We visited Walt Disney World with the family in early December and had the BEST time!
After much research, and with the help of our amazing travel planner (Glass Slipper Concierge), we decided to stay at Disney’s Beach Club.
We spent four nights at Beach Club and really enjoyed our time there. The hotel is modeled after a late 1800s New England beach resort.
The best part of Beach Club is the incredible pool area!
Stormalong Bay boasts 3 acres of aquatic fun including a massive sand-bottomed pool, life-size shipwreck with slides, a lazy river, and 3 whirlpool spas. Our kids were in heaven!
The shallow beach area was their very favorite.
We only really spent one afternoon at the pool. If we’d had another day we definitely would have hung out more! The pool would also be realllllly awesome without kids.
The room was just your standard room with two queen beds and a futon. It worked out well, as Mac slept on the futon and Julia had her own bed. I think some sort of two bedroom suite would really be ideal, but it worked for us.
Tip- bring LOTS of bottled water (we brought a case) and snacks. I don’t think we ended up buying a single million dollar bottle of water the entire trip. I stocked our stroller with waters and snacks each morning before heading out and we were set!
There were SO many things I loved about the Beach Club. The biggest pros in my mind were the proximity to Epcot AND Hollywood Studios. Epcot was literally an 8 minute walk from our hotel room! We went two evenings for dinner. Hollywood Studios was about a 15-20 minute walk, or they have ferry boats that make the trip even quicker.
I know those aren’t the typical favorite little kid parks, but we really enjoyed being so close to Epcot for dinner. We wouldn’t have wanted to spend an entire day there with a 2 and 4 year old, so a few hours in the evening was perfect.
I suppose a con would be that you have to take the bus to Magic Kingdom. Bus transit at Disney is NOT my favorite! Next time I think we’ll drive and park at the Monorail parking lot or at a Magic Kingdom resort and hop on the monorail. I can’t stand being at the mercy of the bus. We drove to Animal Kingdom and it was only about a 1o minute drive, which was easy peasy.
Our first night at the hotel we ate at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop (this ended up being one of only two meals we ate at our hotel- the other was lunch at the poolside bar on the afternoon we arrived.).
Beaches and Cream is a boardwalk-style soda fountain complete with milkshakes, burgers, sandwiches, and crazy ice cream concoctions (the Kitchen Sink serves 4 and comes smothered in every topping they offer!).
Julia and I split the grilled chicken sandwich with brie, veggies, and a raspberry vinaigrette on multi-grain bread that was great. The melty brie was really good.
Mac had macaroni and cheese (and fries, hah!), and Jason had a turkey sandwich with cranberries, gouda, and jalapeño jam. It was interesting. 😉
The start of the show was dessert. Mac’s kids’ meal came with an adorable Mickey sundae that the waiter graciously split (AKA brought each kid their own).
Jason and I split the Fudge Mudslide that was loaded with a chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, Oreos, and whipped cream. YUM!
Beaches and Cream isn’t anything special, but it’s a very family-friendly option if you are staying at The Beach Club. I wouldn’t go out of your way to eat here if you aren’t already staying at the hotel.
All in all, we really enjoyed staying at The Beach Club. The only other Disney property we’ve stayed at was Polynesian, which we also loved (being close to Magic Kingdom is always great). Again, the proximity to two different parks is just so appealing!
Which Disney property hotels are your favorite?