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Disney’s Beach Club is one of Walt Disney World’s deluxe resorts offering Disney guests a seaside experience in addition to their magical, park ventures. The Beach Club is considered an Epcot Resort and actually has a sister resort right next door known as the Yacht Club. The Beach Club is a beautiful resort; and like all deluxes, it offers a lot extras and benefits! Check out my Top 5 Best Things About Disney’s Beach Club!
1. Location-Disney’s Beach Club is conveniently located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios, which means a short trip to either one of these parks! In fact, there’s even a backdoor entrance/exit, known as the International Gateway, located in Epcot’s World Showcase for guests who want to walk or take a boat to this resort and the other Epcot resorts. The Beach Club is also within walking distance of other resorts, such as the Yacht Club, the Boardwalk , and the Swan and Dolphin.
2. Pool-The Beach Club is home to the best pool on Disney property, Stormalong Bay! This zero-entry, sand bottomed pool is absolutely massive and offers a lazy river and a slide made from a shipwreck’s fallen mast. Check out Stormalong Bay and some of WDW’s best pools here!
3. Design-What makes the Beach Club a great resort is that it appeals to a broad range of tastes. The Beach Club has a seaside theme that is both elegant and casual, ideal for single adults to families with young children. The pastel colors, use of light and space, and delicate trimmings are pleasing to the eye, but not so stuffy that rowdy youngsters and guests in Mouse Ears will feel out of place. The seaside theme also provides Disney guests with somewhat of a beach vacation along with their Disney vacation!
4. Activities-There’s so much to do at the Beach Club! You can enjoy the beach, the pool, have a sweet treat at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, experience a beach-themed character breakfast at Cape May Cafe, or catch a movie under the stars on the beach at night. You can also explore the Swan and Dolphin, stroll the Boardwalk at night and enjoy its entertainment, rent a surrey bike, and so much more!
5. Transportation-Due to the Beach Club’s convenient location, there is a variety of transportation available to its guests. First of all, the Beach Club offers bus transportation to the other parks and destinations on Disney property. Secondly, the Beach Club has boat transportation that runs to Hollywood Studios, the Swan and Dolphin, the Boardwalk, and Epcot. Finally, if you don’t feel like taking a bus to the Magic Kingdom or to another deluxe resort, and you have a Park Hopper, just head into Epcot and hop aboard the monorail!
So what do you think is the best thing about Disney’s Beach Club? Is this resort one of your favorites? Let us know!
I am a big fan of Disney Resorts so staying on property is always a priority for me. Disney World Resorts offer the detail, theme, quality, and magical experiences, just like the parks do! After all, how cool is it to fall asleep and wake up in the heart of the Disney magic? Since Disney resorts add to the Disney World experience, and there are so many to choose from, choosing a resort is often a difficult decision. Therefore, I have decided to list those which I think are the best in my Top 5 Disney World Resorts.
1. Wilderness Lodge-This may sound like a strange choice since this resort is not on the monorail and its rooms are smaller than other deluxe resorts; but many guests claim that this is their favorite Disney resort and I have to agree.
Lobby: Incredible. You just have to see it. It’s cavernous with huge log columns and beams, plus giant chandeliers resembling teepees. There’s also a bubbling spring and stream in the lobby that runs under a footbridge and actually flows into the resort’s pool outside! You can also sit next to a huge fireplace that is meant to represent the layers and colors of the Grand Canyon.
Dining: Wilderness Lodge is home to two popular restaurants: the delicious and entertaining Whispering Canyon Cafe and the classy, sophisticated Artist Point. For a quick meal or snack, you can visit the Roaring Fork.
Rooms: While the rooms here are a bit smaller than other deluxe rooms, the lodge’s motif continues and you can even get log bunk beds for the kids. You can also have a balcony as well. Overall, this is a great resort if you want the deluxe experience and are traveling with kids.
Transportation: While this resort is the only Magic Kingdom deluxe resort not on the monorail, there is boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and a walking path to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
2. Grand Floridian-This resort is Disney World’s flagship resort and definitely the most luxurious offering the most dining and shopping opportunities. The only reason why the Grand Floridian is not my top pick is due to the fact that it can be a little stiff and lacks some personality; but otherwise, it’s a fantastic resort.
Lobby: This lobby is elegant and beautiful with massive chandeliers, a domed ceiling, and even Disney characters and icons in the luxurious carpets and tilework. There is even an orchestra and pianist that plays in the lobby!
Dining: Where to start? The Grand Floridian’s restaurants consist of Victoria and Alberts, Narcoosees, Citricos, the Grand Floridian Cafe, 1900 Park Fare, and Gasparilla Grill and Games. The only downside is that many of these restaurants can be pricey.
Rooms: The Grand Floridian’s rooms are cetainly grand and spacious with a victorian motif. You will also have a balcony and maybe even a grand view? It’s pretty hard to go wrong with rooms here.
Transportation: The Grand Floridian provides monorail transportation, as well as bus and boat transportation.
3. Animal Kingdom Lodge-This is a very popular Disney World resort and definitely one of the most unique! This resort transports you to Africa and lets you stay next door to African wildlife!
Lobby: This lobby is similiar to that of Wilderness Lodge’s; however, instead of a Northwestern theme, this lobby has an African theme with giant tribal mask chandeliers, a thatch roof, African artifacts, and tall, massive windows that give you a view of African animals roaming just outside!
Rooms: The rooms at this resort carry on the African theme with carved woods, colorful bedspreads, and even bunkbeds for the kids! What really makes these rooms great is that some offer a balcony and view of the animals roaming just outside! You may have a hard time leaving your room!
