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Complete Guide to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (w/ review)

Complete Guide to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (w/ review)

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is 1 of 8 Deluxe Resort hotels (not including Deluxe Villas) on Walt Disney World Property. It offers stunning views, popular dining, and a fan-favorite swimming pool that guests can’t get enough of. Yacht Club is also located right next to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which is accessible just by walking.

Here’s everything you need to know about Yacht Club.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Location is about a 5-10 minute walk to Epcot and the Boardwalk area, boat ride or walk to Hollywood Studios, close to Disney Skyliner Station, Stormalong Bay is the best on-site pool, Cast Members get higher praise than most other resorts, all rooms have balconies, dog-friendly

Cons: Not as well suited for families with small children, shared buses with a few other resorts can mean long bus rides

Overview

Resort category: Deluxe

Resort area: Epcot

Address & Phone Number
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8407
(407) 934-7000

Located in the Epcot Resort Area, Yacht Club isn’t just within walking distance of the Beach Club, but Epcot itself. There is a path that leads directly to the International Gateway. What’s better than that?

disney's yacht club resort

It’s definitely a pricier resort, but for good reason. Based on location, sharing several amenities with Beach Club, just a boat ride away from Hollywood Studios, access to the Skyliner at Epcot, and much more, Yacht Club has a lot to offer. 

Plus, the New England-style resort sits on the water and truly is a gorgeous resort right on property. Here’s everything you need to know.

Guest Rooms and Bathrooms

Yacht Club offers a variety of rooms that can sleep up to 6 people, depending on the type of room you book.

disney's yacht club guest room

Each rooms offers your standard amenities, like a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi, a Keurig coffee maker, telephone, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and a mini-refrigerator. Plus, there’s a range of views, including a view of the water, pool, garden, woods, rooftop, or parking area.

There’s even a selection of rooms that feature Club Level Service, which we go over in more detail below.

disney's yacht club guest room

And, don’t worry, there are plenty of outlets and USB ports for charging all of your devices. Better yet, there’s plenty of storage for your belongings, including space under the bed, drawers, and closet space. 

The bathrooms have storage underneath the sink and vanity area, as well, which is also separate from the shower and toilet area. 

Let’s go through the types of rooms available to book.

Room Types without Club-Level Access

The are several types of rooms to book that include:

  • Garden or Woods View
  • Standard View
  • Water View
  • King Bed
  • 2 Bedroom Suite – Club Level Access
  • Standard View – Club Level
  • Garden View – Club Level
  • Water View – Club Level
disney's yacht club room fifth sleeper

Here is a further breakdown of rooms and what they include view and bed-wise.

Keep in mind that the day beds are not pull-down beds. Day beds are made for an adult, like a twin bed.

  • Standard View: Views of Rooftop or Parking Area; 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed or 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed
disney's yacht club guest room 2 queen beds
  • Water View: Views of Crescent Lake or Quiet Pool; 2 Queen Beds or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed or 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed
  • Garden or Woods View: Views of Garden; 2 Queen Beds or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed
disney's yacht club guest room bathroom
  • King Bed: Room views vary; 1 King Bed

Rooms and Suites with Club-Level Access

These rooms and suites have the same amenities provided in the rooms above, in addition to Club-Level Service perks. They include:

  • Evening turndown
  • Secured key access to the club-level lounge (serves refreshments 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily)
  • Complimentary fax assistance
  • Club Level Concierge – Regatta Club
  • Complimentary health club access
  • Complimentary newspapers in Club Level lounge

Guests also have access to a DVD Player and Disney Signature Services for personal assistance with your trip.

Here are the rooms:

  • Standard View Club-Level: Views of Rooftop or Parking Area; 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed
disney's yacht club guest room shower
disney's yacht club guest room closet
  • Garden View Club-Level: Views of Garden; 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed
  • Water View Club-Level: Views of one of the Stormalong Bay Lagoons; 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed
disney's yacht club guest room keurig
disney's yacht club guest room balcony
  • 2 Bedroom Suite – Club-Level Access: Views of Stormalong Bay or Crescent Lake; 2 King Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa
Two bedroom suite club level room at Yacht Club
Two bedroom suite club level room at Yacht Club

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include accessible bathrooms and visual alarms.

