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“Amazing as Always” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Disney's Beach Club Resort
Ranked #47 of 334 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Amazing as Always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was my 11th trip to WDW and my 2nd in the Beach Club. I love this resort. The location is perfect, you can walk (about 10 minutes) from the room to Epcot, to Hollywood Studios you can also walk, (about 18 minutes from your room). The boardwalk is also a short 10 minute walk as well. The service at beach club is always top notch. My fiance, and daughter (10), stayed for 8 nights and by the 3rd night we had cast members acknowledging us by name.

Every night there are movies shown on the beach, a camp fire and the staff is always making sure everyone is having a great time.

Room service is quick, accurate, and served in room with a happy cast member. One aspect that makes this deluxe resort the best besides the location is that it has 24 hour room service. Not all deluxe resorts have 24 hour room service. This is a nice feature to have when you come back from extra magic hours at are hungry at 1:00am.

At night I often enjoyed long quite walks long the beach front and enjoyed the ultra quite that is there, a great way to really relax. Some nights I went to the "quite pool" for a few laps, and then a sit in the hot tub.

When ever I travel to WDW I always use the Deluxe Dining Plan, and this is a must. If you plan out your days, you can eat in the best locations, have the better experiences, and save money. Also each person gets two snack s a day. The last day of our trip we used 20 snacks we had left to buy the big circle lollipops for gifts to people at home.

While this is a bit more pricy than other resort choices, the benefit of location to parks, 24 hour room service, the spa service, the lack of "Riff Raff" causing noise, and the upscale treatment is worth it.

Many people complain about the walking and the size of the resort, and this always does not make sense to me. You are in WDW, you will be doing a lot of walking. So I do not find that to be a con. Before you arrive investigate what is important to you. If you will be in Epcot more, get a room on that side of the resort, the same with Hollywood studios. Or if have a room by the lobby for a more even walk and access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and the Bus Stop out front.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Location, location, location!!!

Stayed twice in this awsome Resort, in 2006 & 2010, and looking forward to our return during Summer 2013.

Excellent on site water park, comfortable rooms, great food offerings and the closest you could ever be to EPCOT. A must for families and lovers of all that is Disney.

Try it out and you won't regret it

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Stayed at Beach Club on the Club Level floor twice with our two children (ages 9 and 13) and just returned from a standard room stay for an "adult only" trip for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We booked a return trip with the children in January and will be staying Club Level again. In my opinion, Beach Club is the best of all the Disney properties for amenities and location. The ability to walk to the back entrance of Epcot is fantastic, particularly if you have a park hopper pass so you can hop into Epcot any night for dinner or fireworks. It is also a beautiful boat ride or a nice stroll over to Hollywood Studios. The Stormalong Bay pool complex is also unbeatable at Disney. The pool is fun for kids and adults, great pool activities, and wonderful hot tubs. Movies and marshmallows on the beach in the evening are also great fun if you have time to relax and enjoy the resort.

The rooms are clean and comfortable. We particularly enjoy the club level service. Breakfast in the club makes it so much easier to have an early start to a day in the parks and then return in the late afternoon for a rest and for snacks in the lounge. Club level guests are escorted to the fifth floor and sit comfortably while checking in. For our only standard stay, we were escorted to the check in desk and when it appeared to have a wait, our greeter brought us over to the concierge desk for a quicker check in (where we were upgraded to a rare King bed room with 2 balconies).

Deluxe Club level rooms are particularly nice as they all have a day bed and much more floor space. However, they are not on the 5th floor so are less convenient to the lounge. Still worth it for us if they are available.

Our rooms were always serviced promptly.

I recommend getting a room only discount for your stay at Beach Club. You can get 30% or so discounts even for Club level rooms.

The hotel restaurants are a mixed bag. On our most recent trip we discovered Captain's Grille next door at the Yacht Club. Great breakfast and great prices, especially compared to the character breakfast next door at Beach Club. If you'd rather a better selection for breakfast, skip the characters and head to Yacht Club. Cape May's seafood buffet was a hit for all of us last year, but there are so many great dining options in Epcot, we don't rely on the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Moorestown, New Jersey
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39 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

I want to preface this by saying the cast members at the Beach Club were wonderful, and this review is written from the point of view of someone who expects a lot out of an expensive hotel, not just regarding service but also in regard to the environment, architecture, and the way it makes me feel.

I'll start with the negatives, just to get them out of the way.

