Disney's Beach Club Resort: The Best Resort at Disneyby Cheryl Pendry, PassPorter Featured Columnist
Last modified 01/13/2009
Two things are clear to everyone who's visited a number of Disney resorts over the years. They all benefit from exceptional theming and are all very different from one another. But which one is your favorite? PassPorter message board guide and regular newsletter contributor Cheryl Pendry believes there can be no argument – the Beach Club and their Villas are best!
Hilton Head Pier
The fishing pier at Hilton Head
Our love affair with the Beach Club began appropriately enough on our honeymoon in 1999. We had debated long and hard over where we should stay for our first visit to a Disney resort, but felt that we couldn't justify the cost of a deluxe hotel. We'd never visited one, but surely nothing could be good enough to warrant spending that much money? We narrowed our choice down to a moderate and we went for Dixie Landings, or Port Orleans Riverside as it's known today. Our first couple of days there were magical, the grounds were green and lush and it was a wonderfully romantic place to stay. We knew we had made the right decision – that was, until we walked into the lobby of the Beach Club.
We thought we'd take the opportunity to find out what was so special about the deluxe resorts and whether it was worth saving all our money to stay in one eventually. I was skeptical, but from the second we were met by Art the Greeter at the front door, I knew that this place was something special. The spacious lobby with its high ceilings and white balconies looking down from the second floor gave a relaxed feel, something clearly being enjoyed by those seated on the series of comfortable chairs, who were just watching the world go by.
And that's something you can do plenty of at the Beach Club. Head out through the other side of the lobby and you're greeted by white wooden rocking chairs, with a view over the resort's beautifully manicured gardens, looking towards Crescent Lake and the BoardWalk opposite. Walk a few more steps and talk a look back towards the resort. From the first time I saw that view, it bowled me over. The pale blue shade of the buildings were exactly what I'd always imagined a beachside villa to look like and the shade was far more appealing that the dull cream of the neighboring Yacht Club.
Captivated by the theming of the resort on our first visit, it was time to explore further, and no visit is complete without seeing the resort's main pool, Stormalong Bay. Calling it a pool may be unfair though, it's more like a mini water park, sprawling over a couple of acres with something for all ages and all abilities of swimmers. Boasting a children's pool, water slide, whirlpools in the main swimming area and a deep swimming area providing more of a challenge to regular swimmers, it even offers a poolside bar in the shape of Hurricane Hanna's, if you need a snack or want to sip a cocktail in the sunshine. But be warned, there's no way that you'll be able to experience the delights of Stormalong Bay unless you're a guest at the Yacht Club, Beach Club or the neighboring Villas. You are expected to bring your resort ID for a swim and are given wristbands showing that you are resort guests before you can enjoy the facilities. No resort ID, no access to Stormalong Bay – it's that simple.
Having a lot of good places to eat at a resort is another important thing for us. Let's face it, we all have mornings and evenings when we don't want to stray far from our room for a meal -- and we don't have to at the Beach Club. Enjoy character breakfasts with Goofy, Minnie and those mischievous chipmunks Chip and Dale at the Cape May Café, just off the main lobby, which by night serves up a New England-style clambake.
Carry on past the Cape May Café and you'll come across a lovely lounge, Martha's Vineyard, which never seems to be crowded. Wine, beer, cocktails (even that famous Kungaloosh from the Adventurer's Club) can all be bought here, along with a series of snack items. Out through the doors, past some of Stormalong Bay and on your right is the home of arguably the best burgers on Disney property – and surely the biggest dessert? Both can be found at Beaches and Cream, a 1950's style diner, with its Kitchen Sink, packed full of bananas, ice cream, cookies, chocolate fudge cake, cream, cherries, nuts and chocolate sauce. Perhaps it's easier to describe what's not contained in it. Eat every bit of it on your own and you'll get it for free – on all our visits to Beaches and Cream, it's not a feat we've ever seen accomplished.
A quick walk past the rest of Stormalong Bay into the adjoining Yacht Club opens up more dining possibilities at the upscale Yachtsman Steakhouse or the more informal Yacht Club Galley. There's another lounge to indulge in just off the Yacht Club lobby called the Crew's Cup. And that's before exploring the restaurants at the Swan, Dolphin or the BoardWalk, all nearby.
On your way there, you'll also spot Lafferty Place Arcade, somewhere you can easily lose the kids and those “kids at heart” in your family for a couple of hours, as they enjoy the many games in there. The Ship Shape Health Club allows you to work out during your vacation or if that doesn't sound like much fun, you can book yourself a massage. There's even a salon called Periwig's Beauty and Barber Shop, offering hair, skin and nail care for more pampering.
