Skip to content

After multiple delays, Marriott's new luxury Disney resort is finally open

Nov. 04, 2021
8 min read
After multiple delays, Marriott's new luxury Disney resort is finally open
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.

Great news for Walt Disney World Resort fans, the brand-new Swan Reserve hotel is finally open after a series of delays and setbacks.

The resort, one of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year, is a Marriott property located within walking distance of Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Earlier delays in the opening caused a headache for guests who had already made reservations for previous opening dates. At that time, many guests with cash reservations were moved to the nearby Swan and Dolphin properties, while those with Marriott award reservations were canceled outright with no specific accommodations or assistance provided beyond advising them to rebook their stay at the Swan or Dolphin if desired.

Luckily, those nightmares are over and guests can finally enjoy the property we've all been waiting for.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

For those unfamiliar, the Swan Reserve is a Marriott Autograph Collection property that allows you to earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points. As a Category 6 property, points prices range from 40,000 to 60,000 Marriott points per night. Cash prices for a standard room look to hover between $400 to $500 per night on many nights.

TPG senior editor Nick Ewen was recently able to book a room at Swan Reserve and use a Suite Night Award for an upcoming stay. When searching for SNA availability, Ewen was presented with 10 options for potential upgrades:

  • Chairman 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed, Epcot view, Balcony
  • Signature Pool View Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Signature HollywoodStudio 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Signature HollywoodStudio 1 Bedroom Suite, 2 Queen, Sofa bed
  • Signature Epcot View Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Signature Epcot View Suite, 2 Queen, Sofa bed
  • Signature Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed
  • Signature Suite, 2 Queen, Sofa bed
  • Two Bedroom Suite 2 Bedroom Suite, Bedroom 1: 1 King, Bedroom 2: 1 Queen
  • Junior Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed

This is in addition to five other options for standard rooms with better views (Epcot, Hollywood Studios or pool).

Sign up for our daily newsletter

After submitting his request options, bolded in the list above, Ewan was notified via email that he was confirmed into the Signature Pool View Suite.

Back in late June, TPG got a sneak peek inside the hotel on a hard hat tour to see and share the progress.

View of Swan and Dolphin from Swan Reserve. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Related: The best hotels to use points at Disney World

The points pricing is consistent with both the Disney Swan and Dolphin hotels, both of which are also Category 6 properties. But the cash rates for the Swan Reserve are currently a good amount higher than those two resorts.

(Image courtesy of TJM Communications, Inc.)

Related: Guide to visiting Walt Disney World

The Swan Reserve tower has 14 stories and 349 rooms — 151 of which are suites designed for families of six to 10 people.

Inside a suite at the Swan Reserve. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve has its own signature restaurant, a grab-and-go market, a health club (that advertizes Peloton bikes) and its own pool.

View of Swan Reserve’s pool. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Guests also have access to the amenities and pools at the Swan and Dolphin as well, though at least for now, there isn't a bridge connecting the two. You have to cross a small road to get from Swan Reserve to the other two properties.

Related: How much does it cost to go to Disney World

(Image provided by TJM Communications, Inc.)
(Image provided by TJM Communications, Inc.)

The Swan Reserve was still definitely an active construction site on our late June visit, but you could see the potential in the floor-to-ceiling windows and fun decor choices.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

We saw a mix of room types and indeed saw many suites of different configurations and rooms with a mix of walk-in showers and shower/tub combos.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Many of the Swan Reserve’s rooms and suites have great fireworks views for when the evening fireworks shows return to all four of the Disney World parks.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

The Swan Reserve is, by far, the most boutique of the hotels in the Swan and Dolphin complex. And while it's a little bit further for those looking to walk to Hollywood Studios or Epcot, that trade-off may be worth it to stay at the newest hotel on Disney property.

Related: These are the best places to stay at Disney World

The on-site, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Amare is open for three meals per day.

There’s also Grounds, a grab-and-go spot for a cup of coffee or light lunch.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Those looking to host events at the Swan Reserve can book the rooftop space, The Vue, with pretty epic indoor and outdoor views of all the surrounding areas.

Bottom line

Based on our earlier hard hat tour, we are excited about the potential the hotel has to offer, and are excited to check it out again now that it's finally open.

At Disney World, there are usually very real cost tradeoffs if you want to stay in one of the nicer “deluxe” on-property resorts. It’s common for a standard hotel room in a deluxe Disney World resort to cost $400 to $600 per night. And indeed, that’s currently where 2021 cash rates are hovering for the Swan Reserve.

But the beauty of it being a property under the Marriott umbrella is that you can instead redeem Marriott points or even a 50,000 Marriott certificate for a stay. In fact, right now, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card currently has a sign-up bonus of a free night (worth up to 50,000 bonus points) plus 125,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months from account opening.

That means you could get three nights here during standard or off-peak nights with just one card welcome bonus. You’re not going to be able to do that at Disney’s Contemporary or the Grand Floridian. Then on top of that, you can put your Marriott elite perks to use and score a Platinum breakfast option and maybe even an upgrade into one of the resort’s many suites.

Stay tuned for more updates and news on the Swan Reserve and all things Walt Disney World.

Featured image by Inside a suite at the Swan Reserve. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 10X points
10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

80,000 bonus points
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Annual Fee

$550

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more