Disney Beach Club Resort, Villas & Yacht Club | The 3 Best EPCOT Hotels

Disney Beach Club Resort & Villas and Disney Yacht Club Resort are the ideal location for your EPCOT Vacation. Discover the comfortable sophistication of these two charming waterfront hotels that share the best pool experience in all of Disney World.

Why book Disney Beach Club or Yacht Club? These resorts are the closest hotels to EPCOT (Beach Club & Villas being the closest). You can literally be in EPCOT after just a short 5-minute walk. There is also a gondola that provides quick access to Hollywood Studios.

As I already mentioned, it has the best pool in all of Walt Disney World Resorts called Stormalong Bay. I am not kidding, this pool is ridiculously like its own water park!

Just a short stroll or boat ride is the Disney Boardwalk. This is added bonus of fun activities, restaurants, and nightlife.

TIP: Staying at a Disney resort property allows you early access into the theme parks. Beat the crowds and get a 30-minute jump start on the most popular rides in Disney.

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Stormalong Bay and Disney Beach Club & Yacht Club

WHERE TO STAY

Check out these beautiful Disney World EPCOT hotels on Priceline & Hotels.com!
Disney Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney Yacht Club Resort

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TIP: Disney Beach Club, Villas, & Disney Yacht Club are all one connected property. They share amenities such as restaurants, pools, and bars.

Map Locations – EPCOT, Hotels, Boardwalk + More

Staying at an Epcot Area Resorts is the ideal location to base your vacation. The International Gateway and easy access the Skyliner station is a short 5 minute walk away.

You are also next to Friendship Launch that take guests by boat to EPCOT, EPCOT Hotels (Disney Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club, Swan & Dolphin Resorts), the Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios.

Another added perk, you can actually walk to two theme parks. Check out the walking path that connects you to Hollywood Studios or board the Disney Skyliner.

 Google Maps of Disney Beach Club Resort, Disney Beach Villas, and Disney Yacht Club
Google Maps: Walt Disney World Beach Club Resort Directions

The Yacht Club Resort is only a few steps further of a walk to EPCOT. The Friendship Boat Launch shortens this walk and makes them comparable in distance. Both locations are truly perfect for a launching point to all the parks, and provides the best walk-ability.

Disney Skyliner

Disney Skyliner Photo at night from Epcot International Gateway near Disney Beach Club Resort
Skyliner at EPCOT International Gateway

The Disney Skyliner are gondolas that takes you quickly around Walt Disney World Resort. It currently connects with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

Disney Beach Club Resort

Relax and unwind at the casual but elegant, Disney Beach Club Resort. Styled in a beautiful New-England motif, you will get swept away with this magical hotel. It is a perfect family-friendly hotel with so much to do, you don’t even have to leave the resort to have fun.

We chose to stay at the Disney Beach Club Resort because it is the closest hotel to EPCOT with quick access to the other parks. This is especially helpful when traveling with small children that need to nap or take a break mid-day.

Since it’s only a short five-minute walk to the International Gateway Entrance you won’t lose precious time commuting on shuttles or buses. It also has the best amenities with the pool, beaches, boating, and more.

General Hotel Information:
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277

Disney Beach Club Resort & Disney Beach Club Villas - Exterior photo near lagoon
Disney Beach Club Resort & Villas

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Hotel General Information
(same location as Disney Beach Club Resort)
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277

Disney Beach Club vs Disney’s Beach Club Villas vs Yacht Club Rooms

Staying at the Disney Beach Club Villas is like your home away from home. These villas are apart of Disney Beach Club Resort community but even better. These 1 or 2 bedroom units come fully equipped with the following amenities:

  • Complete kitchen that you can cook meals or a light snack.
  • Separate living and dining areas where larger groups or families can have enough space to spread out and relax with one another.
  • Separate bedrooms that have enough space from the common areas to relax and unwind.
  • Washer and dryer come in each unit for convenient personal use.

