It’s familiar yet different. The New England style resort known as the Disney Beach Club Villas, was the second time Disney added a Disney Vacation Club Resort (DVC) to an existing resort. The first was Boulder Ridge at Wilderness Lodge. Easily confused with it’s sister resort the Yacht Club, the Beach Club Villas are part of the Disney Beach Club resort. A trick we use to remember which resort is which – beach equals blue (the resort is blue in color). Our room is ready, let’s head over to the Disney Beach Club Villas for our DVC Duo resort review.
The Disney Beach Club Resort brings you to our home. Well not exactly our home, but New England. Designed after the classic beach clubs that line the picturesque coastline of Cape Cod, you can easily picture the Kennedy’s strolling by in their linen shirts and boat shoes. Take a step back into the 1950’s where a day at the beach was filled with elegance, fresh seafood, and a sweet treat at a soda fountain.
With 282 villas the Disney Beach Club Villas is a 5-story building tucked away behind the main resort, and between the Yacht Club and Epcot’s World Showcase. In 2016, the Disney Beach Club Villas went through a room refurbishment that updated the rooms to a more contemporary take on the New England style beach resort. The major update was the addition of a pull down single bed in the deluxe studios, increasing the room capacity from 4 people to 5.
With the room refurbishment came an update to the color palette and overall theme. Don’t blink or you may miss the subtle beach theme within the rooms. Your carpet is the sand, the walls are the sky and the lights are the “sun”. It’s the perfect beach day, not a cloud in the sky. Disney’s Beach Club Villas offer a variety of room types that range in size and amenities. Below are the room options:
- Deluxe Studio – Similar to your normal hotel room, these rooms offer one queen sized bed, a couch that converts into another queen bed, a single pull down bed, and a bathroom. Sleeps 5 people.
- 1 Bedroom Villa – Similar to 1 bedroom apartment, as these rooms have a kitchen, laundry facilities, living room and large master bedroom with a jacuzzi tub. One bathroom with a standup shower. The living room couch can convert into a pull out queen bed. Sleeps 4 people.
- 2 Bedroom Villa – The 2 bedroom villa is made up of a deluxe studio and 1 bedroom villa. The only difference is the ability to have two entries, one in the main living space and a second in the studio portion. Sleeps 8 or 9 people.
Passholder Insights: Please note the 2 bedroom villas can sleep either 8 or 9 people. If you’re looking for 9 people we would recommend booking the 2 bedroom lock-off villa, as it combines a 1 bedroom and studio. The 9th person would sleep on the twin pull down in the studio.
We’ve stayed in the all the room types at various resorts. In our option, what make the Disney Beach Club Villas different than Kidani Village or Boardwalk Resort is the more intimate feel. The DVC portion of the resort is one of the smaller on Disney Property.
Passholder Insights: The Beach Club Villas do not offer a 3 bedroom villa. If you’re looking for larger accommodations, we would recommended looking at other DVC options like Bay Lake Tower or Old Key West.
Arriving at Disney Beach Club Resort
Rolling up to the Disney Beach Club Resort either by the Disney Magical Express, car, taxi, or rideshare you’ll be dropped off at the entrance to the lobby. Bell services will greet you for any of your luggage needs or if you’d like to valet your car. Stepping through the front door you’ll want to head to the right for guest services and room check in.
Depending on the time of day (before check in time) we would recommend having bell services hold your bags so you can enjoy the magic. Of course, you could always take advantage of the Magical Express Luggage service and save yourself the hassle of lugging luggage like we do!
If the season is either Christmas or Easter keep an eye out for unique displays in the lobby. Centered about the main lobby seating area, the Beach Club’s masters of fondant create some eye pop creations on these two holidays. Definitely a must see even if you’re not staying at the resort.
The Pools and Recreation
Heading straight through the lobby and outside you’ll see two things, Crescent Lake and the best pool at any Disney resort, Stormalong Bay. Off to your right is a beached pirate ship whose mast has fallen creating a 230 foot long waterslide which finishes in the 3 acre wonderland of water. Can you think of a better way to make a entrance?
Beyond the waterslide Stormalong Bay also has a lazy river (you’ll find Nate here), a zero entry sand bottom pool, an elevated tanning deck, 3 whirlpool spas, and an abundance of seating. It’s a perfect place for an afternoon break from the parks, or a non-park day.
For the little ones, they can spend their afternoon building sandcastles by the sand bottom pool, or splash around in the Shipwreck pool fully equipped with miniature waterslide. There’s something for everyone at Stormalong Bay.
If you prefer your pool time to be more relaxing, the Disney Beach Club Resort has 3 quieter pools spread around the property with the most tranquil being located in the middle of the villas.
Passholder Insights: Stormalong Bay is exclusive to guests staying at the Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts only. Remember to bring your Magicbands as cast members will need to scan everyone’s to enter Stormalong Bay.
Beyond the pools the Disney Beach Club Resort offers up a variety of recreational activities from tennis, to fishing trips, and even movies under the stars. Additionally, you’re able to take advantage of the Surrey bike rentals at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. It’s a short walk around Crescent Lake to the rental facility.
Throw on your flip flops and cover up, it’s chow time. The Disney Beach Club offers a range of options from quick serve to buffets. For a quick bite you can check out the Marketplace, we’ve enjoyed the breakfast here a few times. Their bounty platter is great for sharing and includes a hash brown casserole that can’t be missed. Can you say stick to your ribs?
The resort offers a variety of sit down restaurants. Below is a breakdown of the options:
- Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – Located near Stormalong Bay, offers up a throwback to the old time soda shops. Open for lunch and dinner. Beaches & Cream is a single meal credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. It’s great for classic burgers, milkshakes (both for adults and kids, and creative ice cream sundaes.
- Cape May Cafe – Located off the lobby, offers a character meal by day and an all you care to enjoy meal at night. Open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner is a single meal credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Wake up with Minnie and friends in the morning, or enjoy a seafood smorgasbord at night – bibs included. We’d recommend making an advance dining reservation for the character breakfast.
Beyond the restaurants, the Disney Beach Club offers a variety of places to sit back and enjoy an adult time out. Whether you prefer to relax by the pool at Hurricane Hanna’s, or enjoy a Cape Codder in Martha’s Vineyard, the resort has something for you.
Passholder Insights: One of the best features is the resort is attached to the Yacht Club and you’re able to enjoy their restaurants and lounges as well. You’ll find us at Crew’s Cup!
Who says you can’t workout on vacation? The Disney Beach Club has access to one of our favorite running paths in all of Walt Disney World. Both the Yacht Club and Beach Club share a gym that’s location between the two resorts. It has everything you’ll need for a solid vacation workout.
Overall, our stay at the Disney Beach Club Villas was solid. The location is top notch, as you can easily walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You’re so close to Epcot that you can walk in and grab a coffee and breakfast at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in a matter of minutes – we have done this! For us, if we were given the option to stay at the Boardwalk Resort or here, we’d probably stay at the Boardwalk. With that being said, this is the perfect resort if you’re looking for a truly unique pool experience. Stormalong Bay is like a mini waterpark attached your resort. Alright the sand bottom pool is calling our name, see you there!