Nothing says summer like a seaside trip to the shore and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are a tribute to legendary 19th century New England resorts. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is inspired by the shingle-style seaside mansions of Newport and Bay Head with a lobby done in nautical décor and dark oak floors. Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the more airy and open stick style like the homes of Cape May with a lobby of sunny pastels and French limestone.
Here’s a look at ten things you might not know about Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
1) The resorts share Stormalong Bay, a 2.5-acre water recreation area exclusive to guests of these two resorts. Guests enjoy a white-sand bottom pool, a life-size shipwreck that hides a waterslide, a circular lazy river, and three all-age leisure pools with whirlpool spas available 24 hours.
2) Both Disney’s Yacht Club and Disney’s Beach Club have two greeters – a friendly face at curbside and another in the lobby.
3) Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is popular for its character breakfast and seafood dinner buffet, but also check out Captain’s Grille at Yacht Club. For breakfast, maybe Dark Chocolate Breakfast Waffles with Cherry Compote and Espresso-Mascarpone Cream. For dinner, the Cabernet-Braised Short Rib with Corn Risotto.
4) Resort guests can walk from both resorts to Epcot or they can stroll to the boat dock next to Yacht Club and sail to Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot.
5) Yacht and Beach each have presidential suites with spectacular views and theming to match. Beach Club’s fireplace is framed by seashells and seahorses. Yacht Club’s turret overlooks Crescent Lake .
6) Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness doesn’t just offer state-of-the-art fitness equipment, but also massage and a beauty and barber shop for bridal updos or a quick mani-pedi.
7) Walking into Yachtsman Steakhouse, guests can watch a butcher hand-cutting that evening’s steaks inside the glass-walled, dry-aging room. The restaurant’s open-air kitchen features wood-fired grills for meats, fish, and vegetables.
8) Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a Children’s Activity Center for kids aged three to twelve. While children enjoy games and arts and crafts, parents can get away for their own adventures! Reservations recommended with an hourly rate per child and a two-hour minimum.
9) Disney’s Beach Club Villas, a Disney Vacation Club Resort next to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, offers studios with a kitchenette that can sleep four — as well as one- and two-bedroom villas with in-room washer and dryer and a Jacuzzi tub in the master bath. While a DVC resort, the villas can also be rented by non-members, subject to availability
10) Bayside Marina near Disney’s Yacht Club rents a variety of watercraft, including 10-guest Sun Tracker pontoon boats, catch-and-release guided bass fishing tours, and Sea Raycers, great for cruising Crescent Lake.