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    [​IMG] Beach Club and Yacht Club FAQ thread [​IMG]

    :welcome: to the Beach & Yacht Club FAQ forum!


    BREAKING NEWS!!!

    Beach Club Renovation:

    About every five years the halls and rooms of EVERY resort at WDW get renovated. There are two types. Soft goods and hard goods. Last time the Beach and Yacht Clubs underwent renovation (2008/2009) it was a soft goods rehab.

    Renovations on the outside (painting, siding, roofing and all maintenance) are done as needed.

    The upcoming refurb will be a hard goods renovation. Rooms will be stripped down everything from new sinks, new air conditioning units, new everything pretty much except the TVs are probably staying since they are fairly new.

    The work will start with the renovation and expansion of the Club Level lounge. While the work is being done, club level offerings will be available in the Presidential Suite. After the lounge is completed, work will move onto the actual rooms on the 5th floor. Then, the work will continue on other rooms, floor by floor, until they have all been renovated.

    We do not have a timetable about how long it will take to complete each section of the resort.

    We still have not been given an official start date for the renovation of the Beach Club Concierge lounge and the rehab of all of the rooms at the Beach Club, however as of mid-March guests with club level reservations in October have been contacted and given the option of either moving to a non-CL room at the Beach Club or relocating to the YC CL. Based on this information, there is a good chance that the work on the lounge will starting in late summer/early fall.

    In May, a guest who will be staying at BC CL at the end of September (9/20 to 9/27) emailed the IPO to ask when the BCR refurb would be taking place. Here is the response received from a Yacht & Beach Concierge Itinerary Planner:

    "At this time the Beach Club Lounge will be under refurbishment while you are staying with us. The lounge during that time will be in an alternate location on the 5th floor. Please let us know if there is anything else we may assist you with."


    The work will be completed with the least amount of disruption possible to guests. Sections of rooms will be taken out of service while the renovations are taking place. All noise work is done between 9AM and 5PM (when people are at the pool or at the parks). Chances are guest won't really see the areas where work is happening.

    As we receive more definitive information, we will post it here.


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    We hope you like it here on the Beach & Yacht Club FAQ Forum! 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! :rotfl: You may cry. :sad1: 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!!!


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

    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!


    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)
    beachclubdee@yahoo.com



    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


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    The Yacht Club


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    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




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    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:

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    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:


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    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


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    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.


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    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? :3dglasses

    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


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    Legend has it that a gigantic sailor named Stormalong came 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.


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    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:

    The hours at Stormalong Bay are determined by the BC/YC recreation managers and are often based on factors like crowd level, time of year, weather, etc. so it is difficult to predict the hours, particularly the closing time at night

    Opening used to be at 10 am, but we have had reports from March 2014 that the opening time is 9 am (closing of 11 pm reported in March 2014) (closing of 11 pm reported in May 2014)

    Posted hours of the Quiet Pools are 7 am to 11 pm

    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 poolside 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 the Beach Club Marketplace



    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.

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



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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 reports that as of March 2014, the locker room and showers in the health club are only available to Spa Guests. As we get more information we will post it here. There are lockers available for use at the pool near Beaches & Cream, and outdoor showers (WHERE?) available for guests to use.


    Stormalong Bay


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    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.


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    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!


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


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    Take a spin or two around the whirlpool!


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    SAB at night


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    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

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    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*.

    * Posted Hours for the Quiet Pools are 7 am to 11 pm


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    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


    FAQ: Are children permitted to wear a floatation devices on the Jib Slide?
    A: Yes, subject to the life guard's discretion.


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


    The Jib Slide had emergency repair work for a few days, Sept 2012


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    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:


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


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


    FAQ: Are children permitted to wear floatation devices on the Jib Slide?
    A: Yes, subject to the life guard's discretion.




    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.


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    Quiet Pools and Hot Tubs


    Quiet Pools are available at the Beach Club and Yacht Club 24 hours/7 days per week* (Posted Hours are 7 am to 11 pm) and at the Beach Club Villas

    No lifeguards on duty.


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    Yacht Club Quiet Pool (Admiral Pool):


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    Beach Club Quiet Pool:


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    Photos of Beach Club quiet pool courtesy of pixarmom and sinderelly


    Beach Club Villas Pool (Dunes Cove):


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    Thanks for the photos pixeldust/missyrose, vicki_c and MickeyT



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


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    Directions to YC Quiet Pool from inside resort- The room closest to the YC quiet pool entrance is Room 1071. The door to the pool is almost opposite room 1071:



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    Lockers near Beaches & Cream and outdoor showers are available in the Stormalong Bay area 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.


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


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    Thanks for the photos kldmom2000 and JanetMom


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


    Movies by the Beach May 2014 Schedule, popcorn::


    Sun- Newsies (Rated PG)
    Mon- The Three Caballeros (G)
    Tues- The Incredibles (PG)
    Wed- A Goofy Movie (G)
    Thurs- Up (PG)
    Fri- Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
    Sat- Frozen (PG)

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


    Activities Schedule May 2014


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    April 2014

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    Sunday, April 20- Easter Activities

    8:30-10:15am Character meet and greet at BC lawn by volleyball courts

    9am Easter Candy Scramble at BC lawn by volleyball court (arrive 5 minutes before start time)

    Stormalong Bay: 11:00-11:30 Egg Scramble, 11:30-12:39 tie-dye tshirts, 12:30-1:00 Egg-citing Prize Walk 1:00-1:30 Egg on a spoon relay


    Tuesday, April 22- Earth Day

    Celebrate Earth Day with us at our Lady Bug Release located at the Yacht Club Resort between the lobby and the Boardwalk. Not sure of the time on this.



    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.


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    Resort Amenities


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

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    Arcade Pictures, July 2013, natebenma

    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.


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    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.


    Spa and Beauty Salon:


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    Price List, July 2013

    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:


    Review of pedicure from Ship Shape Spa at Y&BC


    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.



