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Yacht Club, Beach Club & Beach Club Villas
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Location: In the Epcot area.
Yacht Club Address:
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd,
Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830. Beach
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd,
Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830.
Beach Club Villas Address:
1900 Epcot Resorts Blvd,
Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830.
Beach Club phone:
407-934-8000. Yacht Club phone: 407-934-7000. Beach Club Villas:
Beach Club fax:
407-939-3850. Yacht Club fax: 407-939-3450. Beach Club Villas fax:
Overview & the buildings:
The Yacht and Beach Club resorts are attached,
though guests must step
outside to get from one resort to the other. The Beach Club Villas is
next to the Beach Club. They all share some amenities such as the 3-acre Stormalong Bay pool complex. If you’re staying at one of these resorts,
the walk to the other is close enough so that it’s practical to plan on
accessing all the amenities at these locations.
The Beach Club Villas is
considered a timeshare resort, which is a part of the Disney Vacation
Club. If there are rooms available, you can stay there without being a
Disney Vacation Club member.
There are 621 rooms at the
yacht Cub, 576 Beach Club standard rooms, and approximately 208 villas
which have 282 villa guest rooms. These upscale resorts are designed to
resemble turn-of-the-century style summer homes on Martha’s Vineyard and
Nantucket. Having lived in New England I can say that it feels
One of the very best reasons for staying
in one of these resorts is the location. When we know we’re planning to
spend a lot of time at Epcot, these resorts are our first choice. It’s
a very short walk to the International Gateway entrance that brings you
to the World Showcase side of Epcot. It’s approximately 10 minutes, give
or take, depending upon where you’re room is and how fast you walk. This
is especially great after the IllumiNations Show, which is the big
fireworks display that happens just around park closing time. You can
avoid all the crowds running for the entrances and transportation and
just take a short walk by the water back to your room.
There are actually two paths on the walk to Epcot from the Yacht Club
and Beach Club. Though the upper level path gives you a water view, the
lower level path takes you right by the side of the river. Either way,
we’ve found it to be a pleasant walk.
During the past Epcot Food and Wine
Festivals we've enjoyed being able to walk to Epcot whenever we wished
just to eat our way around the World Showcase for lunch or dinner. The
Yacht and Beach Club are also quite close to Hollywood Studios, though
it’s a much longer walk or a quick boat ride. The resort boats also run
to Hollywood Studios.
If you’re planning on walking to Epcot, the Beach Club is the resort
that’s has the shortest walk. The Yacht Club is just a bit further, and
a little bit further than that is the Boardwalk Inn. Although you can
walk from the Swan and Dolphin, we find it far enough away so that we
prefer to take the Disney boat transportation. It seems to take most
people about 15-20 minutes to walk from the Swan or Dolphin to the
Once you get to the World Showcase at Epcot, Future World is still a
long walk from there. Please note that there is no transportation from
these resorts to the Future World side of Epcot. If you wish to minimize
the walking, take the boat to the World Showcase.
The location of the Yacht Club, Beach Club
and Beach Club Villas also gives you access to many great dining
options. All of the resorts that border Crescent Lake have some really
nice restaurants, and they’re all within easy reach by walking or taking
a boat. This includes a wide range of dining and entertainment options
on the Boardwalk.
Another reason for
choosing to stay at the Yacht or Beach Club is that they sit on the
shores of the 25-acre Crescent Lake. Guests get to enjoy the pleasant
water views, walking paths, boat transportation, and the white sandy
beach. It’s a reasonable walk or short boat ride to the Boardwalk, as
well as to the Swan or Dolphin. This gives you easy access to a wide
variety of dining and entertainment options.
The massive 3-acre water
park shared by the Yacht Club, Beach Club and Beach Club Villas is also
a compelling reason for choosing one of these resorts. See the pool
section for more details.
Both of these resorts are
significantly more upscale than the moderate resorts. The depth of
detail in the theming is very apparent the minute you walk in. There’s
also a drastic difference in service that you’ll notice as soon as you
approach the front entrance (see check-in).
Though these two resorts
are physically attached and share many of the amenities, they’re very
different decoratively. The Yacht Club is the more conservative,
sophisticated and subdued environment. It features a pale grey clapboard
exterior, white trim, red and white striped awnings and full balconies
for each room. The interior is positively formal with shiny oak wood
floors, and the kind of furniture you would see in the better homes on
the New England seashore.
