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

Best Aunt

"That's the best-est present ever!"
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You know you made the right choice adding BCV as a home resort, when you are staying at the gorgeous BRV and trek over to eat at B&C 2x & 1x to sample the new ice cream place on the BW :o

Only 6.5 months til our BCV stay
When I was at CCV last month, I wished every day that I had booked BCV or BWV. I had thought I should try someplace new. Dumb idea.
 

TJA

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We just returned from a GREAT stay at BC, our long-time favorite resort (though we now love GF and Poly too!). We normally stay CL, but this trip we decided to try something different and my two DD15's wanted to do DDP, so I booked the Free Dining with a garden/woods view BC room. What a perfect place for the dining plan! We all loved the beverage machine at Market Place (coke freestyle?) - wow did we get our money's worth right there!!

We got our room requests (daybed and near lobby) and we also had a full balcony! Wonderful room - 2632. Just a walk down the stairs into the lobby to the Market Place. I hesitate to ever post negativities so I'm not going to get into detail, but we did find items in our room that must've belonged to previous guests :sick:. I gave to CM on our check-out day and she reported it and also called down the housekeeping supervisor. There was a receipt with a name on it, so they should be able to match the name up to the previous guests, and my hope is that they'll return the toys and other items to the rightful owners.

We had no construction/work in sight from our room which we appreciated! There was work happening all around, though. No bother to us, but while laying at pool, we had a full view. Also while eating Market Place breakfast outside, we watched them doing patchwork and painting in that area. Then also at the "front" entrance where you go out for the bus stop. I'm glad they're keeping BC looking great! But just beware they are sort of everywhere - lol. Didn't bother us at all, though.

We were so happy to have this stay at our beloved BC. The smell is still the same, everything was just as we remembered. We did have a brief stay last November mainly for CP/Epcot, but only 2 nights and then we moved to RPC. But just staying those 2 nights sort of hit a soft spot and I couldn't wait to book a longer trip there again.

Our room view. 2632 Garden/Woods view.
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Nice stock of toiletries. Very difficult to get replenishments, though. We go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner, and one a day just wasn't enough.
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View from our lounge chairs in top section at pool:
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We received chocolates and a nice letter thanking us for being return guests:
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Painting/work happening in front:
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Bonus pic: Can't believe I went on this, but Slinky is super fun! Especially at night. Great perk to staying at BC having this cute Toy Story Land nearby!
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DisneyJenK

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Back from our 1st visit to the Beach club and we loved it! The pool was amazing and we loved the restaurants. The walk to Epcot through the side door was Amazing! We even had a view of the Epcot illuminations fireworks from our room!!! GArden/woods view Room 3528 with 2 queen beds and a twin bed pull out couch.
 
  • cocoabean1

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    Question for you Disney guys- I have a 3 day park hopper that I got from AAA. I have already added the ticket to my reservation, can I call Disney and add 2 or 3 more days to the ticket? We will be staying at BC for 3 nights then Bonnet Creek for 5 nights. I don't want to wait until we get to Florida- I want to be able to make my FP choices at 30 days out from when we get at Bonnet Creek. I need to have a ticket to be able to FP's right?
     

    shoreward

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    Question for you Disney guys- I have a 3 day park hopper that I got from AAA. I have already added the ticket to my reservation, can I call Disney and add 2 or 3 more days to the ticket? We will be staying at BC for 3 nights then Bonnet Creek for 5 nights. I don't want to wait until we get to Florida- I want to be able to make my FP choices at 30 days out from when we get at Bonnet Creek. I need to have a ticket to be able to FP's right?
    For a prompt and reliable answer, I suggest you post your inquiry on this thread:
    https://www.disboards.com/threads/all-about-tickets-upgrades.3570721/
     

    DisneyLifePapioNe

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    We just returned from a GREAT stay at BC, our long-time favorite resort (though we now love GF and Poly too!). We normally stay CL, but this trip we decided to try something different and my two DD15's wanted to do DDP, so I booked the Free Dining with a garden/woods view BC room. What a perfect place for the dining plan! We all loved the beverage machine at Market Place (coke freestyle?) - wow did we get our money's worth right there!!