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    Thanks for the marina photos, heatherbelle and pixarmom!


    Marina Prices, February 2013:

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    "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

    Illuminations Cruise Review by DisneyKid4Life:
    Having a Wild (Christmas) Time, By Land and by... Lagoon?

    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).
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38106511&postcount=193
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38106807&postcount=196


    Tennis, Anyone?

    NEED PICTURE OF COURTS

    A lit tennis court is located near Yacht Club Quiet Pool (Admiral Pool). Complimentary tennis balls and racquets are available from Ship Shape Health Club with your Key to the World card/Magic Band.



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    Hair Wrapping

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    Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

    Thanks for the two above pictures, BigAWL!


    Laundry Information :laundy:

    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).

    The laundry room at the Beach Club by the quiet pool now has 3 brand new GE commercial washers and 1 triple loader plus 8 new dryers (October 2013).

    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.

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    Laundry by YC Quiet Pool


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    Thanks for the pictures, PinkGirl!


    BCV Laundry Room- 4th Floor, off main elevators

    Washers and Dryers:


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    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.
     
  7. natebenma

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    Gift Shops and Solarium




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    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 snacks, drinks, adult clothing, resortwear, Dooney and Bourke purses, watches and other treasures.

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    YC Gift Shop: Fittings & Fairings Photo Thread
    Includes pictures by Cinderumbrella in June 2011, Yacht Club Resort Merchandise by MickeyT in January 2012 and pictures by beebeeryan in August 2013.


    Resort-Specific Merchandise:

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

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

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  8. natebenma

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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.


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    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

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    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


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    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:

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    -- 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 Menu Rotation, February 2014


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    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


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    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:


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    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

    Captain's Grille Buffet, January 2014
    Seasonal fruit, Yogurt, assorted pastries, Pancakes, Smoked Salmon and Bagels, Bread Pudding, Oatmeal, Cold Cereals, Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, and Chef's Frittata (includes coffee, tea, juice, or soft drinks) $18.99 per person

    Early Starters
    Seasonal Fruit Arrangement - honey-lemon fruit salsa, house-made granola bar and yogurt $8.99
    Steel-cut Oatmeal Brulee - brandied bananas, dried cranberries and sweet cream $8.99
    Smoked Salmon and Toasted Bagel - served with traditional accompaniments $8.99

    A La Carte Selections
    Tailored Eggs - two eggs, savory hash browns, with a choice of bacon or sausage and a biscuit $10.99
    Lobster Omelet - butter-warmed lobster, asparagus, chive-infused cream and captain's potatoes $13.49
    Tailored Omelet - your choice of Meats, Vegetables, and Cheese served with savory hash browns, and a Biscuit $11.49
    Poached Eggs - lump crab salad, prosciutto, potato rosti, and herb hollandaise $13.99
    Citrus-scented French Toast - Challah Bread with lavender-infused strawberry compote and white chocolate ganache with your choice of Bacon or Sausage $10.99
    Dark Chocolate Waffles - dried cherry compote, espresso-mascarpone cream, chocolate shavings and a choice of bacon or sausage $10.99
    Buttermilk Pancakes - served with Bacon or Sausage $9.49; Add Blueberries or Chocolate Chips $1.00 ea.
    Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes - blueberry compote, citrus pudding, and savory hash browns $10.99
    Mickey Waffles - choice of bacon or sausage $8.99
    Petite Strip Loin and Eggs - Charon Sauce and savory hash browns $15.49
    Egg Whites or Egg Substitute available


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    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, July 2013

    Captain's Grille Dinner Review by Natebenma, July 2010


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    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

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    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.

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    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!

    From Wood Nymph, April 2014

    "We had breakfast twice at the Captain's Grill and I was able to get gluten free Mickey waffles one morning and gluten free toast another morning. Both times I had ordered the breakfast buffet, which also had plenty of gluten free choices."

     
  9. natebenma

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    Disney's Beach Club Resort


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    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

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

    Room 5709

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    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.

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    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.

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    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


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

    Tour of 2013 Holiday Decorations at the Beach Club by MouseSteps


    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.

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  10. natebenma

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    Disney's Yacht Club Resort

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    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

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    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

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    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.


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    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.


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    Yacht Club Secret Entrance/Exit

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

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    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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  11. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

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    Disney's Beach Club Villas Deluxe Resorts, Overview



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    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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  12. natebenma

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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


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    Thanks bellebookworm9 and 333disneymomfor the studio pictures above!


    More Studio Villa Pictures, by missyrose and pixeldust, October 2012


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    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


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    More pictures of a 1 BR villa: BCV Room 548, June 2013, AlohaAnnie


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    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.

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    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 initially:
    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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  13. natebenma

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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

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

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

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    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

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    Stone Harbor Club- Beach Club

    Contact Information:

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

    (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:

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    Regatta Club- Yacht Club

    Contact Information:

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


    (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:


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    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:


    Beach Club Concierge Lounge by natebenma, July 2013


    Yacht Club Concierge Breakfast by Emmysmommy, August 2013


    Yacht Club Concierge Afternoon Snacks by Emmysmommy, August 2013


    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?



     
  14. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

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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 (standard, garden, lagoon/pool) 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.
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    Balconies at BCV:



    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.

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


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    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"

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    Yacht Club Secret Entrance/Exit

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

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

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    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:

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    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!


    Grocery Delivery Information and Reviews:

    Garden Grocer

    WeGoShop


    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)- walk through the BW parking lot and it's just across the street from the entrance gate for BW. It is a bit of a hike, so if you decide to walk over there for water or other beverages, we suggest you take an empty rolling suitcase to make the transportation easier

    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




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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.

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    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.

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    Can you tell me the hours for Stormalong Bay pool?

    Not really

    The hours at Stormalong Bay are determined by the BC/YC recreation managers and are often based on factors like crowd level, time of year, weather, etc. so it is difficult to predict the hours, particularly the closing time at night

    Opening used to be at 10 am, but we have had reports from March 2014 that the opening time is 9 am (closing of 11 pm reported in March 2014)

    Posted hours of the Quiet Pools are 7 am to 11 pm


    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 children wear a life jacket on the Jib Slide?

