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Rustysmom
05-17-2007, 12:12 PM
We just found out that the trip that we won will be at the Beach Club! :cool1: We're going in early November.

I don't know much about the Beach Club though. I know it's near Epcot, which is great because we love Epcot. So, tell me all about it!

TJA
05-17-2007, 12:36 PM
BC is our favorite resort. You will LOVE the entire atmosphere there. BC, YC, BWI form a loop around the water where the boats run between Epcot and MGM. You are a 5-minute walk away from the Boardwalk which has fun entertainment, restaurants, bakery, shopping. You can rent surrey bikes and bike around the water (it's beautiful.....). You are a 5 minute walk away from the Epcot international gateway where you'll enter Epcot park at the back entrance, which is really awesome because you can walk to the Epcot countries for dinner every night if you want, then stay and watch Illuminations, then while everyone is heading to the front of the park to catch their bus/monorail, you can just casually stroll back to BC with no hassles. And the night doesn't have to end there -- you can go right on the Boardwalk and have a drink or late-night snack. There is also Beaches and Cream right at BC and that is a great place for ice cream or burgers. There is a character breakfast right at BC. And the pool is probably the best pool on Disney grounds. If you have children, they will love the sandy-bottom pool area. Also, you can walk or boat to MGM from BC. It's about a 20-25minute walk. We personally enjoy the walk, but many people think it's too long. If our girls are in the stroller and we're fast-walking, we can make it to MGM in 17 minutes.

Rustysmom
05-17-2007, 12:39 PM
Cool, I didn't realize that we could walk to MGM too! I'd rather walk than take the stroller on the bus. I think my kids will love Beaches and Cream too.
Thanks!

kapoof
05-17-2007, 12:40 PM
it is a very nice resort, with a great location. be careful staying there..you will become very spoiled and it will be hard to stay anywhere else! :)

TJA
05-17-2007, 02:42 PM
Cool, I didn't realize that we could walk to MGM too! I'd rather walk than take the stroller on the bus. I think my kids will love Beaches and Cream too.
Thanks!

Yes, same here, we'd rather walk, boat, monorail than put our double stroller on the bus. You can also take the boat to MGM if you don't want to walk. Another trick we do is go on some rides/attractions in Epcot and then hop on the monorail over to MK. If we have extra time on our hands, sometimes we even monorail back to Epcot and then walk through Epcot to get back to BC. It's a good way to let the girls nap in the stroller without having to wake them to load a bus. I forgot to say last post congratulations on winning the trip to BC. It's a fabulous resort and as the previous poster said, you will become very spoiled. We have a hard time staying anywhere else.

wlfans
05-17-2007, 02:53 PM
TJA

Couple of questions. What do you think about the dining options at BC/YC with regards to breakfast foods? Second, we're going to rent a stroller. I assume at the EPCOT gateway you can get them there, correct?

Thanks,
Dave:surfweb:

AurorasDad
05-17-2007, 03:12 PM
We love the BW Bakery! There's fresh pastries after a 5 minute walk!:coffee:

peyjax
05-17-2007, 03:12 PM
The Beach Club is amazing! SAB the view the close proximaty to MGM and having Epcot connected to your room (not really, it just feels like it). It just can't be beat. Well maybe it can,i just have personally experienced anything better yet. The food in the marketplace is good. It is very casual and quick. The egg sandwiches are good, but don't expect a full service breakfast (pancakes,eggs and bacon etc) For that you need to go to the cape may breakfast which is very good and not very crowded. I am sure you will have a ball, especially since it is all free! How did you win the trip?:yay:

Rustysmom
05-17-2007, 03:24 PM
We won it on a radio station here in NY, back in February.

Thanks everyone. It sounds wonderful and yes, I think we will be spoiled after this. That's ok though, because it might be 10 more years before we can get back to Disney.

Maria311
05-17-2007, 06:11 PM
The Yacht Club Galley also has a great breakfast buffet. No characters but it's also less expensive.

mrmagicmph
05-17-2007, 07:42 PM
If you're going to be at the Beach Club, whatever you do, MAKE the time to meet & talk to Art, the Greeter at the Beach Club, or as my wife & I think of him, the Grand Admiral of the Beach Club. Trust me, you will NOT regret it & you'll feel like you've spent your time WELL! For more information, see the thread about Art here: http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1454184

Enjoy the Magic!!

Tink901
05-17-2007, 08:56 PM
If you're going to be at the Beach Club, whatever you do, MAKE the time to meet & talk to Art, the Greeter at the Beach Club, or as my wife & I think of him, the Grand Admiral of the Beach Club. Trust me, you will NOT regret it & you'll feel like you've spent your time WELL! For more information, see the thread about Art here: http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1454184

Enjoy the Magic!!


I have to AGREE with mrmagicmph. Art is the most humble man you will ever meet. I cannot ever go without seeing Art - no trip is the same without him. He has become one of my best friends over the years. Art is normally off on Sunday & Monday - his usual work schedule is Tues - Sat 8-3 or 4pm. If you see him, please add pictures or comments to the link posted.

logan115
05-17-2007, 09:23 PM
Really should be sleeping now as I need to get up in about 5 hrs to start getting everyone ready for a 615 AM flight :banana: POP for the weekend, BCV Sun-Fri.

Will let you know how it goes, but we're sure it'll ROCK :banana:

Rustysmom
05-17-2007, 09:28 PM
I saw a picture of Art on some website when I was looking for info about the Beach Club, and I can't wait to meet him, and I'll definitely post pictures when we come back.

jimmiej
05-17-2007, 09:32 PM
BC was awesome! Here's what I wrote on our trip report from July '06:

Beach Club Villas:

We rented DVC points from a family in Massachusetts (Thanks Holly!). Renting points worked wonderfully. It enabled us to stay at one of Disney’s nicest resorts for about 60% of rack rate.

