Are you looking for reviews of Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World?
The Beach Club Resort (and its sister Yacht Club) is one of my family’s favorite hotels at Disney World. You really can’t beat the ideal location, family friendly restaurants, and deluxe amenities at this WDW resort hotel.
If you are looking for reviews of AND tips for staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, this post provides a comprehensive guide to this stunning hotel.
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- Where is Disney’s Beach Club Resort?
- Stormalong Bay Pool
- Things to Do Nearby
- Character Dining
- Beach Club vs Other WDW Resorts
Where is Disney’s Beach Club Resort?
The Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World sits near Epcot Theme Park and Disney’s Boardwalk entertainment district.
Since this resort is located on Crescent Lake, you get amazing water views and sandy beaches where your kids can play.
Beach Club’s sister resort, Disney’s Yacht Club, is located right next door. These two resorts are connected, so you can easily walk between the two and enjoy the amenities each hotel has to offer.
One of the most popular amenities at these sister resorts is their elaborate pool: Stormalong Bay.
Even though the check-in time is not until 3:00, guests of the resorts can use the pool before their room is officially ready.
One of our top reasons for choosing to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is its prime location. Below, I will detail how to get from the hotel to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks.
If you are wondering how far Disney’s Beach Club is from Epcot, you will be pleased to know it’s a short five minute walk. You just stroll along the walkway near Crescent Lake and follow the signs for Epcot.
You will arrive at the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, which is at the back of the park near the World Showcase.
to Hollywood Studios
If you are wanting to travel to Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the Beach Club Resort, you have several options to get there.
You can walk along the scenic paths to the theme park, which takes about 20 minutes. You can also take the water shuttle from the Beach Club to Hollywood Studios. Since the boat makes some stops along the way, this also takes about 20 minutes.
You can also utilize the Skyliner from the International Gateway. This gondola ride will take you straight to Hollywood Studios.
to Magic Kingdom
If you want to access Magic Kingdom from the Beach Club Resort, you would need to board the Disney bus outside the lobby of the hotel. Depending on when you are visiting WDW, this shuttle bus may stop at Disney’s Yacht Club as well. Magic Kingdom is about a 20 minute drive from Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
to Animal Kingdom
If you are looking to travel to Animal Kingdom Theme Park, you would need to board the Disney bus in front of the hotel. Each bus promptly displays where they are headed, so it’s super easy to catch the correct one. This ride is usually around 20 minutes long.
to Disney’s Boardwalk
Disney’s Boardwalk is super easy to access from the Beach Club Resort. The Boardwalk is located right across the lake from the Beach Club and is a short 5 minute walk.
This area of Disney World is one of our favorites and its close proximity is a huge perk to staying at the Beach Club. If you would like more information on this super fun, kid friendly area of WDW, check out this post:
to Disney Springs
You would also need to drive or take the Disney shuttle bus to Disney Springs. This ride typically takes 20 minutes.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers many fun activities for families visiting with kids.
The Beach Club and Yacht Club share an arcade that is located right by Stormalong Bay Pool. The arcade is full of fun video games and sports tables.
This is a great rainy day activitiy!
Disney’s Beach Club shows nightly movies outside on the lawn. You can check out the entertainment schedule for the dates of your visit to determine which movies are playing.
This activity schedule is usually released at the beginning of each month.
Kids love spending their evenings roasting marshmallows and making s’mores by the campfire. Sometimes Mickey’s friends even join in the fun!
Guests of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Villas have access to three leisure pool areas (one at each resort). In addition, these three Disney resorts share a main pool, Stormalong Bay, which I will detail below.
Stormalong Bay is a massive pool and water play area shared by Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts. If you have set aside time to enjoy this elaborate swimming area, note that pool towels are complimentary and available in the pool gates.
Stormalong Bay offers lots of different spaces for swimming and playing in the water.
Near the site of the large shipwreck model, you will find a kiddie pool perfect for little ones. This pool is in a contained area and is separate from the larger pool area. This kiddie pool tends to be a bit quieter than the main pool.
Stormalong Bay also has a sand bottom pool that is great for babies and toddlers. The super shallow water allows them to safely splash and play in the sand.
You will find deeper areas of water to swim as well. Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers complimentary safety vests that little ones can use while playing and swimming.
In addition to the many swimming areas at Stormalong Bay, guests can enjoy the lazy river. You will find complimentary inner tubes available near the lazy river to make floating even more fun!
You will find two water slides at Stormalong Bay Pool. The larger of the two slides is a whopping 230 feet long. It begins atop the huge shipwreck model (pictured above) at the edge of the lake.
This large water slide does not have a height requirement; however, there is a limit of one person at a time on the slide. This means that parents are not permitted to slide with their toddler or small child.
