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Amenities at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, click here.)

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There are currently 8 official Disney owned and operated deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.
In their recommended order for first time family visitors, they are

  1. Polynesian
  2. Wilderness Lodge
  3. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  4. Contemporary
  5. Beach Club
  6. Yacht Club
  7. BoardWalk Inn

Many of these also offer Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) studios and villas, all for rent to the general public–see this for more on the Disney Vacation Club resorts. At the Beach Club, the offering is the Beach Club Villas.

You enter the Beach Club into a two story lobby where you’ll find check-in and concierge services.

It has a small area where you can try to distract the kids from their small devices to a larger one.

While there is nothing special about this lobby, it does have some charming touches.

Further down by the elevators is the gift shop.

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…with even nicer window displays.

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In this gift shop is also what passes for the only counter-service at the Beach Club (although the pool bar has a more varied menu than most, including burgers)–too small, with too thin a menu.

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At least the cold food section of the gift shop is better stocked than that of most other Disney World gift shops.

There’s more on dining at the Beach Club here.

Seating is outside the gift shop, between it and the Beach Club Villas…

…and also in an area right next to it known as the Solarium.

There’s some nice art along the hall to the Solarium.

The Solarium has a coffee shop that operates from quite early to 12.30p.

Next to the gift shop is a space with some kids activities.


Outside the lobby you’ll find a woody-style memento of olden day beach transport…

Bus Stop Disney's Beach Club Resort from

…and then further on the left you’ll find some of the actual transport, a bus stop with shared buses to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.

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Boat service near the Yacht Club will take you to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Because of how far the dock is, most Beach Club guests walk to Epcot but take the boat to the Hollywood Studios.

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The marina is also in this area…

…and lovely beaches front the lake these resorts circle, Crescent Lake.

The beach at night.

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On the beach you’ll also find a firepit for early evening s’mores.

Several wings of the Epcot side of the Beach Club are set back from Crescent Lake, and have large areas in front of them where play is welcome–although you don’t see such play nearly as much as on the BoardWalk Inn’s green.

There’s also three quiet pools in the complex. One is a hike–at the far end of the Yacht Club–and not worth the walk. There’s a tennis court near it.

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Another is on the Epcot end of the Beach Club…

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…and the third–and best–is back by the Beach Club Villas.

But most people, when they think of pools at the Beach Club, think of Stormalong Bay.


This review continues here!





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