But it's no longer just about the Beach Club. Recognizing the appeal of the resort, the Disney Vacation Club started construction work on the Villas in 2000 and it was fascinating to see them rise from the ground on our stay at the Beach Club in that year. Obviously, we're not the only ones who love the Beach Club, as the Villas sold out in record time. Similarly themed to the main Beach Club complex, but with the accent on sea green, the Villas enjoy their own quiet pool, called Dunes Cove, and public rooms to sit back and relax in, with one boasting its own TV with cartoons for the kids to enjoy. With the arrival of the Villas, another communal room was added to the original Beach Club complex, the Solarium, a delightfully airy conservatory-type room. Again, it never seems to be busy, but it's a lovely place to sit and unwind.
Beautiful theming, the best pool on Disney property, a great range of restaurants and lots of places to relax and watch the world go by – what more could you want from a hotel? How about a location that's so central that you can walk to two theme parks if you choose to. Epcot is no more than a ten minute walk from the Beach Club lobby, but if you're staying in the Villas or at the eastern edge of the Beach Club, it's more like five minutes. At this end of the resort, you're closer to the park than the resort's marina.
The Marina allows you to catch a boat to either Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or the BoardWalk, but in reality it's nearly always quicker to walk to Epcot. Disney's Hollywood Studios is another matter. If you're a quick walker and there's no boat in sight, you can walk faster, but the boat is a charming, albeit slow way of getting to Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is a picturesque routes though, with water views of the Swan and Dolphin along the way, which eventually gives way to the Tower of Terror and finally the Sorcerer's Hat as you approach the Studios.
You really couldn't wish for a more centrally located hotel at Disney. Even the monorail resorts can't boast excellent transport links to two parks -- and there's no other hotel where you can walk into a park in just a few minutes.
What's not to love about the Beach Club? It's got it all and there's surely no other resort on Disney property that can compete with its central location, amazing pool, wonderful theming and range of places to eat. What do you think?
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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Of all the resorts I have stayed in this by far is in my top 2 of resorts. Probably because I love Epcot and you are just steps, yes just steps away from the International Gateway.
The lobby wasn't as grand as I thought it would be. It's rather small for such a large resort. The hallway rugs are gorgeous! I know that sounds weird to say but they really are pretty,as are the sconces that hang down the hallway with the little seahorses holding the lights up. The different shades blues and greens of the resort just set my mind to RELAX, very soothing to me.
Our room was located on the bottom floor facing the other wing of the building near the quiet pool. We were happy not to have a parking lot view as some people have had and did not like. Rooms were large and very pretty. The bathroom was the usual.
You can't beat the pool area for this resort. It really is like a small water park with a huge slide, lazy river and a sand bottom part for the little ones to dig around in. It can get a little crazy with people but rest assured only quests of the resorts (Beach Club & Yacht Club) are allowed in.
One thing that was bothersome was the refillable mug stations. There weren't any! You had to wait in line at Beaches & Cream to have your mug filled. If you ever been at Beaches & Cream it's a great place to eat but always packed full of people. I think they have changed it so you are able to fill them in the lobby store and I welcome that change.
The beach area is very nice with chairs and hammocks to lie in. Although you are not allowed to swim in the lake it is still nice to sit by. One night while we were there they were showing a movie on a huge blow up screen right on the beach. The kids were going crazy for it!
Transportation can't get much better! Not only do you have the option to walk over to Epcot you can take a boat as well. The same boat makes the rounds to all the resorts it's near as well as a stop at Disney's Hollywood Studios (formally know as MGM Studios). Buses take you to every park.
A short walk around the lake is the Boardwalk with lots of restaurants and shopping to be had. Near the Swan and Dolphin hotel is Fantasia Mini Golf which gave us a nice calm way to end our day.
Location, location, location!
Water park type pool
Feel like you are right in the middle of it all
A little on the pricey side but worth it
Can feel a bit crowded and noisy at times outside
The Beach Club Resort is a favorite of our family, especially as the kids have grown older. My first trip to the BC was back in 1994 with my parents, but for my family, we've stayed there in May 2003, May 2004, April 2005, and August 2006. As you can see, we keep going back!!
There's nothing more fun that walking into the lobby of the BC, and being greeted by Art the Greeter!! He's a mainstay at the BC, and such a great man! He even signed my DS's autograph book on our last visit!!
We have spent time in both standard rooms and waterview rooms at the BC. One thing that both have going for them is the size of the rooms. Plenty of room to spread out and not be on top of one another! Also having the daybed in the room is another great feature! We've also had full balconies and the "mini" balcony and I much prefer the full balcony so you can go out and relax on it. Our favorite room so far as been a 1st floor room, overlooking the quiet pool. While it was quite a walk from SAB, it was much closer to Epcot and made for less walking at the end of a long day.
Of course, one of the best things going for the BC is it's location. You just can't beat being able to walk into two parks (we have walked to MGM - sorry DHS)! And having the Boardwalk and it's amenities just across the way is another plus.
