Disney's YACHT & BEACH CLUB RESORTS Information & Questions: Refurb News, Post #1

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  1. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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

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


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    Table of Contents:

    Click on Links Below

    Post 1: Intro to the Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Refurbishment News (Just Keep Reading)
    includes differences between the two resorts, maps, transportation options and information

    Post 2: Stormalong Bay Pool

    Post 3: Flying Jib Slide/Guppy Bay Kiddie Pool & Slide/Quiet Pools
    Post 4: Resort Activities
    Monthly Activities Schedule, Movie on the Beach, Campfire, Pool Activities

    Post 5: Resort Amenities
    Arcade, Health Club and Spa, Beauty Salon, Marina, Laundry, Kids Programs

    Post 6: Gift Shops (The Marketplace and Fittings & Fairings) and the Solarium
    BC Marketplace, YC Fittings & Fairings, Solarium

    Post 7: Dining
    Post 8: Beach Club Resort Info
    Post 9: Yacht Club Resort Info
    Post 10: Beach Club Villa, Overview
    Post 11: Beach Club Villa, 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, Pool/SAB ?, Rapid Refill Beverage Mug status, Water/Grocery Delivery options
    Post 14: Other Useful Info
    Int Gateway, MK transport, refill mugs, food options, packages, shipping to the resort, fireworks, COFFEE, Will it fit?, rentals, bounceback, guest communications, How do I? and MORE!

    Post 15: Be Our Guest List
    Post 16: Photos, Videos, Trip Reports & Links to Closed Threads
    Post 17: Community Page
    Post 18: Voluptous Noodle Swap Historical Page, Buzzy's Spot
    Post 19: Lily's Pad



    April 2017: Yacht Club Room Refurbishment News- Rooms on 5th Floor (Club Level) and 4th Floor have been renovated. Work is currently ongoing on parts of the 3rd floor. Room refurbishment is expected to be completed in August, however this timeline is subject to change.

    News about the room renovation project at Yacht Club will be posted below as information becomes available.


    Here are some links to pictures of renovated YC rooms (club level)

    March 2017, Ewoks, King bed with side chair

    Room 5174, pas130, King bed with couch (pullout?)

    Room 5183, ohMom, 2 Queen beds- links to be added



    Keep reading below for YC refurbishment updates.


    BREAKING NEWS:

    April 2017: New room amenity- one liter of Dasani water in room free-of-charge.


    Spring 2017: Parts of Fittings & Fairings Gift Shop closed down for remodel and addition of quick serve/grab and go food and drink sales area. Full closure of shop expected in April with grand opening sometime in May 2017.


    Fittings & Fairings/The Market at Ale & Compass


    According to signs outside of "The Market at Ale & Compass" (formerly Fittings & Fairings), the quick service dining location will be open on May 15, 2017. Hours of Operation will be 6 am to 11:30 pm

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    Major Renovation and Temporary Relocation of Captain's Grille Restaurant

    Captain's Grille, one of the table service restaurants located just off the lobby of Disney's Yacht Club Resort is getting ready to be refurbished. Instead of closing, the restaurant will be relocating to oceanic-themed Ariel’s, a former restaurant space located at the nearby Beach Club, from mid-May until sometime this Fall as the work is being completed.


    "From the moment you step through the ironwork gate, be immersed in an enchanting underwater setting— where colorful coral displays, whimsical fish sculptures and hand-blown glass bubbles make you feel like you’re inside the pages of a fairy tale."- Disney website



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    Jan 2017- Poolside shower room update.

    Work has started. Part of the resort gaming arcade will be used for space. A guest was told the project was expected to be completed in April.


    Disney Resort Package Delivery Policy- November 2016
    "Please note that a $5 per package handling fee may apply to all packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room."

    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/mail-services/

    So far, we have not received reports from guests that this fee has been assessed at the Yacht & Beach Resort. A guest who had a packaged shipped (to the front desk) in early December was not charged the fee.

    It does not appear that this fee is being charged for actual deliveries from places like Garden Grocer, Amazon Now (not Prime), stroller rentals, etc.

    Please note that this is different from the weight-based handling charge if your package is delivered by UPS or FedEx to the convention center. See the FAQ Posts 13 and 14 on this page for more info.



    Garden Grocer Delivery Changes Starting mid-Sept 2016

    Delivery changes to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Moving forward they will only be delivering to these resorts during the hours of 4:30pm-5:30pm. ALL orders placed before these changes will now be delivered between the hours of 4:30pm-5:30pm. GG apologizes for any inconvenience that this may have caused you. Please call customer service at 866-855-4350 for any questions or concerns.

    Mosquito Control, Aug 2016

    Here's the rundown on the bug spray being handed out at Disney parks and resorts in Florida provided by the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy website/Facebook page, August 29, 2016:


    "Resort guests will receive a bottle in their resort room on check-in day.

    There are stations set up throughout the parks and Disney Springs where guests (both onsite and offsite) can spray down with the spray. The bottles at those stations stay at those stations, guests cannot take them when they leave the bug-spray station."

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    Teena's Retirement, January 2016:

    After working for Disney for more than 10 years, Teena the Beach Club greeter retired on Monday January 25. She moved to Las Vegas to live with her daughter Jeanne and her precious granddaughter Lily. For many of us, the Beach Club lobby will never be the same without the enthusiastic greeting and warm smile from our friend.

    :wave:

    Here's the link to a thread where you can post pictures, stories or just words of thanks and encouragement.

    Best Wishes for Teena


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    RESORT REFURBISHMENT NEWS
    Updated when credible information received
    Click on "Beach Club" or "Beach Club Villas" for link to details about their renovations


    Yacht Club Resort Renovations- Timeline
    Room renovations expected to be completed in August 2017


    April 2017- 4th Floor complete

    February 2017- 5th Floor/Club Level rooms available for occupancy


    January 2017- Pictures from a guest who stayed in a sample renovated room.

    YC model refurbished room

    Another set of photos of YC prototype room

    Dec 2016- Pictures from a guest who stayed in a sample renovated room. We do not know if this is a final design or if there will be tweaks when the full rehab starts

    https://www.facebook.com/kathytx/posts/10208196393966945]Mock-up Renovated Room, Page 742[/url]

    Oct 2016: Room Renovations have not started yet. The work was expected to start in late October, but an article in the Orlando Sentinel seems to indicate the renovation has been delayed again, now slated for Jan 2017.

    See link to the article below.


    Oct 11, 2015: Work on club level lounge commenced. YC Presidential Suite temporarily used for lounge offerings

    Dec 13, 2015: Newly refurbished and expanded YC Club Level lounge opens



    Beach Club Villas
    Started January 2016, Completed September 2016

    Beach Club Resort
    Started October 2014, Completed August 2015
    All Beach Club rooms have been renovated and are open for occupancy
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    Yacht Club Convention Center- October 2016
    Per Orlando Sentinel:

    "Yacht & Beach Club Resort plans to expand its convention space with an additional 25,000 square feet. That will bring total convention space at the resort to 100,000 square feet.
    Reedy Creek, the Disney-controlled taxing district, filed a permit application with the South Florida Water Management District this week for the work. Construction will also include additional parking space across Epcot Resorts Boulevard. Plans show the convention space being expanded to the north, where there is now a parking area.
    The work will start next month and be finished in spring of 2018."

    We don't expect this to have a big impact as far as disruptions to guests in their rooms, but it may result in inconvenience to drivers because there will be fewer parking spaces available at the resort.



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    Yacht Club- Work on the Regatta Club, the YC Club Level lounge, started on October 11, 2015 and finished in mid December. Lounge opened on Dec 13, 2015.
    Renovations to YC resort rooms expected to start in January 2017


    Letter to resort guests:

    January 2017

    Dear Xxxxx Family,

    We are delighted you have chosen to stay with us at Disney's Yacht Club Resort!

    In an effort to continually enhance the Guest experience here at the Walt Disney World® Resort, we often refresh our offerings and atmosphere. In preparation of your upcoming stay, we wanted to make you aware of a Resort refurbishment that will be taking place during your visit. While we are working our magic, it is possible you will experience construction noise and encounter some alternative paths of travel throughout the Resort. However, to minimize any possible disruptions to your stay, work with the most potential for noise will be limited to the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm.

    We anticipate that all of our unique Resort amenities, including our shopping, dining and recreation experiences, will remain open during your stay. While you may experience our 'work in progress,' please know that we are working hard to ensure that your stay is both comfortable and enjoyable.

    If you need assistance with your reservation, please contact your original booking agent as listed on your confirmation letter.

    [​IMG] If you booked your stay through Walt Disney World Resort or have general questions, please call 407-939-1880 between the hours of 7:00am-11:00pm (ET).

    [​IMG] If you booked your stay through Disney Vacation Club®, please contact Disney Vacation ClubMember Services at 800-800-9800 or 407-566-3800 between the hours of 9:00am-7:30pm (ET) Monday through Friday or 9:00am-5:30pm (ET) Saturday and Sunday.

    Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Cosmo Kapoor
    General Manager of Disney's Yacht Club Resort




    October 2016: It appears that the YC room renovations have been delayed AGAIN, now slated for January 2017:


    Yacht Club Convention Center, Yacht Club Room Renovation

    Mid Aug 2016: This is what's coming up on the Disney UK website when you put in dates for next summer:


    We need to tell you something! From 29th October 2016 - 25th June 2017 the Resort will be undergoing refurbishment. While we are working our magic it is possible you will experience the work taking place... Read More. However, to minimise any possible disruptions to your stay, work with the most potential for noise will be limited to the hours of 9. 00am to 5. 00pm. We anticipate that all Resort amenities, including shopping, dining and recreation experiences, will remain open during your stay.

    This construction notice appeared on the Disney reservation booking website on August 1, 2016

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    We have received information (not from Disney) suggesting that the renovation of the Yacht Club rooms will not be starting until late October.

    Some guests with reservations at the BC (and maybe YC) in November and December have been given the option to "upgrade" to other resorts due to an oversell situation at the resort. Resort changes to Animal Kingdom Lodge and Grand Floridian have been offered.

    It has not been announced whether the work will proceed from top floor to bottom floor as the Beach Club was done or wing by wing like the recent BCV rehab.

    Renovation dates were originally scheduled for August 21, 2016-July 14, 2017 according to a notice appearing on Disney reservation page, mid May 2016. However, the notice disappeared sometime in June.


    Here's a link to some photos from the new lounge, posted by focusondisney

    Renovated Yacht Club Concierge Lounge, December 2015



    With a renovation at the Yacht Club expected to start in fall 2016, there is a lot of concern with the condition of rooms at the resort. Here is a link to Post 16 on this thread where I have some threads and reviews addressing this question from recent guests of the YC.

