One goal of our spring Disney World trip was to swim at the pool widely considered to be the best Disney resort pool – Stormalong Bay, which is shared by the deluxe Yacht and Beach Club resorts. We originally reserved a room at the Beach Club, following the often-repeated advice that it’s more kid-friendly than its sister resort, but Yacht Club offered a deeper discount so our resort decision was made.
And, boy, were we impressed! Here are five reasons we loved staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
1. Stormalong Bay
Sand. Bottom. Pool. That’s all. Stormalong Bay has completely spoiled us on pools and being in any pool without a sand bottom now is disappointing! Mom and the boys took countless slides down the Flying Jib (the longest slide at any Disney resort pool), floated around the lazy river on inner tubes, and the boys built sand castles in the shallow kids pool. Despite visiting in the spring, we never found the pool overly crowded and it really cleared out after 5:00 when families left for dinner.
Like the Pop Century renovated rooms, these can be divisive, but we loved them. Like most recent Disney resort renovations, carpeting was removed and the beds have ample storage space underneath to stash suitcases. I was a little concerned about the decor since the yachting scene is NOT our thing, but was pleasantly surprised by the quiet elegance and the boys loved all the boats.
And those character constellation curtains… why aren’t they sold in the gift shop?! They would be hanging in my living room if Disney offered them for sale!
3. Water Views
We received a little pixie dust with a complimentary room upgrade from our reserved woods/garden view to a water view (a $75 per night value!). We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony every morning, watching the sun rise over a completely still and quiet Crescent Lake. Beginning any Disney day in such a peaceful, secluded way is perfection!
4. Outdoor Pool Table
While Mom and the boys enjoyed Stormalong Bay, Dad played at the nearby pool table for hours. Sure, the table was sandy and not in the best condition, but the views for playing pool from the elevated gazebo can’t be beat!
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5. Walk to EPCOT
We visited during the Flower and Garden Festival and being just a 5-minute walk from EPCOT’s International Gateway entrance was so convenient. We even visited one evening after a long afternoon swim just to grab dinner at several of the festival food booths before heading back to our room. It was the first and only time I’ve set foot inside a Disney park without going on any attractions!
Have you stayed at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort? What do you love about it?