The Walt Disney World Swan is a resort hotel designed by the 2012 Driehaus Prize winner Michael Graves located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios behind Disney's BoardWalk Resort and across from its sister resort, the Walt Disney World Dolphin. The Swan, which opened January 13, 1990 on Disney property, is a joint venture between the Walt Disney Company, Tishman Hotel Corporation, MetLife and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The land the resort occupies is owned by the Walt Disney Company, while the buildings themselves are leased by Disney to the Tishman Hotel Corporation and MetLife and operated by Marriott Internationalunder the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are a part of the Walt Disney Collection of resorts; because of this they are Disney branded and guests of the resort have access to special Disney benefits available to Disney Resort Hotel guests only.
The Dolphin and Swan share similar elements, but each has a distinctive appearance. The Swan's main structure is a 12-story rectangular main structure with a gently arching top and two 7-story wings, on the Swan side the main structure is crowned with two, 47-foot (14 m) tall Swan statues. The colored facade is adorned with turquoise waves similar to the Dolphin's banana-leaf motif.
In 2008, The Walt Disney Swan Resort was awarded a One Palm Designation through the Florida Green Lodging Program established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary state initiative that provides the lodging industry with free technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste, conserve natural resources and improve the bottom line.
- Java Bar - Located near in hotel exit near the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel. Has relaxing atmosphere with nearby piano and couches and tables to use. Continental snacks and coffee available in mornings and evenings.
- Splash Terrace - Located right next to lap pool. Has tables outside for guests to sit near pool. Traditional and contemporary lunch fare, snacks and ice cream.
- Garden Grove - Garden themed restaurant with American cuisine for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining features characters such as Chip, Dale, and Pluto.
- Il Mulino New York Trattoria - Traditional Italian cuisine from the Abruzzo region of Italy, open for dinner. Spacious bar located right outside of dining room for casual drinks.
- Kimonos - Karaoke bar featuring limited Japanese cuisine, open for dinner.