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

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    General Resort Renovation News:

    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 refurbishment at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort will be a hard goods renovation. Rooms will be stripped down and everything from new sinks, new air conditioning units, new everything will be added except the maybe the TVs since they are fairly new.

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

    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.

    From June 2015- A guest with a July trip to the BC received the following notice

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    The furniture in the Beach Club lobby just received new upholstery (Summer 2014?) and I think new carpets were added, so at this time, we do not believe a refurbishment of the lobby is part of this renovation.



    Stormalong Bay:

    We have not heard anything about a major pool rehab being part of this renovation. Normal pool maintenance at Stormalong Bay happens in the winter, with 1/3 of the pool worked on at a time, with the remaining 2/3 remaining open. This is done almost every year, but I don't remember anyone discussing maintenance on the pool last winter.
    Maintenance work on the Jib Slide/outlet pool was completed in January and work on the Lazy River was completed in early March.
    Guests at the resort in early March are reporting that the slide and the lazy river areas are now both open.
    See POST 2 on this page for more info about Stormalong Bay and the winter maintenance work.




    What is the scope of the work at the resort?
    There is a recent blog post circulating about the upcoming renovation at the Beach Club. It references a 20 month project. Based on previous renovations, I think that this 20 month estimate is more likely to be the timeframe for the entire renovation at BOTH BC and YC- perhaps 10 months to a year for each resort.

    The article also references the renovation work at the Poly but the work at the Beach and Yacht Club is nowhere near the scope of the construction/destruction of the Poly villas or the lobby renovation that is happening there.

    Here is a great post comparing the renovations planned at Y&BC to the work at the Poly:


    We have not heard anything about a major pool rehab being part of this renovation, however some sections of the Stormalong Bay will be closed for normal winter maintenance in January and February 2015- see the second post in this thread (SAB) for more details.


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    We do not have an official estimate of the timetable or completion date for the YC resort refurbishment at this time. We have not received an official date from the resort.

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    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- club level lounge renovated in 2014, room renovations completed in August 2015
    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/Quick Serve Dining
    Approximately 50% of rooms in all room categories have full balconies. The remaining are standing balconies.


    Yacht Club- renovations to club level lounge started October 2015, room rehabs to follow.
    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:



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    TRANSPORTATION





    Bus Service:

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


    effective Fall 2015, there are afternoon buses to front of EPCOT


    Boat Service:

    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.



    Shortcut near BW pool area:
    From the BW to HS: Walk past the surrey bike rental kiosk on your left and friendship boat loading docks on your right. Take your first left [just before the ScreenDoor store] past Wyland Galleries and then your first right which will bring you to the Luna (Clown pool). Veer to the left around the Clown pool and you'll run right in to the walkway to HS. On the way back from HS, you'll see the Clown pool rollercoaster waterslide and there will be an entrance to the pool area on the backside of the slide.

    This shortcut will save approx. 1/4 mile or 5 minutes.

    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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    Bus board at BC bus stop, April 2016:

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    Early Morning Buses - it is difficult to find definitive answers about what time the morning buses to the theme parks start and how often they arrive at the resort bus stop. One morning, I went out to the Beach Club bus stop at 6:30 to see when buses came .

    The buses I saw while I was there were 6:30 MK, 6:52 AK, 6:54 MK, 7:06 AK
    MK opened at 9 am, AK was early EMH at 8 am


    You can read about that here:

    Sunday August 30 -
    Bus Stop Babe


    New bus routes are being introduced for the Walt Disney World water parks, May 29, 2016.

    Guests will need to take a bus to Disney Springs to get to Typhoon Lagoon from a resort. After 1:00pm, guests will need to transfer to a different bus at Disney Springs. Before 1:00, they will remain on the same bus.

    For guests traveling to Blizzard Beach, they will need to take a bus to Animal Kingdom and then transfer to a new bus there.

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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

    Phone Number for Mears Taxi: (407) 422-2222

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


    Uber Info: (To Be Added)


    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.

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

    Aerial Map of Beach Club Resort

    picture provided by littlewhiterabbit


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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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    See more pictures and read about this amazing pool complex in Posts 2 and 3!

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    Want to see more???

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

    Need to feed your fix for pix?

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


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

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

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

    Bing Map of YC/BC

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

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  2. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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

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    Thanks for the picture missyrose and pixeldust


    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.


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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 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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    There is no longer a playground as indicated in the lower left of the picture.

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

    Only guests of the Beach Club, Yacht Club or Beach Club Villas may use SAB. DVC members who are staying at other resorts are NOT permitted to use this pool.


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    Breaking News, May 2017- Showers have been added to the large poolside bathrooms !!!

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    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)


    According to guests:

    2017:
    April, 9 am to 10 pm
    March, 9 am to 10 pm
    February, ???
    January, 10 am to 8 pm


    2016:
    early Aug, 9 am to 10 pm
    July, 9 am to 10 pm
    June, 9 am to 10 pm
    early March, 9 am to 10 pm
    late February, 10 am to 8 pm
    January 2016, ???

    2015:
    mid-Dec 2015, 9am to 10 pm

    late August 2015, 9 am to 11 pm

    Guests in November 2014 report SAB operating hours of 9 am to 10 pm.

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


    Other Information:


    Towels are available for guests at Stormalong Bay and the 3 quiet pools.

    Outside floats are not permitted for adults in SAB. Pool noodles, either from home or purchased at the Beach Club Marketplace for around $4 each, 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.

    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.

    Single and Double tubes for the lazy river and pool are now available in the water up for grabs without a rental fee.

    For everyone's safety 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.

    As of March 2014, the locker room and showers in the health club are only available to Spa Guests. There are lockers available for use at the pool near Beaches & Cream, and outdoor showers available for guests to use. Poolside showers have been added to the large poolside bathroom May 2017.

    Poolside Lockers and Outside Showers

    Breaking News, August 2016- According to a recreation CM, showers will be added to the large poolside bathrooms!!! Completion Date Unknown


    Refurbishment News and History:

    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.

    Unscheduled maintenance may occur in emergency situations when necessary.

    Winter 2017 Maintenance

    Stormalong Bay Pool Slide closed January 30-Feb 10, 2017
    Beach Club Resort: Tidal Pool closed February 20 – 22, 2017
    Yacht Club Resort: Admiral Pool closed February 22 – 24, 2017

    2015


    Maintenance work on the Jib Slide/outlet pool was completed in January and work on the Lazy River was completed in early March.

    Guests at the resort in early March are reporting that the slide and the lazy river areas are now both open.



    Previous News:

    wdwinfo is reporting possible maintenance work in Jan/Feb with some parts of the pool closed during the work while other areas of the pool remain open.

    Letter sent from resort received by January 2015 guest


    According to the refurbishment list on the Disney Travel Agent site:

    Jan. 5 - Feb. 2, 2015
    Stormalong Bay Pool - Waterslide
    During this time, the waterslide and the waterway from the slide to the first bridge of Stormalong Bay will be unavailable. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests.


    January 25: The Jib Slide reopened at the end of January. According to reports, maintenance work at Stormalong Bay is proceeding according to schedule.


    Feb. 2 - Mar. 3, 2015
    Stormalong Bay Pool - Lazy River
    During this time, bridges three and four will be under refurbishment and the lazy river/snorkel area will be closed. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests.



    2014
    ???

    2013
    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.

    2012
    Not sure if anything was done in Jan/Feb 2012. Anyone remember?

    The pool slide and a portion of Stormalong Bay Bool will be closed 4/9/2012- 4/23/2012. Guests may use the pool and slide at the Boardwalk Inn in addition to the part of Stormalong Bay that is not closed.

    This was an unscheduled but necessary safety repair.

    September 2012- The Jib Slide was closed for a few days for an emergency repair.

    2011
    While Stormalong Bay has provided guests with endless enjoyment for many years, it is time to refresh the pool's water slide as well as the kiddie slide. Beginning January 3, 2011, the pool slides will be closed to Guests for refurbishment. The slides are scheduled to reopen in early February. The pool area will continue to be open throughout this renovation and Guests staying at the Yacht and Beach Club and Beach Club Villas will be able to use the Luna slide at Boardwalk Inn while the Jib Slide and Kiddie Slide areas are not available. Shuttles will be available to bring guests to the Boardwalk Inn pool.

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    Stormalong Bay



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    Photos by pixeldust, natebenma, heatherbelle and Marlton Mom


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


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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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    ~Ninja Mom's Guide to SAB

    SAB and Lazy River by natebenma, August 2014

    More pictures by natebenma, July 2013
    Stormalong Bay
    Lazy River/Hot Tub
    Let's Ride the Slide!

    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




    Poolside Food and Drink Menu April 2017



    Favorite Hidden Mickeys around SAB- one is near Hurricane Hanna's, where you stand in line to order.

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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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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    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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    FAQ: Are children permitted to wear 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 large pool slide.

    Take a Ride on the Slide by Boski:




    Let's Ride the Slide! July 2013

    Let It Slide! Jib Slide, Kiddie Pool, BC Beach August 2014


    Guppy Bay Kiddie Pool and Slide


    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


    Renovation News:

    Beach Club Resort: Tidal Pool closed February 20 – 22, 2017


    Yacht Club Resort: Admiral Pool closed February 22 – 24, 2017

    September 2016

    Beginning from today (Tuesday, September 6, 2016), the Admiral Pool area at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort will be under construction for a short period of time. This work is scheduled to take place Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this time, the pool will continue to remain open to hotel Guests, but all those walking around the area are encouraged to be very careful when walking next to the sections that are under construction.


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

    Quiet Pools


    Posted Hours are 7 am to 11 pm


    No lifeguards on duty.

    Towels are available poolside.

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    Admiral Pool- Yacht Club:


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    Tidal Pool- Beach Club


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    SHHH! Beach Club Quiet Pool, August 2015 by natebenma



    Dunes Cove: Beach Club Villas Pool


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

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    Thanks eandesmom and pixeldust for the hot tub photos!

    Lazy River/Hot Tub Photos


    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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    Showers have been added to the large poolside bathrooms by Beaches & Cream in May 2017.
    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


    Poolside Showers (Insert Link)

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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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 on select nights on the beach in front of SAB. Currently, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 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".
    Please note that Monday, Wed, Friday and Sat, the movies will be shown outside, currently at the BC Volleyball court.
    On Sunday, Tues and Thurs, or during inclement weather, the movie will be shown in the Solarium.



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    May 2017

    Stormalong Bay Pool Party - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 to 1:30 pm and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 3 pm- 4 pm

    Disney Junior Pool Party, Thursday at 2:30 pm

    No Campfire for May.

