Here at Dole Whipped, we love sharing our Disney experiences with our listeners. This week we have a trip report for you from Shannon, who experienced Disney during the holiday season! We talk about all the holiday magic and festivities you can find at Walt Disney World this time of year!
We continue our In Depth series with two sister Epcot area resorts, Yacht Club and Beach Club. Situated just outside Epcot’s International Gateway, these resorts are convenient and beautiful. Listen to find out what kinds of activities, dining, and amenities you can find at both these amazing resorts!
Join us this week as Jillian fills is in on all the amazing things she did, saw, and ate on her most recent vacation to Walt Disney World! With her group of 14, they ran into some challenges, but ultimately had a magical time! Find out where they ate, what new experiences they had (there was a tour!), and how they ended up with an adults’ night out!
You may have heard us talk about staying at Disney’s Yacht Club for our Dole Whippies weekend, so we’re here to show you some pictures and let you know what we thought!
Yacht Club is one of Disney’s deluxe resorts styled after a New England (what else?) yacht club. Standard rooms at the Yacht Club sleep 5 adults and consist of 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed or 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed.
Our room consisted of 2 queens and a daybed. And as someone who slept on the daybed I can say… not bad! I was just as comfy and slept as well in this bed as I would have in the queen. Our view was of the quiet pool at the Yacht Club, but I have to mention one of the most appealing amenities at this resort: Stormalong Bay. This sandy bottom pool is shared by the Beach and Yacht Club. It consists of 3 acres of pool fun where you can float down a lazy river or slide down the 230-foot-long water slide located on top of a life-sized ship wreck. This pool is reason alone to stay at the Yacht Club!
Even the bathroom at Yacht Club is ornate, and has one of my favorite “extras” at the deluxe resorts. More toiletries!
Another one of the major benefits to staying at the Yacht Club is location. There are 2 other resorts in this are: Boardwalk Inn and Beach Club. This means you have quick and easy access to shopping and restaurants at these locations. In addition is the BoardWalk area entertainment complex featuring more shopping and dining plus unique Jersey-shore style live entertainment and carnival games. All just a few minutes walk from the Yacht Club! Not only that, but just a few minutes further than the BoardWalk is the International Gateway entrance right into Epcot.
Overall, Yacht Club is a fantastic resort, and absolutely worth a visit. Have you stayed here? What did you think?
Last episode we covered the planning of a girls trip and this week we have a trip report! Jamie, Tara, and Shannon made the girls trip happen and they’ve come back to let you all know about the fun and informative things they did. There’s even a segment on recon over at the Dark Side, aka Universal. Don’t miss it!
And we are back…after a short break to enjoy a longer trip to Walt Disney World and first hand try out some club level lounges and experiences I will tell you this my friend. Once you do it in person, you never want to go out of club level again. I am going to go in-depth and details about my personal experience in the next few weeks so stay tuned.
But next on our trip around Club Level is the Yacht Club, located on the backside of Epcot in a wonderful location right on the boardwalk. The Club Level lounge at the Yacht Club is located on the 5th floor and named the Regatta Club. There are approximately 70 club level rooms and a few more suites that are club level as well.
So, let’s get to the important part – the food and drinks! The Regatta Club will not disappoint so save room to get the most of your club level experience or skip a few ADRs (cancel within 24 hours!) to get your money’s worth. Are items like braised beef, Raspberry and Brie En Croute, and chicken skewers with yogurt dipping sauce sounding heavenly about now? Go for it These are a small sampling of what is available as hot appetizers at the Yacht Club Concierge Lounge.
Or skip the evening shows and have a dessert and cognac in the evening relaxing and chatting with your fellow concierge guests. Though it would be hard to skip some of the amazing offerings at EPCOT for meals and snacks it can be done and made easier if you are grazing through the Regatta Club,
Along, with the Regatta Club the concierge level guests receive the same extra care as the other resorts. Preferred check-in and turn down service and a few little extras that make your stay even more magical.
We continue our overview of all the Deluxe Walt Disney World resorts this week! We cover, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Contemporary, and Polynesian! Find out which are our favorites while learning more about these amazing resorts!
Join us this week as we discuss all your dining options in the Epcot Resort area! This includes everything within BoardWalk Inn, Beach Club, and Yacht Club! We also have ex-Cast Member Chris back on the show with us! If you’re thinking of staying in the Epcot area, you don’t want to miss this show!
I have always loved the Crescent Lake Resorts (otherwise known as Epcot or Boardwalk area resorts) and have had a special affinity for the Boardwalk Inn (or villas). On my last trip to Disney I decided to shake it up and stay at The Yacht Club. I had never stayed at The Yacht Club and even though I had enjoyed my last stay at The Beach Club I knew it was in need of some TLC and refurbs (and looky there it is being refurbished so I am happy to go back!)
I checked into the Yacht Club during the mid-morning hours and though there was a line they did send out a Cast Member to start those waiting on thinking which room they would want. She had an iPad type app that showed available rooms per category. So we got to pick based on that and we picked the best location we have ever had which was second floor right off the open lobby mezzanine. It was awesome because there is a staircase to run up and down from the lobby and the café and you only had to wait on the elevator when you were so tired there was no more running the stairs left in you! So we checked our bags and got our magic bands activated because we had no time to waste seeing the room as we had ADR’s and FastPass+’s to get too. I mention this because one con of this trip was at the end of our long first day when we went to our room for the first time the magic band would not work though it had been promised that it was working. So we got to use those stairs and go up and down and wait as they figured out why…it took a good 20 minutes but finally we were in our room.
I love the decor of all the Epcot area resorts because the rooms are light and airy and they remind me of being at the beach. The Yacht Club continued this theme with only maybe one difference I found the decor to still be light and airy but might be a tad bit more
masculine. Lots of ships and anchors and Captains, etc. to be found throughout the resort and in the rooms but the beds were comfy and the rooms were first class.
In the middle of the lobby during the day stands the Yacht Club’s Captain, a real cast member dressed as a ship’s captain that is there during the day as an information beacon. On our first wake up morning we went to the lobby and were looking for coffee and a bagel type place so I walked up to the captain and asked him “Do you work here?” which I am sure he hears 100 times per day but he still thought it funny and pointed across the lobby to the small bar area that has coffee and croissants in the morning.
The best thing about The Yacht Club for me is the location. You are walking distance to Epcot (and some crazy people walk to Hollywood Studios as well) but for us we boat ride over to DHS and it is worth it to save the feet the 20 minute walk! But you can walk quickly into the International Gateway to Epcot and be in France within a few minutes or take the boat if you are not in a hurry.
What do kids think is the best part about staying at The Yacht Club? That is hands down Stormalong Bay, the massive pool area and lazy river The Yacht Club shares with The Beach Club. Also, dining is shared between the two with two of my favorites being able to get too quickly – Beaches n Cream (the best burgers and ice cream in WDW) and The Yachtsman Steakhouse which is a wonderful, upscale steakhouse.
Would I go back to The Yacht Club? Yes! I have heard from others that some of their rooms are needing some additional TLC as well and I think that we must have been lucky because our room had recently been renovated. But, I loved the locale and all that it offered so next time you are thinking to stay somewhere around the Boardwalk area take a look at the Yacht Club…you will not be disappointed.