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Many people choose them so they can use rewards points from the outside world—that's the 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 designs distinguished mostly by splashy exterior set pieces—like the 56-foot tall dolphin fish statues. The ceilings are a little bit low, the staff a little bit distracted, but the location never quits: You can walk to Epcot in 15 minutes and Hollywood Studios in 20, avoiding the bus, which is a good thing for Swan guests since sometimes DTS arrives there after having filled up at the Dolphin. The Dolphin is essentially a business hotel for conferences, although it strives to welcome families, too (rooms fit five and its grotto pool is inviting). Some rooms in the Dolphin's Center Tower have terrific views into Epcot. Everything lacks the tonal fantasy at Disney-run hotels, but guests get the same perks as at a Disney-run hotel, except for DisneyExpress from the airport and the ability to make park purchases by room key or MagicBand: Separate is not equal.

Note: If you're booking these for their tennis courts, don't. They were demolished in 2019 to make way for an expansion.