    Movie at 9 pm on the Beach Club Volleyball Court on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Movie on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be shown in the Beach Club Solarium.
    May 2017 Movie Schedule popcorn::

    Sun- Lilo & Stitch (Rated PG)
    Mon- Aladdin (G) in Solarium
    Tues- The Lion King (G)
    Wed- Tangled (PG) in Solarium
    Thurs-Zootopia (PG)
    Fri - A Goofy Movie (G) in Solarium
    Sat- Moana(PG)

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

    May 2017 Activities Calendar


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    New this month:

    Seaside Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm:

    Join us on the Big Beach for games, music and arts & crafts and seaside fun!


    April 2017 Activities Calendar


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



    Breaking News, February 2016:

    An afternoon tea will be offered in the Crescent Solarium on selected days beginning in February 2016. There will be both savory and sweet treats available, along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The tea is offered on 2/11-2/14, 3/24-3/29, 5/5-5/8 and 9/1-9/5 and reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

    Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium: Info, Pictures, Menu





    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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    Ceramics-Sandcastle Club
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
    (from January 2017 Activities Program)


    Bring the whole family to create your very own masterpiece! Ceramics must be picked up after 4:30 pm the following day. There is a materials fee charged for this activity.

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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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

    From the Directory of Services (Jan 2015):

    Adjacent to Storm Along Bay Pool
    Full service facilities with strength training equipment, cardio equipment massages and facials. Fitness Center open 24 hours with Magic Band or card access.
    To book a massage or facial please press Massage/Health Club on your in room phone



    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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    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. According to CMs at the spa, the steam room and dry sauna were replaced with additional massage rooms during this renovation.


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



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


    Request for Reviews

    February 2016
    Oct 2014




    Review of pedicure from Ship Shape Spa at Y&BC



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    Thanks for the marina photos, heatherbelle and pixarmom!


    Marina Prices, October 2014:

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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- you may want to check for coupons before booking



    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 Reviews

    by eandesmom:
    Boat Drinks
    Boat Drinks, continued


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


    Illuminations Cruise, Jan 2015, MickeyT



    Here is a boat rental review from WDW4us2006 (August 2012)

    Boston Whaler Montauk Rental, August 2012


    Albatross 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.


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    Albatross Treasure Cruise Reviews:


    Pirates Cruise Review- At World's End


    Mewissy, Sept 2015:
    Albatross Cruise - Wednesday morning my three kids (DD8, DD6, DD6) went on the 2-hour Albatross Cruise that leaves from the YC Marina. They got all decked out like pirates, boated around the lake, stopped in Canada, and eventually came back to open the treasure. They absolutely loved it. My almost 9-year-old was a bit concerned that it would be too young for her, but I think she loved it the most. She was telling me all about how they were enemies with Captain Stinkyfeet and other pieces of the adventure. It was $37/child.

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


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


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


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

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    Tennis, Anyone?

    One lighted, hard-surface tennis court, located at Disney's Yacht Club Resort near the YC Admiral (Quiet) Pool is available from 7 am to 10 pm. Rental equipment for Yacht & Beach Club resort guests is available at no charge at the Ship Shape Health Club. Touch 7-3256 from your in-room phone.

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    Hair Wrapping
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    Laundry Information :laundy:


    Self-service laundry rooms are located near the BC quiet pool and in between BC rooms 1530 and 1532. There is a laundry room near the YC quiet pool and another small laundry room may be found on the first floor of the YC, near the side exit (wedding gazebo side). There are washers and dryers in the BCV 1 and 2 BR villas, and there is a laundry room available for DVC members in the building.


    The machines are HE (High Efficiency) so if you have regular detergent you only use 1/4 of the amount needed for normal washers. Signs in the laundry room say 2 Tablespoons of detergent. Tide Pods work fine in these machines. Detergent may be purchased in the laundry room or in the BC Marketplace.


    Disney Resort Laundry View

    This website will tell you how many washers and dryers are available so you don't have to make a trip down there unless there is availability. You may also monitor where in the cycle your laundry is through your phone by scanning the QR code from the machine with your phone. You can also set up to receive alerts by text to notify you when the wash is done.

    The washers and dryers and detergent dispensers use credit or debit cards for payment. Coins/Cash are no longer accepted methods of payment.

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    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, Sept 2016




    Kids Programs


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    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!


    Beginning December 4, the Sandcastle Club at Disney's Beach Club Resort and Lilo's Playhouse at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will offer new programming similar to that onboard Disney Cruise Line. Children left at these supervised children's activity centers that cater to kids 3 to 12 will now be able to participate in cooking activities, adventures in science, plus character interactions. In addition there will be the usual toys and games, dress up, crafts, storytelling and dancing, and dinner is included! Pricing is $55 per child from 4:30 to midnight. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations and more information.

    January 2016


    More Sandcastle Club Reviews



    Kid's Nite Out, Inc.

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


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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Gift Shops and Solarium



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    Merchandise Guest Services:
    1-877-560-6477
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    www.disneyparks.com/store

    The Store Number for Beach Club Marketplace is 4031.


    The Beach Club Marketplace has Disney-themed merchandise, resort-themed merchandise, swimsuits and resort wear, books, toys, groceries, sundries, health and sun care items, candy, snacks and more.

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

    Breaking News!!! Mickey Waffles now available in the Marketplace, starting in March 2016. See Dining Post (Post 7) for breakfast and lunch/dinner menus at the Marketplace.

    Case of 24 12 oz. bottles Dasani Water: $6.39 (January 2016)


    May 2016



    I have attached a link to a copy of the order form available to BCV guests who want to pre-order groceries and other items from the Marketplace for their trip. This form can only be used by BCV guests and there is a $10 fee, but it should give everyone an idea of some of the convenience foods offered and the approximate prices. (July 2015)

    Marketplace Price List (DVC pre-order form), July 2015



    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

    All NEW Beach Club Marketplace Photo and Information Thread updated October 2012, new pictures August 2014 (page 4)

    Beach Club Marketplace Photos, January 2016



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    BREAKING NEWS, March 2017:

    Parts of Fittings & Fairings Gift Shop have closed down for remodel and addition of quick serve/grab and go food and drink sales area. Full closure of shop expected in April with grand opening sometime in May 2017.

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



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    Fittings & Fairings, From the Outside Looking In, September 2015
    Fittings & Fairings, YC Resort Merchandise, Purses, Drinks, September 2015

    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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    An afternoon tea will be offered in the Crescent Solarium beginning in February 2016. There will be both savory and sweet treats available, along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The tea is offered on 2/11-2/14, 3/24-3/29, 5/5-5/8 and 9/1-9/5 and reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


    Breaking News- additional dates added, March 2016. Here are the scheduled dates:


    March 25-29, April 14-17, May 5-8, June 16-19, July 1-4, Aug 11-14, Sept 1-5


    starting from June 16, Guests will once again be able to enjoy the "Afternoon Tea" event at Disney’s Beach Club Resort in the beautiful Crescent Solarium.
    The tranquil, comfortable solarium overlooking Crescent Gardens provides an elegant setting for Guests to enjoy classic afternoon tea, savories and sweets, such as house-made scones, petite sandwiches, and some pastries. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase during this limited-time event.

    Future "Afternoon Tea" dates include the following (tea will be served from 1-5 p.m.):



      • June 16-19
      • July 1-4
      • August 11-14
      • Sept. 1-5
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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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 allergies, 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.

    Major Renovation and Temporary Relocation of Captain's Grille Restaurant

    Captain's Grille, one of the table service restaurants located just off the lobby of Disney's Yacht Club Resort is getting ready to be refurbished. Instead of closing, the restaurant will be relocating to Ariel’s, a former restaurant space located at the nearby Beach Club, from mid-May until sometime this Fall as the work is being completed.


    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


    Marketplace Breakfast Menu

    Marketplace Lunch/Dinner Menu
    June 2016, EasternShoreGal:

    ******* Mickey Waffles now available, June 2016 ***************


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    Check out the links to these threads with pictures of the Marketplace menus and many of the food selections:
    Beach Club Marketplace Thread and All NEW BC Marketplace Photo and Information Thread updated October 2012, pictures added August 2014 (page 4)

    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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    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.

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    Poolside Food and Drink Menu April 2017

    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: Until recently (sometime in 2014), this dining location was walk-up only. The restaurant now takes Advanced Dining Reservations and since this location has limited seating, the availability of walk-in dining here is very low.

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


    This just in!


    July 2016

    Beaches and Cream at the Yacht and Beach Club has added 3 varieties of loaded French fries to the menu, including Gravy (Poutine), Cheese and Bacon and Chili Cheese. Read about it below.


    Loaded French Fries added to Beaches & Cream Menu

    March 2016

    Beaches and Cream at the Yacht and Beach Club is now serving several "adult" floats and milkshakes with added liquor. Among the selections available are a S'Mores Shake with Amarula Cream liqueur, a Grasshopper Float with Guinness stout, and Tropical Sunrise Float with pineapple hard cider. Prices range from $11.25 to $12.


    Adult Milkshakes at Beaches & Cream, Disney Food Blog


    According to recent guests, a gluten-free version of the Kitchen Sink is now offered.

    Breaking News! Two additional versions of the Kitchen Sink- Neapolitan and Chocolate Lovers- in addition to the original. Read all about it in the post from Disney Food Blog below

    Chocolate Lovers Kitchen Sink: 3 scoops chocolate ice cream, 3 scoops cookies and cream, 2 scoops vanilla, 4 brownies, 4 oreos, 2 milky ways, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, white and dark chocolate shavings, and a WHOLE CAN OF WHIP CREAM!!!!!

    Neapolitan Kitchen Sink:

    Beaches & Cream Kitchen Sink




    get mickeystoontown B&C review


    Review of Beaches & Cream by missyrose and pixeldust

    Review of Beaches & Cream by emmysmommy, August 2013(includes menu)

    Review of Beaches & Cream


    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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    Major Renovation and Temporary Relocation of Captain's Grill Restaurant

    Captain's Grille, one of the table service restaurants located just off the lobby of Disney's Yacht Club Resort is getting ready to be refurbished. Instead of closing, the restaurant will be relocating to Ariel’s, a former restaurant space located at the nearby Beach Club, from mid-May until sometime this Fall as the work is being completed.

    blog post:
    Captain's Grille will undergo major overhaul in 2017, exact dates unknown


    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, March 2016

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


    The Breakfast Club, Captain's Grille, August 2014

    Captain's Grille Breakfast review by missyrose and pixeldust

    Captain's Grille Breakfast Buffet, Review by emmysmommy

    Captain's Grille Lunch review by natebenma, July 2013

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

    Captain's Grille Dinner Review by natebenma, August 2015 (DISmeet)


    Captain's Grille Dinner Review by natebenma, with Teena 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).