The biggest difference between the Beach Club Villas and Disney Beach Club Resort is one offers a lot more space like a condo feel. The Villas are also currently harder to book with have less availability.

Disney Yacht Club

General Information
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277

Disney Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World - outside view of the hotel and property grounds.
Disney Yacht Club Boardwalk

Disney Yacht Club has a more formal elegance than its sister resort property. Offering the same New-England style but finished with additional sophistication and grandeur you would expect from a yacht club. We chose to stay at the Disney Beach Club, but either property are truly great choices.

Another difference to keep in mind is that each Yacht Club Resort room has a full-size balcony with ample room for table and chairs. While the Disney Beach Club Resort has some full-size balconies, most of the rooms have partial balconies with tighter outdoor space.

Both properties share the fabulous Stormalong Bay pool lagoon and spa. The boat to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT sits directly outback of this resort. Also, daily fishing boat rentals are available here too.

Stormalong Bay

While staying at these properties enjoy the best Disney pool lagoons and spas of Stormalong Bay. Here you can experience a water park at your hotel.

Check out this SUPER impressive pirate ship that drops you from across the road into the lagoon. Like the beach? You don’t have to go far, Stormalong Bay has sandy beaches, rock formations, and even a lazy river. One of the most unique features of Stormalong Bay is the sandy bottom of the pool. You feel like you’re at a real Florida beach.

You could have an entire day of leisure at Stormalong Bay. This 3-acre, 750,000 gallons of water pool lagoon is truly one of a kind. It has a massive shipwreck pirate ship water slide, lazy circular river, three whirlpool spas, and sandy beaches to enjoy.

There is a perfect wading pool for kids that they can build sand castles in the middle of it. You couldn’t have a better family-friendly pool.

Stormalong Bay is for Disney Beach Club & Disney Yacht Club guests only. Someone in your party will need to have a room key or MagicBand to gain entry. They will provide an a pool wrist band to wear that gives you access to come and go throughout the day. Hours are from 10am to 10pm with lifeguards on duty.

Want a traditional pool experience? They have that too! There are three other secluded pools for the Beach Club, Villas, and Yacht Club.

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort Restaurants, Dining & Bars

For more details on these locations, here is the Disney Beach Club & Yacht Club dining website.

  • Cape May Cafe
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
  • Beach Club Marketplace
  • Martha’s Vineyard Hurricane
  • Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grille
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant & Lounge
  • The Market at Ale & Compass
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Bayside Marina

The Bayside Marina is located behind the Disney Yacht Club. Here you can rent pontoon boats, take guided bass fishing excursions, or enjoy a fireworks cruise. Call (407)WDW-PLAY for fireworks cruise reservations or (407)WDW-FISH for fishing trips. The marina is open daily from 11am to 5pm.

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Fishing boats at the Disney Yacht Club Boat Rental

Other Hotel Amenities

While staying at the Walt Disney World Beach Club & Villas or Yacht Club, you have 24 hour access to the Ship Shape Health Club by using your room key or MagicBand.

Ship Shape Health Club Key Features:

  • 24 hour Fitness Center
  • Spa Services – Massages & Facials
  • Ship Shape Salon – Hair & Nail Services

Disney’s Boardwalk

Another one of the perks to staying at the Disney Beach Club Resort or Disney Yacht Club is the walk-ability to the Boardwalk.

Disney Board walk
Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney’s Boardwalk looks as if it’s straight out of a movie set. It’s the perfect theme park version of Coney Island or Atlantic City. Stroll down the boardwalk and enjoy the shops and restaurants, nightlife, and variety of midway games. You can easily walk here from either one of these EPCOT hotels or you can take the boat. This is a fun area to kill a few hours or have entertainment after the theme parks close for the night.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions I wanted to know when booking my room at the Disney Beach Club Resort.

Is Disney Beach Club Resort worth the money?

For me, yes it’s worth the money! If you want to a true vacation, you will love the early access into the parks, being able to return to your hotel when you like and come back.

