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Our Guide to Disney's Beach Club Resort

by Mommy Frog on August 14, 2023 Orlando

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Heading to Disney World and wanting to stay at a relaxing beach destination? Well, look no further than Disney's Beach Club Resort! This New England-style deluxe resort hotel at Walt Disney World features an upscale experience with fine dining, a three-acre water park, recreation and more. Plus, you are within walking distance of EPCOT! Hop in to learn more about the accommodations, transportation options, dining and amenities that Beach Club has to offer.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Overview of Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney's Beach Club Resort is a favorite for both adult frogs and families alike. The deluxe resort offers a beach oasis with plenty of Disney amenities. Located around Crescent Lake, it's like you're in your own little world with a mini water park, sandy beaches, numerous recreation and dining options, plus easy access to the Boardwalk area and EPCOT. That's right — it's one of the few hotels that allows you to walk to EPCOT!

Visiting during the holidays? You're in for an extra treat as Beach Club's lobby houses a larger-than-life gingerbread carousel as a part of its Christmas decorations.

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort — Lobby

You'll often hear the phrase "Yacht and Beach Club" in reference to these resorts. That's because Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are sister hotels (though with their similar theming, they really just feel like one big resort!). Beach Club's exterior features bright blue colors while Yacht Club is more light gray. Beach Club has more of a vibrant-yet-classy beach flair while Yacht Club is known to have a quieter, more "adult" feel with dark wood and brass décor.

They are directly connected and share amenities, allowing for double the offerings!

Disney's Beach Club Resort Rooms

Disney’s Beach Club Resort — Standard room

Disney's Beach Club Resort features excellent accommodations. Most rooms offer two queen beds and one daybed, sleeping up to five adults — a great option for a larger group! Other configurations may include two queen beds or one king bed and one daybed. A King Bed option sleeping up to two adults is also available. For even more space, book a Deluxe Room with two queen beds and one queen-size sleeper sofa — sleeping up to six adults. For most rooms, you may select either a Standard View, Water View (pool or lagoon) or Resort View. Be sure to save some green by booking through Undercover Tourist!

All rooms feature either a patio or balcony. Extra amenities include free Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer, pool towels, coffee maker (with coffee and tea station), mini fridge, in-room safe and iron and ironing board.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort — Bathroom

The bathroom area offers a double sink and then a separate area for the bathtub and toilet. This makes it a little easier when everyone is getting ready in the morning.

Transportation at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Yacht and Beach Club Resort — Boats

Disney's Beach Club Resort is conveniently located very close to two of the theme parks, allowing for even more transportation options. There are boats that travel from Yacht and Beach Club to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. As a bonus option, the Disney Skyliner station is also at the International Gateway at EPCOT. The whimsical gondolas travel from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios, stopping at four resort hotels along the way.

Did you know you can even walk to EPCOT? The short walk takes less than five minutes (especially if coming from the Beach Club side), allowing you convenient access to the International Gateway at EPCOT. You'll enter between the United Kingdom and France pavilions, making it easy to hop right over to Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. There is a walking path to Hollywood Studios, though the trek is closer to 20 minutes. Did you know we also offer discount tickets to Walt Disney World?

Yacht and Beach Club Resort — Bus stop

If traveling to other Disney World destinations (such as Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and the water parks), buses will be your main transportation option at Disney's Beach Club Resort. The bus stop is located outside the main lobby near the canal.

Disney's Beach Club Resort Pool

One of the biggest perks at the resort is Disney's Beach Club pool. Well, "pool" is putting it lightly, as Yacht and Beach Club basically share their own mini water park! Located in the middle of both resorts, Stormalong Bay offers three acres of a sand-bottomed pool, a lazy river, whirlpool spas, an epic 230-foot-long waterslide, poolside activities, a pool bar and more. There are even poolside cabanas available to rent. If you're looking for one of the best Disney World pools with lots of features, Stormalong Bay is a great option!

Best Pools Disney World - Stormalong Bay

Note that Stormalong Bay is only available to guests of Beach Club and Yacht Club. You must present your MagicBand or room key at the pool entrance to show you are a resort guest, and then you'll typically receive a wristband.

There are also three quiet leisure pools throughout Yacht and Beach as well.

Amenities, Recreation and Shopping at Beach Club

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort — Boat rentals

Besides Stormalong Bay, there are lots of recreation offerings at Beach Club Resort. Fishing excursions and boat rentals are available near the marina. There are also tennis and volleyball courts and an arcade, plus various activities such as crafts, tie-dye, a master-led painting class and more.

The Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness Center is open 24/7, plus you can walk or jog the 0.8-mile circuit around the BoardWalk lagoon. Each night, roast marshmallows by the campfire at the Beach Club Beach and then enjoy a Movie Under the Stars.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort — Building and volleyball court

Some of the perks of staying on-site include the ability to book advance dining reservations for your length of stay 60 days in advance of check-in, early booking of individual Lightning Lane selections and easy access to Disney World's complimentary transportation options. Enjoy even more time in the parks with Early Theme Park Entry, allowing hotel guests an additional 30 minutes before the parks open to the public (this works even at the International Gateway at EPCOT, perfectly located only a walk away!). Exclusive to deluxe and deluxe villa guests, Disney World also offers Extended Evening Hours on select nights in select theme parks — a great way to enjoy lower crowds!