    Yes.


    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

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    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. Another suggestion (EagleScout) is to view the fireworks from the bridge connecting the YC and Swan resorts.


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

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    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:

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    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 :confused3! 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?


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    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:


    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.

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    Photos by natebenma and cmcadoo66.

    One guest wrote:


    Fridge dimensions: coming



    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.

    Please note- there may be a couple of different bounceback offers for the same dates of stay- percent off room rates or free dining. Call and ask!

    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.



    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.


    Another website I have seen mentioned is Own the Magic. I don't have any direct information about this source.

    Own the Magic


    Here are the direct links to the haircare and bath products
    Hair Products
    Bath and Body Products
    Now that the resorts no longer distribute the H20/Aquatics bath products, fans have been looking for ways to replenish their supplies. Some suggestions:
    Stand in HS
    Beach Club Marketplace has...
    Amazon
    Sporadically available at places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Home Goods,


    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 afford 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:

    If you have an issue while still at the World:

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

    If there is a problem with your room or another issue at the resort, your best bet is to go to the FRONT DESK of the resort to let them know what the problem is. Do NOT call on the telephone with resort concerns WHILE you are AT THE RESORT. These calls just go to a generic call center and your concern is placed at the back of a list. Tell the people who are on site and chances are, if it is possible, your concern will be dealt with more quickly. They will do their best to help find a solution to your needs, whatever they may be. In the off chance that you find that your problem is not being addressed in an effective manner, request to speak with a MANAGER, who often has the experience to assist the CM in helping to find a solution to your problem.

    Keep in mind that the staff at the resort can't read minds so be sure to talk to someone and let them know what the problem is.

    After you have returned home from your stay:

    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 (Mears): (407) 422-2222

    NATIONAL & ALAMO CAR RENTAL DESK 1-800-CAR-RENT or Alamo at 1-800-GO-ALAMO
    Disney hotel guests can enjoy the convenience of on-site car rental service through National & Alamo. Located in the guest services area of the Dolphin, guests can make arrangements for automobile pickup and drop-off right at our door.

    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


    Useful Planning Websites:

    Ticket calculator
    Cheshire Figment's Ticket Sticky

    Undercover Tourist/Mousesavers- Reliable source for discounted tickets for Disney and other Orlando attractions as well as trip packages www.undercovertourist.com

    Tables in Wonderland Annual plan that AP holders, DVC Members and Florida Residents may purchase offering 20% on most Disney meals, including adult beverages. Please note- 18% gratuity is automatically added to your check.



    Can you give me some tips for traveling with someone with health issues or limited mobility?

    Here is a link to the complete post with additional detail and some fantastic words of wisdom

    Suggestions for managing Disney with limited mobility by NinjaMom


    Where can I rent a stroller, 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.

    I have also heard great reviews about Apple Scooters for rental/delivery of strollers, scooters and wheelchairs, www.applescooter.com

    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.


    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!


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    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.

    1) On days when we don't need ponchos, we try to only bring what we can carry through in our hands or pockets. Folded backsack(s) in back pocket. Cell Phones and small point & shoot cameras in shorts pockets or larger camera hanging around neck (no camera bag)- extra memory cards/batteries in pockets. Carry bottles of water.

    Once you are through bag check, you can take the folded backsack out of your back pocket and empty the things in your pockets, plus the drinks, into the sack to make it easier to carry.


    2) This is how we packed our ponchos for the Disney parks last July.

    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.

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    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.php?p=44296451&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:
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    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 :sad2:

    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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  16. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

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    Guest Lists:

    If you would like to be added to the "Be Our Guest" List, post on this thread with the dates of your stay, which resort (BC, YC, BCV) and any other info you want to include (special birthday or anniversary celebration, first Disney trip, family gathering, etc.)


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    2014

    May :darth: :yoda: :ewok: :chewy:

    kjduncan May YC (after Magic cruise)
    LadyP May BC
    1nfrequent May YC
    patty57 May BCV 2BR
    Shelly F-Ohio May BC (2 day stay)
    sterre May, 1 night
    pixie08 May BC
    kayjaybe May BC
    sandgrace May BC CL SV
    PolyAddict May 17-23 (25th anniversary vow renewal, DH BD, DD 8th grade graduation), (changed to Poly)