We requested non-smoking, top floor, and pool view. We got ALL our requests. The only drawback to our room was it was handicapped. When taking a shower, water ran out into the bathroom-not a big deal though; also, not a lot of bathroom shelf space. Very close to the elevator, HUGE balcony overlooking quiet pool, no noise issues at all.

The walk to the Marketplace (gift shop/snack bar), lobby, Stormalong Bay was very quick and easy. This is a beautiful hotel! We bought refillable mugs and used them at least twice a day. Not a huge selection of drinks though. No frozen coke like we had at Contemporary in ‘04. The Marketplace was always crowded. Nice but small selection of Disney items and the food was good.

Stormalong Bay (main pool) has to be seen and experienced to be believed! We mostly enjoyed the float-around pool. On day two, we bought a couple of “noodles” ($3/each) and they worked great. About half of this pool is eight feet deep, so if you’re not a great swimmer, you need something to keep you afloat. They also rent tubes, but these seemed too bulky for this pool. One day, there were some rowdy teens in this pool, but every other time, it was relaxing. I will say, it was difficult (but not impossible) to find an unused lounge chair each afternoon.

The best part of staying here was the quick walk over to the International Gateway at Epcot (and back). Beach Club is THE closest Disney hotel to Epcot. There is a side entrance/walkway that will take you right to the BCV’s entrance, instead of walking around through the Beach Club entrance. Overall, our hotel stay was a 9.5 out of 10.

Rustysmom
05-17-2007, 09:36 PM
The pool sounds great! I don't swim, so I'll be the one needing the noodles to hold onto for dear life! That or a tube, and it's great that they rent them.

tiggersmom2
05-17-2007, 09:42 PM
I always tell everyone this and I swear this info should have its own sticky...lol:

The Beach Club does have some rooms with DOUBLE beds.:eek: Be absolutely sure you request queen beds on your ressie or you could get stuck with tiny beds!!!!!:scared:

Rustysmom
05-18-2007, 06:15 AM
Could we ask for queen beds when we check in? I don't think I can do anything with my reservation because Disney is the one who made it.

If you think double beds are tiny, my DH and I sleep in a FULL size bed!:scared1: Good thing he's really skinny. :lmao:

maxiesmom
05-18-2007, 06:35 AM
If you are taking your children, you will need some sort of plan to watch them at the pool. SAB is huge, you cannot see the whole pool area from any one spot. And to get on the waterslide you have to go away from the main pool area and cross a sidewalk.

Also, don't make the mistake that we did of thinking you could spend you whole day at the parks and come back to swim in SAB. They close the whole thing down each night. I'm sure the time varies, but in October in was 10pm.

All that aside, you are in a great location. It was so nice to be able to walk in to the World Showcase for dinner. Or to catch Illuminations.

Have a great trip!:goodvibes

TJA
05-18-2007, 07:22 AM
TJA

Couple of questions. What do you think about the dining options at BC/YC with regards to breakfast foods? Second, we're going to rent a stroller. I assume at the EPCOT gateway you can get them there, correct?

Thanks,
Dave:surfweb:

We go to the character breakfast at Cape May in BC quite a few mornings. We enjoy the food variety there and our girls love the character interaction. There is also Marketplace in BC which sells over-the-counter breakfast items like sandwiches. We've had egg and cheese croisants and liked them just fine. You can also scoot over to YC at the YC Galley for a breakfast buffet or I believe you can also order off the menu (or at least you could at one time). So I believe there are plenty of breakfast options at BC/YC. We also bring cereal for our room and our girls eat right in our room some mornings.
In case anyone isn't aware, there is a list of the menu items on this site:
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menus.htm

We always take a stroller from home, so I cannot help with renting one. Perhaps post the question on the Disney for Families section. I'm sure there will be lots of people who can help.

Rustysmom
05-18-2007, 10:22 AM
My DS can't swim either so he's not interested in the water slide. He'll probably just be hanging onto a noodle or tube too. LOL My DD is too young for water slides and she doesn't really like pools at all. Only if her Daddy holds her.

We'll probably just find a little spot in SAB to hang out and stay together. Can't wait to see it though!

allisonswonderland
05-18-2007, 03:11 PM
We just returned from a week at the Beach Club!!! We have stayed the 4 times and it is my favorite - like everyone else has said it is the location, but I also like the shell decor and Beaches and cream. We ate at the Yacht Club Galley several mornings during our honeymoon in November and were pleasantly suprised!

Did I mention that my wedding reception was at Ariels at the BC- I mean that is how much I love it there, we got married at the wedding pavilion , but my reception HAD to be at the Beach Club!

We will be back in Nov maybe we will see ya there!!

Now we do not have kids but I have never noticed stroller rental at International gateway, but have never looked, there is guest relations there, though.

Have a great time!

jaurban
05-18-2007, 09:06 PM
We stayed with our DD4 in December 2006 - the pool has a zero depth entry spot for young children and the bottom is sand - my daughter, who really doesn' t swim yet, loved playing there. ALso, very easy to rent a stroller at the International Gateway, adn if you switch parks, just leave it at the stroller return (there is one in the front of Epcot as well) and take you name card and receipt and get a new one at the next park - no additional money. That said, if your children are small, you will have to transport them back to the hotel from the gateway without the stroller. Ours could walk a short way, so this worked for us. We did the boat to MGM and drove to AK and MK.

my_try
05-20-2007, 02:24 PM
it is a very nice resort, with a great location. be careful staying there..you will become very spoiled and it will be hard to stay anywhere else! :)


That's funny that you say that. We have been to the BC three times and we keep saying that we should try a different resort....but Stormalong Bay keeps us returning! :lmao:

Kathy