I am one lucky duck. I’ve been to Walt Disney World THREE times this year, and one of those visit I was able to run runDisney races with my brother, who’s stationed with the Coast Guard in Alaska! But while I’m compiling photos from my 2016 Princess Half, my 2016 Star Wars races and my very first #DisneySMMC trip, I had the pleasure to stay in a new (to me) hotel. On my past WDW vacations, I’ve stayed in value resorts like All-Star Movies, the Disney Vacation Club portion of Old Key West Resort and even The Yacht Club during Red’s first trip to the Magic Kingdom. The conference put my family up in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and while it’s next door to the Yacht Club Resort and convention center, it was different enough to elicit a new response! This is my Beach Club Resort Review, from me to you!
The Beach Club and the Yacht club share a conference center, nestled between the two of them, and only 1-2 blocks away from each front door. It’s spacious, themed, and perfectly suited to both corporate events as well as large private parties.
When you first check in to the hotel, (I highly recommend taking Disney’s Magical Express) you’ll find the lobby in and to the right. If you turn to the right, you’ll find the concierge. Make sure to trade some pins with the captain at the front door (the permanent greeter I like to trade pins with!) and utilize the kid’s area while you spend some time with the front desk.
There are extra special Disney touches everywhere you look, from Ariel greeting the DVC members/renters and hidden Mickeys in the carpets. The old-fashioned “Woody” out front is open for photos and “driving!”
One of the best parts about The Beach Club Resort is the proximity to the Marketplace. This one-stop shop and dining area serves both the Yacht Club and Beach club, but is in the Beach Club area. You can shop for souvenirs, family necessities, meals, wine, drinks, and snacks.
The food is quick, fresh and counts towards your Quick Service meal options if you are on the dining plan. I visited the store TWICE for trading pins alone!
If you’re wanting to know exactly what layout the Beach and Yacht club take, here’s a map of the area, showing entrances and the convention center I spent most of my time in for the 2016 #DisneySMMC. You can easily walk to Epcot in about 8-10 minutes from the rear entrance of the Beach Club.
If you have little ones and would like to have a “date,” then the Sandcastle club is your best bet. Located next to the Marketplace, you can drop your kids off (for a small fee) and let them play to their hearts content. The open house was hosted for 30 minutes to let vacationers get a feel for the open play place that even Red couldn’t resist during his first trip last year..
The rooms in the Beach Club Resort are formatted exactly the same as the Yacht Club, but with a seashore theme and soft ocean pastels instead of yachts, ropes and nautical themes. I loved it so much more than the other resort, though the differences were slight.
We had two full/queen beds with mousekeeping daily and plenty of space to move around.
The bathroom tiles were in great shape, and the separate water closet allowed someone else to use the sink area while another showered.
This is the sink area! 🙂 Hi!
I would absolutely stay here again! With boats to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, the rest of the parks are a short bus ride away. It was close to Disney Springs, and boasted many perks that are not as close to Yacht Club or the Boardwalk Resort. For extra savings, try using some DVC points and the Beach Club Villas; I’ll do that next time!