Disney’s Beach Club Resort Review

Looking for a waterfront retreat at Disney World that feels a bit closer to home than Disney’s Polynesian Village or Caribbean Beach resorts? Then pack your bags for Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Featuring picturesque views of Crescent Lake and a nostalgic boardwalk just around the corner, this Disney deluxe resort is a true escape from reality. 

With its understated, beachy elegance, must-try dining, and a boatload of recreational offerings, it’s well worth the pricey room rates. The Disney World resort with the best pool, the Beach Club Resort is also a winner with even the youngest of guests. 

So, how does the Disney Beach Club Resort stack up to the other deluxe Disney World hotels? Does this Disney beach resort have everything you’re looking for for your next Walt Disney World vacation? Read on for our whirlwind tour.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort During COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down and things are looking a little bit different around Walt Disney World as a result. As a deluxe resort, Disney’s Beach Club boasts an impressive menu of amenities and services. Fortunately, most are currently open and available for guests’ use – with the exception of character dining at Cape May Café – including pools, dining outlets, and the merchandise location. 

However, there are some services and amenities that are still either temporarily modified or unavailable including: 

  • No Disney’s Magical Express luggage delivery
  • No airline check-in service
  • No FastPass+
  • No Extra Magic Hours
  • No Minnie Vans
  • No in-room dining
  • No in-room celebrations
  • No club-level services
  • No arcades
  • No campfires
  • No marina rentals
  • No dry cleaning & valet laundry services
  • No group fitness classes
  • No spas or salons
  • Housekeeping every other day
  • Decreased bell services
  • Decreased package deliveries

Additionally, keep in mind that even if you aren’t staying at Disney’s Beach Club, you still need a dining reservation to be able to visit the resort. Face masks are also required in indoor locations regardless of vaccination status. 

While we’re still waiting to hear when many of these health and safety modifications will go away for good, we’re hopeful that things will continue to return to normal as vaccinations continue. Similar to the return of mandated mask-wearing indoors, it’s also possible that returned amenities could be made temporarily unavailable again if the situation worsens. So, we highly recommend that you check the My Disney Experience app or Disney’s website, or speak to a Beach Club cast member during or after check-in, for the most up-to-date information. 

Staying at the Disney World Beach Club Resort 

Located in the Epcot & Hollywood Studios Resort Area along the shores of Crescent Lake, Disney’s Beach Club boasts an incomparable location and infectious charm, with a steep price tag to match. The resort takes its inspiration from the carefree beach houses of Cape Cod and the rest of New England, with dusty blue buildings with white trim stretched along the sparkling waters.

Just a short walk from Epcot’s International Gateway and the World Showcase pavilions, the Beach Club is ideal for guests coming for one of Epcot’s festivals and is also just a short drive, bus ride, flight on the Disney Skyliner away from the other Disney World parks. Guests can stay in a variety of room styles including club-level, suites, and villas. 

Disney Beach Club Rooms & Suites

Disney’s Beach Club Resort has earned a solid 4.5 on TripAdvisor. Similar to other deluxe resorts at Disney World, the Beach Club offers an array of room types in all sizes and views – from standard rooms all the up to 2-bedroom and presidential suites, from parking-lot overlooks to sweeping scenes of Crescent Lake and Stormalong Bay. 

While this is the beach, don’t expect any shabby-chic, sun-bleached cottage vibes here. On the contrary, Disney Beach Club guestrooms are full of laidback elegance. Sea-glass and cerulean blues are warmed up with linen-hued walls and dark woods, while fresh, white sheets keep everything feeling crisp. There’s even a sprinkling of pixie dust in the form of hidden Mickeys in the shower curtain and art starring the famous pair of mouse lovebirds. 

Although we’re too far from the coast to get any salty air, ocean-inspired touches like seashell art and a mother of pearl inlay in the headboard keep you from feeling just steps away from the sand. Sad you can’t stick your toes in the waves? No worries! Just unwind for a while in the soaking tub instead.

Overall, with its laidback attitude, elevated furnishings, and range of rooms, it’s the perfect Disney stay for families, couples, friends drinking around the world at Epcot, and more.  In general, all standard and deluxe rooms and suites at the Beach Club come with the following amenities: a hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, and free Wi-Fi. 