1) Room
a) Musty. Not bad enough to switch, but noticeable.
b) Beat up iron and ironing board-hanging hardware. We like to iron at the hotel as needed (not much, but enough). The bracket holding the ironing board was about to fall out of the wall.
c) Small. This is the case everywhere, but factors in here as well. Also, for a family of four for a week, really, where are we supposed to put our clothes? I mean, really... I also don't like having one of the beds 1 foot from a wall.
d) Boring view from our room (overlooking grass area near volleyball
e) need more outlets for charging electronics near desks/tables.. not everyone likes to charge phones on the floor.

2) Hotel
a) NOT a cozy lobby. Now, we knew this going in, but I guess I expected to find some places that were not at bright as the sun 24/7. Only two couch areas containing four small couches. I am comparing this to the Wilderness Lodge, which I now feel is relatively legendary when it comes to common space comfort. They need to re-think comfort.
b) They are renovating one of two quick-serve eating areas; the one that is there has far too few tables and is very unorganized when it comes to service. Food was fine but also unorganized and inconsistent. Only four inside tables.
c) Pay attention to your where your guests are! The staff was power-washing just outside a door, creating a very wet ground; just inside the door: a marble floor. Near the restaurant. At dinner time. Now, this wasn't a problem for me, but I can just imagine someone a bit older and unsure on their feet "hitting the deck." Poor planning/management.
d) The architecture... well, I'm not sure what they're going after. Some interesting bits, but overall, along with many fabric/decor choices, gave us more of a retirement home feeling.
d) Outside seating area near the food was somewhat cramped.
e) Service doors exposing "back rooms" left open and unattended. Not an issue for us from a child safety point of view, but an eyesore.
e) Bus drivers didn't seem to have it together; a few stopped at the wrong "gate". They also could benefit from some type of 1-line system instead of the free-for-all that ensues if a large crowd is there.

Ok, on to the good.
Rather than bullets I'll just summarize here. Again, all the cast members we dealt with were excellent and very friendly. Walking distance to Epcot is phenomenal. (This was the main reason we stayed, but it would not cause us to choose to stay here again.) Walking distance to boats to Hollywood studios is even closer. Good snack choices near the pool. Pool is nice. Lazy river doesn't work very well though. Charge for inner tubes is lame... we used life-vests instead. Bus wait times were VERY reasonable.

So, in summary, keep in mind that this is my opinion based on our experiences compared to the Wilderness Lodge, to where we will likely return.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Just returned from a trip to Disney and stayed at this hotel. One of the many great things is the location, you can be at any of the parks, water parks or downtown Disney within minutes. You can even do a 5 minute walk and your in Epcot if you wanted to save the parking etc.

Hotel is as you would expect very clean, staff all extremely helpful and nothing is to much trouble. All rooms are located near a pool of sorts or you have the huge pool with the slide which is great. The pool has sand on the floor so the children have the feeling of being literally at the beach.

The rooms are ok, nothing special however ideal for what you need them for and the amount of time you spend in them.

I would retun to this resort in the future with no hesitation and would recommend taking a look if looking to book in the future.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Took our grandson to Disney. Stayed at the Beach Club resort. Had a view of the boardwalk. Which we paid $100 dollars more a night that a garden room which my Son had. Rooms were exactly the same. Rooms were ok. Nothing great for the price we paid but clean. One thing we did not do was make reservations for dinner, breakfast ect. If you want a decent meal make reservations. Otherwise it's Disney fast food which is not very good. The walk to Epcot is nice. Also buses to all the other parks are right outside the hotel. We would stay here again for location and the pool. Also the lobby had a great aroma. To bad the furniture all looks used and dated. Otherwise it would be a nice place to relax. One more recommendation if you have young children do the character breakfast at the Polynesian Hotel. Our 5 year old loved it. Family style service and all the characters come right to your table. Great for photos. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Merritt Island, FL
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48 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Best part is you don't need a car once you get there. It's right at Epcot's back door which was perfect for the Food & Wine Festival. Can watch most of the firework show from outside the lake. It's a scenic walk around the lake or a boat to get across to the other restaurants and art galleries. Great pool with slide and kids love the arcade and ice cream shop. Small rooms, good service, food just OK; one would expect better for the price. I wouldn't stay for rack rate, but with a good discount it's worth it. We got a great discount which made it decent value.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Karla-8
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Property: Disney's Beach Club Resort
Address: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8443
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#17 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#46 Family Hotel in Orlando
#78 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#104 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Beach Club Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 576
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the casual elegance of this charming, New England-style Resort hotel. Savor exquisite dining, and explore the pools, lagoons and spas of Stormalong Bay. Sail around Crescent Lake on a rented mini-powerboat, and experience the luxurious comfort of a Club Level Suite. Sharing many amenities with its more formal sister, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more   less 
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