Beach Club Resort also provides the following amenities:

  • ATM and banking service
  • Bell services
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Mail services
  • Complimentary self-parking (Valet parking: $33 per night)

Disney’s Beach Club Resort — Shopping

On the Beach Club side, you have The Marketplace for all your shopping needs, plus grab-n-go food items. Similarly at Yacht Club, The Market at Ale & Compass also offers beach-themed merchandise and basic food essentials.

Dining at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Between both Yacht Club and Beach Club, there are tons of amazing dining options right at your resort! Plus, Disney's BoardWalk is only a short walk away from even more restaurants.

Pumpkin milkshake from Beaches & Cream

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Every day is sundae at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop! This iconic ice cream parlor is a must-do while staying at the Beach Club. The retro soda fountain offers mouth-watering malted milkshakes, floats and out-of-this-world ice cream configurations. Plus, enjoy burgers, grilled cheese, chili-cheese tots and other classic comfort food. Up for a real dessert challenge? See if your group can finish the coveted Kitchen Sink — eight scoops of ice cream with every topping you can imagine!

Advance reservations are highly recommended for this popular destination. We also love the To-Go window outside if unable to get a reservation (or if you want a quick treat by Stormalong Bay).

Cape May Cafe 

Disney's Beach Club Resort is conveniently a host to a character dining location. Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast has Minnie and friends dressed in their beachy best to start the day sunny side up. Breakfast includes a mix of items from pastries, omelets, yogurt parfaits, Mickey and Minnie waffles, brioche french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and more. This is a relaxed, casual dining experience and a perfect way to start a non-park resort day. Hop on over to our full foodie review for more details!

Minnie at Cape May Cafe

Ale & Compass Restaurant and Lounge 

Ale & Compass is a casual table-service restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. The coastal-themed location offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Savor food such as the chipotle-barbecue chicken flatbread, Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger, Fish & Chips and more. Advance reservations are recommended, though we are often able to find some day-of times available.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort — Ale & compass Restaurant

Adjacent to the restaurant, the Ale & Compass Lounge offers a nautical oasis. The lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., though appetizers are only available starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy nonalcoholic beverages as well as alcoholic drinks such as cocktails, spirits, beer, cider and wines.

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Yachtsman Steakhouse is a fine dining experience offering high-quality New England-style cuisine. Enjoy dishes such as New York Stripe Steak, prime rib, salmon, lobster, truffle macaroni and cheese and chocolate cake. This upscale restaurant is open for dinner and advance dining reservations are highly recommended. Yachtsman is a Signature Dining experience, so there is a dress code.

Crew's Cup Lounge

Located next to Yachtsman Steakhouse, Crew's Cup Lounge offers a cozy outpost with select appetizers and cocktails, beer, scotch and flights. The lounge is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Martha's Vineyard

At Disney's Beach Club Resort, enjoy appetizers, nonalcoholic mocktails, wines, cocktails, beer and ciders at Martha's Vineyard. The New England beach house-inspired lounge is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Beach Club Marketplace and The Market at Ale & Compass

Disney’s Beach Club Resort — Beach Club Marketplace

Beach Club Marketplace (or The Market at Ale & Compass) offers convenient pre-packaged, grab-n-go items, as well as select hot food items. Start your day off with delicious breakfast options such as Mickey waffles, breakfast sandwiches and select sides or go for a Bounty platter with scrambled eggs, Mickey waffles, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and a biscuit.

For lunch and dinner, enjoy sandwiches, pasta, soup, salad and dessert, as well as baked goods, fruit and dessert. To save time, mobile ordering is also available.

Hurricane Hanna's Waterside Bar and Grill

Located at Stormalong Bay, this poolside bar offers appetizers, sandwiches, chicken strips, salads and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic drinks such as cocktails, beer, wine and specialty drinks.

Disney's Beach Club Villas

Disney's Beach Club Villas — Kitchen and living area

For even more options, consider the Beach Club Villas. Perfect for large families, the one- and two-bedroom Villas come with a full kitchen, spacious living and dining areas, separate bedrooms for added privacy, and a washer and dryer. The Deluxe Studio features a kitchenette and sleeper sofa, making it a great option for smaller families or shorter stays. All the villas feature private balconies. Disney's Beach Club Villas are connected to the rest of Beach Club and Yacht Club, allowing you to easily enjoy all of the resort amenities.

What to Consider Before Staying at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

We think Disney's Beach Club Resort is an excellent option for those looking for a luxury beach oasis during your Walt Disney World vacation. The deluxe resort has amazing dining options, an incredible pool area, easy access to EPCOT (it's practically in your backyard!) and so much more. While there's not as much Disney theming here, it's perfect for those wanting to enjoy the resort on some non-park days. Plus, Stormalong Bay is like a mini water park, so you don't have to worry about a Disney Water Park ticket if you're mostly just a lazy river fan (I can relate ...). With Disney's Beach Club Resort, you can combine a Disney trip with a relaxing beach-themed vacation — all in one!

Have you ever stayed at Disney's Beach Club Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: All of the Benefits of Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

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