Swan & Dolphin Resorts

1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1-407-934-4000

The Swan and Dolphin Resorts, located in the boardwalk loop, can't be missed thanks to their giant namesake statues on their respective roofs. Wait - is the Dolphin a fish? Anyway, these resorts provide some of the best dining and lounges on Disney property.

Epcot is only a short walk away, or you can also take one of the Friendship Boats to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. There is a walking path over to the Studios which is about a 10 min brisk pace walk, which can be significantly faster at times than taking the boat.



Tuesday
Nov192013

Cabana Bar & Beach Club

Tucked away quietly in the back corner of the Dolphin Resort, you'll find one of the best pool bars and places to grab a bite anywhere on Disney property. It's a bit of a hike, but after your first sip, you'll already be planning your next visit to Cabana Bar. These great drinks and unique eats will keep calling your name until you return.

Hours 
Pool hours vary daily, but usually open around noon and close 8-9pm.

Specialty Cocktails - $13
Put it in a Pineapple for $4 more

Sailor's Mai Tai
Banks White rum, Siesta Key spiced rum, muddled fruit, orgeat syrup and pineapple juice.

Dominican Sneak Up
Brugal Dominican rum, fresh kiwi, hand squeezed lemonade

Hibiscus Cooler
Absolut Hibiscus vodka, agave nectar, watermelon puree, fresh strawberries.

White Tea Sangria
Prosecco, Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka, white tea, blueberries, oranges, rock candy syrup.

Hula Mala
Avion Silver tequila, muddled strawberries & pineapples, pineapple juice.

Lemongrass Tejito
Tanteo Tropical tequila, lemongras, mint, fresh lime, splash of ginger ale.

Oh You Fancy!
44 North Huckleberry vodka, muddled blackberries and oranges, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, rock candy syrup, lemon juice.

Frozen Libations - $11
All frozen available as N/A for $5
Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, Mango Daiquiri, Raspberry Daiquiri, Rum Runner, Margarita

Pitchers & Scorpion Bowls
Make it a Scorpion Bowl, serves two - $20
Make it a Pitcher, serves four - $45

Rum Runner
Bacardi rum, creme de banana, blackberry brandy, fresh juices & a dark rum floater.

Original Mai Tai
Trader Vic's dark rum, orgeat syrup, orange curacao, fresh lime juice, dash of bitters.

Caipirinha
Soul cachaca, rock candy syrup, fresh lime.

Diablo Margarita
Maestro diamond filter tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, Grand Marnier.

Citroen and Berry
Ketel One Citroen vodka, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, lemon & lime juice, rock candy syrup.

Dark and Stormy
Gosling's black seal rum, ginger beer, fresh lime juice.

Skinny Raspberry Lemonade
Voli lemon vodka, raspberry puree, fresh squeezed lemonade.

Make Your Own Infusion Cocktail
Choose one of our hand crafted infusions and make it your own by picking how it will finish.
Infusion Starters - $9
Strawberry Basil Vodka
Hibiscus Pineapple Rum
Watermelon Tequila
Lavender Cucumber Vodka
+PLUS+
A Finisher
Mojito - add $5
Margarita - add $5
Caiprioska/Caprissima - add $3
Martini - add $4

Wines
A small selection of red, white and sparkling wines are available, by glass or bottle.

Bottled Beer - $6.50
Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra

Canned Beer - $6.25
Amstel Light, Corona, Corona Light, Heineken

Draft Beer
Florida Ave. Ale - $6.50
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat - $6.50
Cigar City Florida Cracker White Ale - $7.25
Kona Seasonal - $6.50
Bell's Two Hearted IPA - $6.50
Miller Lite - $6.50
Highland Seasonal - $6.75
Crispin Cider - $6.50

Microbrews - $7.75
Lagers
Dos Equis, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition

Pilsner
Orange Blossom Pilsner

Wheat
Key West Southernmost Wheat

Cider
Ace Joker Hard Cider

Ales
Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale
Bell's Midwestern Pale Ale
Oskar Blues G'Knight Red Ale

IPAs
Florida Beer's Swamp Ape IPA
Victory's Hopdevil IPA
Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA

Bucket Specials
5 for 20
Corona, Corona Light, Heineken, Amstel Light

5 for 25
Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra

5 for 29
Combination of our Microbrew Selection

Flights
Bellini/Mimosa Flight - $35
4 Glasses of Prosecco with orange juice, peach, watermelon and raspberry puree.

Beer Flight - $20
Four 4oz. draft samples of your choice.

Tequila Flight - $25
Herradura Plata, Don Julio Reposado, Corazon Anejo

Spirits Around The World
Zaya, Trinidad - $9.50
Ron Zacapa, 23 yr, Guatemala - $9.50
Pisco Porton, Peru - $9.50
Appleton Reserve, Jamaica - $8.50
Soul Cachaca, Brazil - $8.50
Havana Club, Puerto Rico - $7.75
Banks 5 Island Blend White Rum - $7.75

Pour Quality 
Above Average

Food 
The menu here is absolutely stellar - unlike anything available at Disney counter service. If you want something made with fresh, high-quality ingredients by talented chefs, look no further. You'll find a little of everything on their menu: chicken wings, salads, Korean BBQ sliders, Burgers, Flatbreads and more.

