Disney's YACHT & BEACH CLUB RESORTS Information & Questions Updated Info on Page 1 Post 1 & 13, 14

tseitel

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Could anyone please tell me if there are DVD players available in the BC rooms (not villas) or if we can request one at the front desk? Thanks!
 

izzylovesmickey

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If I was going for price alone, I would stay off site. I booked CS previously because it was one of the only resorts available at a decent price. When I go in December I'm staying off site for $46/night, haha, so when I go cheap I go FULL ON cheap.


There is one big thing that this is riding on, and it's how much I love Storm Along Bay. If you've stayed at YC, what are the hours like? I've heard things like it closes at dusk, which in October with the sun setting around 8pm....will not be fun. I know they change frequently, but did you find that it closed significantly earlier than other pools?
I know the hours change according to season so I can't answer that. On our trips I don't recall it closing exceptionally early. We do love some SAB time! But we like the quiet pools there also. For us, the biggest draw of all is the ability to walk to Epcot and HS. We stayed at SSR this summer and loved the resort, but one day we took the bus from DS to BC just to walk through the lobby. We all got to EP and said we really missed that part. You really can't go wrong with either resort. CSR is a beautiful resort. YC has more amenities but a bigger price tag. Good luck and enjoy whichever resort you choose!
 
  • 10CJ

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    I get to book ADRs soon for our Spring 2018 trip. We are staying at BCV. Trying to figure out what I should do for dinner on our last night. 4 adults, 2 kids (6 and 3). I think we will spend the morning at Epcot. We do have park hoppers and there is good chance we will come back to the resort for a swim in the afternoon. I sort of want to leave some flexibility but we are going over Spring Break so I feel like having an ADR on the books is a good idea. I can always drop it early in the week if I don't think we will use it. So, that being said I was I think of making the ADR around the EP resorts or at Epcot. Maybe Yachtsman Steakhouse?

    Epcot and Epcot Resorts meals we are already trying for
    Rose and Crown Dinner
    Cape May Dinner
    Beaches and Cream dinner
    Bon Voyage Breakfast
    San Angel Inn lunch

    Might try to work in a Nine Dragons Lunch or Dinner somewhere


    Others things we are hoping to get
    HEA Dessert Party
    Chef Mickey's Brunch
    PPO BOG Breakfast if MK opens at 9
    Tiffins (ROL) dinner
    Sanaa Lunch
    Skippers Canteen dinner
    Whispering Canyon breakfast

    What do you typically book for your last night in the World? What would you recommend in EP or at the EP resorts?
     

    MrsPMcD

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    Single digit dance day!! :cool1: We've got lots of new experiences lined up - got to love Disney that even when you've been lots of times, as we are fortunate enough to have been, there are still new things to look forward to. Can't wait to get home to the Yacht Club!! Even that is kind of new as first time in the new rooms. :cheer2:
     

    natebenma

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    Page 1030-1033

    We just got back from 11 days at YC. Yes....we rode out the hurricane there. This was our 1st stay at YC having stayed previously at BC and BWI....this is or favorite resort area and can't imagine staying anywhere else on property.

    *snip*

    We are booked at BC for next September but considering changing it to December. We have never done the Christmas party/decorations/etc. Plus, it seemed extra humid this trip and DH complained about the heat way too often. Thinking early December should make him happier.
    Thanks so much for your review, especially the info about riding out Hurricane Irma at the resort.

    :thumbsup2


    Just to give you feedback on FOP FP, my friend couldn't get them at 60 days out (wanted specifically for day 2 of trip), but kept looking everyday and got them at 50 days out one morning. I have read of other posters missing them at 60 days, but finding them while looking early in the morning (5-7am).
    Thanks so much for this encouraging reminder!

    :goodvibes


    Staying at yacht club first time in November!! Anyone gave a good rec on which floor to request??
    :welcome:

    I'll add you to the Be Our Guest list we keep on Page 1, Post 15.

    :cool1:

    Room requests are a personal thing depending on what is important to your family. Mine prefers an upper floor for potentially better views, but some may want a lower floor to have closer access to the lobby and resort exits/entrances without having to use an elevator.

