Find out why Disney’s Beach Club Resort: A Disney World Resort is one of the most well-loved of the Epcot area resorts.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort: A Disney World Resort
Do you ever want to vacation at the beach without having to fight the seaweed, jellyfish, and other creepy crawlies that inhabit the ocean? Or do you want a vacation where you won’t have to listen to your children complain that they are bored? Walt Disney World can help you combine the best of both worlds at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Welcome home to Disney’s Beach Club Resort where you can swim in a sandy bottomed pool and play all day at the most popular theme parks in the world. Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a serene and beautifully themed resort that embodies the atmosphere and look of a late 1930’s New England beach resort. The resort is known for its white trim on a seaside blue background. Beach Club is a deluxe resort and is situated a short walk from Epcot’s International Gateway. This is only a brief boat ride from Hollywood Studios. With 576 guest rooms, conference facilities, and numerous amenities and recreational activities, everyone is sure to find something that makes them feel at home at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Accommodations and Room Types
Beach Club Resort is a deluxe resort and thus has many room types to choose from including standard, lagoon or pool view, garden view, and numerous club level rooms and suites. Most of the rooms at Beach Club are about 380 square feet and were refurbished in 2016 to include new room decor in blue and tan tones, a spacious desk, and lots of drawer space. The resort is situated around the 25 acre Crescent Lake and many of the rooms overlook either the lake or the pool area. Most rooms include two queen size beds, a daybed, a desk and chair, as well as a reading chair. Some king beds are available, but please note that these guest rooms are limited in number and may have different dimensions than the rooms with two queen beds. Guests will also find conveniences such as a mini fridge, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, coffee maker, and safe for smaller belongings at their fingertips as well.
Check in is at 3 p.m. each day, but guests who arrive at 7 a.m. or later may leave their bags with the front desk if they would like to enjoy the parks before their room is available. Online check-in is available starting 60 days before arrival through the My Disney Experience app and this does speed the check-in process up considerably. Check out is at 11 a.m. and express check out is available if you have a card on file and request it at check-in. A detailed receipt/bill will be delivered to your room by 7 a.m. and if the bill is correct, you are free to leave without visiting the front desk.
If you are into walking to Epcot this is the resort for you. It is the closest distance to Epcot than any of the Epcot resorts on property. It is very convenient to the action and it has beautiful scenery on the walking path. You can even see and hear your favorite Epcot fireworks when staying at this beautiful resort. These are the forms of transportation you can take directly from the resort:
Epcot: Walking distance
Magic Kingdom: Bus or car ride
Animal Kingdom: Bus or car ride
Hollywood Studios: Boat, bus or car ride
Also, when walking from your resort to Epcot there is a ticket center, as well as bag check so be ready to show your bags just like you would in the front entrance of the park.
If you love food as much as most families do, then Beach Club Resort has its fair share of options for families and is a short walk away from all the great options at Yacht Club and Boardwalk Resort. There are two table service options and two quick service options for those who don’t want to leave their own little slice of paradise at Beach Club.
Cape May: Cape May is Beach Club Resort’s character meal for breakfast. Characters often include Minnie, Goofy, and Donald all dressed up in their beach gear. At dinner, the characters are not available but a magnificent clambake is put out in place of the delicious breakfast; it’s very hard to choose which meal is better. While the character interaction is great at breakfast, it’s hard to deny the allure of an all you can eat crab leg and clambake extravaganza.
Beaches and Cream: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Who doesn’t love ice cream? Beaches and Cream is located between the Beach and Yacht Club resorts. It is a tiny throwback to ice cream parlors of yesteryear. The menu has tons of American favorites like burgers and hot sandwiches, but the real star here is the ice cream. Beaches and Cream is probably most well know for a sundae called the Kitchen Sink. This sundae includes one scoop of every flavor of ice cream, plus every topping the parlor has in stock. It is massive! To learn more about this restaurant, visit our Dining Review HERE.
Hurricane Hanna’s: This quick service location offers up sandwiches and other fast food items poolside. There is a fair amount of seating, all of which is located outside.
Beach Club Marketplace: This location is Beach Club’s main quick service location and is the place where you will pick up your refillable mugs if you have purchased the dining plan. Offerings here are standard and somewhat limited.
Pizza Delivery: As in every resort, pizza delivery is offered at Beach Club resort. You can order pizza, wings, and other standard pizza menu items, but the food quality isn’t the best.
Beach Club Resort is known for being a resort that guests book when they don’t plan on spending much time in the theme parks. This is simply because there is so much to do at the resort. From the amazing pool to the numerous activities planned, this resort has the feel of an all-inclusive resort.Pools: Stormalong Bay is the name of the main pool area at Beach Club Resort and it is so popular that you must have your resort armband to get in to the waterpark/pool area (pool hopping is not allowed, only guests from Beach and Yacht Club Resorts can use Stormalong Bay). This area has over 3 acres of aquatic activities for people of all ages including a lazy river, slides, a gentle current pool area, and numerous slides including the Shipwreck/Flying Jib Slide, one of the highest on Disney property (including some of those at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach). There are also numerous water play areas for smaller children. The most unique feature is that most of Stormalong Bay has a sandy bottom, just like the ocean without all the creepy crawlies that nature normally provides. There are also numerous quiet pools located around the resort for those guests who prefer a more relaxed, quiet pool experience.
Resort Activities: Beach Club also offers numerous other activities including volleyball, campfire/marshmallow roasts, poolside karaoke, movies under the stars, t-shirt decorating, and many other activities. There are also activities that come at an additional cost such as the Pick a Pearl activity and hair wraps.
With all of these amenities, activities, and it’s close proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, Beach Club Resort is one of the most popular deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World. If you choose this resort, make sure you schedule plenty of time to enjoy the restaurants, activities, and pools so that you get the full experience of this beautiful and relaxed resort.
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