    We got our room requests (daybed and near lobby) and we also had a full balcony! Wonderful room - 2632. Just a walk down the stairs into the lobby to the Market Place. I hesitate to ever post negativities so I'm not going to get into detail, but we did find items in our room that must've belonged to previous guests :sick:. I gave to CM on our check-out day and she reported it and also called down the housekeeping supervisor. There was a receipt with a name on it, so they should be able to match the name up to the previous guests, and my hope is that they'll return the toys and other items to the rightful owners.

    We had no construction/work in sight from our room which we appreciated! There was work happening all around, though. No bother to us, but while laying at pool, we had a full view. Also while eating Market Place breakfast outside, we watched them doing patchwork and painting in that area. Then also at the "front" entrance where you go out for the bus stop. I'm glad they're keeping BC looking great! But just beware they are sort of everywhere - lol. Didn't bother us at all, though.

    We were so happy to have this stay at our beloved BC. The smell is still the same, everything was just as we remembered. We did have a brief stay last November mainly for CP/Epcot, but only 2 nights and then we moved to RPC. But just staying those 2 nights sort of hit a soft spot and I couldn't wait to book a longer trip there again.

    Our room view. 2632 Garden/Woods view.
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    Nice stock of toiletries. Very difficult to get replenishments, though. We go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner, and one a day just wasn't enough.
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    View from our lounge chairs in top section at pool:
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    We received chocolates and a nice letter thanking us for being return guests:
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    Painting/work happening in front:
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    Bonus pic: Can't believe I went on this, but Slinky is super fun! Especially at night. Great perk to staying at BC having this cute Toy Story Land nearby!
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    AWESOME!!!!!
     
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    Busymom1015

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    We are headed to YC on Saturday 10/6 for a week. My inlaws are driving down from a few hours away in flordia for one night stay on Thursday night at YC. Do you think I can just request a king room for them at the front desk when we get there on Saturday?
     
  • Best Aunt

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    We are headed to YC on Saturday 10/6 for a week. My inlaws are driving down from a few hours away in flordia for one night stay on Thursday night at YC. Do you think I can just request a king room for them at the front desk when we get there on Saturday?
    If it's important to them, why would you wait that long? If you request on a Saturday and they arrive on a Thursday, that's 5 days. My understanding is that rooms are assigned at about 5 days, so that seems like you would be cutting it close. If it were me and I had booked the room for them, I would pick up the phone now and call 407-W-DISNEY to put in the request. If I had booked for them using a travel agent, I would call the travel agent now and tell the travel agent to put in the request.

    If inlaws booked the room themselves, I don't know if you are allowed to make a request for them.
     

    Busymom1015

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    If it's important to them, why would you wait that long? If you request on a Saturday and they arrive on a Thursday, that's 5 days. My understanding is that rooms are assigned at about 5 days, so that seems like you would be cutting it close. If it were me and I had booked the room for them, I would pick up the phone now and call 407-W-DISNEY to put in the request. If I had booked for them using a travel agent, I would call the travel agent now and tell the travel agent to put in the request.

    If inlaws booked the room themselves, I don't know if you are allowed to make a request for them.
    Thanks!!! I did request a king room when I booked it. My question was more do I need to call the yacht club number too 9 days before or can I just remind the front desk when we get there Saturday morning. I will put a reminder in my phone a few days before we leave to call that number for the yacht club.
     

    Best Aunt

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    Thanks!!! I did request a king room when I booked it. My question was more do I need to call the yacht club number too 9 days before or can I just remind the front desk when we get there Saturday morning. I will put a reminder in my phone a few days before we leave to call that number for the yacht club.
    If you called in your request, I would not request it again. What I might do is call 1-407-W-DISNEY and ask them if I remembered to give them the room request. That way you can find out what they have in their records. The person typing in your request could have made a mistake; this way you can check it. But I personally don't keep making the same request. I think, in life in general, if you keep making the same request that just makes you annoying. It does not make the person on the other end more likely to do what you are requesting.
     