    Welcome Home May 2-7 BC Deluxe (after Poly)
    philschrek May 2-8 BC
    Tebrown96 May 3-10 BC
    KittyKat1978 May 3-10 BC
    MarieA May 3-13 BC
    focusondisney May 4-8 YC CL WV (BD trip, followed by stay at BWI)
    SLBGBR May 7-11 BC GV
    DevonsDisneyMom May 8-10 BCV (before AKV)
    ClareH37 May 8-15 YC CL LV
    dizneekrazee May 8-17 YC
    mkejdo May 8-18 BCV 1BR (twin girls' Golden Birthdays: Turning 8 on the 8th)
    Lisann May 9-17 BC
    MrsB919 May May 10-14 BCV
    MNRMommy May 10-17 BC
    TPTraveler May 10-17 BC CL
    DisneyMomChristine May 11-16 BC
    Eddygirl May 11-17 BC (after 1 week at POR)
    mbtohill May 13-17 (after Sheraton Vistana Villages)
    jmkrat May 13-18 BC Deluxe
    PrincessFendi May 13-18 YC
    KUFamily May 14-18 BC (Girls Trip!)
    nascargirl May 14-21 YC CL
    DisneyFamilyTree May 14-21 BC
    OhioStateBuckey May 15-17 BC
    loudisneyfan May 15-19 YC CL LV (SWW)
    bastos May 15-20 BC (20th Anniversary)
    squeaky penguin May 17-20 BC CL
    andreajb May 18-23 BC
    Amberleefuta May 18-25 YC LV
    mickeyplanner May 18-25 BCV (2 BDs and 10th Anniversary)
    girliewhirlie May 19-21 ?? BC (after offsite, AKL and before offsite rental)
    VeronicaB May 19-25 BC CL (10th anniversary/K-graduation)
    tracysis May 20-25? YC
    disney minnie May 22-25 BC CL Deluxe (20th Anniversary, before Dream cruise)
    Britgirlus May 22-31 BC
    PoohsFan1 May 23-26 BC
    DisneyLover83 May 24-28 BC
    Carrie772 May 24-30 BC
    DoughR May 26-30 BC CL WV (then CR CL park view 5/30 to 6/3)
    courtthib May 26-June 1 YC (Disneymoon!) :love:
    phewms May 26-June 2 BC (10th Anniversary/DS 6th BD/DD 1st BD & first trip to World)
    ceecee May 26-June 3 BC (25th Anniversary, DD HS graduation)
    lovethedon May 27-June 1 YC
    mmccutche May 27-June 4 BC
    DLo May 28-June 2 YC
    Lalabubbles May 28-June 8 GV
    RainbowWit May 30-June 7 BC CL
    AddictedtoDole Whip May 30-June 10
    floridagirl61 May 31-June 1 BC (followed by South Ponte Vedra Beach)
    Tinkerbellie16 May 31-June 6 YC
    nharding20 May 31-June 7 YC
    blackdogg Late May BC CL (Family reunion, 7th BD, 13th Anniversary)
    Duck77 end of May BC


    June :cool2:

    Dannek? end of May/early June YC
    addiesmom June
    DisneyCrazyx5 June BC
    Tex June
    avery619 BC or YC CL
    summerrluvv June? YC CL

    Shula & Ggibwooodsondolls June 1-8 BC
    PrncessA June 1-8 YC
    Bea1776 June 1-8 BC GV (First Trip)
    TigrLvsPooh June 4-8 (maybe more) YC CL LV
    catho72 June 5-11 BC CL (after 1 night POP, followed by June 11-14 AoA)
    Autumnslight June 6-9 BC
    TDluvsDaisy June 6-10 YC
    momtomaggie June 7-12 BC
    hulamom June 7-13 BC GV
    Lizzybean June 7-14 BC
    cantoine June 8-11
    parith1114 June 8-12 YC CL (then moving to CBR so hubby can join them)
    em36 June 8-15 YC CL LV
    loveyb72 June 8-15 BC
    coachyo June 9-14 BC CL (DD HS grad)
    GoofyMomInOhio June 10-15 BC (after a trip to the "Darkside")
    phayes93 June 11-18 BCV 2BR
    jjiillee June 12-19 YC CL
    scottmel mid-June YC CL (after US/IoA and GF 1 BR)
    eeyore986 June 15-21 YC GV (DD 7th BD)
    BBsMom June 17-22 BC (then AKL until 6/26, son's BD)
    jdrais June 17-27 BCV
    WDW4us2006 June 18-22 BC (with mom)
    sasmom June 19-30 YC GV
    db57me June 21-27 BCV
    mma800 June 23-26 BC Deluxe CL (after Miami)
    helenb June 23-30 BC/YC?
    DawnMaree June 25-29 BC-SURPRISE (after nights at POR)
    flc831 June 28-July 3 YC CL SV
    jen3b end of June YC
    EasternShoreGal June 28-July 10 BCV
    MACfamily4 June 29-July 5 BC (DD HS Graduation)
    Mickey & Minnie Mom June 29-July 12 YC GV
    dandydan12 late June/early July BC


    July :sunny:

    Stephluva July? BC
    mscteacher2011 July YC CL
    abk96 July 26-Aug 2 moved to BWI

    woodkins 4th of July week BC
    izzylovesmickey July 4-12 BC CL LV
    Danex July 4-17 BC GV (after mini family reunion in NYC)
    DannysMom July 6-13 BCV
    *Dreamin'Dad* July 7-14 BC
    Artgraph July 11-16 BC (party of 7)
    TeenaS (Bob, Jeanne, Lily) July 15-17 Cabins, July 21-25 GF
    mom2aandp July 15-21 YC
    tinacaplan July 17-23 BC
    DisneyDmbNut July 18-20 YC
    AshyGB July 19-29 BC (50th BD celebration, 11 friends & family from UK)
    goofygreb July 19-27 BC GV
    Lagoonie July 20-26 YC CL
    wdisneyaholic July 20-29 BC (after 3 nights US)
    Calcium July 20-Aug 3 BC (DD 10th BD)
    YCFan July 21-26 Admiral Suite for Family Gathering (7/18-21 CR Tower Club, 7/26-28 AKL)
    MickeyT July 25-Aug 1 ALV
    lillygator July 25-Aug 1 BC
    BabyFu18 July 25-Aug 4 BC (with ChrisKsAngel)
    ChrisKsAngel July 25-Aug 4 BC (with BabyFu18)
    HParr July 27-30 BC
    MelanieRI July 27-Aug 1 YC (after WL 7/22-7/27)
    DIS-OH July 27-Aug 1 YC
    Zanda July 30-Aug 5 BC


    August :beach:

    Aliceacc Aug 2014 (we hope)
    DisneyDeb Aug 2014, 1 week, BCV or BC CL (following SW, DC, Univ and 2 nights AKL)
    Fivesacharm Aug 2014
    DeeCeeSW Aug YC
    stuarotra Aug ??
    ixmnrs Aug BC or YC??? CL
    Aries14 Aug BC or YC??
    DJFan88 Aug BC (split with POR)
    2 Silly Boys Aug YC (DS 10th BD)
    gonemousin' Aug BC
    Mrsdonaldduck Aug YC/GF split
    viking83 Aug YC GV (Honeymoon) :bride: :groom:
    pas130 Aug 22-27 Now at WL, 40th BD
    SRiley1985 Aug 24-30 Switching to Poly

    wuzzy6 Aug 1-4 YC (weekend BD celebration)
    wdwlver Aug 1-9 YC
    dandydad12 Aug 2-10 BC?
    JenluvsDisney Aug 2-12 YC
    chrismom3 Aug 5-12 YC LV
    Claireybear Aug 5-26 BC
    DjdBrit Aug 6-14 BC
    JACKieSPARROW Aug 6-15 BCV 2BR
    Mamise 62 Aug 8-15 BC
    AliceIn Aug 9 BC CL (before cruise)
    mrstomrice Aug 9-14 BCV (before Dream cruise)
    BuzzyBelle Aug 10-17 BC
    phoebec Aug 12-19 BC
    mandysmom Aug 12-21 BC
    Dizfan4life Aug 13-21 BC
    2bPooh Aug 14-22 BC CL
    BandontheRun Aug 14-22 BC (and BW)
    GoofyJen Aug 15-20 YC
    cupmom Aug 15-22 BC
    ScottMC and JNPants Aug 15-17 BC, Aug 17-23 YC CL (followed by GF, Aug 23-25)
    jomommy Aug 15-23 YC
    HockeyMomR Aug 16-19 BC
    Natebenma (Dee)- coming in for DISMeet
    Asherry25 Aug 16-19 BC
    PrincessesX3 Aug 16-20 YC
    Copper Queen Aug 16-21? YC
    queenofthehive Aug 16-24 YC
    MidwestMulan Aug 16-24 BC
    Mousemommy1 Aug 16-26 BC
    Sunshine11 August 16-23 (family gathering)
    CSI007 Aug 16-23 YC CL
    disfan33 Aug 16-23 BCV (First Anniversary)
    ChipnDaleRule Aug 16-Sept 1 2014 YC
    NinjaMom Aug 17-23 BC
    Fly Ondewalz (aka "Buzzy") Aug 17-23 BC, dumpster view
    JanetMom Aug 17-23 BC SV
    FancyNancy Aug 17-23 BC
    tarak Aug 17-23 YC CL SV
    DancingQueen Aug 17-23 BC
    GrimGrinningGhostinNJ Aug 17-24 YC (15 family members!)
    CammelleandBre Aug 17-26 BC (Big 3-0)
    Disneymomx7 Aug 17-20 YC GV (followed by GF GV Aug 20-27)
    DonaldDuckFamily Aug 17-30 BC
    Gette88 Aug 18-22 BC (25th Anniversary)
    Physics Guy Aug 18-25 BCV (DD 12th BD)
    Pinkgirl Aug 19-31 YC (2nd Anniversary, DD's 10th BD)
    holden Aug 20-27 ??
    beachmom14 Aug 20-27 BCV
    crazyfordisney2000 Aug 20-28 YC
    aloha517 Aug 20-29 YC WV
    4under4 Aug 20-29 BC
    GrumpyGrandma Aug 21-27 YC
    mousegear Aug 21-29 YC (DS graduation)
    DoleWhipMom Aug 21-29 BC
    tlenzendorf Aug 22-25 BC/BW split
    rebeccam31 Aug 22-26 BC
    Ichiban Aug 22-26 BC
    WDW4us2006 Aug 22-27 BC
    pate59 Aug 22-31 BCV (DH 50th BD, first Disney trip!)
    hmmerr02 Aug 23-25 BC
    Rorey Aug 23-30 YC
    OnceUponATime15 Aug 23-30 YC
    Lynne G Aug 23-31 YC
    maddiebee 24-27 BC/Poly split
    bhardy August 24-29 BC GV
    heatherbelle Aug 24-30 YC (after cruise on Carnival Breeze)
    nicdanh Aug 24-Sept 1 YC
    goofy78 Aug 25-28 BC SV (then AKL SV)
    Emilyswish Aug 25-30 BC
    Christinaxo Aug 25-Sept 3 BC
    megreg Aug 26-Sept 7 BC
    poohgirl6 Aug 27-31 YC (followed by conference at CR)
    disneymagicgirl Aug 27-Sept 7 BC
    AndreaDM Aug 28-Sept 1 YC
    dledger Aug 28-Sept 2 BC
    couchy Aug 29-Sept 1 BC SV
    GoGoBeans end of August YC CL
    pbruce706 Last Week in Aug BC
    pigletto end of summer (August, 8 nights) BC
    lucyddr late August YC, 8 nights ??


    September :teacher:

    Dannek Sept YC (then AKL)
    Serene56 Labor Day Weekend BCV
    Fsudisney Labor Day Weekend BC, 2 rooms (DD 6th BD)
    dvczerfs Sept BC (30th Anniversary)
    vietkaz Sept BC
    crazymomof4 Sept BC 9 nights
    Barbara C Sept BC or YC?
    StephMS Sept YC
    vernie822 Sept (maybe)
    ready2vacation Sept 5-13 moved to BWI
    arrical8 changed resort and dates

    NanaV Sept 2-6 BC (36th Anniversary)
    athyng Sept 6-12 BC WV (won trip! DS first trip, family's first BC stay)
    rev02a Sept 6-13 BC
    Mom2Max Sept 6-13 BC GV
    DisneyEsther Sept 7-13 BCV (Surprise trip for mom's 67th BD)
    LizfromOz Sept 9-19 BC
    GaBelle Sept 13-20 YC
    ksmom Sept 13-21 ??
    Adlergray Sept 14-?? YC CL
    nikki7680 Sept 14-20 BC
    CollenGetty Sept 15 BC
    BeachClubBum Sept 17-28 BC CL BB FD DDP
    JCandKT Sept 19-27 BC (13th Anniversary and graduation celebration)
    CupcakeKelly Sept 20-24 BCV
    donnamadonna Sept 20-25 BC
    ToyStory3 Sept 20-27 BC CL
    gwynne Sept 20-30 YC CL GV
    VeronicaB Sept 21-27 YC CL (10th anniversary, K-graduation, F&W and MNSSHP)
    magicalmoments4 Sept 22-26 YC
    disneyxo Sept 24-29 YC CL LV
    barneyda Sept 24-30 YC GV
    jennab Sept 25-Oct 2 BCV (after BLT split)
    LowesChevy Sept 26-29 BC CL
    tclauderdale Sept 27-Oct 4 BC CL GV (F&W, MNSSHP)
    Trishtack Sept 27-Oct 5 BC (Mother-Daughter trip)
    rykaydad Sept 28-Oct 4 BC
    Azza1987 Sept 28-Oct 5 BC CL GV
    Tarheelgirl_1975 Sept/Oct YC (after POFQ)


