Disney's Beach Club Resort
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... Pirates of the Carribean and the Big Thunder Railroad. Ollie enjoyed being a big kid and playing hide and seek on Tom Sawyer Island, jumping out of caves and trying to scare me!!
We left just as the heavens started to open, I had stupidly left my raincoat at home and did not hear the end of it from Ollie, but $8 later I had a very attractive piece of plastic (otherwise known as a Disney poncho) to keep me dry whilst ...
... the ride. I made the wise choice to keep my camera out during the ride and it got completely soaked by one of the splashes which got into the lens. Not sure it's ever going to be the same but thankfully I had the waterproof camera (yeah, who thinks to bring that one on Splash Mountain).
After Splash we decided to head back to the resort and do a bit of packing and dry off (we were literally as wet as if we'd jumped into a pool). After ...
... to and from Disney World, kid's arcade, community hall, and a little general store. There is also a small jetty, so you can catch a boat to Down Town Disney where you can shop, eat , and travel through Disney Quest. There is a 12 hour time difference so I'm jet lagged and all I want to do is ...
... taken with with Rafiki from Lion King and then headed outside to the petting zoo where the children had great fun brushing goats and pigs. Then back indoors to look into the vets lab and see love birds getting checked out by the vets. Then time for some hands on fun and the children learnt about - and touched a baby alligator
We had abourt 45 minutes to kill ...
... appearing on either side of the road along with run down shacks and mobile homes. We were interested to see the 'Real' Florida and not that of the big Cities, but like so many other rural parts of the US, the poverty was clear to see. As we approached the Interstate (I-75) the towns grew larger and the roads busier. We were glad to finally see a major road as a day of driving at varying speeds from 30-55mph had started to wear ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Beach Club Resort Orlando
It was so beautiful and clean there. My husband and I bought into the timeshare at the villas sight unseen. We had stayed at the boardwalk inn and loved the location so we tried the beach club. Definitely better location for kids! My 8 year old loved the pool! Best pool in Disney. To the person from Buffalo who found the pool crowded last year, they have eliminated "pool hopping" priviledges. We went in May 2003 and you have to show your id and get a wrist band to float in that pool now. Even vacation club members can not pool hop there any more.
We stayed for 10 days at the Beach Club in June of 2002. Not only was the pool extremely crowded, being attached to the Yacht Club and all, but there were so many kids and families from other hotels because the pool was so different. It was a mini-water park. Our room was a ten minute walk from the lobby, and overlooked the lobby roof. Horrible view. The service was ok, although we only ate 1 meal there, the day we got there. The laundry facilities were at the far end of the hotel, 10 minutes the other direction from the lobby. Washing machines were fine, but the dryers-horrible. I walked 2 miles one morning just to do laundry! No joke, I was wearing a pedometer, which measures your miles, steps, etc. The room was small, and we could hear the people next door to us every morning, and every night. I don't know if they were exceptionally loud, or if the walls are thin. Would never stay there again. The All-Sar resort was better, we stayed there 4 years earlier.
6/11/03 - Just returned yesterday from a 6-nt stay at Disney's Beach Club Hotel. Overall, we were very happy with the hotel and were pleased with a very friendly staff. The location is the best selling point (a short walk to Epcot's World Showcase) and we found the hotel to be very clean, updated, and the room was above average in size - we had 2 queen beds. If staying here, call a day or two ahead of time to request a full-size balcony. It worked for us and we were able to see the fireworks at Epcot and even hear the music from our balcony. I must note that the hallways are VERY noisy when all the families start coming in late from the Parks, but that's not really the hotel's fault. Kids run up and down the hotel halls and the parents yell at them. If you don't have children - DON'T stay here unless you're a heavy sleeper! Also - forget about using the self-service laundry facilities. I expected it to be expensive (and it was) but I also expected to be able to dry my laundry. After $6.00 in a dryer (3 cycles @ 20 min. each) - my clothes still weren't close to being dry - and I didn't overload it! That was a rip-off! A final note - take your ponchos (or buy them there) and an extra pair of shoes (you'll need a day to dry them). It is apparently the monsoon season right now and it rains just about every day - sometimes torrential rains and Tstorms, sometimes just a constant drizzle with intermittent sunshine.
Overpriced, but great location
We stayed at the Beach club for 4 nights recently. The location next to Epcot is great and the pool and area around the Boardwalk are nice. The room is OK, about what you would get at a Marriott or Sheraton. The staff was pretty helpful, but not without some attitude. My big issue was that in addition to the vacation package, they wanted $15 to use the workout facilities. I mean come on! Disney World is designed to remove every last dollar possible from you.