    Joe Brig

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    Currently, the transportation to Hollywood isn't great. Either a crowded boat ride, where you may have to wait a turn or two to get back, or a long walk with little shade. The construction of the sky-line closed the quicker path and now the path requires walking around the bus path. Either a better path with shade or a bus should be added.
     
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  • natebenma

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    I don't remember if anyone has asked this recently. Do the rooms in BC have microwaves? Also...how big are the fridges? I'm wondering if a full size bottle of creamer will fit. TIA!
    Here are pictures of the interior of BC fridge





    Impressive packing job by Beer Me:



    I'd say a full size bottle of creamer will fit.

    ::yes::
    Thank you. We arrive Thursday. I have packed straws, but DARN I hate throwing in one more thing. :hmghost: Have mercy! Half of our luggage is already medical supplies. No, I'm thankful to be going and will focus there.
    :welcome: to posting on the thread!

    Is your stay at the Yacht & Beach Club resort?

    :cool1:


    We just returned from a GREAT stay at BC, our long-time favorite resort (though we now love GF and Poly too!). We normally stay CL, but this trip we decided to try something different and my two DD15's wanted to do DDP, so I booked the Free Dining with a garden/woods view BC room. What a perfect place for the dining plan! We all loved the beverage machine at Market Place (coke freestyle?) - wow did we get our money's worth right there!!

    We got our room requests (daybed and near lobby) and we also had a full balcony! Wonderful room - 2632. Just a walk down the stairs into the lobby to the Market Place. I hesitate to ever post negativities so I'm not going to get into detail, but we did find items in our room that must've belonged to previous guests :sick:. I gave to CM on our check-out day and she reported it and also called down the housekeeping supervisor. There was a receipt with a name on it, so they should be able to match the name up to the previous guests, and my hope is that they'll return the toys and other items to the rightful owners.

    We had no construction/work in sight from our room which we appreciated! There was work happening all around, though. No bother to us, but while laying at pool, we had a full view. Also while eating Market Place breakfast outside, we watched them doing patchwork and painting in that area. Then also at the "front" entrance where you go out for the bus stop. I'm glad they're keeping BC looking great! But just beware they are sort of everywhere - lol. Didn't bother us at all, though.

    We were so happy to have this stay at our beloved BC. The smell is still the same, everything was just as we remembered. We did have a brief stay last November mainly for CP/Epcot, but only 2 nights and then we moved to RPC. But just staying those 2 nights sort of hit a soft spot and I couldn't wait to book a longer trip there again.

    *snip*
    Thank you so much for the detailed review of your stay and the great pictures. I'm so glad to hear you had a fantastic trip!

    I'll add your descriptions/pictures to the BC View Thread.

    :goodvibes


    Back from our 1st visit to the Beach club and we loved it! The pool was amazing and we loved the restaurants. The walk to Epcot through the side door was Amazing! We even had a view of the Epcot illuminations fireworks from our room!!! GArden/woods view Room 3528 with 2 queen beds and a twin bed pull out couch.
    :welcome: to posting on this forum!

    Did your room have a full balcony or one of the smaller ones?

    Do you have any pictures of the view from your room that you could either post here or email to me at beachclubdee at yahoo?

    :thumbsup2


    Currently, the transportation to Hollywood isn't great. Either a crowded boat ride, where you may have to wait a turn or two to get back, or a long walk with little shade. The construction of the sky-line closed the quicker path and now the path requires walking around the bus path. Either a better path with shade or a bus should be added.
    :welcome: to posting here.

    Thanks for the feedback about the transportation to HS. It really is a shame that the only current options to get there is by boat, which can be crowded and slow and walking, which can be an exhausting trip in the heat.

    ::yes::
     
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    natebenma

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    Ignore this post- playing with first post and afraid I will screw it up.


    Beach Club and Yacht Club FAQ thread


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





    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

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    Developing News:

    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
    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.

    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.

    May 7- Mid Summer 2018: Swan/Dolphin Bridge Closure, Suspension of Friendship Boat Service from YC/BC to HS, bus service will be available

    Estimated date for resumption of Friendship Boat service is June 29, 2018.