I cannot say enough good things about SAB. We have yet to go to a water park, mainly because the hotels that we've stayed at have such great pools. There's something for everyone at SAB. A kiddie slide, the big Pirate slide (which is just as fun for adults as it is for kids), the whirlpool section to spin you round and round. Just swimming along the lazy river section, and of coursing, hanging out under the waterfalls :love: When the kids were younger, we spent the majority of our time in the shallow section, making it easier for the kids so they could swim (and touch bottom at the same time). Plus there is a great area for making sandcastles! Now that they are bigger and better swimmers, we're able to experience the rest of SAB, and love it even more!
The BC has some great food options. With the renovation/creation of the BC Marketplace, this has turned out to be a fabulous option. From grabbing something quick, to refilling your mug, to getting some gelato! Hurricane Hannah's is another great option when you're hanging out at SAB. And who can forget Beaches & Cream! Great burgers and onion rings, and don't forget to leave room for ice cream. We've also eaten at Cape May Cafe for both breakfast and dinner. Both offer a wide variety of options that would suit everyone
If you haven't stayed at the BC resort, I'd highly recommend it!
Storm Along Bay (SAB)
Great food offerings
Lacks a bit of Disney Magic
I had the opportunity to stay at the Beach Club Villas (the DVC portion of the resort) thanks to the kindness of a great friend. We stayed in a one-bedroom villa that was spacious and attractive.
The one bedroom had a king sized bed and a TV. The main room had a small kitchen, with dishwasher, full-sized fridge, and a washer/dryer. :thewave: There was also a pull-out sofa bed and TV, plus a small dining table.
My son was completely enamored of the pool -- Stormalong Bay is like a mini water park and absolutely blew us all away.
The proximity to Epcot is the biggest draw of all. So magical just to walk a few minutes and be inside a park (and the reverse is great when you leave -- no waiting on a long line for a cramped bus!)
We dined at the Yachtsman Steakhouse and had a great meal with unparalled service. We also did the character breaksfast at the Cape May Cafe and found the food to be the best breakfast buffet on property, hands down!
This resort seriously makes me want to become a DVC memer!
The drawbacks are that the buses to the other parks are a little slow and you share them with other resorts. The boat to MGM is nice, but also slow. The theming is spot-on in terms of a "beachy" Atlantic Coast resort, but with a very low-key Disney/Mickey vibe, which might not be appealing to everyone. Also, the fireworks from Epcot are very loud -- the finale will shake you out of your chair if you're not expecting it (but that's true of several resorts on property.)
The price is also prohibitive for many familes.
DH and I love BC! We've really come to appreciate it's muted splendor. The location can't be beat if you're an Epcot fan...it's so relaxing to stroll back to BC while the masses are flooding the main entrance after Illuminations
We also love the beach access. Of course swimming is prohibited, but being able to stretch out on a lounge chair and put your feet in the sand is a small vacation on it's own.
Cons: The bus service. We've found that the deluxe resorts across the board (maybe with the exception of AKL) have horrid bus service. Many of them share and that's no exception at the BC. The busses are sporadic and then they stop at the Boardwalk, and the Swan and Dolphin.
Price-this is definitely one of the pricier deluxes
Pros: Location location location. So close to Epcot There's really nothing like feeling as though you're sleeping in Epcot's backyard!
Lots of food choices! With several eateries at the Yacht/ Beach Club, you're also just a few minute walk from the deliciousness that the Boardwalk has to offer.
Stormalong Bay-best pool on property.
Beach Club is one of my faves. The walk to Epcot is almost nonexistent, and to MGM is only aboutm 15 minutes (faster than the boat). Access to the Boardwalk with all its restaurants is another plus. The pool is the best at WDW. The theming is fabulous. The rooms are a very nice size. We had an Epcot view last time. My only complaint is that it is very pricey
We really loved the Beach Club itself. SAB was amazing, you can't beat the walk to Epcot, and the rooms are very comfortable.
Everything was better than we expected...with the exception of customer service. We visited the first 2 weeks of December 2007 and found many of the CM's at the Beach Club suffering from a case of indifference. In the past, we've become accustomed to nothing short of exceptional Disney Service, but the CM's of the Beach Club (primarily Front Desk, Valet, Concierge, maintenance and BC Marketplace) fall short of making the mark. Unfriendly and apathetic are two words that I wouldn't hesitate to use describe the cast members.
The only possible negative I could think of about the facility itself is that the lobby itself is rather small and clausterphobic. Since the BC is a popular 'resort hop' destination, you'll always find it a bit crowded (especially in December). However, there are plenty of other public areas that are very enjoyable and peaceful - search them out.
I truly hope that our experience is the exception and not the rule. However, if excellent Disney Level Customer Service is important to you (especially from a Deluxe Level Resort) you could be disappointed.
Although we loved the BC resort facilities themselves, I'm sorry to say we won't return due to the poor service.
