Disney's Beach Club Resort
Disney's Beach Club Resort is a beach-themed deluxe AAA Four-Diamond Award–winning resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on November 19, 1990. The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products.
|Disney's Beach Club Resort|
|Location||Epcot Resort Area|
|Resort type||Deluxe resort|
|Opened||November 19, 1990|
|Theme||Newport Beach Cottage|
|Disney's Beach Club Villas|
|Location||Epcot Resort Area|
|Resort type||Disney Vacation Club resort|
|Opened||July 1, 2002|
Disney's Beach Club Resort is located in the Epcot Resort Area, next to a sister resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, and across Crescent Lake from Disney's BoardWalk Resort. Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort and Villas share amenities and resources, including staff and management. Disney's Beach Club Resort is home to a 73,000 square feet (6,800 m2) convention center which is shared with Disney's Yacht Club Resort. The villas on site are part of the Disney Vacation Club, sitting on 6 acres (2.4 ha) of land and consisting of 282 units.
This hotel was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects., and themed after the seaside cottages of 19th century Newport. The resort's light blue color distinguishes it from the gray siding with red and white striped awnings of Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
Boat transportation from the resort runs to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as Disney's BoardWalk Resort and the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin resorts. The resort is about five minutes walking distance from Epcot, and roughly fifteen minutes walking distance to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Guests can use the International Gateway entrance to Epcot in World Showcase between the France and United Kingdom pavilions.
There are both standard rooms (two queen-size beds or one king-size bed) and suites. Some rooms also have a day bed in addition to 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed. The resort also offers a fifth floor Concierge Level with private floor access, a concierge lounge, turn-down service, and other amenities. The Concierge Level is home to the resort's Presidential Suite. All rooms were renovated in 2009. Rooms were also renovated from 2015-2016. Rooms still have a beach theme, but are more modern with shades of gray, brown, and light blue. The hallways also were re-painted and re-papered, along with new carpets and new colors on the doors of the rooms.
In addition, vacation homes at Disney's Beach Club Villas are broken down into three different sized accommodations, ranging from studios that sleep 4, one-bedroom villas that sleep 4, and two-bedroom villas that sleep 8.
Disney's Beach Club Resort shares facilities with Disney's Yacht Club Resort and together feature three full-service restaurants, a poolside counter-service restaurant, two marketplaces and several bars and lounges. The main restaurant at the Beach Club is Cape May Cafe and offers a New England style clambake buffet most nights for dinner and a traditional buffet daily for breakfast. Disney characters stroll around the tables during breakfast and greet guests. At the Beach Club itself, guests can find:
- Cape May Cafe – A casual and character dining restaurant.
- Martha's Vineyard Lounge – A full bar located near the pool area.
- Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – A casual dining "diner-style" restaurant serving ice cream and "All-American" food.
- Beach Club Marketplace - A Convenience Store Serving Sandwiches, Salads, Gelato and Other Quick Service Items.
- Hurricane Hanna's – A poolside counter service restaurant and full bar.
- Stormalong Bay – The main 3-acre pool complex at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club resorts that resembles a beach-side water park with its sand-bottom pools, a circular lazy river, waterfall, and the "Shipwreck", a large replica of a ship wreck with one of the highest resort water slides at Walt Disney World. The Stormalong Bay pool complex offers a poolside counter service restaurant and bar, a shallow area for children, and an elevated tanning deck. Stormalong Bay is centrally located between both the Beach Club Resort and the Yacht Club Resort, facing Crescent Lake. Stormalong Bay is constantly regarded as the best pool at Walt Disney World.
- Dunes Cove - A small "quiet" pool with depths ranging up to about five feet, changing/bathroom facilities, a jacuzzi tub and a few barbecue grills.
- Quiet pools – The Beach Club Resort quiet pool and jacuzzi is located on the opposite far end of the resort, facing Crescent Lake in a similar garden area. Another pool is privately located in the Beach Club Villas building facing a smaller lake.
- Ship Shape Health Club - A health and fitness center. The health club is centrally located between both the Beach Club Resort and the Yacht Club Resort and offers fitness equipment. The center also offers massage therapy.
- Lafferty Place Arcade – An indoor arcade located near the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop.
- Marina - The resort's lakeside marina offers a variety of watercraft available for rental including private cruises and fishing excursions.
- Sandcastle Club – The Sandcastle Club is a child drop off center.
- Beach - The resorts offer a lake-side white sand beach on Crescent Lake. Different Activities are also held on the beach including Movie Nights and Campfire Sing-Alongs.
- Volleyball – A sandy lakeside volleyball court.
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center is centrally located between the two resorts and features over 73,000 square feet (6,800 m2) of meeting space, including two large ballrooms and twenty-one breakout rooms.
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