If you have an adventurous toddler who enjoys thrill rides, you can usually wait in the water at the bottom of the slide. This way you are available to grab your little one after he/she lands in the water.
Children are permitted to wear complimentary safety vests on the slide as well.
*Note that you have to leave the main pool gates and climb many steep stairs to get to the top of this slide. Therefore, you will not want your toddler entering the slide area alone.
The smaller of the two slides is near the entrance to the larger slide. When you arrive in the shipwreck area, you will see a small, kiddie pool with a miniature water slide perfect for toddlers.
Smaller kids should have no problem climbing to the top of this slide and sliding down to the pool below. You can clearly see them the whole time.
The shallow sand bottom section is perfect for toddlers and little kids to splash and dig. The lazy river is super fun and relaxing. The main water slide is a big hit for kids and adults. The kiddie water slide and pool area are great for toddlers and those who want a calmer sliding experience.
Things to Do Nearby
Since Disney’s Beach Club Resort is located in such a great spot near the Boardwalk and other resorts, you will find lots of kid friendly things to do within walking distance of the hotel.
One of our favorite activities just outside Disney’s Beach Club is to view the nightly fireworks show at Epcot. You can grab some ice cream from Beaches and Cream and choose a spot near the walkway to Epcot.
This is a great way to enjoy the fireworks show without having to maneuver between the crowds of people inside the park. It’s also a nice activity to enjoy at Disney World without purchasing a park ticket!
The Skyliner is one of the newer additions to Walt Disney World. This gondola ride connects several of the resort hotels to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you are looking for a unique activity, take a ride on the Skyliner with your kids.
Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is an 18 hole course themed off the movie Fantasia. Since this kid friendly activity is located near The Swan hotel, guests of Disney’s Beach Club can easily walk to the mini golf course.
In addition to the easy access to the restaurants on Disney’s Boardwalk, guests at The Beach Club Resort have lots of dining options right at the hotel.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Beaches and Cream is my personal all time favorite restaurant at Disney World. This diner offers all kinds of delicious options, including a tomato bisque that is out of this world!
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is located right beside Stormalong Bay Pool. They are famous for the ice cream concoction knows as The Kitchen Sink.
Note that you are able to order some ice cream and to-go items from the window without actually going inside the diner.
Beach Club Marketplace
If you are looking for a quick stop on your way to the theme parks, Beach Club Marketplace is a great option. This dining venue serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Its diverse menu offers something for everyone. Beach Club Marketplace is our go-to for a fast breakfast or a quick snack before heading out for the day.
Martha’s Vineyard is a lounge that serves all kinds of adult beverages.
You can also order appetizers like clam chowder, chicken wings, and calamari from this venue.
Hurricane Hanna’s is located right outside by Stormalong Bay Pool. You can order your food and beverages from the counter and dine outside at the available tables.
Ale and Compass
Ale and Compass is a sit down restaurant located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This dining venue serves family favorites for breakfast and options like seafood, chicken, and steak for dinner.
The Market at Ale and Compass
The Market at Ale and Compass is the quick service dining venue located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Similar to The Beach Club Marketplace, this restaurant is a great stop for a quick meal.
Cape May Cafe
Cape May Cafe is located near the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This restaurant is buffet style and serves your favorite seafood options. Cape May Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
However, the restaurant takes on a different theme for breakfast when it becomes the site for Minnie’s Beach Bash.
Yachtsman Steakhouse is a signature dining restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. You will find steak and seafood among other options on the menu. Since this is a signature dining experience, guests must adhere to a dress code.
Crew’s Cup Lounge
Crew’s Cup Lounge is located near Yactsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Here, you will find all kinds of adult beverages along with a few options for appetizers or snacks.
In Room Dining
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is one of the Walt Disney World hotels that offers room service. You will find an In Room Dining Menu in your hotel room with instructions on how to place an order.
The menu includes options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night dining. You can even pre-order your breakfast the night before, so your family can eat in the room as you get ready for the parks.
As mentioned above, Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort becomes a character dining experience each morning for breakfast. Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast is a super fun way to start your day!
The breakfast is buffet style and has a wide range of items to choose. You will even find a stand serving made to order omelets!
Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy each walk around the dining areas to greet you at your table. The characters are decked out in their finest beach wear to continue the theme of the dining experience.
Depending on availability for your vacation dates, Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers several options for hotel rooms.
Standard View rooms at the Beach Club Resort offer views of the rooftop or parking area. These rooms can sleep up to 5 adults since some of the standard view rooms have 2 queen beds and 1 daybed.
Garden View rooms offer views of the garden and lawn area at Disney’s Beach Club. These rooms can also sleep up to 5 adults as some provide 2 queen beds and 1 daybed.
