There are some people that make you feel at home. Their smile and charm win you over and just being in their presence makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. Hotels and resorts are a bit like that too, but they are rare. I can count the ones that have left long lasting impressions on my one hand. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of them.
When we were informed that the Traveling Mom Retreat in April was being held at the Yacht Club, we were thrilled! Last year we attended the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and it was held at this same resort.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is inspired by the New England yacht clubs and has a really chic nautical feel to it. The resort is located on the lake and is next door to Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The entire lobby is decorated with dark wood furniture, port holes, wicker, boat artifacts and my favorite – a stunning globe in the very center that you can spin! The greeter, or ‘captain’ welcomes you to the resort as soon as you walk in. The kids just loved him! Incredibly genuine and welcoming.
While we checked in, the kids wandered over to the mini chairs and television to watch classic Disney episodes. I don’t know what it is, but the lobby here smells amazing. I know it’s a funny thing to mention, but I can’t get over it. I couldn’t pin-point it as its very faint, but so gorgeous!
The standard rooms sleep 5 and has various bed options. Our room had two queen-size beds and a day bed, all decorated in nautical linens, blankets and showcasing all sorts of subtle details. One of our favorite things about this room was the massive balcony. We had a huge balcony that had enough space for the kids to walk around and play. I don’t remember our room from last year being quite as large as this one, but was still very spacious.
When you have little ones who go to bed early, it’s always nice to still enjoy the outdoors and relax. The bathroom has a vanity area with two sinks and a separate bathroom with a tub, shower and toilet. The bathroom at Disney’s Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge is set-up the same way and in the past I’ve mentioned how much I love it. We can still brush our teeth and I can put my makeup on while the kids have a bath. No wasted time!
Closet space was ample and we used the safe (free) during most of our stay to store our passports and my wallet. A wallet isn’t really required at Disney World as you can charge anything to your room by using your room/pass card.
There are 4 dining options at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Yachtsman Steakhouse is priced fairly high ($30-$60 for adults) but the children eat at a much lower cost. The food here is quite good and they offer everything from steaks and seafood to chicken and pasta dishes. The salads are wonderful as well. We dined in the Captain’s Grille a couple of times for breakfast. It’s a little less expensive and you have the option between buffet or a la carte for breakfast. They also serve dinner here, but we ended up dining elsewhere as there were events going on during our stay. The Ale & Compass Lounge is a great place if you want a quick bite and a pint. It’s beautifully decorated and quite classy. I found out later on that they serve breakfast here as well, but we didn’t try their menu in the morning.
Crew’s Cup Lounge is a great spot if you are looking for a more relaxed laid back spot to enjoy a drink or two.
If you are looking for character dining, you won’t find it at the Yacht Club, however a short walk next door will get you to Cape May Cafe where Goofy and friends join you for a buffet breakfast or evening feast. You can also indulge in sundaes and ice cream at the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (a very short walk from the pool area).
The Ship Shape Massage and Spa Salon and the 24 hour fitness club looked like popular spots as they were quite busy when I walked by, however I didn’t get a chance to test them out first-hand. Hopefully during our next visit!
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has one pool however there are two others in close proximity that you can use – one at the Beach Club Resort and the other at the Beach Club Villas. We stuck to the one at Yacht club as it was so relaxing and enjoyable. There is a snack bar here as well in case you want to lunch pool-side or get a little peckish during your swim.
The kids had a blast at Stormalong Bay! It’s a beach-side water recreation area that includes a full-size “shipwreack” and one of the highest hotel water slides at Walt Disney World Resorts. It also includes a sand-bottomed pool and a lazy river.
Movies Under the Stars is a favorite of ours and we’ve been to 3 of their showings. Walk down to the beach (directly across from the resort), sit on their beach chair and enjoy a family movie before bedtime.
From the overall ambiance to the location (short walk to Epcot), Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of our favorite places to stay at Walt Disney World. Keep your eye on their website to save up to 35% on this deluxe resort category as they tend to offer sales throughout the year.
Disclosure: Walt Disney World and Traveling Mom provided us with accommodations and park tickets during the TMOM retreat. All thoughts and opinions are my own.