When taking the family to Disney World, some would like to spare no expense in making sure the entire experience is a magical one, not just during the day but also when you retreat back to your sleeping quarters. With that in mind, Disney World has several resorts to choose from, one of which would be Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This one stands out for its New England inspired design, as the resort overlooks Stormalong Bay.
The hotel, as you would expect from a Disney owned venture, is perfectly catered towards families and children, and pulls out all the stop to make guests of all ages as comfortable as possible.
The Standard Room is a simpler affair than what most luxury hotels in Florida offer up, with two queen beds and a day bed (or a king bed and a day bed) for $392 a night.
Even this basic room comes with a hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, mini fridge and free WiFi. Similarly, standard rooms are the Garden or Woods View rooms, which go for $426 a night, and the Lagoon or Pool View rooms, which start from $497 a night. The latter has the option of a view towards the hotel’s quiet pool or Crescent Lake; the Lagoon View is definitely recommended if you have an option.
What really puts Disney apart is all their additional amenities, so for full access to those you’ll need to look towards the Club Level accommodations, which adds a DVD player, an evening turndown, access to the Club Level lounge, access to the hotel’s health club, and personal vacation assistance from Disney authorities to your resort experience.
The least expensive of rooms at the Yacht Club Resort with those added perks is their Standard Room, which begins at $580 a night. The Club Level also gives you an opportunity to book a Deluxe Room or a Two Bedroom Suite, which is not available in the standard tier. The Deluxe Room is notably larger than the majority of the resort’s rooms despite still only containing two queen beds. If added space is important to you, it will be worth the $715 a night.
As for the Two Bedroom Suite, this has views to Stormalong Bay or Crescent Lake and contains a king bed to each bedroom. This accommodation begins at $1,651 a night.
You will feel as if you are in Neverland’s Mermaid Lagoon, soaking up the magic and relaxation Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has to offer. Pick from one of the three leisure pool areas to float through the tranquil garden areas with lake views. Disney’s Beach Club Resort Pool is located at the far end of the resort, overlooking Crescent Lake.
Another serene pool is in its own garden area, and the third pool belongs to guests of Disney’s Beach Club Villas, but guests of the Yacht Club Resort are welcome to it as well. If you are traveling with little ones, you will want to make a stop at Stormalong Bay, a three-acre water paradise. In the midst of a vast sand-bottomed pool, lazy river, and a life-size replica of a shipwreck, is one of the tallest Walt Disney World Resort water slides.
Guests can also escape to an elevated sunning deck or one of the three whirlpool spas. Children will enjoy wading in the main pool, as well as their own miniature water slide.
Speaking of children; attention parents! The resort gives you the opportunity to enroll your kids in their Sandcastle Club, an activity center for kids 3-12. For $55, you can drop off your child and go out for some grown-up fun! And this isn’t your regular babysitting service–in typical Disney fashion, your child will be immensely entertained while staying safe in the most capable hands.
While your kiddies are busy, treat yourself to some spa time or hit the gym. You have the choice of going to the Ship Shape Spa for one of their signature massages, or you even have the luxury of having a masseuse come right to your room. Choose from a Swedish massage, custom-firm pressure massage, or a rejuvenating citrus facial, all guaranteed to leave you feeling incredible. The spa also includes a full-service salon, perfect for you to freshen up before a night out.
Once the sun goes down, gather up the family for some good old-fashioned campfire time. Offered at many of the resorts, complimentary campfire activities as well as an outdoor movie screening is a truly magical way to end your night.
Nightlife and Dining
Walt Disney World, in general, is a haven for food fanatics, so it isn’t surprising that in just the Yacht Club vicinity there would be so many mouthwatering options. The Yachtsman Steakhouse is by far the most luxurious of the resort’s dining options. Savor juicy, grain-fed steak that is seared over the oak-fired grill in their open kitchen, or give the “Catch of the Day” a chance. Whatever you choose, make sure to save room for the acclaimed creme brulee.
If you are looking for some lighter fare, take a stroll to The Market at Ale & Compass. Here you will find sandwiches, hummus, veggies, as well as a multitude of other snacks and goodies. If you are in the mood for a cocktail, head over to the Ale & Compass Lounge. Here you can enjoy a beer or high-end cocktail in a cozy nautical nook.
The Crew’s Cup Lounge is also a great place to stop for a lobster roll and an authentic New England craft brew. When it’s time to really get your drink on, head over to Hurricane Hanna’s at the nearby Beach Club Resort and suck down a frozen drink while enjoying the view of Stormalong Bay. This poolside cabana also serves ice cream and light snacks.
One of the best reasons to stay at a Disney Resort is the ease of getting around and the abundance of places available to cater to your every whim. With the Disney Beach Club Resort steps away, you get the amenities of two hotels for the price of one. Also, Epcot is within walking distance and Hollywood Studios is a tranquil boat ride away.
The Disney Yacht Club resort exudes elegance and is the perfect spot for your next family, or romantic, vacation.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Orlando, FL 32830
Other Disney World Hotels:
Disney’s Contemporary Resort