There’s a great deal of
pale, ornate wood trim on the walls and ceilings including a ship’s
steering wheel design. You’ll find antique chandeliers, leather
furniture, nautical touches such as ropes hanging from the railings, a
miniature ship model and brass handrails on the staircase. You can’t
miss the beautiful and quite huge antique globe situated in the center
of the lobby. There are just so many details that make the lobby and
interior elegant and special. This includes the attentive cast members
wearing nautical themed outfits who greet and attend to the guests.
The Beach Club is meant to
be less formal than the Yacht club, though we found it to be just as
upscale and elegant. The exterior is a pleasant Cape Cod stick-style,
painted pastel blue with a great deal of decorative white trim. The
interior furnishings and rugs feature various shades of turquoise, coral
and pink with a seashell motif. There are some unusual and very bright
“electric orange” colored chairs with super high backs that curve over
the top. The floors are made from natural French limestone with orange
tinted earth tones. The high 24-foot ceilings are dramatic, and the
furniture is comfortable. There are massive floral arrangements
throughout the lobby and small curtained sitting areas which are
inviting and cozy. You can spot characters from The Little Mermaid
around the resort interior, including in the design of the carpeting.
Adding to the elegance, there’s plenty of marble used. Even on the
The Beach Club Villas is
next to the Beach Club. It has a pleasant pale turquoise exterior with
white trim in a style that’s similar to that of the Beach club. Visitors
to the Beach Club Villas share all of the Yacht Club and Beach Club
amenities including Stormalong Bay, the valet and bell services, the
front desk and the concierge services. In addition this resort has its
own quiet pool and whirlpool.
The Beach Club does use fragrance in the lobby. If this is a problem
for you, you may wish to choose another resort. Although check-in is in
the main lobby, we found that there’s not much need to spend time there.
However, we did pass through on a frequent basis to get to other resort
locations. We did not discern any strong fragrances elsewhere in the
We have heard reports that
the Yacht Club tends to be less kid friendly, and that there tends to be
more adult travelers there at times. However, many visitors with kids
love the Yacht Club. On the premises, there is a convention center
themed in the same décor as the Yacht Club. There are likely to be
convention travelers at both resorts. Yet on our last visit, we did
notice that there were very few kids whenever we were in the Yacht Club,
and many more kids around the Beach Club. The Beach Club has the
Character breakfast at the Cape May Café, so every morning the lobby is
filled with families (including running and playing children) waiting to
be seated. The main dining location at the Yacht Club seems to be far
more sedate. However cast members have told us that they think both
resorts bring an equal number of families.
If a balcony is important
to you, keep in mind that each Yacht Club room has a full balcony with a
table and chairs. Though the Beach Club has some full balconies, many of
the rooms have tiny partial balconies that only allow you to stand.
Personally we like to sit outside and enjoy the evening view and fresh
air, so a balcony is important to us. You can request a full balcony at
the Beach Club, but it won’t be guaranteed.
The Yacht Club and
Beach Club check-in is 3:00 PM check-out is 11 AM.
The Beach Club
Villas check-in is 4:00 PM check-out is 11 AM.
We recently had the best
check-in we have ever had in any resort, anywhere. We were greeted at
the door by very attentive bell services people who took our luggage. As
we walked to the front door, a man in a blue nautical themed blazer
approached us, welcomed us to the resort and escorted us to the front
desk. He introduced us to the cast member who would be checking us in.
We had a smooth check-in with a wonderful cast member who then gave
Sarah a long stemmed rose. The bell Services people got Sarah’s scooter
from the back, and escorted us up to our room. We felt important!
In general we’ve found
that service at these resorts is great. When you walk into the lobby
you’ll notice several cast members just standing there waiting to assist
The lobbies have very
small children’s sitting areas near the check-in locations. There are
child size places to sit and a television playing Disney movies. This
resort does not have low counters at the check-in area for guests who
are in wheelchairs and ECVs.
Check-in for the Beach
Club Villas is in the Beach Club check-in area.
If you arrive before your
room is ready you have the option of having Bell Services store your
luggage until it’s ready. You’ll be given your room keys and a card with
a phone number. You can call and see if you’re room is ready, and once
it’s available they’ll give you the room number. You can also store your
luggage if you’re planning to stick around Disney after check-out.
