I’m a huge fan of the food, amenities, location, and pools.
If you are a Costco member, and you are looking for a package, you might want to check their travel site. They also have packages for the DIsney managed resorts as well.
I check Swolphin availability/cost first before checking the Disney run resorts, because Swolphin is right for our fam. Just an opinion. I assumed they were ghetto, so I booked my first stay there with trepidation. I was completely wrong - very nice resorts. It doesn’t have all of the hidden Mickeys, or Disney Characters all over the place,so, if that’s something you are looking for, please be warned of that. It has plenty of Disney for us - Disney gift shops, and Disney Planning Desks - but that’s all I need. The parks and boardwalk are enough Disney for me.
A few of the main differences between the two:
Swan - Smaller, seemingly quieter.
Dolphin - much bigger, and you might notice that it’s “busier.” Dolphin’s main floor can be kind of a maze, but it’s actually easy to figure out
Standard rooms are two doubles at Dolphin, and two queens at Swan. Of course, both have variations on these rooms. I normally stay at a King room with a sleeper at Dolphin.
The resorts share a pool complex, which, in general is closer to Dolphin. Swan has it’s own pool, and it’s nice as hell, but the big pool complex is fantastic, and from Swan it’s just a 2 minute walk. BUT, even so, if you are pool people, I’d suggest trying to get a room close to the pool at Dolphin. Just a preference. We go to the pool every day, so our pref is to be close to it. The resorts are just a short walk from each other, there’s even a connecting walkway that is a straight shot - probably a 2 minute walk, which seems more like 15 seconds if you play “spot the lizards.”
The restaurants are very good - I like to say they are very good because they are not Disney run. Kimonos is an absolute hidden gem, imo. So is Fuel.
The Disboards site has a massive thread on everything Swolphin. You can find video reviews of the restaurants and the resort all over YouTube as well.