Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Disney's Beach Club - Resort Review

Welcome to Disney's Beach Club.  

Disney's Beach Club.

Disney's Beach Club is my all-time favorite resort at Walt Disney World.  This resort is a combo-category resort that is both a Deluxe Resort along with a Deluxe Villa resort located in the Epcot area of Walt Disney World Resort.  When you pull up to the resort from the street, a simple yet classic sign greets you and sets the theme for this resort. As you pass the guard hut the cheerful blue building with detailed white trim is sure to make you excited for your upcoming stay.
The outside of Disney's Beach Club.
Once you pull under the porte-cochère the resort's greeters welcome you “home” while the bell desk Cast Members begin assisting you with your luggage while the Front Desk Cast Members start your check in process by walking you to the check-in desk with the shortest line.  (If you need to park your car before you can check-in, there are two options. Valet service is available to resort guests along with self park.)
The welcome mat at Disney's Beach Club.

As you walk into the lobby a fresh citrus-beach scent lets you know that you are in fact at the Beach Club.  The check-in desk, as does the entire lobby area, has sophisticated beach details.  The check-in desk is a gorgeous stone in a sand color.  Picture frames are made of seashells. Chandeliers and light sconces in the lobby look as though they are made of sand. The carpets remind you of soft waves.  Even the fresh floral arrangement is full of flowers you'd find near the beach.  

Disney's Beach Club lobby.
Off of the lobby, to your right, is Cape May Café which is the spot for a unique character dining experience - Minnie's Beach Bash Breakfast (a character breakfast featuring Minnie Mouse and her friends in their beach attire)!  For dinner Cape May is a seafood buffet (without characters).  Also off of the lobby, in the other direction, you’ll find one of the Beach Club Marketplace a quick service (be sure to try their hashbrown casserole for breakfast one morning!) and gift shop where you can find items bearing the resorts name, nautical and beach themed items, along with Disney favorites you can find in just about any Disney gift shop.  
The entrance to the Beach Club Marketplace from the elevators.

The lobby has many seating options thus allowing it to be a gathering place for guests before they head to the pool, to the parks or while they wait for a Cape May table thus making it a rather busy and lively location.

The sandy area for kids at Stormalong Bay.
The Beach Club is home to an amazing pool, Stormalong Bay. In my opinion, this is the best pool on Walt Disney World resort property.  Guests of Disney’s Yacht Club also have access to Stormalong Bay since it sits in front of both resorts but no other resort guests may access the pool (you have to scan your Magic Band prior to entering the grounds). This gigantic pool has many different features.  My personal favorite is the pirate ship themed waterslide that empties into the ‘main’ part of the pool.  Some other cool features of Stormalong Bay include a whirlpool area, a ‘sinking’ sands area, and large area used for daily pool games.  Another neat feature is the pool has a sand bottom! There is also a lazy river with rafts, many hot tubs, a zero-entry sandy beach kid’s area which is very large.  The sandy beach also has many sand pails and shovels for kids to use.
Stormalong Bay with Disney's Yacht Club in the background.


The rooms at Disney’s Beach Club were recently refurbished – completed in the Fall of 2015.  If you take a look down while you're walking the hallways to your resort room you may notice some Hidden Mickeys!
Hidden Mickey's can be found all over Disney's Beach Club.

The Beach Club rooms have a soft beach theme which is very relaxing featuring warm grays, cool blues, pearl tones and soft woods.
A standard room at Disney's Beach Club.
Most of the rooms, but not all, have 2 queen beds and a sofa that converts to a day bed allowing the rooms to sleep up to 5 adults.  The rooms also have a desk and chair along with a flat screen TV that sits upon a dresser (with lots of storage and LOTS of charging options for all of your electronics).  
The dresser has one of these plugs on each side of the TV.

The bathrooms are very spacious.  With two areas ensuring privacy while others can get ready for a day at the theme parks.  The first area has a double vanity with plenty of storage space below the sinks, on the countertop and on a shelf just below the mirror.  The second part of the bathroom features a large tub/shower combo and the toilet.  
The bathroom area - only showing one sink but there are two.

