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