Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are sister resorts in the Epcot Resort Area. They are located on Crescent Lake, just outside of Epcot’s World Showcase. These hotels are considered “Deluxe” hotels, but are generally more affordable than some of the other options in this category. The Yacht and Beach Club Resorts offer the service and amenities you would expect from deluxe accommodations, paired with the charm and comfort of a seaside resort that makes everyone feel at home. Here are 8 fantastic things about these resorts:
8. You are totally immersed in the Yacht and Beach Club themes –
When you step onto the property at the Yacht Club, you are greeted by the “Captain” and whisked away to a New England-style Yacht Club. The theming is extensive, but since it’s mostly in the details it doesn’t feel over the top. On a recent stay, our Yacht Club room had a lamp with a Sailor Mickey as the base, a mirror framed by nautical rope with Mickey Ears at the top, and a nautical themed bed frame. The Beach Club offers similar detail with its New England beachside resort theme. The restaurants feature coastal New England classics on their menus, and even the music played throughout the resort fits the theme.
7. You can keep up with your fitness routine –
Vacation is often a time when it’s easy to give up on anything related to fitness and exercise, which you may regret once you get home. The Yacht and Beach Club Resorts make it harder to find excuses for not exercising, as they offer several convenient fitness options! You can use cardio equipment and weights at the Shipshape Health Club, jog on the New Balance Running Trails that offer loops of varying distances, play a game of tennis on the lighted court (racquets and balls are available for guests), or put together a beach volleyball game. Whichever you choose, there is no excuse to skip the workout while you’re staying at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts!
6. Campfires and Movies Under the Stars –
Looking to spend an evening back at the resort, but want to make sure the family is well entertained? Most nights Campfires are held on the Beach Club’s Crescent Lake beach. This is a great opportunity to meet other guests, spend quality family time away from the crowds, and enjoy some roasted marshmallows! The Campfire is followed by Disney’s Movies Under the Stars, and you can enjoy Disney classics right there on the beach! Check the resort’s recreation calendar in advance so you can plan to spend an evening enjoying these activities.
5. Lafferty Place Arcade –
Lafferty Place Arcade is located near the Stormalong Bay pool area and offers great fun for kids and adults. With everything from new video game technology to classic ski ball and air hockey, kids and adults alike will enjoy ducking into the arcade to avoid the sun (or rain) for some fun.
4. Dining Options –
Since the Yacht and Beach club are essentially two resorts in one, you get double the dining options! With everything from poolside snacks to a fancy steakhouse, they have a restaurant for every occasion. Start your day with a fun-filled character breakfast buffet at Cape May Café at the Beach Club (reservations are strongly encouraged!). If you are looking for a quieter atmosphere, check out Ale & Compass Restaurant in the Yacht Club lobby. Spending the day by the pool? Grab lunch at Hurricane Hannah’s, where you can get into the New England theme with a lobster, shrimp, and scallop roll or stay simple with a burger and fries. If you want to get out of the sun, head to Beaches and Cream for a casual “old-fashion soda shop” dining experience. For dinner, the Seafood-and-more Dinner Buffet at the Cape May Café boasts delectable choices and a fun atmosphere. If you want a more elegant dining experience, the Yachtsman Steakhouse will not disappoint. And if you’re looking for an intimate atmosphere, or just want a snack with your evening cocktail, there are several lounges that serve food as well.
3. Beaches and Cream –
This restaurant is so great that it deserves its own place on this list! When you walk through the door, you step back to the times of boardwalk soda shops and juke boxes. Everything from the cast member’s outfits, to the beach balls adorning the booths, to the oldies on the juke box fit with the theme. The lunch and dinner menu offers burgers, grilled cheese and tomato soup, and a few healthier options, but DESSERT is really the main event. Indulge in classic ice cream sodas and malted milkshakes, or share one of their giant Fudge Mudslide, No Way Jose sundaes, or Cookie Fries. For those with really big appetites, or just a desire for fun, there is the Kitchen Sink. A base of five different ice cream flavors is covered with every single topping they offer, including a whole can of whipped cream (a whole can!)! Beaches and Cream is fairly small, so make sure to make advanced reservations regardless of the time of day or year. For those moments when you really need the ice cream but can’t get a table inside, there is a walk up counter that offers most of the dessert options and tables outside overlooking Stormalong Bay.
2. Stormalong Bay –
The Yacht and Beach Club’s Stormalong Bay is quite arguably the coolest resort pool area in Disney. This sprawling 3-acre water wonderland offers something for everyone. Be exhilarated while plunging from the top of a ship-wrecked boat down a 230-foot water slide into a sand-bottom pool. Chill out on a tube while floating the lazy river. Relax in a secluded hot top. Sunbathe while your little ones wade in shallow waters or play with them in the kiddie area complete with a min waterslide. With everything the pools have to offer and Lafferty Arcade, Hurricane Hanna’s and Beaches and Cream nearby, families can spend an entire day at Stormalong Bay without getting bored! If you’re looking for a pool experience that is more secluded, the resorts also offer three leisure pools that are tucked into private nooks around the property.
1. The location –
At this point you may have determined that you can spend your enjoy an entire vacation at the Yacht and Beach Club without leaving the resort, and it’s probably true! That said, the #1 reason to stay at the Yacht and Beach Club is its location. Since you’re probably excited to check out the parks and explore other recreation and dining experiences, you’ll also love how accessible these things are from the Yacht and Beach Club! You can easily walk or take a ferry to the other resorts on Crescent Lake – the Swan and Dolphin and Disney’s Boardwalk Inn – which offer more dining, swimming, and entertainment opportunities! Another walking path, and the same ferry, takes you right to the back entrance (called International Gateway) of Epcot, where you can peacefully enter the park without the crowds often found at the main entrance. At this same location you can catch a ride on the Disney Skyliner which takes guests to and from Hollywood Studios and several Skyliner Resorts close by. And if you’re up for walking, you can easily get to Hollywood Studios on foot. Being within walking distance of two of the main theme parks has many benefits. It makes park hopping more convenient, as you can stop back by the room in between. It also makes it really easy to pop back to your resort for some R&R in the middle of the day, whether it’s a dip in the pool, a shower, or a nap. You can actually be back to your resort in five minutes, so you have more time to spend on the fun parts of vacation! Disney’s complimentary bus service will take you to any of the other parks and main attractions as well, and the busses are air-conditioned and comfortable so the time passes quickly.