Summer and sand castles practically go hand in hand. For those who relish the memories of hours in the sun, hands in the sand, crafting an epic fortress, these bygone days would be happily relived.

You'll have your chance to reignite your love of sand sculpting at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort's inaugural Sandtastic Weekends. Held August 26-28 and September 2-4, the festival will feature activities for all ages, with the highlight being 100 tons of intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors from Team Sandtastic and constructed right on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s private beach.

Team Sandtastic is a professional sand sculpting team recognized as one of the best in the world. They’ve won numerous competitions and hold the world record for the tallest sand castle ever hand built.

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Open to both resort guests and the public, the event will offer guests a variety of different ways to take part in the action:

  • watch sand masterpieces being created up close
  • learn tips and techniques for sand sculpting during a sand sculpting clinic
  • take part in amateur sculpting contests
  • stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes
  • play games on the beach like corn hole and table tennis
  • gather around a campfire and roast s’mores

Beyond the sand sculpting, there will be lots of indoor and outdoor food selections featuring creations from the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team, including the resort’s own Phins and Feathers craft beer.

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The fun continues through Labor Day Monday, September 5, with special tributes to celebrate the Kickoff Classic college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss taking place in Orlando. Fans of each team will find a giant sand sculpture in honor of the game incorporating a tribute to both teams and the lights on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort causeway will feature team colors.

Coverage of the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels will be shown on an outdoor oversized projection screen.


Overnight accommodations during Sandtastic Weekends start at just $168 per night. To reserve a room or for more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit


All activities inside Sandtastic Weekends are FREE and open to resort guests and the public. Parking at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is $20 for self-parking and $28 for valet.

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