Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 29, 2012
    Renee from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    which resort has the better beach? grand floridian or beach club resort? i have a 7 and 11 yr old.

    Hi Renee,

    First let me tell you that while you can enjoy lakeside sandy "beach" areas at several of the Disney resorts, there are no hotels that offer beach swimming. You are not permitted to swim in the lakes. This means that the beach areas are just for lounging or building castles. With this in mind, I'd say that the beach areas at the Grand Floridian and Beach Club are fairly similar.

    There are two possible advantages to the Grand Floridian:

    - The Beach area and pool area are quite close, so it might be possible to supervise older children playing nearby in both areas.
    - There are private cabanas available for rent at the Grand Floridian. If you want to invest some time/money into your "beach" experience, this can be very comfortable.

    On the plus side for the Beach Club, I happen to prefer the food served beachside at the Beach Club over the Grand Floridian.

    With that out of the way, lets discuss the POOL situation at the two resorts. The pool at the Beach Club is MUCH better than the pool at the Grand Floridian. It is larger, has more/better slides, more interactive features, and most importantly has a sandy bottom. This means that the Beach Club pool very much simulates what it would be like to be in the water at the beach.

    From an outdoor/water/beach perspective, my own children greatly prefer the Beach Club over the Floridian. 

    Hope that helps. Please let us know if you have additional questions. 

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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