WDW Magazine - - Epcot Area Hotels - BY DANNY MCBRIDE

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!

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