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Old 07-09-2013, 05:08 AM   #1
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Don't Post Here!!! New 2013 Beach & Yacht Club FAQ Started

Beach Club and Yacht Club FAQ thread

to the Yacht & Beach Club FAQ forum!

BREAKING NEWS!!!

Magic Band/Fast Pass Plus Testing: It looks like September guests of the Beach Club, Yacht Club and probably BCV will be involved in testing of the Fast Pass Plus system by logging in to their My Disney Experience accounts. New (Aug 20): According to CMs at the resort, MB testing will continue at YC/BC/BCV until at least October 31.

Even if you have not yet received an email instructing you to customize your MB or make your FP+ choices, as soon as the option appears on your My Disney Experience (MDE) account, go ahead and make your selections. Some people have received their invitations to customize their Magic Bands AFTER the package with the bands they have customized have already arrived at their homes!

For info, start reading around page 215 of this thread.


(August 18, 2013)

Rapid Refill machines have been installed at BC Marketplace and mugs are being sold. The program has not officially started yet though. Have heard reports of this weekend (Sunday Aug 25)

A chip is on the bottom on the mugs.

The Rapid Fill mugs can be used at any resort hotel quick service fountain, regardless of where it was originally purchased.

Unlike the existing refillable mug program where pricing is fixed for a length of stay, the new Rapid Fill will use a tiered pricing structure:
" $8.99 for 1 day
" $11.99 for 2 days
" $14.99 for 3 days
" $17.99 for length of stay
Side note: days are counted as a calendar day, and not a 24 hour period!If you purchase a one day mug at 9 PM Sunday night, it stops working in three hours. Midnight is the cut off time ... doesn't matter when you purchase them.

As with the current refillable mug program, it will be included in some Disney Dining Plan benefits. Past mugs will not be able to be reused, and a new mug will need to be purchased for each resort stay.

The "length of stay" mugs are really 14 day mugs. Let's say you check in today at the BC and purchase the length of stay mug. It's good at any Disney resort (and now they are saying only resorts, not water parks) for 14 days. So you can do split stays, you can go on a 3 day cruise and come back and for 14 days, your mug works. If your reservation is for 17 days, you bring the mug back to merchandise on the 14th day and they will reprogram it for the next 3 days. They can "read" the chip that is on the mugs so they can tell the day you purchased it, etc. As far as loosing one, you MUST show your receipt.

You cannot microwave these mugs. It fries the chip. If you bring it back to merchandise with a fried chip, then you are out of luck, receipt or not.

There is also a regular old cardboard cup that can be purchased for a few dollars. It is good for 2 hours and/or 4 refills. It also has a chip on it.

The dispensers only dispense 12 ounces at a time and once you use your mug for a fill-up, you cannot get another fill-up for 2-1/2 minutes
Reports from guests that Rapid Refill Mug are being sold at the Beach Club Marketplace. Regular mugs still allowable for now since this change started mid-stay for some. Will keep everyone posted as more info is provided.


(August 16, 2013)

Refrigerator Update: CMs at the Yacht and Beach Club have been told that all defective refrigerators have been swapped out at both resorts. All rooms should now have a working fridge.


We hope you like it here! There are a lot of interesting questions and some great information shared by veterans and newcomers alike.

We are a very friendly, chatty bunch! You'll laugh! You may cry. You will definitely learn things about this wonderful resort.
But as you follow along, you will mostly wish you could be at the Yacht or Beach Club RIGHT NOW!!!

We realize it can be hard to find info within the body of this thread, however we put a lot of effort into keeping the info on the first page updated. The FAQ post (Number 13 on this page) and Other Useful Info post (Number 14) are excellent places to start. Don't forget that the search tool can be your friend. But if you have a question, please don't be afraid to ask. We will move mountains to try and get the information you are seeking.

If we miss addressing your question, please bump it up again. Sometimes we don't know the answer. Sometimes we are not sure of the reply and we are waiting for someone else to chime in, so a gentle, friendly reminder is appreciated!

Please Read the FAQ Section, Post 13 and Other Useful Information, Post 14



Table of Contents for Front Page 1 and 2:

Post 1: Introduction to the Beach & Yacht Club - Just keep reading!
includes differences between the two resorts, maps, transportation options, links to closed threads and picture/video threads, trip reports
Post 2: Stormalong Bay Pool Complex
Post 3: Flying Jib Slide/Guppy Bay kiddie pool and slide/Quiet Pools/Hot Tubs
Post 4: Resort Activities
Monthly Activities Schedule, Movie on the Beach, Campfire, Pool Activities
Post 5: Resort Ameneties
Arcade, Health Club and Spa, Beauty Salon, Marina, Laundry, Kids Programs
Post 6: Gift Shops and Solarium
BC Marketplace, YC Fittings & Fairings, Solarium
Post 7: Dining at the Beach & Yacht Club
Post 8: Beach Club Resort (Rooms)
Post 9: Yacht Club Resort (Rooms)
Post 10: Beach Club Villa Overview
Post 11: Beach Club Villa Resort, Rooms
Post 12: Club Level Info
Post 13: FAQ
BC vs. YC, Room View Categories, Full vs. Juliet Balconies, Daybeds, Online vs. In-person checkin, Secret Entrances/Exit to YC&BC, Rapid Refill Beverage Mug status, Water Delivery
Post 14: Other Useful Information
Int Gateway, MK transport, refill mugs, SAB ?, food options, packages, fireworks, COFFEE, Will it fit?, rentals, bounceback, guest communications, How do I? and MORE!
Post 15: Be Our Guest list
Post 16: Photos, Video, Trip Reports & Links to Previously Closed Threads
Post 17: Community Page
Post 18: Historical Noodle Family Album
Post 19: Lily's Pad



If you see any information that needs to updated or changed, please PM or email me!
If you get an inbox full message - email is a good way to get in touch with me.

Thanks!!!

Dee (Natebenma)
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Introduction to Disney's Beach Club and Yacht Club

A sandy white beach along Crescent Lake creates a feeling reminiscent of the lazy days of summer along the eastern seaboard. Relaxed yet luxurious, Disneys Beach Club Resort shares an array of amenities with its sister resort Disney's Yacht Club Resort just a few feet away a sandbottom pool, health club, full service marina and a beachfront promenade with direct access to Epcot as well as the unique shops and restaurants at Disneys BoardWalk entertainment district. Classic surroundings capture the essence of New England luxury at the upscale Yacht Club Resort. Its comfy chairs, hardwood floors and shafts of sunlight streaming into a welcoming lobby invite you to linger.


The Beach Club







Thanks pixeldust and siouxi31 or the lobby photos!


The Yacht Club









Thanks kldmom2000, heatherbelle and MickeyT for the Yacht Club photos!


The Beach Club and Yacht Club are similar resorts in terms of service and amenities, and have equal access to the shared pool complex, health club and video arcade. Both resorts have the same management team in place.

Some minor differences have been noted by guests:

Beach Club
Lighter, beachy decor in lobby and rooms
Lobby can be active and lively with families waiting for meals at Cape May
Closer to EPCOT and Marketplace Gift Shop
Approximately 50% of rooms in all room categories have full balconies. The remaining are standing balconies.


Yacht Club
Darker woods and nautical decor in lobby and rooms
Lobby is more serene
Convention attendees are more likely to be booked at YC
Closer to Hollywood Studios and Friendship Boats
Most rooms have a full balcony



Want more details about the differences between the two resorts? Check out this awesome blog post (November 2011) from The World of Deej:
The World of Deej: BC vs. YC

Pixarmom's comparison of BC and YC




Resort Map






Transportation

Motorcoach transportation is available to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Water launch is available to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Boardwalk,and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

Each boat makes the full circuit.
EPCOT Int Gateway -> Boardwalk Inn -> Yacht & Beach Club (shared dock) -> Swan & Dolphin (shared dock) -> Disney Hollywood Studios
Disney Hollywood Studios-> Swan & Dolphin -> Yacht & Beach Club -> Boardwalk Inn -> EPCOT International Gateway

The Yacht & Beach Club boat dock was closed for refurbishment in March 2011 but is now open again.


Walking is also an option to DHS and Epcot!

The walk to Epcot takes about 5-10 minutes depending on your pace.

The walk to DHS will take you a little longer but it is a beautiful walk! The distance from the Beach Club to Hollywood Studios is a little over a mile.

Here's a suggested shortcut if you get to the Boardwalk from the Beach Club side: when you are at the Boardwalk Inn, just before the Wyland Galleries store, is a little opening that leads out to their Luna Park pool area, which you can use as a short cut for getting to the Hollywood Studios walkway and there will be a sign saying which way to go. This way you don't need to walk past the whole Boardwalk area.

Alternatively, you can access the path by walking all the way to the end of the Yacht Club and crossing the bridge there.

Here's a map created by Robo that explains the walking paths from DHS to Epcot, and places in between, illustrated in colorful detail:



Thanks, Robo, for permitting me to post this extremely helpful picture!

Here is one more map, showing the EPCOT Resort area and walking/running distances around Crescent Lake:






Taxi Cabs are readily available to guests and can be hailed by one of the valet CMs outside of the Yacht or Beach Club lobby front entrances, however...

If you are traveling directly from the Y&BC to MK, the Disney bus will take you directly to the front entrance of the park, but if you drive, or take a taxi cab, you must park/get out at the TTC and either use the express monorail or ferry boat to get to the park

Here is one website link to help you determine the estimated cabfare from point to point during your trip: Taxi Fare Finder




As with any Disney resort, travel to and from DTD can be torturous. We have not found the buses TO DTD to be all that bad but we HATE the buses that return from DTD to BC. The trip takes forever since the buses often stop at a water park, or change drivers, or make dropoffs at all of the EPCOT resorts, or all of the above. And the DTD return buses are always crowded. Always.

To avoid frustration, my family usually takes a boat to one of the DTD resorts, then a bus to EPCOT, where we enjoy a few attractions before returning to our BC room. It really breaks up the travel. Note: Park Hoppers required. I describe this method in great detail at the end of the FAQ post.

Alternatively, a taxi back to the BC would probably be around $20 including tip, and worth every penny!

IMHO, taking a taxi TO Typhoon Lagoon is also a good call, since the buses make DTD stops before going to the waterpark.


For really cool aerial views of the resort, check out this BING map application:


Aerial Map of Beach Club Resort





picture provided by littlewhiterabbit



Stormalong Bay Pool and Flying Jib Slide



Stormlong Bay is a beachside water park that offers up 3 acres of aquatic fun for the whole family. Catch currents in an expansive sand-bottomed pool or a lazy circular river, explore the "Shipwreck" and slide down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort, or simply lie on the elevated tanning deck and soak up the sun's golden rays. With 750,000 gallons of water comprising an impressive complex of pools that range from swirling to placid every member of your family can find a place to make a splash at Stormalong Bay. Guppy Bay Kiddie pool lets even the youngest of guests in on the fun.







Thanks for the Jib Slide photo, Marlton Mom!


See more pictures and read more about this amazing pool complex in the next post!


Post 16: Photos, Video, Trip Reports & Links to Previously Closed Threads


Need to feed your fix for pix?

Link to Yacht Club, Beach Club and Beach Club Villa Photos~ Post All Your Photos!!!


Video: Inside Look at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, June 2013 Look for Teena at 1:14 in this video

Check out this YouTube video with a mini-tour of parts of the resort. Room depicted is in the Beach Club resort Video Tour

Got some time to kill? Here's a Bing Map of the resort and surrounding area- you can zoom in and out. Teena said she thought she saw her car in the parking lot!!!

Bing Map of YC/BC


THANK YOU to Joe Cool, a high school student who originally put together this FAQ thread and to Tete01830 for keeping it going.

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Stormalong Bay Pool




Thanks for the picture missyrose and pixeldust



Legend has it that a gigantic sailor named Stormalong cae along some time ago and took these parts by storm, running his great ship aground where Stormalong Bay now stands. His mighty vessel plowed into the shoreline in a fierce nor'easter, tearing into the sand and creating the pools and waterways of Stormalong Bay.

Stormlong Bay is a beachside water park that offers up 3 acres of aquatic fun for the whole family. Catch currents in an expansive sand-bottomed pool or a lazy circular river, explore the "Shipwreck" and slide down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort, or simply lie on the elevated tanning deck and soak up the sun's golden rays. With 750,000 gallons of water comprising an impressive complex of pools that range from swirling to placid every member of your family can find a place to make a splash at Stormalong Bay. Guppy Bay Kiddie pool lets even the youngest of Guests in on the fun. There are also 3 Quiet Pools located at the resort.

Pictures and information about the Shipwreck Jib Slide, Guppy Bay Kiddie pool, the Quiet Pools and hot tubs appear in the next post.





THANK YOU so much to skelooch for providing this incredible labeled birds-eye view of Stormalong Bay!!!

please note that the playground equipment labeled above has been removed recently.


Stormalong Bay received the 2004 Disney Magazine Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Walt Disney World Resort Pool!!!


Hours:

Until recently, the closing time at night definitely varied throughout the year and was based on things like crowd level, weather, etc.
Beginning on February 12, 2012 the official operating hours of Stormalong Bay are 10 am to 10 pm daily.
These hours will be in effect until further notice, but may be subject to crowd levels and weather conditions.

ETA: We have had recent reports that Stormalong Bay has closed as early as 8 pm in the winter, and has stayed open later in the summer. So it appears the pool managers may have gone back to the former unpredictable closing times.


Refurbishment News:

Some areas of Stormalong Bay may be closed during the winter months for scheduled maintenance, but there will always be a portion of the pool open for resort guests, weather permitting.

Jan. 16-25, 2013: Stormalong Bay feature pool slide will be closed for refurbishment. Stormalong Bay Pool will be open during this time. Guests can use the slide at Luna Park Pool at the Boardwalk Resort.

Feb. 1-12, 2013: Stormalong Bay kiddie pool slide will be closed for refurbishment.


Please note: ALL MEMBERS of your party must bring their room keys to Stormalong Bay for admittance!

DVC members who are staying at other resorts are not permitted to use the pool.

Child and adult life jackets are permitted in the pool and are available at no charge at the Poolside Giftshop at SAB. If SAB runs out of adult life jackets or doesn't have them for some reason, the marina can provide life jackets for use at SAB at no charge.

For everyone's safetey and enjoyment, diaper-age children are required to wear swim diapers or rubber pants when using any pool at WDW. Swim diapers available for purchase at Poolside Gifts***.