Transportation: This resort offers only bus transportation. It’s a quick trip to the Animal Kingdom park, but it’s a bit longer to the other parks.
4. Beach Club: This deluxe resort offers a beach vacation along with a Disney vacation! The Beach Club offers the best resort pool, Stormalong Bay, along with a view and quick access to the Boardwalk. Also, you can walk to Epcot in minutes and Hollywood Studios is just a short boat ride away.
Lobby: Beach Club’s lobby is a blend of both elegance, whimsy, and a pastel palette, perfect for adults and kids.
Rooms: The rooms at the Beach Club are beautiful and bright with delicate seaside touches. Many balconies also provide picturesque views too.
Transportation: At the Beach Club, you can walk over to Epcot or the Boardwalk or take a Friendship boat. Hollywood Studios is also a quick boat ride away and there is bus service to the other parks.
5. Port Orleans Riverside: While this is a moderate resort, it’s very popular with Disney guests and pleasantly more affordable. Port Orleans Riverside offers a taste of life on the river in the Deep South with a great pool and boat access to Downtown Disney.
Lobby: While it doesn’t offer the grand scale of Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge, this lobby is bright, airy, and has giant paddle fans hanging from the ceiling.
Dining: This resort has one table service restaurant, Boatwrights, and a large quick service restaurant for quick meals and snacks.
Rooms: Port Orleans offers two different room sections: Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou. Magnolia Bend houses warm, elegant rooms in buildings resembling old Southern mansions. Meanwhile, the Alligator Bayou cottages offer comfortable rooms with log furniture. Also, you can now book new Royal Guest Rooms at Riverside for next year that allow your family to experience what it’s like to live like Disney royalty.
Transportation: There is convenient boat transportation to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans Riverside, as well as bus transportation to other Disney parks.
So these are my Top 5 picks for the best Disney resorts. Did your favorite make my list? Let me know!
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When people ask me which of Disney’s many resorts is my favorite I usually have a hard time answering because I love so many of them….for different reasons. At certain times of the year like during the Christmas season, Wilderness Lodge can’t be beat. When I want someplace peaceful, quiet and serene, with amazing art and design…and animals….I tend to vote for Animal Kingdom Lodge. If I’m wishing for a Caribbean vacation without actually visiting the Caribbean, then I tend to lean towards the Caribbean Beach Resort.
But generally speaking, my first choice is nearly always one of the Epcot resorts: the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club, and Disney’s Swan and Dolphin. And yes, I did include all five resorts as ONE favorite, because while they are all different, they all share ONE thing that makes them a favorite for me: a fantastic location!
Located on Crescent Lake and situated perfectly between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, these resorts offer what is to my Epcot-loving family the ultimate benefit: the ability to be able to leisurely stroll to Epcot. Yes STROLL. No waiting for busses or the monorail, no standing room only, no multiple stops until you get to your destination….just a nice relaxing walk (with a stop for coffee and/or a muffin…. LOVE Boardwalk Bakery!) and then on to Epcot. Guests from this area can enter Epcot through World Showcase’s International Gateway, and let me tell you that this is such a great way to start your day! Virtually no lines, bag check is quick and you’re in and on your way! And the walk is delightful: it’s peaceful and lovely, and as you get closer to Epcot, you hear the wonderful Disney background music from World Showcase that just gets you in the mood to have a wonderful day!
It is also possible to walk to Hollywood Studios from the Boardwalk, and it’s a bit longer of a walk, perhaps 10 minutes or so, but it’s still great to again stroll along the waterway to head over to DHS. Or run: this entire loop in fact is quite popular with folks who like to take their morning jog before heading out to the parks each day.
Now you also have the ability to get to either Epcot or Hollywood Studios by boat, and that is another option that we enjoy. Connecting Epcot, Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club, the Swan and Dolphin, and Hollywood Studios, the Friendship boats provide a continuous loop of transporting park guests to each of these areas. Convenient, relaxing, and again rarely as crowded as you would experience on the busses or monorails, the Friendship boats are a great way to get around. And they are especially nice going back in the evening when your feet are too tired to walk any further!
The most important thing to make note of when using the boats is to read the signs CAREFULLY before you get on, to make sure you are headed in the direction you want to go…and when in doubt, ask the Captain before you get on. :)
Now of course, these resorts have plenty of other things to recommend them. Some favorites include:
- Stormalong Bay at Yacht and Beach Club: Probably every kid’s idea of what the perfect pool and water play area should be, this mini-water park is extremely popular.
- The Boardwalk at the Boardwalk: Try renting bikes or one of the surreys and travel around the lake for some great affordable, old-fashioned fun.
- The Heavenly Beds at the Swan and Dolphin: I don’t know if I have ever found anything that is more appropriately named than these Heavenly Beds. After a long, exhausting day at the parks, sinking into this cushioned bliss is…..heavenly.
- ESPN Zone: OK, we truly appreciated this during last year’s football playoffs, when we were able to stop in for a few hours to watch our game. We had a blast: we got a seat, ordered some food, made new friends, and had a truly fantastic afternoon. (Yes, and our team won….Go Steelers! :) )
- Plus some of the best places to eat on Disney property!
In real estate, they say location is everything. If you love Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios…then you truly can’t beat these five great resorts for the ultimate perk: location, location, location!
Where is it? Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort.
What is it? Huge Maine Sea Scallops Pan Fried and lightly drizzled with sauce.
Why you want it? These scallops are almost as big as your hand. Delicious!
Photo Credit: by Disney
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