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What is the Beach Club like?
The Beach Club (BC) is a 583 room resort which has guest rooms and conference facilities. It is styled after the New England seaside at the turn of the century and the seashore theme is evident throughout. The BC is joined in the center with the Yacht Club. Together they share Stormalong Bay and transportation facilities. There is a quiet serenity to the BC in the early morning. Next to the Beach Club are the Beach Club Villas, a Disney Vacation Club resort.
What is the advantage to staying at the BC?
The biggest advantage to staying at the Beach Club is its proximity to Epcot (a short walk away). It is adjacent to the Yacht Club and across the water from the Boardwalk area. The Swan and Dolphin are also within walking distance. This availability provides a wide range of dining and recreational options without ever entering a motorized vehicle.
What should I expect to pay for a room at the Beach Club?
The Beach Club is a "Deluxe" resort hotel, and its prices are among the more expensive offered at Disney. There are Value Season, Regular Season, Peak Season and Holiday Season rates. These are regular rate prices and do not include the 6.5% Florida Sales Tax nor the 6% county resort tax. Rates are based on double occupancy. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults. Maximum of five persons per room except suites. Additional $25 per person for third-fifth adult in the same room.
Most rooms have a maximum five-person occupancy per room. Prices are per room, and there is an additional adult charge of $25 per adult per night for more than two adults in a room.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
As of June 1, 2007, all Disney resorts and guest rooms are now smoke free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.
Are any Suites Available?
Yes, the Beach Club Resort has several Suite options.
The Junior Suite provides a spacious master bedroom with a king-size bed, a large walk-in closet and an easy chair. An additional person can be accommodated with the daybed sofa in the living area. French doors separate the living area from the bedroom for additional privacy. (several available)
Two Bedroom Suite - an expansive living room distinguishes this suite which features two bedrooms. The parlor is perfect for informal meetings and has a wet bar and a daybed sofa. The master bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and a spacious closet. An additional bedroom, which can accommodate up to 5 people, is furnished with 2 queen size beds and a daybed sofa. (Several available)
The Nantucket Suite - An extended balcony and a spacious parlor distinguishes the amenities of this one bedroom, one and a half bath deluxe suite, ideal for small gatherings and meetings. The parlor is furnished with a sofa and table for private dining and is adjacent to a wet bar. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and a large jacuzzi-style bath. (one available - fifth floor)
The Newport Suite - The fine appointments of this Presidential Suite located on the 5th floor create an elegant atmosphere. The balcony extending from each room in the suite provides a view of Stormalong Bay and Crescent Lake. A formal living room is arranged around a fireplace. A dining room table adjacent to a wet bar for easy service is available to accommodate a party of 8. The master bedroom is furnished with two queen-size beds, a large walk-in closet and a large jacuzzi style bath. An additional connecting junior suite may be added.
The Presidential - a spacious sitting area located in the tower provides a view of Stormalong Bay, while a more formal living room is arranged around a fireplace. A dining room table adjacent to a wet bar for easy service is available to accommodate a party of eight. The extra large bathroom includes an oversized walk-in shower and Jacuzzi style bath. The suite can accommodate a part of two with a king-size bed or a party of six with the connecting bedroom. Two additional bedrooms, each with 2 queens beds can connect.
What are the rooms views?
There are 2 room views available at the BC. The Standard View generally faces either the parking lot, roof, or wooded area. The Pool/Water View will either face the quiet pool, inner courtyards, or Crescent Lake,the Boardwalk, the Dolphin and Swan and the Disney's Hollywood Studios . Some rooms have full walk-out balconies, others do not. Some ground floor rooms have walk out patios.
What type of amenities are offered?
The rooms have a small safe in the closet to store valuables. It's big enough for your plane tickets, cash/travelers checks and maybe some jewelry, but not much more. For storing larger valuables inquire at the front desk. In addition, you'll also find a small refrigerator, minibar, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, valet parking, voice mail, 24 hour room service and a morning paper at your door. Evening turn-down service may also be requested at check-in. Turndown service includes little chocolates pillow-side.
Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our Internet Access page for details.
Are refrigerators available in the rooms?
Yes, there is a complimentary refrigerator in your room. If for some reason there is not, request one.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account (http://allears.net/tp/my-magic-plus.htm) and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here: http://allears.net/tp/magic-bands.htm
How does Check-in and Check-Out work?