Here are some things
that are available on request: Rooms accessible to guests with
disabilities; hearing-impaired TDD telephones, bed shaker accessory,
visual smoke alarms,
wake up alarms and door knocks;
bed boards and bed rails; shower seat for disabled guests; Sharp
containers for used syringes.
Guests can also request
cribs and a Pack 'n Play at no extra charge; rollaway beds; down
pillows; international electrical adaptor; heating pads; high chairs.
Yacht Club and Beach Club
The buildings vary
with three, four and five-stories. Standard rooms are approximately 381
square feet. The maximum number of people in the standard rooms is two
to five plus a child under the age of three in a crib. Deluxe guest
rooms and Suites vary in size and sleep three to eight people. The
rooms have Sealy Posturepedic beds, Wamsutta bed linens and towels, and
H2O bath products which are fragranced. Fragrance free products are not
Most standard rooms have
two queen beds, and accessible rooms have one king bed. Some rooms also
have a daybed. In the room with queen beds we find that there’s enough
room to ride a scooter in and and park it out of the way. There are some
rooms with two double beds. Also there are some rooms with King Sico
beds which fold out from the wall.
There is a desk with a small pull-out
table under it that is perfect for setting up a computer on. There are
two chairs in the room, a
television on the bureau. The recently updated Beach Club rooms have a
flat screen 32 inch television and an IPOD docking station on the clock
radio. The rooms have a ceiling fan. Both
resorts have small in-room wall safes that lock with keys, and mini
refrigerators hidden inside of the bureau.
They do not have a freezer section. There’s an additional tall
bureau in the entry way, giving extra storage.
We found the beds to be super
comfortable here, topped off with a comforter containing a down insert.
If you have an allergy to down, remember to request that this be
replaced. French doors open to outdoor porches or balconies. Some rooms
have full balconies or porches with two chairs and a small table.
The bathrooms have marble floors and
wall tiles, with a phone on the bathroom wall. There is a vanity area
just outside the bathroom. It has a marble surface, two sinks and a
makeup mirror. Fragranced soaps, shampoos and
other products made by H20 Aquatics are provided. The rooms have central
The Yacht Club
rooms have a blue, tan and white color scheme with white furniture. The
nautical theme continues with a bed headboard sporting the shape of a
carved ship’s steering wheel, brass fixtures, and even a brass sailor
Mickey Mouse lamp.
The Beach Club standard rooms have a
summer cottage ambiance with tiny sea horses on the wall paper, white
furniture, wood head boards, and décor with pale earth tones, dark brown
carpeting, dark blue curtains and plenty of sea foam blue green. We
love the lifeguard Mickey lamp that adds just the right touch to the
When requesting a view, be aware that water view rooms don’t always face
Crescent Lake. They may face the Stormalong Bay pool complex or a quiet
pool. This can be a very noisy view, especially during the day when
there’s loud music and a host on a microphone leading the kids in games
at the main pool.
Some other standard view rooms face the
parking lot, a garden, quiet pool or inner court. There are even rooms
with a view of the nightly Epcot Illuminations fireworks. Remember that
although you can request a particular view, there’s no guarantee that
you’ll get it.
These resorts are large, and the hallways can go on for quite a
distance. If you wish to minimize walking, request a central room
location that puts you as close as possible to both the Beach Club and
the Yacht Club amenities. The lobbies of both the Yacht Club and Beach
Club are towards the center where the two resorts join, so if you
request a room close to the main lobby, that should put you in a more
If you plan to walk to Epcot, you may wish to request a room in the
Beach Club as close to Epcot as possible. You may also request a room
that faces Epcot to catch some of the fireworks from Illuminations.
If you plan on using the boat transportation frequently, you may wish to
stay in the Yacht Club, and request a room as close to the lobby as
Beach Club Villa Rooms:
Guests can choose a studio, one or two bedroom villa in the five story
resort. The rooms are decorated with pastel colors such as pale blue,
green and salmon. Each villa has a balcony or patio, iron and ironing
board and a hairdryer. The rooms have Sealy Posturepedic beds, Wamsutta
bed linens and towels, and H2O bath products which are fragranced.
Fragrance free products are not available. High-speed internet is
available for a fee.
