Beach Club vs. Yacht Club

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  1. njprincess601

    njprincess601 DIS Veteran

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    My family is thinking of staying at one of these resorts in May. What are the major differences between the two? And which one do you prefer?
     
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  3. davedmaine

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    We like the feel of BC a little more. They're basically the same resort though.
     
  4. auntpoly

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    There is not much difference. The Beach Club is a tiny bit closer to EPCOT. We love them both and will take either one.
     
  5. natebenma

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    Here's the info from the BC/YC FAQ forum:

    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



    I would like to invite you to come on over and join us. Lots of info and pictures on the first page of the thread. You can click on the link in my signature.

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  6. pl4bby

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    I prefer the yc side. BC side Is always more crowded plus I love a full balcony, which is harder to get at bc. The cl at yc is great
     
  7. jfoster

    jfoster Earning My Ears

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    We are going the week of May 8th. When I called to make reservations, all of the Beach Club Garden View and Standard View rooms were gone, so we booked the Yacht Club for our family (three boys ages 4, 7 and 9). We are really excited to try an Epcot area resort this year!
     
  8. owl0306

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    have fun. My DH and I love the epcot resorts much more than the mono ones. I love being able to walk to hs and epcot. (or a quick boat ride) I love the grounds, the lake, the beach...Kouzzinas is delicious for breakfast and dinner. My kids love espn club.
     
  9. Pakey

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    I've stayed at both and to me, the major difference for each is:

    PRO YC: BC has 50% standing balconies only. If a balcony is important to you, I'd suggest YC.

    PRO BC: BC has the Marketplace which is a store and counter service type location. YC only has a store, no counter service type location. This can be very inconvenient.

    Also, depending on the time of year you go it might make a difference that the park buses to AK and MK pick up at YC before BC. I most often stay at BCV and many times the buses are SRO by the time they get to BC.
     
  10. Scott MC

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    Here's what I tell friends who ask this question...

    Beach Club:
    -Brighter and airier (rooms, architecture and lobby)
    -Think "carefree elegance"
    -More crowded due to Cape May in lobby
    -3 min. walk to Epcot
    -Quick-Serve Option in gift shop
    -No balcony guarantee, but they have a great staff that will do whatever they can to help you
    -Think "seashells and fish and sand castles"

    Yacht Club
    -More dark and formal (rooms, architecture and lobby).
    -Think "privilege"
    -Very quiet and serene
    -5-6 minute walk to Epcot (not enough of a difference to choose one resort over the other
    -Better dining choices (Captain's Grill, Yachtsman's Steakhouse, Crew's Cup)
    -guaranteed balcony
    -Think "anchors and sailboats"
     
  11. michelleiada

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    In my opinion the BC has a more laid back feeling. More family feel. The lobby feels a bit more casual and warm to me and I LOVE the smell of the lobby! We are huge a beach Club fans so I'm biased. We love Cape May Cafe and the Marketplace.
     
  12. DisneyJanFeb2008

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    Staying at BC in 2+ wks, nervous about balcony situation but dont want to be at YC if there are business people and we are on fam vacation
     
  13. owl0306

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    do not think that. I am a family and always stay yc side and couldnt be happier or treated better. I love it. A lot of families stay at yc. we stay cl and my kids get to make a lot of friends. its great!
     
  14. owl0306

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    yc has that fab scent also. The lobby was just too busy with kids running everywhere. I have kids and stay yc as it is calmer. I do love cape may and sab!
     
  15. Angeejoe

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    YC :sail:

    Pros:
    1. Location, location, location!
    2. Storm A Long Bay is awesome
    3. Close walk to Epcot
    4. Closest to boat launch vs BC
    5. Beautiful hotel
    6. Yachtsmen Steakhouse
    7. Ice cream @ Beaches & Cream
    8. Drinks @ Hurricane Hanna
    9. Cheaper buffet breakfast @ Captians Grille vs Character breakfast
    @ Cape May
    10. Mostly full balconies for water view vc BC that has a lot of mini balcony
    11. Awesome water view of the Boardwalk at night
    12. Watching fireworks from Epocot while swimming in SAB
    13. Bus pick up 1st/drop off 1st

    Cons:
    1. A little stuffy vs BC
    2. Difficult to fill refillable mug drinks as you have to go to Hurricane Hanna's
    3. Marketplace is at BC, nothing like that at YC
     
  16. lady_hlh

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    My 10 year old DD liked YC much better than BCV because it was fancier and the lobby wasn't so loud and crowded. We never even noticed the convention people at YC, they were way more obvious at CSR. If you really must have a balcony you might want to switch to YC or BCV. We also love having a balcony that is why we stayed at BCV instead of BC.
     
  17. Angeejoe

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    BC :beach:

    Pros:

    1. Location, location, location!
    2. Storm A Long Bay is awesome
    3. Closest walk to Epcot
    4. Boat launch to DHS & Epcot
    5. Beautiful hotel
    6. Yachtsmen Steakhouse
    7. Ice cream @ Beaches & Cream
    8. Drinks @ Hurricane
    9. Dinner @ Cape May (1 of DHs favs)
    10. Awesome water view of the Boardwalk at night
    11. Watching fireworks from Epocot while swimming in SAB
    12. Great decor in lobby
    13. Marketplace

    Cons:

    1. 2nd in bus pick up
    2. Busy lobby
    3. Juliette balconies
    Enjoy
     
  18. spodie

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    I agree with the people who say that YC is quieter than BC. I prefer YC because it is quieter, yet I can still take advantage of Stormalong Bay, or pretty much everything else the resort has to offer. Yes, YC doesn't have a quick service restaurant to pick up a quick breakfast or snack, but I have found that it's easier to eat a granola bar that I brought with me to get my day started, and pick up a quick breakfast in the parks a couple hours later.
     
  19. wordwitt

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    We experienced the same thing for that same basic week in May--no standard or garden view rooms available at BC. This will be our first time staying on site as my daughter (11, turning 12 on the holiday) and I stayed at Hilton Bonnet Creek last year. (We are also bringing her 11 year old best friend with us.) However, when my daughter saw the YC she was smitten with the decor, etc., which kind of made me chuckle because it does *look* a little stuffy. But very nice. My question is: how far exactly (realizing there are variables, so I guess not exactly) is the walk over to BC to the marketplace??
     
  20. Angeejoe

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    While the BC/YC building share a middle wall, they do not actually connect. You can walk all the way through YC past Yatchmans Steakhouse, go out the door near there, walk behind SAB past arcade & fitness center, and in back door at BC that takes you past Cape May, then to lobby, Go through lobby to Marketplace. So depending where you are in YC, how long elevator takes, I bet at least 10-15 mins.
     
  21. madalex

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    Walk from YC lobby to BC marketplace is less than 5 minutes. (I can walk from the lobby all the way to Epcot in 7 - 9 minutes.)
     

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