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Recent reports from guests visiting Stormalong Bay indicate that Poolside Gifts is no longer a sales area. Tubes for the lazy river and pool have been available in the water up for grabs without a rental fee which has been met with mixed reactions from swimmers.

In the next few weeks, I will try to gather and post information about what items may be purchased at the Beach Club Marketplace (pool noodles, sunglasses, sand toys, sunscreen, swim diapers, etc) and whether there are poolside lockers and where you can get a key. There are lockers for use inside the Ship Shape Health Center near the pool.

If you have any information to share, please post on the main thread. Thanks!



Pool Side Gifts:




by pixeldust and pixarmom


Tube rentals, complimentary life jackets and swim diapers are available at Poolside Gifts located under the gazebo.

The tubes are $3 for 1 hour or $10 per day.

Pool noodles may be purchased at Poolside Gifts or the Beach Club Marketplace for around $4-$5 each.

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According to a lifeguard, July 2010:
Outside floats are not permitted for adults in SAB. Pool noodles, either from home or purchased at the pool gift shop, may be used in SAB. Young children may use floats that surround their body if an adult is within arm's reach. These rules are subject to change and may be affected by crowd conditions.


There are also lockers available for use at the pool- get a key at PoolSide Gifts***.

Lockers and Showers are available in the Ship Shape Health Club for guests to use on check-in or check-out day


Stormalong Bay














Photos by pixeldust, natebenma, heatherbelle and Marlton Mom



Build a castle or dig in the sand in the shallow beach area. This pool section is zero-entry depth and perfect for little beachlovers. The kiddie pool is on the Yacht Club side.










Photos above courtesy of pixeldust and pixarmom


Enjoy a swim in the unique sand-bottom pool section. Experience the sinking sands area, which is kind of like quick-sand. Your foot sinks into the sand when you put it down. An unusual, but fun sensation!







Float along under bridges and by a beautiful windmill in the lazy river.








Photos above courtesy of pixeldust and lov2b@Disney


Take a spin or two around the whirlpool!






Pictures by pixeldust and natebenma



SAB at night








Thanks, scotmel, for the amazing picture above!



Many more excellent pictures may be found on the following thread, posted by pixarmom with photos from her August 2011 and January 2013 visit to Stormalong Bay:

SAB Photos, Pixarmom August 2011 and January 2013
More SAB pictures, by Pixeldust October 2012


Stop the Hop!!!

In the past, after hours checking of room keys and wristbands at SAB has been inconsistent in the evening hours. Last summer admission was scrutinized the whole time the pool was open. As a guest of the Beach Club or Yacht Club resort, if the policy of Guests Only admission to SAB is important to you, please let the GM of the resorts know this!

You may write to:

Mim Flynn, General Manager
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
1800 EPCOT Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

If enough letters are written to Ms. Flynn about this subject, hopefully it will ensure that SAB admission will once again be scrutinized after 5 PM every day.


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Flying Jib Slide/Guppy Bay Kiddie Pool and Slide/Quiet Pools



by pixeldust



Stormlong Bay is a beachside water park that offers up 3 acres of aquatic fun for the whole family. Catch currents in an expansive sand-bottomed pool or a lazy circular river, explore the "Shipwreck" and slide down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort, or simply lie on the elevated tanning deck and soak up the sun's golden rays. With 750,000 gallons of water comprising an impressive complex of pools that range from swirling to placid every member of your family can find a place to make a splash at Stormalong Bay. Guppy Bay Kiddie pool lets even the youngest of Guests in on the fun. There are also 3 Quiet Pools at the resort, open 24 hours/7 days.





THANK YOU so much to skelooch for providing this incredible labeled birds-eye view of Stormalong Bay!!!

please note that the playground equipment labeled above has been removed recently.


Shipwreck Jib Slide


The Jib Slide is undergoing emergency repairs, Sept 20, 2012 until sometime next week, Thurs or Friday.











How do I get from the Jib Slide exit to the entrance of the slide? by pixarmom


Here's a couple of pictures of the entrance to the Jib slide and Guppy Pool area:







The stairs leading up to the slide and the crow's nest:












* Please note that adults are not allowed to wait at the exit of the larger pool slide.



Guppy Bay Kiddie Pool and Slide

Refurbishment News:

Feb. 1 12, 2013: Stormalong Bay kiddie pool slide will be closed for refurbishment.


There's even a place for little pirates to slide and splash!

Water depth is approximately 2 1/2 to 3 feet throughout this section.











Thanks hockeymomR and pixarmom for the kiddie slide photos!


Quiet Pools and Hot Tubs


Quiet Pools are available at the Beach Club and Yacht Club 24 hours/7 days per week and at the Beach Club Villas (Check Posted Hours)

No lifeguards on duty.





Yacht Club Quiet Pool:




Photo of Yacht Club quiet pool courtesy of eandesmom


Beach Club Quiet Pool:







Photos of Beach Club quiet pool courtesy of pixarmom and sinderelly


Beach Club Villas Pool:











Thanks for the photos pixeldust/missyrose, vicki_c and MickeyT



Hot tubs are also found at SAB and at the quiet pools.






Thanks eandesmom and pixeldust for the hot tub photos!


Lockers and Showers are available in the Ship Shape Health Club for guests to use on check-in or check-out day


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Resort Activities

There are many activities like volleyball, BINGO, poolside Karaoke, and t-shirt decorating held daily at SAB for guests staying at YC, BC or BCV.

Activities change daily and guest will receive an activities calendar upon check in.


A Campfire and Marshmallow Roast is held nightly on the beach in front of SAB. According to recent reports, marshmallows (a bag of 4) and sticks are provided but if you want to make 'smores you need to bring your own chocolate and graham crackers. I believe these items are available for purchase at the BC Marketplace.





Following the campfire nightly is "Movies Under the Stars".





Thanks for the photos kldmom2000 and JanetMom


Campfire time for August is 7:30 PM. Movie follows at 9:00 PM.


Movies by the Beach August 2013 Schedule,


Sun- The Incredibles (PG)
Mon- Lilo and Stitch (PG)
Tues- Toy Story 3 (G)
Wed- Tangled (PG)
Thurs- Enchanted (PG)
Fri- Brother Bear(G)
Sat- The Game Plan (PG)


Movie will be moved inside to the Solarium in the event of inclement weather.


Activities Schedule, August 2013





Activities Schedule, July 2013





Activities Schedule, June 2013





Activities Schedule, May, April and March 2013





To see Activities Schedules from previous months and years, Click Here! Link to Historical Activities Schedules



Here's a description and pictures of the Tye-Dye Mickey Shirt activity:


The Mickey T-shirt activity is making a tie-dye Mickey t-shirt (with the Hidden Mickey outline in the center). The recreation CMs have already rubber banded the t-shirt for that particular design. You get to pick your colors and apply them to the shirt. DD8 did it last September and it was $17.95. I helped her with it, it was a lot of fun, and her shirt turned out to be very cute. I saw mostly kids doing it, some with parents, but I think that anyone could do it. They wrap your shirt in plastic wrap then put it in a ziploc bag for you. When you get home, you just have to rinse it out and wash it. The longer the color stays on the shirt, the more intense it is. We charged it to the room on our KTTW card and it showed up as babysitting charges.

If you are a DVC member, ask about a discount on this activity.







Thanks for the photos ALMinVA and cindydare!


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Lafferty Place Arcade
Try some of the latest games that are sure to test your skills!



Photos courtesy of Sinderelly

To see more photos of the Lafferty Place Arcade (taken by aprilisis), click here! Arcade Pictures


Ship Shape Health Club and Spa Guests of the YC, BC and BCV will discover a new sense of well-being in the Ship Shape Health Club. State-of-the-art fitness equipment by Life Fitness and Hammer Strength includes treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, regular and recumbent bicycles, weight machines and free weights.




Thanks so much for the pictures, spacy9!!!


To see more photos of the Ship Shape Health Club (taken by spacy9), click here! Ship Shape Health Club


A personal trainer is also available by appointment, for an additional cost.

Attendants are available from 6:30 AM to 7 PM. Hours may vary seasonally. 24 hour access is available. For club access beyond attendant hours, meet with an attendant during posted hours to sign a waiver and obtain a 24-hour access key.

Resort Guests must be 14 years of age or older to use the health-club facilities. Guests 14 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.


The Ship Shape Health Club was renovated in the Fall of 2012.



Niki Bryan Spa info and price list
Reservations: 407-934-3256


Here is a link to a coupon (expires December 2012): $50 off services at Disney Spas
The coupon lists the Spa at SSR, but it is possible that the coupon can be used at other spas at WDW. Never hurts to ask!


If anyone has reviews of the spa or beauty salon, I would love to post them here:


Quote:
Originally Posted by nannette View Post
I've done the mani/pedi at Periwigs.. DD has had a massage at the Ship Shape Club. DD said it's the best massage she's had and she's had a lot!! I forget the name of the girl, but my daughter said she was so good that she actually went back a few days later for another! The mani/pedi was not what I'm used to... I always have that done before I go to Disney. I have however had reflexology at SSR and that was pretty good.

~N

Beauty Salon
Periwig's Beauty and Barber Shop, a unisex salon, is located between Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call (407) 934-3260 for information.



Marina



Thanks for the marina photos, heatherbelle and pixarmom!


Marina Prices, February 2013:



"All those Ears" put out
a coupon for 15% off Sammy Duval water sports!

Here's the link: http://allears.net/btp/SammyDuvallAECoupon.htm

The coupon expires 12/31/13

PRINT IT out NOW! AND STASH IT IN YOUR WALLET SO YOU WON'T FORGET TO TAKE IT to the dock!


Boat rentals are available at the marina on the YC side. Boats include Sea Racers, Montauks, and Pontoon Boats. The hours are 10am-5pm.


Guided Fishing Excursions are available daily at 7am, 10am, and 1:30pm. For reservations, please call 407-WDW-BASS.

Fishing Trip Review
Fishing Trip Review


Illuminations cruises are also available for hire. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be booked by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

Illuminations Cruise Review by eandesmom:
Boat Drinks
Boat Drinks, continued


Here is a review of one of the boat rentals from WDW4us2006 (August 2012)

Boston Whaler Montauk Rental, August 2012


Albatros Treasure Cruise
Little buccaneers sail the high seas to exotic "Ports of Call" along Crescent Lake and EPCOT in search of treasure. Pirates must be ages 4 to 12.

Albatross Treasure Cruise Reviews:


Pirates Cruise Review- At World's End


Nole95, May 2013:
In regards to the Pirate cruise, I highly recommend it. The kids did it on Wednesday morning and had a blast. Even though it poured on them at the beginning of the trip, they did not complain about getting soaked. Since there was no lightning, the trip continued on. The cast members were great and made sure all the kids had fun. Great way for mom and dad to have a couple hours of quiet time in the middle of the trip.

Mmrules:
Last summer I sent my sons ages 4 and 6 on this cruise and it was one of the highlights of the trip!!! The woman "pirates" were awesome! They played the parts well and made boarding the boat very easy for my boys (the 4 year old doesn't socialize easily). They heard the legend of the treasure, docked at Canada in Epcot (while it was empty) and found treasure there. THen they chased the bad pirate on their boats. They also got some "loot" when the cruise was over. It was great and I am going to sign them up again next summer when we go!!! He would love it!!!

Disneymomx7:
My kids and my grandkids have done the Albatross Cruise and LOVED it. My kids like it even better that the Pirate Cruise from the GF and my dgs said it was his favorite part of his Disney trip!!!!

Drmomof3:
My children did it in August, 2010. Jessica was 4 and Nathaniel was 6. There were plenty of "solo" children on the cruise and they both made friends. It was definitely a highlight of the trip for them and it gave me some quality time with my neglected 3rd child (he wasn't old enough).
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Pick A Pearl



$15.99


Hair Wrapping



$2 per inch plus price of beads
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Thanks for the two above pictures, BigAWL!


Laundry Information

Self-service laundry rooms are located near the BC quiet pool (near room 1532) and near the YC quiet pool. Another small laundry room may be found on the first floor of the YC, near the side exit (wedding gazebo side).

Washers are front loaders. According to repairmen working on disabled washers, HE (High Efficiency) detergent should be used in the machines. Regular laundry detergent is available for purchase in the laundry room ($1) or at the Beach Club Marketplace ($2). Don't forget to pack a few dryer sheets.

Both washers and dryers cost $2.00. Washers run for about 30 minutes. The sign in the laundry room says the dryers run for 20. Users have reported the dryers run for up to 30 minutes on regular and permanent press cycles.



Thanks for the photos, Sinderelly!


Laundry by YC Quiet Pool




Thanks for the pictures, PinkGirl!


BCV Laundry Room- 4th Floor, off main elevators

Washers and Dryers:





Sitting Area/Folding Table, TV and Change Machine




Thank you bellebookworm9 for the BCV laundry room photos!


Valet Laundry Service

The Yacht and Beach Club has a valet laundry service where you can send out items to be cleaned by the Housekeeping department. They will come to your room and pick up the items and then place them back in the room when they are finished. The fee is per item by the item.

Price list, August 2012:




Kids Programs

Sandcastle Club


Hours: 4:30 PM to 12 midnight
Reservations: (407) WDW-DINE
Designed especially for children ages 4-12 years old.
Supervised activities including free play arcade games, Sega/Nintendo, board games, Disney movies), "play" kitchen and living room area, dolls and stuffed animals, arts and crafts, and much more!! Charge is approximately $12 USD per hour per child, with a two-hour minimum. Sandcastle Club provides a complimentary dinner for children that is available at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM in the Club. Reservations required.

Visit the Sandcastle Open House each day from 1 PM to 3 PM for a variety of video games, toys and arts and crafts. Fun for the whole family!

Kid's Nite Out, Inc.
Kid's Nite Out caregivers can provide one-on-one in-room childcare in the comfort of a Walt Disney World® Resort room. The professional staff of Kid's Nite Out gives the child individual attention by playing a variety of fun-filled activities with him/her including reading books, coloring, or playing "I Spy" games. They can also provide a fun, well-trained sitter to just hang out with the family if they need a father's/mother's helper. Kid's Nite Out also plans and works children's parties, camps, and children's theme conventions.

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Gift Shops and Solarium








The Beach Club Marketplace has Disney-themed merchandise, swimwear and resort wear, books, groceries, sundries, suncare, candy and snacks.

Fresh pastries, yogurt parfaits, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and some prepackaged fresh food to go are available.

