As a newbie to the Disney World vacation lifestyle, I didn’t know what to expect. Now that it’s ended, I can honestly say we did it the right way...and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort IS magical!
Walt Disney's World Yacht Club Resort
Keep reading to find out everything you want to know about Club Level at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort! We stayed for four nights over Halloween 2022. I've included our experience, along with tips and tricks I discovered along the way. Also, keep on the lookout for reviews and pictures to come for Epcot (including Food & Wine and Space 220) Disney’s Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party (including Be Our Guest dining), Hollywood Studios (Star Wars!!) and various resort dining experiences on Disney properties.
My first piece of advice, if you haven’t visited Disney in many years like me, get a certified travel planner to help you. There is SO much to know about visiting the parks, how and where to eat, and more. I could not have done it without the help of Allison Goldbloom (ciick to contact, she's happy to help.)
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is found on Walt Disney World's property and is labeled a "Deluxe resort". You know by this top rating that you are going to have a wonderful experience. BUT, if your budget can afford, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort on Club Level is the way to truly relax when visiting Disney World. They look out for you more than any other luxury resort I’ve stayed and if you've followed my blog in the past, you know I love luxury travel. For just a little bit more money, you'll get personalized treatment and lots of extras.
First, they greet all guests curbside as you first pull up to the hotel. The lobby and decor is an upscale seaside escape feel. We typically vacation on cruise ships, so we felt right at home! If you are staying on the main floors (everywhere is deluxe style and amenities) they will escort you to the front desk, or if you’ve checked in on the app you can go directly to your room. When we arrived for our Club Level room, the designated cast member escorted us onto the elevators all the way to the 5th floor. There are two concierges visible right away. The cast member concierges often change throughout the stay, but their excellent help remains constant.
Our room was number 5175 on the 5th floor and it’s in a great location. Amazing views and it’s very convenient to the Club Lounge and the elevators, but still far enough away without too much noise. We had reserved a water view room when first booking and this room was randomly assigned to us on the morning of our arrival.
It was a wonderful treat to see this room assigned when I logged in to MyDisneyExperience app. This app will do everything for your stay, so don't forget to download it. Not only do you use it to check-in, see your assigned room before you arrive, use it to open your door, review your room charges, but it even magically checks out for you when it's time to leave.
Let me show you around...
The room has two queen beds, along with a sofa day sleeper (extra sheets and blankets are found in the dresser cabinet.) We found the beds very comfortable.
This room at the the Disney Yacht Club Resort features a bathroom with double sinks and walk in shower. They stock plenty of towels and toiletries, too. Besides what I've shown above, in a Club Level room you'll also find a toothbrush kit, shaving kit, aloe gel, facial soap, shower cap, and more.
Some fun extras make the start of your Disney Yacht Club experience magical. Beautiful and delicious chocolates greet you, along with towels shaped like Mickey Mouse. Kids of all ages will love these touches.
You’ll also find lots of outlets for your electronic devices - this is a great feature. There are robes in the closet, which is always a fun find in a luxury resort. Although, surprisingly, they didn’t provide slippers. That would have been nice for extra comfort on the hardwood floors. (Note to self: bring your own slippers or extra socks)
And the view! A gorgeous water view with the picturesque Boardwalk restaurants across the way. To the left is the infamous Yacht Club sand bottom pool with water slides. Enjoy the view on your spacious full-sized balcony with two chairs and a small table.
The Club Lounge is on the 5th floor and is over the top! Stop in for a fantastic breakfast selection each morning. Some of the items include…
Other examples of breakfast offerings you might find are smoked salmon and always fresh fruit, orange and other juices.
Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day. You’ll find a cooler stocked with sodas, chocolate milk, and juice boxes; a freezer filled with Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches and popsicles; an assortment of trail mix, potato chips, crackers, and freshly baked cookies; and a counter offering coffee, espresso, and hot chocolate, along with flavored syrups and other fun toppings.
Before dinner offers heavy appetizers that different every night and a lovely premium wine and beer selection, very impressive. Here are a few samples…
Desserts are offered at the end of the evening and they are not only colorful and sparkly, but really decadent. You’ll also find a fun selection of dessert spirits for adults. My personal favorites were the chocolate pots de creme. (I even took a few back to my room for a late, late night snack!)
There is plenty of seating in the lounge, with indoor and outdoor tables. You’ll even find a room in the lounge with comfortable chairs sized for adults and kids, and television (Disney movies and shows, of course) and board games available.
If you are looking for other dining options, we loved Ale & Compass for a sit down breakfast. The Mickey Mouse waffles were light and fluffy, funny how the adults in our family ordered them. I loved my Crabcake Benedict. Anytime I see a benny on the menu, I know that is what I’m ordering!
Getting Around Walt Disney World From The Yacht Club Resort
From Disney's Yacht Club Resort, it is only a short 10-minute walk to EPCOT and a 15-minute walk to Hollywood Studios. You can also take the ferry boat to these resorts. It's located at the end of the pier in back of the hotel. Head out of the main front doors to the Transportation stop to take a comfortable bus to Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom and other theme parks, as well as to other resorts. We stayed for 4 nights and never found a need for a rental car. We did also take the "Minnie Van" - a fun Minnie Mouse themed SUV which is available on your Lyft app. What makes these great is that they are driven by Disney Cast Members and have better drop-off and pick-up locations then the typical Uber or Lyft.
Magic is definitely found at the Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida. I might even go back to stay club level again as a vacation in itself. The attentive service, wonderful amenities, and plentiful food offerings have showed me that staying on a Disney property is not just for kids anymore.
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