Saturday, October 4, 2014

Disney's Yacht Club Review

I am so very happy to share with you one of my Best Disney Friends!  Donna Kay and I happened to "meet" on line a while ago because we share two loves: Disney AND Auburn University.  We are both from Alabama and love the south.  The two of us hit it off immediately and quickly became more than just Disney friends. We only live about 4 hours apart, but have never met in person. Currently, I'm trying to convince my husband to change the route we will take to Walt Disney World this fall so we can drive through Troy, Alabama- just so I can meet Donna Kay!  Hopefully one day we can meet!

Thanks Donna Kay for being willing to share your experience at Disney's Yacht Club.  You can find Donna Kay blogging at Magically Donna Kay, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy and with her Travel Agency, WDW Guru!

It should come as no surprise that my family loves Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.  What’s not to love – there’s the nautical theme, Stormalong Bay, Yachtsman Steakhouse, and close proximity to Epcot, the Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios.  

Designed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern, it is reminiscent of New England and has a nautical theme, you really do feel like you are in Martha’s Vineyard.  The resort has 630 rooms which average 380 sq. ft. in size and standard suites are also available. Rooms are available with king beds and pull out sofas, but the majority are equipped with two queen beds and a pull out sofa to accommodate up to 5 adults. We were fortunate enough to stay on the Club Level, located on the 5th floor, in a room with a view of the Lagoon – we could even see part of the Epcot fireworks from our balcony. Club Level is only accessible with a room key and has private check in, concierge services to make tour or dining arrangements, a lounge with lite food – including continental breakfast in the mornings and dessert in the evenings – and soft drinks, juice, ect.

The lobby is nothing short of amazing, it is very elegant with a relaxed feel. As usual, Disney paid extra attention to detail it definitely shows in this area, from the brass fixtures to the rich deep tones of the wood to the staff dressed in nautical attire, , it even smells like the ocean.  While you are there be sure to check out the Globe it was designed especially for the Yacht Club Resort and has Hidden Mickeys! 

Stormalong Bay is understandably one of the most popular pools at any of the Disney Resorts.  It’s practically a mini water park itself with the sand bottom pool, life size shipwreck with waterslide and lazy river. The pool is so popular you have to show your room key or magic band to be able to enter. FYI – they provide guests with towels so there’s no need to bring one along.  It is pretty popular and can get crowded, and very loud, if you prefer a quieter swimming experience I highly the quiet pool – we spent most of our leisure time there and at times had it to ourselves.

Another thing I loved about the beach area was the movies they show at night, just check with the front desk for movie schedules.  There are also motor boat rentals, fishing, bike rentals, tennis and Lafferty Place Arcade.  When parents are ready for a little alone time, kids will love Sandcastle Club or the Pirate Adventure Cruise for kids 4-12.

One of my favorite parts of vacation – the food!  This is where the Yacht Club Resort really stands out!  The Yachtsman Steakhouse is so good, it has a traditional American steakhouse menu in a relaxed yet elegant setting. You can’t go wrong with the chef’s special, and if you are lucky enough to be there when they have chocolate hazelnut cake you have to get it – best cake I have ever had. Have you ever thought about room service? Do it -the food comes from the Yachtsman Steakhouse-Yum!!  If you are looking for a more casual dining experience try the Captain’s Grille or Beaches and Cream (which we loved, but we weren’t brave enough to try to Kitchen Sink, maybe next time). And one of my favorite character breakfasts is at Cape May Caf√© with Donald, Goofy and Minnie.  It’s a buffet breakfast with traditional breakfast fare, and the characters make sure to spend time at each table for photo ops.

When you are ready to visit the parks Disney transportation is quickly available.  To go to Epcot it was a quick walk, about 10 minutes or so.  For Hollywood Studios you can take a ferry boat from the resort dock or a 20 minute walk.  When you’re headed to Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom busses leave regularly from the bus stop located right in front of the resort.

We would definitely stay here again, as a matter of fact maybe it’s time to start planning our next Walt Disney World vacation.

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