They are also running specials on Sundays during the 2013 Football season. Click on the pictures below for the full menu.
  

Fun Bar Grub

Nuts - Buffalo Honey Roasted or Buffalo Ranch - $2.50
House Made Pickle - $1

Atmosphere 
As we mentioned, it's not the closest or easiest to find from Disney property, but it's well worth the trip. If you're walking over from the BoardWalk or the boats, it's on the other side of the Dolphin resort towards the back. There's a walking path outside or you can go through the inside of the resort. If you're driving, remember Swan & Dolphin charge for parking.
 
The pool area is huge - 2 massive pools with slides and plenty of chairs for relaxing. The large bar overlooks one of the pools. In addition to the traditional "Belly-up" stools you'll find a variety of lounging options from private cozy cabanas, casual wooden tables, to rattan chairs with umbrellas. You'll also find a few tvs spread throughout the bar area; they even brought out a 50" on a moveable stand for the big football game. 
 

Review
Dominican Sneak Up
A refreshing and crisp, yet slightly tart cocktail with a heavy-handed pour of fine Dominican rum. The deceivingly strong drink will sneak up on you (Hey, wait. I just got the name). The freshly muddled kiwi adds an unexpected fresh fruit flavor to this hand-made cocktail. 
 

Hibiscus Cooler
This light and fresh cocktail tastes like summer in a glass. Considering this is nothing but booze and fresh watermelon puree you might be pleasantly surprised by the lack of alcoholic punch in the flavor. If you like fruity cocktails this one will bring it to the HNL (Hole, 'Nother, Level - of course).


Potato Nachos
If you never thought nachos could be fancy, think again. Cabana Bar Chefs have outdone themselves again as they top house made potato chips with mozzarella, queso fresco, black beans, pico and - for the piece de resistance - Korean Braised Beef. Hot & crispy with a perfect ratio of toppings to chips. The beef is slightly sweet with a salty and sour BBQ bite. These nachos rank high on our all-time-favorite nacho list (and, trust us, it's a well researched list). For twelve bucks during a football game, these are hard to beat. Big enough for one person, or split between 2 with a second appetizer. These are highly recommended; put these nachos in your mouth. 

Tomato Mozzarella Salad 
A great simple, classic salad that's perfect on a hot Florida day. Juicy and ripe heirloom tomatoes with a fantastic creamy and lightly salty mozzarella topped with a basil drizzle and bits of prosciutto fried to a crisp and crumbled. We enjoyed the crispy, salty bite the rich-man's bacon added to the tomato and cheese. Not a very filling salad, but more of a special treat or a ritzy way to start a fancy meal.


Updated 11/2013 

Thursday
May052011

Dolphin Restaurants & Lounges

We may not have officially researched the restaurants and lounges at the Dolphin, but here's a quick list of what's available so you don't miss out on some fantastically unique experiences.

Shula's Steak House
An upscale, fine dining steak house.

Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Pool bar serving high-quality food & hand-made cocktails.

Todd English's BlueZoo
Upscale and uber-trendy restaurant and lounge that has one of the most unique drink menus anywhere. Read our trip report from a visit to the bar.

A lounge can also be found in the lobby of the resort.

Sunday
Sep122010

Food & Wine Classic at Swan & Dolphin Resorts

Can there be too much food & wine? The Swan & Dolphin doesn't think so! The resorts are hosting their annual Food & Wine Classic during Epcot's International Food & Wine festival.



October 31 & November 1, 2014 


Causeway Food & Wine Tasting - $89 plus tax
Causeway Food & Wine PLUS Beer Garden Upgrade - $108 plus tax
From 5:30pm-9:00pm
"This event allows food and wine lovers alike to stroll along the causeway on Crescent Lake and immerse themselves in a culinary festival with live music and tastings from the resort's award-winning restaurants and lounges.

Upgrade your causeway ticket to include our Beer Garden! Beer gardens are taking over the US as “the new coffee shop” and we wanted in. We’re building our very own beer garden on the tree-shaded Crescent Terrace for the first time this year.

Travel around the terrace tasting beer after beer, including our local and seasonal favorites. Chef will also be preparing house-made “bar snacks” to pair with our picks. Prost!"

A la Carte Tickets
A la Carte ticket information not posted yet. 


Educational Seminars - $42 each, per person, plus tax
There are 8 seminars available to take part in, ranging from learning about wines, spirits and even beer. All begin at 4:30pm and last about an hour.