Right behind the front door to the rooms is a wet bar area.  This area has a cabinet hiding the room's mini-refrigerator and drawer allowing you to store some food items (bag of bagels fit perfectly).  On top is a small two-cup coffee maker and ice bucket.  This counter also has plenty of room for food storage as well.
The hidden mini-fridge and coffee maker.
The closet has sliding doors, plenty of hanging space and a rack to store more items. There is a safe large enough to fit my laptop with room for more items. The rooms will either have a full-sized balcony or a Juliet balcony.

One of the main selling points of Disney's Beach Club Resort & Villas is the proximity to Epcot.  This resort is literally steps away from the International Gateway Entrance at Epcot - it takes me less than 5 minutes to get to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot.  This resort is also a short walk to the BoardWalk area (making the BoardWalk Bakery a very convenient breakfast stop).  You can also walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

As you exit the Beach Club you can see the BoardWalk area across the lake.

I already told you about some of the dining options but the Beach Club has many more restaurants including the poolside Quick-Service restaurant Hurricane Hanna’s. This Quick-Service location won me over by serving their kid's meals in beach pails that kids can use at the beach once they are done with their meal!
Kid's meals from Hurricane Hanna's is served in beach pail with shovel (can't see it).

Kid's chicken finger meal from Hurricane Hanna's also came with grapes.


This quick-service location also has a bar serving refreshing cocktails and light bites.  
A margarita while sitting at the bar at Hurricane Hanna's.
Here is a look at Hurricane Hanna's menu:




The Beach Club is also home to one other Table-Service dining location - Beaches and Cream Soda Shop a very popular dinner and ice cream shop.  Tip: if you can't get reservations you can get their amazing sundaes to-go! And you'll want to share them!

Since Disney's Yacht Club is the Beach Club’s sister resort, there are also many restaurants that is a very convenient to Beach Club guests including: the Captain's Grille, The Yachtsman, Ale & Compass Lounge and Martha's Vineyard.  This is another benefit of staying at Disney's Beach Club - there is no shortage of dining options!
The Ale & Compass Lounge located right off Disney's Yacht Club lobby.

The Beach Club also has many recreational activities available to its guests including sand volleyball courts, and poolside ping-pong and pool.  There is a kid's play area along with arcade.  Every night on the beach there is a "Movies Under the Stars" showing after Cast Members help resort guest roast marshmallows over a campfire!  For parents looking for an adults-only night, the Beach Club is home to The Sand Castle Club, the resort's children's activity center.  Family's can rent motorized boats, bike, go fishing or go for a jog on one of several jogging tracks located at the resort.  Looking to relax? The resort is home to the Ship Shape Massage Salon and Fitness Center.  The Disney's Beach Club has something to please everyone in your party.
A view of Stormalong Bay's slide.

Along with the rest of the Disney resorts, Disney's Beach Club has many great amenities including Disney's Magical Express Service (a free round-trip airport service); free resort wide Disney transportation (via bus or Friendship Boats); complimentary WiFi; complimentary resort and theme park parking; online check-in; airline check-in; laundry and dry cleaning services; merchandise delivery and pick up; free MagicBands; FastPass+ selection at 60 days prior to your vacation and Advance Dining Reservations at 180 days prior to your vacation.

So to recap, this is why I love Disney's Beach Club Resort: the beach vibe throughout the entire resort; the beautiful rooms; the amazing pool to visit before the parks, during the afternoon and after the parks close; being able to walk to Epcot, the BoardWalk or Disney's Hollywood Studios; all the amazing dining options; and the tons of activities for when I'm not at the park.
A view of Disney's Beach Club and Yacht Club from the boat dock.
Think Disney's Beach Club sounds like it would be a good fit for your family?  Email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for a no obligation vacation quote!  Or simply fill out the Disney Vacation Quote form found below or click here to open it in a new window!  As a Disney vacation specialist, I’ll use my expert knowledge to help you plan a magical vacation! Plus my services are FREE to all of my clients - you won't pay more for my services but you will get more!
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