If you’re looking for a beautiful Disney resort with easy access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and a great pool then the Yacht Club may be your pick. It adjoins the Beach Club and shares the lake with Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and the Swan and Dolphin Resort giving you easy access to tons of amenities.
It has an amazing location. It’s a beautiful resort with a nautical theme and you’ll find it in every detail. To the constellation star patterned curtains, to the sea and ship inspired carpets, down to the Ship Shape gym and spa, Disney like always, does it well. We loved the amenities and the easy access to multiple other resorts and walking (!!) distance to two of the main parks.
The Yacht club is considered a deluxe Disney resort which means is one of the more expensive choices but it has an exceptional location and amenities. They offer standard rooms and suites as well as deluxe villas if you have a large family and feel like a splurge. There’s also a club level, an upgrade that includes complimentary continental breakfast, evening wine and beer, desserts and hot samples from resort restaurants.
The Yacht Club has many dining options on site including some fine dining restaurants as well. Since we have littles we tend to stick to places that are quicker and louder where our crazy bunch will get lost in the noise. Dining plans are accepted.
The Marketplace– a quick service option offering pre-made salads and a small grill for sandwiches. There’s a small seating area adjacent.
Ale and Compass– A New England style gastropub featuring seafood and American comfort food. It’s a bit of a nicer option but also has a kids menu.
Cape May Cafe- This is on the adjoining Beach Club property. Offering a breakfast buffet and a seafood buffet dinner. This is also where they have their character breakfast with Daisy, Minnie, Donald and Goofy!! Definitely check it out with your kids.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop– a great stop for burgers and hot food, but the real star is dessert! See if your family can get through the Kitchen Sink which has 8 scoops of ice cream with every topping. *Closing for renovation 8/19 through the Winter.
Yachtsman steakhouse– Their fine dining option (dress code requirement) featuring aged rubbed steaks in a gorgeous setting.
Pool– The Yacht Club pool (shared with the Beach Club) is considered one of the best pools on Disney’s properties. It has a lazy river, pirate ship slide, sand bottom area, and a small kids slide and pool area near the entrance to the large slide.
Miniature golf– nearby (a short walk) from the Resort you’ll find two 18-hole Disney-themed miniature golf courses based on the film Fantasia.
Pirate Cruise Adventures– drop your kids off (age 4-12) for a Pirate Adventure aboard one of the adventure vessels in search of fun and pirate’s booty. There are 4 different cruises to choose from.
Spa and salon services– The Ship Shape Spa and Salon offers massages, facials, hair and nail services (note: not a full service Spa with sauna/steam room, etc)
Fitness Center– Get your workout on (also at Ship Shape) with their array of cardio machines and weights.
Movies Under the Stars– check out one of your favorite Disney films al fresco (rain locations available)
Take a walk around the lake to the Boardwalk Resort where you can try your hand at some carnival games.
If all of that wasn’t enough they also have evening campfires with marshmallow roasting, an arcade, boat rentals, fishing, tennis, and volleyball.
Epcot and Hollywood Studios are either a walk (15 to 20 min) or a short boat ride away.
To get to Magic Kingdom you can travel via the complimentary bus or take a boat to Epcot and catch the Monorail.
Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Disney Springs are all easily accessed via the bus system as well.
The Magical Express will transport you back and forth from the airport or for a fee you can use Minnie Vans (operated via Lyft) if you want a private transfer.