For full seminar details, visit swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com


PTTP's Comments of 2010 Event:

We stopped by early Saturday afternoon to check out the spread and very seriously considered attending. So seriously in fact that we were there as they were setting up and we had the opportunity to meet with many of the people operating the booths. Tickets were $2 apiece and most items required four tickets with one or two requiring three and some requiring five. The obvious busy stand was going to be Shula's with a 4oz Filet Mignon prepared to order (5 tickets/$10).

Todd English's Blue Zoo offered two deconstructed dishes (are chefs still doing this?). You had your choice of shrimp cocktail served in a cigar tube that you would suck into your mouth or a BBQ chicken tender skewered with a pipette filled with sauce. Each dish was 4 tickets/$8. There was also a sushi bar offering shrimp tempura for 4 tickets. We expected a roll for eight bucks but were surprised it was only two pieces. That's two fried shrimp and rice for eight bucks, ouch.

There were also a few bars scattered throughout the area each offering a unique cocktail or a specialty beer. Most cocktails were three tickets and were served in a very small cup (4-5oz?).
These prices make any Disney restaurant look like a steal.

So, the only way to go is clearly with the unlimited wrist band for this event. A hundred bucks was more than we had planned on spending on dinner that evening. We were hoping for something more similar to Epcot's F&W event where a few small bites could be had for a reasonable price. Further, if we were going to spend a hundred bucks on an unlimited dinner buffet, we expect far more choices. After following tweets, Shula's had an insanely long line all night and most other booths were empty.

Those are our thoughts but remember the few caveats, we didn't actually attend the event and it's their first year. I'm hoping for three things for next year, more choices, lower prices and a different date. Why are they trying to compete with Food & Wine instead of creating their own special event? Epcot's already doing this same event much better only a few hundred feet away. Now, if this were held in April, maybe that'd change our entire outlook!

Thursday
May052011

Swan Restaurants & Lounges

We may not have officially researched the restaurants and lounges at the Swan, but here's a quick list of what's available so you don't miss out on some fantastically unique experiences.

Il Mulino
An upscale, Italian restaurant. Large restaurant full-service bar available.

Splash Grill & Deli
Pool bar serving food & cocktails.

Kimonos
Combining sushi and karaoke, this is a fun stop for nighttime entertainment. Casual atmosphere. 

A lounge can also be found in the lobby of the resort.

Tuesday
Sep132011

Todd English's BlueZoo

You'll find this trendy, Golden Swizzle Stick Award winning, underwater-inspired restaurant & bar inside the Dolphin Resort. This striking restaurant opens for dinner, and stays open into the late night. (photo ©BlueZoo)
©BlueZoo
We're posting a non-typical review here (more of a trip report), but we wanted to share our thoughts until we were able to do a full, official review.

8/11
Late one night while on our walk back to the BoardWalk from the Studios, we decided to make a stop at BlueZoo for a few drinks. Being shortly after 9pm, there were only a few other couples sitting at the bar. We read through the cocktail menu and were impressed by the unique offerings.

We ordered the Serenity (LEFT: Square One cucumber vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, muddled fresh strawberries, basil and rosemary, splash of fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and rock candy syrup, shaken and served up. Created by BlueZoo's Kristen Cooper.) A delicious, delicate concotion of light, fruity flavors that deserve to be sipped, not slammed. A great drink that we highly recommend.

We also went for the Vanilla & Licorice
(RIGHT: Chivas Regal, Absinthe, Florida farmed honey, shaken with fresh egg whites, hint of vanilla extract, garnished with licorice.) This review is coming from the person who loves licorice and likes absinthe, and this drink was just too much. The mix of these overpowering flavors made it downright difficult to finish, let alone enjoy with the appetizer. 



Hungry after a long day, we ordered the crab nachos to share. They are $17, but were told that we could do a half-order if we wanted (we didn't!). The nachos were absolutely delicious! Piled high & deep with crab, cheese and other typical nacho toppings. There was plenty of crab to go around, almost down to the last chip. A great value for 2 people to share for a hearty snack - we left pleasantly full.


We found out from the bartender that BlueZoo is in the works to update the drink menu "very soon". So, given that information, we've decided not to post the current drink list, and we'll be returning at a later date to check out the new offerings.

Until we get our official post up, here's a quick breakdown:
Specialty Drinks - average around $13
Jack Daniels & Coke - around $7.75 
Appetizers - $12 & up 

Atmosphere/Review: Coming straight from the parks we weren't exactly dressed for the dining room (though we weren't exactly sloppy either) but didn't feel at all out of place at the bar. The bar area has the look & feel of a downtown club, except everyone is friendly and welcoming. The light level is so dark you may not even see what you are drinking, let alone be able to read the menu. There are about 10 seats at the bar and a couple small booths behind. After a while, you forget that you are on Disney property thanks to the stunning design and unique, specialty menu.

Overall, we're very satisfied with the bar and cocktail menu and plan on working this bar into our regular rotation of frequented watering holes.