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Late last year we launched Hotel Room Views, a new part of TouringPlans.com that shows the view you’ll see at every hotel room in Walt Disney World (more than 30,000 photos). Today we’ve added Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts.
The first page shows you a map of the entire resort. On the left side is a set of filter options you can use to find exactly the room you want:
- Room Type Includes Disney’s description of the view, and the bed type in the room (if we know it). Yacht and Beach have a wide variety of bed and view options.
- Walking Distance to Lobby Useful for cutting down on walking time
- Walking Distance to Transportation Allows you to find rooms near bus stops and boats
- Floors If you prefer ground or upper-floor rooms, you can specify that here
- Sound Level Helps find the quiet rooms at the resort
- Accessibility Identifies ADA-accessible rooms by feature, including roll-in showers and more
- Our Picks Shows only the rooms which the Unofficial Guide has determined to be the best at the resort.
- Prices You can also filter by price by entering the date you’re checking in.
Choose any of these options and click “Show Matching Rooms.” The map will highlight in red all of the buildings which have rooms matching your options.
Click on one of the highlighted buildings and you’ll see a map of all of the rooms in that building. Rooms which match your filter options will be highlighted in red:
Click on any of the individual rooms and you’ll see the view from that room:
Once you’re looking at a room’s view, you can do a comparison of nearby views by going left or right one room, or up or down one floor.
Another really great feature on this page is shown in the green text just below the photo:
Bldg 1,Flr 5,SE-facing room.Exmple:5223,5225,5221,5227,5219,5229,5217,5215,5231
This is the exact wording to give Disney (or your travel agent) to request that specific room, and rooms like it if this room isn’t available. During this project we learned that Disney’s reservation system may only have 80 characters of text to make room requests, and we’ve ensured that this text fits in 80 characters or less. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the room, by telling Disney the room you want and its alternatives, you increase your chances.
It’s Important to Choose Your Own Room
You’re paying a premium to stay on-site, and it doesn’t cost anything to make a room request. You’re also able to read and create public reviews and private notes about a room, rate a room, and mark a room as a “favorite.”
When you mark two or more rooms as favorites, you’re able to do a side-by-side comparison of each room’s view by clicking the Compare Favorites link on the left side of the page.
We expect to have every Disney-owned resort in Orlando available by the end of this year. That includes DVC resorts, suites, and more. Here’s the approximate rollout schedule:
|October 4, 2013||All-Star Sports Done!|
|October 11||Polynesian Done!
Saratoga Springs Done!
Wilderness Lodge Done!
|October 18||Port Orleans French Quarter Done!
Port Orleans Riverside Done!
Caribbean Beach Done!
All-Star Movies Done!
Pop Century Done!
|October 25||Coronado Springs Done!
Animal Kingdom Lodge Done!
|December 1, 2013||All-Star Music Done!
Art of Animation Done!
|January 11, 2014||Fort Wilderness (campsites and cabins)
Beach Club Done!
Yacht Club Done!
|January 18, 2014||Contemporary Resort
|January 25, 2014||Bay Lake Tower
Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas
Grand Floridian Villas
|February 1, 2014||Wilderness Lodge Villas
Old Key West
Saratoga Springs Treehouses
We had a lot of cooperation from Disney executives and resort staff to help collect these photos. For the deluxe and DVC resorts, we’ve got pictures of most of the first-floor rooms at every resort. For upper-floor rooms, we’ve got sample photos from different parts of each wing or building, showing the approximate view you’ll get at each room.
If you’ve got photos of the view from your room at Disney’s Yacht or Beach Club, please email them to us! You’ll be helping out other families planning their visit.
Whether you’re taking a honeymoon or taking the kids on their first trip to Walt Disney World, we’ll help you find the perfect hotel room.