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    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, Jan 2017

    Ale and Compass Menu

    Ale and Compass Continental Breakfast Photos
    Thanks, MickeyT and Nicki in NJ

    Ale and Compass Continental Breakfast by natebenma, August 2014


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



    Crews Cup Lounge Menu, January 2017

    Crew's Cup Lounge Menu

    Crews Cup Dinner (and more), August 2015

    Review of Crew's Cup meal by emmysmommy, August 2013


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



    Special Dining Opportunity: Afternoon Tea at the BC Crescent Solarium (Limited Dates)

    An afternoon tea will be offered in the Crescent Solarium on selected days beginning in February 2016. There will be both savory and sweet treats available, along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The tea is offered on 2/11-2/14, 3/24-3/29, 5/5-5/8 and 9/1-9/5 and reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


    Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium: Info, Pictures, Menu


    Room Service:


    Link to photos of Room Service menu, August 2016 by HubbDave



    In Room Dining Menu at Yacht & Beach Club



    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.

    Private Dining

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    Dining at Swan and Dolphin Hotels

    Note: Groupon has coupons for 20% meals at many of the fine dining restaurants at the Swalphin- if you are planning on going to one of these restaurants by December 31, 2016, use Google to find the offer.


    Epcot Resort Area Counter Service Options (BW/YC/BC) - This info needs to be updated!!!


    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 Breakfast, July 2016
    Picabu Lunch/Dinner, July 2016

    Picabu Menu wdwinfo



    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.

    Here is a compilation of comments about pizza delivery from April 2017 Pizza

    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.

    Gluten-Free Dining at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club resorts from Wuthering Bites

    AllergyFreeMouse, tips and contact info for helpful resources



    Here is another article on the subject, Eating Gluten-Free with Mickey


    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!


    For guests staying club level with gluten-free diets-Club level has an allergy toaster in the kitchen for people with gluten issues. They toast your stuff there before they bring it to you onstage.

    From EasternShoreGal, June 2016
    "The marketplace definitely has Mickey waffles. They are served with bacon. So I spoke with one of the cast members who told me that they can do gluten free Mickey waffles, but to be aware it will take a little longer if you are in a hurry. They get them from Cape May Cafe. "

    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."

    From nadira36, September 2014
    "AK has a special diets kiosk just passed Flame Tree BBQ House - they have Gluten-free beer, baby-cakes and other gluten-free and dairy free offers. They can also let you know about allergy friendly offers around the park - the more people who use it there, the more likely the other parks get their own kiosk."

    From HockeyMomR, June 2015
    " I also have a gluten allergy (and hashimoto's thyroiditis) was diagnosed a while ago but have been 100% gluten free since last September. Lounge CM's and chef were great in pointing me towards gluten free options. They will bring you special gluten free cookies / brownies upon request, these were simply delicious. The chef also volunteered to prepare shrimp or chicken gluten free during evening offerings. I appreciated the offer, but was fine with things already provided. Only bummer is the homemade chips are not gluten free but I found many other options especially in the mornings."

    From Best Aunt, March 2017


    Marketplace Gluten Free and Allergy-Friendly Treats


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    August 2015-
    A gluten-free version of the Kitchen Sink is offered at Beaches & Cream.

    Milk substitutes at The Beach Club Marketplace and Club Level Lounges
    BC Marketplace- Soy milk is available. Almond and Coconut milk have not been seen there (Aug 2015)

    Lounges- hope to get reports about what is available from recent guests.
     
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  9. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Disney's Beach Club Resort


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    Beach Club Resort Overview: 7 in 7


    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 (After 2015 Renovation)


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    Pictures by HockeyMomR and natebenma


    Guest Rooms- Pre Renovation

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

    Renovated Room, January 2015

    Room 4581, August 2014

    Room 5709, July 2013


    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 (Cuisinart coffee pod machine, regular and decaf pods 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.


    Detailed Room Map (View Categories included!)

    I'll keep this outdated map here for historical purposes. Beach Club Disney Zone Map With availability of the availability of the above layout info, this one is now obsolete. 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.


    I started up three View Threads in the Resort Photo Subforum for BC, YC and BCV:

    Beach 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.

    Here is another resource where you can get information about Beach Club Rooms

    http://touringplans.com/hotel_maps/disneys-beach-club-resort


    Beach Club at the Holidays:


    Gingerbread Carousel by KAT4DISNEY



    Step-Saving Super-Secret Entrance/Exit at the Beach Club


    Near Room 1501, there is a side entrance/exit to the Beach Club which takes you mere steps, probably 3 minutes, from the International Gateway entrance to EPCOT.

    This can be a really handy way in or out of the BC if it is wicked hot or raining.

    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 some photos of the exit door near Room 1501, the pathway and the gate to the "secret entrance"



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  10. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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


    ADD NEW ROOM PICTURES

    Video Tour of Refurbished Room:





    Guest Rooms (Prior to 2017 Renovation)

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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 (Cuisinart Coffee Pod machines, regular and decaf pods 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.


    Disney Zone Archived Room Layout Map for Yacht Club


    I started up three View Threads in the Resort Photo Subforum for YC, BC and BCV:


    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.

    Here is another resource where you can find additional details about Yacht Club rooms

    http://touringplans.com/hotel_maps/disneys-yacht-club-resort

    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



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

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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. The doors locks have been fitted with an RFID chip so that you can gain entry using your Magic Band.



    A little more detail about the YC Secret Entrance

    Thanks, pixarmom, for the photos and info!

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  11. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Disney's Beach Club Villas Deluxe Resorts, Overview

    February 2016-September 2016: Beach Club Villa room renovations completed

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    BBQ Grills-

    There is a small grill available for use by guests at the Beach Club Villas located by the Dunes Cove pool [sort of]. There's a path that parallels the canal from the pool to the front entrance of the BC. They are located on the left as you head to BC front lobby. You must supply your own charcoal and utensils.

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    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 and in particular, this thread
    STORMIN' THE BEACH-BCV Owners-and GROUPIES Welcome Home!!

    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


    What are the differences between a Beach Club resort room and a Beach Club Villa studio?

    Comparison of BCV studio to standard BC resort room




    Services and Amenities:


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    Currently (2016), there is a concierge Cast Member on duty at BCV from 8 am to 4 pm. When on duty, you may check-in either at the Beach Club front desk or here.


    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 prepackaged 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

    BCV Floor Plans

    Shortcut from BCV to EPCOT
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    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.

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  12. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Disney's Beach Club Villas Deluxe Resorts, Rooms


    February 2016-September 2016: Beach Club Villa room renovations completed

    BCV studios now include a murphy bed and may be booked for 5 people. Occupancy of the BCV 1 BR villas remains at 4.


    BCV renovated 2 Bedroom Villa Room 123, January 2017
    BCV renovated studio villa Room 343, multi-post, includes Murphy Bed
    BCV renovated studio villa Room 566, May 2016
    BCV renovated 1 Bedroom villa, September 2016
    BCV renovated 1 Bedroom villa, April 2016

    Here is a sneak peak at a few renovated, but unoccupied rooms:

    Renovated BCV Rooms: 539, 540, 547 Late February 2016


    Villas Offered as:
    Studio
    One Bedroom
    Two Bedroom

    Disney Beach Club Villa Studio (after 2016 renovation)

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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, Packaged 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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    Too many USB outlets to count

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    The doorway to the left of the sink is the closet, which is large, but the door can't swing out because it would hit the sink, so it opens to the inside. If you put a suitcase in there, you can't open and close the door.
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    Thank you so much, @MickeyT for providing these pictures from your recent stay!

    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, Prepackaged 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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    Helpful hint: The extra blanket and pillow for the pull out couches are tucked into the back of the couch. When the couch is pulled out and opened into a bed, the items end up UNDER the bed and are not noticable.



    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

    I started up a BCV View and Room Description Thread in the Resort Photo Subforum:

    BCV View and Room Description

    The purpose of the thread is to give some samples of rooms with various views at the Beach Club Villas.

    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

    Here is another link where you can get some specific information about BCV rooms

    BCV room details

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  13. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Club Level Information

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


    Disney's Club Level (CL) Information and Questions


    Contact information for the Beach Club Stone Harbor Club and the Yacht Club Regatta Club:


    Disney Signature Services has replaced the resort-specific Itinerary Planning Offices. This centralized service is once again able to help guests with Disney Club Level reservations make plans, including Advanced Dining Reservations for upcoming trips.

    Disney.Signature.Services@disneyworld.com or 407-939-7777.


    This contact info should only be used for guests who have confirmed club level reservations.

    Concierge Lounge hours:

    7:00 am - 10:00 pm 5th Floor, Main Building with closing during restocking times.




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


    Nespresso Machine, Coffee/Tea Set up and Morning Drinks:

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    Seaside Snacks: 11:30-4:00

    home-made kettle chips, garlic peppercorn dipping sauce, multigrain bread, crackers, olive hummus, 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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    Breakfast 7 am to 10:30, YC Regatta, Oct 2016

    Light Snacks 11:30 am to 4 pm, YC Regatta

    Hors d'oeuvres and Select Drinks 5 pm to 7 pm, YC Regatta

    Desserts and Cordials


    A Stay in a Renovated Yacht Club Room, Club Level by WDWFOR2 (Ewoks)

    Yacht Club Lounge photos, Ewoks

    Additional Photos of Food Offerings, Cluelyss, Feb 2016

    Food Offerings, Catho72, July 2015


    Stone Harbor Club- Beach Club



    Here are a few pictures of the Beach Club Stone Harbor Club Lounge after the 2014 refurbishment. Two guest rooms were taken out of service to enlarge the space in the lounge:


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    Yacht Club Regatta Club Lounge after the 2015 refurbishment. One guest room was taken out of service to enlarge the space in the lounge:


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    Concierge Check-In Service:

    As staffing allows, Club Level guests should be welcomed by name as they enter the resort, and will be escorted to the 5th floor for check-in, however your magic band should be programmed so that it will take you to the 5th floor when you tap it in the elevator. If you are not immediately greeted upon arrival, and need assistance, let one of the CMs in the lobby or at the front desk know and they should be able to help you.


    Guests are entitled to the use of the lounge and the concierge benefits from the time they check in (even if their room is not ready yet) until the end of their checkout day.




    Amenities 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


    Fast Pass/Reservations Texting Service:



    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. Guests staying club level in December have reported that bottles of water are no longer available upon request, but I suggest you keep asking.


    For guests staying club level with gluten-free diets:

    Club level has an allergy toaster in the kitchen for people with gluten issues. They toast your stuff there before they bring it to you onstage.



    From HockeyMomR, June 2015
    " I have a gluten allergy and have been 100% gluten free since last September. Lounge CM's and chef were great in pointing me towards gluten free options. They will bring you special gluten free cookies / brownies upon request, these were simply delicious. The chef also volunteered to prepare shrimp or chicken gluten free during evening offerings. I appreciated the offer, but was fine with things already provided. Only bummer is the homemade chips are not gluten free but I found many other options especially in the mornings."





