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Disney's Yacht Club Resort Review

Disney's Yacht Club Resort Review

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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.

Image by Melissa Hillier

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

Image by Frank Phillips

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.

Image by Elizabeth on Flickr

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. 

S'mores at Disney's Beach Club

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. 

Yachstman Steak house interior dining room
Image by Chris Murray on Flickr

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.

We first learned about this amazing burger from the DFB Food Blog!  You can learn more about the best food options and dining experience at Disney with their guides here.

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

And….

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!

Transportation

As previously noted, Disney’s Yacht Club is located in the Epcot area. Transportation options are very convenient to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. 

Friendship Boats yacht club disney
Image by Jack Miller Flickr

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. 

Summary

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. 

Disney's Yacht Club and Light House
Image by Melissa Hillier

Pros:

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.   

Disney Yacht and Beach Club Pool and Lazy River
Image by Jack Miller Flickr

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.

Cons:

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.

Conclusion:

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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2 thoughts on “Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Review

  1. We love the Yacht Club. We are local in Orlando, so we have never stayed there, but we frequently walk the Boardwalk and have had dinner at the resort. The pool is one of the nicest I think at Disney. I love how the sandy beach…actually doesn’t make you feel sandy and dirty when you walk off of it. Pure Disney magic! 🙂

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