As with most of the other resort hotels, check-out is at 11am, check-in is at 3pm. Upon arrival head to the front desk for check-in. Rooms are generally not available until 3pm. Early check-in allows you to leave luggage with bell services, get your Magic Bands (if you don't already have them) and head off to the parks or relax around the resort. You will probably be given a phone number to call periodically to see if your room is ready.. When you call in, answer a few questions. You will then be given your room number and your Magic Band will open your door! Text alerts are also available, just provide a cell phone number to the front desk cast member.
Check-out time is 11am. Express Check-out is available to all guests paying with a credit card, arrange for this service at check-in. A detailed hotel bill is delivered to your door by 7am. If the bill is correct you simply leave. Your Magic Band serves as a Disney souvenir. Late Check-out of noon can be requested without additional cost (very limited availability). If you need Late Check-out, request it at Check-In and as soon as possible the morning of check out (the number of eligible rooms are limited).
Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is only available if you are flying domestically (includes Puerto Rico) on specific airlines It is a complimentary (free) service and allows you to check your luggage.
How do I Get to Epcot?
One of the best reasons for staying at the Beach Club is that you are just a short walk from Epcot! You can exit the lobby (pool side) and head left. Or, if you're staying at the far end of the hotel (near the quiet pool), go out through the Quiet Pool area and head left. You're about 5-10 minutes along the river stream to the International Gateway. As you approach the turnstiles, you'll see the tram area which was used after the hotel opened to transport guests to the BC/YC and the S/D until the Boardwalk construction began. When you enter the gates, you are in the World Showcase, France is over to your right and the UK is in front to the left.
There is also a boat that provides service for the Boardwalk and the BC/YC and Swan and Dolphin ...however this loop could take up to 20 minutes and the walk is much quicker. Epcot boats are on the left side of the dock when facing the water (you don't need to remember that - there are signs.)
If Epcot's World Showcase doesn't open as early as Future World does and I can only enter Epcot through World Showcase, how do I get to Future World?
The turnstiles at the International Gateway are open for Epcot resort guests. Once inside the park gates, turn left to walk to Future World. There is a CM there to guide you if you have questions.
How do I get Everywhere Else?
Kingdom - The Magic Kingdom can
be reached by taking a bus from the front of the hotel.
The bus will usually stop at the Beach Club; however sometimes it will also stop at the Boardwalk, the Swan and the Dolphin resorts. The tends to happen during the middle of the day or during low crowd times.
Another longer, but more scenic, journey is to take the monorail from Epcot's front entrance, transfer at the TTC, and then continue to the MK. Traveling this way does take some time and some walking, but you get to see a little bit more, and it lends to resort hopping if the mood strikes. Depending on traffic, buses can take 15-25 minutes to reach the Magic Kingdom.
- Disney's Animal Kingdom - Disney's Animal Kingdom can be reached by taking a bus from the front of the hotel. The bus will usually stop at the Beach Club; however sometimes it will also stop at the Boardwalk, the Swan and the Dolphin resorts. The tends to happen during the middle of the day or during low crowd times. Depending on traffic, buses can take 10-20 minutes to reach the Animal Kingdom.
Downtown Disney and for the Water Parks - Go to the Bus Depot for transportation. Busses will say Downtown Disney and also stop at Pleasure Island. The same bus that goes to Downtown Disney may very well take you to Typhoon Lagoon. Some trips were non stop and some went via PI/DD. There is a separate bus for Blizzard Beach. Buses also travel to the Yacht Club and Boardwalk.
Disney's Hollywood Studios - On the Waterside of the YC/BC is the transportation boat dock. Here you can board the boat that will take you to Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as Epcot. Note that this boat makes additional stops for guests at the Boardwalk resort and Swan and Dolphin. You can also walk to the Disney's Hollywood Studios via the walkway behind the Boardwalk Villas.
Note that the hotel bus service route sometimes includes stops at the Boardwalk and Yacht Club and then Beach Club. Some Bus runs include stops at the Swan and Dolphin, others do not. The water routes include one stop for the Yacht and Beach Club Marina, the Boardwalk, and the Swan and Dolphin.
If you are already in Epcot, you can go to the monorail by exiting through Future World and take the monorail to TTC. From there you can go to the Magic Kingdom or any of the hotels. If you are coming from the Magic Kingdom, you can take the monorail to Epcot , walk through Future World into World Showcase (on the right or Canada side) and proceed to the BC/YC.
Where can I get morning coffee?
Coffee makers are available in all rooms, with packets of coffee, both decaf and regular. You will be able to make about 3 mugs from the pot.
If you're not satisfied with the pastries at the Beach Club, take a walk over to the Boardwalk Bakery.