    October princess: pirate:

    GOOFY4DONALD Oct BC
    Linda67 Oct BC
    dreamseeker9 Oct
    JoAnna525 Oct BC
    Zooshoveller Oct YC (2nd Honeymoon without kids, F&W)
    iheartbuffy Oct YC LV (1 night)
    gometros Oct BCV
    samnbilly Oct (moved to BWI)
    schwartzie827 Oct 31-Nov 4 Change to BW (First trip for 4-year-old)

    lurkernj Oct 1-5 YC (ToT marathon weekend)
    HeatherLassell Oct 2-6 BCV (followed by Disney Wonder cruise)
    WDWHereWeeeCome Oct 4-11 BC SV
    saintstickets Oct 5-10 BCV 2BR after Disney cruise
    frozengurl Oct 8-17 BCV
    DEJ07 Oct 13-20 YC
    stacylm Oct 17-25 BC GV
    TorontoJoe Oct 18-24 BC
    Ozzygirl Oct 18-26 YC GV
    mommyrosa2 Oct 19-23 YC CL
    DINKsAtDisney Oct 19-23 YC (Dad's BD, F&W, MNSSHP)
    JerseyGirl53 Oct 20-24 YC CL
    DisneyLassie01 Oct 21-25 YC (Honeymoon) :bride: :groom:
    amg35 Oct 21-30 BC GV
    Jad215 Oct 22-30 BCV (after wedding and stay at GF 10/20) :bride: :groom:
    micknme Oct 24-Nov 1 BC
    VeronicaBride Oct 24-Nov 2 BC CL
    mystery222184 Oct 25-28 YC CL (followed by WL)
    brenbrady Oct 25-29 BC
    kP72 Oct 25-Nov 1 BC
    Hopefully Oct 26-31 BCV studio (F&W)
    JediBonas Oct 26-Nov 2 BC
    Zachsmom4 Oct 26-Nov 2 BC (DS 9th BD)
    joanne312 late Oct ??
    Ferrentinos Oct 31-Nov 4 YC



    November :squirrel:

    momto3gr8boys November??? F&W

    MKEgramma Nov 2-10 BCV 2-2BR (Celebrating 30th Anniv & DH retirement)
    Nannette (and Mr. Nannette) Nov 3-9 YC CL (following CR CL, then AKL CL, Nov 9-14)
    maa Nov 7-10 BC (after POR 10/30-11/7, F&W/MNSSHP)
    LMO429 Nov 9-11 BC (after Kidani)
    workin4vacation Nov 9-15 YC GV (30th Anniversary)
    jenjersnap Nov 12-20 BCV
    Dani's First Time Nov 16-21 YC
    Dani's friends Nov 16-21 ? BC
    julluvsdisney Nov 19-27 BC
    BurleyGirl Nov 20-26 YC, then the real "Dark Side"
    cocoabean1 Nov 21-23 YC CL WV (after BWV, 11/14-21)
    doberlady Nov 21-30 BC CL
    bohemian74 Thanksgiving BCV (DD's 8th BD)
    LSUfan4444 Nov 28-Dec 5 BCV studio
    WendyWuWu Nov 28-Dec 6 YC

    December :santa:

    libinatorsmom Dec BC
    FireflyFi Dec 2-12 BC
    penguinkimberly Dec 6-11 BC (Honeymoon)
    vettegirl Dec 15-21 YC
    DummbGiRL Dec 15-22 BCV
    miked0292 Dec 23-27 BC CL


    2015


    NJDorioles Jan 2015 YC
    roomthreeseventeen Jan 4-13 BC Dopey Challenge
    RD-Sox Jan 6-13 BC/YC
    MickeyT and Family Jan 8-12 BCV (Marathon Weekend #7)
    maa Feb 2015 BC (Princess Half-Marathon)
    cgulls Feb 15-21 YC (after 1 night HRH at US)
    Physics Guy Feb 15-20 2015 BCV
    Alli76 May 2015 BC
    busymommy2pink May 5-16 2015 YC
    JCTurner June 2015 YC 15 nights
    pandv_2000 Aug 8-22, 2015 YC GV
    MagicalMerida Aug 14-28, 2015 YC
    sunfun94 Sept 2015 BC
    nat8199 Sept 2015 YC
    Christine9125 Sept 19-25 2015 BC CL (BF's first trip)
    MEK Oct 2015 BCV (1 night following cruise)
    kimmy85 Nov 2015


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  17. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

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    PHOTOS, VIDEOS, TRIP REPORTS
    & LINKS TO PREVIOUS CLOSED THREADS



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    picture provided by littlewhiterabbit


    For really cool aerial views of the resort, check out this 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!!!


    Aerial Map of Beach Club Resort


    Need to feed your fix for pix? :3dglasses

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


    Yacht Club Photos by DISUnplugged



    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.




