If you are looking for a luxury resort in the heart of the Disney magic with vintage seashore charm, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts are for you. These separate resorts sit side by side near the Disney BoardWalk and Epcot World Showcase. This article counts down the reasons why you need to stay at these Disney resorts at least once.
1. Deluxe Resort Charm
Yacht & Beach Club are Disney Deluxe Resorts so they come with all the extras that make your stay luxurious. Deluxe Resorts are the priciest lodging option at Walt Disney World starting at around four hundred dollars a night depending on the time of year you visit. Attention to detail in décor, more comfortable rooms, more diverse transportation options and great location are some of the extras you are paying for at a Disney Deluxe Resort.
Yacht Club is beautifully decorated with antique maps, ocean liner décor flairs and lots of nautical touches from resort rooms to the beautiful lobby. Beach Club channels the turn of the century Atlantic seashore with vintage pastel beach umbrellas, antique swimwear on display and lots of calming and fun beach and boardwalk flourishes. Both resort lobbies have such welcoming and comfortable sitting areas that you will be drawn down to people watch and relax during your vacation. If you prefer a waterfront view you are in luck, both resorts have beautiful back patios facing Crescent Lake with white rocking chairs and tables. Because these resorts are adjoining, guests can easily walk between the two and enjoy the dining, shopping and lounge amenities of each resort. Splurging to stay at one of these Deluxe Resorts for a family vacation or celebratory trip is a must do for Walt Disney World Resort fans.
2. Convenient Location
Yacht & Beach Club are Epcot area resorts located across from the Disney BoardWalk and a short walk away from Epcot. The ability to easily access the back gate of Epcot, Epcot International Gateway is an awesome perk. If you would prefer not to walk to the park, you can hop a Friendship Boat from the Yacht & Beach Club dock on Crescent Lake. Boat access to Hollywood Studios is available in addition to a walking trail to the park. The Disney Skyliner can be boarded at Hollywood Studios and Epcot International Gateway, so Yacht & Beach Club guests have easy access to this new and fun Disney transportation option. Bus stops at the front of the resort offer bus access to Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney Waterparks.
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3. Activities Outside the Park
Guests at Yacht & Beach Club Resorts have so many fun activities to enjoy around the resort, they can easily spend a whole day outside the parks enjoying resort amenities. If you are looking to splurge on a spa treatment drop by the Ship Shape Massage Salon at Yacht Club. A full massage menu is available along with a salon offering an array of cut, color and styling options and a nail bar. Keep up with your fitness routine in the 24-hour fitness center or enjoy snacks at Hurricane Hanna’s poolside eatery after your workout or spa treatment. Speaking of pools, you will enjoy some incredible ones at the Yacht & Beach Club, more on that later! If water adventures are your thing, consider booking a fishing excursion or a boating trip around Crescent Lake. Volleyball courts, tennis courts and a jogging trail surrounding the property provide fun ways to stay active on your trip. Wind down at the end of the day around a campfire on the beach or enjoy Disney movies under the stars.
4. Top Notch Pools
The pools at Yacht & Beach Club are quite simply my favorite of all Walt Disney World Resort pools. With two waterslides, zero entry beach style pools with sand covered floors, dozens of lounge chairs surrounding the deck, hot tubs and a lazy river – Stormalong Bay pool is pretty much a mini waterpark. Plan to spend at least one full day at the pool during your stay. The 230-foot water slide transports guests down a broken ship mast directly from a massive ship wreck into a pool grotto. The tidal pool has a kid-sized waterslide and is located in the giant shipwreck that borders Crescent Lake Beach. Snag an innertube to ride along the lazy river as kids play games of Marco Polo with activity counselors.
If you are looking for a quieter pool there are more options. Dunes Cove Pool is located within Beach Club and Admiral Pool is in the Yacht Club Resort garden area. Both Yacht Club and Beach Club resort guests are welcome to enjoy all three resort pools. Be sure to wear your Magic Band to the pool as each resort guest (even kids) using the pool has to enter through a checkpoint. That’s right, these resort pools are such showstoppers Disney has to have security to keep non-resort guests from sneaking in to enjoy this incredible pool!
5. Excellent Dining Options
Hope you are hungry! There are some awesome quick service and table service dining options at these resorts. My family’s favorite ice cream shop at Walt Disney World, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a short walk from Stormalong Bay and worth a visit for sundaes and shakes. They even serve the famous Kitchen Sink ice cream creation that will feed your whole family.
Crew Cup Lounge in Yacht Club offers hearty table service seafood dining options in a laid-back atmosphere. Yachtsman Steakhouse serves up juicy steaks and sides with Maine Lobster and charcuterie boards in an atmosphere of New England elegance. Guests looking for a character dining experience can enjoy a breakfast buffet with Mickey and Minnie at Cape May Café in the Beach Club lobby. The dinner buffet with all you can eat crab legs is a not to be missed dining experience for seafood lovers. All the eateries at Yacht & Beach Club Resorts are amazing, check out the Walt Disney World website for full menus with prices as you decide where to dine on vacation.