by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 29, 2017
The 2,267-room Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has completed a $140 million, head-to-toe facelift. Included in the three-year project was the redesign of all guest rooms, which now reflect the resort's water-themed architecture. Room technology was upgraded with more outlets and USB ports for charging devices, plus new high-definition TVs.

The resort's 332,000 square feet of existing meeting space was refurbished; the space now features electronic reader boards and upgraded WiFi to accommodate groups of up to 15,000 attendees. As part of the upgrades, a new venue, the 2,800-square-foot Lake View room, was added.

Public spaces also have been redone. The Dolphin lobby now features a contemporary look with a geometric ceiling, enhanced lighting and more than double the amount of guest seating. The centerpiece of the new lobby is a grand chandelier stretching 20 feet from the ceiling with nearly 1,000 strands and about 10,000 individual crystals suspended above the Dolphin fountain. A new restaurant, Fuel, and a new bar, Phins, have opened at the Dolphin.

"This is both a huge accomplishment for our team and a significant moment for our guests," said Fred Sawyers, general manager of the hotels. "With the transformation now complete, our guests can enjoy a stylish new look, new amenities, the latest in technology, an operation with more than a quarter century of excellence in serving guests and a prime location at Walt Disney World Resort, all in one property."