    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


    For your listening pleasure: Yacht & Beach Club Area Music


    Trip Report and Review Links:


    List of People Who Travel to Disney


    Disney's BC Resort: Sun & Sand at EPCOT's Back Door by TigrLuvsPooh (Erika)

    Hijinks & Shenanigans (but not much Mayhem), Hard Rock and Beach Club, July 2013 by natebenma (In progress).
    Beach Club posts start on page 19


    BC Review, September 2103, AskSiri
    BC Review, September 2013, MattK67
    YC Resort Review, 11 days August 2013, Disney Dukers
    YC Resort Review, Aug 23-30, beebeeryan
    2 weeks at BC in August, KAZPRINCESS
    Beach Club CL,A ug 18-23, visegrip72
    Yacht Club Review by TXTiggergal, Aug 11-17
    Moms Only Beach Club Trip by Rafikifan, June 27-July 2013
    Yacht Club Review by DisneyDoc5, June 2013
    Live Report, TigrLvsPooh May 25-June 1, Yacht Club

    Posts by CTDisney, April 2013-
    Room 5154
    Our Thoughts on Club Level
    Yacht Club Resort
    Highlights from Around the World

    Yacht Club Review January 2013 by bean bunny

    Happily Ever After Begins Here by missyrose, pictures by pixeldust, Oct 2012 BCV
    A May 2012 Beach Club Trip of a Lifetime by Feckless
    March Break 2012 at the Yacht Club by JanetMom

    Frozen Fun at the Beach Club by counselormom, December 2011
    Bazinga! It was LEGEN-wait for it-DARY by creativeamanda, June 2011

    3rd Annual We are "NEVER" going to Disney in the summer again :cool2: TR by natebenma, July 2009 and July 2010 Beach Club


    Comparisons of Yacht/Beach Club to other Disney Resorts:

    Beach & Yacht Club/Monorail Resorts, by helenb

    Beach Club/Wilderness Lodge, by Wood Nymph

    Yacht Club Concierge/Wilderness Lodge Concierge, MouseMommy1

    Beach Club/Boardwalk Inn, ScottMC

    Beach Club/Boardwalk Inn, pixarmom



    Links to the previous, "closed" threads


    2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (Aug 2013-Jan 2014)
    2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (July and August 2013)
    2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (May, June and July 2013)
    2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (February, March, April May 2013)
    2012/2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part 4 (November 2012-February 2013)
    2012 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part 3 (August, September, October, November 2012)
    2012 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part 2 (May, June, July 2012)
    2012 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part 1 (March, April, May 2012)
    2011/2012 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part IV (November 2011-March 2012)
    2011 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part III (August 2011-November 2011)
    2011 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part II (April 2011-July 2011)
    2011 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ (February 2011 - April 2011)
    2010 Yacht and Beach Club FAQ, Part II (August 2010 - March 2011)
    2010 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ(April 2010- August 2010)


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  18. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

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    Beach and Yacht Club Community Page :banana::banana::banana:


    This just in! As of March 2013, the pins have all been distributed! Thanks Nannette for taking on the task of mailing these out!

    Are you staying at the Yacht or Beach Club or the Beach Club Villas and want to meet or be recognized by other DIS'ers? Thanks to a wonderful design from RustManFan of the Creative Designs Forum, and the enthusiasm of DIS'er Janloz, we now have fashionable pins available upon request and free of charge!


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    August 2014 5th Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS Meet

    Monday August 18, 2014, 6:30 PM
    Solarium at the Beach Club



    Expected Attendees: DisneyMomx7, TeenaS, NinjaMom, Buzzy, JanetMom, ScottMC & JNPants, mommyrosa2, Mousemommy1, tarak, Dancing Queen, HockeyMomR, Real (Happy) Dee


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    July 2013 4th Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS Meet

    Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:30 PM
    Solarium at the Beach Club


    DIS Meet 2013 Pictures

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    Couchy, Teena, Robyn's daughter, Disneymomx7 (Robyn)


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    With Flat Dee




    July 2012 Yacht & Beach Club 3rd Annual DIS meet:

    Sunday July 22, 6 PM
    Solarium at the Beach Club


    Here are a couple of photos from the Y&BC DIS meet on Sunday.

    The first picture is DisneyDadinPA and his wife, with Lauren(The Magical One), another CM at the resort and Teena.


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    Here is the rest of the group:


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    Here is a closeup of one of the "Flat" visitors:

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    There was also a visit from the 3 Caballeros- I'm not sure if I have a closeup of this.


    Expected attendees: :thumbsup2 TeenaS, Disneymomx7 (Robyn), Magical One (Lauren), catho72, tinacaplan, Flat Dee (Natebenma) and friends

    And there was a surprise appearance by YCFan!!!



    July 2011 Second Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS meet and surprise "Nanny Shower":

    Monday July 25, 6 PM
    Solarium at the Beach Club



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    Thanks for the photos, kldmom2000!

    For more pictures from the meet/shower, check out this thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42109256#post42109256


    Expected attendees: :thumbsup2 TeenaS, Disneymomx7 (Robyn), jennb, lov2b@disney (Sandy), kldmom2000, YCFAN, Magical One (Lauren), jultomzach (maybe), Flat Dee (Natebenma), Flat pixarmom

    August 2010 Yacht & Beach Club DIS meet:

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    Thanks for the photo, LovintheLodge!


    Sunken Treasure: The unofficial beverage of the Beach and Yacht Club FAQ forum:


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    Contents: Malibu Rum, Midori, orange juice, pineapple juice and Sprite with a splash of BOLS Blue Curacao.


    Thanks, pixarmom, Feckless, WDW4us2006 and Ninja Mom for the photos!

    Please note that the Sunken Treasure is no longer on the menu at Hurricane Hanna's, however if you get a bartender who knows how to make the drink, you may still be in luck!


    Thanks to medicgirl177, who experiemented at great personal risk to decipher the secret formula:

    Sunken Treasure- recipe by medicgirl177
    1 1/2 shots Midori
    1 shot Malibu Coconut Rum
    1 shot orange juice
    1 shot pineapple juice
    Sprite or 7-Up to fizzy taste
    1 shot Blue Curaçao
    Over ice
    Dress with Pineapple slice, cherry, or umbrella



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  19. natebenma

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    Yacht and Beach Club Voluptuous Noodle Swap Historical Page


    I am sorry to inform everyone that the resort will no longer allow pool noodles to be held in storage and passed between guests, so the private Noodle Swap coordinated on the BC/YC FAQ thread has been discontinued. Bell Services will no longer be permitted to accept or keep noodles turned in to them.


