Disney's Yacht Club Resort Review
We are unapologetically fans of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort location here at VeraVise WOW Travel. In our Complete Guide to Disney’s Boardwalk series learn why we think Disney’s Boardwalk is the best place to stay for your Walt Disney World Vacation. In this Disney Deluxe Resort review of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Adventures of a Disney Nerd shares some of the same reasons
- Disney’s Yacht Club Location on the Boardwalk and near Epcot
- Beautiful nautical themed Yacht Club rooms and well appointed lobby
- STORMALONG BAY! The real reason to stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!
- The dining options on the Boardwalk and at the Disney’s Yacht Club are seemingly endless
- Nightly Entertainment available on the Boardwalk
Disney’s Yacht Club is a deluxe resort located in the Epcot area on Crescent Lake just outside Epcot’s International Gateway. The Yacht club has a stately nautical theme and is an easy walk or boat ride to Epcot. Additionally, you can take the friendship boats over to Hollywood Studios or enjoy a longer stroll along a path behind Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to access Hollywood Studios.
If you thought the official name of the Yacht Club was “Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club,” you aren’t alone nor are you entirely incorrect. In fact, they are sister resorts and share amenities. The two resorts are attached, though you have to walk outside briefly between the two.
However, if you book a room at Yacht Club you will be staying in a Yacht Club room and if you book the Beach Club you will be staying in a Beach Club room. Each resort has its own entrance, lobby, check in, concierge, and parking.
All of the Yacht Club’s rooms are in one very large building. The farthest rooms are quite a distance from the lobby and all of the amenities are at least a 5 to 10 minute walk.
If being close to the lobby/amenities is important to you, I recommend calling Yacht Club guest services about a week before your reservation to ask for a room closer to the lobby. There is no guarantee, but since I started calling we have always had a closer room.
Disney's Yacht Club Rates
As a deluxe resort, the Yacht Club is one of the more expensive hotels on Disney property. The rack rate for a standard room is $455 per night, however, with discounts you likely won’t have to pay rack rate.
The Yacht Club is often included in Disney discounts offers for Florida residents and Annual Pass holders, etc.
Insider Tip: While there is no Disney Vacation Club rental for the Yacht Club, click here to learn how you can still enjoy the amenities at the Yacht Club and on the Boardwalk.
Yacht Club Rooms
The Yacht Club was recently received a room renovation, taking on a darker and more streamlined look. While there are nods in the room to the nautical theme of the resort, it definitely has more generic luxury hotel look.
The difference between standard rooms at the Yacht Club is the view. Standard room choices include:
- Rooftop or parking lot view
- Garden/woods view
- Lagoon/pool view
As you would expect, the better the view the higher the price.
The standard rooms have the following bedding configurations:
- 2 queen beds
- 2 queen beds + day bed
- 1 queen bed + twin sleeper chair + day bed
- King bed
- King bed + day bed
Unfortunately, you are not guaranteed a particular configuration, but you can call a week before your stay to make requests.
Disney's Yacht Club: Club Level Rooms
Disney Deluxe resorts also offer club level rooms. These rooms include access to the club lounge with complimentary food and drinks and a separate concierge for club level rooms. The views and bedding configurations for Yacht Club club level rooms are the same as the standard rooms. However, they also offer larger Deluxe rooms and suites.
Rates for Yacht Club club level rooms begin at approximately $500/night for a standard view room to over $1600/night for a 2 bedroom lake or pool view suite.
Disney's Yacht Club Pool (and a few other things)
Yacht Club has some of the best amenities on Disney property. Perhaps, the most coveted of all those amenities is the Yacht club pool: Stormalong Bay!
Stormalong Bay consistently ranks as the best pool on Disney property and for good reason. Here are just a few of it’s features:
- Sandy bottom just like the beach
- Pirate ship water slide
- Smaller waterslide great for the little ones
- Lazy River
- Gorgeous nautical theme throughout
A word of caution: Pool hopping is no longer allowed at Disney resorts. Only those staying at Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts or Disney’s Beach Club DVC Villas have access to Stormalong Bay. Magic bands are checked at the pool entrances.
