Using Marriott Points to Stay at Walt Disney World


 

Marriott is one of most popular hotel brands in the world and Since thousands of travelers accumulate reward points using Marriott’s Bonvoy program, we’re often asked if these points can be used when vacationing at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  And that answer is an astounding yes!

While there are dozens of Marriott brand hotels in the Orlando area, there are actually three on-site hotels that operate under the Marriott umbrella.  These three hotels include the Walt Disney World Swan, the Walt Disney World Dolphin and the fairly new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve.

Guests staying at any of these hotels enjoy both special Disney benefits as well as the ability use (or earn) points for their stay.  Marriott also provides its guests a “BEST RATE GUARANTEE” which assures them that they will get the best available rate when booking directly through Marriott.   

If you thinking about staying any of these amazing hotels, we would appreciate if you can use our affiliate links when making the reservations.  Endless Summer is an affiliate with Marriott and receives a small commission for each stay that was referred by our website. 

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About the Marriott Hotels On-Site at Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Swan, the Walt Disney World Dolphin and the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve are located in the EPCOT Resorts area of Walt Disney World just adjacent to Disney’s BoardWalk.  All three hotels are contiguous to one another and are  within walking distance to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests staying at any of these three amazing resorts can enjoy the amenities and features of all three.  There are six outdoor pools to choose from including a grotto and waterfall pool, a white sandy beach, 25 individual restaurants & lounges, the Balinease-inspired Mandara Spa, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, extensive meeting & event space and a number of organized daily family activities.

Walt Disney World Dolphin

The Walt Disney World Dolphin is our favorite on-site hotel at Walt Disney World since we get all the Disney benefits including an on-site location as well as the ability to get our Marriott Bonvoy benefits from our status as a Titanium Elite member.

This hotel has a stunning architectural design and consists of 1,514 well-appointed rooms & suites topped by two 56-foot dolphin sculptures.  Amenities include four pools, 11 restaurants & lounges, on-site car rental desk, a fully equipped fitness center, on-site spa and a full service concierge.  Select rooms have views of Disney’s BoardWalk area as well as fireworks from EPCOT.

Based on our review of various dates in 2024 from the Marriott web site, the number of reward points needed for one free night stay at the Walt Disney World Dolphin range from 43,000 to 84,000.  This is typically for a traditional guest room with no view but we have found that upgrades can be available so if you have status with Marriott, be sure to ask during check-in.

It should be noted that reward points do not include the $40.00 per night resort fee as well as self-parking charges of $34.00 per night.  Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador level members are offered a complimentary continental breakfast at Rosa Mexicano, additional reward points or an “Elite Member Amenity” which typically includes snacks & drinks.

Walt Disney World Swan

The Walt Disney World Swan is another amazing on-site resort hotel at Walt Disney World has a stunning architectural design.  This hotel consists of 12-floors of 756 well-appointed rooms & suites topped by two amazing swan sculptures.  Amenities include a heated pool with private cabanas, 8 restaurants & lounges, a fully equipped fitness center and a full service concierge.  Select rooms have views of Disney’s BoardWalk area as well as fireworks from EPCOT.

Based on our review of various dates in 2024 from the Marriott web site, the number of reward points needed for one free night stay at the Walt Disney World Swan range from 45,000 to 84,000.  There were a number of dates from September to December that were already blacked out so if you are interested, now might be a good time to make a reservation.

It should be noted that reward points do not include the $40.00 per night resort fee as well as self-parking charges of $34.00 per night.  Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador level members are offered a complimentary continental breakfast, additional reward points or an “Elite Member Amenity” which typically includes snacks & drinks.

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

The newest on-site hotel in the EPCOT Resorts area is the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve.  This 14-story boutique resort features 349 guest rooms, 149 suites and two Presidential suites.  There is an 4,000 square foot exclusive rooftop area known as “Vue” which is available for special events including meetings, weddings and receptions and offers spectacular view of Walt Disney World

Based on our review of various dates in 2024 from the Marriott web site, the number of reward points needed for one free night stay at the Walt Disney World Swan range from 54,000 to 84,000.  There were a number of dates from September to December that were already blacked out so if you are interested, now might be a good time to make a reservation.

It should be noted that reward points do not include the $40.00 per night resort fee as well as self-parking charges of $34.00 per night.  Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador level members are offered a complimentary continental breakfast, additional reward points or an “Elite Member Amenity” which typically includes snacks & drinks.

It should be noted that these three properties do not have a membership lounge which is consistent with the other premium Marriott resorts outside of Walt Disney World.  Upscale Marriott resorts outside of Walt Disney World include:

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Reasons to Stay at These Hotels

While there are many reasons to stay at these hotels, following are the main reasons we feel that Marriott Bonvoy members should stay here.

Earn or Use Marriott Bonvoy Points (and status)

Since the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Swan and Swan Reserve and operated by Marriott, Bonvoy members can earn points when staying at any of these properties or use their points to offset the cost of the nightly room rates. 

According to the Marriott.com website, members will received 10 points per $1.00 spent at these hotels.  Bonus points for Silver Elite (10%), Gold Elite (25%), Platinum Elite (50%), Titanium Elite (75%) and Ambassador Elite (75%) are also applicable as well those received from Marriott brand credit cards.

Standard Marriott Bonvoy member benefits are also included during your stay including upgrades, if available, based on your individual membership level.  In the past we have received a complimentary upgrade to an EPCOT view room with a balcony at the Dolphin hotel.

As a Titanium Elite member who has stayed at all three hotels, Marriott is very generous with their upgrades and benefits at these hotels.

Enjoy Special Disney Benefits

Guests staying at any of these three Marriott operated hotels enjoy a number of special Disney benefits.  These benefits include:

  • Theme park early entry & extended evening hours (select dates)
  • Complimentary resort wide transportation
  • On-site Disney vacation planning / ticket purchase desk
  • Advance tee times for Disney golf courses
  • Complimentary parking at Disney World theme parks

Proximity to Disney Parks

As we have indicated, these hotels are located within the Walt Disney World Resort and are within close proximity to the theme parks and Disney Springs.  

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1998 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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