365 square feet of room and allow for four adults and one child under
the age of three in a crib. There is a queen bed, double sleeper sofa,
armoire, small table with two high-backed upholstered wicker chairs.
Other amenities include a mini-refrigerator under the counter, a
microwave, coffee maker and a wet bar. There is one bathroom with a
separate vanity and sink area.
One Bedroom Villas
give you 727 square feet and sleep up to four adults plus one child in a
crib. There is a master bedroom with a king size bed, and a private
bathroom with a whirlpool bathtub. The whirlpool, vanity and walk-in
closet are in one room, and the shower, sink and another room with a
toilet are in another.
In the living room there’s
a sofa that converts to a queen-size bed, upholstered chair with wood
arms and an entertainment center with a television and DVD player.
Just outside the kitchen
area is a small dining room table with 3-person padded booth seating.
There are two chairs at the nearby breakfast bar that you can pull up to
the table to seat 5. A fully equipped kitchen makes this a great option
for those who wish to cook during their stay. This includes a microwave,
toaster, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, dinnerware,
utensils, pots and pans,
There’s a full-size
stacked washer and dryer with the washer on the bottom and the dryer on
top. Both the master bedroom and the living room have televisions with
cable. There is a safe in the bedroom closet that should be able to hold
a laptop computer. There's also a vacuum cleaner in the closet.
Two Bedroom Villas
give you 1,080 square feet and sleep up to eight adults and one child
under three years old in a crib. These units vary because some were
created as one bedroom villas that have a second bedroom, and some are
the combination of a one bedroom villa plus a studio villa. All of these
villas have televisions with cable in the living room and both bedrooms.
In addition to the items
guests in the Yacht Club or Beach Club can request, guests in the Beach
Club Villas can also request: Full-size cribs; booster seat, high
chairs; toilet seat for disabled; telephone for hearing impaired.
For menus see the dining section of the website.
Grille has a buffet
breakfast, along with lunch and dinner featuring regional New England
foods like chowder, fish, sandwiches, steaks and chicken specialties.
The breakfast buffet has a lot of nice food choices, but they do not
make omelets to order. While the Beach Club has a very loud and busy
character breakfast, we found the Captain’s Grille to be relatively
peaceful and quiet.
Yachtsman Steakhouse is a
high-end dining experience with a glassed beef-aging room, open-air
kitchen and hardwood-fired grills for meats and vegetables.
Crew's Cup Lounge
offers beers from around the world and hors d'oeuvres.
Cape May Cafe
is a buffet style restaurant that features the foods you would expect to
find at a New England clam bake. This is one of Sarah’s favorite
restaurants in all of Disney World. She particularly enjoys the
unlimited clams and mussels. This restaurant has a character breakfast
with Goofy and other Disney characters.
The Beach Club Marketplace
has the least expensive and quickest breakfast
alternative. There some hot and cold choices here. Pre-made egg, cheese
and ham omelet’s on a croissant are available. You can have the sandwich
with or without the ham, but the cheese is already cooked into the
eggs. Lunch and dinner choices are available including sandwiches,
salads, soup and baked goods. Most of these items are available until
closing. They don’t prepare the food here, so they can not take special
requests. There are very few tables here, but you can bring your food to
other pleasant locations nearby. Wheelchairs should be able to navigate
throughout most of the store.
Hurricane Hanna’s Grill
can be found on the far side of Stormalong Bay. There’s a bar serving a
variety of mixed drinks and chips. The dining side serves casual food
such as burgers, salads and sandwiches. There is some outdoor seating
with umbrella covered tables. Unfortunately we found the quality of the
food to be rather poor, but we ate there several times because the
restaurant was conveniently located.
Cream is located in the
middle of the Beach Club and the Yacht Club, near Stormalong Bay. It’s
themed as a 1950’s ice cream parlour. It’s a small shop we’re you’ll
find burgers and desserts like banana splits, frozen hot cocoa, floats,
shakes and malts. They are famous for their gigantic “Kitchen Sink
Sundae” which is a sight to behold. They discourage scooters from
entering, though they will allow it if you’re willing to wait for the
"right table". Since there’s very limited seating to begin with, this
could take quite some time since they’re often busy.
There’s a sit-down restaurant as well as
a take-out line. We were disappointed to find that we could not order a
meal to go. We had hoped to eat poolside, but only ice cream is
available at the take-out counter. Though there are tables outside, they
won’t serve guests outside. The waits are often extremely long here, and
service can be very slow. They do have a no sugar added ice cream
sweetened with aspartame.
