Santa and Mrs. Claus Escape Snow and Ice for Sunny Getaway at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel


Santa in tropical attire, elves tucking kids into bed and a life-size chocolate Santa sculpture all part of hotel’s holiday celebration

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Holiday travelers may not know this, but prior to his big night, Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus, escapes from the cold, ice and snow to go on a sunny Florida vacation at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. He and the Missus will be decked out in their tropical attire (no red suits with fur trim here!) sunning and lounging the day away. Everybody knows Santa is not at all camera shy, so he and Mrs. Claus will be meeting and taking photos with guests at his customized Tiki hut throughout his December stay. It’s just part of the holiday magic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

From being tucked into bed by an elf (yes, an elf!), to ordering a Christmas tree delivery, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel knows how to create a holiday celebration guests will never forget.

This year’s holiday happenings include:


Life-Size Chocolate Santa

Santa may be known as sweet, but even he won’t be able to match the sweetness of his likeness that will be on display throughout December in the lobby of the Swan. The hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard has created a life-sized sculpture of Santa, constructed entirely of chocolate – approximately 1,200 lbs. of it! The sculpture also features a chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train. Branlard is the only two-time world pastry champion and is renowned for his chocolate and sugar sculptures.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-ins

While Santa is out delivering presents on Christmas Eve, his elves are tucking in children staying at the hotel. Guests who order this unforgettable experience will have a full-costumed elf deliver milk and cookies as well as a plush toy to the room before reading a bedtime story and tucking the children into bed before Santa arrives! Reservations are required and space is limited for this exclusive Christmas Eve service.

Holiday Tree Guest Room Delivery

Want to add some holiday cheer to your guest room? Guests can order a Christmas tree service and have it delivered right to their room.

Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop Delivery

Families looking to cap off a magical day in a memorable fashion can do so with a special holiday bedtime delivery from Mrs. Claus’ bakeshop. During December, guests can receive their own batch of Mrs. Claus’ cookies and milk delivered to their room, along with a collector storybook featuring the tale of Santa and Mrs. Claus’ vacation at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Deliveries can be ordered for a fee and are available Thurs. – Sat. Dec. 1 – 23.

Magic Keys for Santa

Worried about Santa missing out on delivering presents to your guest room? The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has a magical solution! On Christmas Eve, children can hang a magic key for Santa outside their guest room, which can be accompanied by a gift wish list to help Santa (ahem, and parents) leave wrapped gifts for the following morning.

Mrs. Claus’s Holiday Hotline

After families check into their guest room, children (with mom or dad’s permission) can dial Mrs. Claus’s Hotline to hear a special holiday message from Mrs. Claus.


Select nights throughout December, Mrs. Claus will conduct a festive tree-lighting ceremony in the Dolphin lobby, illuminating a magnificent 45-ft. tall tree. Following the ceremony, complimentary holiday beverages and snacks will be available next to Santa’s Tiki hut.


Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies

Starting Dec. 8, children will be able to decorate holiday desserts in the lobby. Families also can enjoy a holiday-themed movie on their guest room televisions throughout the month.

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities and prices, 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 $149 per night.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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