Today we kick off our, “A Look at the Resorts” series with Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The Yacht Club is one of the most elegantly themed resorts on property and it’s location on Crescent Lake doesn’t hurt either. The Yacht Club is perfectly themed after an early 1900’s New England Yacht Club, equipped with nautical theming as far as the eye can see. Today we are going to take a closer
look at everything the Yacht Club has to offer and why you should be sure to check it out when planning your next Walt Disney World vacation.
The Yacht Club was designed by Robert A.M Stern and opened in 1990. As soon as you walk in to the Yacht Club you feel as if you are stepping in to a ship, with dark wood lining the floors and a giant custom globe stands right in the center of the lobby. The formal feel of the lobby is a taste of
what is to come for the rest of the resort. Wooden model ships can be found along with other nautical memorabilia lining the walls throughout the resort as you make your way to your room. There are 621 rooms at the Yacht Club are quite spacious coming in at 381 square feet, but the best part of all is, every room has a balcony. Several standard rooms have
amazing views overlooking Crescent Lake and even within great viewing of Illuminations at Epcot. The furniture in the rooms are outstanding, with the Yacht Club signature blue and gold nautical colors dominating the color scheme of the rooms.
Perhaps the most iconic amenities of the resort is Stormalong Bay, the Yacht Club’s “pool” that is
more like a small water park. Stormalong Bay is a 3 acre, 750,000 gallon sand bottomed aquatic adventure that is undoubtedly the best set of “pools” on property at Disney World. The Stormalong Bay area is home to 3 hot tubs, and one monster of a resort water slide that sits atop a massive shipwreck. There are several shallow areas for kids to swim or even build a sand castle, while the parents can grab a drink at Hurricane Hanna’s or float down the lazy river. And no trip to Stormalong Bay complete without grabbing a cold treat from Beaches & Cream! Stormalong
Bay is so popular that you cannot get in without your resort key or magicband that shows that you are staying at either the Beach or Yacht Club. However, if you are looking for more of a quiet relaxing pool experience than the Yacht Club has got you covered there too. The Yacht Club has an additional pool tucked behind the resort that also has a large jacuzzi and both are usually very empty! After your relaxing day at the pool head over to the Yacht Club’s Shipshape Spa & Fitness Center to get in a workout or finish your day with a massage.
The Yacht Club’s location as an Epcot Resort is one that can only be rivaled by the Magic Kingdom Monorail Resort’s. Sitting on Crescent Lake, the Yacht Club sitting directly across from Disney’s
Boardwalk and is actually directly connected to the Beach Club. So what is so special about the location? You are within a 5 minute walk to Epcot and 15 minutes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and just as close to all of the amenities of the Boardwalk. If you don’t feel like walking, the Yacht Club offers a fleet of boats that take you to and from Epcot, the Boardwalk, Beach & Yacht Club, Swan & Dolphin, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Talk about convenience! Crescent Lake is also an amazing place to be when you don’t feel like spending a day in the parks (crazy I know!). You can take a stroll down the Boardwalk to watch live entertainment, rent a surrey bike, hang out on the beach, or even rent a boat for a few hours.
Maybe the most important thing (for me anyway) when choosing a hotel is, what dining is available. Well the Yacht Club is second to none in this arena because of its ideal location once again. Breakfast options are plentiful when you are at the Yacht Club, our personal favorite breakfast spot around the Boardwalk is Captain’s Grille located on the first floor of none other than the Yacht Club (Great spot to grab a mimosa)! If a character meal is more your speed than just a few steps out the door is the Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club, where you can find Mickey and his friends dressed in their beachwear. For lunch and dinner the Yacht Club is one of the best places to be on property. Inside of the hotel is one of the best restaurants on property for a great steak dinner, Yachtsmans Steakhouse. But the best part about being at the Yacht Club is the options you have for dining. You can walk over to the
Boardwalk for some of the best seafood you’ve ever had at Flying Fish Cafe’. ESPN Club and Big River Brewing are two of the best casual sit down meals around. Finally, Crew’s Cup Lounge in the Yacht Club is one of my personal favorite spots to get a drink and snack, great atmosphere and being connected to Yachtsman’s Steakhouse has its advantages when it comes to the food offered at the lounge. The Swan and Dolphin right next door are also home to some of the best restaurants around and many people not staying at the Swan and Dolphin just overlook them. The Dolphin is home to Todd English’s Bluezoo, Shula’s Steakhouse, and The Fountain to name a few. Just a few steps away at The Swan you can enjoy Garden Grove, Kimonos, and Il Mulino along with much more! Last but absolutely not least don’t forget you are a 5 minute walk from World Showcase in Epcot where you can enjoy food from all around the world. So as you can see if you are staying at the Yacht Club a delicious meal is always just a few steps away!
Disney’s Yacht Club is give everything you would expect from a Disney Deluxe Resort and more. And don’t forget we have just brushed the surface of everything the Yacht Club has to offer. Thanks for reading and be sure to share your favorite things to do at the Yacht Club, as well as family pictures in the comments section below or on twitter.
By: Kyle Newton
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