Water View rooms at the Beach Club Resort offer views of one of the pools or of Crescent Lake. These rooms also sleep up to 5 adults if you have a room with 2 queen beds and 1 daybed.
Deluxe Rooms at Disney’s Beach Club offer more square footage than the regular hotel rooms. They can sleep up to 6 adults since they offer 2 queen beds and a queen sleeper sofa.
The Club Level rooms at Disney’s Beach Club Resort offer standard, garden, or water views similar to the regular hotel rooms. However, you also receive special perks if you book a room in the Club Level. These are some of the benefits you will receive:
- concierge services
- Club Lounge with snacks and beverages
- complimentary health club access
- turndown service
Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers several options for suites.
The 1 Bedroom Suite can sleep up to 4 adults with a king sized bed in the bedroom and a queen sleeper sofa in the separate sitting area. The 1 bedroom suite offers either garden or water views.
The 2 Bedroom Suite can sleep up to 7 adults. It offers two separate bedrooms: one with a king bed and one with 2 queen beds. The 2 Bedroom Suite also has a daybed. Your views from this suite will be either of the garden or the water.
The Nantucket VP Suite sleeps up to 2 adults with a king sized bed. It offers views of the water.
The Newport Presidential sleeps up to 7 adults with 2 double beds, 1 king bed, and 1 daybed. It provides views of the water and Epcot.
The rooms at Beach Club Resort come with a mini refrigerator. You can request a microwave when you check in as well. Other items you may request include bed rails, high chair, crib, and connecting rooms.
It is also important to note that not all of the rooms have FULL balconies. Many of them only offer the small juliet type balcony. If a full sized balcony is important to you, I HIGHLY recommend requesting this during online check in.
If you are interested in experiencing all the great amenities of Disney’s Beach Club Resort for a fraction of the price, I recommend looking into renting DVC points for a stay at the Beach Club Villas.
These villas are located on the same property as the Beach Club Resort, and they have access to the same great restaurants and activities!
You can check out the “cost calculator” at David’s Vacation Club Rentals to see how much you save on your vacation dates. (Affiliate Link)
I have personally used David’s rental services multiple times and have always had great experiences!
Beach Club vs Other WDW Resorts
Since Disney’s Beach Club Resort is one of my family’s favorite hotels at Disney World, I will try to explain WHY we love it so much! Below, I will compare the Beach Club to other resorts at Disney World, so you can get an idea of why we choose to stay at the Beach Club!
If you would like to see more comparisons between other hotels, feel free to comment below with the resorts you are considering.I know how stressful and overwhelming planning a Disney World vacation can be!
vs Yacht Club
Since these two resorts share EVERYTHING, it’s really a matter of personal taste when deciding between these two resorts. Beach Club has a more relaxed vibe, while Yacht Club seems more sophisticated.
They are both totally kid friendly though. If I were planning a trip to Disney World, I would choose whichever is cheaper between the two!
vs Beach Club Villas
Like the Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas have access to all the restaurants, activities, and amenities at the Beach Club resort. My recommendation (again) is to choose the cheapest option of the three resorts. As mentioned above, renting DVC points for Beach Club Villas is often the best way to save money.
vs Boardwalk Inn
If you stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, you get the perks of the awesome location near Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Boardwalk. You can also easily walk over to the Beach Club to enjoy the dining venues located there.
The one big drawback to Boardwalk Inn is that you don’t get Stormalong Bay. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn has a really fun pool, but it just doesn’t compare to the elaborate swimming pool at the Beach Club.
vs Monorail Resorts
You may be wondering how the Beach Club compares to the monorail resorts: Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian. These three resorts offer really easy access to Magic Kingdom, which is a huge perk if you have little kids.
They all offer great theming and activities as well. However, Disney’s Beach Club Resort gets our pick because it’s usually priced significantly lower than the monorail resorts.
vs Caribbean Beach Resort
It is difficult to compare Disney’s Beach Club Resort with Caribbean Beach because they really aren’t similar at all. Even though the names may cause you to think differently, the two resorts do not have much in common. Caribbean Beach is a moderate hotel that is lovely, but it does not offer the amenities that the deluxe resorts do.
If you are not planning to spend a lot of time at your hotel, you can certainly look into Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. However, you will not have access to the prime location, restaurants, pool, and other activities that the Beach Club offers.
Final Review of the Beach Club Resort
I hope you found this review of Disney’s Beach Club Resort helpful!
If you are wondering if Disney’s Beach Club Resort is worth the price, my family totally believes it is!
We find that Stormalong Bay Pool at the Disney World Beach Club Resort is reason enough to stay at this amazing hotel. Who can pass up the opportunity to experience the best pool at Disney World?!
In addition, the location, restaurants, and activities offered at this deluxe resort hotel help to make your vacation one you will never forget!
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