Here is a link to over 30 photos taken by Pixarmom in February 2011 and May 2011 showing some of the grocery items, sweets, treats, gifts and merchandise available in the Beach Club Marketplace. A price list of popular grocery items (August 2011) is also included on this thread- thanks for completing that mission, MickeyT(Mike)!

Beach Club Marketplace Photo and Information Thread

Beach Club Marketplace Photo and Information Thread updated October 2012



At the Yacht Club, you will find Fittings and Fairings Clothes and Notions, featuring adult clothing, resortwear, Dooney and Bourke purses, watches and other treasures.



Thanks YCFAN for the photo*. *Where's Sailor Mickey??? Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Mickey in the skiff Ariel has recently been removed, for either refurbishment and/or to make space for additional merchandise. We don't know if he will be back or not.

Here is a link to over 20 photos taken by Cinderumbrella in June 2011:
Fittings and Fairings

Photos of Yacht Club specific Resort Wear and Merchandise, taken by MickeyT in January 2012:
Yacht Club Resort Merchandise

Photos of Beach Club specific Resort Wear and Merchandise, taken in March 2012:
Beach Club Resort Merchandise




Solarium
Just around the corner from the Marketplace is a great place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, to sip a refreshing beverage after a busy day at a theme park or to visit with friends, old or new. The Solarium has hosted a lively World Cup soccer viewing as well as the first annual Yacht & Beach Club DIS meet.



Photos courtesy of pixarmom and Sinderelly

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Dining at the Beach Club and Yacht Club

Note: I would love to include resources for guests who have special dietary restrictions: food allegies, gluten free, lactose intolerance. At the end of this post, I have included a link to Disney Food Blog- there is a section at the end of the article where the author talks about (and shows) the ingredients cards on display at the Marketplace for the baked goods and other items.

Dining at the Beach Club

The Beach Club is home to 2 counter service locations-Beach Club Marketplace and Hurricane Hanna's.
Food is also available at Martha's Vineyard Lounge.


The Marketplace serves made to order items, grab and go selections and also has sundries.

The Marketplace is open from 6 am to 7 am for coffee and drink refills only
Breakfast is served from 7 am to 11 am
Lunch/Dinner Entrees are served from 11 am to 11 pm

Check out the links to these threads with pictures of the Marketplace menus and many of the food selections:
Beach Club Marketplace Thread and BC Marketplace Photo and Information Thread updated October 2012

Here is a menu listing from the allears website: Beach Club Marketplace Menu


Review of the Beach Club Marketplace from the The Disney Food Blog
Lots of information about ingredients in the baked good and links to resources within Disney for families with food allergies or special dietary needs.






Thanks for the breakfast picture, iluvpluto27 and for the flatbread picture, sinderelly!



Hurricane Hanna's is a quick service location near SAB, featuring sandwiches and other quick bites.
The kids' meals are served in a pail with a shovel that can be used at the beach or at SAB!
Alcoholic beverages are also available.

Hurricane Hanna's reopened on January 22, 2013 after a 5 month refurbishment






Poolside Food and Drink Menu

Food Menu at Bar Only (not available poolside or at HH counter)

Wine Offerings: MacMurray Pinot Noir, William Hill Chardonnay, Kenwood White Zinfandel, Placido Pinot Grigio, Dr. Loosen Riesling





Hurricane Hanna's Menu
not sure if this has been updated to the new menu yet

This is a link to the series of pictures taken by pixarmom during a recent trip:

Hurricane Hanna's, January 2013 by pixarmom

Thank you west&east, pixarmom and ALMinVA for the photos.


The Beach Club is also home to 2 table service restaurants:




-- A summer refurbishment has been announced for the Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort. This buffet restaurant, which hosts a character breakfast and a nighttime clambake buffet, will be closed from July 9 - August 4, 2012 (please note, dates are subject to change).


Cape May Cafe is a character dining buffet for breakfast and hosts a New England Style Clam Bake at night

Cape May Cafe Menu








Cape May Clambake review by Natebenma






Beaches and Cream is situated between the Yacht Club and Beach Club and is a classic ice cream parlor serving burgers and ice cream (and more)!
Please note: Disney Dining Plan is accepted here but no advanced reservations are available for Beaches and Cream.

Beaches and Cream Menu

Beaches and Cream Take Out Menu Board




Thank you to MsCoz2000 and to an anonymous poster for the Beaches and Cream photos!

Review of Beaches & Cream by missyrose and pixeldust



Lounge:

Martha's Vineyard Lounge is open daily from 5:00 to 10 PM (last call 9:45) for appetizers and drinks.

Martha's Vineyard Lounge Drink Menu
Photo of Martha's Vineyard Lounge Food Menu, April 2013


Dining at the Yacht Club

The Yacht Club has 2 full service restaurants:




The Captain's Grille (formerly the Yacht Club Galley) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Please note: Disney Visa holders can save 10% on the purchase of breakfast or lunch by using their card at the Captain's Grille

Captain's Grille Menu





Here is a link to a few pictures from the daily breakfast buffet provided by TaraPA: Breakfast Buffet pictures


Captain's Grille Breakfast review by missyrose and pixeldust

Captain's Grille Breakfast Buffet, Review by emmysmommy

Captain's Grille Lunch review by MEK and Captain's Grille Lunch review by eandesmom

Captain's Grille Dinner Review by Natebenma





The Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Signature Restaurant serving a wide variety of beef cooked the way you like it and much more!

Yachtsman Steakhouse will be closed from Aug. 27-Sept. 14, 2012 for refurbishment (please note, dates are subject to change).

Yachtsman Steakhouse Menu



Thanks, vinotinto, for the photos!


Yachtsman Steak House Dining Review, Part 1 by emmysmommy
Yachtsman Steak House Dining Review, Part 2 by emmysmommy

Yachtsman Steak House Dining Review, February 2013 by emmysmommy

More Pictures, by vinotinto


Lounges:

REAL COFFEE ALERT!!!

Ale and Compass is located just off the Yacht Club Lobby.


In the morning, breakfast items are available like a DECENT cup of coffee and tea, pastries, an assortment of cereal and fruit.



Thanks, Niki in NJ for the photo!

Ale and Compass Menu

Ale and Compass Continental Breakfast Photos

Thanks, MickeyT and Nicki in NJ


Crew's Cup Lounge is next to the Yachtsman Steakhouse and offers cocktails,appetizers and meals from 12 noon to midnight.

Here is a menu listing on the allears website Crew's Club Lounge Menu


Please click on the links to see the dining menus to each restaurant.



Room Service:

Here is a link to photos of the room service menu taken by pixarmom in August 2011 Room Service Menu
or from allears website: In Room Dining Menu



Dining reservations may be made on-line at the Disney World website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE, (407) 939-3463.


Private Dining is also available at the Beach Club and the Yacht. To order cakes for delivery to your room, please contact the hotel at 407-934-8000 (Beach Club) or 407-934-7000 (Yacht Club) and ask for private dining.

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Epcot Resort Area Counter Service Options (BW/YC/BC)

Here is a link to pictures of the menus at various CS restaurants around the EPCOT resort area. Thanks, Pixarmom!

EPCOT resort Counter Service Menus

The info below is from a sticky on the DIS restaurant forum. Thanks, TDC Nala!!!


ON DDP:
Breakfast: Beach Club Marketplace, Boardwalk Bakery, continental breakfast at Ale & Compass lounge (YC) and Belle View Lounge (BW)

Other meals:
Beach Club Marketplace, Boardwalk Bakery, Hurricane Hannas (BC/YC pool, open during pool hours, wristband admission to Stormalong Bay pool area is NOT required)

Snacks: above plus Seashore Sweets (BW) and the stores at each resort

I do not know if you can use snack credits for any food items that may be available at the Leaping Horse Libations pool bar at BW, someone else may be able to post that.

NOT ON DDP:
Picabu cafeteria (Dolphin), Boardwalk kiosks (Boardwalk Joe's, Boardwalk To Go, Funnel Cakes, Boardwalk Pizza Window)

Here is a link to the menu for Picabu at the Dolphin resort:

Picabu Menu


If you have park admission, you can also visit CS restaurants inside Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
Most of these are on DDP except for a couple of kiosks at Epcot


Refillable Mugs

Refillable Mugs may be purchased and filled at the Beach Club Marketplace (self-serve station), Beaches and Cream (CM assisted service, get into the ice cream takeout line), Hurricane Hanna's (self-serve station) and the Ale and Compass Lounge in the Yacht Club resort (coffee/tea self-service, juices and soda behind the bar, until 12 Noon).

During the 2012 refurbishment of Hurricane Hanna's, there is an additional refill station set up in the arcade with the Grab and Go food options.



Pizza Options at the Yacht & Beach Club:

1) Flatbreads are available in the Beach Club Marketplace which is open from 11 am until 11 pm. See photo above for picture of the flatbread.

2) The Yacht Club and Beach Club In-room Dining Service will deliver pizza to your room.

In Room Dining Menu Link- from allears website: In Room Dining Menu

If you are on the dining plan, you may redeem 2 Adult Table Service Credits for 1 Pizza Entrée, 2 Single Serve Non-alcoholic Drinks and 2 Desserts. According to the dining plan brochure, gratuity is included.

IMHO, this is a relatively expensive way to satisfy your pizza craving!

3) The Boardwalk Pizza Take Out Window is a short walk or boat ride away Boardwalk Pizza Take Out Menu

4) Local pizza restaurants will deliver to the resort.

You will need to meet the delivery person in the lobby to pay for and pick up the food.

Here is a thread with pizza delivery information: Pizza Delivery at Disney World

I have personally never ordered from any of the places listed, but these were a few area pizza restaurants recommended by posters on the thread:

Giordanos: (407) 397 0044

Westgate Pizza Hut: (866) 438-2507

Papa Johns: (352) 243-1800

Flipper's Pizza: (407) 938-9633

Under NO circumstances should you order from any place that slips flyers under the door of your resort room (at Disney or elsewhere).
This is a common scam where you are asked to provide your credit card number and you may be charged much more than you authorize.




Dining at the Yacht and Beach Club for Guests with Special Dietary Restrictions

Review of the Beach Club Marketplace from the The Disney Food Blog
Lots of information about ingredients in the baked good and links to resources within Disney for families with food allergies or special dietary needs.

If you have any tips about dining safely at the resort for people with food allergies, gluten-free diets or lactose intolerance, please share them on the main thread and I will post the info here. Thanks!
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Disney's Beach Club Resort






Disney's Beach Club Resort
1800 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-934-8000


Check In/Check Out
3:00 PM (EST) / 11:00 AM (EST)

Payment Method(s)
Disney Gift Card, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover, JCB.

Please visit the Beach Club page on the wdwinfo.com


Guest Rooms












Additional detailed room pictures may be found on using these links: ...add links...

576 guest rooms that are all non smoking
Accessible rooms are available

Disney offers many amenities to the guests at the Beach Club including:

Alarm Clock
Balcony/Patio
Ceiling Fan
Coffee Maker & Setup (4 cup coffee pots, flat bottom filter basket, coffee filled filter pads provided)
Tea Setup
Dial-Up Internet* (daily charge)
DVD Player (suites)
Hair Dryer
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
Mini-Refrigerator
Table & Chairs
Telephone*
Television
- ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN & more
USA Today Delivery (Mon-Fri)
Vanity Area
Voice Mail
Bathroom Amenities (shampoo, conditioner, hand/body lotion, bath & facial soap)


Balconies at the Beach Club:

Around 50% of the rooms at the Beach Club have full balconies with a table and two chairs. The remaining 50% of rooms have a standing "Juliet" balcony which can fit one person. Almost all rooms at the Yacht Club have the full sized balconies. The picture below will give you an idea about the two different balcony types and the first floor patios.



Thank you for the very helpful photo, pittpantherfan!


For information about adding a request for a full balcony at the Beach Club on your reservation, see the FAQ post on this thread



Layout of standard rooms


Room Categories

Standard View= can sleep 5+
Garden/Courtyard View= can sleep 5+
Water or Pool View= can sleep 5+

Standard View Club Level= can sleep 5+
Garden/Courtyard View Club Level=
Lagoon View Club Level= can sleep 4+
Deluxe Room Club Level=can sleep 5+ (not on 5th floor)


1 Bedroom Suites (Club Level, not on 5th floor)= can sleep 3+
2 Bedroom Suites (Club Level, not on 5th floor)= can sleep 7+
Nantucket Vice Presidential Suite=can sleep 2+
Newport Presidential Suite=can sleep 7+

+ = one child under 3 in a crib


Detailed balcony information on Deluxe Concierge Rooms from guests who have stayed there and reported back:

There are six deluxe Concierge rooms at BC.

1557 has a patio and lots of windows.
2557 and 4557 have extra large balconies.
3557 has the standing room only balcony.

3691 has both a standing room balcony and a full balcony
4681 has a standing room only balcony.

So 3 of the 6 have full balconies, 1 has a patio, and 2 have standing room only balconies.

Here are a couple of threads about Deluxe Rooms:

Beach Club Deluxe, Suites, VP and Presidential Rooms

Deluxe room thread




Rooms in all view categories; standard, garden and waterview- may have a variety of bedding layouts. This includes the regular (not deluxe) Concierge Level Rooms:

Very few rooms have a king bed or single queen bed. These may be requested on your reservation, but are not guaranteed.

The rest of the rooms have two queen beds.

Here is a post from RobinHoodGirl with pictures from her room at the Beach Club with a king bed

King Bed room


Daybeds

Some rooms have daybeds, which may be requested when you make your reservation, but are not guaranteed. Families of 5 (over the age of 3) are given priority access to the rooms with a daybed.

You may also request a rollaway cot to your room when you arrive. This is provided free of charge and is subject to availability.





Pittpantherfan, heatherbelle, sgtgoofy119, cburek and jcondrad have provided these pictures of daybeds and crib.


Room Numbers: I hesitantly post this map. Please use with caution. It is outdated, pre resort rehab and prior to the addition of the Beach Club Concierge Lounge (the lounge is now on the 5th floor where you see the word "ICE"). The view categories are also different. When this map was created, there were only standard view rooms and water view rooms (no garden view), so many of these rooms now have a different view category than what is indicated on this map.

Beach Club Disney Zone Map


Beach Club during the holidays:





Thanks to MickeyT for the entrance photo and MsCoz2000 for the holiday decor photos!


