A Walking Tour of Disney’s Beach Club Resort

| November 5, 2014 | 17 Replies

Our company recently held a workshop at Walt Disney World and we were lucky enough to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. I have visited this resort many times but had never stayed at this beautiful deluxe resort until now.

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The resort opened  November 19, 1990. It was built in the “Stick Style” which reminds you of a mid 19th century Newport seaside hotel. It sits on the shore of Crescent Lake.  This resort does have valet parking if you don’t care to find a daily parking spot. This resort is located very close to the International Gateway at Epcot, so you are only a few minutes away from all the park activities. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is only a boat ride away or if you feel you need the exercise there is a walking path to Hollywood Studios. The entertainment area of the Boardwalk is a quick walk around the lake.

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The rooms are a spacious 380 sq ft. There are quite a few different views you can reserve, ranging from standard view up to Concierge level. Some of the rooms may overlook the parking lot, others may overlook a garden. There are also different room configurations. Your room may have a sofa. The Beach Club will be undergoing a refurbishment on the rooms and lobby until 8/22/2015. The pool area will also be closed during certain times in early 2015. Stormalong Bay Pool- Waterslide and bridge 1 will be closed 1/5/2015-2/2/2015, the Lazy River and bridges 3 & 4 closed 2/2/2015- 3/3/2015.

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From the balcony, over the tree tops I could see the Epcot Illuminations fireworks.  You could also hear the music. It was priceless being that close but not having to deal with the crowds in the park.

Our room was very close to the quiet pool and hot tub.  There was hardly anyone there. The main pool Stormalong Bay is busy all day. They will check your Magic Band to be sure you are a resort guest. I was slightly underwhelmed by the pool area. There were a lot of people with children and the hot tub was full of children with no room for the adults.  I preferred the quiet pool area. I had heard so much about this pool but I prefer the pool area at the Art of Animation better. There is a poolside bar at this resort.

The hotel also offers babysitting and childcare services at the Sandcastle Club. It is open from 5 PM to midnight for children aged 4-12.

I think my favorite place to sit and relax was in the Solarium on the first floor near the marketplace.

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The Atlantic Wear & Wardrobe Emporium is where you can find swimwear, gifts, sundries and snacks. You will also find the drink mug refill station and assorted hot and cold foods for breakfast through dinner. The resort also has a beauty/barber shop for those last minute hairstyles.

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Like some of the other resorts, I feel you do a lot of walking to get to your room if you get a room near Epcot. I did find a beautiful view of the lobby from the second floor.

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Some other pictures of the lobby area.

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The walk was very peaceful and quiet.  It’s hard to believe you are in the middle of Walt Disney World.

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I enjoyed my stay at the Beach Club but this resort didn’t speak to me. There are plenty more resorts for me to try but I am starting to think I am more a value or moderate type person for what I use the resort for. Have you stayed here?  What do you think about the Beach Club? Tell me in the comments below.  See you in the parks!



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  • Kelly E

    We absolutely LOVE the Beach Club Resort – our favorite onsite resort so far. It had just enough “Disney” touches to remind you of where you were, but the resort was beautiful and relaxing without a lot of busy traffic like we’ve experienced at other deluxe resorts like the Contemporary. One of the best perks to us was the ability to walk in and out of Epcot thru the International Gateway and the walk to Hollywood Studios. We aren’t big fans of the bus system and that walk was awesome for us and the ability to take mid day breaks on our Epcot and HS days without taking an inordinate amount of time on transportation.

  • Joelle Priestley McGuire

    I always want to stay at some of these Disney hotels but then I only use it for sleeping so I hate to spend more money on a room. They are all so nice looking.

  • Jay

    By far our favorite resort. We can’t imagine staying anyplace else. We are big resort people when we are away. Not park commando’s at all so the BC is perfect for us. You can’t beat the dining options (BC, YC, Epcot and the BW) the pool, the walk to Epcot and HW and the phenomenal staff!!

