Yacht Club Resort in Walt Disney World is a Deluxe Resort located within walking distance of Epcot. It is themed to make guests feel like they are on a ship and caters to business clientele. It also shares a convention center and pool with Beach Club.
Resort type: Deluxe
Price: $421 to $2808
Room size: 381 sq feet
Sleeps: 5 in a Standard Room. Each adult is an extra $25 (first 2 are free)
Room count: 630
Room features: 2 queen beds (or one king size bed) and a day bed, a table with 2 chairs, a desk with a chair, refrigerator, coffee maker, small safe and double vanity.
Room options: Standard (parking lot), Water View or Garden View. There are also Club level rooms available.
Food options: Yacht Club has 3 lounges, a quick service and 2 table service restaurant. Room service is also available.
Ale and Compass Lounge – Open from 6 am to 11 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ale & Compass – Stop in Disney’s Yacht Club for the Ale & Compass Restaurant, enjoy Seafood and classic New England comfort foods in a casual, cozy dining setting.
Crew’s Cup Lounge – Open from 12 pm to 12 am. Located near the Yachtsman Steakhouse.
The Market at Ale & Compass – This Quick Service service offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also adds convenience with on-the-go items and Coca-Cola Freestyle machines for refillable mugs.
Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill – Opens at 11 am and serves grilled food and beverages
Captain’s Grille – A table service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Yachtsman Steakhouse – A signature restaurant that is open nightly for dinner. A glassed-in kitchen allows guests to watch their meal being prepared.
Pools: Stormalong Bay is a 3 acre mini-water park with pool that is shared with Yacht Club. It features a waterslide, lazy river, a sandy bottom, hot tub and kiddie pool.
There are locker rentals available by Stormalong Bay.
Quiet pool is located at the far side of the resort. It is open 24 hours a day.
Pool towels are provided in the room to take to the pool.
Activities: Nightly movie on the beach; Pool party at 3:45 pm; Poolside activities from 1-3:30 pm; Health Club and Spa Services ($); Boat and Bike Rentals ($); Ceramics on Wed. from 1:30 – 3:30 pm ($); Arcade; Tennis Lessons ($); Guided Fish Excursions ($)
24-hour front desk
check-in and guest service
covered bus stops
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
wake- up call service
Official Dog Policies: Guests of this resort may bring their dogs for an additional $75/per night, limit 2 dogs per guest room.
When you complete online check-in at Yacht Club, you can choose from the following options:
- Corner Room
- Upper Floor
- Near Elevator
- Ground Floor
- Lower Floor
Fittings and Fairing Clothes and Notions: offers resort specific items, yacht inspired clothing, popular Disney souvenirs, snacks, sundries and health and beauty items.
Transportation: Walk to Epcot, boat to Hollywood Studios or take a bus
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom – 6 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 1 miles
- Epcot – 3 miles
- Magic Kingdom – 7 miles
Address: 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
This review comes from my reader Julie…
I’m attaching a picture of my husband and I at the Liberty Tree Tavern from 2005. It made for such a nice break in a hot day when we went there! :) We stayed off-site on that trip, but I can also post exterior shots of the Yacht Club from that trip because my husband and I walked to the Boardwalk for lunch from Epcot one day and took some pictures along the way. I will look and see if I can find any interior photos from Yacht Club, and if I find them, I will send them in a separate email along with any other dining pictures from MK. I am also including a couple of pictures from the terrace at Cosmic Ray’s at MK. It was so crowded and a little chaotic inside, but we had no trouble getting tables outside (there are 2 terraces). It is much more peaceful outside, is shaded, and has a nice view of the Castle. I included one picture from lunch (of my son at our table) and one at dinner of him and me with the Castle lit up in the background).
As far as staying at the Yacht Club, I am a little rusty on our visits, but we stayed their 2-3 times. The 2 I distinctly remember were after Christmas 1991 or 1992 for 1 night and Summer 1997 for 2 or 3 nights. It’s possible we stayed there a third time in between, but I am not completely sure. The time we went for 1 night, we were blessed that my dad was the national sales manager for his company, and as such he arranged the annual sales meetings for his company. Whenever they would decide where they were having a meeting, he would do a site inspection trip to check out various hotels. Anyhow, they had a meeting planned at Disney, and he had to check out a bunch of different hotels anyway (they would put him up free, since they hoped to get the business), so he took the whole family along with him on that trip. :) We stayed a night at the Swan, 2 nights at the Dolphin, a night at the Yacht Club, maybe a night at the Beach Club, a night at the Contemporary, and a night or 2 at the Marriott on International Drive (it was kind of confusing (we accidentally tried to check into one on the wrong day!), but very cool to stay at the different hotels). I say this mostly to explain why we only were there one night. The second trip we spent a few nights at the Yacht Club before meeting up with my siblings and spouses and sharing a rented condo in Kissimmee for a week after that (I was on sumer break from college at the time). Anyhow, with all that in mind, I will answer your questions to the best of my ability based on the 2 trips:
-The first time it was chosen as an option for the sales meeting, so that was the only reason. The second time it was chosen because we liked it so much. The decor is really nice, everything is very luxurious, the concierge was awesome, service was great throughout. We also love its proximity to Epcot.
-The rooms are bright and airy with a nautical theme (but not overdone). They aren’t huge, but they are fairly roomy. I stayed there as an adult with my parents and as a teenager with my parents and my sister, and both times we had plenty of space in the room and the bathroom. It also had a nice balcony and a great view of the resort. My mom and I loved the decor (my mom joked that she might like to take some elements of the room as inspiration for my parents’ house).
-Because we never stayed very long, we didn’t take advantage of all the amenities, but they have some nice shops, and great walking paths around the resort. Also, the proximity to the Boardwalk is a major bonus, since there is a lot to do there, and you can walk or take the boat.
-No food court. We had breakfast in the concierge lounge every day and had 1 meal, I think, in one of the restaurants on one trip, but I don’t really remember it. We are the type to spend most of our time at the parks.
-Buses are only to the Magic Kingdom and the water parks. Boats to Epcot or Hollywood Studios, although you can just walk to Epcot if you are feeling up for it (Beach Club is a closer walk to Epcot, but Yacht Club isn’t too bad). I much prefer the boats to buses. I feel like you don’t wait as long, they are more roomy, and you have such a nice view along the way, but we never had to wait that long for the bus to and from the Magic Kingdom while we stayed there.
-I would absolutely stay there again, but in my current situation, I can’t really afford it, plus with small kids (almost 2 and 4) it might be more worthwhile if we were going to
splurge to stay along the monorail line to be closer to Magic Kingdom. Of all the Disney hotels I have stayed at, though, this one is definitely my favorite.
You might consider staying at Boardwalk Inn.