Walt Disney World Yacht Club Resort
The Walt Disney World Yacht Club is actually two resorts in one. One half is a Disney deluxe resort, and the other half is a vacation club villa.
As a deluxe resort, the Walt Disney World Yacht Club has 621 rooms, which makes it smaller than some of the others. But that's only half of it; there are additional rooms on the villa side.
This Disney resort is located next to EPCOT -- almost literally right next door! It's walking distance, but you can also take the water taxi to the resort entrance to EPCOT.
Staying at the Walt Disney World Yacht Club
I mentioned that there are 621 guest rooms at the Yacht and Beach Club, but this Disney resort is anything but small! Unless you manage to snag a room relatively near to the elevators, you will do quite a bit of walking.
The overall theme of the Yacht Club resort is New England seaside -- think Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. In the lobby you'll see wood floors and period furniture. On the back verandah, facing the lighthouse, you'll find a fleet of rocking chairs, just right for resting for awhile.
The standard rooms themselves are tastefully decorated in a nautical theme. They are about 350 square feet, and have a separate dressing area. You have an option of either two queen beds or one king bed, but be forewarned -- there aren't many rooms with a king bed. Plenty of soft, fluffy towels and extra pillows.
The Yacht Club also has suites and a concierge level, too. The concierge-level rooms are standard (not suites), and have access to the Regatta Club Lounge and the concierge amenities.
The suites range from a Junior (2 queen beds and a daybed) up through the Presidential. The Presidential suite looks very interesting, with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a living area and a kitchenette. Although most of the suites are not on the concierge level, they all have access to it.
Now Disney says that they have WiFi internet access, but when I was there in Fall of 2006, it was not WiFi -- it was via a network cable, and there was a $10 per day charge to use it.
The transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the waterparks and Downtown Disney is by bus. However, you can actually walk to EPCOT; it's almost literally right next door! There are also boats that travel between the Yacht Club, Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Many people walk to EPCOT and return via the boat -- very nice after a full day of walking in the park. As for the Hollywood Studios-- you'll want to take the boat both ways.
There are two restaurants at the Walt Disney World Yacht Club resort -- the "Yacht Club Galley" and the "Yachtsman Steakhouse". There is also a food court for grabbing something quickly.
The "Yacht Club Galley" had the more moderately priced menus. There is a breakfast buffet which was very nice, and they also serve off the menu. Lunch is more nautically-themed; the fish and chips were great! Dinner I found to be so-so -- quite heavy on the sauces.
The "Yachtsman Steakhouse" had its menu posted by the door and if you like steak, it looked wonderful. However, the prices started at around $40 and up for dinner. They aren't open for breakfast or lunch.
Not to worry, you do have other dinner options. Close by are Disney's Boardwalk, as well as the Swan and Dolphin resorts; between the three there are a lot of interesting restaurants to choose from.
Pool Time (And Other Activities)
One of the first things you notice when going out the back verandah (after the lighthouse) is the waterslide. It's tall and it's pirate-themed and drops into a very large pool called "Stormalong Bay". Lots and lots of lounge chairs for sunning, napping or reading.
If you aren't interested in the pool, there is also a sandy beach, as well as a volleyball court. As you go walking down the path, you'll see a kiosk that lets you choose an oyster; they open it for you and you keep the pearl inside. (There is an extra cost for this.) Naturally, they can set the pearl into some jewelry for you as well.
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One final thing -- there is also a convention center attached to the Walt Disney World Yacht Club and it's very, very nice.
Have a great time at the Yacht Club resort!
Have a Great Disney Vacation!
Let There Be Fireworks!
Here's an interesting (and fun) perk about staying at the Yacht Club -- you can see the EPCOT IllumiNations fireworks!
Now you can't see 100% of the IllumiNations show, but you can see the fireworks very clearly. What you want to do is wander on out to the lighthouse around 8:30 and pick yourself a spot.
Come 9:00 PM the IllumiNations show starts -- you'll hear the music. Then shortly thereafter the fireworks start. It's really neat to watch, and the crowd "ooohs" and "ahhs" at the display.
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