Disney Beach Club Villas is our DVC home. We've stayed here several times, the last one being November 2006.
The lobby is on the smallish side, but it feels more like you're walking into a home instead of a sprawling resort. I really like that you walk in the front doors and you can see out the back doors.
I find the rooms are very comfortable and spacious, especially the 2 bedroom villas. Having the washer and dryer in the room is the best thing, really it is, especially if you have kids! This allows you all to pack alot less clothes, which leaves room for more souvenirs!
I only wish that the fold out sofas would be a little more comfortable.
The bathrooms are very big and the sink outside is the best thing.
The newly remodeled Marketplace gets a mixed review from me. While I like the offerings: gelato, sandwiches, groceries; the resort merchandise is lackluster at best.
I can only think of 1 con with this resort and that's is the bus sharing thing. I could see sharing with Yacht Club and Boardwalk, but to share with the Swan and Dolphin too? That's 5 resorts and makes for some very, very long rides.
We are DVC Members and the Beach Club Villas are our favorite location to stay. We like the accessiblility to Epcot for all the eateries there as well as the accessibility to other things.
You can walk to Epcot through the back entrance, so much shorter lines. You can even then take the monorail from Epcot to Magic Kingdom. You can take a boat to MGM/HS. A bus to all else, but you have to bus it at times from whereever you stay.
The Storm Along Bay pool is the best. It has a sand bottom, a childs section, current river section, slides, waterfalls...etc. We usually don't go to water park if we stay here.
We love the room service if you have to use it. The Villas are accessible to the rest of the resort as well as Yacht club and the Board Walk. You can walk to Swan and Dolphin as well, although we never have.
The biggest con would be that the bus does stop at 5 resorts total. Swan, Dolphin, Boardwalk, Yacht & Beach club. You do hear the fire works from Epcot at night, but that does not bother us. The other is that you can get a room that is very far from the elevator, so LONG walks to your room.
Other than that, I have nothing bad to say. As for Magic. I think anything Disney does has Magic. It does feel like you are at the beach and especially when there is an actual beach outside.
We stayed at the Beach Club for the first time just last month (Dec. 2007) and loved it. We were in room 4611 (I think ). The first room we were given had a teeny balcony, and we had requested a full one. So I called the front desk and within 5 minutes we had another room with a full balcony. It was a water view room so our view was of the beach in front of us and then the water. I loved sitting out there on the balcony.
The resort itself is beautiful. We loved the smell of the gingerbread carousel in the lobby.
The room was clean and spacious (even for our family of 5).
Everyone was extremely pleasant and kind. On our first night, we tried putting our 2-year old in the bed to sleep, but that didn't work so well. A portacrib was brought to our room at 1:00 in the morning. They were so nice about it. Then we all slept great for the rest of the week!
The location just can't be beat. We walked over to Epcot just about every day. Even when we went to other parks during the day, at night we'd stroll over to Epcot and walk around the countries, shop, etc. Such a short walk. We also walked over to the Boardwalk and enjoyed that as well. And we never waited long for the boat to MGM, or the buses to MK or AK or DTD.
We all loved the beach, pool area, sandy bottom, slide, etc. at the Beach Club as well. We spent time there on several afternoons in between park activities.
Not sure when our next trip will be, but I think we'll be staying at the Beach Club again when we go back.
While our usual resort is the Yacht Club, we spent a few nights over at the Beach Club Concierge in October to go down for a long weekend.
I will say that I loved the theme and decor more than the Yacht Club. Done in pastels and had a softer look to it than of the Yacht Club. It does a great job fitting with the beach theme and another perk is that it does share the same pool as the Yacht Club. Another perk to this resort over the Yacht Club is that in their store, you can get coffee, soda, snacks and whatnots...the Yacht Club doesnt offer that. Always nice to be on the "loops" of resorts and if you have energy left at night to do a walk over to the Boardwalk and check out some side shows.
This resort comes a very close second to the Boardwalk Villas as my favourite Disney resort. We spent an exceptionally enchanting two weeks here in a lovely studio that overlooked Epcot with a great view of the nightly fireworks.
You certainly can't beat the location. From the villas, it's a very short walk to the International Gateway and World Showcase. We found the staff here to be accommodating and friendly. The ambience was wonderful. Although the lobby is definitely not huge, the other public areas are spacious and comfortable. We found the bus service to be excellent during our stay but we only had to share with the Yacht Club while we were there.
The pool has to be experienced to be believed. Stormalong Bay is nothing short of amazing and it was also handy that one of the hot tubs is inside so that it was still easy to use even during inclement weather. Having a character meal right there at the hotel was also a lovely perk. And it was an excellent character meal at that. And we're totally addicted to the ice cream concoctions to be found at Beaches and Cream.
Since we're DVC members, the room charge was not an issue for us. In conclusion, I think that the Beach Club Villas is hard to beat as a relaxing, magical place to stay while at WDW.
