Review: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World is a deluxe hotel located in the Epcot Resort Area. This nautical-themed resort offers modern rooms, one of the best pools on Disney property and a great location near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

As a deluxe hotel, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of the more expensive places to stay at Walt Disney World. Is it worth the price? We’ll walk through the pros and cons before evaluating how it compares to other resorts on Disney property.

Location

Location, location, location. The location of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of its best features. Conveniently positioned near both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort offers quick access to two of Walt Disney World’s theme parks.

Guests are able to walk to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios if they desire. We simply can not overstate how nice it is to walk back to the resort after a long day in the parks. Waiting for a crowded bus isn’t the best way to come down from the high of a fireworks show.

The BoardWalk Resort area is also accessible on the other side of Crescent Lake. This opens up even more dining and entertainment options (we love Jellyrolls!). The entire area around Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Crescent Lake is a peaceful bubble that we never want to leave.

Size and Layout

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is apart of a larger complex that’s shared by its sister hotel Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The two share many amenities and can easily be viewed as a single entity.

You can see Disney’s Yacht Club as represented by the buildings with the gray roof on the left of the map below.

Convention buildings make up the northern most portion of Disney’s Yacht Club. Guest rooms, dining and more are within the larger structure that connects directly into Disney’s Beach Club.

All of the guest rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort are accessible by inner hallways. That means even rooms that are the furthest from the lobby are air conditioned journeys protected from the elements. If you’re looking to shave some time off of your walk back to the lobby, there’s a number of stairwells and exits leading outside that can provide a more direct route.

Rooms

Disney's Yacht Club Room
Standard room at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. (Photo via Disney)

The rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort were remodeled in 2017. The carpet was removed, the furniture was updated and the bathrooms received some needed improvements. Some of the nautical theming was removed during the remodel, but the more modern design has been well received by guests.

The modern and clean design of the rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort are becoming the staple of rooms at Walt Disney World. Other resort updates around Walt Disney World, including the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, have very similar styles. While very comfortable and inviting, the rooms themselves aren’t too different than some found at more affordable resorts.

Each room has a balcony or outdoor sitting area offering views of a parking lot, gardens or Crescent Lake. We highly recommend the water views that are some of the most scenic in all of Walt Disney World. The nighttime views of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn across the water are simply beautiful.

Transportation

We already mentioned that the location of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of its best features. Transportation is a breeze to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios by guest walkways or by boat. There’s something truly special about being able to set your own schedule and walk to these theme parks. It’s particularly nice if you’re trying to make an early dining reservation.

Buses connect to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. None of these bus rides are particularly lengthy as Disney’s Yacht Club sits in a fairly central area in Walt Disney World.

Looking to fly through the sky? The Disney Skyliner’s Epcot station is a short walk past Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The Skyliner allows guests to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Realistically, guests staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort probably won’t use the Skyliner outside of riding it for fun due to the other transportation options.

Dining

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has a variety of dining options that range from quick-service to more elegant table-service meals. Guests may also visit the dining locations at Disney’s Beach Club Resort that are a short walk away.

For quick meals, The Market at Ale & Compass is just off the Yacht Club’s main lobby and offers a variety of simple hot and cold items. This is also the grab-and-go location for the resort. Guests can also walk over to the Beach Club and stop by the Beach Club Marketplace, which offers a similar grab-and-go experience but a slightly different menu.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is down by the Beach Club Resort and is a great escape for burgers, fries, shakes and everything ice cream. If character dining is what you’re after, the Cape May Cafe, which is just off the Beach Club Resort’s main lobby, should be your destination. Note that character dining is subject to change based on availability and regulations.

More elegant dining can be found at the Yachstman Steakhouse off the Yacht Club’s main lobby. This is one of the more underrated premium restaurants in Walt Disney World, offering tasty options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

As seen at other deluxe Disney resorts, a pool bar/grill and lounges can be found on Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club property.

Pools and Amenities

The best resort pool in Walt Disney World is shared between Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Stormalong Bay is a three-acre water paradise that has a sand-bottomed pool, lengthy water slide, miniature lazy river and a sandy play area for kids. A family could easily spend an entire day enjoying Stormalong Bay if they wanted a break from the theme parks.

While a more peaceful swim can be found at the three quiet pools around the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, we still recommend checking out Stormalong Bay. It’s pretty awesome.

In addition to the outstanding pool scene, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort also has boat rentals, outdoor movies, campfires, tennis, a jogging trail, volleyball and more. Activities will vary depending on the weather and safety regulations.

Overall Thoughts

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of our favorite places to stay at Walt Disney World. Its close proximity to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a huge perk if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in either theme park. Of course, staying at a deluxe Disney resort carries a large price tag. Is it worth it?

The answer to that question will vary depending on the goals of your vacation. Will you spend a lot of time at the resort? Does the theming resonate with you? Are Epcot and Hollywood Studios priorities, or will more time be spent elsewhere? Does it make sense to stay on Walt Disney World property compared to more affordable options off property?

It’s difficult to recommend any deluxe resort at Walt Disney World if you’re only planning to sleep there. Why spend a bunch of money if you’re unconscious at the resort most of the time? If that’s the plan, accommodations at a moderate resort may make more sense. But, if you want a modern and clean resort in an amazing location, Disney’s Yacht Club is a great option.

Ultimately, like many decisions at Walt Disney World, paying the premium charged at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is easier or more difficult to justify depending on your trip’s objectives. Figure out what’s valuable to you (time, location, amenities) and then make your decision.


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