TPG got a sneak peek inside a soon-to-open points property at Disney World
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There is a lot happening at Walt Disney World in 2021 as it continues to steam toward its 50th-anniversary celebrations this fall. One of the most exciting developments, at least if you love staying at Disney using your hotel points, is the construction of an all-new 349-room Swan Reserve tower near the existing Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
While the existing Swan and Dolphin properties are on Disney’s grounds and within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they’re actually Westin and Sheraton properties where you can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points. The adjacent Swan Reserve will also be in the Marriott family as an Autograph Collection property.
And while the Disney Swan Reserve isn’t yet open — and isn’t currently accepting reservations for stays until mid-September — TPG recently got a sneak peek inside on a hard hat tour to see and share the progress.
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Swan Reserve will be a Category 6 Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel with points prices ranging from 40,000 to 60,000 Marriott points per night. Cash prices for a standard room through the end of 2021 currently range from around $400 to $500 per night.
The points pricing is consistent with both the Disney Swan and Dolphin hotels, both of which are also Category 6 properties. But the cash rates for the Swan Reserve are currently a good amount higher than those two resorts.
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The Swan Reserve tower will have 14 stories and 349 rooms — 149 of which will be suites designed for families of six to 10 people. As a Marriott Platinum member, I’m already doing some mental math on how available suite upgrades might be at this property.
The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will have its own signature restaurant, a grab-and-go market, a health club (that advertizes Peloton bikes) and its own pool.
Guests will also have access to the amenities and pools at the Swan and Dolphin as well, though at least at first, there won’t be a bridge connecting the two. You will have to cross a small road to get from Swan Reserve to the other two properties.
The Swan Reserve was still definitely an active construction site on our late June visit, but you could see the potential in the floor-to-ceiling windows and fun decor choices.
We saw a mix of room types and indeed saw many suites of different configurations and rooms with a mix of walk-in showers and shower/tub combos.
Many of the Swan Reserve’s rooms and suites will have great fireworks views for when the evening fireworks shows return to all four of the Disney World parks.
The Swan Reserve will, by far, be the most boutique of the hotels in the Swan and Dolphin complex. And while it will be a little bit further for those looking to walk to Hollywood Studios or Epcot, once it’s ready, that trade-off may be worth it to stay at the newest hotel on Disney property.
The on-site restaurant Amare, scheduled to be open for three meals per day, will be Mediterranean-inspired.
There’s also going to be Grounds, a grab-and-go spot for a cup of coffee or light lunch.
Those looking to host events at the Swan Reserve will be able to book the rooftop space with pretty epic indoor and outdoor views of all the surrounding areas.
The-all new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is not yet ready for its first guests. However, we were excited about the potential we saw on our recent hard hat tour.
At Disney World, there are usually very real cost tradeoffs if you want to stay in one of the nicer “deluxe” on-property resorts. It’s common for a standard hotel room in a deluxe Disney World resort to cost $400 to $600 per night. And indeed, that’s currently where 2021 cash rates are hovering for the yet-to-open Swan Reserve.
But the beauty of it being a property under the Marriott umbrella is that you can instead redeem Marriott points or even a 50,000 Marriott certificate for a stay.
That means you could get three nights here during standard or off-peak nights with just one card welcome bonus. You’re not going to be able to do that at Disney’s Contemporary or the Grand Floridian. Then on top of that, you can put your Marriott elite perks to use and score a Platinum breakfast option and maybe even an upgrade into one of the resort’s many suites.
There are still a couple of months to go until guests can head up this escalator and check-in to the Swan Reserve, but we’ll be sure to update you on our first impressions of the resort when it’s up fully and running.
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