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

catfan98

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I'm in agreement about everyone on this thread being so nice and helpful. I joined this thread a couple of months ago when we rented points for a BCV stay. I have fallen in love with the BC through everyone's positive reviews and details and I haven't even been there yet! I am so EXCITED about our upcoming April trip!! And...I have talked my husband in to bringing me back to WDW for my 40th birthday in a couple of years!! I can't wait to plan that trip!
 

BriLam

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To start off, thanks again to everyone for their assistance in this thread as we planned our trip.

I wanted to follow up with some quick thoughts on our experience at the Beach Club from S, 8/27 to S, 9/3. Overall, we had a really great time with some minor negatives as to be expected for any trip.

Our family had three rooms and were all located near each other on the third floor. My wife, 2.5 year old son and I had 3726, which was literally the last room in the resort. It had a king bed and a ton of room being much larger than other standard rooms (see http://www.disboards.com/threads/beach-club-room-views.3057904/page-4#post-52539246 for someone else's photos of the room). The extra room came in quite handy being we had the little man with us. I noted to my wife how quiet things were in the room. You could hear others while in the hallway, but never when in your room with the door closed. The bed was just fantastic and I loved the decor. Really great. No views at all and I'd have loved to have a "real" balcony to sit out on, but the extra room was a tradeoff we'd make again in a heartbeat.

Check-in was a bit rough compared to when we checked into AKL back in early 2015. That was our only other experience with a deluxe resort and we found the front desk crew to be much more welcoming. In fact, the check-in when we stayed at Coronado was much better, as well. Granted, three separate parties were checking in separately, but how one or two of the cast members addressed the situation was a bit surprising. Nothing mindblowing at all, just not what I'd expect from Disney. Future interaction with the front desk was totally great, as was interaction with our housekeeper who was also great. I'll blame it on a bad egg or two.

We did laundry while at the resort and the placement of the laundry rooms was pretty terrible for us. The two rooms in BC are located on the literal other end of the resort than we were one, with one being located in the hotel proper and the other in a separate building by the pool nearest to Epcot. Being our room was the last room on the opposite end of the resort, this made the walk to the laundry rooms pretty annoying. I wish there could have been at least one more centrally located. That said, at least there were facilities! Many fewer washers and dryers than I recall being in AKL last year, too. Why didn't they have these things accept MagicBands for payment? But I'll take credit over cash anyday!

The bus service throughout the week was pretty disappointing. Not sure I could ever say this was a negative of this or any resort more so than just bad luck, but we had some pretty awful waits, mostly while at the hotel waiting to go to a park. A couple times we ended up taking the Boardwalk bus back and walking back to BC after waiting quite some time at a park.

Not sure it's been said here, but on our second to last day there, the YC bus service was relocated back to their original stops. We actually walked to the YC temporary stop a few times during long waits so my wife would be guaranteed a seat with the little man on her lap or in her arms for the trip to the park. Side note: I know not everyone is able, but if you're a guy who is able and with no kid (or kids) on your lap or in your arms and there are little kids standing (nevermind women), give up your damn seat.

We ate at Cape May twice: once for dinner (done it previously) and another for breakfast (our first time). I got pretty sick after dinner, but pretty sure that was a result of overeating because no one else with me got sick and I've eaten there previously with no issues. I did notice the hallways (and I assume rooms...yuck!) nearest the restaurant smelled like seafood from early PM to closing which I remember reading here. Luckily we weren't located near there, but that wasn't ideal. I wasn't impressed with the variety at breakfast and everything seemed a bit stale (especially when compared to our outstanding breakfast at the Crystal Palace), but it was nice having a character meal in our hotel. I wouldn't do the breakfast again personally.

The secret door to Epcot was outstanding and we used it often. It was our first time being within walking distance of any park and it was really, really great. The walk to Hollywood Studios was shady and really great, as well. Not sure how much time you'd really be saving, but it was annoying to have to walk around the front of World Showcase as opposed to the back when heading to Norway at rope drop. I also noticed the front gate crew had a huge advantage over us at the resort gate, so I don't think the entrance times were properly synced. Side note: we absolutely loved the Frozen ride.

Sadly, we never once used the pool because every chance we had, the little man was napping. That said, I greatly enjoyed napping at the same time he did, but would have loved to try out the pool. Just by walking around and surveying the scene, everything looked really great.

