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  • On Jan 6, 2022
    Jen from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our family loves staying at the boardwalk resorts for easy access to Epcot and HS. I’m trying to decide between beach club and yacht club this time (we’ve never stayed at the yacht club). What should I consider? What are the differences?

    Hey there, Jen! Welcome to planDisney! I'm so excited that you've stopped by with such a great and fun vacation planning question!

    Jen, like you, I LOVE staying in the EPCOT Resort Area! The Resorts, right on Crescent Lake, are all so gorgeous, and nothing beats being in walking distance to two theme parks. The close proximity to an endless list of dining options, Resort activities and nightlife allow for a magical vacation jam-packed with fun without ever even stepping foot into a theme park! I have enjoyed fantastic stays at both Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Villas, which is adjacent to Disney's Beach Club Resort. While it is impossible to choose a favorite of the two, rest assured that you cannot go wrong with either one of these fabulous Resorts.

    Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort are very close neighboring Resorts, so both are within walking distance to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. They even share some common areas, such as the oh-so-incredibly-fun Stormalong Bay, which is the Resorts' shared 3-acre sand-bottom pool, complete with lazy river and arguably the best waterslide in all of Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these Resorts has its own table service and quick service restaurants, as well as its own lounge, however you and your family will have access to any of the restaurants at both Disney's Yacht Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort, no matter at which one you choose to stay. 

    The two main differences between these two resorts are the theming and the room type options. To me, these two Resorts, although both with nautical themes, have two completely different vibes. When you are at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, it feels stately and elegant. Surrounded by navy blue, white, and golds, it feels as if you have just stepped into a distinguished yet welcoming New England yacht club. When you arrive to Disney's Beach Club Resort, you immediately feel relaxed, surrounded by light blues, seafoam green and coral. This Resort feels more whimsical, as if you have just been transported to a charming, laid-back beach Resort. All of these differences in theming come down to your personal preference, but it is important for you to be aware of the types of rooms available at each of these Resorts. Disney's Beach Club Villas is the Disney Vacation Club Resort at Disney's Beach Club Resort, so choosing to stay there does give you the option to book a Resort Hotel room, a Deluxe Studio or a One, Two or Three-Bedroom Villa - complete with full kitchens. Since Disney's Yacht Club Resort is not a Disney Vacation Club Resort, villas are not available there, and you will be staying in one of their fabulous Resort Hotel rooms.

    Jen, there is no wrong choice here, as both Resorts will offer the perfect getaway for your next magical vacation. However, I do always recommend trying new things and staying at new Resort Hotels in order to keep your Disney vacations fresh, exciting and new!

    I am wishing you the most magical vacation this summer! Good luck and have fun deciding! Stop by any time with any of your planning questions!

    I hope to see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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