Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of the most unique Disney resorts taking guests back in time to late nineteenth-century Martha’s Vineyard, to a New England-inspired setting where grand hotel meets expansive marina headlong. Grace and grandeur are evident throughout the carefully designed building, created by Robert A.M. Stern, an architect renowned for exclusive East Coast beach abodes. With a tall, grey-hued lighthouse a central feature standing on the shore of two conjoined bodies of water (Crescent Lake and Stormalong Bay) the setting is like stepping into another world entirely. The quaint hotels of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are the focal inspiration with an upscale feel countering the ultra-relaxed atmosphere at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the pastel-hued resort neighbor sharing several amenities with the yacht club.
Soft, regal, and romantic Standard rooms are designed with rooftop, garden, and lake views, and feature private patios or balconies. Like most Disney resorts, Internet access, satellite TV, and refrigerators are part of a long list of amenities. Club Level with Concierge Service rooms offer privileges via the Regatta Club. Personalized service leads the way with access to the VIP lounge, wine and cheese evenings, afternoon snacks, and vacation planning services. Club Level Garden and Lagoon rooms provide more simple pleasures like robes and paper delivery along with all Regatta Club perks. Great views of Stormalong Bay are best enjoyed from the private terrace in Club Level Deluxe rooms. They also include all the extras afforded by the Regatta Club.
The suites at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort are Two Bedroom and Two Bedroom Turrets on the bay or Crescent Lake. There is a choice between Junior, Admiral, and Presidential Suites. Presidential Suites are deluxe, with large dining rooms, kitchenettes, fireplaces, and much more. These spacious accommodations feature two bedrooms adjacent to an ample living room with some featuring a complimentary Internet connection and two baths. Two Bedroom Captain’s Deck Suites are the most luxurious quarters. They are highlighted by a private office area, dining and living room, a hot tub, and the most amazing feature; five private balconies that lead to one, immense patio.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort offers scores of way to enjoy outdoor recreation on a trip to Disney World, from tennis and jogging trails to watercraft rentals and fishing excursions. There are three quiet pools, with a one at the neighboring beach Club Resort, one onsite surrounded by a garden, and the third within the Beach Club Villas complex. Stormalong Bay is itself one giant pool created by a network of smaller pools totaling 750,000 gallons. A circular river, sand-bottom swimming pool, and a man-made shipwreck are part of the bay. The elevated sundeck and huge water slide add more to the cool atmosphere. Out on Crescent Lake there are even more things to do in a waterfront location.
When it comes to dining, the Walt Disney World Yacht Club Resort has a shining star—the nautically inspired steakhouse where prime cuts of meat, lamb, and chicken are mouth watering options. A La Carte and buffet breakfasts start the day off right at the grill which transforms into a restaurant by night serving seafood, steaks, and other American fare. Buffet breakfasts with Goofy and friends are a kids’ favorite at the seaside cafe and in the evening, the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet attracts hungry guests in droves.
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