On my most recent trip I spent a few nights at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This is one of WDW’s deluxe hotels and is located in the Epcot area. I was really excited about my time here since I love staying within walking distance to Epcot! I find more value in being able to walk to the International Gateway than being on the monorail. I realize that many people would not agree with that statement, but it is what works best for me and my touring habits. Aside from the proximity to my favorite, park I was looking forward to experiencing a hotel I had not stayed in yet and the seaside atmosphere.
The decor at the Beach Club is meant to remind guests of summers on the New England Coast. The cool blues and greens of the resort’s facade create a calming feeling as soon as I pulled up in our car. Inside, the lobby looks like it has been furnished by a very stylish grandmother welcoming her family to enjoy a cozy summer at the beach. Small groupings of sofas and chairs make the space feel intimate even though it is quite large. Again, the light colors and wood tones create a relaxed atmosphere which remind me to slow down a little during a usually chaotic Disney trip.
Our room was lovely and fairly spacious. It was equipped with two queen beds, a day bed, a flat screen tv, and other standard dressers and nightstands, etc. The bathroom, like most Disney resorts, was divided into two areas with a double sink outside and the shower and toilet in its own room. As someone who is usually traveling with friends I appreciate the large area we have to get ready for our day. We had a standard view so we had a balcony that looked out over the bus stop and parking lot. It didn’t bother me since we spent so little time in the room, but if you would prefer a more appealing view, you may want to upgrade your room. My only complaint about our room was that it seemed like a hike to walk to and from the lobby.
Pictured above: the beds in a standard room at the Beach Club and the bathroom’s double sink
Aside from the lovely rooms and decor, there are a few amenities which stand out at the Beach Club. My friends and I made a point to set aside
time to enjoy the resort’s pool called Stormalong Bay. This is more than just a pool; it’s almost like a mini water park! There are several pools and a large water slide along with lounge chairs galore in this roped off area. We were able to find several lounge chairs together and spread out to relax. We all grabbed a drink and hung out for a while before some folks decided to go for a swim. They had a blast checking out the different areas to float and testing out the water slide. Kids will absolutely love this pool, especially the area made just for them to splash as well dig in the sand. Please keep in mind that only guests of the Yacht and Beach Clubs are granted access to Stormalong Bay; you must show resort I.D. and get a bracelet to be admitted. Guests looking to actually relax on their Disney vacation should dedicate some time to hanging out poolside during their stay.
Like I’ve already mentioned, guests can walk to Epcot’s International Gateway from the Beach Club. If you think walking would be too much for your party, you can also take the friendship boat to the park from the dock between the Beach and Yacht Clubs. These boats also transport guests to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, water parks, and Downtown Disney folks who do not have their own car can catch a bus at the stop in front of the resort.
There are two table service restaurants, a quick service eatery, and a lounge at this resort for guests to enjoy. I will write more about the Cape May Cafe next week so I’ll only mention that it serves buffet meals and often receives good reviews from vacationers. Beaches & Cream can be accessed from outside the resort near the pool. It has both a table service area and a take away window for ice cream. They are most well known for their huge ice cream sundaes, but also serve burgers and other savory items. I enjoyed this restaurant quite a bit when I dined there, but keep in mind the take away window can get very crowded and it may take you a while to get your frozen treat. The Beach Club Marketplace is the resort’s quick service option and has a take away counter for hot food as well as grab and go options. This shop offers quite a few options for guests looking for a quick bite.
Although my time at the Beach Club was short, I really enjoyed it. I love the breezy, beachy atmosphere and the amenities offered here. As I’ve already mentioned, being close to my favorite park is a major bonus. Our room was lovely and comfortable and the public areas of the resort were lovely. Since my stay was during the busy President’s Day week, I thought the price was a bit steep, so I’d avoid a busy time of year in the future. It is easy to save money on your lodging fees if you can be flexible with your travel dates. I would certainly stay at the Beach Club again, but I think I’d be more inclined to return to the Boardwalk first since it still remains my favorite Disney resort.
What about you? Have you stayed at the Beach Club? Let me know what you thought of your stay there!
Next week I’ll stick with the Beach Club theme when I discuss my character breakfast at the Cape May Cafe!