We loved the Beach Club! We stayed in studio villa for the four of us ~ 2 adults 2 children (8 & 5).
The pull-out sofa was very comfortable for the girls. Our queen sized bed was also comfy. Soft pillows and sheets!
The kitchenette was very helpful for snacks and a quick morning breakfast.
The proximatey to EPCOT can't be beat ~ WOW! I really think that was our selling point.
SAB was gorgeous. Unfortunately, the weather was not as warm for swimming as I had hoped. But the day we did get to use it, our family loved it!
Only one complaint . . .the very long hallways. They seemed never ending at times!
We rented points at the Villas which ended up being affordable to our wittle budgets, otherwise we never would have been able to stay. This is our favorite LOCATION of all, being able to walk to Epcot/MGM is divine . Being able to stroll home from World Showcase after Illuminations is my favorite way to spend an evening, and even better when there are still nightlife activities happening on the nearby Boardwalk The resort's atmosphere is not-my-style....if we were ever to rent points in this area again, we'd go for the peppier Boardwalk resort especially when it requires fewer points to stay. Sadly we never got a chance to swim in Stormalong Bay, but we did have a nice view of Spaceship Earth from our room. :love:
For me, the location of this resort is its main benefit.
I stayed in a studio at BCV from May 4-8. I arrived at the resort at 10:00 am and my room was ready! When I got to my room there was a Mickey head towel creation on my bed. What a great way to start my stay! My room was a pretty far walk from the elevators on the 4th floor. It was clean and well maintained. There was a light bulb burnt out, but when I mentioned it to the bellman he said he would call engineering for me. When I returned to my room later that day it was fixed.
The best thing about my room was that I had an Epcot view and could see the high fireworks from Illuminations from my balcony. I over looked a road, but with the trees that were planted I didn't even know it was there until my third day when I ate lunch on my patio and heard car noises in the distance. It was really fairly quiet.
I enjoyed resort. Art should be declared a National Treasure. If you stay here be sure to make some time to meet him and have a conversation. He is one of the most gentle, posistive people I have ever met. SAB is so relazing. I spent a couple of afternoons enjoying all of the amenities there. Yes - even 52 years olds enjoy water slides! The only restaurant I ate in was the Deli at Beach Club Marketplace and it was fine. They have a decent selection and I got plenty of use out of my refillable mug.
We stayed here for the first time in May and were very pleased. We booked a standard room but were happy to get a room overlooking the lake. We did not have a full balcony it was a standing room only balcony. I thought the staff was friendly and helpful. I had a birthday button on the day we arrived and almost every CM we passed greeted me by name and said happy birthday--cool! SAB was amazing--truly lived up to expectations. We loved being able to walk to Epcot, however we found the bus service to MK and AK to be slow. I liked the food options in and around the BC, although I felt that C/S breakfast options were limited if that's important to you.
What can I say about the Beach Club? We stayed there the second part of our trip and were surprised to be upgraded from a standard view room to Concierge Pool View. Aside from that the resort is gorgeous. The theming is wonderful, mousekeeping is immaculate and the convenience of location is beyond words. Just a short walk to Epcot and boatride to the Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios. You could walk everywhere if you have the energy. I can't say enough about this resort and will certainly stay there again.
The Beach Club is a wonderful resort in a fantastic location!
When I made my reservation, I requested a ground floor room close to the lobby, as my mother was traveling with me.
We received a corner room, ground floor, close to the lobby - very easy to find!
The rooms are beautiful! The bed is the most comfortable one I have ever slept on!
The pool is amazing! The sand bottom is the best!
The food choices are many! We love Beaches and Cream, but thoroughly enjoy eating at Cape May too! Between the Boardwalk area and the Yacht Club being so close, you have so many different options for food.
Being able to walk to Epcot is wonderful! But having the option of a boat ride is nice too! And even though it is the long route.....we have even walked through Epcot to take the monorail to the MK. We just allowed plenty of time and enjoyed the walk along the way!
I am a huge fan of the beach. This resort is beautifully themed!
This really is a great resort! In fact it is our new favorite! It is so close to Epcot, it might as well be in the park itself. All of the CMs were very friendly. And the atmosphere was really top notch. The pool is tons of fun if you like swimming. And you can't go wrong with a burger at Beaches and Cream.
Location to Epcot and other area resorts
Pool area is alot of fun
Con: Pricey, same with all Deluxe resorts at WDW.
