There are currently more than 25 Disney Hotel resort locations to pick from on property at the Walt Disney World® resort. During our last visit, my family and I had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and it quickly became one of our favorite places on property. Keep reading to see if this hotel is a good fit for your next vacation.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is an Epcot® area resort with a nautical New England theme. It is connected to its sister resort Disney’s Beach Club, with a shared 3-acre pool. Renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern designed both Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort to resemble a turn of the century coastal town in New England.
The 3-acre pool also known as Storm Along Bay features a water slide coming from a wrecked ship, lazy river, sand bottom pool, and three Jacuzzis. This is the largest resort pool on the Walt Disney World® property and in my opinion the best one. Disney’s Yacht Club also features a smaller quiet pool located on the backside of the resort for those looking for a more relaxing experience.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort rooms were remodeled in 2017 with families in mind. Laminate flooring has replaced the old carpet and beds sit high enough off the floor to allow suitcases to slide underneath. There are tons of USB ports available so everyone can recharge their devices at once. The closet space and TV console offer lots of drawers and cubbies to place all your families’ things. While the theming of the room does not scream Disney, there are a few nods to the Mouse. Pictures above the sofa of ships have a Mickey in them, and the navy curtains have constellations of Disney Characters.
If you are looking to splurge a bit more. The club level rooms, located on floor five of the hotel offer additional amenities. Club-level guests have access to the Regatta Club, which features food and beverages throughout the day, the ability to purchase extra fast passes and access to concierge staff for assistance with planning.
We loved the proximity to the BoardWalk and enjoyed checking out the various restaurants and bars located there. One of our favorite things was grabbing ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery and watching magicians perform along the BoardWalk. We also had the opportunity to eat at Flying Fish and agreed it was one of our favorite meals of the trip.
Resort Area: Epcot®
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – 20-minute boat ride or 15-minute walk
- Epcot® – 5-10-minute walk along the International Gateway or boat ride
- Magic Kingdom® – Bus Transportation
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom® – Bus Transportation
- Disney Springs/Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park/Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Bus Transportation
- Standard View/Garden or Woods ViewWater View**: 381 Square Feet and Sleeps 5 (2 Queen Beds and a daybed)
- Standard View Club Level/Garden View Club Level Water View Club Level**: 381 Square Feet and Sleeps 5 (2 Queen Beds and a daybed)
- Deluxe Room Club Level: 654 Square Feet and Sleeps 4 (2 Queen Beds)
** Water views can vary from a pool view to a view of Crescent Lake.
- Small glass front refrigerator
- Hair Dryer
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Iron & Ironing board
- Yachtsman Steakhouse – Dry Aged Steaks and seafood
- Ale & Compass – New England Comfort Food
- Market at Ale & Compass-Sandwiches, coffee, pastries and grab and go items. A few sit-down tables.
Bars and Lounges
- Crews Cup Lounge – relaxed atmosphere adjacent to Yachtsman Steakhouse
- Ale & Compass Lounge – cozy lounge with light snacks
- Offers Dog-friendly rooms for a nightly fee. Maximum 2 dogs.
- Complimentary Health Club
- Full-Service Spa Located on property
- A business center is in the Convention Center
- 2 Laundry rooms on site.
- Location, location, location. One of the things we loved most about Disney’s Yacht club was is proximity to two parks. Being able to walk to both Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® was amazing. It also saved us a ton of time on a bus. We also enjoyed being able to see parts of nighttime shows at both Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
- Dining options. Because you are located so close to The Swan & Dolphin, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn & Villas and Disney’s Beach Club Resort you have a variety of food options close to you. Ample Hills Creamery and The Boardwalk Bakery are top spots for a treat or a snack. The Yachtsman and Flying Fish were amazing table service meals and The Pizza Window was our pick for a quick and cheap dinner.
- Amazing Pool. This pool has something for everyone and was so much fun for the kids.
- Great room option for families of 5. Most of the Yacht Club rooms can sleep 5 and if you have a child in a pack n’play under 3, can sleep 6.
- Lack of qquick-servicebreakfast options. While the Ale & Compass market did offer breakfast, options including Mickey Waffles, a few egg sandwiches and pastries. A few people in our group missed having eggs and bacon as a quick service option. The offerings were more substantial than many other Deluxe hotels.
- Shared buses. While it was great being able to walk to two parks it was kind of a pain when we had to take the bus. The buses are generally shared with Beach Club and we stopped and the Swan and Dolphin on occasion as well.
- Convention Center. Disney’s Yacht Club is one of the hotels on Disney property with a convention center. At times the large number of convention-goers can change the vibe of the property. There were a couple of conventions going on while we were visiting but it didn’t bother us at all.
- If you are using busses to go back to the resort during the middle of the day when buses are less frequent consider getting on a Disney’s Boardwalk Inn bus if it arrives first. It is a quick walk from Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and saved us some time.
- Water view rooms can mean view of Lake Crescent Lake, views of Storm Along Bay or views of the quiet pools. If you have a preference call and add it to your reservation. Just remember it isn’t guaranteed you will get what you request.
- You will need to show your magic band or hotel key for entrance to Storm Along Bay and will receive a band to wear for the day. This is one of the few Disney World Hotel resorts to check at the gates.
- Get a recreation calendar when you arrive. The resort offers movies under the stars, campfires and other fun activities for the whole family.
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