  • OrlandoGall22

    I love the Beach Club. I used to work in Guest Services there and had a wonderful experience (also worked a bit at the Yacht Club in Guest Services and the Swan and Dolphin resorts as a Disney rep). It’s a great resort and the pool is awesome! It’s proximity to Epcot makes it extra special!

  • Sue

    Any thoughts about the villa/DVC side? We’re staying there in March, and really looking forward to it!

    • chris

      The Villas are great Once you learn the layout of the land its very easy to navigate around.

  • AndreainWI

    We just stayed at the Beach Club in April. The hotel itself is beautiful, the staff was great and the pool was a huge hit with my family. We were not at all crazy about the bus system at BC–we like it much better at Coronado Springs. We did love the walk to Epcot and did walk to HS, too, and the boat ride was nice also.

    • chris

      what was wrong with the bus?? its just one quick trip to magic kingdom isn’t it?

  • momeja

    I’m sorry you didn’t fall in love. We’ve stayed at most of the Disney resorts and were always fans of the Poly until we bought our DVC points at the Beach Club Villas. Now, we have a tough time imagining staying anywhere else. SAB takes getting used to, since it isn’t your standard hotel pool, but once you learn its ins and outs, you’ll wonder why all hotel pools don’t offer its benefits. Similarly, the ability to roll out of bed and be at Epcot in just a few minutes is the essence of ease. I hope you give the Beach Club another chance someday. It’s a truly wonderful resort.

  • Nora Martinez

    This is my favorite resort. I love being just steps away from Epcot.

  • chris whetzel

    My family and I just stayed at the BCV in Oct. It was our first time and it is our favorite resort by far. We loved all the atmosphere, Cape May Café, the rooms were great, and in no particular order, stormalong bay ( the greatest pool hotel in the history of man) and beaches and cream soda shop. Order the whole kitchen sink!!! We will be back in DEC 15

  • Kari Hardy

    I stayed there for one night (before going on a Disney Cruise Agent FAM) in 2012 and loved it…I thought the property was beautiful and very peaceful. An easy walk over to EPCOT & The Boardwalk. My husband & I are planning a trip next Fall, and BC is on the short list of where we’ll stay :)

  • Karen M Cowan

    When WDW allowed timeshare trading with Interval International, we traded into the Beach Club Villas. Loved the location to walk to MGM and scoot over to EPCPT or walk around by the Swan and Dolphin to Boardwalk for a nice meal at Big River Grille and Brew Works.
    We always would shop at the BC store and enjoyed walking out back to the bus stop because it is so quiet there.

  • Lorraine

    EEK! Going in February for first time at BC. Your info on the pool was not welcomed. Wait till I tell the teens. Oh the humanity!

  • kevin

    This is our favorite resort. We love the stormalong bay pool, but most of all the location. Being this close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is incredible.

  • travelingmama

    We stayed there in September and loved it. We would have stayed at the Poly but didn’t want to deal with the refurbs. Now I can’t wait to stay there again.

  • Chris Blowitski

    We stayed here in July, and while it IS a lovely resort, with an awesome pool for our girls, the walk to/from our rooms in the 3710s was looooooooonnnnnng and felt it. Unlike the rooms on the East side of the building closer to the International Gateway, there were no conveniently located stairwells or extra elevators to help cut down on the back and forth. It did detract from our experience a little, especially when one of the members of my travel party was pregnant and therefore lacking a bit in the energy department to begin with. That said, the easy access to Epcot (the one park we kept missing out on enjoying fully our last two trips–not this time!) and the Studios was awesome.

    For context, we had a similarly long walk back in 2010 when we stayed in the Garden Wing at the Contemporary. Here though, we were lucky enough to be on the first floor, with a spectacular view of the lake to enjoy instead of just having to stroll endless corridors to get to the lobby and shops, which was far more “magical.” While nowhere near as spectacular as SB, getting to the Contemporary pool was less of a chore too.

    Long story short–the closer your room number is to the x500s, the better your experience might be, and the location overall is excellent. :)