    Thank you to everyone who has participated in the swap! The posters on the this forum were able to successfully execute a pool noodle swap from June 2011 until September 2012. It was certainly fun and lasted a lot longer than anyone ever imagined when we started this!


    Meet the Noodle Family:

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    Paul, Pastina, Penne and Ramen

    They will making their first visit to Disney World and the Beach Club in June 2011. They have decided to take up permanent residence at the resort and will be spending time with different families as part of a "noodle relocation program"

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    Well, after their introduction to the Beach Club/Yacht Club and Stormalong Bay, the Noodle Family has decided to stick around. The first handoff was successful!


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    (Photo) "Diary of a Non-Wimpy Noodle"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63237606@N03/


    December 2011 antics by heatherbabydoll1:

    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43456272&postcount=413


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    Here's Bellebookworm9 enjoying the Noodle Family in October 2011:


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    The Noodles are having a little International Fun with ChipNDaleRule's family:

    Anticipating the Upcoming Olympic Games- Is there a Yoga Competition???



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    Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee


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    The Noodles Get Married, August 22, 2012
    Unfortunately, it didn't work out. Pinkgirl wanted to take them back to the UK, but, surprisingly, the noodles were inflexible. They wanted to stay at Stormalong Bay. Can't say I blame them!


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    IN MARCH 2012, THE NOODLES WENT MISSING!


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    Are they pool hopping at another Disney resort? (why would they?)
    Did they leave along with Matthew, Johnny or Robert after their guest appearances at Captains Grille?
    Or did a more nefarious fate befall the family???

    We have a few leads and have assembled a crack (crack-pot?) team of imaginary detectives to solve the case of the Great Noodle Caper (mmm... noodles with capers...). We will let you all know what Thomas Magnum, Jessica Fletcher, Barnaby Jones or the team from Scooby Doo discover.
    (Check the abandoned Wonders of Life Pavilion- old man Jones was seen skulking about)

    Update- due to the generosity of guests, a new set of noodles "resurfaced" and the swap continued for several additional months.





    Time Flies When You are at the World


    Starring: Buzzy



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    Bonus Content: Buzzy’s Guide to the Ladies Rooms of the World Showcase
     
  20. natebenma

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    Lily's Pad:


    I know a lot of you are new to the thread- there is a lot of history here and a lot of great friendships made in past versions of this thread, but I want to introduce Teena to anyone who doesn't know her (yet).

    Teena is a greeter in the lobby of the Beach Club :wave:


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    Look for her on Sundays and Mondays unless she and Bob are on one of their treasured cruises to Castaway Cay or out visiting her two shining lights in Vegas, her daughter Jeanne and her first grandchild, Lily born in July 2011.

    Here is a link to some pictures when Teena was presented by Disney execs with an award from President Obama in May 2011 for helping out so much at Jeanne's school:


    Presidential Award, May 2011


    We were all eagerly awaiting "Peanut's" arrival in the months leading up to July and even had some fun, friendly competition to guess her birthdate and whether she was a Princess or a Pirate.

    Lily's arrival was a very special moment for our beloved Teena in a year that has been tough due to some health issues. She bravely shared what she was going through with all of us, once again, in an attempt to help others who may be facing similar challenges. :grouphug:

    Teena has faithfully posted on this board and has helped us all gain great knowlege about these resorts, so many of us who hang around here can now also answer the questions that are posted here.

    I will occasionally post the photos she provides to me, because, well, Teena may know everything there is to know about the Beach Club but she don't know beans about technology! :rotfl:


    Trip Report: Lily Goes Live: A Princess' First Visit to Her Kingdom (And More!)

    This report follows Lily's first visit to WDW, plus trips to the Beach Club, Disneyland and MORE!




    :welcome: Princess Lily!!! princess:

    Disney (and the Beach Clubs) newest princess has arrived:


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    Lillian (Lily) Grace
    Born 7/11/11, 7:59 am
    6 Lbs, 11 oz, 20 inches


    Please note that Lillian is a name truly worthy of Disney royalty as this was the name of Walts wife.

    It also goes without saying that 7 come 11 is a great date for a baby born in Las Vegas!




    Congratulations to Jeanne and Brian and to proud Nanny Teena and Pop Pop Bob!



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    Lily at 2 weeks old:

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    Lily at 3 months old:

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    Lily's First Halloween- Disney-style of Course:

    Lily and her parents were first place winners in the Best Group Costume Category.

    Teena's grandaughter is an adorable Dalmation!

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    Lily at Christmastime:

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    Lily, October 2012

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    From Teena, June 2013:

    Jeanne said Lily FINALLY likes princess stuff. She was not into the princesses at all but Jeanne got so tired of her watching the parades (a friend taped them onto a DVD for her), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake the Pirate, that she started putting Disney movies in the DVD player. She started with Cars and Nemo and after being sick of them being played over and over again, Jeanne put in Beauty and the Beast. OMG ... she loved it after the first hour of crying for Nemo. And when Belle dances around, Lily dances around.

    I had purchased a bunch of princess dresses (of course) and one of them (the green one) is there in Vegas and the rest are here since I figured Jeanne would want her to wear them when we visit WDW. She has shown it to Jeanne but Jeanne had no interest in frilly things .... UNTIL NOW. Apparently she pointed to it after the second time of "dancing" to Beauty and the Beast and screamed "mama, mama, put on". So on it went and she danced and danced and danced. So we now have an official Disney Princess!!!!!



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    Jeanne, Teena and Lily:

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    BTW- Kudos to Cinderumbrella (July 10) and 333disneymom (July 12) who came closest in the "Is Peanut a Princess or a Pirate" pool-
    Honorable Mention goes to BCV23 for having the correct date (July 11), but the wrong gender!
     
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