2014 Beach & Yacht Club FAQ *NEW THREAD, September 2014* http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3326031 PLEASE POST ON THE NEW THREAD!!! Beach Club and Yacht Club FAQ thread to the Beach & Yacht Club FAQ forum! BREAKING NEWS!!! WE HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT THE RENOVATION TO THE BEACH CLUB LOUNGE WILL BE STARTING ON MONDAY AUGUST 4. WHILE THE WORK IS BEING DONE, THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE WILL SERVE AS THE LOCATION OF THE LOUNGE FOR ANYONE STAYING CLUB LEVEL. 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. As of this time, we don't know when the work on the lounge will be completed or when the rooms wills be started. Guests with club level reservations in October were contacted in mid-March were 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. We have been told that when the Beach Club renovation is about 75% complete, work will start on the Beach Club Villas. We are not sure what kind of renovations will happen there yet. After the BC renovation is complete, work on the Yacht Club will begin. We have also recently learned that the BC lobby will probably also be part of the refurbishment process. Presumably after the rooms are done, but I am only speculating about that! As we receive more definitive information, we will post it here. ************************************************** 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! You may cry. You will definitely learn things about this wonderful resort. But as you follow along, you will mostly wish you could be at the Yacht or Beach Club RIGHT NOW!!! 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 Exits, SAB ?, Rapid Refill Beverage Mug status, Water Delivery Post 14: Other Useful Information Int Gateway, MK transport, refill mugs, 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) firstname.lastname@example.org Introduction to Disney's Beach Club and Yacht Club A sandy white beach along Crescent Lake creates a feeling reminiscent of the lazy days of summer along the eastern seaboard. Relaxed yet luxurious, Disneys Beach Club Resort shares an array of amenities with its sister resort Disney's Yacht Club Resort just a few feet away a sandbottom pool, health club, full service marina and a beachfront promenade with direct access to Epcot as well as the unique shops and restaurants at Disneys BoardWalk entertainment district. Classic surroundings capture the essence of New England luxury at the upscale Yacht Club Resort. Its comfy chairs, hardwood floors and shafts of sunlight streaming into a welcoming lobby invite you to linger. The Beach Club Thanks pixeldust and siouxi31 or the lobby photos! The Yacht Club Thanks kldmom2000, heatherbelle and MickeyT for the Yacht Club photos! The Beach Club and Yacht Club are similar resorts in terms of service and amenities, and have equal access to the shared pool complex, health club and video arcade. Both resorts have the same management team in place. Some minor differences have been noted by guests: Beach Club Lighter, beachy decor in lobby and rooms Lobby can be active and lively with families waiting for meals at Cape May Closer to EPCOT and Marketplace Gift Shop Approximately 50% of rooms in all room categories have full balconies. The remaining are standing balconies. Yacht Club Darker woods and nautical decor in lobby and rooms Lobby is more serene Convention attendees are more likely to be booked at YC Closer to Hollywood Studios and Friendship Boats Most rooms have a full balcony Want more details about the differences between the two resorts? Check out this awesome blog post (November 2011) from The World of Deej: The World of Deej: BC vs. YC Pixarmom's comparison of BC and YC Resort Map Transportation Motorcoach transportation is available to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Water launch is available to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Boardwalk,and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. Each boat makes the full circuit. EPCOT Int Gateway -> Boardwalk Inn -> Yacht & Beach Club (shared dock) -> Swan & Dolphin (shared dock) -> Disney Hollywood Studios Disney Hollywood Studios-> Swan & Dolphin -> Yacht & Beach Club -> Boardwalk Inn -> EPCOT International Gateway The Yacht & Beach Club boat dock was closed for refurbishment in March 2011 but is now open again. Walking is also an option to DHS and Epcot! The walk to Epcot takes about 5-10 minutes depending on your pace. The walk to DHS will take you a little longer but it is a beautiful walk! The distance from the Beach Club to Hollywood Studios is a little over a mile. Here's a suggested shortcut if you get to the Boardwalk from the Beach Club side: when you are at the Boardwalk Inn, just before the Wyland Galleries store, is a little opening that leads out to their Luna Park pool area, which you can use as a short cut for getting to the Hollywood Studios walkway and there will be a sign saying which way to go. This way you don't need to walk past the whole Boardwalk area. Alternatively, you can access the path by walking all the way to the end of the Yacht Club and crossing the bridge there. Here's a map created by Robo that explains the walking paths from DHS to Epcot, and places in between, illustrated in colorful detail: Thanks, Robo, for permitting me to post this extremely helpful picture! Here is one more map, showing the EPCOT Resort area and walking/running distances around Crescent Lake: Taxi Cabs are readily available to guests and can be hailed by one of the valet CMs outside of the Yacht or Beach Club lobby front entrances, however... If you are traveling directly from the Y&BC to MK, the Disney bus will take you directly to the front entrance of the park, but if you drive, or take a taxi cab, you must park/get out at the TTC and either use the express monorail or ferry boat to get to the park Here is one website link to help you determine the estimated cabfare from point to point during your trip: Taxi Fare Finder As with any Disney resort, travel to and from DTD can be torturous. We have not found the buses TO DTD to be all that bad but we HATE the buses that return from DTD to BC. The trip takes forever since the buses often stop at a water park, or change drivers, or make dropoffs at all of the EPCOT resorts, or all of the above. And the DTD return buses are always crowded. Always. To avoid frustration, my family usually takes a boat to one of the DTD resorts, then a bus to EPCOT, where we enjoy a few attractions before returning to our BC room. It really breaks up the travel. Note: Park Hoppers required. I describe this method in great detail at the end of the FAQ post. Alternatively, a taxi back to the BC would probably be around $20 including tip, and worth every penny! IMHO, taking a taxi TO Typhoon Lagoon is also a good call, since the buses make DTD stops before going to the waterpark. For really cool aerial views of the resort, check out this BING map application: Aerial Map of Beach Club Resort picture provided by littlewhiterabbit Stormalong Bay Pool and Flying Jib Slide Stormlong Bay is a beachside water park that offers up 3 acres of aquatic fun for the whole family. Catch currents in an expansive sand-bottomed pool or a lazy circular river, explore the "Shipwreck" and slide down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort, or simply lie on the elevated tanning deck and soak up the sun's golden rays. With 750,000 gallons of water comprising an impressive complex of pools that range from swirling to placid every member of your family can find a place to make a splash at Stormalong Bay. Guppy Bay Kiddie pool lets even the youngest of guests in on the fun. Thanks for the Jib Slide photo, Marlton Mom! See more pictures and read more about this amazing pool complex in the next post! Post 16: Photos, Video, Trip Reports & Links to Previously Closed Threads Need to feed your fix for pix? Link to Yacht Club, Beach Club and Beach Club Villa Photos~ Post All Your Photos!!! Video: Inside Look at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, June 2013 Look for Teena at 1:14 in this video Check out this YouTube video with a mini-tour of parts of the resort. Room depicted is in the Beach Club resort Video Tour Got some time to kill? Here's a Bing Map of the resort and surrounding area- you can zoom in and out. Teena said she thought she saw her car in the parking lot!!! Bing Map of YC/BC THANK YOU to Joe Cool, a high school student who originally put together this FAQ thread and to Tete01830 for keeping it going. .