Need coffee earlier? Call Room Service.
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. For complete details visit: http://allears.net/din/mugs.htm
What are the restaurants like?
The BC resort area has quite a variety of restaurants to fit your dining needs
Beaches and Cream is a '50s type hotshop serving burgers, hot dogs, soups, grilled cheese, and of course ice cream. It is small and noisy but fun. There are a few small tables and chairs outside Beaches and Cream you can also sit at.
Beach Club Marketplace - Opened April 2005 and offers some made-to-order sandwiches, as well as prepackaged sandwiches and salads, desserts and drinks.
The Cape May Cafe hosts a daily character breakfast buffet (7:30 - 11:00) featuring Beachy Goofy and his friends. This has to be one of the largest amounts of breakfast foods I've ever seen. In the evening, the Cafe hosts a Clam Bake buffet. Folks seem to love the Seafood Buffet!
For an evening cocktail, Martha's Vineyard has a full-service bar offering wine flights. The lounge is located behind Cape May Cafe, next to Ariel's Private Use Room.
Hurricane Hanna's Waterside Bar and Grill is a poolside full-service bar which also serves food (burgers, hotdogs, etc,). Hurricane Hanna's is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. during the summer; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. during the winter.
Less than a two-minute walk away is the Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club. The Captain's Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Yacht Club also has the Crews Cup Lounge where you can get alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Within walking distance are the Dolphin/Swan, Boardwalk and all the Epcot restaurants.
Is Stormalong Bay as great as everyone says?
It sure is! Where else can you bask in the warm sun in such beautiful surroundings and still have SAND in the bottom of the pool.
There are actually several sections to the pool; the BC and YC sections are separate and different so be sure to try both. There is a deep circular area with jets that push you like a river current around the pool. There is also the larger area where the the water slide empties out (The water slide is not to be missed! but sometimes the line gets long) In addition, the *sinking sand* area delights both kids and adults. There are several 'hot tubs' located in secluded locations around Stormalong Bay . A separate wading pool area (yes with sand) is located near the ShipWreck water slide entrance for small children and includes a kids water slide. StormAlong Bay is over 3 acres large.
During 1997, a white fence was built to surround the StormAlong Bay complex. This was done due to the large amount of non-resort guests that were using the pool. Access to the Pool area is now extremely limited; one entrance is just outside Martha's Vineyard; one entrance at the Yacht Club; and one entrance near Hurricane Hanna's. To visit Hurricane Hanna's you must carry your resort ID with you in order to return to the pool area. Each person in the party does not need their ID to enter (if you all enter together) but keep in mind you need the ID if you exit and re-enter the Pool area! You do get stamped upon entering.
There is a beach shack which rents tubes and noodles, suntan lotion, film and you can get your towels here (towels are free, the other items are not).
For those who arrive at the BC before checking time and would like to use the pool, there is a restroom next to Beaches and Creams where you can change into bathing suits. You just have to make sure that you have already been given your your Resort ID at the front desk.
While the quiet pool is open 24 hours/day, StormAlong Bay has seasonal hours. During my 12/96 trip, the hours were limited to 10am to 6pm; in 8/97 the hours were 9am to 10pm.
Is there a leisure pool?
Yes, on the side of the BC that is closer to Epcot is a courtyard with a Quiet Pool. The quiet pool has it's own supply of towels. There is no lifeguard at the Quiet Pool. The YC has a similar quiet pool. I stayed in a room facing the quiet pool (10/97) and was initially concerned with the noise level; however, it was pleasantly quiet.
What types of recreational options do I have?
Be sure to request the Recreational Activities flyer. There may be activities like Water Volleyball, Campfire Sing-along, or Movie Under the Stars.
Tennis Courts - two lit, hard surface courts are available complimentary to BC/YC guests. The courts are on the Beach Club side and are open from 7am to 10pm daily. Complimentary equipment rental for BC/YC guests are available at the StormAlong Bay Towel Window.
Ship Shape Health Club -
is located between the Beach and Yacht Club resorts next to
Lafferty Place Arcade and open from 6am to 9pm. Equipment includes
Nautilus, Hammer Strength and aerobic machines as well as a spa, steam
room, sauna and massage therapy. Massages by appointment only.
Beach Club resort guests (age 14 and older) can use the fitness center at no additional charge for the duration of their stay. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under 17. In addition, Disney Vacation Club members will be allowed to use the fitness center at any Disney Vacation Club resort, as long as they are staying at a Walt Disney World resort. Guests of other Disney resorts may do so for $12 per day, based on availability. The purchase of a spa treatment includes use of the adjacent fitness center for the day of treatment.
