Holiday Happenings 2013 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

For the 2013 Holiday season, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels are celebrating with the ever-popular Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin. December will once again bring a month-long celebration featuring Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as the couple spends their vacation at Santa’s favorite resort, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Families staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel can enjoy a unique holiday experience, mingling with Santa Claus,  lighting the tree with Mrs. Claus, and even getting tucked in by one of Santa’s elves. Kandy Kane, Santa’s favorite elf, will also be on hand this holiday season.


Included in this year’s  magical holiday celebration:
Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets

Decked out in their vacation wardrobe, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, will meet with guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut on select nights. This hut features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, making it a totally unique photo opportunity!


Dancing Lights Show

Each evening, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel;s causeway transforms into a holiday spectacle, where illuminating palm trees provide a dazzling musical light show featuring favorite holiday tunes.

Life-Size Chocolate Santa Scene

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus weighs in at approximately 1,200 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), will be on display in the lobby of the Swan. And to make it even more decadent, a chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train will also be featured in this taste bud-tempting display. As a new addition, this year’s display will feature a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker!
chocolate santa

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

On Dec. 24, parents can hire a full-costumed elf to deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room. Once tucked in, you can read a bedtime story before before Santa arrives. This premium service costs $55 for one child and $15 for each additional child. A service charge of 20 percent is added. Reservations are required and space is limited.Holiday EntertainmentOn select nights, guests will be entertained by carolers, choirs and musicians in the hotel lobbies, on the causeway and in other public areas throughout the hotel.

Magic Keys for Santa

How does Santa leave presents if there isn’t a chimney? He uses a magical room key!  Children can hang a magic key outside their guest room on Christmas Eve to help Santa find his way.

Tree-Lighting Ceremony

On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby for the lighting of the hotel’s 45-ft. tall Christmas tree, followed by hot beverages at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies

Throughout December, guests can tune in to free holiday-themed movies on their guest room televisions. Children also can decorate delicious holiday sweets in the lobby.

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, or to make room reservations, please visit or call 1-800-227-1500. Overnight rates start at
$159 per night.

Will you be visiting the the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel during the holidays this year? Have you been in previous years? What is your favorite Swan and Dolphin Hotel holiday activity? 

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