Next trip I plan to stay an extra day and just do a day the resort enjoying Stormalong Bay, volleyball courts, and the many amenities I didn’t get to enjoy after a full day at the theme parks.

Is the Beach Club a deluxe resort?

Yes, the Disney Beach Club is considered one of the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World properties.

What is club level at Disney Beach Club?

The club level provides access to concierge lounges, concierge Resort Cast Members as well as a variety of perks. There is an added fee for the club level.

How much is Disney hotel parking?

Standard self parking costs are $25 dollars per night for the Beach Club Resort & Yacht Club. Valet parking is $33 per night.

Can you see fireworks from Disney Beach Club?

Yes, you can see partial views of the Harmonious 50th Anniversary show. To really enjoy the fireworks celebration head into EPCOT. You will see people starting to surround the World Showcase Lagoon as early as 8:15pm for the 9pm show.

Does Disney Beach Club have a lazy river?

Yes, the lazy river is part of Stormalong Bay. You must make time for this spectacular pool experience when staying these EPCOT hotels.

Can you enter EPCOT through the International Gateway?

Hotel guests can enter and leave through the International Gateway entrance located next to the United Kingdom. This luxury allows you to easily access your hotel with minimal walking. The Friendship launch cuts walking down even further for those staying at the Disney Yacht Club Resort and other resorts further away.

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17 Comments
  • Jenn Record
    April 28, 2022

    This post came at the perfect time..my parents are staying at YachtClub next month! Printing the post to share the tips with them

  • Krista
    April 28, 2022

    Epcot is one of my favourite places to visit at Disney, so I would love to stay here. Thanks for sharing the best hotel options!

  • Kat
    April 29, 2022

    All of these hotels look so awesome! Disney has always been a dream destination for me. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Emma
    April 29, 2022

    We’re big fans of Disney but never stayed on site but the accommodation looks amazing! Maybe one to save for!

  • Sarah
    April 30, 2022

    Such a detailed guide! Thanks for putting it together – you’ve definitely put Epcot on the map for me as I knew nothing about it before!

  • ANUKRATI
    April 30, 2022

    Those are helpful tips. The beach club resort looks so charming.

  • Bejal
    April 30, 2022

    I unfortunately have never been to Disney but I’m loving the look of these hotels. I will bookmark this post as I’d definitely like to go one day. Thanks for sharing such a great post Erin.

  • Terri
    April 30, 2022

    It is always best to stay on-property at Disney World if you can afford it. Great guide.

  • Jeanine
    May 1, 2022

    This looks absolutely amazing, I always wonder if the resort hotels in Disney are worth it and you have me convinced they are… thank you for such a thorough introduction to EPCOT

  • Heather
    May 1, 2022

    Was just talking about Disney today great timing! Such a great walkthrough and great tips!

  • Lina
    May 1, 2022

    Omg all these places look fabulous! I would so love to stay there one day but I’m sure I couldn’t decide which one to choose 🙂

  • Katy
    May 1, 2022

    Wow, these Epcot hotels look incredible. Just when you thought Disney couldn’t get any better!

  • Hannah
    May 1, 2022

    This looks like so much fun! And I think I would love the skyline. I’ve never been to Disney World or Florida, but I’ve been to Disneyland since I live in California, and there’s not as many Disney hotels here!

  • Jenn
    May 1, 2022

    A lazy river right onsite?! Count me in! These resorts look amazing, and conveniently located too. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Brittany
    May 1, 2022

    This post is really helpful. My husband has been asking for a Disney World vacation for his birthday this year, so we’ve been considering some options for resorts for a *potential* trip. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Kathryn
    May 1, 2022

    Haven’t been to Disney world in ages! These resorts sound beautiful. Thanks for the recommendation for our next trip.

  • Pam
    May 2, 2022

    I’ve always wanted to stay here – it looks so quaint and peaceful. A nice break from the hustle of the crowds of the park. I love real reviews like this so thanks for sharing!

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