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Vintage Construction Photos of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Take a walk down memory lane with these retro images of the construction of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The resort posted these images on their Facebook Page. Be sure and give them a “Like”.

Michael Graves John Tishman Michael Eisner and Frank Wells Disney Swan and Dolphin

Left to right: Michael Graves (Architect), John Tishman (Owner), Michael Eisner (Past CEO of The Walt Disney Company), and Frank Wells, (Past President and COO of The Walt Disney Company)

The original team overlooking the master plans for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin prior to construction breaking ground. This was one of Michael Eisner’s key projects that launched “The Disney Decade”.

1987 Disney Swan and Dolphin Construction
This photo dates back to 1987. The Swan and Dolphin are starting to take shape and rise out of the ground. As you can see, the lake (Lake Crescent) between the two hotels hasn’t even been formed.
Walt Disney World Swan Vintage Photo
Left to right: Prince Charming, Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, John Tishman, Michael Eisner, and Frank WellsEveryone takes a moment to pose in front of one of the two Swans before they were lifted atop the Swan Hotel. Did you know that each of the Swan atop the hotel is 5-stories tall? They were built on-site, and are made of steel, wood ribbing, and concrete.
Vintage Photo Walt DIsney World Dolphin Hotel
The hotel was early completed in 1989. Today, the Dolphin hotel is still an architectural wonder. It is still the tallest building on Walt Disney World Property- standing 27 stories tall. The Dolphin hotel is described by Michael Graves as a mountain (the pyramid) rising out of the Florida everglades (the banana palm leaves painted on the exterior). The mountain rose with such force that it caused a river to run down the mountain (the clamshell cascading fountains) and run across the causeway and splash on the exterior (see the painted waves on the Swan hotel). The perfect place for our Swans to splash and play atop the Swan hotel.
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