends

Do you want all of your Disney Planning information in one place, organized in a step-by-step logical manner with an emphasis on Military Discounts and offers? I've written 3 Guidebooks just for the Military Community:

Walt Disney World for Military Families 2019 - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Disneyland for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Here are my recommendations for products and services I've reviewed that can improve your Disney planning. This is a short list since it only includes my top picks.

Ears of Experience - My recommended Travel Agent, Fee Free, Disney Only, Military Family Owned

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Orlando Shuttle Service - $15 off basic round trip pricing to ANY Orlando resort use MDT15

Amusement Park Rentals - 10% Military Discount on Strollers and Scooters Use 10MILITARY at checkout

EzPacking Cube Organization System, Tame Your Suitcase! - MDT Readers get 15% off with MILITARYDISNEY at checkout

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Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide! - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info

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