    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

    Review of renovated Beach Club Newport Presidential Suite by Glass Slipper Concierge


    Pictures of club lounges and food offerings:



    mikec442, YC CL June 2016

    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


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

    mikec442, YC CL June 2016

    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?


    October 2015, YC Regatta Lounge:

    The YC Concierge Lounge has been temporarily moved to the Presidential Suite while renovations are taking place. The lounge will remain in its previous location, but will be larger by expanding into one former guest rooms.

    August 2014, BC Stone Harbor Club:

    The BC Concierge Lounge has been temporarily moved to the Presidential Suite while renovations are taking place. The lounge will remain in its previous location, but will be larger by expanding into the areas of two former guest rooms.

    I was given a very brief tour of the temporary Concierge Lounge in the Presidential Suite. I snapped a few pictures, but I didn't want to disturb the people who were in there.


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  14. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Differences between YC/BC, Room Views, Balconies, Daybeds, Room Requests, Online vs. In-person Checkin, Magic Bands, Pool Questions, Secret Exits, Refill Mugs, Ordering Water/Groceries

    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- club level lounge renovated in 2014, room renovations completed in August 2015
    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/Quick Serve Dining
    Approximately 50% of rooms in all room categories have full balconies. The remaining are standing balconies.


    Yacht Club- renovations to club level lounge started October 2015, room rehabs to follow.
    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 are the differences between a Beach Club resort room and a Beach Club Villa studio?

    Comparison of BCV studio to standard BC resort room




    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 three View Threads in the Resort Photo Subforum:

    Beach Club Room Views

    Yacht Club Room Views

    Beach Club Villas Room View


    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.

    If the room assigned to you does not have a full balcony, talk to someone at the front desk (in person) to see if it is possible to get a room with a full balcony. If not, and you are willing to switch after a day or two, ask when a room with a full balcony will be available.

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


    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.


    If you have 5 people on your reservation and there are no rooms with a daybed available when you check in, you will be provided with a rollaway cart, free of charge. You can ask when a room with a daybed will be available if you are willing to move later in your stay.

    If there are fewer than 5 people in your room, and your request for a daybed has not been met, you may request a rollaway cot for your room upon arrival. This is provided subject to availability and you should expect to be charged $15 per night for the cot.


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

    Disney resort guests have the opportunity to complete an advanced checkin within 60 days of their stay. See the next comment for more on advanced checkin.

    You should note any requests on your reservation through Disney's CRO (Central Reservation Office) if you booked the reservation with Disney or if you used a third party (travel agent, AAA, Orbitz, Travelocity, etc) you need to tell them the request so they can add it.

    You can add a request 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 at the front desk if your requests were granted, and if not, see if there is anything available that meets your needs.

    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.




    60 Day Online Checkin

    Confirm arrival and departure times

    Pick PIN numbers to use for park and resort purchases

    Make room requests from a limited selection of options (See below)

    There is also an option of clicking a box which will prioritize having a room ready upon your arrival but might override other room requests.


    Please note that to get the drop-down list of request options, you will need to click on the "Show Details" button on the page which has your transportation and arrival information, credit card info and room notification.

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




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    *Once you complete online checkin, you may not change the options selected through your MDE account. You need to call Disney IT to make a change.

    Requests that you made by phone through Disney's Central Reservations Office will not appear in your MDE account.

    There is an option to indicate you would prefer to have a room that is ready as soon as possible over any requests you made.



    Beach Club 60 Day Check In:

    August 2016

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    Yacht Club 60 Day Check In:

    Room Request Options as of Feb 2015- Choose up to 3:

    Upper Floor
    Lower Floor
    Ground Floor
    Near Elevator


    Beach Club Villa 60 Day Check In:
    posted by vettegirl, Sept 2015


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    Note- the option for full balcony is confusing.


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    Direct to Room: Starting in 2015

    WDW resort guests can now by-pass front desk check-in if they choose

    Walt Disney World is beginning a new program that will allow their resort guests to bypass the front desk check-in process if they choose. To take part in this option, guests must have their MagicBands sent to their home ahead of their vacation. They must complete online check-in, including paying in full for their reservation or authorizing a credit card and setting up a PIN. Lastly, they must provide an email address or phone number at which they can be reached. After these things are completed, they will be contacted with their room number and can go straight to their room upon arrival, after being met by a cast member outside the resort.


    Please note: If you have special requests that you want to discuss when you arrive at the resort, like a full balcony at BC or daybed at either resort, then I don't think that you want to take advantage of this offer.




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

    The main benefits of 60 day check-in are: (from Andre on POR subforum, March 2013)

    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);

    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.




    Pool Questions

    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

    See Post 2 on this thread for a historical listing of hours.

    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 Magic Band after you check out, and you still need to use before entering the pool area. You can store large bags with Bell Services. Recent reports are that only guests of the spa may use the lockers and showers in the health club. There are some lockers for use in the pool area near Beaches & Cream and outdoor showers poolside.

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    Is it true that I need to set out a towel on a lounger 3 days in advance to reserve a lounger at SAB?

    No. Please don't (see next post)

    random survey of pool chair availability, mid-August 2014


    Do guests play "The Towel Game" at Stormalong Bay? How do I deal with "Chair Piggies?"

    Check out this useful post by NinjaMom:
    Chair Piggies


    Is there a playground at the resort?

    Unfortunately, no. There is a playground located on the back part of the "beach" between the Swan/Dolphin. The least confusing way to access it would be to use the path that goes by the Swan pool. It's just at the end of that before you actually get to the Dolphin "beach"



    "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!


    Tell me about the RFID Rapid Refill Beverage Mugs

    In August 2013, Rapid Refill machines were installed at BC Marketplace

    There is a chip is on the bottom on the mugs. 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 losing one, you MUST show your receipt.

    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.

    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.


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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 use the mug for beverages for number of days you are staying at Disney, even if you change resorts. RFID chips are embedded in the mugs and will only allow usage for the length of your stay. At the end of your stay, 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.

    (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.


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


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


    Beach Club Marketplace (no delivery fee)
    Dasani 24 pack, 12 oz.. $6.39 as of January 2016- less than $7 with tax as of June 2016
    Soda, 6 pack (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite), $8


    The Speedway (formerly 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

    By Mail: The Yacht & Beach Club Resort 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. (See Shipping Info). This includes deliveries from Staples and Amazon Prime Pantry.

    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)


    Grocery Delivery Information and Reviews:

    www.gardengrocer.com

    www.WeGoShop.com
    *Ask about loyalty rewards program and referral program*


    www.dizzydolphindelivery.com

    Amazon Prime Now is a two hour delivery service of certain household essentials. Your order will be delivered to Bell Services at the resort. For delivery to the Yacht & Beach Club resort, which is a convention resort, this is preferable to Amazon Prime Pantry which will deliver to the Convention Center and will be subject to a pickup fee based on the package weight and limited pickup hours.

    Amazon Prime Now website


    www.turnerdrug.com (407) 828-8125
    $7.50 delivery fee to the Beach or Yacht Club
    Pricing as of August 2013:
    soda (coke, diet coke, pepsi, diet pepsi, mt. dew & sprite) 12 pack, 12 oz cans are $4.99 each.

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


    Online orders from Staples/Amazon/Walmart- I think these are delivered to the convention center and therefore subject to weight-based fee and must be picked up.


    Guest Reviews of Delivery Services:


    October 2014

    *** August 2013


    Amazon Prime Now feedback:

    Amazon Prime Now
    June 2016-according to the OP on the following thread (June 2016), there was confusion at the resort resulting in a delay in finding the order.


    Amazon Prime Now July 2016 Sleigh Belle
    Positive Feedback

    Dizzy Dolphin- March 2017


     
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  15. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Other Useful Information

    Club Level, International Gateway to EPCOT, Refill Mugs, Quick Service and Late Night Dining, Shipping, Illuminations, Coffee, Will it Fit? How Do I? Bounceback, Contact Info

    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.

    Please note that there is also a path that veers off to the right and takes you on a more level route, perhaps easier if you are in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller because you can avoid the slight incline. In the middle picture below, the main path is on the left. You can just barely see the level path that runs along the water on the right.

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    Thanks for the pictures missyrose and pixeldust and pixarmom!


    A video stroll from the Yacht Club to the International Gateway:



    A leisurely walk times at about 8+ minutes. This was filmed prior to the extra security/metal detector that guests now pass through, before scanning their bands or tickets.



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

    Guests who enter EPCOT through the International Gateway prior to 11 am (official World Showcase opening time) should proceed on the walkway outside of UK and past Canada. Cast members are stationed along the way to guide you.

    Frozen Ever After...

    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 or Garden Grill, 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 or head into Future World to get to the Land building.


    Disney runs special bus service to runners and spectators on race mornings for guests who need to get to race areas before the parks open. They will post signs in the EPCOT resort lobbies and near the International Gateway warning people that they will not be able to walk through EPCOT prior to park opening on race days.


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




    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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    More detailed information about Rapid Refill Mugs in the Other Useful Info Post (Post 14)


    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

    Breakfast at Beach Club thread

    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.

    In September 2014, Wood Nymph timed the walk from the YC lobby to the BC Marketplace: 5 minutes ETA: natebenma got the same results, 5 minutes, in August 2015.


    Walk from Beach Club lobby to Yacht Club lobby


    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 business/convention center and the shipping department will charge the recipient a handling charge, based on the weight of your package. Also note that the pickup hours at the business center are limited, especially at night and on weekends.

    In November 2016, it was reported that throughout Disney, packages that were mailed to the front desk of resorts may be subject of a $5 per package delivery fee. As of early December, we have not received reports of guests being charged. It also does not appear to apply to actual merchandise deliveries from places like Garden Grocer, Amazon Now or stroller deliveries.


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    2016 Parcel Handling Fees

    Handling fee includes receipt of item from carrier, storage for up to 3 days, onetime Guest package delivery or pickup, placing item with carrier for shipment, and tracking. Postage is not included.

    Please note that this pickup/handling fee applies to deliveries from places like Amazon, Amazon Pantry, Staples or other businesses that ship using UPS or FedEx as these will be sent to the Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center.


      • Envelope: $3.00
      • Small Box: $3.00 (up to 4 lbs)
      • Med Box: $5.00 (5 lbs – 20 lbs)
      • Large Box: $10.00 (21 lbs – 70 lbs)
      • Golf Club: $10.00
      • Display Cases: $15.00
      • Pallets: $70.00 per 100 lbs
    Prices are subject to change.

    Hours:

    For same-day shipping, outbound parcels must be received in the package room by 4:30 PM Monday – Friday. Items received after 4:30 PM on Friday will be shipped on Monday unless special handling has been requested. Saturday shipping services are available until 11:30 AM with advance notice. Special rates apply.