Jogging - Jogging route maps are available from Guest Services or the Ship Shape Health Club.
Volleyball - a sand court is located on the Beach Club side of the complex. Equipment use is complimentary for BC/YC guests and may be obtained at the StormAlong Bay Towel Window.
Lafferty Place Arcade - is located next to the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.
Bayside Marina - located in a small building to the right of the pier (facing the lake) services guests from both the Yacht Club and Beach Club daily from 11am to 5pm. To reserve cruises or fishing excursion call 1-407-WDW-PLAY.
What is the gift shop like?
The Beach Club Marketplace has Beach Club logo-merchandise, swimwear and resort wear, books, sundries, suncare, candy, some snacks and same day film processing as well as a Gelato Bar and some prepackaged fresh food to go. The Yacht Club also has the Fittings and Fairings Clothes and Notions store located off its main lobby. If you still can't find what you are looking for; check the Swan and Dolphin and Boardwalk stores.
Can I watch IllumiNations or Fireworks from the BC?
You can sit on the Beach and see the high Fireworks from Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. With the addition of the bridge to the Boardwalk, there is another good viewing area for the Illuminations Reflections of Earth Fireworks. You can also see the fireworks from the Disney's Hollywood Studios. Walk over the to Boardwalk and stand near the BWalk Fries vendor cart and you can see the fireworks from MK too!
What type of child care options are available?
There are several child care options available. For up-to-date information visit our ChildCare FAQ.
My child will be celebrating a birthday while at the BC. Is there anything special that can be done?
Complete birthday party facilities, including cake, balloons and entertainment are available through the Sandcastle Club. You can even schedule a special Birthday Pontoon boat for Illuminations (big bucks however). Call the Sandcastle Club or ask at Guest Services for details.
Is there someplace to get a haircut?
Yes, Ship Shape Spa and Salon is located between the YC and BC, next to the health club, is the place to go. It is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m., daily. Services offered include: hair and nail services, massages and facials.
What other things might I want to know?
The BC is very large and winding inside. When you first get there, if your room is at one of the far ends... you'll feel like you're walking forever... It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with how to get around the hotel early in your stay. There is a single elevator near the quiet pool side of the resort; access may be easier for you to use that elevator than walking to the main bank located near the lobby.
Laundry facilities are available on the first floor by the quiet pool.
There is a USA Today paper machine at the Quiet Pool.
Ice machines are behind the main elevators on each floor and by the single elevator on the 1st and 4th floors. Soda machines are located near the quiet pool.
There is an ATM machine in the lobby.
The Pressed Quarter and Penny Machines are located on the walkway outside of Beaches and Cream and just outside the entrance to the Cape May Cafe.
While you can relax on the beach of Crescent Lake, you are not allowed to swim in it. I have heard conflicting reasons why, but on my last trip was told because it is a main waterway for vessels swimming is prohibited.
On the water side of the BC on the public walkway, you will find a portable espresso and frozen drink bar as well as tattoos and hair braiding booths.
The Bayside Marina near the Yacht Club offers a special Albatross Treasure Cruise for children ages 4-10. Click HERE for more details.
One of the nice features about the BC is that you can get to all the restaurants from inside the hotel or under a nice covered walkway...so if the weather is bad you don't get wet on your way to dine. The restaurants also seem to be flexible for resort guests' last minute dining needs.
Ask about the Scavenger Hunt (Disney Trivia) at Guest Services.
If you can fit it into your schedule, do take the monorail Epcot - TTC loop so that you can see the sites...(especially at night, the lights are really pretty.)
The resort may offer storytellers on Tuesdays. Ask at Lobby Concierge when you check in.
Pay Phones are located: Off the main lobby near the restrooms, at the Quiet Pool, Between Cape May Cafe and Martha's Vineyard.
How do I get to the Beach Club?
Take I-4 to Exit 67. Follow signs to Epcot Resorts/Disney's Hollywood Studios. Turn right at the 5th traffic signal (Epcot Resorts Blvd) and Disney's Beach Club will be about 1 mile on the right. Due to construction at the WDW resort, directions may change. Be sure to follow road signs.
For directions on getting to the Beach Club from the Orlando airports, visit our Driving Directions page.
The Beach Club is located at 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FLA 32830. Main number is 407-934-8000 and the Fax number is 407-934-3850.
The Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium was redesigned in 2005 and is now called the Beach Club Marketplace.