Our family are anual passholders and visit Disneyworld often. We've stayed at the majority of the Disney resorts; and we stayed at the Yacht Club our last visit. We initially wanted to stay at the Polynesian; but they were sold out. We've never stayed there before, but decided to give it a shot.
My overall experience was less than steller. First off, you MUST use the valet service (12$ a day). The parking lot is located behind the conference center and about a 15-minute walk. The ambiance of the resort was nice though. The overall feel was very upscale and the decorations were fantastic! The resort grounds were well maintained and beautiful, however the layout was... curious to say the least. The pool was basically spread out through the entire grounds. Which was kind of cool, but confusing at the same time. For example, to ride the slide; you had to walk to the far end of the resort.. near the beach... and then it dumped you in almost a small side pool. Very odd. Probably the best feature of the resort is the actual 'pool'. I use the term loosely, because it's more of a glorified lazy river. I absolutely LOVED how there was sand at the bottom of the pools. My kids also loved the whirlpool area. Overall, I would give the pool area an 8 out of 10... It lost points just because it was confusing and so spread out.
The biggest disappointment in the rooms were actually the location of them. They should have named the hotel 'labyrinth', because it was a huge maze trying to even find our rooms. Multiple directions, corridors and hallways were scattered throughout the resort. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you are getting from point A to point B; it's very frustrating.
The room itself was fair. The decor was not up to par with other Disney resorts. The rooms weren't much larger than other resorts, and I still felt a bit squeezed. The vanity area was nice though, and we loved having a deck. I'm sure we just had bad luck, but we were on the third flood and outside of our room was the roof of the 2nd floor with a horrible view. All we saw were AC units and the tops of trees in the horizon. We were teased with just the tips of the fireworks at night.. :D
Overall, I was highly unimpressed with this resort; especially for the price. At this price range I would have MUCH preferred to stay at the Polynesian. If I had to give advice to newbies to Disneyworld I would recommend on of two options... Spend the cash and stay at the Polynesian or save some money and stay at Port Orleans Riverside (which we love).
Best of luck!
- 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