You can check out room layouts below.

Pet-Friendly Policy

Yacht Club is pet-friendly, but there are certain conditions that must be met. First, there’s a limit of 2 dogs per room. In order to bring your dog with you, you’ll need to call (407) 939-7539.

There’s also a day and overnight kennel care at Best Friends Pet Care located on property.

Yacht Club Resort Room Options

Room type(s)Bed sizeMax people
per room
Floor plan
Water View
Views of Crescent Lake or Quiet Pool
1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Day Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds5 adults
yacht club floor plan
Garden or Woods View
Views of gardens
1 King Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Day Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds5 adultsyacht club floor plan
Standard View
Views of Rooftop or Parking Area
1 King Bed or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Day Bed and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds5 adultsyacht club floor plan
King Bed
Views will vary
1 King Bed2 adults
Standard View – Club Level
Views of Rooftop or Parking Area
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds4 Adultsyacht club floor plan
Garden View – Club Level
Views of Garden
2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed4 Adultsyacht club floor plan
Water View – Club Level
Views of One of the Stormalong Bay Lagoons
1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed4 Adultsyacht club floor plan
2 Bedroom Suite – Club Level Access
Views of Stormalong Bay or Crescent Lake
2 King Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa6 adults

VIDEO: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort tour (rooms, pools, dining)

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

disney's yacht club lobby

The front desk is located in the lobby of the main building. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

disney's yacht club bell services

The lobby is a nice size, with plenty of seating. Ale & Compass Restaurant and Ale & Compass Lounge are nearby, along with the Crew’s Cup Lounge

disney's yacht club front desk

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the bus stop are also right outside the main lobby. As for Bell Services and luggage storage, you can find that counter inside in the lobby.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Package Delivery & Pick Up

You can have packages and groceries delivered to your Disney Resort hotel, along with shipping select items home.

Disney used to have a service where you were able to purchase items in the parks and then have them delivered to your resort’s gift shop. However, that service has been unavailable for several years now.

Parking

Although parking at Disney World resort hotels used to cost a nightly fee for resort guests, Disney has changed their policy so that parking is now free for all on-site resort guests. This change was implemented on January 10, 2023.

Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Important: Valet parking might not always be available.

yacht club parking lot

Resort Map

yacht club resort map walt disney world

Yacht Club Building

Yacht Club rooms are located in one main building. As soon as you enter the lobby, you’ll see a sitting area, the front desk, and Bell Services.

disney's yacht club lobby

There is a set of stairs, which you will climb to find your room. There is also a set of elevators.

Amenities And Shops

From gift shops, to on-site laundry services, to spa and fitness, there are several amenities offered to guests at Yacht Club.

yacht club the market at ale and compass

Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

  • Beach Club Marketplace Gifts: An all-purpose shop with souvenirs, apparel, grab ‘n’ go food items, beverages, and more.
  • Market at Ale & Compass: Find everyday essentials, souvenirs, beverages, and snacks.
the market at ale & compass yacht club
  • Laundry Services: There are 24-hour self-service laundry facilities available near Admiral Pool.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
disney's yacht club laundry room
  • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies in the Solarium or on the lawn outdoors near the volleyball courts.
  • Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness: Full-service exercise facility with fitness equipment and spa offerings.
disney's yacht club fitness room

Pools And Recreation

Yacht Club has one main feature pool and two leisure pools. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying a Disney Resort pool.

disney's yacht club stormalong bay pool

Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

Feature Pool

disney's yacht club stormalong bay pool
  • Stormalong Bay: A sand-bottomed pool with a lazy river that also has a life-size shipwreck replica. It has one of the highest hotel waterslides. There’s pool covers three acres. Guests can also enjoy the pool bar and grill, Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill.

