Inside The Magic: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is a New England nautical-themed resort. First opened on November 5, 1990, it is one of several Epcot Area Resorts. Disney’s Yacht Club is located next to a sister resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and across Crescent Lake from Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.
- Opening Date: November 5, 1990
- Resort Area: Epcot
- Resort Category: Deluxe
- Address: 1700 EPCOT Resorts Boulevard Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
- Phone: (407) 934-7000
- Fax: (407) 934-3850
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts share amenities and resources, including staff and management. Boat transportation from the resort runs to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as the BoardWalk and the Walt Disney World Swan & Walt Disney World Dolphin resorts. The resort is about five minutes walking distance from Epcot, and roughly 15 minutes walking to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can use the back entrance to Epcot through the World Showcase between the France and the UK Pavilions.
The Yacht Club is home to a 73,000-square-foot (6,800 m2) Convention Center shared with the Beach Club. The resort’s distinctive gray siding with red and white striped awnings distinguish itself from the light blue motif of Beach Club.
The Yacht Club is slightly more formal in decor than the Beach Club, designed to make guests feel as if they are actually on a ship rather than inside a land based structure, and to cater more toward business clientele, rather than families. Color tones of deep blues, browns, and bronzes are used to convey a nautical feel. Hidden Mickey’s can be found in the carpeting in hallways leading to guest rooms. The Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts share one of the nation’s largest sand bottom pools, Stormalong Bay. The pool is a “mini-waterpark”, featuring a sand bottom swimming area, lazy river, a large slide from a wrecked ship just outside of the play area on the beach, and even sinking sand.
Yachtsman Steakhouse A Disney Signature Dining restaurant serves a selection of steakhouse dishes with a nautical theme in a ship-shaped restaurant layout. The restaurant features an open kitchen with a display of aged beef cooked on an oak-fired grill. The restaurant serves dinner only.
Captain’s Grille A casual dining restaurant with an à la carte menu selection for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a buffet option for breakfast only. The restaurant features similar nautical theming to that of the Yachtsman Steakhouse, but in a more casual atmosphere.
Hurricane Hanna’s A poolside counter-service restaurant that serves mostly fast-food American cuisine along with specialty drinks and other beverages.
Spa and Recreation:
Stormalong Bay is the resorts’ main pool complex that resembles a beach-side water park with its sand-bottom pools, a circular lazy river, waterfall, and the “Shipwreck”; a large replica of a ship wreck with one of the highest resort water slides at Walt Disney World. The Stormalong Bay pool complex offers a poolside counter-service restaurant and bar, a children’s shallow area, and an elevated tanning deck. Stormalong Bay is centrally located between both the Beach Club Resort and the Yacht Club Resort facing Crescent Lake.
Quiet pool The Yacht Club quiet pool is located on the far end of the resort in a garden area.
Ship Shape Health Club A fully-equipped health and fitness center free of charge for resort guests. The health club is centrally located between both the Beach Club Resort and the Yacht Club Resort and offers fitness equipment, plus a steam room, sauna, and spa. The center also offers massage therapy by appointment.
Bayside marina The resort’s lakeside marina offers a variety of watercraft available for rental including private cruises and fishing excursions.
Sandy beach The resorts offer a lake-side white sand beach on Crescent Lake. Different Activities are also held on the beach including Movie Nights and Campfire Sing-Alongs.
Tennis The resort also offers tennis courts.
Disney’s Yacht Club is located within walking distance to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Other transportation options include water taxis, and buses provide access to other Walt Disney World areas and attractions.