When it comes to Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is a very special place. We were blessed to stay there for the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and I was delighted to discover all the wonderful amenities and surprises it had in store. Because our family loves Epcot Center and my love runs deep thanks to my Walt Disney World College Program Internship at the Universe of Energy, the best perk of all has to be location. Much to our delight, we were able to walk right up to the back gates of Epcot Center, entering between England and France.
As in all things Disney, the theming left no detail unturned. The resort is detailed with an 1890s influence including fancy-cut shingles, French doors, and more details that truly transform the complex into a seaside getaway. It sits on Crescent Lake, designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, acclaimed for his incredible East Coast seaside home designs.
Not without a captain at the helm, the cast members at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort make sure you feel welcome at every turn. The Lobby is so elegant, outfitted with antique chandeliers, rich millwork and brass to set the stage and transport you to a New England frame of mind.
Another wonderful surprise was discovering Stormalong Bay. Hands down the most water-park like hotel pool we’ve ever enjoyed, its a 3-acre facility designed to look and feel like a Nantucket beach with a life sized shipwreck. Only better because it includes water slides, snorkeling, and a lazy river among multiple swimming areas.
Every room captures the essence of your own private state room on a yacht with all the pixie dust only Disney can provide. Each of the 621 very luxurious rooms and suites are decorated in signature nautical colors of blue and white with yacht like details everywhere you turn. Rooms start at just under $400.
Every hotel room has a balcony with French doors, and as you can see from the picture above, the styling of the balcony railings just ads to the sense that you’ve stepped into a seaside resort.
I loved stepping out of my room each morning to travel the boardwalk to our daily events and while I captured this quiet moment, it was often full of early morning runners making the most of this incredibly magical time of day.
Stormalong Bay at night is a treat without measure. Show me a child (or grownup) who doesn’t love swimming at night while the pool is lit with the soft glow of lights and the stars take their place in the night sky. For the days where we were able, this was the best reward we could offer for good behavior and well worth the earning for kids and grown ups alike. When we checked into Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, I had no idea what to expect and it I can honestly say its a treasure, especially if your favorite park is Epcot Center. Tell me…
Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World soon? Where do you plan to stay?
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Disclosure: Special thanks to Disney Social Media and PR for inviting me to attend the New Fantasyland Media Event. I was not asked to post and all opinions are entirely my own.