by Brian McNichols on December 3, 2012
This is a continuation of a new series taking a comprehensive look at all of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. There will be several posts on each resort looking at pools, dining, shopping, and other amenities.
General Shopping Information
Each of the Beach and the Yacht Club Resorts has one main shop that carries everything from clothing to snacks to toys. They are both located on the first floor, near the center of the respective resort. Much like the resorts themselves, the Beach Club Marketplace is light, airy, and beachy while Fittings and Fairings Clothes and Notions at the Yacht Club is nautically themed with dark woods.
Types of Merchandise (resort specific, essentials, liquor/cigs)
At the Beach Club Marketplace many different items can be found. The normal Disney fare abounds; tee shirts, sweat shirts, pins, etc., there is also a small toy section that includes pool toys. A handful of merchandise that specifically says “Beach Club” can be found at the Marketplace as well as Disney Vacation Club items owing to the Beach Club Villas being part of the complex.
Since the Marketplace is also a quick service dining location, a small number of grocery items such as cereal, water, and microwavable meals can be purchased. This is also a good place to find essentials such as band aids, toothpaste, baby food and a multitude of other items. If liquor, beer, cigarettes, and cigars are also considered essentials, those can be purchased at the Beach Club Marketplace as well.
Although Fittings and Fairings Clothing and Notions at the Yacht Club has a much longer and fancier name, it carries much the same merchandise as the Marketplace. The toys, toiletries, liquor, and tobacco products are essentially the same. There are Yacht Club branded items including very fancy nautical caps for sale. There is also equally fancy Ralph Lauren Polo and Nautica clothing available at Fittings and Fairings.
While there are no true specialty shops at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, there is a high-style, unisex salon; Periwig’s Beauty and Barber Shop. Hair care items are for purchase although it is undergoing refurbishment at the time of writing.