Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s Yacht Club Resort’

SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We LOVE Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

by on January 20, 2018

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We Love Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Disney has three classifications for their resorts: Value (including Pop Century and Art of Animation), Moderate (Port Orleans Riverside and Fort Wildnerness), and Deluxe (Wilderness Lodge and BoardWalk). Today we are going to look at two of the Deluxe offerings with Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

# 6 – Beaches & Cream

Everyone who has tried to make an ADR for a Disney World restaurant knows there are several venues that can be extremely challenging to get, especially if you want a specific time or have a large group. Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Le Cellier are among Disney guests’ hardest to get reservations, but generally provide an experience that makes the effort to make the reservation worthwhile. Beach Club’s Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – thanks to its relatively small amount of seating inside – can also make one pull out hair in frustration when trying to get an ADR, but it’s worth it.

While Beaches & Cream offers a menu with burgers, hotdogs, and fries along with a ton of great ice cream sundaes (the peanut butter loaded No Way Jose is one to die for,) the big draw here is the signature Kitchen Sink. What separates the Kitchen Sink sundae from other outrageous desserts on property is the presentation. Not only is the dessert itself served in a mock kitchen sink – which unfortunately, you can’t keep – (we’ve asked, repeatedly) but the entire Beaches & Cream staff gets in on the action when one is delivered to a table. The overhead lights dim, an alarm light goes off, and your server reads off the list of Kitchen Sink ingredients, with the whole staff joining in with “and a whole can of whipped cream!” Trying the Kitchen Sink is a true Disney experience, and one that should be on every fan’s bucket list.

Beachs & Cream Soda Shop. (photo by Brandon Glover)

The Kitchen Sink.

Kids will LOVE the Kitchen Sink.

Chocolate Lover’s Kitchen Sink. While it doesn’t have the visual flair of the regular Kitchen Sink, for us here at the SATURDAY SIX it is a much more tasty dessert.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 25th

by on November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Or Happy Thursday for my non-American friends! We’ve got changes to Disney’s Magical Express and more, so keep reading!

Special Events

  • IMPORTANT: Changes have been made to Disney’s Magical Express (DME) pick-up times! Due to new TSA protocols, DME will pick you up from your Disney resort hotel anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to your flight time. Read Rikki’s article for more details!
  • The SpectacuLAB has opened inside Innoventions at Epcot! This show is hosted by two REAL scientists who conduct experiments while educating you on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant opens today! This establishment replaced Captain’s Grille and is located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

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Reservations Now Open for Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

by on November 14, 2017

Ale & Compass


Back in the summer, I let you all know that Captain’s Grille would be becoming a new restaurant called Ale & Compass. The restaurant will be officially opening on November 26 and reservations can now be booked!

Ale & Compass will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices and will continue to be a table service dining location. Ale & Compass will feature a decor that is inspired by a lighthouse and the main focal point will be an on-stage hearth oven. The menu itself is inspired by all the great restaurants found in the New England area.

Breakfast will include dishes like a Breakfast “Pie” with Sunny–side Egg, House-made Bacon, Ham, Provolone, and Arugula; Grilled Oat Cakes with Apples, Dried Fruit, and Maple Syrup; Salted Caramel-Apple French Toast; and Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes.

For lunch, options include various Hearth Oven Pies; Maine Lobster Roll; House-made Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger; and for vegans, a Protein Bowl made with Vegan Italian Sausage, Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce.

For dinner, choices are a Coastal Clambake with a Half Maine Lobster, Clams, Corn, and Potatoes; Fried Chicken and Waffles; Smoked Barbecue Pork Chop; and Four-Cheese Ravioli.

In addition, the Ale & Compass Lounge has been expanded and beautifully re-imagined and will also be open to guests beginning November 26. The lounge will offer a variety of original and classic cocktails, as well as an extensive lists of New England and local beers and wines. The lounge menu offers lighter bites such as Caramelized Leek and Chorizo White Clam Hearth “Pie,” Oven Roasted Oysters, and Parker House Rolls with spreads of Bacon Jam, Pub Cheese, and Smoked Trout.

For reservations, call 407 WDW-DINE

Captain’s Grille to Become Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

by on July 7, 2017

Big changes are on the horizon for dining at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Captain’s Grille has been under refurbishment since the end of May, and now we know what is going to take its place. Ale & Compass Restaurant will feature a gastropub ambiance and will focus on a New-England inspired menu.

Ale & Compass Restaurant


Ale & Compass Restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will continue to be a table service dining location. The restaurant’s decor is inspired by a lighthouse and the main focal point will be an on-stage hearth oven.

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Selecting an Epcot Resort

by on August 8, 2016

View of the Epcot Resort Area

View of the Epcot Resort Area

With the recent release of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival menus, I can’t help but think about my upcoming trip. The 60 day FastPass+ window is approaching quickly, and as an avid proponent of planning ahead, I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t fully decided on a hotel!

