Swan and Dolphin Makes a Splash

Walt Disney World embraced cutting-edge design back in the late ‘80s when it commissioned renowned artist/designer Michael Graves to create its iconic Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Under the direction of Ronald M. Kollar, chief design officer of Tishman Hotel Corp., managing partner of the resort's ownership group, in conjunction with Wilson & Associates, it recently completed a $60-million redesign encompassing spectacular new lobbies and public spaces, including a $500,000 contemporary art program.

Enhanced lobbies provide guests with an immediate and renewed sense of arrival, and an elegant fabric brightens the cathedral-height center ceiling in the Dolphin lobby. Both resort lobbies boast more than 1,000 new custom lighting fixtures.

Woven metal and handcrafted tropical Pao rosewood complete the refurbished space, as well as imported Asian Golden Onyx counters on all guest service desks throughout the resort.

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