I’m convinced Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is Disney World’s most underrated hotel. It’s for sure my new favorite onsite resort (and yes, I’m liking it even more than this one). I’ll pause, you may insert your shock here. Done? Okay!
Maybe it’s the fact that Disney’s Boardwalk is right there?
Or that Epcot is a short walk (and no Disney buses are involved)? Or, just past the iconic lighthouse, guests can take a boat over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
Or possibly it’s the fantastic pool complex (that’s shared with its sister hotel, Disney’s Beach Club Resort)? We stayed there back in 2010, and my goodness I missed this pool! It’s called Stormalong Bay, and by far surpasses any other Disney resort pool!
Maybe my adoration for Disney’s Yacht Club Resort comes in the form of poolside service, and the many poolside (and non-poolside) dining options that are here?
Or, the fact that there’s a PIRATE SHIP that doubles as a WATERSLIDE?
Perhaps it’s the lobby’s warm, wood tones that are so enchanting? It is such a peaceful lobby. I mean, you guys, it’s so calm. In Disney!
Or maybe it’s all the little details? I loved the fun, nautical touches, which kept the theme in check!
Honestly, I think its all of the above. There’s a broad mix of wonderful features and amenities that really sets this hotel apart.
I can’t forget about the service either. Since our last onsite stay, Disney has really upped the ante. For example, we had a welcoming committee waiting for our arrival, and by that I mean when we pulled up via Disney’s Magical Express (Disney’s transportation to/from the airport), a lady was standing outside with a tablet, literally waiting for us to arrive. And as soon as we debarked, she approached us and only us, “Mr. and Mrs. LASTNAME”? Yes, that’s us! “Welcome!” She immediately escorted us to the check in desk, and really, it’s little touches like these that I LOVE.
So we checked right in, and amazingly, despite the early hour, our room was ready. I find this unbelievably accommodating. It’s obvious when check in time is, and any hotel that can accommodate a guest earlier gets a big check in my book.
We had a standard view room (which had a decent size balcony, and overlooked the roof/tops of trees). This is the most “inexpensive” view category here, and really, I thought it was great.
While the decor could use some updating, everything was well appointed. Especially considering the hotel is set to be refurbished shortly, as soon as it’s sister hotel (Disney’s Beach Club Resort) is finished with their renovation.
Simply put, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort won over my Disney-loving heart. Honestly, I could stay here every single visit and be happy. Of course there are many Disney properties out there to try! Still, I already can’t wait to return here in the future!