Leisure Pools

disney's yacht club leisure pool
  • Yacht Club: The Admiral Pool is located in the garden area near the tennis court. Located in the garden are
  • Beach Club: The Tidal Pool is in the garden area near the volleyball court. 
  • Beach Club Villas: Yacht Club guests are allowed to use the Beach Club Villas’ leisure pool, the Dunes Cove Pool.

All of the leisure pools also have steaming whirlpool spas. Guests can also rent pool cabanas, which are exclusively for Yacht and Beach Club guests.

Some other recreational options include:

  • Lafferty Place (arcade games)
  • Fishing
disney's yacht club bayside marina
  • Motorized Boat Rentals
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
disney's yacht club tennis court
  • Jogging Trails
  • Campfire to roast marshmallows

There are also specialties for an additional price, including:

Restaurant & Dining Options

Yacht Club has a variety of dining options. You can find Quick Service and Table Service options, along with lounges.

The Market at Ale & Compass offers Mobile Order, while Ale & Compass Restaurant offers Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location.

Ale & Compass Restaurant also has Table Service To Go, which allows guests to Mobile Order and take their meal back to their room.

Yacht Club is also located within walking distance to Beach Club, meaning guests have access to even more dining, including the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, a popular place to snag some delicious ice cream.

You can read more about the dining options at Yacht Club below.

Quick Service

Although you don’t need reservations to dine at the Quick Service locations at Yacht Club, you may want to consider using Mobile Order where available.

The Market at Ale & Compass

the market at ale and compass yacht club

This is a grab-and-go spot for those who want a quick breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can find a range of items that aren’t too out-of-the-box, like eggs, breakfast sandwiches, Mickey-shaped waffles, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches.

the market at ale and compass yacht club

Location type: Grab-and-go
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Plenty of grab-and-go options and specialty coffee plus bakery cases and Coke Freestyle machines for drinks and refills, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons:  Limited selection and no outdoor seating

Table Service

Table Service locations typically require Advanced Dining Reservations. You can make those online or inside of the Disney Experience app.

Ale & Compass

ale & compass restaurant yacht club

Here you can enjoy New England comfort food and classic seafood dishes in a coastal-inspired restaurant.

ale & compass restaurant yacht club

Location type: Casual dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Reasonably priced, food appeals to many people
  • Cons: Difficult to get to using Disney transportation unless you are staying in the Epcot resorts area

Crew’s Cup Lounge

crew cup lounge yacht club

In addition to beverages, you can also order dinner here between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., including a wedge salad, a prime rib, lobster bisque, and more.

crew cup lounge yacht club

Location type: Lounge
Type of food: American
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Specialty drinks available (in addition to standard drink options), good appetizer options, usually pretty quiet
  • Cons: Disney Dining Plan not accepted

Yachtsman Steakhouse

yachtsman steakhouse disney's yacht club

A New England-style steakhouse serving premium steaks, fresh seafood, and more.

yachtsman steakhouse disney's yacht club

Location type: Fine/Signature dining
Type of food: American, Steakhouse
Meals served: Dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Amazing service, fantastic food
  • Cons: Expensive

Everything Else

Looking to grab a snack or maybe just a cup of hot coffee or even a cocktail? Here’s where you can do that:

Ale & Compass Lounge

ale and compass lounge yacht club

This lounge serves both cocktails and appetizers beginning at 4 p.m. daily. Food is only available until 10 p.m.

Location type: Bar and lounge
Type of food: American
Meals served: Drinks and appetizers

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Contemporary design with a cozy and intimate setting, good appetizers and drinks
  • Cons: Small seating area, limited food options

VIDEO: 6 Dining Options at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort

How to get from Yacht Club to anywhere at Disney World

yacht club signage disney skyliner

You can choose from several forms of complimentary Disney transportation at Yacht Club, including buses (takes you to all the parks and Disney Springs), the Disney Skyliner at the International Gateway (walk the Epcot path), and a boat to Hollywood Studios (you can also take a 20-minute walk here). 

yacht club bus station

The bus stop is right outside the main entrance. All of the different ways to get from Yacht Club to anywhere in Disney World is detailed below.

wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
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4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
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8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
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Scheduled Refurbishments

None scheduled right now.

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