    Other requests you can make (by calling in, not online) are close to elevator/lobby/transportation/pool, daybed, connecting (or not-connecting) rooms.

    ::yes::


    I get to book ADRs soon for our Spring 2018 trip. We are staying at BCV. Trying to figure out what I should do for dinner on our last night. 4 adults, 2 kids (6 and 3). I think we will spend the morning at Epcot. We do have park hoppers and there is good chance we will come back to the resort for a swim in the afternoon. I sort of want to leave some flexibility but we are going over Spring Break so I feel like having an ADR on the books is a good idea. I can always drop it early in the week if I don't think we will use it. So, that being said I was I think of making the ADR around the EP resorts or at Epcot. Maybe Yachtsman Steakhouse?

    Epcot and Epcot Resorts meals we are already trying for
    Rose and Crown Dinner
    Cape May Dinner
    Beaches and Cream dinner
    Bon Voyage Breakfast
    San Angel Inn lunch

    Might try to work in a Nine Dragons Lunch or Dinner somewhere


    Others things we are hoping to get
    HEA Dessert Party
    Chef Mickey's Brunch
    PPO BOG Breakfast if MK opens at 9
    Tiffins (ROL) dinner
    Sanaa Lunch
    Skippers Canteen dinner
    Whispering Canyon breakfast

    What do you typically book for your last night in the World? What would you recommend in EP or at the EP resorts?
    OK- I'll play the home game.

    I have not dined at the Yachtsman- I hear mostly positive reviews here.

    There is the Ale & Compass (Captain's Grill), currently under refurbishment but opening in October. You could check out the menu and watch reviews from guests after it re-opens.

    I'm going to Via Napoli for the first time in October- that seems to get rave reviews for all ages.

    :cool2:
     
  • Shellyb84

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    I get to book ADRs soon for our Spring 2018 trip. We are staying at BCV. Trying to figure out what I should do for dinner on our last night. 4 adults, 2 kids (6 and 3). I think we will spend the morning at Epcot. We do have park hoppers and there is good chance we will come back to the resort for a swim in the afternoon. I sort of want to leave some flexibility but we are going over Spring Break so I feel like having an ADR on the books is a good idea. I can always drop it early in the week if I don't think we will use it. So, that being said I was I think of making the ADR around the EP resorts or at Epcot. Maybe Yachtsman Steakhouse?

    Epcot and Epcot Resorts meals we are already trying for
    Rose and Crown Dinner
    Cape May Dinner
    Beaches and Cream dinner
    Bon Voyage Breakfast
    San Angel Inn lunch

    Might try to work in a Nine Dragons Lunch or Dinner somewhere


    Others things we are hoping to get
    HEA Dessert Party
    Chef Mickey's Brunch
    PPO BOG Breakfast if MK opens at 9
    Tiffins (ROL) dinner
    Sanaa Lunch
    Skippers Canteen dinner
    Whispering Canyon breakfast

    What do you typically book for your last night in the World? What would you recommend in EP or at the EP resorts?
    Last trip we booked Via Napoli for our last night because I wanted to end the trip at EP, and VN has always been consistently good.

    We love Yachtsman (best steak on property IMO) so that would be a perfect meal to end your trip.
     

    natebenma

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    Beach & Yacht Club Refurbishment News Historical Post

    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


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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


    ALL about the Yacht Club refurbishment and enhancements


    Yacht Club Room Refurbishment

    News about the room renovation project at Yacht Club will be posted 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

    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
    :woohoo:


    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.

    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).

    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!

    Sincerely,

    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



    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

    View attachment 104031


    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:

    I often read WDWMAGIC and think they generally have reliable information. That said, I think they are off base a bit here.

    The Beach Club renovation is NOTHING like the current Poly reconfiguration.

    The Lobby is NOT being torn apart and reconfigured with a waterfall being removed.
    The pool is NOT losing a rock formation volcano and being reconfigured,
    DVC bungalows are NOT being built on the shores of the lake.
    3 buildings, or even 3 floors of rooms, are NOT being converted to DVC studios.
    It is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT circumstance.

    Disney refurbs resorts on an on going basis. Again, the current Poly work is an aberration. There is little disruption during the usual ongoing work.

