Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by my daughter Chelsea. Our stay at the Disney Yacht Club Resort was complimentary as part of the TravelingMom network retreat.
My family, like many families, usually stay at hotels that are, well, cheap. The cheaper the better. That’s why I was so surprised by a stay at the Disney Yacht Club Resort! Like seriously, I don’t think I had ever stayed at a hotel with a bell hop. He literally had his own desk, HIS OWN DESK! Why did he even need a desk? I don’t know, but it seemed classy. Let’s not forget about the entire lobby, it was basically the nicest lobby, ever.
And our room, guys our room, was huge! It had two queen size beds, a day bed and a large vanity area with double sinks and two mirrors (you gotta have that with more than one girl in the family)!
The only thing that was super funky, was we shared a balcony with three other rooms, so if the other rooms didn’t close their blinds, and you just so happened to look over, you’d see them. The guy that was staying in the room right beside us, didn’t ever close his blinds, and I guess he was against wearing a shirt? Yeah, he wasn’t the smallest guy. So I mean, I could’ve lived without that. But overall, our room was nice.
And my mom thinks the joint patio would be perfect if you were traveling with friends or family. But, well, that’s her opinion.
Obviously when you stay in a resort, you can’t just stay in the room that would be just too boring. My friend and I absolutely had to adventure around the resort. We walked around the entire property and we knew that place like the backs of our hands.
The gift shop had snacks and clothes and souvenirs, they seriously had everything! They closed at 9:00 though, so you couldn’t get a mid-night snack if you got the munchies. But if you had the mid-day munchies, they gotchu. They also have several restaurants to meet your food needs, in case you want to eat actual food not just junk food, I don’t know why you’d want to do that though, considering it’s a trip and you can eat junk food all day because that’s what you do on trips, but if you wanted to eat real food, it’s there.
One of my favorite things was, the ice cream parlor, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop! Golly, I love ice cream, I would have went to that place every hour of every day if I could have, but I had to fit into my swimsuit so I mean you gotta have priorities.
Talking about swimsuits, the pool, was incredible. There was not just one pool, but three! Plus a water slide and 2 hot tubs. Amazing. The main pool had sand at the bottom, which was different, but super cool.
Obviously we couldn’t just go swimming in the middle of the day, we swam after our long day at Disney, so we were literally the only people swimming, except for the ducks that shared the pool with us. Which was super cute, but I was afraid they would attack us.
We were swimming at night, which even in May, in Florida, was cold. We absolutely had to get into the hot tub after a couple minutes of being out. The hot tub was on the top of, what seemed like a mountain, seriously we had to climb a lot of stairs to get up there. But it was worth it! Two hot tubs on top of the “mountain” so if people were in one, you could avoid them by getting into the other. Because nobody likes to be in a hot tub with strangers, how awkward.
The absolute cutest thing the resort had, was a movie on the beach every night! Literally so cute, I didn’t want to stay out long watching a movie when there was adventuring to be done, but my friend and I stayed a little while to watch, Tangled. Seriously so cute and if you were traveling with young children, you’d probably welcome an excuse to slow down and enjoy the evening show.
I didn’t make it into the Parks much while staying there, but honestly I didn’t mind, the resort was so cool. I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything by choosing not to go into the parks on some of the days. I spent most of my time, out on their man-made beach, reading and tanning.
I would highly recommend a stay at the Disney Yacht Club Resort, it’s seriously so worth it. And one thing I forgot to mention, Epcot, my favorite Disney Park, is only a short walk from the resort. You can walk to Epcot and enter right into the World Showcase. How cool is that?
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