Here’s a riddle: Where can you travel to a lakeside resort that features the stormiest pool, the biggest dessert, and be in close proximity to 13 countries? Any guesses? Hint: it’s located in Orlando, will that help? Time’s up…it’s Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Here are 8 reasons why Melodious TravelingMom and her family placed this nautical stunner on the top of their Disney resort list.
Why You Should Book Disney’s Beach Club Resort
When it comes to location, pool, and dining options, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is one of the most outstanding and popular Disney deluxe resorts. It’s on our short list of favorite places to stay at Walt Disney World.
The first caveat: this isn’t the first choice resort for vacationers seeking over the top theming or families with young kids. I say that because we didn’t choose Beach Club Resort when my teen and tween were little since we were focusing more on Magic Kingdom. Our top choices for Disney deluxe resorts when the kids were small were Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The second caveat: my family and I prefer Disney deluxe resorts the best. Plus, my family has never been big on the value resorts even though I’ve since stayed in several (most recently Pop Century) and can see financially why they are so appealing!
As my kids have grown, our Disney trips have adapted and grown with them. Although Magic Kingdom remains as our sentimental favorite, we spend far more time in all the parks than we ever did when they were preschool and elementary age. That means more Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom than when they were wee ones.
So with those preferences being said, here are 8 big reasons why Disney’s Beach Club Resort is in prime position to tempt my family away from the Magic Kingdom area as my resort choice.
8 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
At Epcot’s Doorstep
Tops on the plus list for Beach Club Resort is the easy access to Epcot. Epcot’s World Showcase entrance is a mere five-minute walk away. Even if World Showcase isn’t open yet, you can use the World Showcase entrance. This is a major perk for sure since it has comparably less traffic than the main Epcot entrance. And you wouldn’t believe how quickly you can be back to your resort after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth ends.
With 13 countries a short walk away from the resort, I feel like an international globetrotter. Being able to hoof it back to the resort instead of wait for transportation? Priceless!
TravelingMom Tip: Beach Club Resort is sought after year-round, but especially during Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (August 31-November 13, 2017), Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (March 1-May 29, 2017), and during runDisney events. So make your plans early if you want Beach Club Resort to be your home during these peak times.
Close to Hollywood Studios too!
Additionally, Hollywood Studios is a short ferry ride away (or totally do-able 15-minute walk). In other words, less bus time. I call that winning! Hollywood Studios is a big draw for teens and tweens, especially with Star Wars Launch Bay, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
TravelingMom Tip: Hollywood Studios is usually one of the parks we can do in part of a day. For that reason, having Park Hopper passes may be beneficial. Or simply split your day between Hollywood Studios and then head back to Beach Club or Disney Springs for the remainder.
Another major perk of Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the proximity to Disney’s BoardWalk. Reminiscent of famous boardwalks in Atlantic City and Coney Island, BoardWalk offers restaurants, shopping, and entertainment all a mere stone’s throw away (or boat cruise if you prefer). Once at BoardWalk, the possibilities unfold:
Rent a Surrey bike and take a spin down the quarter mile BoardWalk. Duck into BoardWalk Bakery for a sweet treat. Dine at one Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Flying Fish Cafe, Trattorio al Forno, or the ESPN Club. My absolute favorite is Flying Fish Cafe for inventive, always fresh seafood creations. There’s even a pizza window for slices, and hot dog and funnel cake carts. Adults have Jellyrolls for dueling pianos and sing-along fun and Atlantic Dance Hall for dancing the night away.
I’ve always been a hug beach and sailing fan, so it’s no wonder I would love the theming at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. It has a nautical, beachy vibe and understated elegance.
The sights and sounds of a resort are key, but what about smells? Disney’s Beach Club Resort has an unmistakeable scent of green clover and fresh aloe that is divine (which you will also find in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort).
TravelingMom Tip: Want the Beach Club smell for your home? Order the Beach Club candle from Anthology Candles, handmade in Charleston, SC.
Two Resorts for the Price of One
One of the benefits of Beach Club includes the adjacent Yacht Club Resort since they are both side by side. The two resorts share an assortment of restaurants, including Yachtsman Steakhouse and Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club Resort; Cape May Cafe for character breakfast and clam bake dinner; and Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at the Beach Club Resort. I think Beach Club Resort feels more feminine in its decor than the Yacht Club because of the pastel colors.
Hands down, Stormalong Bay is the best Disney resort pool area. What a great name, right? Which may explain my stormiest pool part of the riddle. This three-acre water wonderland shared by Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts offers a lazy river, waterslide, and life-size pirate ship, play area.
One of the unique details your toes will love is the sand lining the bottom of the pool. You know it’s a great watering hole when a mama duck and her ducklings swim in it, too!
Get your exercise at the pool to burn some calories and make room for this next reason…
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
This lunch and dinner establishment has burgers and sandwiches, but the main draw is the ice cream! Shakes, malts, banana splits, sundaes, floats in true soda shop tradition. And the piece de resistance is Beaches and Cream’s biggest dessert? The Kitchen Sink, boasting EIGHT scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip ice cream and every topping they have. Delish!
On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World with girlfriends, we stayed the night before our Disney cruise at Beach Club’s club level. Club level perks include refurbished rooms and an expanded Stone Harbor Club concierge lounge. Between coffee and breakfast in the morning to snacks and cocktails in the afternoon to a full smorgasbord of cheeses, fruits, appetizers, and drinks in the evening, it can save your food and beverage budget if you plan on going back and forth from the parks to the resort.
TravelingMom Tip: Club level costs approximately $150-200 more than the standard room. While my group of friends and I could justify it because it was 4 of us to a room, I probably wouldn’t book club level for my family unless celebrating a special occasion. I could put that money towards food and drink elsewhere.
In summary, Beach Club Resort can’t be beat for ease of access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, its amazing Stormalong Bay pool, the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, and its close proximity to BoardWalk.