Step-Saving Super Secret Entrance to the Beach Club

There is a side entrance/exit to the Beach Club which takes you mere steps, probably 3 minutes, from the International Gateway Entrance. It is near room 1501.

This was really handy for us a couple of times this summer when it was wicked hot and when it had just started pouring.

You have to go through a lot of hallways to find it, so the best way to do this is to follow the signs to room 1501 from the lobby.

Here are photos of the exit door near room 1501, the pathway and the gate to the "secret entrance"



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Disney's Yacht Club Resort



Disney's Yacht Club
1700 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-934-7000


Check In/Check Out
3:00 PM (EST) / 11:00 AM (EST)

Payment Method(s)
Disney Gift Card, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover, JCB.


Please visit the Yacht Club page on wdwinfo.com


Guest Rooms








Thanks to eandesmom and heatherbelle for YC room photos.

This is a standard room with daybed. Please note, not all rooms have a daybed. A daybed may be requested on your reservation, but is not guaranteed. Rollaway cots also available upon request, free of charge.

621 guest rooms that are all non smoking

Accessible rooms are available and Disney offers many amenities to the guests at the Yacht Club!

These Amenities include:

Alarm Clock
Balcony/Patio
Ceiling Fan
Coffee Maker & Setup (4 cup coffee pot, flat bottomed filter, coffee filter packs provided)
Tea Setup
Dial-Up Internet* (daily charge)
DVD Player (suites)
Hair Dryer
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
Mini-Refrigerator
Table & Chairs
Telephone*
Television
- ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN & more
USA Today Delivery (Mon-Fri)
Vanity Area
Voice Mail
Bathroom Amenities (shampoo, conditioner, hand/body lotion, bath & facial soap)

Layout of the standard rooms

Insert photo of room layout

Room Categories

Standard View= can sleep 5+
Garden/Courtyard View= can sleep 5+
Water or Pool View= can sleep 5+

Standard View Club Level= can sleep 5+
Garden/Courtyard View Club Level=
Lagoon View Club Level= can sleep 4+

There are two Deluxe Concierge Rooms at the Yacht Club, located on the Third Floor (3201) and Fourth Floor (4201)
(Bedding: 2 queens)= can sleep 4+
Both Deluxe Rooms have a view of Stormalong Bay
Although they are not located on the 5th floor, guests in these rooms do have access to the YC Concierge Lounge.


Turret 2 BR Suite Club Level= can sleep 8+
2 Bedroom Suites Club Level= can sleep 4+
Commodore Vice Presidential Suite Club Level= can sleep 6+
Presidential 2 BR Suite Club Level=can sleep 6+
Admiral 2 BR Suite Club Level= can sleep 6+
Captain's Deck 2 BR Suite Club Level= can sleep 6+

+ = one child under 3 in a crib


This is a thread with some pictures and information about YC Deluxe Rooms- if you have stayed in one of these rooms, please add any pictures or info to this thread.

Yacht Club Deluxe, Suites, Vice Presidential and Presidential Rooms

Here is a very old thread discussing these rooms. Im not sure how much of the information is still accurate. YC Deluxe Rooms and Suites


Rooms in all view categories; standard, garden and waterview- may have a variety of bedding layouts. This includes the regular (not deluxe) Concierge Level Rooms:

Very few rooms have a king bed or single queen bed. These may be requested on your reservation, but are not guaranteed.

The rest of the rooms have two queen beds.

Some rooms have daybeds, which may be requested when you make your reservation, but are not guaranteed.

You may also request a rollaway cot to your room when you arrive. This is provided free of charge and is subject to availability.




heatherbelle, cburek and jcondrad have provided these pictures of daybeds and crib.


Room Numbers: I hesitantly post this link. Please use the map with caution as it is outdated, pre resort rehab. The view categories are also different. When this map was created, there were only standard view rooms and water view rooms (no garden view), so many of these rooms now have a different view category than what is indicated on this map.


Disney Zone Archived Room Layout Map for Yacht Club



Yacht Club during the holidays:







Thanks to MickeyT, MsCoz2000 and an anonymous poster for these holiday photos


Yacht Club Secret Entrance/Exit

Facing the Yacht Club, the marina will be on your left and the wedding gazebo to your right.





This is the room closest to the entrance to help you find the exit from inside.



According to the small sign you can see in the picture, this door has keyed entry during the hours of 11 PM to 7 AM



A little more detail about the YC Secret Entrance

Thanks, pixarmom, for the photos and info!

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Disney's Beach Club Villas Deluxe Resorts, Overview





Drawing Room:





Thank you Jade1, MickeyT, 333disneymom and bellebookworm9 for the above photos


If you can't find the information you are looking for on this thread, you may want to visit the DIS DVC forum: DIS DVC forum

Here is a link to a great website with information about the Beach Club Villas: Park Info 2 go (Beach Club Villas)
link posted with the permission of the owner of the Park Info 2 Go site

The following DIS thread from WebmasterDoc is around 10 years old, but has some really helpful info about the room configuration at BCV: Room Configurations


Services and Amenities:

Room Service
Concierge desk
Health club
Babysitting and child services
Pak-n-Play Crib available
Convenient self-parking
Valet parking available for a nominal fee
Rooms and facilities for Guests with disabilities
Laundry facilities/services
Meeting and banquet facilities
Business Center
Barber and beauty shop
Resort Benefits

As a Disney Vacation Club Member, you enjoy the comforts of home as well as the same benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel:

Extra Magic Hours Each day, one of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours after regular Park hours. This benefit allows you to enjoy a more relaxed pace knowing that you'll have extra time to visit the Theme Parks.

Disney's Magical Express Service This exclusive complimentary shuttle and luggage delivery service takes you from Orlando International Airport directly to your Resort. At the end of your stay, you'll enjoy the same convenience from your Resort to Orlando International Airport.

Convenient Transportation Buses arrive right at your Resort to get you to and from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, Water Parks and more.

A Retreat Close to the Magic When you stay at a Disney Vacation Club Resort, you're not only surrounded by magic 24 hours a day, you're also close enough to hop back to your Resort for a snack, nap or dip in the pool.

Incredible Disney Service Disney Cast Members are on hand to make your vacations as easy and worry-free as possible, providing you with the signature Disney service you expect.

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Housekeeping Info:

If you are not using Disney Vacation Club points and paying "cash" you will have daily housekeeping.

Housekeeping is different using Disney Vacation Club points than when you pay nightly for a hotel room.

Trash & Towel Service - For stays of seven or less nights, Trash & Towel Service is provided on day four. With Trash & Towel service, Housekeeping will: Empty trash and replace liners in trash bins, provide fresh bathroom linens, replace shampoo, facial soap and bath soap, replenish facial tissues, paper towels and toilet paper, replenish coffee, sugar, cream and sweeteners, replenish dishwashing liquid, dishwashing detergent, sponges and laundry detergent as needed in one-, two- and three-bedroom Vacation Homes.

Full Cleaning Service - For stays of eight or more nights, Full-Cleaning Service is provided on day four and Trash & Towel Service is provided on day eight. After that, the cycle begins again on day 12. With Full-Cleaning service, Housekeeping will provide everything included with the Trash & Towel Service, plus: Change the bed linens, vacuum and dust, clean the bathroom(s), clean the kitchen/kitchenette and wash the dishes.

You may also choose to pay for daily housekeeping or have additional towels etc. Check with the front desk for information and pricing. 2010 Pricing: Housekeeping Studio Full Cleaning $30; Trash and Towell $15; Laundry Soap $1; Soap and Shampoo Package $5; Extra Towel Package $6 per bathroom; Coffee Package $3.

2011/2012 pricing:

This is posted in the room.

Trash and Towel service is included in all stays of more than four days. If your stay is for less than eight nights, you will receive Trash & Towel service on day four. If your stay is for eight nights or longer, you will receive a full cleaning service on day four, and Trash & Towel service on day eight. After that, the cycle begins again on day twelve. Day one is check-in day. Daily housekeeping can be arranged and paid for at time of check-in. The following rates are subject to change:

Additional Full Cleaning Rates:
Studio - $30.00 for each day requested
One-Bedroom - $45.00 for each day requested
Two-Bedroom - $60.00 for each day requested
Three-Bedroom - $75.00 for each day requested

Additional Trash & Towel Rates:
Studio - $15.00 for each day requested
One-Bedroom - $20.00 for each day requested
Two-Bedroom - $25.00 for each day requested
Three-Bedroom - $35.00 for each day requested


Special Thanks to bytheblood for the information about Beach Club Villas

For pictures of the BCV Laundry Room, see the Activities and Ameneties post above.

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Villas Offered as:
Studio
One Bedroom
Two Bedroom

See Next Post for Room Info and Pictures


Shortcut from BCV to EPCOT
(Thanks for this info Best Aunt)

If you are staying at BCV, you need to know about the Shortcut more than the Secret Entrance. In this photo, the green building is BCV. The blue building is BC. When you leave BCV and want to go to Epcot, you don't have to walk all the way to the lobby and then out the back. Head toward the BC, but look for the path between the green building and the blue building.

Walk down the path until you get to the point shown here where you can't walk straight anymore (because you would walk into the bushes). Turn RIGHT. This is tricky. Your instincts will tell you to turn left, because you know that Epcot is to the left.

Go all the way to the end, and then turn left again. This also is tricky. The path will be so close to the patios of the first floor rooms that you will think you made a mistake and went the wrong way. You didn't.

Follow that path until you reach the gate. The gate will let you out on the main path. Stop and look at where you are, so that you will be able to find the gate on your way back in. Then turn left to get to Epcot.

I suggest doing it in daylight the first time.



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Disney's Beach Club Villas Deluxe Resorts, Rooms

Villas Offered as:
Studio
One Bedroom
Two Bedroom

Disney Beach Club Villa Studio













Kitchenette








Thanks bellebookworm9 and 333disneymomfor the studio pictures above!


http://allears.net/acc/bcv/bcvstudiolayout.jpg

365 Sq Feet
Sleeps 4
" Kitchenette with microwave oven, under-counter refrigerator, wet bar and coffee maker
" Queen-size bed
" Double-size sleeper sofa
" TV
" Private porch or balcony

Listed below are the typical amenities found in the Disney Vacation Club Studio Villas according to Allears website- I don't have independent confirmation that this information is correct. The listing (and prices) are subject to change without notice! You may want to check out one of the DVC forums on DIS for verification or with specific questions.

Quantities are ONE unless noted

Kitchen
Beverage Glasses 4 (maybe paper or styrofoam), Can Opener, Coffee, Coffee Maker, Coffee cups 4, Corkscrew, Dish Soap, Dish Towel, Ice Bucket

Paper Bowls 4, Paper Plates 4, Plastic Forks 4, Plastic Knives 4, Plastic Spoons 4

Recycle Basket, Sponge, Toaster, Waste Basket, Sugar Basket,

Closet
Broom, Graco Pack n Play w/Sheet, Hanger Regular 10, Hanger Skirt 4, Iron, Ironing Board, Luggage Rack, Vacuum Cleaner

Items Available Upon Request and Based on Availability
Bed Rails, Blankets, Blender, Decaf Coffee, Hangers, High Chair, Pillows, Voltage Converter

Also included initially:
Facial and Bath Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel.

Towels based on Number of Registered Guests.

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Disney Beach Club Villa One Bedroom














Thanks for the photos MMrules



http://allears.net/acc/bcv/bcv1bedroomlayout.jpg

726 Sq Ft
Sleeps 4
" Master suite with king-size bed and whirlpool tub
" Queen-size sleeper sofa in living room
" TV & DVD player
" Fully equipped kitchen
" Washer/dryer
" Private porch or balcony


Disney Beach Club Villa Two Bedroom

Please note that the configuration with 2 Queen Beds is a Member Only Booking Category.

master bedroom and bathroom








bedroom 2











Thanks for the photos 1Minnie & 3Mickeys!



http://allears.net/acc/bcv/bcv2bedroomlayout.jpg

1083 Sq Ft
Sleeps 8
" Master suite with king-size bed and whirlpool tub
" Separate bedroom with private bathroom and either one queen-size bed and double-size sleeper sofa or two queen-size beds
" Queen-size sleeper sofa in living room
" TV & DVD player
" Fully equipped kitchen
" Washer/dryer
" Private porch or balcony


Listed below are the typical amenities found in the Disney Vacation Club One and Two Bedroom Villas according to Allears website- I don't have independent confirmation that this information is correct. The listing (and prices) are subject to change without notice! You may want to check out one of the DVC forums on DIS for verification or with specific questions.

Quantities are ONE unless noted

Kitchen
Beverage Glasses 8, Broiler Pan, Cereal Bowls 8, Coffee, Coffee Maker, Coffee Mugs 8, Colander, Cookie Sheet, Cookware Set 11 piece, Covered 2 Quart Casserole, Creamer/Sugar Bowl Set, Cutting Board, Dinner Plates 8, Dish Drainer
Dish Towel, Dish Detergent, Dishwashing Soap, Grater, Ice Bucket, Juice Glasses 8, Measuring Cup, Mixing Bowl - 3 piece set, Oblong 3 Quart Dish, Pitcher, Platter
Pot Holders 2, Recycle Basket, Salad Bowl, Salad Plates 8, Storate Containers 3, Tea Kettle, Toaster, Vegetable Bowl, Wastebasket, Wine Glasses 8

Kitchen Drawers
Bottle Opener, Bread Knife, Can Opener, Corkscrew, Cutlery Tray, Dinner Forks 8, Dinner Knives 8, Measuring Spoon set, Paring Knife, Roaster Slicer, Salad Forks 8, Serving Fork, Slotted Spoon, Serving Spoon, Soup Ladle, Soup Spoons 8, Spatula, Sponge, Steak Knives 8, Tablespoons 2, Teaspoons 8, Tongs 1, Vegetable Peeler, Whisk

Bedroom Closet
Blankets 2, Graco Pack n Play with Sheet, Hangers Regular 10, Hangers Skirt 4,
Iron and Ironing Board, Laundry Basket, Pillows 2, Vacuum Cleaner

Laundry Area
Broom, Dust Pan, Laundry Soap, Mop

Items Available Upon Request and Based on Availability
Bed Rails, Blender, Decaf Coffee, Electric Mixer, Hangers, High Chair, Pillows
Salt and Pepper, Tea, Voltage Converter

Also included intially:
Facial and Bath Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel.
Towels for Number of Registered Guests.

