5 Criminally Underrated EPCOT Hotels

Is there anything better than a Disney World hotel?

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort

We love how immersed in the magic you can get when you’re staying on the property, and don’t get us started about the theming. This got us thinking about how there are some Disney World hotels that receive all the love while others are just so criminally underrated. Let’s talk about those, specifically about the ones near EPCOT.

As we said, some Disney World hotels fly under the radar, specifically some of the ones near EPCOT, and we’d like to bring them to your attention. They deserve the love, too! Let’s go!

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort

Listen, this is a pretty stunning resort complex, and it’s a favorite among those in the know. Also, they’re owned by Marriott, which means that if you’re a member of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program, you can earn points and use your Bonvoy points for stays at the Swan and Dolphin.

Both the Swan and Dolphin are Marriott-owned hotels

The next great thing about this resort is that you get the deluxe hotel experience for about half the price of a Disney deluxe hotel.

Inside the Swan

But we have to be honest and say that the real star of the show might be Rosa Mexicano. Trust us, this restaurant is worth the visit alone.

Full Spread

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Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Okay, listen. BoardWalk Inn isn’t just a hotel. It’s basically an entertainment district!

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

To that point, if you want to do some dancing, you can do so at the Atlantic Dance Hall, where you can dance the night away with hits from the ’80s, ’90s, and today until 1AM on nights when the club is open!

Atlantic Dance Hall

Another option is Jellyrolls, which is a dueling piano bar where you can enjoy a night of live music and drinks with free popcorn while you’re watching the show.


If you’re starting to imagine strolling along a charming boardwalk at night, enjoying the ambiance, street performers, and delicious treats, your mind is in the right place! Speaking of treats, you have SO many great dining options to please the whole family. Here are a couple of the places you can get a bite to eat on the BoardWalk:

Trattoria al Forno

Did we catch that right? You said you wanted to ride a bike? Well, guess what? You can rent a Surrey Bike to make your way around the BoardWalk in style.

Surrey bikes at Disney’s BoardWalk

This resort has it all. We’d recommend considering it for your next stay.

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Beach Club Resort transports you to a charming New England beach retreat.

Beach Club Resort

The theming is incredible, but perhaps the biggest reason to stay here is the location. Beach Club is located closer to a Disney World park than any other hotel. It is literally only a few steps away from EPCOT park entry (trust us, we’ve counted).


As we were saying, the theming extends to the rooms, and they’re lovely.

Beach Club Resort room

One of the main reasons you might consider a stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the dining options!

Cape May Cafe Breakfast

Two of the most popular spots are Cape May Cafe (you’ll want to experience a buffet breakfast complete with Disney pals), and Beaches and Cream (go with your crew and devour the colossal Kitchen Sink sundae).

The Kitchen Sink Sundae

Lastly, you need to experience the pool — Stormalong Bay. It’s basically a mini water park complete with a huge pirate-themed slide, a sand-bottom pool, and a lazy river.

Yacht & Beach Club Pool

All-in-all, this resort is a fantastic choice.

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Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

It’s truly one of the most beautiful resorts on the property. Elegance meets nautical charm at Yacht Club. Also, it has to be one of the most relaxing resorts as well.

Yacht Club

You’ll find many of the same amenities as Beach Club like Stormalong Bay, being a stone’s throw from an entrance to EPCOT, and its fantastic dining options.

It’s a beautiful restaurant.

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to dine at Ale & Compass (it’s seriously underrated as well).

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The Location

Lastly, one of the biggest perks of staying in any of these hotels is that they all share such a great location. Since they’re located in the EPCOT area, they’re all close enough to walk to EPCOT and the EPCOT Skyliner station. You can’t beat that convenience!

EPCOT Skyliner Station

Those are just a couple of the EPCOT hotels we think are criminally underrated, and we want to hear from you! Stay tuned to AllEars for all the latest Disney World news and tips!

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5 Replies to “5 Criminally Underrated EPCOT Hotels”

  1. Dolphin-Swan have great location, restaurants, and pools. But those hotel rooms are a little dated and weary. However, Swan Reserve (and you can use all 3 hotels’ amenities during your stay) is newer, well maintained, and has great vibes. Smaller hotel means fewer people and less congestion. Still great location.

  2. Many times at the Beach Club my family and I have walked inside the hotel, in air conditioning, to the end of the halls, out the last door, and past the quiet pool, coming out only three minutes at best to EPCOT. Beach and Yacht are my favorites of the expensive hotels. (FQ is my fav of the moderates.) I also like that the Swan and Dolphin have rental car accessibility. I have picked up a rental car there, left the parking lot, and taken a straight drive to Melbourne airport. Easy.

    The shop at Yacht is a little more elegant than the one at the Beach, and usually less crowded. Then there is the pool.

    The Boardwalk is difficult to get around IMO, with little dining options inside the hotel. But I always seem to be taking pictures of it.

    1. Very funny! Never was able to stay there because I had a family of five. Always looked at it though. And made the long walk over many times to eat at the open all the time–including past midnight–restaurant there. Which has changed its name many times over the years. Though I couldn’t use my room key to charge at the restaurant.