    It sounds like the shipping center is generally closed on weekends, unless you make prior arrangements.


    Ricoh Business Center

    United States Postal Service Mailing Addresses:

    *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 GardenGrocer or WeGoShop 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.


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    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. Wood Nymph recommends the Yacht Club boat dock. 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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    Here's a link from my August 2014 trip report with pictures of the Illuminations Fireworks and the Summer Frozen Fireworks from the Boardwalk Bridge.


    Fireworks as Far as the Eye Can See


    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) at the BEACH CLUB now have the Cuisinart Double Pod Machines and as of 2017, the renovated YACHT CLUB rooms have Keurig single brew machines:

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    Thanks for the photos Rorey, Cinderumbrella, MickeyT and Derry Wade!


    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 at BC, Keurig k-cups in renovated YC rooms (2017)

    All standard club level rooms, all views (standard meaning non-suite), including Deluxe Club Level Rooms: Cuisinart Pods* in BC rooms, Keurig k-cup in renovated YC rooms (2017)

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

    Beach Club Villas- Mr. Coffee-type makers (10 cup for 1BR, 2BR and the refurbed villas)

    *
    Coffee Pods from Walmart

    Pods are also available for purchase from Staples/Staples.com or Amazon.

    Guests are always welcome to ask housekeeping for as many pods as needed during your stay.



    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!!!


    Ale and Compass is located just off the Yacht Club Lobby, open at 6 am (I believe).

    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???

    Beach Club/Yacht Club Room Safes: Does an ipad fit in the room safe?

    Room Safes in the renovated Beach Club rooms now open and lock with a numerical keypad rather than a key. As of summer 2016, the Yacht Club room safes still operate with a key. We suspect that these safes will be replaced when the YC rooms undergo rehab.



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    Dimensions- Length: 14 inches, Width: 5 1/2 inches, Height: ??

    Yacht Club/Pre Renovation:


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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.

    Here are a few experiences from guests:










    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.



    Will a gallon of milk fit in the room fridge?
    Please note that the refrigerators in the Yacht Club post-renovation are different than the ones in the Beach Club rooms- see below for descriptions and pictures of the mini-fridges in both resorts:

    At least one half-gallon will fit in the door and possibly more in the main compartment. AT THE BEACH CLUB


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    Photos by natebenma and cmcadoo66.

    One guest wrote:



    These are the refrigerators in the newly renovated YACHT CLUB rooms (2017)

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    Thanks for the pictures Derry Wade and pas130




    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 or could be found in the Be Our Guest guide received at check-in. December 2016: Reports from Disney guests in all resorts are reporting inconsistent availability of printed information. Some guests have received emails with Bounce Back info during their stay at the resort.

    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.

    2017 Free Dining Bounceback

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    The dates for the 2017 Free Dining bounceback for current WDW resort guests:

    5/30-6/6/17
    6/30-7/5/17
    8/11-9/9/17
    12/8-12/20/17

    Must be booked by September 30, 2016 (or possibly Oct 31 from some reports)

    2017 Room Only Bounceback


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    The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Saving based on the discounted price of the same room. Additional per-adult price applies if more than 2 adults in a room in a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. This offer is only available to guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and is non-transferable. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes 3 bedroom villas and campsites.

    Please remember, you must book your bounceback WHILE you are at the resort. There is usually a one night stay deposit.

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    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

    Many people have commented on the comfort of the mattresses at the resort and the daybed/sleepers.

    The BC mattresses in renovated rooms are Beautyrest brand by Simmons Hospitality. Label

    Order Form from Simmons Guest Purchase Program
    Thank you WDW4us2006 and Wood Nymph for "uncovering" the mattress info!

    The daybed sleeper is manufactured by Flexsteel. Daybed Label

    To purchase pillows you may want to check out Beyond Down Pillows by Carpenter, according to cindydare. 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
    Amazon
    Sporadically available at places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Home Goods



    Ooo-Ooo, That Smell!

    The smell in the lobbies of the Beach Club and Yacht Club is green clover and aloe, generated with the Enviroscent system/ www.scentairhome.com
    note: The unit is quite expensive (around $300 plus cost of cartridges). The company has sold it to individuals in the past but some recent reports indicate that the companies have not been accommodating to non-business customers.

    Clever and Inquisitive Guests have sniffed out some Red Neck Scent Substitutions. Certain candle fragrances mimic the Beach Club lobby scent:

    Bath & Body Works: Rainkissed Leaves, Beach House, Beach Cabana (essence of BC)
    Yankee Candle: Exotic Rainforest, Oceanside Retreat, Cotton Blossom, A Summer's Wish (similar), Beach Walk
    Aldi: Water Lily & Aloe
    Columbia Fragrance Company: Walt's Wonderful World- Green Clover & Aloe
    Walter and Rosie Candle Company: Beach Club

    Anthology Candles: Beach Club
    Spireside: Beach Club (see below for review)
    Maple and Whiskey- a company from the UK
    Etsy- search on Beach Club/Disney/Mouse Scents candles or scents

    Note: some of these fragrances have been discontinued
    Also, some customers indicated that Walter and Rosie Candle Company have had some fulfillment issues and complaints in the past, but under new management the situation has improved.


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    In the words of the candlemaker: "Fresh green notes accented with white jasmine, blond woods and musk. And the candle is spot on with the scent of the lobby."

    You can also order the scents to make your own candles!
    The Candlemakers Store, Rainkissed Leaves


    Top Ten Disney Smells by Disney Dining

    Bring Disney Smells to Your Home by Disney Avenue

    Reviews/Recommendations/Testimonials:

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    Comments, Compliments or Complaints:


    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?

    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):

    Cosmo Kapoor, 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 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 want more 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:


    WDW Phone Numbers


    Helpful Planning Numbers

    Walt Disney World Resort Reservations: (407) 939-1936
    0800 16 90 730 (UK)

    Walt Disney World Dining Reservations: (407) 939-1947
    0800 16 90 748 (UK)

    Walt Disney World Tours, Recreation and Cirque du Soleil La Nouba: (407) 939-1929

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

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

    Magical Express Online Registration

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

    Beach Club Marketplace Store Number 4031

    Merchandise Guest Services: 1-877-560-6477
    email: merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com

    www.disneyparks.com/store

    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.

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

    www.gardengrocer.com

    www.WeGoShop.com

    *Ask about loyalty rewards program and referral program*

    Useful Planning Websites:

    Disney Dining (and Fast Pass Plus) Reservations Date Calendar

    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.


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

    Disney Theme Park Wheelchair Rental

    A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available to guests staying at WDW resorts. A refundable $315 deposit is required.

    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



    Here is a link to a post with info and reviews about scooters by Mickey & Minnie Mom: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=51492673&postcount=195

    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.


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

    Walt Disney World Disability Services (407) 560-2547

    You can also find an entire DISabilities forum here on the DIS.

    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


    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!

    Pictures

    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.

    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? (review these instructions)

    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? New Version

    With the new DIS server (Feb 2015) pictures can be directly uploaded to the DIS using the "Upload a File" feature. Two things to note- files that are too large will not upload and must be resized and when you quote a post that has a direct upload, you will not get the photo in your response box, you will just get a message that says "Attach XXXX"


    To resize a photo, make a copy so you don't alter the original photo file. Open the copy in a photo editor like "Paint". Under the Home tab, the Resize option is two superimposed rectangles. Change Horizontal and Vertical boxes to either 25% or 50% (both have worked for me). Click on OK, then click on the Save icon.

    To resize a group of photos, use "Send to Mail recipient Method"- will post these instructions soon

    Traditional Method using Photosharing Service and photo link:

    Post a Photo on the DIS?

    sub-lesson: Upload all of your pictures into Photobucket in Large, not Full-size, format


    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 words you want to appear as the link
    Highlight the words you have just typed, then use the symbols to underline and color
    End the post with {/url}

    So your line will look like:

    {url=http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44296451&postcount=2}{U}{COLOR="Blue"}Stormalong Bay Pool Complex{/COLOR}{/U}{/url}


    Do you have any packing tips?

    Ultimate Packing Lists:

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/packinglist/newpackinglist.pdf

    There is another good one from themouseforless.com:

    http://www.themouseforless.com/downloads/trip/UltimatePackingList/UltimatePackingList-.pdf


    You can also find a packing list and other info on the WDW Prep School site.

    How NinjaMom packs for a trip

    A Simpler Approach from Best Aunt

    Packing bottles of liquid (adult beverages) in checked luggage

    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. Moleskin to help prevent blisters from forming. Glide body stick for chafing issues.


    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.

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

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

    July 2010

    July 2009

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

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    Be Our Guest List :banana::banana::banana:

    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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    2017




    April :butterfly


    WDWOswald April 24-May 1 BC WV
    ClareH37 April 24-May 3 YC CL LV
    cindianne320 April 27-May 1 BC Girls' Getaway Weekend
    Tuptup April 28-May 4 BCV
    Christine9125 April 29-May 4 YC CL



    May :daisy:

    oufpat May BCV studio
    WiscMomof2 May YC CL 2 nights (before Fantasy cruise)
    sweetpee_1993 May YC
    maxie86 May YC-GF split
    dnw25 May YC
    HeyIt'sMe May, 3 nights, BC SV (50th BD)
    goofynut41 May BC (maybe)

    Anna114 May 1-8 BCV 1BR (29th Anniversary :love2:) (Drink around the world with DS :drinking1)
    Epcot82guy May 3-4 YC GV (split with Disney Springs hotel, officiating wedding)
    NanaWallbach May 3-11 YC CL (our friend from Brazil)
    PCFriar80 May 4-8 BCV
    busymommy2pink May 4-11 BC CL (then GF)
    mkate9 May 5-12 BC
    ALMinVA May 6-11 BC (mom/son trip)
    saintstickets May 6-12 BCV 2BR (before cruise)
    focusondisney May 6-13 YC CL (Happy Birthday to you!)
    Whenyouwish365 May 6-14 BCV
    Temple OT May 6-14 BC CL (DH 40th BD)
    jrsharp21 May 7-10 ??
    disfanTN May 9-14 YC CL
    Branflakes May 9-16 YC CL
    KSQmom May 10-13 YC GV
    VAtink May 10-15 YC
    lexybear May 10-15 BCV
    Tess May 11-19 BCV studio
    mommyboys3 May 12-17 BC
    downwithwindows May 12-20 BC CL SV
    lionsmom May 13-20 YC
    ReneeL May 14-20 BC Disneymoon :love:
    sc2870 mid-May BC or YC CL
    nascargirl May 15-22 BC CL
    ariane37 May 18-22 BC CL SV
    Nicnic May 18-June 1 BC (all BC, all the time)
    Wood Nymph May 19-24 BC GV
    roydavid7771 May 22-27 BCV 2BR (first trip with baby daughter)
    princessemsmom May 24-29 YC CL (after Poly)
    iheartbelle87 May 25-31 BC
    Fia May 25-June 4 BC (Girls Trip)
    KUFamily May 25-June 8 BC 1BR (then June 8-13 Dark Side)
    Lucys dad May 26- 2 weeks BC GV
    BarbieGal457 May 30-June 4 YC (Birthday trip)


