Podcast Episode 125: Club Level Overview

Have you been curious about what club level is and what it has to offer?  This week we give you the low down on what you can expect if you stay club level at a Disney resort.  From the rooms, amenities, and food offerings, staying club level offers you a special something extra for your next Disney vacation.

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Club Level Series: Grand Floridian Resort

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I thought I would start the resort specific series with the flagship resort of Walt Disney World: The Grand Floridian Resort. This resort has all the charm of a Victorian era resort and the luxuries you want. I personally was not over the moon about the Grand Floridian (I was more of a Poly gal) but after staying there I get it.

One way to make it even more magical is to book a club level room and enjoy every moment of decadence.

One club level lounge is not enough for the Grand Floridian so there are 2 club lounges for GF CL2the club level rooms. The Royal Palm Club and The Sugar Loaf Club. The Royal Palm Club is in the main building and overlooks the lobby from the 4th floor and is more upscale than its sister, The Sugar Loaf Club. This lounge is in The Sugar Loaf outer building, on the 1st floor of the buildings Atrium.

The Royal Palm Club Level rooms are in the main building and The Sugar Loaf Club level is one of the outer buildings and the club level rooms are in this building as well.

GF CL1The lounge for both has many wonderful food options for breakfast, snacks and a light dinner or a late night dessert. It is also a great place to enjoy a cocktail or two before the fireworks show.

A sample schedule:

  • 6:00  – 6:30 a.m. Coffee
  • 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, cereals, fruit, breakfast pastries and breads
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Snacks and drinks including sodas, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea. Snacks are things like pretzels and goldfish
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Hot appetizers, vegetable tray, cheeses beverages, wine and beer.
  • 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Desserts and cordials that come from the Grand Floridian Restaurants (YUMMY!)
  • All Day (7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Whole fresh fruit and beverages

Both lounges come complete with a concierge desk that is staffed just for club memberGF CL guests and will help with almost any question or need you have.

The views from the lounges are wonderful with The Royal Palm overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon and The Sugar Loaf Club Lounge has views of the pool, marinas or gardens.

Both lounges have a special afternoon tea event for club level guests and The Royal Palm Club has an expanded assortment of liqueurs and cordials for the discerning guest.

 

Disney Club Level: What is it and why do I want it?

Disney has a category of rooms that are called “Club Level” or “Concierge Level” and though not a secret they are sometimes considered a “hidden gem”. I thought I would help share what it is and you can decide for yourself if it is something that would benefit or enhance your next Disney trip enough to make it worth the extra pennies (okay maybe not pennies!) that it will cost you!

This week will be an overview of Club Level and then the series will continue with an in-depth look at the different resorts club level benefits and extras so if you DO decide that you want to try out club level you will know which resort’s club level offerings are right for you. Club level does have many similarities throughout the different resorts but they as well have been customized for each resort.

Thanks Disneyworld.Disney.Go.com for the photo of Club Level Lounge

Thanks Disneyworld.Disney.Go.com for the photo of Club Level Lounge

First, not all resorts offer club levels and only Deluxe resorts have true club level rooms. One moderate has an option that resembles club level and that is Coronado Springs Business Class rooms. It is not called club level but has some of the same benefits such as a lounge only accessed by Business Class guests but it does not have the full offering that the deluxe true Club Level rooms offer. As we go through the series we will have a specific article on Business Class at Coronado Springs where we compare it to the full Club Level and tell you more about it.  All of the deluxe resorts now offer Club Level category so that list is Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk and Animal Kingdom Lodge. Disney Vacation Club villa resorts that are deluxe villas category do not offer club level rooms. So, for example Bay Lake Tower or the Boardwalk Villas do not have this option.

Some people get confused and think Club Level has something to do with the concierge desk at the resort’s front desk. It does not and is separate so anyone staying at that resort can utilize the concierge desk in the resort’s lobby. Only Club Level can work with the concierge that is Club Level only and has a separate desk.

One of the best services that Club Level offers is the Itinerary Planning Office. Prior to your visit your TA and the IPO will work together to get your schedule set. While on your vacation they are a valuable resource when needing to move reservations around or if something comes up and you need to cancel reservations or fastpasses, etc.

AKLOne of the favorite services that Club Level offers is the lounge. Usually club level rooms are on the same floor or at least in the same area. Each of the resorts have a Club Lounge that offers complimentary food and drinks throughout the day and night.The lounges offer comfortable seating and TV’s (one is just for the kids with Disney cartoons playing). You can definitely eat a great breakfast here and heavy snacks throughout the day. I know many Club Level guests that even will eat dinner here in the evening. Though it is not a traditional restaurant or somewhere that has a menu that you order from their snacks are filling enough that you can definitely get full. There are a variety of hot and cold appetizers from the resort restaurants and wine and beer; along with soda and juice to fill you up. In the later eveningPoly CL2 they will have desserts and cordials out to indulge in. They do print menus of that week’s food and you will get that from your Club Level concierge or pick up at the lounge. The lounge is open from 7am to 10pm.

Club level rooms typically offer additional amenities as well. You will find luxurious robes in your room, spa-quality toiletries and DVD players, along with sometimes slightly larger rooms. For example, a Club Level room at Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the deluxe category rooms (unless you have a suite). You also can request nightly turn-down service if you wish while you are staying Club Level.

Poly CLAnother benefit of Club Level is you will have your own check-in area that will make waiting in line to check-in a thing of the past. Club level access is secure and is restricted to club level guests only. In the past, a special Gold colored Keys to the Kingdom card would allow you access but now it is stored on your magic bands.

Each resort has unique reasons why Club Level is special and as we go through this series you will find that it might be the special, Club Level only Sunrise Safari at Animal Kingdom Lodge that appeals to you or that the Sushi during the dinner hours at the Poly Club Level steals your heart. There are so many appealing reasons to think about staying Club Level at Disney and I guarantee you there is one that is practically perfect for you!

Have you stayed Club Level at Disney before? What was your favorite part?

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