Disney World’s Newest Hotel is Open! (Preview the Inside)

Disney World’s newest hotel, The Swan Reserve, is now open! And Resorts Gal was there during the soft opening to take a few photos to share with you!

If you have visited Walt Disney World in the last few years, you’ve likely seen the construction of the new hotel. I’ve driven by the Swan Reserve more times than I care to admit the last year in anticipation of its opening.

For those unfamiliar, the new hotel was supposed to open much earlier this year. However, many things in life are worth the wait, and I am confident the Swan Reserve was one of them.

Needless to say, I was impressed. So let me tell you about the experience.

Disney’s Newest Hotel

Disney’s newest hotel sits within the Epcot Resorts Area adjacent to Fantasia Gardens mini-golf course. The property is across the street from Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Related: Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort Review

Below you’ll see the triangular structure of the Dolphin in the distance. Here is the walkway that leads to the Swan Reserve.

At the end of the path, you’ll use the crosswalk to make your way over to the hotel.

The signage at the entrance was subtle yet well done. Marriott’s website describes the resort as “a refined yet tropical oasis,” and I agree.

Similar to the Swan and Dolphin, their new sister resort is owned and operated by Marriott International. These are the only deluxe resorts at Disney World that Disney does not manage. However, they are still considered official resorts.

For you, this may mean a variety of things. But, most importantly, the price for the location is usually less than the surrounding resort hotels like Disney’s Beach Club, Yacht Club, and the Boardwalk Inn.

Additionally, since the Swan Reserve is a Marriott hotel, you can accumulate Bonvoy points when you stay here. And you’ll have the potential to receive other perks.

When you walk through the hotel’s main doors, you are greeted by a large set of escalators. There is a small reception desk to the left. However, the reception area is more of a help desk than a check-in area.

The resort’s lobby is located on the third floor at the top of the two-story escalator.

And it’s a stunning setup.

There are plenty of private seating areas scattered throughout the entire floor.

Don’t you love the touch of Mickey at this concierge desk?

The center of the lobby is home to a tremendous lounge called Stir.

There’s plenty of room at the bar and the surrounding outer rim.

Whoever designed this space deserves an award. It reminded me a lot of Gran Destino Tower without all of the screaming colors. Don’t get me wrong, I love Gran Destino, but the Swan Reserve was sleek and sensual.

Behind Stir, there’s a long, private row of different cozy spaces.

Nice, right?

One of the resort’s best attributes is the flow between open and intimate spaces.

Additionally, the third floor is home to a large outdoor deck, poolside lounge, and pool area.

Guests of The Swan Reserve can use the private pool or the Grotto Pool at the Swan and Dolphin.

Related: Pools at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin

Plenty of seating is available if you are looking to lounge.

In addition, the pool area is stellar.

It didn’t hurt that I visited right around sunset either.

Private cabanas sit along the far side of the pool. I’m not for sure about the specifics of the cabana rentals here yet. But we do have a full review of cabana rentals at Disney World if it’s something you are interested in learning more about.

The hotel’s glass facade is something to see as the sun retreats.

Similar to the interior, the deck has an inviting lounge space.

I felt like I had the whole place to myself. Well, I kinda did.

But it made for the perfect evening to take initial photos of the newest hotel at Disney World.

Tangerine is the name of the poolside bar and lounge. They offer everyday items like sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads.

Here is another view of the space before we head back inside.

It’s a charming space with hanging plants and a lattice-like ceiling.

Additionally, the deck looks inside to Grounds Grab and Go, the resort’s primary counter service location similar to Fuel over at the Dolphin.

Related: Swan and Dolphin Restaurants Guide

Below is a photo of the outdoor seating area for Grounds.

Inside, you’ll find a variety of grab-and-go items. We’ll get around to taking a closer look soon.

Anyway, there is a coffee menu available at the counter service and a few a la carte sandwiches and things.

Amare is the resort’s table service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It features Mediterranean cuisine.

Outside the restaurant, there’s a wall of wine which makes for a unique design element.

And here is a look at the elevator lobby.

I took it down to the second floor to check out the hotel so I could check out the fitness center. While I was here, it occurred to me that I had seen nearly every hotel gym in the Disney World area.

They are always empty. Maybe the gyms are busy early in the morning? I wouldn’t know.

Related: Gyms at Disney World

And on the lower level, there are two large ballrooms and 12 conference rooms.

I think we all anticipate large conventions to return within the next year or so.

And with that, we’ve made it back to the first floor of Disney World’s newest hotel.

I hope you have enjoyed our walk-through. Unfortunately, the top floor was closed on the evening of my visit. It’s supposed to have a pretty nice view of the surrounding area.

We’ll give the hotel a little time to get up and running before planning a stay here. However, from what I’ve seen so far, I wouldn’t hesitate to make a reservation to check it out for yourself.

For more information about planning a resort stay at Disney World, you can preview our complete list of Disney World Resort Reviews. Or these other articles might help:

All of our reviews for Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort are available here. More information is available here on the resort’s official website.

So, what are your initial thoughts about the Swan Reserve? Do you anticipate you’ll be planning a stay at Disney World’s newest hotel? Let me know down below in the comments.

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