One of the things on my Disney World bucket list was to stay at one of the resorts in the Epcot resort area. I’ve spent years walking around the lake – from Boardwalk to Beach Club, taking the boats and thinking about how great it would be to stay at one of the hotels. I love the fact you can walk to Epcot or Hollywood Studios and I love the fact you can just stroll over to the Boardwalk for breakfast at the bakery. Disney’s Beach Club Resort is one of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe hotels that is located in the Epcot resort area. (along with Disney’s Yacht Club, Disney’s Boardwalk and Swan and Dolphin.) On my last trip to Disney World, my family and I stayed there in some of their ‘Standard View’ rooms and it was the dream.
Staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
The hotel itself is part of the extended Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort and if you keep walking to the right, you’ll come to the Yacht Club part of the resort. The hotels are connected – they share an epic 3-acre pool area – Stormalong Bay – which contains beaches, hot tubs, slides and a lazy river!
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is nautical themed – there’s a pirate ship in the pool area and the decor in the lobby is full of shells and ship wheels. We visited in November and as the Christmas decorations went up, we noticed that even they were nautical themed.
Rooms at Beach Club were renovated in 2017 and are quite neutral by design but have the feeling of a deluxe hotel. They’re also not very Disney. Disney seem to be renovating their moderate and deluxe hotels to the style of ‘keep Disney for the theme parks’. If you’re looking for a super Disney hotel, you’ll need to try one of the values like Pop Century or Art of Animation.
Our room was located on the 1st floor and we could take a direct flight of stairs from the lobby. As we had a standard view, we overlooked a small square of grass. The view wasn’t anything special by any means but it also wasn’t a car park view. We came out of our room a couple of times to see Captain Hook walking past on his way to Cafe May Cafe with his character attendant – slightly bizarre but also giving us a bit of Disney magic – even Adam thought it was quite cool
The room itself had two Queen beds and two sinks located just outside the main bathroom along with a huge mirror that really brightened up space. I love that the Disney Moderate and Deluxe hotels have double sinks. It makes getting ready in the morning a lot easier. Our room also had a balcony, which was lovely to stand out on in the morning or sit the last thing at night.
We found the room really comfortable with lots of space for the two of us.
If coffee isn’t your thing, you can call the front desk and request a kettle, they’ll bring one up. You can also call down for more hangers and even a shaving kit if you’ve forgotten yours. Adam forgot shaving foam and they brought him up two kits which included a razor and shaving foam.
Other in room facilities include:
Safe, TV, Telephone, Ironing facilities, Fridge and Coffee Making Facilities.
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The Facilities at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Beach Club has a number for eateries. My favourite is Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – home of the famous kitchen sink! We didn’t eat there on our last trip as it was being refurbished but have eaten here in the past and I look forward to returning. Reservations are advised. They also have a walk-up counter where you can get tasty ice cream treats. There’s also Cape May Cafe a buffet restaurant and home of Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast which is character dining.
My Mom and Auntie tried Hurricane Hanna’s Grill which is the pool side restaurant. A waitress came and took their order from their sun loungers and they were impressed with the food.
The quick-service offering at Beach Club comes in the form of ‘Beach Club Marketplace’. We didn’t eat here often as the menu was very limited but the corn chowder was tasty. Beach Club Marketplace is home to the drinks machines so if you have your refillable resort mug, that’s the place to go.
As mentioned above, the pool area is called Stormalong Bay and it includes beaches, hot tubs, slides and a lazy river. We really enjoyed spending time around the pool and especially loved the adults-only hot tub which was so peaceful that I fell asleep and the lazy river where we bobbed around and had the occasional chat with a lifeguard. The slide was also so much fun! One thing to mention is that because the hotel and pools are quite accessible to anybody walking around the area, you have to get your magic band scanned to gain access to the pool area. Once you do this you’re given a wristband and can use that for the rest of the day.
If the main pool isn’t your thing, there are three quite pools with hot tubs located around the Yacht and Beach Club Resort.\
At Christmas Disney’s Beach Club Resort is home to the Gingerbread Carousel, baked in the kitchens at the hotel. It’s located in the lobby and usually has a theme and 20 hidden Mickey’s to find. When we stayed, it was Peter Pan themed and Adam and I only managed 19 Mickey’s. The Gingerbread Carousel arrived mid-November along with all the other Christmas decorations and stays until the festive period is over. Then the gingerbread is given to the bees over at Animal Kingdom.
One of my other favourite things about Disney’s Beach Club Resort was the beach area. It was lovely to just sit there with your refillable mugs and watch the sunset. I wish we’d done it more!
Transport to the Parks
As with all the Disney World hotels, Disney buses call by to take guests to and from the parks. The bus service is shared with Yacht Club which is the first stop in pick up and drop off. From Beach Club you can get buses to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the water parks and Disney Springs.
But what about Hollywood Studios and Epcot I hear you cry!
Being part of the Epcot resort area (and one of the major selling points of this hotel), you can walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. As you come out of the back of the hotel, you turn left to get to Epcot and right to Hollywood Studios. You can also take the ‘Friendship Boat’ to each park and the dock is located at the Yacht Club end of the hotel. Honestly, the walk is not far at all. The International Gateway entrance to Epcot is about a 5-minute walk and Hollywood Studios is approximately 10 minutes. We actually found walking home from the parks at the end of the evening much quicker than waiting for the boats. On more than one occasion we looked over at the boat queue and decided to walk – we ended up beating the boat home! It’s a pleasant walk at any time of day but at night if you time it right, you can usually see the other parks fireworks!
There’s also a skyliner station located just outside the entrance to Epcot that you can take to other areas of Disney World.
Tip: If you’re walking to Epcot, you gain entrance to the park via ‘International Gateway’ which bring you into World Showcase between the UK and France pavilions. If you’re trying to get to the Magic Kingdom and the board at the bus stop (or the MY Disney Experience app) is showing a long time between buses, it doesn’t take long to walk through Epcot to the Monorail station and change at the Ticket and Transportation Centre. You’ll need a valid park ticket for Epcot to do this.
Would we stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort again?
In one word, YES! Disney’s Beach Club might be my favourite hotel that I’ve stayed in so far at Disney World. Our room was comfortable and just what we needed at the end of a long park day. We loved the pool area and really enjoyed the ambience – especially when the Christmas decorations arrived! But the main thing? Disney’s Beach Club Resort really is all about location and we loved that we could walk to some of the parks or pop over the Boardwalk to their far superior gift shop or the Pizza Window! Adam has declared he ONLY wants to stay around the Epcot resort area going forward (better get saving!). The Beach Club is a deluxe resort meaning it is more expensive that quite a few of the other hotels at Disney but for us, the price was worth it. As well as the transport links, we loved the pool area and the cast members were wonderful.
The only real downside for us (and what I find at most of Disney’s deluxe resorts) is the real lack of Quick-Service dining options. I’d love for them to add more of a food court like in the moderates or some of the other deluxes. Failing that, just a few more food options would be great.
If you want to see a bit more of our room, you can find it in our travel day vlog from our November trip!