Rewards points are a main appeal to the Starwood-run Swan and Dolphin, which are linked by a footbridge over the lake they share. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner controversially allowed outside corporations to intrude on resort property, and the result was these dated 1989 exteriors—but given how boring Disney hotel construction has been since, we can’t regret those 56-foot-tall dolphin statues. Staff is distracted, but the properties are stuffed with amenities and the location never quits—you can walk to Epcot’s side door in 15 minutes and Hollywood Studios in 20, avoiding the bus. Both specialize in conferences, with lobby bars, steakhouses, and sushi counters to suit, although they strive to welcome families, too (rooms fit five and there are tons of poolside activities). Rooms and common spaces just enjoyed a modernizing renovation (blues, grays, chrome, more outlets). Everything lacks the tonal fantasy at Disney-run hotels, and there’s no access to the Dining Plan, no ability to make park purchases by room key or MagicBand. Staying here does, however, qualify you for Early Theme Park Entry (30 minutes per day). Rooms often make discounted appearances on hotel booking sites, resulting in a fab deal for a spot adjoining a theme park. Resort fee warning: $35/night.

Added in 2021: The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, a 500-unit, 14-story addition (sadly, no monumental creatures adorn its facade), that aims to furnish a more private, executive-level experience than at its sister hotels.