When you’re staying at one of Disney’s deluxe resorts, you really owe it to yourself to spend a day exploring and enjoying everything your resort has to offer. After all, deluxe resorts aren’t cheap – and you deserve to get all the perks you possibly can out of your stay! One of our favorite deluxe resorts is Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, where the spectacular pool complex alone is worth setting aside a day of your vacation. But there are so many more things to do, see and eat at this stellar resort. So, here are our picks for planning the perfect resort day at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
Cape May Café is the place to be to start your resort day – it’s located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which is next door to the Yacht Club Resort. The New England beach resort décor is the perfect backdrop for a beach party with all of your favorite Disney characters. Join them at Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast, and check out their fancy swimwear. While you meet and snag some photos with Minnie and all of her friends, you’ll enjoy a satisfying breakfast buffet including scrambled eggs, sausages, oatmeal, potatoes, Mickey waffles, and much, much more!
2. Beach Club Resort Exploration
As your hearty breakfast settles, why not take a meander around Disney’s Beach Club Resort, since you’re here already? This sister resort to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort shares many of its amenities, including the pool, and is located right beside it for easy access. Check out the difference in decor at the Beach Club, which is a softer, more pastel take on the New England resort style, compared to the Yacht Club’s slightly more sophisticated, worldly ambience.
3. Disney’s BoardWalk
One of the great things about Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is that it’s so close to Disney’s BoardWalk. Whether you choose to hop on a boat or take a leisurely stroll, it’s worth checking out all the food and entertainment options along the BoardWalk – even if it’s just to make a note of where you want to return to later! From bakeries to margaritas to hotdogs, there’s something here for everyone. While you’re at the BoardWalk, it’s just a quick walk over to Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf, which is a ton of fun to do before the sun gets too hot!
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Next up is a light lunch (because you’re probably still full from your buffet breakfast) at the Ale and Compass in the Yacht Club Resort. We love the upscale-yet-comfortable nautical theme here (especially the portholes!), and the food is fantastic. The Truffle Fries here are hands-down the best fries we’ve ever had, and the citrus butter that accompanies the Parker House Rolls had us asking for more! With plenty of vegan options as well as fare for carnivores, not to mention sumptuous desserts, the Ale and Compass is an excellent choice for any meal of the day.
5. Stormalong Bay
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has a pool complex that is hard to beat within Walt Disney World – in fact, it’s a main factor for many guests who decide to stay here (ourselves included)! Stormalong Bay is its name, and it’s pure magic for water lovers and sun worshippers of all ages! Kids love the massive shipwreck, which you can climb to take a thrilling waterslide ride down to the pool. For a more relaxing afternoon, you can grab a tube and relax as you gently float around the lazy river. There are also several whirlpool spas, not to mention an elevated tanning deck. And for Disney’s tiniest guests, there are plenty of pool areas with sandy bottoms where they can play for hours – or they can check out the pint-sized fun (like the tiny waterslide) made just for them at the Shipwreck Pool! However you choose to enjoy these amazing 3 acres of pool paradise, you’re bound to have a blast! And don’t forget that Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is perfectly located right beside the pool between the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts – so make sure you stop here for some fabulous ice cream!
6. Resort Fun
Before or after dinner, make sure you take some time to fully explore Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – there’s much more to do here than you could possibly fit into one resort day. You can relax on a white sand beach, or in a hammock. Rent a boat, try your hand at fishing, or spend some time playing volleyball or jogging the beautiful paths around the resort. Hang out in the Yacht Club’s elegant lobby, where you can spin the huge globe, or relax on a comfortable sofa with complimentary lemon water. Shop for resort-specific merchandise, try to beat the high score on your favorite video game in the arcade, or Finally, for some pre-dinner relaxation, you can head to Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness for a facial, massage, hair or nail treatment (for all ages).
We don’t blame you if you’ve been saving room for your resort day dinner. Because Yacht Club’s signature restaurant, Yachtsman Steakhouse, is one of Walt Disney World’s most popular dining spots – and deservedly so! The beef here is aged on site (you can watch the butcher cut steaks in the dry-aging room), and prepared in the open kitchen. There’s nowhere else on property we’d rather order a steak! And for veggiesaurs, we’ve found the staff perfectly willing to create dishes and mix sides for the perfect vegetarian or vegan meal.
8. Campfire and Movie Under Stars
Wind down your resort day with a complimentary campfire, where you can roast marshmallows and enjoy some quality time with your family. Stay afterwards for a Disney movie under the stars. What better way to conclude a day at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort?