Yacht Club Resort


This week we are exploring the Yacht Club.  This is Agent Jen’s favorite resort she has stayed at so far.  

The Yacht Club is a Deluxe Resort that is themed after the seaside New England of the late 1800s. It has a nautical feel complete with hardwood floors and brass accents and an amazing clean scent when you walk through the doors. 

One of the best reasons to stay at the Yacht Club is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. The Yacht Club is within walking distance to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. If you don’t feel like walking, you can access both parks via a short boat ride. Additionally, the Yacht Club sits across from Disney’s Boardwalk for additional restaurants and activities.

Another great reason to stay at the Yacht Club is Stormalong Baby. The Yacht Club and its sister hotel, the Beach Club, share a three acre water playground called Stormalong Bay. It is a great place to hang out and have fun. There are shallow areas for the little ones and even a lazy river that is deep with a current to push you through. One thing that is really unique is that the pools have sand bottoms. It is a little bit of Disney magic! There are waterfalls and hot tubs and even a “shipwreck” that leads to a waterslide. If you want a more relaxing time in the water, there is a quiet pool at the Yacht Club at the far end of the hotel away from the noise and excitement.  


Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8407

Rooms:
The average room at the Yacht Club is about 380 sq. ft. Most rooms feature two queen-size beds, a table and chairs, flatscreen TV, a ceiling fan, double sinks in the dressing area, and refrigerator. Some rooms have a daybed that will accommodate the maximum 5 guests allowed per room at the Yacht Club. There are also pet friendly rooms. Of the 539 regular guest rooms at the Yacht Club, 483 rooms have queen-sized beds, 56 rooms have king-sized beds, and there are 10 accessible rooms. Most rooms have a balcony that have a small table and two chairs. 

Transportation:
Disney’s Magical Express is complimentary to and from the Orlando International Airport for all guests staying on property, and there are resort busses that will take you to the four parks and Disney Springs.

Park
Bus Times
Magic Kingdom
23 minutes
Epcot (Main Entrance)
8 minutes
Hollywood Studios
20 minutes
Animal Kingdom
25 minutes

Disney’s Yacht Club is within walking distance to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Epcot can be easily reached by foot via a short 10-minute walk along the waterway leading to Epcot's International Gateway. This is the entrance near France in the World Showcase. It is a fully functioning ticket gate if you need to buy tickets or annual passes. If walking isn't for you, there is a boat to ferry guests from all of the Epcot resorts (Swan, Dolphin, Boardwalk, Yacht Club, and Beach Club) to the International Gateway, but the walk is faster and a bit more scenic.  Once you get to the International Gateway, you can hop on the new Skyliner to head over to Hollywood Studios.

To reach Hollywood Studios, you have two options. You can take a leisurely 15 to 20 minute one-mile stroll along the path that follows the waterway connecting the Epcot resort area with the Hollywood Studios, or you can take the ferry boat from the right side of the boat dock (about a 20 minute boat ride).

Restaurants:
The Yacht Club has two very good restaurants of its own, and a brief walk along Stormalong Bay will take you to the restaurants of the Beach Club. Additionally, room service is available 24 hours a day.
Ale & Compass — Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual nautical atmosphere. Order a la carte morning meals from 7:30 am to 11:00 am, or there is an all-you care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet from 7:30 am to 11:25 am. Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, and dinner is available from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tables are almost always available during the day, but an Advance Reservation is recommended if possible.
Yachtsman Steakhouse –– Serves dinner only.  It is open from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm and serves tasty cuts of superbly aged beef, as well as poultry and seafood selections. An Advance Reservation is highly recommended for dinner. Note that for this and other Signature Dining experiences, there is a dress code. No tank tops, swimsuits, cover ups, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, or t-shirts with offensive language/graphics are allowed. If you are using a Dining Plan, this meal would count as two sit-down restaurant allotments.
Ale and Compass Lounge –– located just off the lobby, this lounge features specialty coffee and drinks. They are open in the evenings from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am. In the morning, coffee and pastries are served here from 6:00 am to 11:30 am. 
Crew's Cup –– located near the Yachtsman Steakhouse, serves a multitude of beers, along with your favorite drinks and wines. Appetizers and finger foods are also available here, making the Crew's Cup a nice place for lunch or a light evening meal. They are open from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.
Yacht Club Market Place – offers quick service foods, including breakfast, some made to order, and gelato! They are open from 7:00 am to 12:00 am daily. This is also the location to fill up your Resort Refillable Mug.
Don't forget that right next door in the Beach Club is the Cape May Buffet, where you'll find Goofy and friends for a breakfast buffet or a clambake dinner served family-style (buffet). Martha’s Vineyard is a lounge located at the Beach Club that also serves appetizers. They are open from 4:00 pm to midnight.

Also, shared between the Yacht Club and Beach Club are two other dining locales, Hurricane Hanna's Grill (pool-side) and Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. Hanna's specializes in great, quick eats such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, and more. Beaches & Cream is open from 11:00 am to 4:55 pm for Lunch, and 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm for Dinner, and serves wonderful shakes and malts along with burgers and ice cream selections. If you dare (and if you have a big enough party), the Kitchen Sink sundae is a unique eating experience not to be missed, and they use a whole can of whipped cream to make this sundae happen!

Other Recreation:
Make sure to pick up an activities flyer for your stay. Events could include water volleyball, movies under the stars, sing-alongs, and more.
Ship Shape Health Club is located between the Beach and Yacht Club resorts next to Lafferty Place Arcade and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Membership is free to Yacht Club resort guests for the length of their stay. Equipment includes Hammer Strength, Life Fitness, Cybex, and aerobic machines, as well as a spa, steam room, sauna and massage therapy. Massages and facials are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm by appointment only. Call (407) WDW-SPAS or (407) 939-7727 to book.
Jogging – .8 mile jogging path that follows Crescent Lake. 
Volleyball - A sand court is located on the Beach Club side of the complex. Equipment use is complimentary for Yacht Club and Beach Club guests and is available from the Ship Shape Health Club.
Tennis – A lit court is located by the Admiral Pool, with complimentary tennis balls and racquets available from the Ship Shape Health Club.
Lafferty Place Arcade – located next to the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. 
Playground – Open 24 hours and located near Stormalong Bay.
Bayside Marina is located in a small building to the right of the pier (facing the lake) and services guests from both the Yacht Club and Beach Club daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. To reserve cruises or fishing excursions call 1-407-WDW-PLAY.
Cons:
Price – It is a Deluxe level room, so it will be a higher price point.
Lack of counter service food options. You will not find the cafeteria style options that are available in your value and moderate resorts.
Dogs are still allowed. (I didn’t find this to be a problem, but it could potentially be an annoyance)
Pros:
Location!! Literally, it takes minutes to walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  
The POOL! We loved time by pool. The sand bottom pools are truly unique!  
Boat service to two parks and Skyliner is nearby.
Character meals at Beach Club
Close access to the Boardwalk
The amazing smell when you walk through the doors.

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