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Planning a Resort Day at Disney’s Beach Club Resort During Phased Reopening

Disney has recently announced that guests will be able to return to limited park hopping in 2021, so some are happy to be able to resume a more intensive park schedule. However, guests are still required to make park pass reservations in advance and can only park hop to the second park after 2 PM. While we are ecstatic about the change, guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort may want to consider planning a resort day during their next visit. Guests staying at the centrally-located Beach Club have a ton of options that will entertain and dazzle guests, while also leaving some money in your pocket! 

  

1. Walk Around Crescent Lake

The Beach Club and Yacht Club are situated on the shores of Crescent Lake and there is a spacious path that allows guests to take in the sights of all of the resorts that call Crescent Lake home — directly across from the Beach Club guests will find the Boardwalk with a selection of dining and entertainment options.  Past the Boardwalk, guests will find the Swan and Dolphin hotels that also have a selection of restaurants for guests to enjoy.  If you are really in the mood to stretch your legs, guests can walk all the way to Hollywood Studios along the waterway.

Beach Club Resort
Beach Club Resort

2. Disney Skyliner

Located near the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, the Skyliner will take guests on an aerial tour of the center of the Disney resort — guests can ride from Epcot over to the new Riviera Resort, as well as Pop Century and the Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as continuing on to Hollywood Studios.  Park admission is not required to hop onto this premier gondola experience — you’ll experience the park from a whole new level and can even explore stops along the way!

3. Beaches and Cream

Located outside between the Yacht and Beach Club, Beaches and Cream is an old-fashioned diner where guests can enjoy a variety of burgers and sandwiches, and of course, ice cream cones and sundaes.  The restaurant is very popular, so you may be in for a little bit of wait if you can grab a dining reservation in advance.   

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (Photo: Disney)

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4. Explore Nearby Yacht Club

Attached to Beach Club, guests will find the Yacht Club that offers a variety of other amenities for guests to enjoy.  Guests can find unique dining at either the Ale and Compass or the Yachtsman Steakhouse, while guests looking for a more relaxed atmosphere can enjoy a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail and some great bar food at the Crew’s Cup Lounge. 

Photo Credit: Matthew Cooper (www.thetimethespace.com)

5. Stormalong Bay

The high point of a resort stay at the Beach Club is being able to enjoy Stormalong Bay, the unique beach-themed pool.  Guests wading into the pool will discover the bottom of the pool is blanketed with sand.  What is truly fantastic about Stormalong Bay is that the sand will not stick to the bottom of your feet as you exit the pool.  And you’ll want to dash out of the pool a few times during your time at the pool to experience that epic waterslide into the pool.  Starting on the remains of a beached wooden ship, guests climb up the stairs and hurdle down the slide before crashing into the water.

6. Friendship Boat Ride

If your legs need a rest, guests can navigate around this area of the resort via the Friendship Boats.  Guests can enjoy a leisurely boat ride between each of the resorts, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  We think you’ll enjoy a ride as the day is coming to a close and the sun begins to set.

Friendship Boat

7. Fantasia Gardens

While this golf course is currently shut down until January 2021, Fantasia Gardens is within walking distance (or a very short Uber ride away).  Guests can enjoy a game of miniature golf on either of the two courses here.  The holes are challenging enough, but also have plenty of Disney architecture that guests will find a tough game, but also plenty of enjoyable Disney details throughout the course.

Planning a resort day is great way to save some money and have a relaxing day being able to do a bunch of smaller activities that you may overlook on a crowded park day.  Have you stayed at the Beach Club?  What do you enjoy doing on a resort day when you stay there? 

About Tyler

Tyler is a lawyer living in South Florida who visits Disney World at least once a month. He enjoys re-living classic Disney experiences and discovering new things about the parks when he visits. Friends and family always ask him to plan their trip for maximum Disney magic!