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Old 06-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #31
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If you absolutely need that pool and like peace and quiet and a lobby that does not smell of old crab legs stay at the yacht club. I hate being negative, but I think a word of warning would have helped us make a better decision. It is LOUD. It is crowded. You wait for everything. The housekeeping is sloppy and the service is meh.

I go in June. It's hot. The parks are crowded. I expect my resort to offer a much needed respite from all the madness. The contemporary did. The grand did. The wilderness lodge, the boardwalk, the yacht club all offered peace and quiet. The beach club offered no rest. We routinely walked to the boardwalk just to get food or ice cream because the waits and crowds were too much. When we left the bus we got off at the yacht club just for a little peace.

I am in a car as I write this going home glad that I'll never have to stay here again.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #32
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I almost forgot. They still serve Nescafé. Luckily I found better coffee at the yacht club!
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:49 PM   #33
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Hi all!!! I'm super new to this board and I am so excited to find other people who are obsessed as I am with Disney! So I have been looking on Trip Advisor and some of the reviews of the BC are super negative I'm going to Disney in August with my husband and parents. Just wondering if I have made the right choice and whether I should change? Biggest complaints on TA is renovations are needed. Any advice? I'm so confused
Well, not to be snarky but there's your first mistake. You are reading reviews of Disney resorts. You will see negative reports on every single Disney resort. Every.single.one. I'll repeat - every single one.

The only thing I will caution you about the Beach Club is not every room has a full balcony. If that's important, request a full balcony. However, our room seemed smaller because of it so if it's four adults in one room, that might not be a good idea. You could also ask for a ground floor room so you get a patio instead of the whole balcony issue.

We liked the Beach Club - our only thing was we were on the second floor near the stairs to go to the lobby and had people on their way out to the buses early in the morning just yapping away as they were walking by. If I'm ever lucky enough the stay there again, I'm asking for a room as far away from the lobby as possible.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:05 PM   #34
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I'm thinking perhaps the time of year may make a difference in some of the complaints I've read just on this thread. Like the pool closing early, I know it's earlier in the winter than the summer. I read it was closing at 8pm at one point but it was open much later when we were there.

And I've read the lobby is loud and crowded, but didn't really experience that while we were there just last month. I mean it was busy at times, but nothing crazy. And no major waits for anything or crab leg smell and believe me I notice smells.

But we never go to Disney during very crowded times so perhaps that's the difference.

As for the pp who loved the beds that is one thing I can say I didn't like about BC. My bed was way too firm and uncomfortable, most of the pillows too. After reading how the mod resort beds were so much better than value I thought deluxe would have been even better, but that was a disappointment. Of course DH loves a firm mattress so it was fine for him.

We also ended up with a room right near the elevators and across from the ice machine so I thought it was going to be terribly noisy but we were never woken by noise or anything. Sure we heard people in the halls when we were up, but that didn't bother us.

Oh and as for Mousekeeping they were awesome! Did a great job and unlike at POFQ they came when we were actually gone and didn't knock on the door every 15 minutes in the morning. We also got our first ever towel creations which the kids and I loved. They made an elephant, a flower and a swan as well as the standard Mickey heads.

It's so interesting to me how people can stay the same place and have such different experiences and views.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:15 PM   #35
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Have never experienced any of what you describe but different strokes for different folks. Curious why you just didn't move to a hotel that was better suited for you.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #36
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It would take being held up up at knife point in the hallway for me to change hotels! I reserved a week. I stayed a week. I like to give a resort a chance. Having stayed a week, I know now beyond a doubt, never again.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:42 PM   #37
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It's inevitable that as soon as you book something you start reading all kinds of negative experiences about it. We loved the BCR 2 years ago and I'm having a hard time trying something new next year because we loved it so much. Didn't think it was at all in need of a renovation in 2011.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #38
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I disliked the Beach Club, and not for any of the 3 reasons listed above. I dislike it for 3 different reasons. First off, the quick service options at the Beach Club are very limited. It seems Disney assumes you will just wander the boardwalk if you are hungry. Second, the bus service was pretty terrible during our stay. The buses were always crammed full, and as they share with the other boardwalk area resort it makes for some looong bus rides. Third, Storm Along Bay shuts down completely at night, which is a bummer if you like to go swimming in a nice pool at night.

I honestly thought the Beach Club would be my favorite resort, and it isn't even in the top 5. The best thing it has going for it is location.
I thought all of the main pools closed at night at all of the resorts? If you want a night time swim you have to go to one of the "quiet pools" which stay open all night.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:42 PM   #39
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I'm so surprised that you could smell crab legs in the lobby with the air freshener they use ?

Unless it was during the dinner meal time!

We loved YC also, but did find the lobby almost too quiet. Of course I enjoy more action!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #40
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I thought all of the main pools closed at night at all of the resorts? If you want a night time swim you have to go to one of the "quiet pools" which stay open all night.
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So is there a quiet pool at BC? And is it open all night?? *** that would be awesome since we will be there in July!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:15 PM   #41
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I thought all of the main pools closed at night at all of the resorts? If you want a night time swim you have to go to one of the "quiet pools" which stay open all night.
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So is there a quiet pool at BC? And is it open all night?? *** that would be awesome since we will be there in July!!
There are quiet pools at BC, YC and BCV in addition to Stormalong Bay.

I have not been able to accurately determine the closing time at SAB- I think it is as early as 8 in the winter months and as late as 10 or 11 (possibly midnight) based on crowd conditions and weather in the summer time. I believe the lifeguards or recreation CMs may have some discretion in the closing hour.

There are no lifeguards at the quiet pools. I think there may be posted hours, but there is really no enforcement.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:18 PM   #42
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We love the bc and we had one of those rooms that was as far away from the lobby as you could get. But we were right in the back door of Epcot. We stayed at AoA on our most recent trip and my family missed the beach club/boardwalk area so much that we wound up there almost every night after dinner. DH says next time I'm authorized to spend extra to get us back to the beach club.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:22 PM   #43
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I would love a late night swim at a quiet pool That would be awesome! I am thinking what I will request for a room as we are just staying at the Resort for these few days to enjoy the swimming and relaxing. Garden View.....maybe not too close to the lobby but certainly not near Epcot side.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #44
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I'm so surprised that you could smell crab legs in the lobby with the air freshener they use ?

Unless it was during the dinner meal time!

We loved YC also, but did find the lobby almost too quiet. Of course I enjoy more action!!

I know! I was looking forward to the lobby smell!
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I thought all of the main pools closed at night at all of the resorts? If you want a night time swim you have to go to one of the "quiet pools" which stay open all night.
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At every other resort the main pool stays open. They just rope off the slide. Disney closes SAB as it is more of a mini water park than a typical pool. For my family, it was a huge disappointment to have that huge pool staring at you at night, but to be unable to swim in it.

That is one of the reasons I prefer the Poly. They close off the slide, but you can still swim in the volcano pool, with the backdrop of the castle in the background. Magical!
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