7. You can walk to two parks!
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is located on Crescent Lake in the Epcot Resort area. The location is ideal because you can walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It is about a five to ten minute walk to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. This back entrance sees little traffic and rarely has lines, so it makes for a more pleasant start to your day at Epcot. If you accidentally leave something in your room, need to bring your phone back to charge, or want to take a quick nap, it is really easy to go back and forth from Epcot to the resort throughout the day. The walk to Hollywood Studios is a bit further, about 20 minutes. A ferry is also available to both parks for those who prefer not to walk. The Skyliner is another option for connecting with Skyliner Resorts and Hollywood Studios.
6. Stormalong Bay
Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort share what is generally known as the best resort pool on Disney property. Stormalong Bay is over 3-acres of a water wonderland. It features sand bottom pools, a lazy river, waterfalls, a 150+ ft. waterslide, a junior slide, two hot tubs, and a beach play area. When you add plenty of beach chairs and Hurricane Hannah’s, which serves up frozen drinks and an ample assortment of quick service meals, Stormalong Bay can keep most guests occupied for a full day or more.
5. Beaches and Cream
This old-fashioned soda shop is one of my favorite restaurants at Disney and, judging by how hard it is to get an Advance Dining Reservation, scores of others feel the same way! The décor and cast members’ uniforms are straight out of the 1950s, and oldies music plays in the background. The grill is right behind the counter, so you can watch as they serve up great burgers and fries. The highlight of the meal is always dessert, with options ranging from classic ice-cream sodas and malts to unique concoctions like the No-Way-Jose and Fudge Mudslide. If you have a big group, or just a big appetite, check out the Kitchen Sink, which is 5 flavors of ice cream covered with every topping they have. They make a big to-do when the Kitchen Sink is ordered, and it is fun to watch others make the attempt if you are not brave (or hungry) enough to try yourself! If you are not able to get a reservation, or just want dessert, a take-out counter offers a limited menu.
4. Character Breakfast at Cape May Café
For many guests, a character dining experience is a must-do on their Disney vacation. The Cape May Café’s character breakfast offers one of the best character dining experiences, and is right at your doorstep when you stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Dining in style in your own resort means you can get a little extra sleep, which is usually welcome during long Disney days. Since it is at a resort and a little less known than some other character breakfasts, Cape May Café tends so see lighter crowds. This leads to more time with characters and a more enjoyable experience overall.
3. Intricate Theming
Disney’s deluxe resorts all boast thoughtful theming, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort is no exception. The Beach Club Resort is modeled after a late 1800s New England seaside resort, and everything from the architecture, the lobby design, the landscaping, and the room design fit in with the theme. I always feel like I am taking a step back in time when I visit the Beach Club, and it is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the parks.
2. Great for kids
The Beach Club Resort is a great place for families with kids. Stormalong Bay alone offers hours of entertainment for the little ones, but it’s only one of the kid-friendly aspects of this resort. The Lafferty Place arcade, located near the pool and Beaches and Cream, has both old-school (think PacMan and air hockey) and new arcade games, and a campfire and movie is offered each night on the beach.
1. Great for adults
The Beach Club Resort is also great for adults!! Epcot tends to be one of the favorite parks for adults, and it is easy to pop back to your room at the Beach Club for a nap or a dip in the pool in the afternoon. There is a plethora of dining and night-life opportunities located in walking distance around Crescent Lake as well. Just across the lake is Disney’s Boardwalk, which features dueling pianos at Jellyrolls and a fun dance floor at Atlantic Dance Hall. The Boardwalk, Swan, Dolphin, and the Yacht Club all offer excellent dining choices and bars/lounges.