Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Review
I’m fully convinced that Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is Disney World’s most underrated hotel. It’s for sure my new favorite onsite hotel (and yes, I’m liking it even more than one of Disney’s flagship hotels). I’ll pause, insert your shock here. Done? Okay!
Maybe it’s the fact that Disney’s Boardwalk is only a stroll away?
Or that Epcot is a short walk (no Disney buses involved!)? Or, just past the iconic lighthouse, guests can take a boat over to Hollywood Studios?
Or possibly it’s the fantastic pool complex (that’s shared with its sister hotel, Disney’s Beach Club Resort), which far surpasses any other Disney resort pool?
Maybe my adoration for Disney’s Yacht Club comes in the form of poolside service, and the many poolside (and non-poolside) dining options?
Or, the fact that there’s an ENTIRE PIRATE SHIP that also doubles as a WATERSLIDE?
Perhaps it’s the lobby’s warm, wood tones that enchanted me. I mean, it is such a peaceful lobby. Guys, it’s so calm. In Disney!
Or maybe it was the details? I loved the fun, nautical touches, which kept its theming in check…
Honestly, I think it was a little bit of everything – a mixture of wonderful features and amenities that really set this hotel apart.
Not only that, it was the service too. Since our stay on Disney property in 2014, 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. 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 the little touches like these that I LOVE.
We checked in, and amazingly, our room was ready, despite the early hour. 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 plus in my book.
We had a standard view room (which had a decent sized balcony and overlooked the roof/tops of trees). This is the most “inexpensive” view category, and really, I thought it was great, as was the room itself!
While the decor could use some updating, everything was still well appointed. Especially considering the hotel is set to be refurbished shortly, as soon as it’s sister hotel is finished with their renovation.
Simply put, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort won over my Disney-loving heart. Honestly, I would stay here every single time and be happy, but of course there are many Disney properties out there to try! However, I personally already can’t wait to return to this one in the future!