Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is elegant with theming reminiscent of Nantucket in the 1880’s. With the Yacht Club’s Nautical theming, this Deluxe Resort is appealing to the Old Salts among us, as well as those landlubbers who just enjoy a stroll along the beachfront. The floors are hardwood, the decor is brass, and comfy chairs abound- add in a sand-bottom pool that really is a mini-water park, and you’ve got the makings of a great vacation.
This is the sister property of the Beach Club Resort which is one of my favorites for families. The Yacht Club is a little more sophisticated and my recommendation for adult only trips. The walking path is perfect for those looking to enjoy EPCOT. – non bus access to 2 parks, the best pool on property, the one place this resort is lacking is in food options but with a park hopper you can always pop into EPCOT for dinner!
Even if it is still a bit higher to stay onsite, the benefits can far outweigh the added cost. I have laid out those benefits for you to see how staying at a Disney resort is a good value for you in my blog “Benefits to Staying at a Disney Resort.”
Best Pool on Property
Access to Epcot
No Good Quick Service Location
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Standard View / Standard Room
Water or Pool View / Standard Room
Garden View /Club Level – snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
Deluxe Room / Club Level – snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
Lagoon View Club Level – snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
1 Bedroom Suite / Club Level
2 Bedroom Suite / Club Level
Nantucket VP Suite / Club Level
Newport Presidential Suite / Club Level
Ale & Compass Restaurant (Table Service)
At Ale & Compass, Guests can dine on New England comfort food and classic seafood dishes. Ale & Compass is a gastropub-inspired restaurant that’s reminiscent of a cozy lighthouse.
Yachtsman Steakhouse (Table Service/Signature Dining)
At Yachtsman Steakhouse, salute your inner steak lover at this crisp and gleaming restaurant that serves top-notch steaks and seafood.
Hurricane Hanna’s (Pool Bar)
Be blown away at Hurricane Hanna’s by signature cocktails, frozen drinks, and draft beers while enjoying the view of Stormalong Bay. Try a Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner or a Sunken Treasure. Fruit and Mickey ice cream bars are also available.
Ale & Compass Lounge
Ale and Compass Lounge offers both beer and high-end liquors to be poured at this nautical nook. Plus, you can enjoy light snacks like the fruit and cheese board along with coffee and pastries in the morning.
Crew’s Cup Lounge
Race into port for a seafaring feast at this cozy outpost nestled next to the Yachtsman Steakhouse. Unwind with a pint and a hearty dish—crowd favorites include the charcuterie board, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and the 10-ounce roasted prime rib.
Whether you’re hungry for a late dinner or you just want some breakfast when you wake, private dining is the ticket. With Disney Resorts Private Dining, you can choose from a variety of American favorites—along with some specialty items particular to your Disney Resort hotel!
Stormalong Bay is the best pool on Disney property with a three-acre water park comprised of three sand-bottom pools with zero-depth entry, and a water-slide. The Yacht Club also has two additional ‘quiet’ pools and seven hotubs. For the little ones there is a children’s playground and the Lafferty Place Arcade.
Bayside Marina offers boat rentals, water cruises, fishing, and Disney’s Pirate Adventure for children ages 4 to 12. There are also two lighted Tennis courts and a volleyball court. You can relax at Periwigs Beauty and Barber Shop, Ship Shape Massage and Spa, or work out at Ship Shape Health Club.
Yacht and Beach Club also hosts Movies Under the Stars.
Check your tv for the schedule during your stay.
Self-service laundry facilities near the ‘quiet’ pool
Valet laundry service
Business Center – At the end of the main hall in the Convention Center at the Yacht Club provides fax, photocopy, mail, and computer services, including Internet access (additional fee applies) for Resort Guests.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is also participating in a pilot program to allow dogs to stay with their families in select Disney World Resort Hotels.
Beach Club Marketplace stocks Disney character apparel and souvenirs as well as Beach Club logo merchandise and general sundries.
The Market at Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club is another shopping option. And the nearby BoardWalk has numerous shopping venues.
Disney’s bus service is available to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, as well as Disney Springs and the Disney water parks. Water launch transportation is available to the Epcot International Gateway entrance, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and to the BoardWalk. The Beach Club, Boardwalk, and Epcot’s International Gateway entrance are within walking distance.
The bus stop is located to the left of the main lobby, as you exit the front of the building. The water launch stop is on the dock as you exit the main lobby toward Crescent Lake.
These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20-minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.
Magic Kingdom – 19 minutes by bus, 35 minute by car (with transfers)
Epcot International Gate – 8 minutes walking, 18 minutes by boat, 16 minutes by car (to front gate)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 20 minutes walking, 18 minutes by boat, 16 minutes by Skyliner
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 24 minutes by bus, 19 minutes by car
Disney Springs – 20 minutes by bus, 11 minutes by car
Blizzard Beach water park –22 minutes by bus, 14 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon water park – 20 minutes by bus, 9 minutes by car
While room requests are not guaranteed at the Yacht Club ask to be closest to the lobby to limit the amount of walking needed to the pool area and transportation to the Theme Parks
Enjoy the close proximity to Epcot’s World Showcase. While there is a boat launch available to Epcot, you can get there faster by walking.
These resort hotels are located near the BoardWalk, offering a short walk to additional restaurants and nightlife that do not require park admission.
Sometimes Disney’s bus transportation may share buses with the other resort hotels in the Epcot area around the BoardWalk. If you find yourself stopping at multiple stops, you may want to get off at the first stop and just walk the rest of the way. This is sometimes quicker than stopping at each resort hotel if the bus loop is being shared with multiple resorts.
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