Martha's Vineyard is a pleasant
59-seat lounge featuring a wide variety of wines and appetizers.
Other Dining Info: 24-hour room
service is available. Refillable mugs can be refilled at Beaches and
Cream, Hurricane Hannah’s Grill and the Beach Club Marketplace.
The Yacht Club has Fittings & Fairings and the Beach Club has the Beach
Club Marketplace. In addition to some clothing choices, you’ll find
Disney World souvenirs and basic toiletries, magazines, books,
sunglasses, snacks and drinks. You’ll even find bathing suits and
Stormalong Bay is a really incredible 2 1/2-acre water recreation area
reminiscent of a Nantucket beach. The pools have sandy bottoms and
there’s even a white sand beach for kids to play on that begins outside
the sandy-bottom kiddie pool. Kids are given pails and other toys to
play with. There are “boulders” everywhere, contributing to the illusion
that you’re on a real New England Beach. You can’t miss the life-size
shipwreck and the marina lighthouse that has lounge chairs on top where
you can relax with a great view. Note that you must be able to walk up
the stairs to go there.
There are two separate lagoon type pools
at Stormalong Bay. They range in depth from 3 feet to 8 feet. The
separate kiddie pool has a depth of 2 to 3 feet.
On the Yacht Club
side of Stormalong Bay, there’s a wonderful lazy river with water
currents that gently pull and push you around a loop. We found it to be
so much fun and really relaxing. It’s most relaxing if you have an inner
tube or a noodle to float with. Without the support it’s actually a lot
of work, which can be a great workout! As you float around the loop
there are stairs to get out, but you must be able to pull yourself up to
the first step, which is quite high. Conversely, if you enter the loop
on one of these staircases, you’ll find a deep drop after the last step.
It can be as much as 6-8 feet deep.
On the Beach Club
side lagoon, there’s a section that has currents that create a spinning
whirlpool. We heard from a mother who told us the following:
“Tell parents to be
careful. My son got sucked down under the water in the whirlpool part of
the pool. It overpowered him and I had to grab him and pull him up out
of the water. It’s really too strong for some kids.”
A spiral staircase takes you up on the
life-sized shipwreck that rises to a 150-foot mast. There you’ll find
the entrance to a water flume. It has you plummeting toward a rocky
outcropping, and then down 150 feet of spins. You must be able to walk
up the staircase to participate. You must also be able to swim in 4 feet
of water without having to wear a flotation device.
There are four "quiet pools" in alcoves
far removed from Stormalong Bay. The Beach Club Villas has its own quiet
pool named Dunes Cove. Unlike most other Disney resort quiet pools, it
has a hot tub/whirlpool, and guests are supplied towels there. However
as with most other quiet pools, there is no lifeguard here. There is
also a building with lockers and restrooms.
Exiting from the resorts to the outdoors
Stormalong Bay can be tricky if you’re in a wheelchair or scooter. If
you need an electric door, you’ll have to go out the main back exit in
one of the lobbies, and ride around outside to the pool. It’s a little
roundabout, but you’ll get there.
There are many manual doors that will
put you right outside by the pool complex, but we did not see any
electric doors. The areas around these doors can often be empty of
people, so when Sarah was alone, she found that she was unable to ask
anyone to get the door for her at times. However she was able to fling
open a door while sitting on her scooter, and then to ride through it
before it closed. The doors were light enough for her to manage, but it
was challenging to dart through the exit quick enough to avoid having
the door hit or her scooter.
a poolside gift shop that’s behind the poolside restaurant and just
under the gazebo. They have all kinds of items for sale including sun
block lotion, noodles (a floating device currently costing $4 each),
hats and even water guns. They also offer tube rentals, complimentary
life jackets and swim diapers.
one thing about Stormalong Bay that parents will absolutely love, and
adults might not be thrilled with. Throughout the day, cast members lead
kids in all kinds of games, dancing and various activities. They even
give out nice prizes. Cast members use a microphone with speakers to
talk to the kids as they run the games. Once the games start, they also
play loud party music that can be heard throughout Stormalong Bay. It’s
loud. Really, really loud.
