DISNEY’S BEACH CLUB RESORT A SEASIDE GETAWAY
The largest sand-bottomed pool in the world, elegantly decorated hotel rooms, unmatched dining options are all wrapped up in some New England charm to make Disney’s Beach Club Resort & Villas. Plus, being located just a few short steps away from Epcot doesn’t hurt in convincing others why falling in love with this resort is almost irresistible.
On November 19, 1990, Disney’s Beach Club Resort opened its doors, therefore changing the landscape of the Epcot Resort Area. This deluxe resort is home to 583 guest rooms and a large convention center, which is shared with its sister resort, the Yacht Club.
As of July 1, 2002, there became even more of Disney’s Beach Club to love! Disney’s Beach Club Villas opened on that day, giving Disney Vacation Club members the chance to use their DVC Points and experience the unparalleled atmosphere of the Beach Club. There, guests can choose between a Deluxe Studio, One Bedroom Villa and Two Bedroom Villa.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort & Villas practically define the phrase, “location, location, location!” When staying there, not only are we literally right in the backyard of the World Showcase in Epcot, but we also get to be a short and enjoyable boat ride (or walk if you have energy to burn!) away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Not to mention, the other entertainment opportunities and resorts (such as Disney’s BoardWalk) located around Crescent Lake could make for a reason to visit Walt Disney World in and of themselves!
When walking over to Epcot, as we enter through the International Gateway, we are right in the heart of the World Showcase in between the France and United Kingdom Pavilions. This ultra close proximity to Epcot makes taking a quick break from swimming during the day for Fish and Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Co. or catching a mid-day Voices of Liberty performance at The American Adventure totally doable!
Disney’s Boardwalk is stuffed with a plethora of incredible shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities – midway-style carnival games, Ample Hills Creamery (just opened in May 2016), surrey bike rentals, Screen Door General Store, ESPN Club, Jellyrolls, street performers – the list goes on and on! If there’s ever a day during your stay at an Epcot Resort Area hotel that you’d rather spend outside the parks and close to your resort, you won’t find a lack of ways to still keep the fun flowing.
Once you take a dip in Stormalong Bay, you’ll instantly realize this is not like most other pools. This tremendous sand-bottomed pool offers daily activities, a shallow sandbar area for your little ones, small areas of “sinking sand,” which is always so much fun to discover, whirlpools, a lazy river, and of course, the giant 230-foot-long waterslide that transports you from a gigantic shipwreck back into Stormalong Bay – but not after some splashing and sliding around on laughter-provoking twists and turns!
At the base of the shipwreck, is another small pool and kiddie waterslide for those who aren’t yet big enough to test the waters on the tall and thrilling waterslide. In addition to Stormalong Bay, there are three other leisure pools located around Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club Resorts.
When hunger hits during your mid-day swim, Hurricane Hanna’s Waterslide Bar and Grill is there to serve up delicious eats and indulging drinks. With a menu serving up burgers, sandwiches, salads and more, guests can enjoy lunch sitting at the bar or bringing their food to one of the many poolside tables.
Another quick service dining location at Disney’s Beach Club Resort can be found inside just off to the side of the lobby: The Marketplace. Offering to-go meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Marketplace is always a safe bet when looking to have a quick and delicious meal.
The two signature restaurants here are Cape May Café and Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Cape May Café is a buffet restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner, that is not to be missed. Here, breakfast is extra special as its called “Minnie’s Beach Bash breakfast” – a character dining experience where you can meet Minnie, Donald and Goofy while enjoying your perfectly prepared breakfast favorites.
Seafood lovers can find their haven at Cape May Café for dinner! Clams, crab legs, shrimp mussels and even more seafood can be had here (in addition to other non-seafood options such as ribs, chicken, mashed potatoes and a station especially for kids). Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a small boardwalk-style ice cream shop with some serious food (burgers, hot dogs, chili, sandwiches, etc.)! You definitely won’t want to leave Beaches & Cream without dessert – think you and your family can finish the Kitchen Sink?
Clearly, Disney’s Beach Club Resort & Villas is quite an exceptional spot in Walt Disney World. Guests can experience a level of convenience arguably superior to all other WDW resorts, stay in clean, comforting rooms, feast on delectable dining options, and just keep swimming – it’s a true Disney classic!