I do wish the resort had a true quick service location like many others do, but what they had was better than nothing.

In short, it wasn't my favorite resort, but we had a tremendous time and absolutely would stay there again. We already miss the place!

Thanks for reading.
 

Wood Nymph

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Thanks for your review. The buses can be both good and bad. I'm sorry that it wasn't better while you were there.

I noted to my wife how quiet things were in the room. You could hear others while in the hallway, but never when in your room with the door closed.
I think that is the one benefit of the huge roof, it makes the room very quiet.

In short, it wasn't my favorite resort, but we had a tremendous time and absolutely would stay there again. We already miss the place!
A good room location would have definitely helped make this trip a little nicer for you. :)
 
  • Sunshine11

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    First stay at BC for Christmas (12/24-1/1)

    EXTREMELY EXCITED! It's our first BC stay and first time staying at a Deluxe Resorts. Our friends, DVC members at Boardwalk, said once you go Deluxe, it's very hard to turn back.
    I agree. We stayed at POFQ for many many trips when our kids were small. We since have tried Wilderness Lodge and then the last four trips have been YC/BC. I may never get my son-in-law to stay anywhere else besides the YC/BC but I am pretty sure we are not going back to the moderates anytime soon.

    I also wanted to say how much I love this group. It is a safe happy place to visit leading up to a trip or waiting for your next trip! A great group here and though I don't post much, I am always smiling when here. :)
     

    PlutoTheDog89

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    I agree. We stayed at POFQ for many many trips when our kids were small. We since have tried Wilderness Lodge and then the last four trips have been YC/BC. I may never get my son-in-law to stay anywhere else besides the YC/BC but I am pretty sure we are not going back to the moderates anytime soon.

    I also wanted to say how much I love this group. It is a safe happy place to visit leading up to a trip or waiting for your next trip! A great group here and though I don't post much, I am always smiling when here. :)
    It'll be our 7th Christmas trip in 8 years. We stayed Coronado, then stayed POFQ the past few years. We needed a change.
     
  • outahere

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    Just back from a short day trip to WDW and we drove over to YC to have lunch at Crews Cup, which we have done several times. We had a short conversation with the gate guard who advised us that both the YC and BC parking lots are closed to anyone except guests of those two resorts, those with dining reservations or people who are valet parking. The explanation was that they are doing construction work which permanently eliminated a lot of parking spaces in both parking lots. Since we are TIW cardholders, and valet parking is included with that, we were allowed in (good thing - we were both hungry!). As we drove from the gate to the front entrance of the YC, you could see that the parking lots were pretty packed.

    So I guess the "take-away" from this is that if you are resort hopping, you might want to use the buses or boats, otherwise you will probably be turned away if driving. Even if you are staying there or have a dining reservation, you may not be able to find a parking space, except for valet ($25).

    Just wanted to pass this info along........
     
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    greewe

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    Have loved reading this thread! Can you add us to the march group? My husband and I will be there from the 4th to the 10th at the Beach Club.
     

    natebenma

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    The mattresses are Beautyrest and somewhere in this thread is information about ordering them. I'm sure that someone will come along with the link. :)



    LOL!!!

    That Seinfeld episode where George Steinbrenner's assistant asks George to do a project and then forgets that he already did it himself!



    :rotfl2:

    I see shoreward found the links and I think I added them to the Other Useful Info Post. Or at least I meant to. Will have to check...

    :thumbsup2
     
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  • loves to dive

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    Orlando Theme Park News is reporting that the Yacht Club quiet pool (Admiral pool) closed yesterday for rehab. There's not any info on when the rehab will be completed.

    http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2016/09/pool-area-construction-starts-at-yacht.html
    Well darn, I'll be there next week but at least you can still use the pool as long as you are careful.

    Just back from a short day trip to WDW and we drove over to YC to have lunch at Crews Cup, which we have done several times. We had a short conversation with the gate guard who advised us that both the YC and BC parking lots are closed to anyone except guests of those two resorts, those with dining reservations or people who are valet parking. The explanation was that they are doing construction work which permanently eliminated a lot of parking spaces in both parking lots. Since we are TIW cardholders, and valet parking is included with that, we were allowed in (good thing - we were both hungry!). As we drove from the gate to the front entrance of the YC, you could see that the parking lots were pretty packed.

