The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will begin the final phase of its $140 million renovation next year.
The Dolphin lobby will be changed into a contemporary space with more dining and beverage options. The $12 million lobby renovation will complete the transformation of the hotel’s 2,267 guestrooms, along with upgrades to the hotel’s meeting space.
The centerpiece of the new lobby will be a custom-made crystal chandelier, which will sparkle above the Dolphin fountain and use the latest in color-changing lighting technology.
Other new features will include a geometric ceiling, new contemporary décor and furnishings and more than double the amount of seating. Two new food and beverage options will be built, including a bar and lounge space seating up to 150.
“This lobby will mark the final piece of an exciting transformation for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “This space is designed specifically to cater to today’s guests and offer an inviting place where they can come together to relax, network and grab something to eat or drink.”
The Manhattan firm ICRAVE, designers of projects like Westin New York at Times Square, W Atlanta and STK restaurants, created the concept for the new lobby space, drawing on inspiration from the lobby’s iconic Dolphin fountain.
The Dolphin’s lobby will remain open throughout the renovation. The project is scheduled to begin next spring with completion by fall 2017.