Beach Club Dee
- Jul 19, 2008
to the Yacht & Beach Club FAQ forum!
We hope you like it here! There are a lot of interesting questions and some great information shared by veterans and newcomers alike.
We are a very friendly 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!!!
Here's the links to the previous, closed threads
2010 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2442492 (June 2008- August 2010)
2010 Yacht and Beach Club FAQ, Part II http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2530931 (August 2010 - March 2011)
2011 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2648534 (February2011 - April 2011)
2011 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Part II http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2707856 (April 2011-July 2011)
Need to feed your fix for pix?
Link to Yacht Club, Beach Club and Beach Club Villa Photos~ Post All Your Photos!!! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1735844
Marlton Mom's photos, June 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marlton-mom/sets/72157627204191110/
Check out this YouTube video with a mini-tour of parts of the resort. Room depicted is in the Beach Club resort
THANK YOU to Joe Cool, a high school student who originally put together this FAQ thread and to Tete01830 for keeping it going.
If you see any information that needs to updated or changed, please PM or email me!
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 siouxi31 for the lobby photos!
The Yacht Club
Thanks kldmom2000 and heatherbelle 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:
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.
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
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!
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
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. 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 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.
Here are the two posts from my TR where we did this.
July 2010: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38377886&postcount=238
July 2009: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37765350&postcount=49
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.
Alternatively, a taxi back to the BC would probably be around $20. I would consider that, too!
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!