I’ve stayed at the Swan, before, and it is a good deal for Disney property - a deluxe resort for a moderate price. Plus, the Heavenly beds are super comfy!
But, if you’re looking for kid-friendly, I think you’d enjoy either the BW or YC/BC more. The Swan and Dolphin are lacking that Disney feel… and the art deco theming isn’t for anyone (then again, what theming is for everyone). The pools aren’t nearly as exciting as Disney pools, but they are still nice (water falls and such), and the kids likely wouldn’t care (unless they walk by the other resorts’ pools… then there might be some pool envy). When I was a kid, water was water. :laugh: The Dolphin seems like it might be a little more family-friendly - it is larger and has a more dramatic lobby area. Of course, the Dolphin has full beds, while the Swan has queens (that is why we went with the Swan). Others will point out that there isn’t but a 6" or so difference, but depending on sleeping habits, those 6" might make a big difference! :laugh:
As others have mentioned, Stormalong Bay at YC/BC is like a mini waterpark - super fun for the kids. The Boardwalk has a great slide, too, but the clown face tends to frighten young ones (it kinda creeps me out… :laugh:).
Even if you don’t choose to stay at the YC/BC or BW, you can still go eat at the resorts or shop there - you just can’t use the pools.