Standard View Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed & 1 day bed or 2 queen beds & 1 day bed
  • Sleeps between 2 to 5 adults 
  • Views of the parking area or resort rooftops

Garden or Woods Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed & 1 day bed or 1 queen bed & 1 day bed or 2 queen beds & 1 day bed
  • Sleeps between 2 to 5 adults 
  • Views of the gardens or forested areas

Water View Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed & 1 day bed or 1 queen bed & 1 day bed or 2 queen beds & 1 day bed
  • Sleeps between 2 to 5 adults 
  • Views of Stormalong Bay, Crescent Lake, or the quiet pool

Deluxe Room

  • More space than a standard room
  • Comes with 2 queen beds and 1 queen-sized sofa sleeper
  • Sleeps up to 6 adults 
  • Views of Stormalong Bay, Crescent Lake, quiet pool, or parking areas

1 Bedroom Suite

  • Comes with 1 king bed and 1 queen-sized sofa sleeper
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults 
  • Views of the gardens, forested areas, or Crescent Lake

2 Bedroom Suite

  • Comes with 2 queen beds, 1 king bed, and 1 day bed
  • Sleeps up to 7 adults 
  • Views of the gardens, forested areas, or Crescent Lake

Nantucket VP Suite

  • Comes with 1 king bed
  • Sleeps up to 2 adults 
  • Views of Stormalong Bay, Crescent Lake, and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Newport Presidential Suite

  • Comes with 2 double beds, 1 king bed, and 1 day bed
  • Sleeps up to 7 adults 
  • Views of Epcot, Stormalong Bay, Crescent Lake, and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Rooms With Club-Level Service at Disney’s Beach Club

Club-level guestrooms at Disney’s Beach Club offer the same shoreside-chic interiors and homey amenities (see above for details) as the standard rooms and suites, plus a DVD player, as well as the following benefits at the Stone Harbor Club: complimentary access to the health club, complimentary fax assistance, complimentary newspapers in the Stone Harbor Club, evening turndown service, and access to Disney Signature Services and a personalized front desk. Club-level guests are also able to access the Stone Harbor Club with their key when refreshments are served between 7am and 10pm.  

Standard View – Club Level Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized sofa sleeper
  • Sleeps between 2 to 4 adults 
  • Views of the parking area or resort rooftops

Garden View – Club Level Room

  • Comes with 2 queen beds
  • Sleeps between 4 adults 
  • Views of the gardens or parking areas

Water View – Club Level Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds or 1 queen bed & 1 day bed or 2 queen beds & 1 day bed
  • Sleeps between 2 to 4 adults 
  • Views of Stormalong Bay, Crescent Lake, or the quiet pool

Disney Beach Club Villas & Studios

Similar to the standard and club-level guestrooms at Disney’s Beach Club, studios and villas at this DVC property also transport guests to the seashore. Rooms here feature many of the same touches and furnishings that you’ll find in the main hotel. However, you will also find some unique elements like Flounder from The Little Mermaid hidden in the pillows like a Beach Club version of Where’s Waldo and drawer pulls shaped like seashells. A mix of white, light, and dark woods also keep the space feeling lived-in and cozy. 

In general, all studios and villas at the Disney Beach Club include a DVD player, flat-panel TV, luxurious soaking tub, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, coffee maker, refrigerator (a mini-fridge for the studios and a full-sized refrigerator for the villas), microwave, toaster, highchair, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, free Wi-Fi. While studios come with only a small kitchenette, villas come with a fully equipped kitchen, as well as a washer & dryer.

Deluxe Studio

  • Comes with 1 queen bed and 1 double-sized sofa sleeper and 1 single pull-down bed 
  • Sleeps up to 5 adults 
  • Views of the Disney’s Beach Club Resort, forested areas, courtyard, or pool
  • Includes a porch or balcony

1 Bedroom Villa 

  • Good for small families
  • Comes with 1 king bed & 1 queen-sized sofa sleeper or 1 king bed & 1 double-sized sofa sleeper
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults 
  • Views of the Disney’s Beach Club Resort, forested areas, courtyard, or pool
  • Includes a split bathroom with 2 sink areas

2 Bedroom Villa 

  • Good for large families
  • Comes with 1 king bed, 2 queen beds & 1 queen-sized pull-down bed or 1 king bed, 2 queen beds & 1 double-sized pull-down bed
  • Sleeps up to 8 adults 
  • Views of the Disney’s Beach Club Resort, forested areas, courtyard, or pool
  • Includes a dining area

Disney’s Beach Club Resort Rates

We know what you’re thinking. “All that beachy chic goodness and easy access to Disney’s Epcot and one of the only resort waterparks at Disney World can’t come cheap. How much does it cost to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort?” Well, you’d be right. A night here can cost a pretty penny, with room rates starting out at $504 minimum. So needless to say, if you need to stick within a budget, you’d be better off booking a room at a value hotel like Disney’s Art of Animation. Or for affordable Disney luxury, stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs or another moderate resort. 

