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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 Beach Club Marketplace and Yacht Club Market at Ale & Compass) and the Solarium BC Marketplace, YC Market at Ale & Compass, 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 All rooms at the Beach Club, Beach Club Villas and Yacht Club have been renovated during the past 3 years. Beach Club: October 2014-August 2015 Beach Club Villas: January 2016-September 2016 Yacht Club: October 2015-December 2015, Club Lounge Renovated. January 2017-September 2017, All Rooms Renovated You can read all about it here: Room Renovation News, October 2014-September 2017 ************************************************ Developing News: Friendship Boat Disruption???, Nov 28-Dec 25 *** Good News *** Beginning November 30, the Friendship boats will continue to run to and from EPCOT until 9:30 pm at which time guests may use bus service or walk between EPCOT and the nearby resorts. Normal service is expected to resume in late December. From Orlando Theme Park News: FriendShip Boat Service to Be Available Until 9:30 p.m. Daily Beginning Nov. 30 Per Disney's HUB (info for Cast Members) dated 10/19/18: The FriendShip boats will have normal operationss, except for EPCOT, from late Nov 2018 until late Dec 2018. The walkway to/from the IG will remain open for foot track and park entry/exit, though there will be no boat service. Boat service at Boardwalk, YC/BC, Swan/Dolphin and Hollywood Studios will operate as normal. Reported October 2018: According to a memo sent by Costco travel to guests with upcoming trips to the Swan and Dolphin resorts, the Friendship boats may be out of service, November 28-December 25, due to gondola construction issues. Buses will be used to transport guests of those resorts to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. There is no mention about whether the walking path will be impacted: Costco memo So far, we have seen no official communications from Disney about how or if this will affect transportation between the Yacht & Beach Club and EP/HS or if the walking path will be impacted. Inquiries to Disney Signature Services by club level guests have received replies that they are unaware of any upcoming disruptions. ETA: unofficial communications with CMs indicate that the Friendship boats to HS will still be running. Disney has called guests who have booked Illuminations cruises during this time period to let them know that they have been cancelled, but have offered a replacement of an Illuminations dessert party with admission to EP included. FWIW: This was posted on the Rumors board on October 18 Regatta Run, Thursdays starting in Sept 2018 3K run around Crescent Lake, Thursdays at 8 am, $15, Lots of great swag! Regatta Run Details Spring/Summer 2018 Exterior painting and maintenance ongoing at Beach Club Resort Cranes/Cherrypickers and scaffolding may be spotted, we don't have a schedule of where or when work is taking place Pictures and Info on Exterior Façade Refurbishment, Aug 2018 Unlocking Resort Rooms using smart phone, July 2018: Ability to Unlock Your Guest Room Door with Smart Phone, Digital Key, Rolled-Out to Boardwalk, Yacht, and Beach Club Resorts Stormalong Bay Pool - Cabana installation Note: as of October 2018, we have heard that this project has been cancelled. "Yes, There are No Cabanas" According to an information website for travel agents, a very small portion of Stormalong Bay Pool will be closed in order to make way for new cabanas. The remainder of the area will remain in full operation. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. The area is on the YC side of the pool, next to the shallow, kiddie sandbar area. * Mid-August – Fall 2018* There are also reports that the cabana installation has been postponed until later in 2018. Not much info has been posted by Disney. Cabana location mid-September, still no news as of mid-June, we have no further information on the dates of upcoming work. Random News: Friendship Boats are operating from YC dock to HS and EP as of Saturday June 30 after a spring/summer refurbishment. **************************************************************** February 2018 Knock! Knock! Who's There? Disney Security Room Check... Do Not Disturb door hangers have been replaced at all Disney resorts with new hangers that indicate that Disney CMs may be entering the room for safety/security checks (particularly if a guest declines daily housekeeping) Here's a couple of thread where you can get info or post comments/experiences: Questions and Comments about the Disney Room Security Checks Guest Experiences with Disney Room Checks I don't make the news, I just report it! January 2018 Disney Magical Express Pickup Time returned back to 3 hours before (domestic) flight November 2017 New Travel Changes/4 hour Disney Magical Express Pickup Time Ale & Compass Restaurant (formerly Captain's Grille) Open Here is a review of the recently opened Ale & Compass Restaurant (formerly Captain's Grille) from Disney Food Blog: Ale & Compass Dining Review, Disney Food Blog November 2017 Yacht & Beach Club resorts decorated for the holidays. Yacht Club Goes to the Dogs Breaking News- Reports are the "trial" period of permitting pet dogs to say in resort rooms will end in October 2018. October 2017 discussion on this thread beginning on page 105X Policy Allowing Pet Dogs During Stays at Yacht Club Resort WDWNews press release about new dog policy Appearing on WDW booking info for Yacht Club, October 2017: Dog-Friendly Accommodations Bring your pampered pooch to stay with you at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Here at Walt Disney World Resort, we know that dogs aren’t simply pets—they’re members of your family. And since family is at the heart of everything we do, for a limited time, your furry friends are welcome to join you at select Disney Resort hotels. Let the tail wagging commence! Note: Limit 2 dogs per room. Restrictions and fees apply. How to Book To bring your dog along on your upcoming visit, please call (407) 939-7539. