I do my detailed reviews by category for organization reasons and for you to skip to the part you care about most so everything is not all mixed together.
*I stayed on the Club Level. (Regatta Club) so my check-in experience and concierge lounge experience may not interest you unless you're looking into staying on the club level or are staying on the club level. I recommend staying club level from all the benefits received. It's worth being a bit pricier in my opinion.
Check-In: We drove from Chicago to WDW. We arrived before 7:30am. I was escorted upstairs to the club floor by Yacht Club staff to check-in. I did NOT expect for our room to be ready at 7:30, but it was! The concierge staff member who helped me check in was great, unfortunately I cannot remember his name.
Room- Absolutely spotless. I know some people complain about the room being a bit outdated or worn. However, our furniture was in excellent condition and did not look worn at all. The only part that look slightly outdated was the shower room/toilet area. They need to update the shower faucets and such. Also the safe is old-fashioned (you need a key)
Pool- Okay, so I LOVE the pool but not the cast members who run it. It's sand-bottom, and there's some cool features. The slide is great, but the ridges where each piece of the slide meets hurts your back. ***PLEASE NOTE: The pool activity girl was extremely annoying and whoever chose to give her the mic made a huge mistake. She played the music incredibly loud and then would cut off the music by saying "OH MY GOSH!!!!" every two seconds. It was an overkill on the activities. That pool is entertaining enough for children with everything it has by itself. This is not even necessary. TIP: If you want to enjoy the main pool but not hear that lady's screeching voice or annoying music, please sit/lay-out near the Beach Club side of the pool, near the slide. You'll basically hear no lady, no music, and have peace and quiet. If all else fails- use the quiet pool.
Transportation- The Yacht Club's BIGGEST downfall, and this is the majority of why I gave this resort 4/5 stars. The bus transportation system here is absolutely horrendous. I wish I was over-exaggerating, but I'm not. It sucks. It has not improved in over a year since I stayed at the Boardwalk. Why does it suck? Well, when 1 bus is shared with 3 different resorts, with two resorts that both have two different stops, it tends to be very time consuming and crowded. Need a bus to Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach, or the Magic Kingdom? Don't expect to get there for 45 minutes there and back. The bus stops at the Swan, the Dolphin, the Yacht Club, the Beach Club, and the Boardwalk. One time our bus was too crowded on the way to MK that we had to skip picking up the Boardwalk guests entirely. Boat transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios was fine. We preferred walking to Epcot.
Food/ Regatta Club- We didn't eat a lot at the Yacht/Beach Club unless we were in the Regatta Club lounge.The breakfast was good to start our day off with bagels, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, fruit, juices, hard-boiled eggs, etc. The staff was amazing, (especially a lady named Shakira!), lunch had snacks for us (home-made chips with red-pepper ranch, candy, yogurt-covered pretzels, trail mix, etc.), and in the evening they had hot appetizers that were different each night, different types of cheeses, salads, beer and wine, etc. Dessert hour had a couple of desserts (the oreo bon-bons are the most amazing things ever) with other liquor offerings. I honestly prefer Wilderness Lodge's Old Faithful Club's selections better but this was fine nonetheless and I stay here again I would definitely do the concierge option again. We skipped spending money on dinner after trying all the appetizers in the evening. The food selection in general at the Yacht/Beach Club is OKAY. The Beach Club Marketplace is alright but a bit over-priced. Hurricane Hannah's was closed for refurbishment. Luckily Epcot is walking distance and the Boardwalk has food across the way.
Gym- Okay, I know. You're on vacation...why work out? We felt less guilty keeping up gym habits after eating terribly. The Ship-Shape lounge was closed for refurbishment so we had to use the Beach Club Solarium gym. It was okay. My boyfriend needed heavier weights than the selection offered, and there were no weight machines.Pictures of the Ship-Gym (pre-refurb) showed weight machines so maybe this is just the smaller of the gyms. The Solarium had enough cardio machines they were up to date and at least it was clean.
Resort/Property- Gorgeous as can be. It's much quieter on the Yacht Club side than it is Beach Club. We hardly had kids in our area while the Beach Club seemed to be swarming with them. The lobby is beautiful and there isn't that "Disney Over-Kill Theme" here. It's classy and I love it the theme.
All-in-all, the bus system needs to improve and they need to find a new pool activity person or get rid of that all together. These two things are what put a damper on our experience and are what are going to stop me from returning to this particular resort in the future or recommending it to others. If these improve, than it's an entirely different story and I'd love to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Sharing many amenities with its pastel-toned sister, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Yacht Club Hotel Orlando
- Disneys Yacht Hotel
- Disneys Yacht Resort
- Yacht Club Disney
- Disney Yacht And Beach Club
- Yacht Club Orlando
- Disney Yacht Club Resort
- Disneys Yacht Club Resort