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The following DIS thread from WebmasterDoc is around 10 years old, but has some really helpful info about the room configuration at BCV: Room Configurations


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Club Level Information

Concierge Lounge hours:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm 5th Floor, Main Building

Note: Starting September 2010, on a trial basis, the BC CL lounge will be open 24 hours a day for coffee and cold drinks.


Sunrise Starters: 7-10:30 am
pastry, cereal, bagels, fruit, hardboiled eggs, oatmeal, coffee machine, juices, milk, chocolate milk




Seaside Snacks: 11:30-4:00
home-made kettle chips and red pepper dip, swedish fish, trail mix, cookies, lemonade, ice tea, soda




Twilight Treasures: 5-7 PM
Beer, wine, soda, other drinks, appetizers



Here are the wines that were offered in December 2012:

Columbia Crest "Two Vines" Chardonnay
Beringer White Zinfandel
Mirassou Pinot Noir
Perfolds Rawson's Retreat Merlot

Beer Selections: Change Seasonally
April 2013: Yuengling, Heineken, Bud Light and Samuel Adams seasonal Alpine Spring



Regatta Delights: 8-10 PM
cordials, other drinks, dessert offerings




Stone Harbor Club- Beach Club

Contact Information:

PH: 407-934-1448
FX: 407-934-1487
Yacht.Beach.Club.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.co m;

(PLEASE DON'T USE THIS INFORMATION IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CONFIRMED CONCIERGE RESERVATION)

Here are a few pictures of the Stone Harbor Club lounge:











Regatta Club- Yacht Club

Contact Information:

PH: 407-934-1448
FX: 407-934-1487
Yacht.Beach.Club.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.co m;


(PLEASE DON'T USE THIS INFORMATION IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CONFIRMED CONCIERGE RESERVATION)


And a couple of pictures of the lounge courtesy of WDWKOOK and cburek:











There are usually large (glass) bottles of water set out for filling drinking glasses in the lounge. Plastic bottles are not set out, but often are available upon request from the CMs in the lounge if you want to take some back to your room or to the parks.


There is a wonderful thread here on the DIS devoted to Concierge/Club Level at all of the Disney Deluxe resorts:

Concierge/Club Level Information- Part IV, July 2012


Info about Rooms:


I believe that the regular (non-deluxe, non-suite) Concierge Rooms follow the same layout and are approximately the same size as the rooms in the regular resorts. All regular CL rooms are on the same floor as the lounge (5th floor), accessible by special key-card elevator access.

The Deluxe Rooms and Suites may be on other floors of the resort, but still have access to the Concierge Lounge.


Beach Club Deluxe, Suites, VP and Presidential Rooms

Yacht Club Deluxe, Suites, VP and Presidential Rooms


Pictures of club lounges and food offerings:

Here is a slideshow, prepared by DawnMaree, of pictures from the Beach Club Concierge Lounge. Food offerings are essentially the same at the YC lounge:

DawnMaree's BC CL Slideshow


emmysmommy, February 26, 2013 (Tuesday)
YC food offerings

StephH, December 2012:
YC lounge


bizeemom4, August 2012
YC lounge, 1
YC lounge, 2



Concierge Check-In Service:

Club Level guests should be welcomed by name as they enter the resort, and will be escorted to the 5th floor for check-in. If you are not immediately greeted upon arrival, tell one of the CMs when you have arrived that you staying in a concierge room, and they should be able to help you.


Available at *ALL* Disney Deluxe Resorts for Concierge Guests :

Nightly Turndown Service
High Speed Internet Access (access fees apply)
Bathroom Amenities (shampoo, conditioner, hand/body lotion, bath & facial soap)
Complimentary Fax Assistance
Complimentary Health Club Access
2 Adult-Size Spa Bathrobes (in-room use, additional robes can be requested)
Club Level Check-In from 7am - 10pm
Club Level Assistance from 7am - 10pm (tickets, dining, recreation, special events)
Advanced Itinerary Planning
Refreshments throughout the day in Concierge Lounges
Secured Key Access to Club Level Floors
USA Today Newspaper
Coffee Maker with Coffee & Tea Assortment
Iron and Board
Safe
Hair Dryer
Refrigerator - not stocked (available upon request at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
Library of Disney Movies at Concierge Desk
VCR and/or DVD Players in suites (upon request at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
CD/Clock Radios in Suites
Discovery Wildlife Excursion

Purchases made at Disney stores are delivered directly to your room instead of to the resort gift shop



Reviews of Club Level- Is it Worth It???


Ninjamom, December 2012
Continue reading on, starting at page 35 of the Nov/December 2012 thread for lengthy discussions about club level

Our Thoughts on Club Level by CT Disney April 2013


10 Nights YC CL by Mousemommy1
Includes comparisons to stays at WL CL


A blog entry from Everything Walt Disney World gives a very well written, comprehensive description of the Concierge service offered at WDW resorts, including the BC and YC. The article will also give you the factors to help you decide if club level is worth it for your family.

Google Disney's Club Level- What is it and Do I want it?




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Frequently Asked Questions

Differences between YC/BC, Room Views, Balconies, Daybeds, Room Requests, Online vs. In-person Checkin

What are the differences between the Beach Club and the Yacht Club?

The Beach Club and Yacht Club are similar resorts in terms of service and amenities, and have equal access to the shared pool complex, health club and video arcade. Both resorts have the same management team in place.

Some minor differences have been noted by guests:

Beach Club
Lighter, beachy decor in lobby and rooms
Lobby can be active and lively with families waiting for meals at Cape May
Closer to EPCOT and Marketplace Gift Shop
Approximately 50% of rooms in all room categories have full balconies. The remaining are standing balconies.


Yacht Club
Darker woods and nautical decor in lobby and rooms
Lobby is more serene
Convention attendees are more likely to be booked at YC
Closer to Hollywood Studios and Friendship Boats
Most rooms have a full balcony



Want more details about the differences between the two resorts? Check out this awesome blog post (November 2011) from The World of Deej:
The World of Deej: BC vs. YC

Pixarmom's comparison of BC and YC


What will the view from my room be?

Effective with reservations on January 1, 2011, the view categories at the Beach and Yacht Clubs were reclassified into 3 booking categories:

Standard view- parking lot or rooftops
Garden view- something green- trees or courtyard
Lagoon or Water view- lake or pool


I started up two View Threads in the Resort Photo Subforum:

Beach Club Room Views

Yacht Club Room Views


The purpose of these threads is to give some samples of rooms in various view categories at the Yacht and Beach Clubs.

Please note that we generally do not recommend that you request a particular room number for your stay at the resort, but instead let the room assigner know what is most important to you:

Full Balcony?
Close to Elevator?
Close to Lobby/Pool/Transportation?
Daybed?

If you request a particular room number, and that room is not available on the day you are checking in, the room assigner may not know the attributes of the room you want, so you may not get the room that best suits your needs.



Will I have a full balcony?

Almost all of the rooms at the Yacht Club have a full balcony. A few rooms have extra large balconies that may be shared with another room.
About 50% of the rooms at the Beach Club have full balconies with a table and two chairs. The remaining 50% have standing or "Juliet" balconies.

If you are staying at the Beach Club and a full balcony is important to you, you should have "Full balcony, please" as your first or only request.

When you check-in at the desk, ask about your balcony and if you are not happy with it, ask if there is a full balcony available. CMs will try their best to satisfy you. Don't do the advanced online check-in. This is for guests who will just pickup their key and go, no questions asked and is not designed for people who may request changes to their assigned room.

Here are a couple of pictures. The first one by pittpantherfan shows BC patio, full and Juliet balcony rooms.
The second picture by Natebenma shows a full size balcony:




Will my room have a daybed?

Some rooms at the Beach and Yacht Club have daybeds. You may request a room with a daybed, but it is not guaranteed. You may also request a rollaway cot to your room when you arrive. This is provided free of charge and is subject to availability.

There are two types of daybeds - one that fits a normal sized adult and the other that is best suited for a small teenager or a child. There is no way of knowing at the front desk which type of daybed is in what rooms. It's totally luck of the draw and the CM can't tell you which is in your room if you get a room with a daybed.

Daybeds

Some rooms have daybeds, which may be requested when you make your reservation, but are not guaranteed. Families of 5 (over the age of 3) are given priority access to the rooms with a daybed.

You may also request a rollaway cot to your room when you arrive. This is provided free of charge and is subject to availability.







Pittpantherfan, heatherbelle, sgtgoofy119, pixarmom, cburek and jcondrad have provided these pictures of daybeds and crib.


Here is a picture of the rollaway cot- These are provided upon request, free of charge, based on availability. Thanks for the photo, Feckless!





How do I make a request on my reservation? How many requests should I make? What should I request?

You should note any requests on your reservation through Disney's CRO (Central Reservation Office) or your travel agent can add it when your trip is booked, or anytime thereafter. Requests should be made no later than 2 weeks before you will arrive at the resort.

Please remember that requests are not guaranteed.

The fewer requests you have, the more likely there will be a room available that meets your most important preference(s).

Your best bet is to request what you want in words, not room numbers. The chance that a particular room will be available during your trip is not as likely as finding a room that satisfies your room preferences. If you request a specific room, and there is someone staying in the room on the day you check in, the room assigner will have to place you in a different room. If they don't know what your priorities are, they will have trouble giving you another room that has the attributes you want.

When you arrive at the resort for checkin, you can ask before you take your keys if your requests were granted, and if not, see if there is anything available that meets your needs. Please note that you should do this through REGULAR checkin.

Online checkin is designed for grabbing your keys and going, no questions asked, so if there is a possibility you will ask for a room change, you shouldn't do this.

There may not be a room available with the request you made when you check in (e.g. full balcony, daybed, king bed). If your request is important enough that you are willing to change rooms later in the week, ask when a room will be available and see if you can arrange to switch rooms.

Requests vary because what is important to one family may be different for another family. Some popular requests are full balcony at the Beach Club, a day bed, close to lobby (or elevator or Stormalong Bay), close to Concierge Lounge (if you are staying club level) or close to EPCOT.


Should I checkin online in advance or wait until I am at the resort?

This entry will probably be evolving as we discover more about the impact of 60 day checkin, Magic Bands and Fast Pass Plus.


As noted in the responses above, if you don't have any questions and if you are going to just grab your keys and go, then you are great candidate for the online checkin. If there is a possibility that you will ask for a room change because you are not satisfied with the one that has been assigned to you, then you should wait until you arrive at the resort to check in.



60 Day Online Checkin/My Disney Experience

Confirm arrival and departure times

Pick PIN numbers to use for park and resort purchases

There is also an option of clicking a box which said they would possibly allow early entry to a room prior to 3 but it might override room requests.

Request for a day bed does not appear to be an option you can request through on-line checkin.


Beach Club 60 Day Check In:

Room Request Options- Choose 2 of the three listed:

Large balcony
Lower floor
Near transportation

Yacht Club 60 Day Check In:

Lower Floor
Near Transportation


Beach Club Villa 60 Day Check In:

Room Request Options-Choose 2 out of the four listed:

Near Elevator
Lower Floor
Woods View
Larger Balcony

Info from Andre on the POR subforum (March 2013)

The main benefits of 60 day checkin are:

You can register your credit card and create a PIN number for all your key-to-the-world cards in advance;
(however, you may want to wait until you check in at the resort to pick your PIN if you are apt to forget it)

Nothing to take up time at the front desk (your welcome pack, key-cards and room number will be put together a few hours before your stated arrival time, so it's all there waiting for you even if you are checking in quite late);

When MagicBands are introduced, they will have been pre-made for you in your chosen colours and with your names on (otherwise you'll get generic grey ones set up at the front desk);

You might even get 'Mobile Lobby' checkin service, where they can check you in using an iPad, rather than even needing to queue for the desk at all.

The room assignment team suggests it too by the way, they say it generally speeds the whole process up for you.


What do you know about Magic Bands? How is FP+ going to work? When is this all happening???

ARGH!!! Your guess is as good as mine. Much like an ostrich with its head buried in the sand, I haven't really been paying much attention to what is going on.

But as I find info or links, I'll post them here. Let me know if you find anything interesting or definitive on the subject.


Pictures and Description of MagicBands by missyrose and pixeldust

First Look: My Disney MagicBand+

***MyMagic+ & FastPass+ Official Information & FAQ Thread***

Guest Test of Magic Bands, June 2013




"Secret" Entrances/Exits to the Beach Club and Yacht Club

Step-Saving Super Secret Entrance to the Beach Club

There is a side entrance/exit to the Beach Club which takes you mere steps, probably 3 minutes, from the International Gateway Entrance. It is near room 1501.

This was really handy for us a couple of times this summer when it was wicked hot and when it had just started pouring.

You have to go through a lot of hallways to find it, so the best way to do this is to follow the signs to room 1501 from the lobby.

Here are photos of the exit door near room 1501, the pathway and the gate to the "secret entrance"






Yacht Club Secret Entrance/Exit

Facing the Yacht Club, the marina will be on your left and the wedding gazebo to your right.





This is the room closest to the entrance to help you find the exit from inside.



According to the small sign you can see in the picture, this door has keyed entry during the hours of 11 PM to 7 AM


A little more detail about the YC Secret Entrance

Thanks, pixarmom, for the photos and info!


Have the new RFID Rapid Refill Beverage Mugs appeared at the Beach Club or Yacht Club?

(8/18/13) Rapid Refill machines have been installed at BC Marketplace and mugs are being sold. The program has not officially started yet though.

The prices listed before are correct. A chip is on the bottom on the mugs. If you purchase a one day mug at 9 PM Sunday night, it stops working in three hours. Midnight is the cut off time ... doesn't matter when you purchase them.

The "length of stay" mugs are really 14 day mugs. Let's say you check in today at the BC and purchase the length of stay mug. It's good at any Disney resort (and now they are saying only resorts, not water parks) for 14 days. So you can do split stays, you can go on a 3 day cruise and come back and for 14 days, your mug works. If your reservation is for 17 days, you bring the mug back to merchandise on the 14th day and they will reprogram it for the next 3 days. They can "read" the chip that is on the mugs so they can tell the day you purchased it, etc. As far as loosing one, you MUST show your receipt.

You cannot microwave these mugs. It fries the chip. If you bring it back to merchandise with a fried chip, then you are out of luck, receipt or not.

There is also a regular old cardboard cup that can be purchased for a few dollars. It is good for 2 hours and/or 4 refills. It also has a chip on it.

