New Swan Reserve hotel at Disney World pushes back its opening date — again

Aug 27, 2021

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If you had hoped to stay at the brand-new Swan Reserve hotel the weekend of Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebrations that kick off on Oct. 1, you might be in for an unhappy surprise.

Based on copies of emails we have received from multiple TPG readers, the hotel has experienced another opening delay and is in the process of canceling another round of reservations — including for that busy Disney 50th anniversary kickoff weekend.

So far, the pattern we have seen is that some with cash reservations have been moved to the nearby Swan and Dolphin properties, while those with Marriott award reservations are having those canceled outright with no specific accommodations or assistance provided beyond advising them to rebook their stay at the Swan or Dolphin if desired. Unfortunately, the award rates at those properties may now be higher than what some paid to book in award stays months ago at the Swan Reserve.

We have not yet heard back from the Swan Reserve team on what new opening dates might be, but its website is currently accepting stays beginning in mid-October.

When the Reserve does open, it will be located within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios as 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.

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

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

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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.

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The Swan Reserve tower will have 14 stories and 349 rooms — 149 of which will be suites designed for families of six to 10 people. As a Marriott Platinum member, I’m already doing some mental math on how available suite upgrades might be at this property.

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

The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will have 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 will also have access to the amenities and pools at the Swan and Dolphin as well, though at least at first, there won’t be a bridge connecting the two. You will have to cross a small road to get from Swan Reserve to the other two properties.

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

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The on-site restaurant Amare, scheduled to be open for three meals per day, will be Mediterranean-inspired.

There’s also going to be 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 will be able to book the rooftop space with pretty epic indoor and outdoor views of all the surrounding areas.

Bottom line

The-all new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is not yet ready for its first guests and it turns out it will take a little longer than they had hoped — at least until into October at this point. While we have no doubt the doors will open at some point, until they do, it is wise to have a refundable backup reservation at the ready.

Based on our recent hard hat tour, we are excited about the potential the hotel has to offer

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 yet-to-open 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 three Free Night Awards (worth up to 50,000 bonus points per night) after you spend $3,000 on purchases 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.

Those who were planning to use points here the weekend of Disney World’s busy 50th anniversary, unfortunately, need to start making other bookings ASAP. The Swan and Dolphin are both available for 50,000 to 60,000 Marriott points per night.

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