Stormalong Bay Review by Disney Parks Moms Panel
Other amenities at The Yacht Club include:
- Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness shared with the Beach Club
- Pirate Adventure Cruise- a fun adventure cruise for kids ages 4 to 12 complete with a treasure hunt
- Sandcastle Club offering supervised activities for kids ages 3 to 12
- Nightly entertainment and street performers on the Boardwalk (see our hysterical video of the kids and a street performer here)
- Movies, campfires, and s’more
Read more about amenities at Disney Deluxe resorts here.
Dining at the Yacht Club
Ale & Compass Dining Complex
The Yacht Club recent renovations included the brand new Ale and Compass dining complex, including a table service restaurant, quick-service dining market, and a lounge. While the market is considered a quick-service restaurant, the options are rather limited.
Yachtsman Steak House
The Yacht Club is also home to the Signature Dining restaurant, The Yachtsman. Known for it’s premium steaks and fresh seafood.
VeraVise Insider Tip: Not in the mood for a full steak and potato dinner? Adjacent to the Yachtsman, is a second lounge called Crew’s Cup serving drinks and the best burgers and truffle fries on property in our humble opinion.
In addition to these dining options located at the Yacht Club, you also have access to the wonderful options located on the Beach Club side which include:
- Disney’s Cape May Cafe character breakfast or seafood buffet dinner
- Beaches and Cream fifty’s style diner complete with the Kitchen Sink- read more about that here.
- Martha’s Vineyard Lounge
If that still isn’t enough for you, check out our Complete Guide to Disney Boardwalk series here. There are more than 40 dining locations on the Boardwalk so we are certain you will not go hungry when staying at the Yacht Club!
As previously noted, Disney’s Yacht Club is located in the Epcot area. Transportation options are very convenient to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Transportation to Epcot
- 5 Minutes walk to Epcot’s International Gateway entrance
- Friendship Boat ferry*
Transportation to Hollywood Studios
- Friendship Boat Ferry*
- A longer 20 minute walk to Hollywood Studios (just over 1 mile)
*Be aware there are stops on the Friendship boats at Boardwalk going to Epcot and Swan & Dolphin going to Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check ferry times when planning your transportation
Transportation to Other Disney Parks and Desinations
Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, and the water parks, all require bus transportation. The bus is shared with the Beach Club Resort and usually stops at the Yacht Club first. However, this can vary so it’s always best to check the bus schedules and plan accordingly.
We have stayed at the Yacht Club several times in the last few years and it remains one of our favorites. The following pros and cons should be considered when planning a stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
The location can’t be beat especially if the focus of your trip is Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Add in the nightly entertainment and restaurant options on the Boardwalk and Yacht Club quickly rises to the top.
Stormalong Bay is one of the biggest perks to staying at the Yacht Club.
The Ale and Compass Lounge is a huge improvement over the previous lobby bar which was just a bar in the lobby with a few extra chairs.
**Rooms. I am including the rooms in the Pros, but Adventures of a Disney Nerd says that while the rooms still feel like Deluxe a room, she misses the Disney touches.
Consider checking Undercover Tourist for rate discounts on Disney World Hotel Rooms. We have seen them as low as annual pass discounts here at VeraVise WOW Travel.
The cost is the biggest factor that keeps us from staying here more. While I think the rooms are easily worth $350 when you factor in the proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and the amazing Stormalong Bay, it is still hard to justify at the rack rate. However, if you are flexible and diligent, there are discounts throughout the year.
I would recommend staying at Disney’s Yacht Club if it is in your budget, the primary parks you are visiting are Epcot and/or Hollywood Studios, and you enjoy resort days at an amazing pool (did we mention how amazing Stormalong bay?). However, if you will be spending more time at the Magic Kingdom, a monorail resort or Wilderness Lodge may be better for you and your family.
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