We stayed at the beach club last January and we love it!! Although we payed alot of money for a family or five, it was money well spent.. I loved the whole surrounding. When we first walked in, we could smell the saltiness of the ocean (everybody loves that smell). The cast members were so nice. When we walked in the door after hitting the parks, we were greeted by name everytime. That just made it so magical. The kids activitys were very fun. Me being 11 years old at the time, was not happy when mom told me to take my bros over and do the kids activitys in the lobby, but when I got over there I met 2 kids my age!! I heard the actual kids club is fantastic, but since it was a family vacation, we decided to stick together. The cape may cafe clam bake was really good. Lots of seafood, but still some things for kids. The gift shop was great and had lots of selection. My only complaint about the gift shop is A) you had to pass through the little grab and go place to access it. B) there was a giant airvent on the ceiling right outside of it. And let me say, it was cold!! (Dont say I didn't warn you). Overall, great place to stay. Polls are great, rooms are great, food is great, staff is great. All is good there!!
We stayed at the BC for 3 nights in Feb 2010 and loved it! The resort is just beautiful! And the lobby always smelled so great! Maybe it was the huge, beautiful, fresh flower arrangements?
The rooms are huge! DS loved sleeping on the little bed the couch turns in to. So the room could comfortably accomodate 5 people. There was a lot of storage between the TV stand, dresser, closet and shelf under the sink.
Our view was terrible and we only had a small balcony, but we got a really cheap CM rate, so I can't complain. If I was paying regular price I'd definitely pay extra for a view and full balcony.
We easily refilled our mugs at the Marketplace and Hurricane Hanna's by the pool. The food and frozen adult beverages at Hurricane Hanna's were great. Our meal at Beaches & Cream was great. And we loved being able to grab snacks at the Marketplace. We didn't eat there this time, but we loved the clam bake at Cape May too.
The staff was all warm and welcoming, every time you entered the lobby.
And of course the pool area was great! Loved the slide, the sand, the lazy river part, the waterfalls, all of it!
Another nice perk was having a photopass station right in the lobby, the CM said there were only a few stations in resorts like that. There was a photographer every night either taking pics out on the boardwalk or in the lobby.
I would definitely love to stay here again sometime.
What room numbers at the Beach Club have full balconies?
This is a great resort. Love the fact that it is so close to EPCOT and the Studios, as well as the Boardwalk. The pool is the best on property!! Beautiful, relaxing rooms and grounds.
We visited WDW in May11-18, 2010, to celebrate our wedding anniversary:oooo:. This was the third time we stayed at The Beach Club Resort, the two times before (May,2009 and October,2009) were absolutely wonderful. This trip, May 2010, we had no problems anywhere else in Walt Disney World. We have been to WDW 12 times in 9 years, and this time is the only time we had a problem; but it has unfortunately ruined WDW for good. The blame lies squarely on TBCR shoulders. From day one; with belligerent staff, late check in due to them trying to give us a severely trashed room, day two, they lost our cc information, and tried to blame my husband (was probably still on trashed room after they changed us to another room). My angry husband spoke to a wonderful manager, who reimbursed us 1 &1/2 days we spent for hotel. Day three was great, day 4, after laundry and a swim, and handwashing my gorgeous designer suit; we came back to the room two hours later, suit was gone! While my family went to see Chubby Checker, I had to talk to third BCR manager, who reimbursed me what she believed the depreciated value of my year olf suit was worth. Right here, this ended my vacation: I came to TBCR for two things: to swim in SAB; and walk to Epcot. It seemed that while I was there, there wasn't any one piece swimsuits in a size 6, even better: a 4. So, from day three out of eight, I couldn't swim. THEN, housekeeping suddenly stopped giving us ANY service (including toilet paper ,soap, and towels). After two days, and seeing my family use the pool bathroom, we talked to a third manager. This man was impatient, disgusted, and finally blew us off with "I have a hotel that's at 40% capacity: do you know how much work that is? I have more guests to worry about than you!" we were speechless. The man then made a snide comment to my husband that he was sorry it wasn't more "profitable" for him.:mad: At that, I declared i would write a letter to his superior, and he laughed and said, "go ahead!". From that point on, I was frequently in tears , my husband in a deep dangerous rage, and my son was having panic attacks about leaving his stuff "unguarded" in our room. The same manager went out of his way to bully and taunt us, particularly my husband. It was indicated to me by this man that maybe"there never was a suit":noway:, which had me in tears again:cry2:, giving descriptions to a lovely lady manager who worked at the Yacht Club. The horrid manager even made it a point to see us off on the DME in a way that looked like he was applauding triumphantly. Since being home, I've written no less than five letters to Disney's Executive Offices,..all the way to the very top. At first, I received a verbal apology,..but when I politely asked for reimbursment for the ruined hotel days that weren't reimbursed (or, give us the same days at another Deluxe as a show of good faith: after all, that would cost them nothing, and they'd still get a profit from park tickets and foods, etc.) Well! WDW thought that gave them free license to treat us like absolute criminals: as if we were asking for freebies instead of reimbursement for a hotel stay that was RUINED everyday *but* one, by BCR Staff! So, I have revoked ALL my recommendations; and called and alerted both