We have visited Disney for 2 week stays 4 times a year for 23 years. This is one of our absolute favorite places to stay. We love the 2 room villas which become our home away from home.
The 2 bedroom villas give you plenty of space to stretch out. You can sit on the sofas, chairs, or just lounge on a bed. There is a king sized bed in the master bedroom, a queen sized one in the second one, and plenty of pullout sofas to make enough bedding for 8 people (or to make less people very comfy indeed). I like the light colors and how the rooms are decorated. Everything is plush and comfortable.
There are plenty of useful things in your room from coffeemakers to safes to an iron and ironing board. The baths are nice as well., I prefer the walk in glass enclosed shower but I know others love the big soaking tub so we have both to choose from! The views are fantastic and your room will have more than one balcony. The Epcot views are especially nice. They bring the newspaper every day and there are dvd players, ceiling fans , and other nice touches.
If you have the two bedroom villa, you get a laundry room and a full kitchen.
Speaking of convenience, how is this- you can get up and walk to the Epcot International entry (near the UK village) in less than 5 minutes. this means no waiting in lines to get on monorails, buses, or driving. This also means a quick trip back home to the villa after time in the park when you are tired and don't want to wait in line for a bus or monorail or have to drive with tired and cranky kids and hauling all of your stuff. Disney's Hollywood studios is a short and lovely water taxi away. You can also trot over to the Boardwalk in less than 5 to play games or eat.
If you are like me and hate crowded water parks you have to pay to get into and then rent a locker and struggle hauling things to and from, you will LOVE the pools here. We love the huge "shipwreck" , the slide, and the sand-bottomed pool. Stormalong Bay is like a mini water park and it is 3 acres large. In fact there are other pools here including a quiet peaceful one and you just don't feel crowded. With all of this water fun for all ages included with your room, why bother hauling everything to and from a water park you have to pay for and that is crowded using buses, etc. The villas have an extra pool to choose from but can use all of the Beach club (and Yacht Club) facilities. There are whirlpools in many of the pool areas.
I am impressed by the excellent Nautilus equipment in the Ship Shape Health Club because I try to do daily workouts even when at home. There are massages, whirlpools, and a steam room if you want them. There is an attendant for about 15 hours a day but if you will sign a waiver (just ask an attendant) , they will give you a key so you can get in anytime night or day.
There is a salon for men and women who want to get fixed up for a special night out and a couple of shops . Kids might like the arcade. You can also play tennis or sand volleyball but for our family, the big attraction is boating. You can rent speedy little sea raycers or a big slow pontoon boat for the whole family to float along on. Our favorites are the Boston Whaler Montauks which are large and elegant. All of these (and more choices) are available for rent at the Marina. We boat daily!
There are plenty of places to eat in the Beach Club/Beach Club villas/Yacht Club resort. The Cape May Cafe has a nice breakfast buffet and at night they have an indoor clambake /dinner buffet with a lot of different choices. The restaurant is classy looking in a New England nautical sort of way. The Captain's Grille has a breakfast buffet too as well as lunches and dinners. The expensive Yachtsman Steakhouse is not something I recommend. Hurricane Hannah's Grille is poolside and the usual quickie snacks and foods like sandwiches, salads, burgers, fries, ice cream and sodas. This is so-so.
We love the Beaches & Cream soda shop and stop in every day for something. Not the caesar salads, burgers and chili dogs but the delicious big milkshakes and ice cream sundaes. They really hit the spot on a hot day. We also make full use of The Beach Club Marketplace. Buy a refillable cup and come here to get all the free refills you want during your entire stay. We like their gelato which cools you off on a scorcher day but it is also a great place to grab some ready made sandwiches (including peanut butter/jelly) , salads, a fruit cup and some tasty bakery items for a picnic, to eat in your room, or to eat at the pool. Very convenient! This is a nice place to get your breakfast (hot or cold) to carry to the room.
Another dining bonus here is that you are less than a 5 minute walk to EPCOT's international area with all of the great restaurants there as well as the ones at Boardwalk Hotel and only a short water taxi ride to the restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios. All in all, this hotel has the most and the best choices.
If you have kids with you, there is a nice Sandcastle club for kids (if they are 4-12) from 4:30-midnight so mom and dad can have a nice dinner and romantic evening while the kids get dinner, a snack, toys, games, videos, and movies to choose from for their evening. You need to make reservations in advance.
The fact that you get to share all of the facilities of the Yacht Club and Beach Club as well as the closeness of EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the Boardwalk (with no buses, cars, or monorails required!) makes this my favorite place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Leisure, elegance and romance converge at this charming New England-style Resort hotel. Delight in stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, enjoy exquisite dining and explore the pools, lagoons and whirlpool spas of Stormalong Bay. Sharing many amenities with its sisters, Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Disney's Beach Club Villas 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 Beach Club Villas Hotel Orlando
- Disneys Beach Hotel
- Disney Beach Club Villas
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