    May 7 through Mid-Summer 2018: Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney's Hollywood Studios during this time. Service to and from Epcot and Disney's Boardwalk Resort will not be interrupted, with the exception of May 14-25, during which time the FriendShip boat dock at these hotels will also be undergoing refurbishment work. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.


    Disney Statement:

    FriendShip boat service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be unavailable for approximately 6 weeks beginning Monday, May 7, 2018. This service connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the following Disney Resort hotels:
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
    • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
    • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
    • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
    • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
    Bus transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will remain available during this downtime.

    Source: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/water-transportation/

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    Beach Club Quiet Pool (Tidal Pool) reopened following a short refurbishment from May until mid June 2018



    Pictures of painting & construction around BC, mid-late June


    March 2018- Jib Slide repair *update* Slide re-opened on March 10.

    Due to unforeseen refurbishment, the Jib slide at the Stormalong Bay pool will be closed for repair until around March 11. Usually in this situation, guests of the Yacht & Beach Club are permitted to use the clown slide at nearby Boardwalk, and sometimes a ride can be arranged via golf cart.


    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




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    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)

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    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

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    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



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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
    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.

    :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


    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:










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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

    Pro-tip: If you are taking the boat from the Beach Club/Yacht Club to Hollywood Studios, 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.



    Move info about 2018 Refurbishment here


    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.

    :fish:


    Disney-sponsored Minnie Vans-
    service launched August 2017



    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)

    Additional info

    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)


    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.









    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.
     

    natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
    Joined
    Jul 19, 2008
    For Historical Purposes- Refurbishment of Friendship Boats/Dock
    Boat Service Fully Resumed June 30, 2018

    Disney Statement:

    FriendShip boat service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be unavailable for approximately 6 weeks beginning Monday, May 7, 2018. This service connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the following Disney Resort hotels:

    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
    • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
    • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
    • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
    • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
    Bus transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will remain available during this downtime.

    Source: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/water-transportation/

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    jlundeen

    Mickey Fanatic
    Joined
    Mar 6, 2011
    For Historical Purposes- Refurbishment of Friendship Boats/Dock

    Boat Service Fully Resumed June 30, 2018


    Disney Statement:

    FriendShip boat service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be unavailable for approximately 6 weeks beginning Monday, May 7, 2018. This service connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the following Disney Resort hotels:



      • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
      • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
      • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
      • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
      • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
      • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
      • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
    Bus transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will remain available during this downtime.

    Source: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/water-transportation/

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    Can you remind me again of the order they travel from Epcot to HS, and then back again...I can never remember about YC/BC then BWI or the other way around.
     

    natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
    Joined
    Jul 19, 2008
    Can you remind me again of the order they travel from Epcot to HS, and then back again...I can never remember about YC/BC then BWI or the other way around.
    To be honest, I have never been able to keep track of that either.

    This is the info I have on Page 1, Post 1:

    (if this is not correct, please let me know)


    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

    Pro-tip: If you are taking the boat from the Beach Club/Yacht Club to Hollywood Studios, 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.

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    I don't have anything posted about when the routes start, or how often the boats run (20 minutes) because I don't trust that info.


    :boat:
     
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    shoreward

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 25, 2014
    To be honest, I have never been able to keep track of that either.

    This is the info I have on Page 1, Post 1:

    (if this is not correct, please let me know)


    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

    Pro-tip: If you are taking the boat from the Beach Club/Yacht Club to Hollywood Studios, 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.

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    I don't have anything posted about when the routes start, or how often the boats run (20 minutes) because I don't trust that info.


    :boat:
    Your info is correct, Dee.

    Catching the FriendShip boat at IG will make more sense, though, if staying at the BC, as it's a little shorter walk from there, than walking to dock at YC. Unless it's during a super busy time, such as over Christmas, there should be room available, if boarding at the YC dock.

    When TSL opened, the frequency of the boats was increased, so they now generally run 4X per hour, instead of the previous 3X per hour. A boat was added to the route, to accommodate the every 15 minutes schedule.
     


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