credit card and travel agent. Interestingly enough, they both interrupted the long stream of abuses we suffered to say the same thing" WDW treatment of you was DISGUSTING!" Since WDW didn't do the right thing, my credit company WILL; and I never want to go back again. The worst part of all of this was to see that, after 9 years, 12 visits, $60,000., and bringing nine more families on board with our loyalty; WDW DID NOT CARE. :shocked:The last call was from the head of guest communications: she had told me two weeks ago she was going to call back within the same day, or following Monday, latest. When she didn't call, we waited a week, and I emailed her. She then called with the same smug, taunting attitude expressed by that one awful manager at BCR: she told me that she spent the week rounding up the BCR managers as a united front that they were satisfied that I was reimbursed enough. Then, she told me in the same saccharin ironic tone, that they'd LOVE to have me come back. I said, "You mean you'd love for my ten thousand dollars a year to come back", and she replied, "Yup!". Very nice behavior from a company that has received every vacation dollar we had, brought new Disney fans spending THEIR thousands, and I never had a single complaint til this trip. I am devastated, even if the credit card company gets the hotel money back. I wrote two more letters: one to WDW President, who so far keeps delegating my letters to that last odious woman. And I also wrote a letter to the very highest authority in everything Disney. I expressed that I can't believe that he could know and approve of this new treatment of guests. However, when I posted this story on a DVC site, I was astonished to hear that some had worse tales to tell; and they also were treated like criminals for having a complaint. And they are locked in for 50 years! This is just disgusting:(
The conference let me stay at the Beach Club for only $110 a night ! I could see Illuminations fireworks from my window. The short walk to EPCOT was the best part.
I took my three grandson's, 9, 8 and 7, to WDW last December. We stayed in the Beach Club Villias. Facility was nice and access to Epcot was great. Restaurant choices are very weak. Breakfast from the Market Place is almost a waste of time. It takes to long, food gets cold by the time you pay for it and trying to eat in a Sun Room not set up for dinning is very weak. Thr room was clean but use worn. Main lobby does not have enought seating for the number of people using it. This resort is not one of my favorites.
We stayed at BCV starting the nov 25-dec3 2010. This was my first time staying here. And now I do not want to stay anywhere else. I loved that it was so close to Epcot...and DHS. Loved it so much we are going back this year the same time as last, but adding a day. So we can swim more. Oh and the pool WOW!:star:
Fantastic! This is our third DVC trip and the best one yet!
Everything I have to say about this place is amazing!
13 glorious days, no complaints!
I love the BC ! It is beautiful, fun, and kid friendly. As soon as you walk into the lobby you feel relaxed and ready for magic. We had a waterview room looking out at the Baordwalk(4619) it was perfect. We were upgraded when we got there we paid for gardenview. The walk to Epcot is short and convenient, especially for the fireworks. If you like Epcot you should pick this hotel.
I love this resort We have stayed here once and stayed at the Yacht Club three times. Both are great! I love the location thats why we keep coming back. I am reluctant to stay anywhere else because you are so close to epcot and Hollywood studios. Lots to do also at the boardwalk. Anyone choosing the Beach or Yacht Club will not be sorry. Loved the rooms also nice and spacious!
I was scheduled to stay Club Level at the Beach Club from August 31, 2011 - September 4, 2011 and ended up switching to the Boardwalk Inn for the remainder on September 1, 2011 because the Beach Club was that horrible.
One word to describe their Club Level lounge is claustrophobic because it's that small and not enough tables for the amount of Club Level rooms they have. Plus it's even worse when they open the doors to it at 5:00 PM causing a stampede of guests getting their limited number of tables and I saw someone personally take up 3 tables for members of their family, who weren't even there.
As for their Cast Members the one who checked us in (Chris) made in my opinion a rude joke saying the best thing about the Boardwalk is that they face the Beach Club. He saw that we previously stayed there and thought he was being funny. Plus when we asked for Sprite Zero some of their other Cast Members looked so pissed that they had to walk a few feet to their stock room and looking for it. Finally the Cast Members who work in the lounge stand there looking at everyone waiting to clear plates and etc off the tables (because they don't have a table for it like other CL lounges) and it wasn't a great feeling knowing we were being watched.
Besides all that the Beach Club was going through some renovations outside and I remember hearing drilling and etc while I was in my room. I knew in advance that would be going on, however everyone told me it would have been completed and it was not.
As for Stormalong Bay can you say overated. I can't see what people find so great about it. The whole area is way to big and am I supposed to be impressed that it has sand inside the pool.
I am a Boardwalk Inn girl but wanted to try the Beach Club for the amazing pool. My boys absolutely loved Stormalong Bay!
I was disappointed with our room. We were upgraded from a standard view to a lagoon view due to a big mix up on our check in day. I appreciated the upgrade and was excited to get a full balcony with a beautiful view of the Boardwalk across the lagoon. However, my love of the room stopped there. There were noticeable chips in the furniture and room just felt a little dated. Housekeeping did clean up but the room never felt "clean". Towels were not arranged every day in a nice way..just left in a folded pile on the back of the sink.