Sometimes they run these games on the Yacht Club side and sometimes on
the Beach Club side. Parents will enjoy being able to relax with their
children in sight. Those who are looking for relaxation and quiet will
want to be as far from the games as possible. Although you can hear
everything wherever you’re seated in Stormalong Bay, the side that they
are playing on is the loudest. There seems to be no pattern to which
side they choose to play on, but you may be able to ask a cast member
what the plans are. You may or may not get an answer because they may
not know. Of course you can move once they start the games, but that can
be a lot of work.
travelers looking for some relaxation by a beautiful pool area, we were
really disappointed. Yes, the pool was beautiful with little waterfalls,
bridges, hot tubs, a lazy river, and other features that really appealed
to us. However, once the games began we found ourselves frustrated by
the noise. At one point the music was so loud that Sarah was getting a
headache. She rode her scooter over to the cast member who was running
the games and requested the music be made lower. The cast member
instantly and dramatically lowered the music. Regardless, although
Stormalong Bay is really as great as we heard, we would not recommend
this resort to anyone seeking a mellow pool environment.
heartily recommend this resort to families. The kids really seem to
enjoy the pool activities. This combined with some of the other kid
friendly options will really thrill parents and kids.
Stormalong Bay does not offer any
umbrellas for lounge chairs. There are no areas where there’s shade
throughout the day. If you’re looking for shade, you may need to move
around as the sun moves.
scooters and wheelchairs should keep the speed down and use caution. The
ground can be uneven, and there are some narrow walkways surrounded by
Life vests are available
at all of the pool locations free of charge. Look for the bins near the
All Children under 12 must
be supervised by an adult. The pools have lifeguards on duty from 10 am
until 10 pm. All diaper age children must
wear plastic pants
or swim diapers, which can be purchased at the poolside store.
There is a pool bar and
restaurant called Hurricane Hanna’s Grille. There is a cast member
serving guests around the pool, but we found she seldom came by and took
a long time to deliver. For a location of this size, we felt there
could have been at least one more server, if not more.
Stormalong Bay pool hours
are usually 10 AM to 10 PM, and it may be open later during the summer.
The quiet pools are available 24 hours. Be sure to have a resort ID with
you or someone in your party, as cast members will check once in a
while. In order to get towels you must show your ID. You’ll be given all
the towels you want, and a bright colored paper bracelet to wear to
identify you as a guest. It will stay on even in the water.
4,750-square-foot Ship Shape Health Club has a Jacuzzi, steam bath,
sauna and a couple of massage rooms (by appointment). There is a weight
room and an aerobics room. Both are staffed with cast members trained to
assist guests. In the weight room you’ll also find an elliptical
machine, recumbent bike and Swiss ball. There is an accessible bathroom.
Guests can take a
jog around the beautiful Crescent Lake.
There is a parking fee for valet-parking or you can self-park at no
charge. Disabled guests are offered valet parking at no charge, but you
must have valid state issued proof. Beach Club Villas guests get
complimentary parking if they’re part of the Disney Vacation Club and
using their points.
The monorail does
not come to this area. Buses are the only form of transportation
available to Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney and the
water parks. The outdoor bus stops are covered and there are a small
number of benches with backs. When it’s crowded most people will have
The resorts have separate
bus stops. They are outside, not far from the main lobby. The Yacht
Club, Beach Club and Beach Club Villas share transportation with each
other, and with the Boardwalk Inn, Swan and Dolphin. This means that
most buses will stop at all of these locations. You may experience some
very long rides and crowded buses. The upside is that you can catch a
bus to the other resorts to enjoy their restaurants or the Boardwalk.
To get to Hollywood
Studios or Epcot, the only form of transportation offered is a water
taxi. The Friendship boats can be picked up at the dock approximately
every 20 minutes. The Yacht Club, Beach Club and Beach Club Villas
share a boat dock on Crescent Lake. It’s near the lighthouse behind the
Yacht Club lobby. Of course this will be a longer walk for Beach Club
guests than for those staying at the Yacht Club. As with the buses, the
boats share a route with the Yacht Club, Beach Club, Beach Club Villas,
Dolphin, Swan and Boardwalk Inn. This can mean crowded boats and long
waits at times, especially during peak seasons and high crowd times such
as park openings and closings.
The crowds waiting for the boats after Illuminations can be so large,
that we’ve even heard of people being stranded when the boats stopped
running at the end of the night before all the guests had been serviced.
