Friday, November 19, 2010

The Disney's Beach Club

While every resort at Disney has a special charm that invites you in, we have completely fallen in love with the Beach Club Resort.  Everything about the Beach Club screams perfect vacation.   The clean, spacious villas give our family space to relax.  They include a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and jacuzzi tub.  The kids even sleep in a separate room!!!!!   The friendly staff is always available to help you in any way they can.  I love that no one ever seems put out when we ask a question.  The Cast members at the Beach Club definitely get an A+.  Even if you don't stay at the Beach Club, if you are in Disney during November and December, you should swing by to check out their decorations.  They are Spectacular!  By the second week of November all the Christmas decorations have gone up.  When you first walk into the lobby, you won't believe your eyes.  There is a working  carousel made completely out of gingerbread and icing!  We actually had the pleasure of watching them build it last year.  And to my kids delight, they let us sample the gingerbread they were using.  YUM!

The kids absolutely love the pool at the Beach Club.  And really, what's not to love?  Stormalong Bay, shared by the Beach Club and Yacht Club, is a beachside pool area that stretches over 3 acres!   The pool has something for everyone.  For the younger crowd, there is a shallow water area with a sandy bottom.  The kids can actually sit on the side of the pool and build sandcastles.  This is the area where they host many different fun games for the kids, in water and out.  My favorite area at Stormalong Bay is the lazy river.  This circular area has a soft current that allows you to just relax and drift along.  My husband's favorite area at Stormalong Bay is the Shipwreck slide.  This fast, fun slide pours you out into the sandy bottom pool area.  If you have younger kids, there is a smaller slide at the back of the shipwreck.

Probably my favorite thing about the Beach Club is its location.  EPCOT is one of our favorite parks, and the Beach Club is right next door.  Even with two little ones, it is about a 5-10 minutes walk to EPCOT's World Showcase entrance.  This allows us to end each day at EPCOT with a delicious meal or a fun show.  The Beach Club is also about a 5-10 minute walk to Disney's Boardwalk. This is a fun area to visit with many side shows, restaurants, and (for those without kids) clubs.  My kids love walking over the bridge to the Boardwalk to get a special treat from the bakery or from the ice cream shop (although I think the Beach Club has the most delicious ice cream shop ever!).  And if your kids love boats, they will that Disney's Hollywood Studios is only a short boat ride away from the Beach Club.

What is your favorite Disney Resort?  Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!


Kate said...

While I love the Beach Club resort (especially that walk to EPCOT), my favorite is Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. My family has been staying there on and off for years. It holds so many special memories. I even stayed there on my honeymoon. It's great to see other people loving Disney as much as my family does!

a little bit of everything said...

We have been going to Disney regularly since 1980 and purchased the Disney Vacation Club when it opened in 1990 which was the best investment. Although our "home" resort is Old Key West, we now opt to stay at the Beach Club Resort because of it's proximity to most of the parks. We are looking forward to a trip with the family and our fist grandchild in the future !