Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

One of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts is the Yacht and Beach Club, two distinct hotels that share some recreational facilities.

The Yacht Club is a circa 1870’s mid-Atlantic themed hotel. Think Jersey Shore, Atlantic City or even New England.

Yacht Club lobby

Rooms
Standard rooms are comfortable and offer all the amenities. All Yacht Club rooms have a balcony, 2 queen or 1 king bed, many with an additional daybed. View options include Standard, Garden or Water. Club Level is offered at the Regatta Club with concierge service and a lounge serving continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine, finger foods, cordials and dessert.

Standard Room

Recreation
The centerpiece of the hotel is the shared pool. Except, it can barely be called a simple pool. Arguably the best pool on-site, Stormalong Bay, as it’s called is a three acre aquatic playground for young and young at heart. A pirate ship water slide, sand-bottom zero entry pool, lazy river with tubes (which are free to use), whirlpools and plenty of space to lounge. At night you can see some of the higher fireworks from Illuminations right from the pool.

Floating in the lazy river

The hotel offers the Sandcastle Club for the kids if parents want a night out alone. A lovely white sand beach for movies on the beach nightly. There is a quiet pool with a whirlpool and tennis courts as well.

Stormalong Bay

Dining
The Yacht Club features several dining options. Top tier dining at one of Disney’s Signature restaurants, Yachtsman Steakhouse is right in the hotel. A more casual Captain’s Grille serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The lobby lounge, Crew’s Cup, offers coffee and some pastries in the mornings for a quick bite. The Ale and Compass Lounge offers lite fare in the afternoons and evenings.

Lobster Omelet at Captain’s Grille

Venture outside to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for ice cream and burgers for lunch or dinner, overlooking Stormalong Bay. Of course, poolside dining and adult beverages are available for lunch and dinner at Hurricane Hanna’s, where kid’s meals come in a bucket with a shovel for playing in the sand later!

Additional close by options are restaurants inside the adjacent Beach Club Resort including their Marketplace for quick service meals and grab and go items. Or a stroll around the lake to the Boardwalk where there are more restaurant and quick service options. Or if you have Park Hopper, a must if you are staying in this resort location, you can hop into World Showcase at Epcot for dinner in the country of your choice or even grab breakfast in France in the mornings!

View of Boardwalk

Transportation
This location is optimal! A short 5 minute stroll brings you into the International Gateway at Epcot. This is located by the United Kingdom pavilion. A slightly longer walk, about 20 minutes, will take you to Hollywood Studios. Friendship Boats are also available for traveling to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Buses to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom as well as Downtown Disney, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon pick up just outside the lobby of the hotel.

These photos are from our last family vacation to Disney World where we called the Yacht Club Resort home. My boys loved the pool and often chose the pool over more park time. We loved the convenience of getting to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom bus was quick.

What’s your favorite Walt Disney World Resort? Where do you want to stay next?

Top 3 Memory Keeping Methods

How do you preserve your treasured vacation memories? My tried and true top 3 methods make it super easy to relive the memories quickly and easily whenever I want to.

1. Make a video

This is our last Disney vacation video, I make one for every trip, so much fun to watch and relive the trip.

2. Make a Photobook

There are plenty of photo printing sites and always deals available to make it an affordable option. A “coffee table” photobook makes it easy to view the fun photos anytime.

3. Photo Collage

This is my favorite way to get a bunch of my best most meaningful moments on display. I can’t display 20 pictures from each trip around the house, but I can blend them together into one photo. I usually have this printed on a Desktop Plaque and they look fabulous!

Summer of Dragons

14037843_SummerofDragons_Trade_Web_Banner_763x300px_V1 It’s the Summer of Dragons with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Set sail with Hiccup and Toothless

Enjoy dragon-themed activities and family fun!

  • Movie Night
  • Summer of Dragons kids’ parade
  • Giveaways
  • Movie trivia, dragon school and cupcake decorating classes
  • All-new summer themed photo opportunities
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – releasing on-board the same day as theaters

Enjoy all this and much more during Summer of Dragons. Just imagine all the fun you’ll have! The Summer of Dragons starts this summer onboard Liberty of the Seas®, Allure of the Seas®, Oasis of the Seas®, Mariner of the Seas®, Freedom of the Seas® and Voyager of the Seas® for sailings departing June 7 – August 3, 2014.

Contact me for more information or to get a quote.

 

 

Epcot Video

Epcot is one of my favorite parks, but a lot of people tend to skip it thinking there isn’t that much to do there. Okay who am I kidding, I love all the parks, but some of my favorite things are at Epcot. Illuminations is my favorite nighttime spectacular, Soarin and Test Track are great, the Living Seas,  I love strolling through the countries in World Showcase and they have Grand Marnier Slushies,  I mean HELLO!

 

Here is a look at a day at Epcot.

Disney News

  • Anna and Elsa, the sisters from “Frozen,” made their official debut appearance at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park this week! Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening.
  • More walls are coming down and a commercial is being filmed this week for the much anticipated Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This new family roller coaster should be opening soon!

  • Registration is now open for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon. Marathon Weekend is January 7-11, 2015. Magic Your Way Packages are available.