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Services for Guests with Dogs During your stay, Best Friends Pet Care can provide assistance with dog walking, day care and other pet services (fees apply). For details, please call (877) 4-WDW-PETS or (877) 493-9738, or visit bestfriendspetcare.com. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Experiences at Dog Friendly Resorts ******************************************************* Additional Info, Menu Items & Prices September 2017 The Beach Club Bus Stop is in the normal location, despite info to the contrary on the Disney/wdwinfo refurbishment page. Word on the streets is that Ale & Compass Restaurant (formerly Captain's Grille) will reopen in October (see above- that date is delayed until sometime in November) According to guest reports, large cases (24 bottles) of water are no longer being sold in the gift shops. You are able to purchase 8 12-ounce bottles of water (Dasani?) for $3.99 Pillows at the Beach Club have all been replaced. Each queen bed now has 2 firm and 2 soft pillows: Sobel Westex is the brand. "Sahara Nights Firm" and "Sobella Soft Reports are that turndown service at both club level and in regular rooms (on request) is sporadic or non-existent. Yacht Club Convention Center- October 2016- 2018 December 22, 2017- Topping Off, Final Steel Beam raised Oct 2017: Inside look at improvements to YC Convention Center: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts Expansion – Coming 2018 Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, Newport Ballroom – Artist Concept Only As part of Disney’s commitment to creating exceptional meetings and events, we are providing meeting planners and event organizers with even more resources to deliver on their goals by expanding the convention center and renovating the Guest rooms at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, Pre-Function Area – Artist Concept Only A 28,000-square-foot expansion of the convention center at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort will bring the total amount of flexible meeting and event space at this popular resort location to 100,000 square feet. The new convention area will boast a 16,000 square-foot ballroom that can be divided into eight dynamic breakout spaces. The expansion will also include three pre-function areas and two distinct gathering rotundas providing unique networking spaces for attendees to relax and reconnect Oct 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. May 2017: The Market at Ale & Compass Open- new quick service food location and refill mug station retail sales of a small selection of merchandise may be found in the lobby parts of the area are open as a lounge in the evening hours (Formerly Fittings & Fairings Gift Shop) The Market at Ale & Compass See posts 6 and 7 for more pictures and info. May 2017: Stormalong Bay shower room open near Beaches & Cream See posts 2 and 3 for more pictures and info. BREAKING NEWS: July 2017: Gondola News Click on link below to read article or on pictures to enlarge. Project is not expected to be completed until 2019 Construction Walls at International Gateway for Gondola Construction April 2017: New room amenity- one liter of Dasani water in room free-of-charge. May 2017-Fall 2017: Major Renovation and Temporary Relocation of Captain's Grille Restaurant Ale & Compass lounge also undergoing renovations, parts of the Market at Ale & Compass open as a lounge during evening hours. 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 View attachment 229403 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 ETA: October 2017- bottle of bug spray is no longer being provided in resort rooms, but spray stations continue to be available throughout Disney resorts and theme parks. 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. No longer applicable 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." 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. Here's the link to a thread where you can post pictures, stories or just words of thanks and encouragement. Best Wishes for Teena Beach Club: Insert Beach Picture Yacht Club: Insert Lighthouse Picture 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 décor in lobby and rooms Lobby can be active and lively with families waiting for meals at Cape May Closer to EPCOT and Marketplace Gift Shop Approximately 50% of rooms in all room categories have full balconies. The remaining are standing balconies. Room attributes include carpets on floor, ceiling fans*, Cuisinart Pod Coffee Makers *ceiling fans may be in the process of being removed from rooms at the BC (2018) Shared resort bus picks up and drops off at YC first Yacht Club- renovations to club level lounge started October 2015, room renovations completed in June 2017 Darker woods and nautical décor 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 (exceptions: 5163, 