This hotel is under refurbishment until 2017, check with Disney as to how this might affect your stay priori to booking.

Disney Yacht and Beach Club  are in the deluxe category.

Yacht and Beach Club are two separate resorts, but they’re not.  Although technically individual resorts and with differing themes the two hotels are so close they share facilities.  In Disney terms they are a ‘buy one get one free’ offer!  These hotels are two of the most popular in Disney World and it’s easy to see why, for both facilities and location they are pretty hard to beat.

Disney beach and yacht club
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Disney’s Yacht Club

Yacht club is the elder, more mature and classier of the sister resorts.  The main lobby has low ceilings and the whole hotel is packed with nautical details.  Dark colours and wood tones make it feel warm and inviting.

Dining here is table service, in fact quick service options are underrepresented.  Yacht club has two restaurants Captains Grill and The Yachtsman Steakhouse.  The less formal, Captains Grill, has mixed reviews and is without an outstanding menu item, however, it often has availability for walk-ins.  Unfortunately wIth the resort sitting in an area where there are lots of dining options Captains Grill often looses out to the competition.  In contrast the Yachtsman Steakhouse is said to serve some if the best steaks at any resort.  Yachtsman is frequently recommended and advanced dining reservations are required.

Worth bearing in mind, if you are on the Disney Dining Plan and staying at Yacht Club you’ll have to go to Beach Club for refillable mug services.

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club
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The hotel comprises a five storey building with all 621 rooms accessed off internal corridors. This can mean a lengthy walk to your room if it’s located at the far end, on the plus side you won’t get wet if it’s raining .  Rooms at the Yacht Club continue the nautical theme and are well equipped. The theme is more suited to adults, similar in atmosphere to the classier resorts like Grand Floridian.

Disney’s Beach Club

The Beach Club has a more relaxed vibe than Yacht Club, is more family orientated, and themed to resemble a New England beach resort.  The lobby has lovely touches, seashell furniture, a seahorse chandelier and wood panelling in pale blues, green and white.

Disney's beach club
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Rooms here are being refurbished, due to be completed in 2017.  In common with many Disney hotels which have recently undergone refurbishment the decoration is more subtle and reflects the deluxe price more effectively.  The hotel has 576 rooms and 282 studios.  Club level rooms are  available.

Dining at Beach Club is great with a variety of unique options.  For Character breakfasts head to Cape May Cafe where a buffet offer is hosted by Minnie and Mickey dressed appropriately in their beach wear.  In the evening Cape May shifts focus and a seafood buffet is available, without characters.

Beaches and Cream is another popular dining option at Beach Club.  This Diner style eatery serves, as you’d expect, great ice cream sundaes alongside traditional fare like burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs.  This is the home of the famous Kitchen Sink.  A huge sundae which serves four, and which will set you back $29!.  Loaded with four flavours of ice cream and every topping they have, including a full can of squirty cream, Ziggy Piggy!

Disney's Beaches and Cream
Beaches and Cream’s Kitchen Sink sundae, think Bill and Ted’s Ziggy Piggy challenge!

Both Yacht and Beach club have bars, Crewe’s Cup Lounge and Ale and Compass Lounge at Yacht Club and Martha’s Vineyard at Beach Club.  The lounges serve light food options as well as drinks and cocktails.

Stormalong Bay

As if location and facilities weren’t enough to place Yacht and Beach Club at the top of the best resort at Disney World list, they added Stormalong Bay, just to clinch the deal.

Stormalong Bay is the pool shared by both resorts and it’s THE Pool, the best to be found on property, and some say in Orlando.  It’s huge, three acres of sand bottom pool with a water slide created from a shipwreck and a lazy river.  This is the place you want to spend time when you’re not in the parks and the only way you get to enjoy it is to stay here.  Access to Stormalong Bay is tightly controlled, magic bands are checked by cast members at the entrance to the pool and no wonder, it’s that good!

The pool also has a bar, Hurricane Hannah’s Grill, a food menu is also available here alongside frozen drinks, cocktails and draft beers like Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner.

There is also a quiet pool, Dunes Cove, and a children activity centre, Sandcastle Club.

Stormalong Bay
Stormalong Bay

Location

The resorts are located within the Epcot area, close to the Boardwalk and only 10 minutes walk to Epcot, 15 minutes to Hollywood Studios.  There are ‘friendship ‘ boats which will also take you to both resorts if the short walk doesn’t appeal.  The accessibility of Magic Kingdom via the Epcot monorail is also a big advantage, with the caveat that you have to go through Epcot to get to the monorail.  To balance all of this, and there’s always a pay off, buses to other resorts can take longer than average.  At certain times one bus route serves all the Epcot resorts, which if you are last in the drop off, can add considerably to transfer times.  The answer is to get off at the first stop and walk to the hotel, it’s much quicker.

Disney's yacht and beach club
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Overall these two combined resorts have pretty much everything going for them.  The only real disadvantage here is price, they are top of the deluxe category rates, excluding the Magic Kingdom resorts.  If you can afford them they are a great choice, Beach Club for families, Yacht club for couples.

Pixiesuesi Top Tips

Watch the Illuminations fireworks from the bridge between Yacht Club and Boardwalk.

Head to Ship Shape Health Club, the Yacht Clubs fitness centre or the tennis courts to work off all the ice cream calories you’ve consumed at Beaches and Cream.

Join the kids and enjoy the water slide at Stormalong Bay, it’s the longest at Disney World and closest to a water park experience.