    June :beach:

    merry_nbright June YC
    alex9179 June YC/POR split
    shellbelle June BC (CL maybe)
    CalifLynn June BC (split with SSR)
    kenny June YC GV
    JD3ofthem June BC or YC???
    TristiK June YC (9 nights)
    vivluvsdisney June 1BR (maybe)
    Chavaleh early June (moved to Poly)

    jen7233 June 1-4 BC (split with Shades of Green)
    Blended Disney June 2-3 BCV (after Dream cruise)
    JennLTX YC June 3- indefinite checkout date- whenever Mickey is able to drag her family out of there kicking and screaming on or after June 10
    ClassicKat June 3-10 YC
    alex9179 June 4-8 YC (after POR)
    VolvoManiac850 June 5-? ??
    Jfsag123 June 6-12 BCV (maybe BLT split)
    Sajchinook2015 June 6-12 BC Deluxe
    Sinope June 6-19 BC
    DrGirly June 8-16 BC (Celebrating brother's college grad with his first Disney trip)
    Mom loves Disney June 9-12 BC SV (high school graduation celebration)
    SheHulk June 9-16 BC
    HoneyPooh72 June 10-17 BC
    sallytigger June 11-15 YC or BC (split with Poly)
    Elizakapeka June 11-16 BC Deluxe (following cruise)
    Lalabubbles June 20-29 family trip (after stay at Poly)
    Bellabully June 21-28 BC
    Jon84 June 21- ?? (two weeks, UK Free Dining) (after LA/DL)
    petrola June 22-27 BC CL
    Tallent June 23 29 BC
    Shellyb84 June 24-July 2 BC (after 3 nights AKL)
    patclairesmom June 25-29 BC (then POR 6/29-7/3)
    4Spen June 25-July 1 BC
    MichaelWill&Megan'sMom June 30-?? BC
    mickey2minnie1 June 30-July 3 BC CL GV/Poly
    njmom76 June 30-July 6 BC
    dandydad12 June 30-July 8 BC
    Ferrentinos end of June BC CL

    July :cool2:


    ChipnDaleRules/DuffyBelle July BC (21 days!)

    maleficent83 July BC (2 weeks, Free Dining)
    The Fox Menagerie July BC (1 night before cruise)
    mtemm July YC CL
    LuBergen16 July YC (maybe)
    Mainemama July 15-20 (Moved to Poly)

    Wood Nymph July 1-5 BC SV
    AGoofykindagirl July 4-5 (after July 3 @CR, fireworks with Pop!)
    stenmarks July 4-8 YC CL
    michala100 July 7-?? BC GV
    deserrai July 7-10 YC, then GF
    ampooh July 7-13 YC
    Beer Me July 8-14 BC
    LuBergen16 July 13-24 YC CL
    Karebear July 14-22 BC
    klacey1 July 20-25 BC
    wdisneyaholic July 22-27 YC CL
    MelanieRI July 23-28 YC CL (after BW CL and visit with Orlando relatives)
    Dee'sBFF&Pumbaa July26-Aug 2 BC
    izzylovesmickey July 27-Aug 3 YC GV
    izzylovesmickey DS July 27-Aug 3 BC still (21st BD)
    dandydad12 July 27-Aug 6 BC
    Christinaxo July 27-Aug 3 BC (Birthday Celebrations)
    wdwlver July 29-Aug 6 BCV
    peace_all July 30-Aug 6 BCV (after split with Universal and BLT, maybe)

    August :sunny:


    Choppygirl Aug BC/YC
    mom of 3 blondes Aug YC
    CerysG mid Aug YC
    AliceIn Aug BC Deluxe
    Buzzy Belle Aug BC
    mindy lou Aug BC (split with Poly)
    jenifferf00 Aug BC
    manicstreet Aug BC
    JeffCG Aug BCV
    Shurley Aug YC
    mkh531 Aug BC
    VillainFavs Aug BC
    Freiden8 early Aug BC (maybe)
    srauseo Aug BCV 2BR
    jschoch8 Aug BC SV
    eemmie1 Aug BCV studio Anniversary trip :love2:

    Otooleh Aug 2-9 BC (split with AKL)
    JodyLynC Aug 4-7 YC CL
    DisneyDadinPA Aug 5-13 BC
    EasternShoreGal Aug 10-20 BCV
    cmadara Aug 13-18 BC
    Rosanne mid Aug YC/Poly split
    DisneyCAL Aug 15-23 BCV 1BR
    jods Aug 15-23 BC CL
    POOHDRMR Aug 15-25 BC (US 5 days, DD 16th BD)
    Eliserose Aug 16 YC/Poly split, 4 nights each
    Feckless Aug 17-26 BC CL (then 3 days at US)
    Scott MC Aug 17-27 BC
    ScaryTales Aug 18-20 YC DS 3rd BC
    Alli76 Aug 18-25 YC
    stephd219 Aug 19-26 BC
    jezebel73 Aug 22-31 YC
    kandb Aug 23-28 YC (split with GF 3 nights, 15th Anniversary :love:)
    Katie's Mom Aug 23-30 BC (16th BD celebration)
    Basil24 Aug 24-31 BC
    mousegear Aug 26-Sept 2 BC
    igrsod Aug 26-Sept 4 BC
    MomTo3PrincessesInNJ Aug 27-Sept 1 YC
    hdrolfe Aug 27-Sept 3 YC
    eastendlights Aug 30-Sept 10 BC CL LV
    AquaDame Aug 31-Sept 4 BC
    WDW4us2006 end of Aug BC
    Raya Last week of August YC
    cheryterese late Aug YC SV/split with CR?
    marymac123 Aug/Sept BC CL

    September :teacher:

    wendow Sept BC (prior to Poly)
    Kaitlyn G Sept BC
    MrsPMcD Sept YC (Girls trip for Mom's BD)
    RamonaBuchanan Sept BC 2BR
    rubyfalls Labor Day weekend BC
    Willabea Labor Day BC
    BLaird Sept YC (45th BD)
    ellismom Sept YC
    EEva Sept BC GV

    Nicole Larson Sept 1-4 BC CL SV
    njmom76 Sept 1-4 BC
    Denamac Sept 1-8 BC (4 rooms)
    RamonaBuchanan Sept 2-5 BCV 2BR split with US
    tinkerbella16 Sept 2-10 BC
    Kaitlyn Gull. Sept 2-10 BC?
    Rags Sept 3-10 BC
    DisneyFanJenn Sept 7-17 YC
    MamaBerd Sept 13-17 BC (BD trip w/DH only!)
    RayO Sept 14-25 BC (Surprise trip for mom!)
    Gaurhoth Sept 15-21 BC (extremely belated Honeymoon- 12 years) :love2:
    jenny105 Sept 16-22 YC
    vettegirl Sept 16-22 YC CL
    doccoc2002 Sept 16-25 BC (maybe YC)
    ShayBells Sept 17-23 BC
    Thom72 Sept 19-?? YC
    jpeden Sept 20-25 BC (Anniversary :love:)
    KerryCM Sept 20-27 BC LV
    Hills of Hasland UK Sept 22 BC (1 night after Halloween Dream Cruise)
    mcurrence Sept 23 BC (then Fantasy cruise)
    EasternShoreGal Sept 27-Oct 2 BCV (Sister's 50th BD)
    Splash fan Sept 29-Oct 8 BCV studio
    Lucysdad Sept 30-Oct 14 GV


    October :hmghost:

    AshleeH Oct??? YC LV
    wifey Oct BC 25th Anniversary, DS 18th BD :love2:
    welovepedro Oct YC (2 weeks)
    DevonsDisneyMom Oct BC
    TNKim Oct
    mickeem Oct BC
    Auntie_Maim Oct YC
    mickeem Oct BC
    princesstinkerbelle Oct BC
    wilkeliza Oct YC
    Vikss Oct YC (2 weeks)
    lexie32 Oct BC (2 weeks)
    margot31 Oct YC
    buzzgirl&dad Oct BCV
    bluecastle Oct 15-22 moved to BWV, 2BR
    Cluelyss Oct 26-29 changed resorts
    Auntie_Maim Oct YC (family reunion/parents 50th Anniversary) :love:


    Hi Pluto Oct 5-9 BC
    disneydacey Oct 5-14 BCV studio
    Tayber90 Oct 6-13 BC Food & Wine (after Dark Side)
    Tess Oct 6-13 BC
    Reneed68 Oct 7-15 BC
    AGoofykindagirl Oct 9-13 BC
    McNs Oct 9-14 BC (after POR)
    Gwynne Oct 10-20 YC (split with BWI)
    LovintheLodge Oct 12-20 BC
    Jon84 Oct 13-21 BC
    jad215 Oct 14-19 BC 40th BD celebrations with best friend
    Scott C. Oct 14-19 BCV 1BR (then Universal 10/19-25)
    PCFriar80 Oct 18-26 BCV (Food & Wine)
    LowesChevy Oct 20-23 BC (before and after BLT)
    LMO429 Oct 21-29 BC LV/PV
    LNLSFAM Oct 21-30 BCV 2BR (after Swan)
    ddoncan6er Oct 22-29 BCV Honeymoon :love:
    Hopefully Oct 22-30 BCV 2BR
    jlundeen Oct 29-Nov 4 BC

    November :squirrel:

    jgeauxmo Nov YC
    jaceraden Nov BCV?
    GeorgiaHoo Nov
    SullyD13 Nov

    Blended Disney Nov 3-7 BCV (Surprise 16th BD trip for DD)
    jerseyjersey Nov 3-11 BC
    VeronicaZS Nov 4-11 BC or YC
    gottalovepluto Nov 6-13 BC CL
    chimo2u Nov 11-16 BC CL LV (after Fantasy cruise) 27th Anniversary celebration :love:
    chimo2u kids Nov 11-16 BC CL SV
    sjs314 Nov 14-17 YC
    SaintsManiac Nov 17-24 BC
    wdwnut61 Nov 18-26 BC
    Tahoegal Nov 25-Dec 2 YC
    kimmy85 Nov 26-Dec 2 BCV 1BR
    mrsap Nov 26-Dec 2 YC CL (40th BD)
    aharbin88 Nov 27-Dec 4
    jecon late Nov/early Dec YC or BC- still deciding


    December :santa:

    Winniebell10 Dec BC
    Kimberle Dec YC WV
    PadmeNuberie Dec?

    dizprincess717 Dec 2-9 YC
    ShannyG Dec 3-10 BC CL
    cocoabean1 Dec 7-17 BC CL WV
    Kathy K Dec 8-11 YC CL (after Dream cruise)
    Katesdad Dec 8-15 YC GV (after Dream cruise, 40th Anniversary :love:)
    BoatDriver Dec 8-15 BC
    mystery222184 Dec 9-12 BC (then WL)
    merrick Dec 13-22 YC GV

    2018

    brandyleeann Jan 1-6 BCV studio
    MickeyT Jan 1-8 BCV 10th Anniversary of Marathon with Crazy Sisters. Go Lizards!
    PCFriar80 Jan 3-11 BCV studio 10K/Half Marathon
    Simba's Girl Jan 4-10 BC CL Marathon Weekend (20th Anniversary :love:)
    Nole95 Jan BCV Marathon Weekend
    JennaDeeDooDah Jan 29-Feb 9 BCV (10th Anniversary) :love:
    Derry Wade Jan 31-Feb 3 BCV
    Minniemoo15 March BCV (3 studio villas)
    Bellabully April 12-20 BC (before first Dream cruise)
    RocketCityMama May/June ?? Family Celebrations: 18th Anniv, DD HS Grad, DD first trip
    helenb June 2018 TBD: BC/YC
    TristiK June 2-12 YC
    louey Sept 21-Oct 3 YC
    <3 Mandi <3 Nov BCV



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  17. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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.