My family recently vacationed in Florida (there for the Orange Bowl Game). We stayed 3 nights and 4 days at the Beach Club Resort. We had never stayed in a Disney Resort, and have 3 children and wanted to try one of Disney's "deluxe" resorts. Well, we made a mistake. The accomodations are "acceptable", but would not qualify as "deluxe" by most travelers' standards. The room was cramped, and the "balcony" a joke....there was room for 1 person to stand and that is it. We stayed there on New Year's Eve, and the restaurant was unable to serve many guests because they had "run out of food"......WHAT????!!!! A "deluxe" resort does not run out of food. The pool was nice and it is close to Epcot, however if you want a "deluxe" resort, I would avoid the Disney Beach Club. You do not "get what you pay for" at this resort, and your money would be much better spent elsewhere.
We go to disney every year, last year we stayed at the beach club. The food at the hotel was ok but the food at the yatch club (the steakhouse) was even better. the room was nice and the people even nicer. we liked it so much we bought a time share through disney vacation club at the beach club
My husband and I just returned from a week at Disney's Beach Club Resort. What a wonderful week. We worked with a travel agent to plan our vacation and after booking the trip I found this site on the internet and was panic stricken about the vacation. I envisioned accomodations that were substandard and rude people that refused to provide service. I am very picky about vacation accomodations and this worried me. I found there was nothing to worry about. From the time we arrived- they went out of their way to be sure we were satisfied. They made sure we were happy with the room ( I specified certain things I was looking for -ie. a balcony with a view) and we were more than happy. We stayed in the concierge room and the service was outstanding. We were assisted with directions, planning our days in the parks, dining reservations etc. The concierge room allowed us to refresh with drinks and snacks at all times of the day. And it seemed they couldn't do enough. The hotel is very nice, rooms were certainly spaceous enough, and location to epcot couldn't be better. Transportation by bus or boat were always available and we never waited for more than 10 minutes. Our Week was very Disney with all the amenities that go with that - including service. Thank you Beach Club.
Disney's Beach Resort is a WONDERFUL resort! People are friendly, the hotel is beautiful, the pool is amazing (there is even sand on the bottom of it so it feels like your in the ocean and a huge water slide!) Very Disney! In another review...someone complained about paint coming off??? Obviously you have too much time on your hands if you are noticing little things like that, that don't reflect ANY on this resort. It is an amazing hotel, and one of my favorites at WDW! Please try it out, you won't be dissapointed! Also, the above reviewer.. who complained to Disney about the room--we had friends that went with us to WDW and stayed there with us, and they got a smoking room instead of a non smoking when the got there( an overlooked detail i'm guessing) and Disney sent them tickets to stay at disney for 4 days 3 nights all free!
we just got back from staying at the Beach Club...we arrived at 12:15pm were told that our room wouldn't be ready until 3pm...so off for a walk and came back around 2:50 and ask about the room...not ready yet sir ,another 10 minutes please...3:30 came by and it'll be 15 minutes sir ...sorry... 3:50pm and the bell boy ask what we were waiting so long for???? he went down to check out the room...4:15 and we finaly got our room....we knew there were cut backs but when you stay in a delux resort thier should be no excluse for this wait [4 hours]....after a couple of days went by we were talking with an empolyee and we told her that they don't even do a turn down at night anymore...to our surprize they were doing turn downs and we should talk to the manager about this ....and we did.. and say something about our wait ...the manager was very helpful...sent a fruit basket to our room and turn down happen only for two days...we were there for 6 nights...disney has done so much cut backs that we really have to think twice before we go back...that was our 8th trip there..and to top it off..they were trying to get us to buy into the disney vac.club ...all the time i was sitting there wondering if the service is this bad why would we even think we would want this kind of treatment and put that kind of money out for nothing but headaches..it's true when you write disney about you problems disney never answers back...only when you say you had a great time ..disney sends this thank you letter..very short and sweet...in closing we would like you to speak up when things are not going your way...you spent alot of money there..and it's time to get your money worth
We have been to WDW many times over the past several years. We chose to stay at the Beach Club during our most recent vacation. I was very unhappy and disappointed in how the hotel looked. The areas not located at the direct front of the resort are in need of paint repair - Disney what have you done with those high standards we are used to?!! Our room was small, was on the 2nd floor with no view although if you looked to the side, you could see the construction going on! I asked to be moved to another room. They said they could not do that until the following night. I went to the bell desk to ask them to lock up our camera bags the next morning so they would be secure instead of storing them in the luggage room - you would have thought I was severely intruding on this lady's day. She sighed, glared, and sighed a few more times before taking the bags. The meals were nothing exciting there. The pool however was great! We would not stay there again. We had paid for a great vacation - this was part of our Disney cruise package that cost us $7000 total - we expected to least come close to getting our dollar's worth (as close as you CAN come to that at WDW!). I wrote to the resort (also let them know while we were still there) but they did nothing and offered no response to my letter. Service is deteriorating. The magic is fading and Disney's eagerness for the $$ has become obnoxiously apparent. Will we go back to WDW? Of course! *s* BUT we will stay at another resort - perhaps the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian- both nice and the service there is better. They seem to care more the customer, even though they are no more part of Disney than the Beach Club is - you would think the efforts would be more equal.