A Review of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, including the location, amenities, and rooms at the Yacht Club.
A convenient, elegant Disney hotel that is also kid-friendly? While this may seem to be something almost impossible to find, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort absolutely fits the bill.
I first had the opportunity to check out the Disney Yacht Club (part of Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort complex) during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I more recently returned for a three-night stay during a solo Disney trip to see the renovated rooms. The Disney Yacht Club is a fabulous option for families visiting Walt Disney World to consider.
Note: As an attendee of the Disney Social Media Moms conference, I received discounts and perks, although I did pay a fee to attend. I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and all opinions are my own. During my second stay, I paid for my entire stay in full on my own.
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A Review of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Location of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is located in the Epcot area of the resort, adjacent to the Beach Club Resort. While the Beach Club is more fun and casual, the Yacht Club is a more elegant resort. It seems to be a little quieter than the Beach Club. However, I found that it is still entirely kid-friendly.
Transportation to the parks from the Yacht Club is fairly easy. There’s a direct bus to the Magic Kingdom (or sometimes a shared bus with the Beach Club), a shared bus to Animal Kingdom, and boats to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studio.
The buses now have a sign above the station showing when the next bus is scheduled to arrive. This makes things so much easier because you’ll at least have an idea of how long you’ll need to wait. Bus times are also accessible via the My Disney Experience app.
It’s also very easy to walk to Epcot’s World Showcase – we did that rather than taking the boat. The new Skyliner is also accessible from the Yacht Club. Although there isn’t a station at the resort, there is one at the International Gateway at Epcot and one at the front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you enjoy dining at Epcot, it’s a great location because you can enter the park through the back entrance for dinner (just make sure you have the park hopper option on your ticket if you are planning to visit another park that day).
You’ll also easily be able to walk to the Disney Boardwalk area, as well as the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. That gives you a much larger selection of restaurants that are conveniently located.
Disney Yacht Club Rooms
During my first stay, I was there for four nights, in a garden-view standard room. While the view wasn’t too exciting (we overlooked a tennis court), we weren’t in the room long enough to even bother with opening the shade.
During my second stay, I was in a room that faced another building. Again, I wasn’t in the room for very long, so the view really wasn’t something that I was concerned about.
Rooms at the Yacht Club have been recently renovated, and are comfortable and elegant. Gone are the rugs, and the floors seem much easier to keep clean. Bring along socks if you want to have them on the bare floor.
Amenities in the room include a Keurig coffee maker (with decaf and regular coffee options), a refrigerator, a flat-screen television, a hairdryer, and an iron. Rooms include a bathroom with a separate double sink outside (great when traveling with teens because one person can get ready while another is showering).
A nice selection of H2O bath amenities is available in the room. These newly designed rooms also have lots of outlets and USB ports, which is great for charging all of your devices.
There are various room configurations available. During my most recent stay, I had a room with one king bed, a chair, and a desk. For families, your best option is the 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed room option. There are also rooms with a Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and rooms with a King Bed and a Day Bed.
There are also various views offered, including a standard view room (which are usually of a roof or a parking lot), woods view, or water view (which would be a view of the quiet pool or Crescent Lake).
Club-level rooms are also available. These include access to the club level with complimentary food and drinks available all day long, as well as a separate concierge.
Amenities at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
The Yacht Club features a number of fabulous amenities, some of which are shared with the adjacent Beach Club. Our favorite is Stormalong Bay, the 3-acre water complex featuring a small lazy river, a sandy-bottomed pool, a waterslide, and three whirlpools. It’s my favorite of the Walt Disney World Resort pools, and you have to be a guest at either the Beach or Yacht Club to be able to enjoy it.
If you are staying at the Yacht Club, I definitely recommend saving at least an afternoon to spend time at Stormalong Bay, especially if you are visiting during the warmer weather. In addition to that complex, the Yacht and Beach Club resorts also offer three quieter pools, if you are looking for a more low-key experience.
For guests who would like to save some money on their vacation, you can even forgo a day at the parks to just spend time at the resort. You could easily spend a day at Stormalong Bay. I would also recommend doing this on a day when you visit one of the special events in the evening – like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. That way, you can relax a little bit before going to the party.
There are lots of other amenities at the Disney Yacht Club resort, including an arcade, salon, fitness club, and tennis courts. There are also motorized boat rentals available, as well as fishing and volleyball. Movies under the stars and campfire activities are also offered. See the resort for a full schedule. All of these activities, like Stormalong Bay, are shared with the Beach Club.
Disney Yacht Club Restaurants
If you are looking to dine at the resort, there are a number of restaurants and bars at the two resorts. Some of them are on the Disney Dining plan. Like most Disney restaurants, you’ll want to make reservations as far in advance as possible (the lounges and quick-service locations, however, do not require or accept reservations).
The Yachtsman Steakhouse: this premium restaurant offers delicious steak and seafood entrees. It’s a signature restaurant, and perfect if you are looking for a special dinner. Keep in mind that as a signature restaurant, a dress code applies.
Cape May Cafe: Located in the Beach Club, the Cape May Cafe is home to a fun character breakfast in the morning and a coastal seafood buffet in the evening. I find that the character breakfast is a great, more low key option, than the ones in the parks, so I’d recommend it if you are staying at one of the two resorts. It can usually be easier to get reservations there, but you’ll still want to make them in advance.
Martha’s Vineyard Lounge: This lounge is tucked between the two resorts and is a great place to grab a drink before or after dinner.
Ale and Compass Restaurant & Lounge: This newer restaurant and lounge is a great new option at the Yacht Club. It’s a little more casual than the Yachtsman, but is still very elegant. The coastal, New England inspired cuisine is delicious.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop: This old fashioned ice cream and soda shop offers regular food along with dessert. It’s currently closed for renovations and is supposed to reopen in the winter.
Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill: Located at Stormalong Bay, Hurricane Hanna’s offers food and drinks. It’s perfect if you are spending the day at the pool.
Crew’s Cup Lounge: This lounge located in the Yacht Club offers appetizers, entrees, and a large selection of signature cocktails, beer, and wine.
The Beach Club Marketplace and The Market at Ale & Compass: These two quick-service locations (one at the Beach Club and one at the Yacht Club) are a great place for a quick bite. This is also where you can purchase and fill your refillable mugs.
You’ll also be just a short walk away from the restaurants at the Boardwalk, Epcot, and the Swan and Dolphin.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
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