    Videos:


    "Disney Happy" by ChipnDaleRule

    Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort, July 2014

    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






    Beach Club, posted on Walt Disney World Facebook:




    DisUnplugged Team "What we love about Disney's Beach Club"



    For your listening pleasure: Yacht & Beach Club Area Music

    Bummer! This link does not appear to be working :(

    Here are a couple of descriptions of some of the music playing at the resort:

    Bill Mize

    Blog from wdwfor2 (Ewoks) Club Level Stay at the Yacht Club, renovated room, March 2017


    Trip Report and Review Links:


    Condition of Yacht Club, 2016:

    With a refurb at the Yacht Club imminent, but no start date reported yet, there is a lot of concern about the condition of rooms at the resort. I will post some threads and reviews addressing this question:

    How are the rooms at the Yacht Club, Feb 2016
    YC Trip Advisor Reviews thread- Should I be concerned? by Crazyhorse
    Yacht Club Worn Out? by toodycat


    Recent reviews addressing condition
    louey, May 2016
    DSLRuser, March 2016
    pinktink88, Feb 2016

    YC review, Lollipop's Mom Jan 2016
    Shoreward Jan 2016

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    Beach Club, Yacht Club and Beach Club Villa Reviews

    YC CL pas130 March 2017, renovated room
    YC BoatDriver Nov 2016
    YC MarkE83 Aug/Sept 2016
    BC BriLam Sept 2016
    BC Sunshine11 Aug 2016
    BC CL, bilnsheldodisney Aug 2016
    YC CL, mikec442 June 2016
    BC?, xjillianpaige June 2016
    BCV renovated 1 BR room 546 June 2016, no pictures
    BCV renovated studio villa Room 343, multi-post, includes Murphy Bed May 2016 iLOVEartLARK
    BC review, MickeyEars72
    YC review, DSLRuser March 2016
    BC review, sbeets Dec 2015
    BCV studio jerseygal Oct 2015 (split with Poly studio)
    BC CL Ichabody June 2015
    September 2014 BC, AskSiri
    Summer 2014 Reviews, BC and YC
    YC CL Review, August 2014, wdwfan
    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, Aug 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

    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

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    Trip Reports and Blog Postings



    A Private, Romantic 30th Anniversary Celebration- Just Ask My Friends, YC CL, Oct 2016 by natebenma In Progress
    Our Magical Christmas Trip, YC 11/29-12/6, AKL 12/6-9 by FootracerJ
    Antics of the Orange Banded Monkeys, Aug 2015 Beach Club by natebenma
    What Happens at the Beach Club, Aug 2014 by natebenma
    Dining with DISers, An August 2014 BC report by Janetmom
    Turning 3 at Disney, 9 nights BC CL, May 2014 blog by javail
    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
    Beach Club posts start on page 19

    Live Report, TigrLvsPooh May 25-June 1, 2013 Yacht Club
    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


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    Podcasts



    Comparisons of Yacht/Beach Club to other Disney Resorts:

    BCV/BWV by LorrieAnn5, Best Aunt, Hopefully
    YC/Coronado Springs Resort
    BC/YC/AKL by mousegear
    Beach Club/Wilderness Lodge/Animal Kingdom Lodge by maryandtyson
    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

    Comparison of BCV studio to standard BC resort room

    VGF vs. Poly Villas vs. SSR, EasternShoreGal, May 2016

    List of People Who Travel to Disney

    Previous, Closed Threads:

    2014/2015 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ (Sept 2014-May 2015)
    2014 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (May 2014-September 2014)
    2014 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (Jan 2014-May 2014)
    2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (Aug 2013-Jan 2014)
    2013 Beach and Yacht Club FAQ, Friends & Fun (July and Aug 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 Beach Club Dee

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


    August 30, 2015 6th Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS Meet

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    Disneymomx7 and DD, HockeyMomR, NinjaMom, TeenaS, natebenma, The Magical One, Nannette, Wood Nymph


    August 2014 5th Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS Meet


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


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    Front Row: Mommyrosa2, Natebenma, Disneymomx7, YCFan, JanetMom holding Buzzy, ScottMC, TeenaS, ~NM
    Back Row: TaraK, YCFan's Son A., Carol (HockeyMomR's Mom), HockeyMomR, The Magical One, JNPants




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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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    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!


    And now, please rise for the Beach & Yacht Club FAQ Official Anthem:

    Then of course there is that Song Wasted Away in Beach Clubaritaville.
    Here are the lyrics to that:


    Nibblin' on cup cakes,
    watchin' the sun bake;
    All of those tourists covered with oil.
    Strummin' my six string on my full balcony swing.
    Smell those shrimp At Cape May Cafe
    They're beginnin' to boil.

    Wasted away again in Beach Clubaritaville,
    Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
    Some people claim that there's a Greeter to blame,
    But I know it's nobody's fault.

    Don't know the reason,
    Stayed here all season
    With nothing to show but this brand new magic band.
    But it's a real beauty,
    A Brazillian cutie, how it got here
    I haven't a clue.

    Wasted away again in Beach Clubaritaville,
    Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
    Some people claim that there's a Greeter to blame,
    Now I think, - hell it could be my fault.

    I blew out my Fast Pass,
    Stepped on a Chair hog,
    Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.
    But there's booze in the blender,
    And soon it will render
    A Sunken Treasure that helps me hang on. (*note, the ST is not a frozen drink, but maybe it should be!)


    Wasted away again in Beach Clubaritaville
    Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
    Some people claim that there's a Greeter to blame,
    But I know, it's my own damn fault.
    Yes, and some people claim that there's a Greeter to blame
    And I know it's my own damn fault.



    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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    Bye Bye Bon Bons


    I have an announcement that may be upsetting to some... The chefs at the resort are no longer making Oreo Bon Bons for sale in the Beach Club Marketplace gift shop. This was once the signature dessert at the Cape May Clambake, but I believe they were discontinued at the buffet there awhile ago. Since then, they have been for sale in 6 packs in one of the grab and go cases, but I have been told by someone who was there yesterday that the last day they were selling them was Saturday.

    Just in case anyone is having withdrawals, here is a recipe for the play at home version.

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    Oreo Bon Bons

    Ingredients (Yield 3 Dozen)

    Mousse

    1. 16 oz. heavy cream
    2. 6 egg yolks
    3. 16 oz. white chocolate
    4. 4 gelatin sheets or 2 tbs. powdered gelatin place in 3 oz water
    5. 1 dozen Oreo Cookies (crumbled)
    6. 3 dozen Oreo Cookies (whole)
    Ganache

    1. 16 oz. dark chocolate
    2. 16 oz. heavy cream
    Instructions

    Mousse

    1. Melt chocolate.
    2. Whip 16 oz. heavy cream until consistency of ice cream.
    3. Place gelatin in cold water.
    4. Heat egg yolks until warm; add chocolate, stirring constantly.
    5. Place gelatin in microwave until gelatin is dissolved.
    6. While gelatin is heating, add one third of heavy cream to the egg yolk and white chocolate mixture; mix well.
    7. Add a little of the cream to the heated gelatin and mix well, then add both the gelatin mixture and the chocolate mixture to the remaining whipped cream and fold until incorporated.
    8. Fold in crumbled cookies, mixing well. Let mousse set up, around 2-4 hours.
    9. Place 3 dozen Oreo cookies on a sheet pan. Pipe mousse onto cookies, and dip into ganache.
    Ganache

    1. Over light heat, melt 16 oz. chocolate into 16 oz. of heavy cream, mixing until combined.

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


    Ode to my "first" Sunken Treasure by natebenma



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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!

    The Sunken Treasure was removed from the menu at Hurricane Hanna's for several years but has recently returned to the bar menu at HH and several other pool bars at other Disney resorts.


    Thanks to medicgirl177, who experimented 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

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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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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    Post 1
    Post 2
    Post 3
    Post 4
    Post 5

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

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Lily's Pad:

    For anyone 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).


    After working for Disney for more than 10 years, Teena the Beach Club greeter is retiring on Monday January 25. She will be moving to Las Vegas to live with her daughter Jeanne and her precious granddaughter Lily.

    For many of us, the Beach Club lobby will never be the same without the enthusiastic greeting and warm smile from our friend.

    :wave:

    I have started a thread on the Resorts Community Board to give everyone a place to send along good wishes to a great friend! Sort of like a virtual retirement card! (Thanks, shoreward, for the suggestion)

    Here's the link to the thread:

    Best Wishes for Teena


    Please post pictures, stories or just words of thanks and encouragement. Teena's next few days will be very busy with work and the sale of the house, but I know once she is settled, reading your kind thoughts will be heartwarming.

    :grouphug:


    :wave:


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    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


    Presidential Award, 2013:


    Presidential Award, 2014:

    Presidential Award, 2015:



    Princess Lily

    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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  21. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Welcome to Our New Home!!!


    UP House.jpg


    I still have some work to do on the first page- Post 1 needs A LOT of work and updating and I need to update the Table of Contents links to this thread.

    I'll try to get to Post 4, Resort Activities to update the May info.

    And I am behind 13 pages on the locked thread, so I know I have a bunch of people to :welcome: and the Be Our Guest list is only updated to page 320 (May 21, 2015)


    Don't forget to "Watch Thread" for updates, and if you have the link to the FAQ in your signature, make sure to update it there.

    :grouphug:
     
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