The dispensers only dispense 12 ounces at a time and once you use your mug for a fill-up, you cannot get another fill-up for 2-1/2 minutes
Reports from guests that Rapid Refill Mug are being sold at the Beach Club Marketplace. Regular mugs still allowable for now since this change started mid-stay for some. Will keep everyone posted as more info is provided.


(8/15/13) Not yet!

The Rapid Refill machines are all set up in the Beach Club Marketplace (not sure about at the other refill locations like Hurricane Hanna's), so I suspect we will see the program rolling out soon, maybe in a couple-few weeks. I read on another site that Disney is trying to go live by the end of August.

Here is some info I got from poking around the 'net, along with pictures of the mugs that are at the resorts testing the new program. Note: The mugs have the same design with the characters poolside, but there are now some additional lid colors available:



Note: This picture is NOT from the BC resort!!!

Disney Rapid Refill Mugs


Some of the specific details:

Rapid Fill allows guests to purchase a specific number of days of refills. RFID chips are embedded in the mugs and will only allow usage for the actual purchased number of days. At the end of the period you purchased, the mug will automatically deactivate.
The Rapid Fill mugs can be used at any resort hotel quick service fountain, regardless of where it was originally purchased. Although, we are not sure how practical a benefit that will be to most guests.
Unlike the existing refillable mug program where pricing is fixed for a length of stay, the new Rapid Fill will use a tiered pricing structure. Pricing are as follows:
" $8.99 for 1 day
" $11.99 for 2 days
" $14.99 for 3 days
" $17.99 for length of stay
(Side note: days are counted as a calendar day, and not a 24 hour period!)
As with the current refillable mug program, it will be included in some Disney Dining Plan benefits. Past mugs will not be able to be reused, and a new mug will need to be purchased for each resort stay.

I would appreciate a report of when this does indeed go live at the resort. Thanks!


What is the Best Way to Get a Case of Water (or other items) for Your Room?

The Yacht & Beach Club is a Convention resort so items that are shipped their by UPS or FedEx will be delivered to the convention mailing center and will be subject to a charge based on the weight of the item.

Because of this, it is often better to send items directly to resort via United States Postal Service (see instructions in the Other Useful Info Post)


I'm still working on this, so if anyone has suggestions or recent info about the prices of a case of water from the following sources, please let me know.

What are the options for getting a case of water or other items to your room, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each method???

Beach Club Marketplace, Dasani 24 pack, $16- need confirmation (no delivery fee)
Hess Gas Station near BW resort (no delivery fee, but must walk or drive there)
Walmart/Target- must drive there, or take cab

Delivery Options:
Turner Drug, (407) 828-8125 - Cost? Delivery Fee?***
Staples- Cost? Delivery Fee? To front desk or convention center?
Garden Grocer- Cost? Minimum order required




*** August 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by beachmom14 View Post
Hi everyone!!! I've been catching up and finally I can help Dee out. I just read about Turner Drugs and was checking out pricing, so here you go...

soda (coke, diet coke, pepsi, diet pepsi, mt. dew & sprite) 12 pack, 12 oz cans are $4.99 each.

water: Nestle, 1/2 liter bottles, 32 bottles (case) $7.99 or 6 pack $2.49 or Crystal Geyser, 1/2 litter bottles 24 bottles (case) $6.99 or 6 pk $2.19.

Delivery fee is $7.50 to all Disney Resorts including Swan and Dolphin. If your hotel is not on the list it's $10 to $15 depending on location.

It also states to call for delivery fees (407) 828-8125 and all online orders are $7.50.

The last part is slightly confusing, but I think it's safe to say if your staying onsite it's only $7.50 with no minimum $ amount needed and since they deliver to all resorts for the yc/bc/bcv it should go directly to that resort not the convention center. Hope this helps.
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What is a Club Level room? Is Concierge service worth it?

For info and pictures about club level at the Beach and Yacht club, see Post 12 on this page of the thread.


Ninjamom, December 2012
Continue reading on, starting at page 35 of the Nov/December 2012 thread for lengthy discussions about club level

A blog entry from Everything Walt Disney World gives a very well written, comprehensive description of the Concierge service offered at WDW resorts, including the BC and YC. The article will also give you the factors to help you decide if club level is worth it for your family.

Google Disney's Club Level- What is it and Do I want it?


How do I get to EPCOT?

Guests of the EPCOT resorts enter EPCOT through the International Gateway. This entrance takes you to the World Showcase, on a path that is in between France and UK.



Thanks for the pictures missyrose and pixeldust and pixarmom!


How do I enter EPCOT at rope drop/park opening?

Guests who enter EPCOT through the International Gateway prior to the park opening time should proceed on the walkway outside of UK and Canada. Cast members are stationed along the way (bridge to France being #1) to guide you through UK and Canada. After you pass the last little cart coming out of Canada you are directed onto the small pathway that leads toward the Fountain of Nations. There you will experience a real rope with CMs and characters milling around. Across from you, maybe forty yards away, are the guests that arrived from the front entrance.

After the countdown, the rope is removed and CMs will escort you to Soarin in an orderly fashion. Usually, you will arrive at Soarin' either at the same time or just a moment or so after those who enter through the main gates.

Note: Starting in 2013, the French bakery is now open at 9 am when EPCOT opens, so you also have the opportunity to stop there in the morning for a treat. Not sure at this point if the bakery is open at 8 am when EPCOT has early extra magic hours, so if someone could confirm this info, I would appreciate it!

If you have a pre-opening breakfast scheduled at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, you will provide your name and/or reservation to a CM at the International Gateway. You proceed through UK and Canada as described above, then continue past Mexico to Norway.

However, guests of the BC/YC/BCV who need to be at the front of the park BEFORE park opening (for example, marathon runners or for special tours) will probably need to take a taxi from the resort to the front entrance of EPCOT.

ETA: Rope drop info may no longer be applicable.


Should I take the bus* from the Beach Club to the Magic Kingdom or go through EPCOT and use the monorail?

We always take the bus from BC to MK!

Bus is definitely quicker:
The ride is less than 15 minutes from BC to MK, then you just have to add in the wait. I think 15 minutes is the most I have ever waited for a bus, it is usually around 5 minutes.

Here is a very conservative estimate of the trip from BC-EP-mono-MK:
5 minute walk to International Gateway, bag check and entry at IG
walk though United Kingdom, Canada and Future World to EP front entrance, 25 min
wait for mono ?
mono from EP to TTC plus changeover to express monorail, 15 min
mono to MK, 5 min.

So a minimum 50 minutes, with a lot of walking, an extra bag check and switching monorails.

Please note: You need Park Hoppers and EPCOT must be open if you are doing this.

That being said, we often take the monorail back to the BC from MK. That way, we can enjoy a couple of attractions along the way, or get some takeout from Sunshine Seasons or one of the World Showcase restaurants on the way back to our room.

* even if you have a car on property during your trip, it probably makes sense to take the bus when you are traveling to MK. If you are driving, you will have to park at the TTC and take the monorail or ferry boat to the MK entrance. If you take a bus, you are delivered to the front entrance. A taxi cab is another option, but again, this will only bring you to the TTC, so you may want to have the cab leave you off at the Contemporary Resort and walk or take the monorail, or to one of the other monorail resorts.


Where can I purchase and refill a refillable mug?

Refillable Mugs may be purchased and filled at the Beach Club Marketplace (self-serve station), Beaches and Cream (CM assisted service, get into the ice cream takeout line), Hurricane Hanna's (self-serve station) and the Ale and Compass Lounge* in the Yacht Club resort (coffee/tea self-service, juices and soda behind the bar).

*Recent reports say that the Ale & Compass location is only available until 12 noon, when the lounge opens up as a bar.

Pixarmom provided pictures of the beverage dispensers at the Marketplace and Hurricane Hanna's.




Can you tell me the hours for Stormalong Bay pool?

Yes, I can!!!*

Until recently, the closing time at night definitely varied throughout the year and was based on things like crowd level, weather, etc.

Beginning on February 12, 2012 the official operating hours of Stormalong Bay are 10 am to 10 pm daily.
These hours will be in effect until further notice.

The pool may remain open longer during the summer or other busy times of the year subject to the discretion of the lifeguards on duty.

*OK- I lied.
edit to add- it appears that the official operating hours are not year round. Others have reported that the pool has been closing around 8 pm in the winter (has anyone seen SAB close earlier than that?) I also think that the pool stays open later in the summer. So we may be back to the "old system"


My trip is in December (November/January/February). Will it be warm enough to swim in SAB?

That depends. Where are you from?

The weather and temperature in Florida can vary greatly in the winter months. One day you are bundled up in coat and wool hat. The next you are in shorts. You can have extreme conditions in the same week.

The pools at Disney are all heated. The problem is usually not when you are in the pool, but it is the air temperature when you get out. Make sure you have a towel close by.

There is certainly a chance that one or more days of your vacation will be warm enough for swimming. As Scar so eloquently sings in the Lion King "Be Prepared!"

Pack your swimsuit and hope for the best!


Can I bring a float from home to use at Stormalong Bay?

According to a lifeguard, July 2010 (and confirmed periodically):

Outside floats are NOT permitted for adults in SAB. Previously, floats were available for rent for $3/hour or $10 day. Beginning in 2013, floats are available for use without a fee. Life jackets are available, free of charge, near where the poolside giftshop used to be.

Pool noodles, either from home or purchased at the pool gift shop, may be used in SAB. Young children may use floats that surround their body if an adult is within arm's reach. These rules are subject to change and may be affected by crowd conditions.


Can I use Stormalong Bay on my checkout day?

Yes! You will still have your room key after you check out, and you still need to show it to the CMs before entering the pool area. You can store large bags with Bell Services. You may also use the lockers and showers/changing room at the Health Club




I've heard there are no Counter Service options at the EPCOT resorts. Is my family going to starve???

Um. No. Check out this link- pixarmom walked around the area and took pictures of the menus of all of the counter service restaurants in the area. Thanks!

EPCOT resort Counter Service Menus


I'm arriving at the resort after 10 PM. Will I be able to get something to eat???

The Marketplace- Closes at 11 pm
Located off the BC lobby, enjoy salads, sandwiches and desserts from this Quick Service location.

Beaches and Cream- Closes at 11 pm
Located between the BC and YC resorts, step into this classic soda shoppe and enjoy mouth-watering burger and classic sandwiches and top it off with our famous kitchen sink dessert.

Martha's Vineyard Lounge- Closes at 11:30 pm
Located at the BC resort. Relax and enjoy savory appetizers and beverages from the full bar.

Crews Club Lounge- Closes at midnight
Located in the Yachtsman Steakhouse, enjoy a late night bite in this sailing-themed lounge that features beer and wine from the world's famous seaports.

Yacht and Beach Club Private Dining- 24 hours
Enjoy a light snack or casual meal in the comfort of your room or any public area of the resorts. Touch dining options from yoru room phone.

If you would like a full selection of menu items available 24 hours/day, consider visiting Picabu Cafeteria at the nearby Dolphin Resort. The Dolphin is a short walk (10 minutes) from the Yacht & Beach Club.

Here is a link to the menu for Picabu: Picabu Menu


Are the lobbies of the Beach Club and Yacht Club connected?

No. Yes. Kind of...

There is a corridor that will take you from the BC lobby to the YC lobby. Some of it is inside, some of it is open to the outside, but the entire route is covered.

From the Yacht Club lobby, you walk inside until you reach Yachtsman's Steakhouse, then you have to exit. You walk outside on a covered walkway, past the hair salon, exercise room & Beaches & Cream. Then you go back inside into the Beach Club, on the far side of Cape May, around the hallway & into the BC lobby. You wil be protected from rain, unless there is a real downpour with lots of wind.


Can I ship a package to Beach Club or Yacht Club for my stay?

If you ship a package to the resort, Mail by United States Postal Service, not anything else!!! If you mail other than USPS, your items will be shipped to the convention center and the shipping department will charge the recipient a handling charge, based on the weight of your package.

Disney's Beach Club Resort (or Disney's Beach Club Villas)
1800 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Please give to Guest, (name on reservation)
Check-in date 9/1/10 (for example)

or

Disney's Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Please give to Guest, (name on reservation)
Check-in date 9/1/10 (for example)

Orders from Garden Grocer are delivered to Bell Services at YC or BC, so they are not subject to the resort delivery fee, only the delivery fee charged by the company. You can ask Bell Services to deliver the order to your room when you are there.


Can you see any of the Illuminations fireworks from places around the resort?

There are a few places where you can view some of the high fireworks from EPCOT's Illuminations show. Many people recommend watching the fireworks from the bridge between the Beach Club and the Boardwalk resort areas. You can also see some of the high fireworks from the Beach Club beach or from the Stormalong Bay pool.

From bridge between Beach Club and Boardwalk (photo by pixarmom), from the beach (photo by creativeamanda) and from Stormalong Bay (picture by natebenma):




What kind of coffeemakers are in the resort rooms?

As of October 2011, the drip coffee makers in the BC and YC resort rooms were replaced.

The regular resort rooms and club level rooms (including Deluxe Rooms) now have the Cuisinart Double Pod Machines:



Thanks for the photos Rorey, Cinderumbrella and MickeyT!

Here is what I believe are in the rooms currently. Anyone who has been there more recently, please correct this info if it is wrong:

All regular (non-club level) rooms: Cuisinart Pods

All standard club level rooms, all views (standard meaning non-suite), including Deluxe Club Level Rooms: Cuisinart Pods

Suites (1 BR, 2 BR, VP, Presidential Suites): Keurig K-cup

Beach Club Villas- Mr. Coffee-type makers (4 cup for studio, 10 cup for 1BR, 2BR)

I think this applies to both BC and YC- again, let me know if I am wrong!


I don't "do" Nescrape! Is there anyplace at the resort where I can get a REAL cup of coffee???

From guests in August 2013:
Grounds-breaking News: The coffee pods in the rooms and the coffee sold in the Marketplace is now Joffrey's coffee!!!

REAL COFFEE ALERT!!!

Ale and Compass is located just off the Yacht Club Lobby.

In the morning, breakfast items are available like a DECENT cup of coffee and tea, pastries, an assortment of cereal and fruit. This location also serves as a refill station for your refillable mug until 11 or noon.

Ale and Compass Menu

Ale and Compass Continental Breakfast Photos

Thanks, MickeyT and Nicki in NJ


Is there WiFi available at the resort? Is it free? Is it any good?

Yes and Yes and ! In late 2011, the BC/YC/BCV started offering free WiFi in the resort common areas and in the guest rooms!