    So I guess the "take-away" from this is that if you are resort hopping, you might want to use the buses or boats, otherwise you will probably be turned away if driving. Even if you area staying there or have a dining reservation, you may not be able to find a parking space, except for valet ($25).

    Just wanted to pass this info along........
    Well double darn, I drive down and try not to valet park (I don't always succeed cause sometimes I'm just lazy) but since I don't get there until after 2 I'm thinking I may have to this time.
     

    mickey2minnie1

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    Lurker here... What makes The BC a better choice than the YC or vice versa. I am always coming back to doing a split stay for my trip next summer. What makes you pick one over the other?

    Thanks for the replies!
     

    Wood Nymph

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    Lurker here... What makes The BC a better choice than the YC or vice versa. I am always coming back to doing a split stay for my trip next summer. What makes you pick one over the other?

    Thanks for the replies!
    Beach Club is closer to Epcot than YC and we go into Epcot almost every day of our trip. The Marketplace is in the BC while the YC doesn't have any counter service options. Other than that, the two resorts are just about the same. In fact, it is easier to get to SAB from the YC than from the BC for most guests. :)
     

    dansdad

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    Maybe this is old news, but it was new (awesome) news to me....I was able to get a Sunken Treasure at the CBR pool bar!View attachment 192956 A little bit of home away from home!
    I have been bugging Mike (from Boston) the Bartender at The Banana Cabana for years that they need to get the Sunken Treasure on the menu over there. I guess I wore him down as they added it last May. :drinking1
     

    val1234

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    Just returned from a 6 night stay at the Beach club! This was our first time staying at an Epcot resort. I can honestly say after 20 years of staying at all the moderates and Deluxe MK area resorts I have found a new favorite. I mean no other Disney resort can touch SAB and it was a joy coming back from the parks everyday just to swim in that pool. I love the sand area it was a godsend to my aching feet everyday. And the multiple hot tubs and lazy river was a joy. I will be booking again and will try the Yacht club next year. The magical deal price we got for the BC was icing on the cake as well. Also I highly recommend standard rooms from 3711-3717. We were in 3711 and had full balcony and a day bed. And even though we overlooked a roof we still had a very nice view of SAB and the lagoon beyond the roof. Any of the rooms on this side should have the same view and all had full balcony. Great deal for a standard view room.
     

    natebenma

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    Orlando Theme Park News is reporting that the Yacht Club quiet pool (Admiral pool) closed yesterday for rehab. There's not any info on when the rehab will be completed.

    http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2016/09/pool-area-construction-starts-at-yacht.html
    Thanks for the heads up on this. I hadn't seen the info.

    :thumbsup2


    Well darn, I'll be there next week but at least you can still use the pool as long as you are careful.

    Well double darn, I drive down and try not to valet park (I don't always succeed cause sometimes I'm just lazy) but since I don't get there until after 2 I'm thinking I may have to this time.
    And there are also the quiet pools at BC and BCV as well, in addition to SAB.

    Plenty of swimmin' holes.


    :fish:
     

    natebenma

    Beach Club Dee
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    Lurker here... What makes The BC a better choice than the YC or vice versa. I am always coming back to doing a split stay for my trip next summer. What makes you pick one over the other?

    Thanks for the replies!

    You can find a comparison of the two resorts on Page 1, Post 1 (after the renovation news info)

    ::yes::
     

    natebenma

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    Busy day yesterday and today, I may not have a chance to respond to everyone's posts until Friday or Saturday.

    But I have read all the posts and want to say thanks for all the kind words about this thread! It makes me happy to know how much everyone appreciates what we have here and that you all feel comfortable here with family.

    I'll come through with an official greeting to first time posters when I can, but for now, a generic

    :welcome:

    to our new friends.

    Have a great day all!

    :grouphug:
     

    loves to dive

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    Thanks for the heads up on this. I hadn't seen the info.

    :thumbsup2




    And there are also the quiet pools at BC and BCV as well, in addition to SAB.

    Plenty of swimmin' holes.


    :fish:
    Yep, I know, I don't really spend a lot of time at the pool, it's usually just a whim sort of thing so I tend to stick with the quiet pool where I'm at. I don't do SAB any more except for the hot tub, I'm old and grumpy and like quiet.
     


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