    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.


    :hourglass


    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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    Shellyb84

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    Hello Beach/Yacht Club lovers! I am currently booked at both YC and Coronado for my solo trip, because I can't decide between them. :sad2:
    Please help me decide! Or rather, please help me justify staying alone at the Yacht Club in October. ;P :thanks:
    I love CSR, it's our go-to for a mod, but there is just no question - I would definitely choose YC over CSR if it's in the budget! Especially during F&W. I'm not positive, but I would think the pool would be open until 9 or 10PM in October. It's open until 10PM this month.
     
  • samara

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    I get to book ADRs soon for our Spring 2018 trip. We are staying at BCV. Trying to figure out what I should do for dinner on our last night. 4 adults, 2 kids (6 and 3). I think we will spend the morning at Epcot. We do have park hoppers and there is good chance we will come back to the resort for a swim in the afternoon. I sort of want to leave some flexibility but we are going over Spring Break so I feel like having an ADR on the books is a good idea. I can always drop it early in the week if I don't think we will use it. So, that being said I was I think of making the ADR around the EP resorts or at Epcot. Maybe Yachtsman Steakhouse?


    What do you typically book for your last night in the World? What would you recommend in EP or at the EP resorts?
    I second (or third) the Via Napoli recommendation. We had a terrific meal there on our last trip. If you are looking for steak, can't go wrong with Le Cellier in Canada at Epcot.
     

    natebenma

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    Just a heads up. The pop machines in the Market Place will be gone for a week. My husband was just told you have to us Hurricane Hannah's.
    Thanks for the heads up on this! Sorry to bother you on your way out of there. Is it just the pop/soda/tonic/Coke dispenser? Can you still get coffee, tea, hot chocolate, iced tea in the Marketplace?

    THAT'S gonna be fun!

    I hope the YC beverage dispensers are not down at the same time.

    :headache:
     

    izzy1070

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    Thanks for the heads up on this! Sorry to bother you on your way out of there. Is it just the pop/soda/tonic/Coke dispenser? Can you still get coffee, tea, hot chocolate, iced tea in the Marketplace?

    THAT'S gonna be fun!

    I hope the YC beverage dispensers are not down at the same time.

    :headache:
    I'm happy to help! The coffee is still there but not sure about the tea or hot chocolate. There has been construction going on when you first walk down the steps in the clothes section. We thought maybe they were adding a dressing room but I'm not sure.
     

    10CJ

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    We have done Via Napoli before and liked it. I will definitely have to consider it.
     

    Wood Nymph

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    What do you typically book for your last night in the World? What would you recommend in EP or at the EP resorts?
    We like Trattoria al Forno. Check the menu and see if it appeals to you. Yachtsman is a great restaurant if you are in the mood for a big dinner.

    I have updated the Be Our Guest list. Please take a moment to see if you are there. If not- why not???
    I haven't asked to be on the Be Our Guest list yet, but I guess I better have you add it, since it is getting closer.

    BC - Nov 28th to Dec 1st - (split with GF)
     

    MusicalAstronaut

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    Question about getting into Epcot from YC. So it's morning, but the world showcase doesn't open until 11am right? So can I still enter Epcot and get to Future World and do things like Soarin' and Mission Space? Also, what time does Frozen open up? I haven't tried to ride that one yet. Then follow up, if I take a lazy morning at the pool until I go into Epcot, what do you guys recommend for breakfast on the Boardwalk?
     

    Wood Nymph

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    Question about getting into Epcot from YC. So it's morning, but the world showcase doesn't open until 11am right? So can I still enter Epcot and get to Future World and do things like Soarin' and Mission Space?
    The International Gateway opens at the same time as the main entrance to Epcot. You won't have any trouble getting over there at rope drop. :)

    if I take a lazy morning at the pool until I go into Epcot, what do you guys recommend for breakfast on the Boardwalk?
    It depends on what you like for breakfast. There are breakfast items at both the YC Marketplace and the BC Marketplace. The cinnamon roll at the YC is the most delicious thing ever. You can also walk over to the Boardwalk Bakery or slip into Epcot for breakfast at the bakery in France.

    The main pool opens at 9am. :)
     


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