We have heard very mixed reviews about the speed and reliability of the WiFi connection at the resorts.


Will it fit???

Does an ipad fit in the room safe?




MsCoz2000 provided the photo of the safe.


We have had conflicting reports of the sizes of the safe in the resort rooms (and throughout the different resorts at Disney, for that matter). It seems like rooms can have safes of different sizes.

If you have valuables that won't fit in the safe in your room, there are a couple of things you can do:

The front desk has a safe deposit box you can use.

You can check your items at Bell Services and they will lock it in the cage.

Here are a few experiences from guests:


Quote:
Originally Posted by catho72 View Post
I was able to fit two iPad's, a Kindle, a wallet, and a wallet size zippered pouch in our BC safe. Nothing got smooshed or broken. I wish it were a tad larger so I could have put the kid's iPod's into it, but oh well. I was impressed with all I DID fit in there.
Quote:
Originally Posted by from a recent guest in a Deluxe Room
I just returned from the Beach Club today, so this is very fresh to me. Mind you, we stayed in a Deluxe Room, Club level, so I can't speak for the typical BC room, but the in-room safe is exactly as you described. The size made it useless to us as we were hoping to store our iPads and they were too large for the safe. Additionally, the safe does have a key closure, rather than a combination which wasn't ideal to us either. I'm hoping that the safes will eventually be switched out because they are just archaic and inconvenient.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
Going back to the safe question I do think there are different sizes, last year my macbook pro wouldn't fit in the safe in BWI CL but it has fit in the safe in OKW.
Safe dimensions: coming (but may not be helpful if the safes have a variety of sizes)


Will a gallon of milk fit in the room fridge?

No, but at least one half-gallon will fit in the door and possibly more in the main compartment.





Photos by natebenma and cmcadoo66.

One guest wrote:

Quote:
We had to take a shelf out, but we fit two gallons of milk, 4 packages of lunch meat, two packs of sliced cheese, a thing of butter, 12 cans of beer, and a 10" cake.

Fridge dimensions: coming


Where can I rent a scooter, wheelchair or other mobility items during my stay?

www.KM-Rentals.com and Mobility Equipment Rentals both deliver to the resorts and both run about $125 weekly. KM-Rentals offers free delivery and pick-up ... not sure about Mobility Equipment Rentals.

Wheelchairs may also be provided free of charge to resort guests, subject to availability upon check-in.

A piece of advice about charging your scooter: Charge your scooter in your room. There are limited outlets outside the room, and if you leave the scooter to charge overnight, someone else may come along, unplug your scooter to use the outlet. The next morning, you will discover your scooter has not been charged.


What is a Bounce Back Offer?

Bounce Back is a promotion offered at selected times throughout the year offering a discount on a future trip if you book WHILE YOU ARE STILL AT THE RESORT. It used to be left on a card in your room, but now is part of the Be Our Guest guide that you should receive at checkin. You can also dial #8844 from any resort phone to see if a bounceback promotion is being offered and what the eligibility requirements are.

You MUST book it before you check-out. Once you get home, you can change the dates or cancel it. However, once you check-out, even if you give them your reservation number and say you were just there, they won't allow you to book it.



Thanks for the photos, MickeyT!


What is that awesome smell at the Beach Club? Where can I purchase the bath products used at the Yacht Club?
I've never slept better in my life- can I buy the mattress?


Yes!!!

Want to feel like you are living at the Yacht or Beach Club all year long??? You can purchase the body products provided for use during your stay, you can buy the same type of mattress that encourages restful vacation sleep and you can even purchase the scent system used in the lobbies so that your house can smell like your "Home away from home":

Check out the Disney Resort Collection for bedding and bath products (h2oProducts, Aquatics line)
www.disneyresortcollection.com

According to cindydare you may want to check out Beyond Down Pillows by Carpenter.
One of the few places that carries them is Belk Dept. Stores in the Southeast.

Here are the direct links to the haircare and bath products
Hair Products
Bath and Body Products

The scent generator may be purchased at Enviroscent/ www.scentairhome.com
The scent used is green clover and aloe
note: some recent reports indicate that the companies have not been accomodating to non-business customers. The unit is quite expensive (around $300 plus cost of cartridges)

Redneck scent solutions- if you can't affort the scentair system, there are reports that certain fragrances at Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle are good matches. Unfortunately, some of these lines have been discontinued:

BBW: Rainkissed Leaves,
Yankee Candle: Exotic Rainforest, Oceanside Retreat, Cotton Blossom

Please let us know if you have found other good substitutions.


Who can I contact if I have concerns about something during my vacation, I have a great suggestion or better still, to compliment something wonderful about my trip or to recognize a CM who helped make my stay magical?

Comments, Compliments or Complaints:

You can go to City Hall or Guest Relations during your stay

or email wdw.guest.communications@disneyworld.com

or send a letter to:
Walt Disney World Guest Communications
Executive Offices
Post Office Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-0040

When you write or email, please include your name, address, phone number and email address.

If it is a comment specific to the Yacht & Beach Club, you can write to the General Manager of the resort (perhaps copy Guest Communications as well):

Mim Flynn, General Manager
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
1800 EPCOT Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Another excellent way to be heard is through exit surveys. Surveys are sent to every guest by mail or by email after a stay.

The surveys are reviewed at the actual resort as well as WDW with a fine tooth comb!!! It's the perfect way to get your comments (good or bad) about the resort and/or cast members and/or experiences during your vacation.

If you were given incorrect information from the Central Reservations Booking Office, or if you miss resort-specific merchandise in the gift shops or if you want to recognize a CM who went out of their way to make your trip magical, this is a very effective way for the powers to be to see your message!


Directions to Super Target, from the Beach Club:

Head towards Animal Kingdom Lodge (not park) and turn left at the light before you get to the Lodge (Sherberth Road). When you get to 192, turn right (west) and it's up the road a bit on the left. Lots of nice restaurants around there and much less crowded that the other side of WDW.


Important Contact Numbers:
Walt Disney World Lost and Found: (407) 824-4245, 9 am to 7 pm

Magical Express contact number: (866) 599-0951 or call reservations

Taxi Service: (407) 422-2222

WDW Mail Order/Merchandise: (407) 363-6200 or www.mail.order@disneyworld.com

Turner Drugs: (407) 828-8125 www.turnerdrug.com This pharmacy will deliver to WDW resorts


How Do I Keep My Grey Goose Slushie from Sloshing out of the Flismy Cup They Gave Me?

About the only problem with the Grey Goose Slushie is that it is sold in a very flimsy martini glass. I find that as I drained more and more slushie, I was surprisingly more and more likely to tip over the cup while booking across the World Showcase trying to balance the cup and also snap pictures while walking. There must be a better way!

Very important tip from pixarmom: Use your refillable mug for the slushie. Pop on the lid. Insert straw. Enjoy!





A refillable mug provides a 'stealth' container so you can travel with it out of the parks and back to the Beach/Yacht club. Florida has a "No open container of alcohol" law so if Cast Members see you coming toward the exit of EPCOT with what's obviously a slushie or other alcoholic drink they will tell you to finish it or dump it.


~So take a container or chug the remainder!~


Can you explain "String-Bag Theory" to me?

Well, I am no physicist, but yes I can!

Some of you know that I have an unhealthy obsession with string bags and Ziplocs.

This is how we packed our ponchos for the Disney parks last week.

We rolled our ponchos into a large (2 or 2 1/2 gallon bag). Any other stuff we brought into the parks, like moleskin, extra memory cards, camera batteries and journals for notes, went into another, smaller plastic bag. We also carried another empty large ziploc to keep everything dry if it rained. We would wear the ponchos and then the string bag and contents would fit into the bag. When it stopped raining, we tried to wring out the ponchos, roll them up and place them back in their bag so they didn't get everything else wet.

It was great going through bag check. We had two clear see-through bags that the checkers didn't even have to open- just look and give a quick squeeze. Someone else carried the deflated string bag in their pocket. Once past that point, the two bags went back into the string bag.






PS- my bag was custom made by DISer Mickeystoontown. She often adds a Mickey Head outline decoration to the bag but I preferred to have mine without one.

PPS- the observant reader may notice that some of these bags are Hefty, not Ziploc. A rose by any other name...


How do I...

Multi-quote more than one post?
There are 3 buttons on the bottom right corner of every post. The normal Quote button, the Multi Quote button ("+) and the Quick Reply button (scroll and quill). Click the middle Multi Quote button ("+) on all of the posts you want to quote. The buttons will backlight red when you select it. When you have selected all of the posts, go to the bottom of the page and click on the POST REPLY button. You will be taken to a Dialog box where all of the posts will be quoted, ready for your answers.

Make a ticker?

Post a Photo on the DIS?
sub-lesson: Upload all of your pictures into Photobucket in Large, not Full-size, format
Note- March 2013: This feature is not currently working on the Photobucket Beta version. All photos are loading in a large format. Resizing of pictures must be done individually. ARGH!!!!
ETA: March 15- this feature was added to the Beta version


Hyperlink a post?

How do I go from this: Stormalong Bay Pool Complex http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...51&postcount=2

To this? Stormalong Bay Pool Complex

People can click on this and it will bring them to the post about SAB.

To hyperlink (that is, show just the words that you want to click on instead of the link address above, you need to add the following symbols. I am going to replace brackets [ with braces { or otherwise you wouldnt be able to see what I was typing

add {url= before the address
add } after the address
Type the name of the chapter
Highlight the name of the chapter you have just typed, then use the symbols to underline and color (Blue is commonly used)
End the post with {/url}

So your line will look like:
{url=http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44296451&postcount=2}{U}{COLOR="Blu e"}Stormalong Bay Pool Complex{/COLOR}{/U}{/url}


Do you have any packing tips?

How NinjaMom packs for a trip

A Simpler Approach from Best Aunt

And a couple from natebenma:

If you are bringing more than 1 suitcase, make sure you have at least one outfit for each traveler in each piece of luggage. If one bag gets lost, at least everyone will have something to wear.

Legos- these are my sons' favorite souvenirs. In order to get our haul home after a trip to the Lego Store, I open the box and pack the individual bags in our suitcases. Much less bulky. If you want to save the box, you can flatten and put a the bottom of your suitcase.

Essential items: Don't forget the chargers/batteries for your phones and cameras. A booklight if you will be reading out on the balcony in the early morning hours. Ziplock bags of all sizes! Many many uses for these. Swim goggles.


One Suggestion for Avoiding Frustration on your return trip from DTD-Dee's tip for avoiding the worst leg of travel in the World!

Please note that the opinions expressed are those of Natebenma alone (but have been been expressed by everyone else I have ever talked to)

The return trip from Downtown Disney to the Yacht & Beach Club, or to any resort for that matter is notoriously torturous. It's bad! We have not found the buses TO DTD to be all that bad but we HATE the buses that return from DTD to BC, it takes forever since the buses often stop at a water park, or change drivers, or make dropoffs at all of the EPCOT resorts, or all of the above. And the DTD return buses are always crowded. Always.

This is what we do, and it has made our trips to DTD SO much more enjoyable. Not faster. But funner! You need park hopper tickets for this, which IMHO is a great idea anyway when you are staying at BC/YC. It also requires that you return prior to the closing time for EP- either 9 PM or midnight on EMH nights.

When we are on our way back to the Beach Club, we take one of the DTD resort boats (to POR, OKW or Saratoga Springs). We find the bus stop at the resort and hop on a bus to EPCOT, then we walk through the park, enjoying attractions along the way.

Both days we did this we planned our DTD on a morning we had been at EP, and as a double bonus, we pulled a FP to Soarin' before leaving the park in the morning, and then used it on our way back to the room.

ETA: with new FP enforcement rules, this perk may be kaput

Here are the two posts from my TR where we did this.

July 2010

July 2009

A similar method works for us when we are traveling from another resort back to the BC- we take the monorail or bus to EP first.



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2013


Aug 2013

Avenger117 Aug YC (Disney honeymoom)
momto3gr8boys Aug BCV/Poly split
pigletto Aug BC
msjprincess Aug YC
bethclayton Aug BC CL (40th BD)
goofygal531 Aug BC CL GV
amomma23 YC Aug YC (followed by POR)
joed88 Aug BCV
TJDisneyMama Aug YC
wdwgirl1 mid Aug BCV
RainK late mid BC
Distopia mid Aug YC
manooly mid Aug BC
Riding Air late Aug BC GV
luvmy3 end of Aug BC CL SV
Melissa&Shawn late August BCV