Having said that, if Disney’s Beach Club is the resort for you, then keep in mind that when you choose to visit, how much space you need, and what you’d like to see out your window each morning all affect your room rate. For example, while you could choose to ring in the New Year in a water-view room with club-level access for a steep $1,350, a room over the low season with an uninspiring view of the rooftop will save you almost $1,000 a night.  

With rates as low as the low-to-mid $500s during the slow season and climbing to the mid $800s, standard-view rooms without club access at Disney’s BoardWalk are the cheapest option. In contrast, if you have a big family or are traveling with a bunch of friends, prices start in the low-to-mid-$1,000s and reach the low $2,000s. Or for a real splurge, the Newport Presidential Suite is as plush as it gets, ranging from the mid $2,000s to as much as $4,300.  

Below are some examples of room rate ranges, arranged by starting price, for each of the room types available at the Beach Club and Beach Club Villas:

Beach Club

  • Standard View Room: $504 to $883
  • Garden or Woods View Room: $550 to $933
  • Water View Room: $649 to $989
  • Deluxe Room: $702 to $1,059
  • 1 Bedroom Suite: $946 to $1,563
  • 2 Bedroom Suite: $1,948 to $3,455
  • Standard View – Club Level: $754 to $1,277
  • Garden View – Club Level: $759 to $1,282
  • Water View – Club Level: $819 to $1,359
  • Nantucket VP Suite: $1,298 to $2,229
  • Newport Presidential Suite: $2,647 to $4,338

Beach Club Villas

  • Deluxe Studio: $504 to $883
  • 1 Bedroom Villa: $765to $1,268
  • 2 Bedroom Villa: $1,149 to $2,179

Beach Club Disney Resort Amenities

One of the benefits of springing for a deluxe resort at Disney World is a slew of next-level resort amenities. Unlike staying at Disney’s All-Star Resorts or any other value resort, the Beach Club Resort at Disney World is home to a whole host of offerings perfect for spending a relaxing day away from the theme parks.

Restaurants at the Beach Club Disney World Resort

Just like any self-respecting beach town on the New England shore, Disney World’s Beach Club Resort offers an array of dining options. While you won’t find any dinner shows or signature restaurants here, you can dine at one of the resort’s quick-service or table-service restaurants, sip on something at the bar, or even say hello to Minnie Mouse and the gang at the Beach Club character breakfast.  

Of course, with its convenient location neighboring Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and across from Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, you’re just a short walk away from a ton of other delicious Disney World restaurants. 

Beach Club Marketplace

Whether you’re on your way out to or just coming back from a long day at the beach theme parks, the Beach Club Marketplace is your one-stop shop for everything you need. The resort’s quick service restaurant meets merchandise outlet, Beach Club Marketplace is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

In the morning, dishes are standard Disney breakfast fare. Think Mickey waffles and breakfast sandwiches. Afternoons and evenings, meanwhile, serve up an assortment of hearty comfort food favorites that would be right at home in a coastal café including sandwiches, hot dogs crowned with chili, and baked macaroni & cheese loaded with bacon or pulled pork. There’s even roasted chicken for dinner. Or for something on the lighter side, go for a warming cup of clam chowder.  

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop

There’s no restaurant more iconic at Disney’s Beach Club than the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. This nostalgic ice cream parlor dishes up all manner of diner-style eats and frozen confections for both lunch and dinner. While you can get main courses here like burgers, sandwiches, loaded tater tots, and grilled cheese, you especially won’t want to miss dessert. Keep all that sweet, sweet ice cream to yourself with a shake or sundae, or go all out with the epically shareable Kitchen Sink, a Beaches and Cream signature.

While there is a walk-up list available, the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is incredibly popular. So, we highly recommend booking an advance reservation instead if you’d like to get a scoop here. 

Cape May Café 

No trip to the New England coast would be complete without a seafood feast. Cape May Café fits the bill quite nicely with its bottomless helpings of surf and turf at dinnertime. Come hungry so you can stuff yourself silly with a seafood boil or go all out by adding on crab legs or even a whole lobster. 

Or if you’re not a fan of seafood but you’re still in the mood for some oceanfront ambiance, Disney style, then you won’t want to miss out on Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast. This whimsical character dining experience at Beach Club Resort features Minnie and a few of her Disney pals all dressed up for a seaside soiree. Nosh on standard yet satisfying AM favorites like omelets, Minnie waffles, French toast, and more in between photos and autographs. 

Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill

A storm’s blowing in at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill, the resort’s pool bar overlooking Stormalong Bay. And by storm, we mean a Category 5 cocktail made with a refreshing blend of spiced rum, peach schnapps, crème de banana, and tropical fruit juices. This open-air bar serves up a selection of light bites like a quintessential seafood roll, as well as a variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Martha’s Vineyard

While it doesn’t compare to some of the other more elaborate hotel lounges at Disney World resorts, Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club still does the trick when you’re in the mood for a nightcap. Inspired by a stately yet easygoing New England beach house, Martha’s Vineyard dishes up a few beachy bar bites like calamari and cozy clam chowder. Then wash it all down with a mocktail or boozy cocktail to really unwind from the day.

Disney Beach Club Pools

Love to splash around a bit when you’re on vacation? Well, you’re in luck! Because Disney’s Beach Club is home to arguably the best hotel pool at Disney World: Stormalong Bay. This sprawling, 3-acre waterpark immerses guests in a quaint coastal setting – shipwreck and sand included. Soar down the 230-foot-long waterslide, explore the watery ruins, watch the world pass by from the lazy river, or dip your toes in the sandy bottom of the expansive pool.  

For a beach day with a touch of luxury, spoil you and your crew by making a reservation for a full-service cabana. Rather not brave the crowds at Stormalong Bay? Disney Beach Club also boasts 3 different leisure pools spread throughout the main and DVC resort, each with its own whirlpool spa. 

Other Recreation at the Beach Club Disney Resort 

Nestled along the shores of Crescent Lake, the Disney Beach Club Resort offers a host of outdoorsy activities, including some of our top things to do outside the theme parks. Several offerings set sail from the resort’s marina including motorized boat rentals, guided fishing excursions, and even a pirate adventure cruise for the kiddos. 

Other activities back on dry land are just as enjoyable. Little ones will love nightly Movies Under the Stars and beachfront campfires, while adults can keep their workout routine going on the tennis or volleyball courts or one of the jogging paths.   

Centrally located near Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, the Beach Club Resort is eminently walkable. Take a stroll around Crescent Lake until you reach the turn-of-the-century charms of the BoardWalk for delicious dining and exciting Disney nightlife. Hoping for some wholesome fun? Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course is just across the street. Or, hop on the Disney Skyliner for some aerial transportation that’s tons of fun and completely free

Disney Beach Club Merchandise Locations

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect memento of your stay at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort or you need to pick up something you forgot at home, the Beach Club Marketplace has what you’re looking for. Home to the resort’s quick-service location and with its central location just off of the main lobby, it’s also a convenient stop to pick up a grab-and-go snack or cold drink on your way to or from the parks. 

Disney Beach Club FAQs

Want to know more about Disney’s Beach Club Resort? Read on for answers to some commonly asked questions. 

Is club level at Disney Beach Club worth it?

Splurging for a club-level room at Disney’s Beach Club may seem like a pricey endeavor, but if you can afford the steep room rates, it can definitely be worth your while. Refreshments are served throughout the day, meaning you can save some money on food costs if you play your cards right. Plus, with exclusive access to such perks as turndown service and a personalized front desk, it’s a luxurious way to spend your time at Disney World. 

Can you see fireworks from Disney’s Beach Club & Villas?

Yup! Thanks to its ideal location along Crescent Lake in the heart of the Epcot and Hollywood Studios Resort Area, Disney’s Beach offers covetable views of both nightly fireworks displays. In fact, it’s one of our favorite places to watch the Disney World fireworks outside the parks. If you aren’t lucky enough to snag a room with a balcony and a view, make your way out to the resort’s beach. You can even see the show from Stormalong Bay. 

Can Beach Club Villas use Stormalong Bay?

Yes! Guests staying in the Disney Vacation Club Beach Club villas and studios are more than welcome to swim in the Stormalong Bay pool. 

Is there a salon at Disney’s Beach Club?

Technically located in the Disney Yacht Club, the Ship Shape Salon and Spa offers massages, as well as a variety of salon services like haircuts, styling, coloring, nails, and more. Access is complimentary to guests staying at both the Beach Club and Beach Club Villas. 

Well, beach bums, that’s the end of our trip to the seashore and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. With its laidback elegance, unbeatable location, and an expansive slate of recreational offerings, it’s the perfect stay for those wanting to spend as much time in the theme parks as possible, as well as for guests who like to relax by the pool. 

While you’re there, make the most of your time at the resort’s two closest parks with our 1-day plans for Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Or since you indulged in a deluxe resort, why not save some cash with our discounted Walt Disney World tickets

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Beach Club? Which restaurant do you love the most? Where is your favorite place to catch the Epcot fireworks? Let us know in the comments!

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