I am so excited to introduce my friends James and Lisa. We have been “friends” online through the Disney Blogging Community for a while, but it’s been recent that we’ve connected more through the Magical Blogorail and other networking groups. I love reading their blog Home Is Where The Mouse Is and finding AMAZING party ideas for my boys! Another favorite is the “10 Best Tips” segment. I always love good WDW tips! Thank you to Lisa and James for sharing a great review of Disney’s Beach Club Resort! I can’t wait to stay here one day. 🙂
If you love the charm of New England, but still want to be immersed in the Disney magic, then Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Villas are for you. Nestled on the bank of Crescent Lake, this Epcot area resort offers guests a prime location to dining, parks and entertainment and boasts one of the best pools on Disney property, Stormalong Bay.
Disney’s Beach Club resort shares amenities with its sister-resort, Disney’s Yacht Club. These two resorts, along with Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas, and Disney’s Swan and Dolphin hotels make up the Epcot resort area, conveniently within walking distance to Epcot’s International Gateway and a short boat ride to the main entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Beach Club is a deluxe resort, but has a very casual, family-friendly feel. Its subdued tones are calming and relaxing. The nautical and sea-inspired touches are playful, and not as formal as its sister resort, Disney’s Yacht Club.
There are 583 rooms within the resort. Most of these rooms are standard rooms sleeping 5 people, featuring a combination of king beds, queen beds, day beds, and sleeper chairs. There are standard view, garden view, and lagoon/pool view rooms, as well as club-level rooms and a small selection of suites.
Guests interested in renting a studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom villa can do so from the Disney Vacation Club villas, but these are subject to availability.
Disney’s Beach Club shares bus service with Disney’s Yacht Club resort. Buses provide transportation to all theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney.
Guests can access Epcot’s International Gateway via a walkway along Crescent Lake. There is also a walkway from Crescent Lake that can be used to walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
There are boats that service the Epcot area resorts, providing transportation to and from Epcot’s International Gateway and the main entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Through Epcot, guests can access the monorail to travel to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where transfer is available to monorail service to the Magic Kingdom and Magic Kingdom resorts, as well as boat service to the Magic Kingdom, and from there, boat launches to the Magic Kingdom resorts, including Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Complimentary parking is available to guests, and valet service is provided for an added charge.
There are a wide variety of dining options when you stay at Disney’s Beach Club resort. On the resort itself, you can choose from 2 quick service or 2 counter service restaurants. The Marketplace is your go-to place for quick bites and snacks. It is also a drink filling location. The Marketplace served breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also pick up other amenities you might need to make your trip more enjoyable. The other quick service restaurant, Hurricane Hanna’s, is located at the outskirts of Stormalong Bay. Here you can enjoy lunch, dinner or maybe a specialty cocktail.
The Beach Club is home to Beaches and Cream Soda Shop and the famous Kitchen Sink. You can choose to dine in and feast on their selection of burgers, sandwiches and ice cream, or take out ice cream and beverages. Reservations are accepted.
Cape May Cafe hosts a character breakfast and a seafood buffet dinner. For breakfast, you can meat Goofy and friends while you enjoy Mickey waffles, eggs, fresh pastries and more. When dinner time rolls around, Cape May Cafe becomes a mouth-watering seafood and more buffet. Guests can feast on shrimp, clams, mussels and a number of sides. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert. Dining plan is accepted and reservations are strongly encouraged.
Aside from the dining at the resort, guests can also walk over to the other Epcot area resorts for even more dining experiences. In addition, you can also head over to Epcot to eat. (park admission required) The Beach Club also offers 24-hour room service for in-room dining.
There’s no swimming allowed in Crescent Lake, but fortunately there’s no need to with 3 leisure pools available to all guests at Disney Yacht and Beach Club resorts. Each leisure pool also has a whirlpool spa.
For more adventure, Disney’s Beach Club features what many consider to be Walt Disney World’s best resort pool, Stormalong Bay. Stormalong Bay is practically a water park. Covering 3 acres, it boasts a 230-foot waterslide that begins atop a life-sized shipwreck, a lazy river, and a sand-bottom pool area with zero-entry, so it’s just like being at the beach! There’s also a kiddie-pool with a kiddie-sized water slide, 3 whirlpool spas, and an elevated tanning deck. Hurricane Hannah’s is located within Stormalong Bay, so guests can get food and drink without having to leave the pool.
In addition to swimming, guests of Disney’s Beach Club have access to a wide range of recreational activities. Complimentary activities include tennis, volleyball, and access to the Ship Shape Health Club. There are also a playground and free nightly campfires and movies under the stars.
For an added fee, guests can rent bicycles and boats, play arcade games, or play a round of miniature golf at the nearby Fantasia Gardens. There are also fishing excursions, fireworks cruises, and a Pirate Adventure Cruise that guests can book.
Adults with children ages 3-12 can take advantage of the Sandcastle Club to enjoy some alone time while the kids have fun. For an hourly rate (2 hour minimum), kids will be entertained by Disney Cast Members with movies, games, toys, crafts, and even a meal. The Sandcastle Club is open 4:30 to midnight daily. Children must be potty-trained.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is perfect for families looking for a casual, yet upscale retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Theme Parks. We’d definitely recommend planning some resort-only days during your stay at the Beach Club to take advantage of all of the great amenities it has to offer.
The resort’s close proximity to Epcot make it an incredibly desirable location to stay when attending Epcot’s International Food and Wine or Flower and Garden Festivals.