The walk to Epcot is fantastic and a lot closer than the Boardwalk. The boat service to the Studios was good. The Beach Club Marketplace leaves a lot to be desired. I found the breakfast options to be expensive and a little blah. Hurricane Hanna's was very tasty but closed at 8pm and the waits got pretty long sometimes.
For the price, I expected a little more out of the actual room but for the proximity to Epcot and the beautiful view, Beach Club is definitely a worthwhile stay.
Pros: Close proximity to Epcot
Cons: Beach Club Marketplace
Rooms are showing their age
Thin walls/Could hear family next door clear as crystal!
The rooms are very worn and are in need of serious updating. We had tears and holes in our wallpaper, as well as chipped cement/tile that separates the bathroom from the hallway area.
We did have a lovely view, but there really wasn't anything special about the hotel. We liked being close to Epcot. The pool was the only thing special about the hotel. I doubt it would be enough to make me go back.
It didn't ruin our trip, but to know I could have gone last year and this year and stayed value and moderate, rather than saving the money to spend on a deluxe was rather disappointing.
Just returned from the BC Villas. We have been true blue Wilderness Lodge fans, but have to say this was a great resort! Location/location! LOVED walking to Epcot; the Boardwalk; even walking in the cool morning over to Hollywood Studios is good. I thought the themeing was great. The pool was awesome, but a little large and somewhat difficult to watch your child easily. More options for breakfast - other than Captain's Grille (expensive) and the very small serving line in the Marketplace would have been nice. Yes, I know there is Cape May but you can't eat with the Characters every day! The small serving line did not have Mickey waffles or a lot of choices at all. Of course, we could cook in our room and did so - thus this issue was not as "big" as it would be to others. The room decor looked fresh. The bed was great and the pull out sofa bed was comfy enough my 21yr old Daughter slept very well. I am sure I will stay there again as my son's favorite park is Epcot and how nice it was to not have to wait for transport to that park!
Can you tell by my ratings that I adore Beach Club? Truly, I cannot think of anything that I didn't enjoy during our visit. From the wonderful service when we checked in, to the excellent mousekeeping, to the fantastic pool, Beach Club really did 'have it all' for our family. Probably the only downside at all is the price. But, it's right in line with the pricing on the other deluxe resorts, so that's just the way it goes. If you want all the extra amenities and the location, then you have to pay the price. But if you can make it work for your family, I highly recommend the Beach Club. In my humble opinion, it's worth every cent.
It's not all that often that I have a major disconnect with the majority of folks on the Passporter boards but I do with the Beach Club. It's not that the Beach Club was *bad*, it just wasn't all that great (except for the pool/beach).
So I'll run through the aspects/our experiences of the resort:
Room - it was okay, not as large as we expected given our experience at another deluxe resort. There was also less privacy regarding the bathroom area that we had at the CR and the CBR. All in all, we were more impressed with our rooms at the CBR than we were at BC.
Counter Service Food - the quality of the food was good but the service was very slow and the layout was terrible. There was always a line that got in the way of the reach in coolers. They just wedged in the food service station where there wasn't room for it.
Staff - The staff was... ok. Most of them didn't smile or greet the guests, though a few did reliably. Most notably, the CM's working the gift shop always greeted us with big, happy Disney smiles and greetings. That was nice!
Theme - we're not huge on themes at the resorts but the BC does it well. The architecture was particularly pleasant to look at. The grounds and gardens were lovely.
Condition - this hotel is starting to show it's age. The elevators and furniture in our rooms were looking pretty knocked about and scarred. It wasn't terrible but it's about time for a refurb.
Transportation - the boats to Epcot, Boardwalk and DHS is outstanding. The buses to AK and Disney Springs were right on schedule. The buses to/from TMK were horrendously late. We waited over 30 minute every time and one evening had a 54 minute wait. This is a transportation dept issue, not a BC resort issue but people who are considering this resort should be aware of it.
Restaurant - no opinion here as we didn't eat there.
Pool/Beach Area - okay, here's the one spot that was great. The pool is huge and has areas that are sandy bottom and regular bottom. There are actually multiple pools but I kind of thought of them as one big area. The lazy river is fantastic. The beach was great, especially at night. I spent some relaxation time on the beach after walking parks all day. It was great to just relax, put my feet in the cool sand and look at the lights from the Boardwalk on the water.
So yeah, over all we found the BC to just be okay. With the exception of the pool, it didn't compare to our other deluxe resort experience at the Contemporary. In fact, we found ourselves saying multiple times that we wished that we had gone back to the CR instead of the BC. It's not that BC is bad, it just didn't seem like a deluxe resort.
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Updated 01/13/2009 - Article #22
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