PrincessSuzanne Aug 29-Sept 2 changing to WL


Schmoodle Aug 1-8 BC
my2princessgirls Aug 2-4 YC (weekend anniversary getaway)
Minnie Aug 2-4 BC
HubbDave Aug 3-10 BC (1 night All Star Sports 8/2)
BusySpeechMom Aug 3-8 BC CL (celebrating birthdays)
ella6599 Aug 3-9 YC
wlake Aug 3-9 YC CL
Mommytink Aug 3-10
Disbabe Aug 3-10 BC
2girlsR2good Aug 4-6 BC (just the gals)
TeenaS, Bob, Jeanne & Princess Lily Aug 5-9 BC GV
isaboo Aug 5-10 YC CL
bilnshedodisney Aug 5-15 BC
vyrg August 5-16 YC (Our friend from France)
amytech Aug 7-10 BC
visegrip72 Aug 8-13 BC CL (18th anniversary and first CL trip)
disfan33 Aug 8-15 YC (Wedding/Honeymoon)
Brooklyn Aug 8-18 BCV (after trip to US/IoA)
marivigi (party of 12) Aug 8-??? YC WV
franc Aug 10-??
DisneyEsther Aug 11-17 YC CL GV
TxTiggergal with daughter Aug 11-17 YC
KAZPRINCESS BC Aug 11-25 (2 weeks!)
333disneymom Aug 13-19 BC (following AKL Aug 9-13), redo trip
RivaLJ Aug 13-19 BC
Mama Lo Aug 14 BC
Simba's Girl Aug 14-16 YC (followed by SSR)
maa Aug 14-21 BC
kajs22 Aug 14-21 YC
buzzrelly Aug 15-?? BC
outahere Aug 15-18 YC CL GV
DisneyDadinPA Aug 15-24 BC
blallred Aug 15-24 YC (after one night CSR)
Murrary29 Aug 15-26 YC
MUNUMom Aug 16-22 YC
kpm76 Aug 16-18 or 22 BC (AoA 8/14 and 8/15, BC then VWL)
WeLoveLilo05 Aug 16-23 BC
bell.of.the.ball Aug 16-23 YC SV (with Cupmom and Dianewes)
Cupmom Aug 16-23 YC SV (with bell.of.the.ball and Dianewes)
Dianewes Aug 16-23 YC SV (with bell.of.the.ball and Cupmom)
Disney-Partyof5 (with friends) BC
Feckless and friends! Aug 17-24 YC CL GV (after one night at POP)
TIME4DIZ Aug 17-24 YC CL SV
gardengirl628 Aug 17-25 YC CL
DisneyFan714 Aug 17-25 YC CL
etail Aug 18-21 YC (after 3 nights AKL)
HARASW Aug 18-23 YC CL
StayCool Aug 18-24 BC
B's Marie Aug 18-25 YC CL
mommyrosa2 Aug 18-25 BC
ready4mouse Aug 18-27 YC SV
Mistysue Aug 18-30 YC
BuckeyeBama Aug 18-31 BC
FloridaDreaming Aug 19-21 YC CL
Babooagain Aug 19-25 BC
Momof2Disneyboys Aug 19-26 YC
mom of 3 blondes Aug 19-29 YC
wifey Aug 19-Sept 2 YC CL (BD and 20th Anniversary)
emmysmommy (and Justemmy) Aug 20-24 YC Deluxe CL (between AKL and BLT)
3PrincessesAndaFrog Aug 20-25 YC
Donnainnj Aug 20-28 YC (2 rooms, DD's 16th BD)
Claire Bear Aug 20-29 YC GV
busymommy2pink Aug 20-Aug 30 BC
DoleWhipMom Aug 20-30 YC CL SV
Sue M Aug 20-Sept 1 YC (following 1 night POP and GF)
jrw118 Aug 21-27 BC
jakeybake Aug 21-28 BC Bounceback
mericletwins Aug 21-29 BC CL
KerriL Aug 21-29 BCV (following 4 nights Vero and 2 nights VWL) (*Adoption Celebration!!!!*)
Disney Dukers Aug 21-31 YC
POOHDRMR Aug 21-31 BC
5bound4wdw Aug 22-?? BC
julieanddanny Aug 22-25 YC (then GF for 3 days)
sarmat1 Aug 22-26 YC CL
OregonMomtoWDW Aug 22-31 BC
MickeyMom82 Aug 22-31 BC CL
WDW4us2006 Aug 23 BC (one night, before cruise)
KandyM Aug 23-28 YC
pas130 Aug 23-30 YC SV CL
mom of 2 Aug 23-30 BC CL
beebeeryan Aug 23-30 YC SV
pamkat1820 Aug 23-30 YC CL
pamkat's sister Aug 23-30 YC CL
jonofrio Aug 23-30 YC CL
hiwaygal Aug 23-Sept 1 YC CL
kenly777 Aug 24-27 BCV
adecker08 Aug 24-30 BC CL
Disney Runner Aug 24-30 BC
MrsWEsq Aug 24-31 BC
KimKamMom Aug 24-31 BC CL
janpluto Aug 24-31 BCV
ParrotBill Aug 24-31 BCV (following AKV)
kristenm514 Aug 24-31 YC
randy2005 Aug 24-Sept 1 BC
lauritagoddess Aug 24-Sept 1 YC
Laniee Aug 24-Sept 1 YC
TaraTink3 Aug 24-Sept 2 BC
tinkpa Aug 24-Sept 2 BC
Disney777 Aug 24-Sept 6 YC
Lisa0620 Aug 25-31 YC
Jbharr1 Aug 25-31 YC
autumnpalm Aug 26-28 BC (3 nights, before GF)
JKSWonder Aug 26-Sept 2 BC
luvmy3 Aug 26-Sept 2 BC CL SV
ptmmg Aug 27-?? YC
Gr8t Fan Aug 27-30 YC (POR 8/18-8/27)
Kimmy2Disney Aug 29-Sept 2 YC CL
21hearts Aug 30-Sept 2 YC (Happy Birthday!)
AndreaDM Aug 30-Sept 2 YC CL
Karebear Aug 30-Sept 8 YC CL
AliceIn Aug 30 YC GV Aug 31-Sept 7 BC CL SV

cart-mom Aug 31-Sept 7 moved to poly



Sept 2013

brerdawg Sept
prune1977 Sept BC (surprise trip)
Sappermont Sept YC
poly princess Sept BC CL (5th Anniversary, 40th BD)
kandb Sept BC
mattk67 Sept BC
poohgirl6 Sept 1-13 conference at CR
Nicole786 Sept BC


karensi Sept 3-??? BCV?
Boski Sept 3-8 BC
3mama3 Sept 3-13 BC
mla973 Sept 4-10 BCV
steph01002 Sept 6-14 BCV studio
floridagirl61 Sept 7-11, BCV @BR Sept 11-15 BC CL (2 rooms)
2manypets Sept 8-14 YC CL GV (25th Anniversary)
letthewookiewin Sept 9-14 switching to AKL, will be back another time
Abby Wednesday Sept 11-14 BC GV
66Tink Sept 12-17 YC
leshunlenese Sept 12-18 YC
Tinkerbell's mama Sept 12-22 BC CL
rev02a Sept 13-21 BC
Barbara C Sept 14-?? BC
focusondisney Sept 14-18 YC CL LV (followed by GF RPC, 35th Anniversary!)
ksmom Sept 14-21 YC
DT83097 Sept 14-21 BC
nabby Sept 14-28 YC CL (10th anniversary, 40th BD, 3rd BD/First Visit)
Glittercat Sept 15-21 BC
Duplexdis Sept 15-22 BC
TPTraveler Sept 16-23 YC CL GV
HockeyMomR Sept 17-22 YC
Tink or Belle Sept 17-24 BC
Kebby Sept 18-20 BC (resort only before Poly)
nannette Sept 18-22 BCV trip with Mr. nannette!!!
Yahweh Sept 19-24 BC (followed by CR 9/24-27)
katiec Sept 19-26 YC
MeWissy Sept 20-27 BCV (DD 7th BD)
3SugarBugs Sept 20-28 BC CL Deluxe
thestevied Sept 21-Oct 5
vmb123 Sept 22-27 BC CL (after Dream cruise)
imobsessedwithdisney Sept 22-28 BC CL SV
gwynne Sept 24-Oct 1 YC CL LV
disneyxo Sept 25-30 YC CL LV
Schleedogg Sept 26-??? BCV?
LowesChevy Sept 27-30 BC
Tarheel girl 1975 Sept 27-Oct 6 BC GV
MLinDisney Sept 29-Oct 4 BC (Mother-Daughter Food & Wine outing)
Princess in Oz Sept 29-Oct 7 BCV
Pangela Sept 30-Oct 8 BCV (anniversary, 4th BD, new baby, ToT 10 miler)
meryll83 Sept 30-Oct 10 YC (following 2 nights at Hard Rock, followed by Dream cruise)
vettegirl end of Sept BC CL
gwynne end of Sept YC CL GV (after stay at CR CL)
dandydad12 end of Sept/early Oct BC


Oct 2013

Ninja Mom MNSSHP
Zachsmom4 Oct BC
pamkat1820 Oct
daughteryk Oct BC CL
daughtertyk's sister/family Oct BCV
Debrn Oct YC CL (girls only trip!)
kurdav Oct?
2010 Bride Oct BC
ldnoggle Oct BC (ToT run)
Eeyore's My Favorite Oct BC GV F&W
Chaoticsweetness Oct YC
marant Oct BC
Katie43901/forever11709 Oct 19-26 YC LV-hoping for BC (celebrating mom's BD)---moving to Poly


disneyfan61 Oct 4-11 BC
suetoo Oct 5-12 BC
tkgdisney Oct 5-12 YC CL
LovintheLodge Oct 9-6 POR/Swan
bookbabe_disneynut Oct 10-14 BC
mommyrosa2 Oct 10-24 BC GV (Surprise Trip! 50th BD/28th Anniversary)
disneycruisegal Oct 12-17 BC
sheri236 Oct 12-19 BC
Nixie Oct 12-19 BC (DD 3rd BD)
teetee830 Oct 14-20 BC
karmacats Oct 18-20 YC GV (following AKL CL and followed by Disney Dream cruise)
DisneyLover0610 Oct 18-25 BC
DisneyLover0610 parents Oct 19-23 YC
goofygreb Oct 18-27 YC
Caseystigger & Aidanself Oct 19-25 BC CL
saintstickets Oct 19-27 BCV Food & Wine
jenjersnap Oct 20-24 YC/Poly split
missyrose & pixeldust Oct 20-25 YC CL (Honeymoon!)
JulieT3 Oct 20-25 BC GV
acc9242 Oct 20-25 BC LV (after stay at BWI)
HBGdancermom Oct 21-25 BC CL (added one day...)
micknme Oct 23-26 BC (follwed by Dream cruise!)
laura428 Oct 23-30 BC CL LV
Nicnic October 23-Nov 7 BC (15 nights!)
PoppyGirl and Skater Oct 25-29 YC (BFFs @ F&W)
WDWHereWeeeCome Oct 25-31 BC (followed by Poly CL Oct 31-Nov 2)
LMO429 Oct 26-Nov 2 YC LV
annabug Oct 26-Nov 2 BC LV
JediBonas Oct 27-Nov 3 YC (First family trip, twins' 2nd BD)
Angeejoe Oct 28-Nov 3 BC (Bounceback)
2010 Bride Oct 29-Nov 5 BC GV (F&W, MNSSHP)
francileb Oct 30-Nov 4 (following WL 10/25-30)
Holly Quinlan Oct 30-Nov 5 BC (celebrating BD with first trip to Disney!)
couchy Oct 31-Nov 3 BC GV
baggirl Oct 31-Nov 3 YC CL GV (F&W)


Nov 2013

Ciorsdah November YC
goofy78 November BC upgraded to CL Deluxe
Disney Mommy 3 Nov- week before Thanksgiving
dismom75 Nov BC
capeseal Nov
firsttimemom Nov BC
MrsJ Henry Nov YC
momofmaz Nov BC
PolyAddict Nov YC
brsirak Nov BC
gokdog Nov BC
DWillowBay Nov 7-10 --- moving to Poly

PN04TE Nov 2-9 BC (40th Anniversary, F&W)
A&MsMommy Nov 5-11 BC
wallawallakids Nov 7-12 BCV 2BR (Half Marathon)
joanjett1976 Nov 9-12 YC (baby boy's first trip)
sazzifrazz Nov 9-17 BCV (2 studios, with sisters family)
JulieODC Nov 10-16 YC LV
steeners81 Nov 10-18 BC (Honeymoon)
monica9 Nov 11-17 BC
SnowWhite1 Nov 15-23 BC
Feiximom Nov 16-23 YC CL
VbChristy Nov 17-21 YC (baby boy's first trip)
jennyjinx Nov 17-23 moving to a Mod
MickeyT & family Nov 17-24 BC
shopgirl78 Nov 22-27 BC
kbcemon Nov 27-Dec 4 BC (Birthday)
333disneymom Nov 30-Dec 6 BCV


Dec 2013

BCV23 Dec BCV
pmdeve Dec BCV
Anonomom first week in Dec YC
BlueSkies Dec YC/GF split

333disneymom Nov 30-Dec 6 BCV
ses1230 First week in Dec
nickeymaria Dec 1-7 BCV
mjpisani21 Dec 1-7 BC GV
ladybugmom Dec 2-7 BC
KerryCM Dec 3-10 BC CL LV (with son's and daughter's families)
Nannette, Buzzy & NinjaMom Dec 4-8 BC- air mattresses in dlxe laundry room suite
ScottMC and JNPants Dec 4-8 YC LV
BringingUpDisney Dec 5-11 YC CL SV
letsgoreds Dec 7-13 BC GV CL (with inlaws)
cocoabean1 Dec 8-Dec 15 YC CL (after 1 night POP)
Treehorn Dec 9-14 BC CL LV
magicalmoments4 Dec 16-23 now at POR with DSis-BD
PrincessKathleen Dec 20-25 BC
photos 101 Dec 22-Jan 1
tortoni Dec 29-Jan 5 BCV



2014

wonderlandaddict January 2014 BC
singastory Jan 2014 (BCV/AKV/BLT split)
Twoboysnmygirl Jan 2014 BCV (WDW 1/2 Marathon, split with POP)
protagonist Jan 4-9 BC
swimfly Jan 8-12 YC (Marathon Weekend with Parents)
DancinDaisyDuck Jan 9-12 BC GV (Half Marathon)
DrMomof3 Jan 9-13 moved to BLT (Marathon Weekend)
TigrLuvsPooh Jan 9-13 BCV
DisMama3 Jan 18-25 BC
kimj88 Jan 23-31 BCV
rmgreenesq Jan (Marathon Weekend) BC CL
lmb80129 Jan (Marathon Weekend)


Adelynsmom Feb 1-8 YC (celebrating 10th anniversary of adoption!)
CareHeartsDisney Feb 16-21 BC
catho72 Feb 20-25 YC LV Princess Half-Marathon

PolyAddict March 3-7 ?C GV

Fall1 April, 4 nights, after Disney cruise
melissafox18 April 4-8 YC SV (30th BD)
WoodNymph April 30-May 5 BC GV (Flower and Garden)
beachmom14 April or May 2014 BCV

kjduncan May YC (after Magic cruise)
VeronicaB May BC CL (10th anniversary/K-graduation)
ClareH37 May 8-15 BC CL GV
Welcome Home May 2-7 BC Deluxe (after Poly)
dizneekrazee May 8-17 YC
Lalabubbles May 28-June 8 GV
AddictedtoDole Whip May 30-June 10

phoebec June 2014 BC
abk96 June 2014 YC?
DannysMom June 22-29 BCV

Danex July 4-17 BC GV (after mini family reunion in NYC)
YCFan July 21-26 Admiral Suite for Family Gathering

Aliceacc Aug 2014 (we hope)
DisneyDeb Aug 2014, 1 week, BCV or BC CL (following SW, DC, Univ and 2 nights AKL)
ChipnDaleRule Aug 16-Sept 1 2014 YC
ScottMC and JNPants August 17-23 2014 BC CL GV
Pinkgirl Aug 19-31 YC (2nd Anniversary, DD's 10th BD)

GOOFY4DONALD Oct 2014 BC
amg35 Oct 1-10 BC GV

cocoabean1 Nov 14-22 YC CL


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