If you’re planning to take a boat back to your resort after
Illuminations, you may wish to view the show in a position close to the
boat dock. Make your way to the dock as quickly as you can just before
the show ends. If you’re determined to catch the grand finale, just
position yourself as close to the exit as you can, and head to the docks
the moment Illuminations ends.
Many people prefer to walk
to and from Epcot. Although some people prefer to walk to Hollywood
Studios, it's far enough away so that most people choose to take a boat.
If you wish to shorten the walk to Hollywood Studios you can take a bus
or boat to the Swan and Dolphin resorts, and walk from there.
We find that there are
plenty of wonderful benefits of the Yacht Club, Beach Club and Beach
Club Villas. However, our personal opinion is that we would only stay in
one of these resorts if we planned on spending a lot of time at Epcot,
or if we were planning to drive our own car around Disney. The boat and
bus rides to the other parks can sometimes take a large chunk of time,
and the crowds can be really uncomfortable. These resorts are in the
Deluxe category, and just about everything you’ll encounter will reflect
that, except the transportation. I would also say that these resorts
would be a good choice for those with children who love to swim.
Stormalong Bay may make it all worth it.
There’s a full
arcade called the Lafferty Place Arcade. The area is accessible although
some games are not. At the marina you can choose from several types of
rental boats, and tennis fans can play on the one hard court. There’s
also a sand volleyball court. Balls are available at the fitness center
with a resort I.D.
The white sandy beach
across from the Beach Club gives you a full view of Crescent Lake, the
bordering resorts and the Boardwalk. There’s a two person swing and
plenty of lounge chairs. Every evening, weather permitting, there’s a
campfire on the beach by Crescent Lake where you can purchase and toast
marshmallows and make s’mores. There’s also a different Disney movie
played there every evening. You’ll receive a movie schedule when you
check in. You can relax on the lounge chairs and enjoy the view and the
movie. There is also a very tiny kids’ playground located near the
kiddie pool on the Yacht Club side.
Please note that swimming
is not permitted in any of the lakes on Disney property.
Children’s Pirate Cruise:
Children between the ages of 4-12 years old can take a pirate cruise
leaving from the resort marina. The children board a boat made to look
like an old pirate battle ship. They’re told a pirate story about how
pirates used to sail in those waters, and they’re led on a treasure
hunt. They’ll pass props and signs that lead them towards a location
where they’ll find the treasure. When they get back to shore they’re
allowed to open the treasure and to split it up.
The children will be given
bandanas to wear, and they’ll be served lunch. The lunch consists of a
peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cookie and juice box. Special dietary
needs such as allergies may be accommodated on the cruise from this
location. When you make your reservation, let the cast member know of
your need. Once the cruise is booked they’ll give you a phone number to
call to make arrangements. You must call at least 48 hours in advance
to make any changes.
The cruise goes from
9:30-11:30 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Children must be
potty trained, and must wear sneakers and socks. This cruise only takes
12 children at a time. The other cruises take more. At this writing the
price is $31.05 per child, including tax. You’ll be asked to book it
with a credit card. Cancellation must be at least a full 24 hours in
advance. To book a cruise, call the Disney Dining line at 407-939-3463.
Other amenities &
There’s a Laundromat, business center, Concierge desk, wired high speed
internet access for a fee in your room, voice mail, complimentary
newspaper, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, the Disney
Channel and ESPN in your room, massage services and a hair salon called
Motorized watercraft are available for
rent at the resort marina every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. This includes
Sea Racers, Pontoon boats and Montauks. You can also book a guided
fishing trip. For reservations call 407-WDW-BASS (407-939-2277).
Child care services
are offered at The Sandcastle Club from 4:30 PM to Midnight. This is for
children from 4 to 12 years old. Please note that they must be potty
trained. Activities include unlimited free Sega/Nintendo, arcade games,
arts and crafts, board games, play areas with toys and stuffed animals
and movies. Dinner is served to the kids usually consisting of kid
favorites such as macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly
sandwiches and chicken tenders. You must make reservations. This can be
done with Disney Dining at 407-939-3463.
There is also one-on-one
child care services in your resort room.
The staff will
play games with the children, read to them and lead them in other
activities. They will also provide child care with the parents present,
to assist the parents. You can call
Disney Dining at
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