4163, 3163, 2163 and 1163) Room attributes include wood floors, lots of storage units, Keurig coffee makers. No ceiling fans in rooms following the rehab. The Market at Ale & Compass is smaller and offers different quick serve food items than the Beach Club Marketplace. Shared resort bus usually picks up and drops off at the YC first * Starting in October 2017, pet dogs are now being welcomed in guest rooms at the Yacht Club resort. Additional information posted at the beginning of this post. Want more details about the differences between the two resorts? Check out this awesome blog post (November 2011) from The World of Deej: The World of Deej: BC vs. YC Pixarmom's comparison of BC and YC Resort Map: ********************************************************************* TRANSPORTATION 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. Boats are supposed to run approximately every 15 minutes- an additional boat was added to the rotation when Toy Story Land was opened. 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 Pro-tip: If you are taking the boat from the Beach Club/Yacht Club to Hollywood Studios, especially during busy times, it may make sense to walk to the International Gateway dock to ensure you get a seat on the boat. Sometimes only a limited number of passengers waiting at the YC dock will be able to get on the boat. Friendship boats are accessible for guests in wheelchairs and ECVs, but are limited to taking 2 of these per boat. Strollers must/don't have to be emptied and folded once on board. Link to Info about 2018 Refurbishment 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: 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: Bus board at BC bus stop, April 2016: 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 December 2017, Katesdad, YC to AK to AKL for Boma breakfast, 8:35 am 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. Disney-sponsored Minnie Vans- service launched August 2017 Price Increase September 2018: $15 base plus $2.75 per mile eg. Beach Club to Magic Kingdom: $28 Beach Club to Contemporary Resort $31 Price Increase to $25, February 2018 I believe the rides are now available to guests at all Disney resorts. According to Disney Signature Service: "The new Minnie Van service will operate from 6:30 AM- 12:30 AM daily. Once enrolling into the service with one of the Cast Members, you will be able to reserve the service through a mobile app. Upon arrival Cast Members at bell services will be able to provide you with additional information regarding this service*. The Minnie Van can accommodate up to 6 guests and are currently priced at $20. Please note this information and pricing is subject to change as we have just begun to test this service. We look forward to having more additional information to share soon!" * It appears that you need to add an app for a Lyft-type service to your smart phone. Guests have been receiving pop-up in their My Disney Experience accounts to assist them in activating an account. Tipping is not permitted There are a limited number of Minnie Vans that can accommodate scooters and wheelchairs. Make sure you specify if you need one of these vehicles and give plenty of notice when ordering one. Pickup/Drop-off Spots at the Theme Parks Epcot In the Bus Loop Animal Kingdom Behind Bus Stop 17 Hollywood Studios Bus Stop 28 Magic Kingdom Bus Loop (Maybe Bus Stop 11) Blog Post about Minnie vans 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) Disney Springs: As with any Disney resort, travel to and from DTD (now Disney Springs) can be torturous. My family has not found the buses TO DS to be all that bad but we HATE the buses that return from DS 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 DS return buses are always crowded. Always. To avoid frustration, my family usually takes a boat to one of the DS 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! And Uber ride is even less expensive than that. Disney Water Parks: Summer 2018 Blizzard Beach - Take the bus to AK. Switch at AK to Blizzard Beach bus. On the return, there is a bus that takes you back to AK so you can get on your resort bus. Typhoon Lagoon - Take the bus to Disney Springs. Switch at Disney Springs to bus to TL. On the return, there is a bus that takes you back to DS so you can get on your resort bus. Minnie Van Price: Taxi Price: Uber Price: *********************************************************************** For really cool aerial views of the resort, check out this BING map application: Aerial Map of Beach Club Resort picture provided by littlewhiterabbit ******************************************************** Stormalong Bay Pool and Flying Jib Slide Stormlong Bay is a beachside water park that offers up 3 acres of aquatic fun for the whole family. Catch currents in an expansive sand-bottomed pool or a lazy circular river, explore the "Shipwreck" and slide down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort, or simply lie on the elevated tanning deck and soak up the sun's golden rays. With 750,000 gallons of water comprising an impressive complex of pools that range from swirling to placid every member of your family can find a place to make a splash at Stormalong Bay. Guppy Bay Kiddie pool lets even the youngest of guests in on the fun. See more pictures and read about this amazing pool complex in Posts 2 and 3! ********************************************************************** 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.