It’s one of the biggest dilemmas I face when planning any trip to Walt Disney World. It’s especially hard for me during the fall when visiting Epcot’s World Showcase is top priority thanks to the mouthwatering samplings at Food and Wine Festival. I’ve narrowed it down to the Epcot resort area to make walking to Epcot a breeze, but that still leaves me with five wonderful choices – Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, Dolphin, Swan, and Yacht Club.

Not one to take the resort decision lightly, I’ve carefully mapped out a comparison to help me (and hopefully some of you) pick the right Epcot resort for any Walt Disney World vacation.


All five resorts fall into the deluxe category at Disney, and with that designation comes elaborate theming. However, because Swan and Dolphin are the only two that are not owned by Disney, some may find them to be lacking that special Disney touch.

  • Beach Club – It’s a New England-style resort hotel that is painted blue with white trim and adorned with typical beach décor. Think seashells and sand dollars.
  • Boardwalk Inn – Modeled after a turn-of-the-century Atlantic coast boardwalk, the rooms actually sit behind a façade of neon lighted shops and restaurants along a wooden boardwalk.
  • Dolphin – Words escape me when it comes to the theming of both the Swan and Dolphin, and if you’ve ever seen it for yourself, you can probably understand. Disney describes it as “deluxe accommodations inspired by Florida itself, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel juxtaposes modern architectural silhouettes alongside Renaissance flourishes—most notably, the twin stylized dolphin statues gracing its rooftop.” Now, I’m not sure what they think a dolphin is, but based on their designs, I would say that a dolphin is some combination between a goldfish and carp.
  • Swan – Though very similar the Dolphin in theme and design, the Swan is outfitted with two Swans atop the building instead. At least these two actually resemble swans.

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TouringPlansTV: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts + Video

by on July 26, 2016

  • yacht clubWe’re back for a whole new episode of TouringPlansTV!

Make your way to Walt Disney World…I’ll meet you there to talk about Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts!

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Tuesday Video: Deluxe Resort Hotels

by on May 3, 2016

yacht clubWelcome back to Trivia Tuesday!

Today, I’m bringing you on a tour of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort Hotels.

Put on your walking shoes and let’s go!

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Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses: Epcot

by on November 12, 2015

epcot4Are you a Disney Park critic? I know, it’s hard to be critical of anything Disney (at least I think so), but even I have to admit that I’ve experienced a few things that some parks don’t do as well as others. Of course, there’s also a number of things that each park does very well! Today, I’m breaking down Disney Park Strengths and Weaknesses beginning with one of my personal favorite parks: Epcot.

Epcot has a very interesting history. What few guests know is that Epcot was one of Walt’s main focuses when it came to his Florida Project and that the park we know today wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. Epcot, formerly known as EPCOT Center, stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and was intended to be a real, working community with an innovative design to serve as a model for future cities. When Walt passed away, the vision for Epcot gradually turned into a park that celebrated both the future and the world. That is why Epcot is composed of two different sections: Future World and World Showcase.

So let’s start with Epcot’s strengths, shall we…

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever July 16, 2015: Epcot Resort Hotels

by on July 16, 2015

Best week ever Epcot resort hotels

Explore the Boardwalk Inn and beyond in this Best Week Ever walk around the Epcot resort hotels (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Since so many of you enjoyed last week’s tour of the Magic Kingdom monorail hotels, for this edition of Best Week Ever we’re strapping on the sandals for a walk around the other Epcot lagoon. I’ll try to keep the commentary to a minimum this time and just let the pictures do the talking, as we take a tour of the Epcot resort hotels.

My morning started at the Boardwalk Inn, which (unlike some of the monorail resorts) is receptive to allowing off-site guests to park in their lot. A quick walk across the bridge and I’m back in the Atlantic City of the early 20th century!

Boardwalk Inn




The Boardwalk Inn’s public areas are full of lovely thematic details.




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Where To Get Work Done At Walt Disney World

by on June 1, 2015

Photo - Erin Foster

Business Center at the Contemporary

As much as we’d like a trip to Walt Disney World to be all play, sometimes the career gets in the way. After begrudgingly pulling out your laptop or tablet, you realize the last place you want to be is cooped up in your hotel room. Where else can you go to concentrate and get some work done?

Whether it be answering email or working remotely, here are some places to set up your make-shift office and get down to business (“to defeat…the Huns.” Name that film!).

The Supplies

If you know you’re going to be working throughout your trip, here are a few extras to consider bringing along for a more comfortable experience:

  • A mouse for your laptop
  • A stylus for your tablet/iPad
  • A keyboard for your tablet
  • Chargers for your devices
  • A power strip
  • Headphones
  • Paper and pen (if you don’t have technology handy)

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