Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing the best resorts to spend the holidays at Walt Disney World.
The Beach Club Hotel at Disney World
The Beach Club Hotel is my favorite resort; not just at Disney World, but anywhere I have ever been. The decor is New England-style. It is particularly beautiful at Christmastime (in Disney-speak this is from early November through December, because the decorations are up for that long).
If I was wealthy, I would have a house built that looks like it, with a great common room called The Solarium. Our first time staying here was in 2010, when they had just remodeled. We have returned every year around Christmas, and will be again this year.
The ambiance is a hard term to completely define, but it is a general atmosphere including sights, sounds, smells, etc. The Beach Club Hotel is particularly good at this; especially during the holidays when the lobby smells like a mix of vanilla and gingerbread. They pipe in Christmas music, decorate to the hilt, and have a gingerbread carousel. The decorations are both inside and outside. There is a homeyness that is both comforting and invigorating. Just being there makes you feel happy.
The Beach Club Hotel (which is joined with The Yacht Club Resort) is considered one of the Epcot resorts. The Beach Club is within easy walking distance of the international gateway of Epcot. The Friendship Boats are easily accessible to take you to Hollywood Studios. The Yacht Club and The Boardwalk Inn are the other two Disney Epcot Resorts.
The Hotel has so much to offer with their entertainment and dining options.
Stormalong Bay is known to be the best pool at Disney World and is highly coveted by guests at other resorts. You must show proof that you are staying at The Beach or Yacht Club Resort to be admitted.
It this is a 3-acre water fun zone with a life-size shipwreck that houses one of the highest water slides at Disney World. It also has a lazy river, 3 whirlpool spas, a kiddie pool and slide, and a special sand beach that slopes gently into the main pool.
For a more relaxing pool experience, there are 3 additional quiet pools with whirlpools throughout the property.
Crescent Lake water activities – rent a variety of boats to sail or fish on the lake.
Book a Pirate Cruise on the lake for ages 4-12.
Other activities – Disney movies under the stars each night on the beach, a marshmallow roast on the beach nightly, tennis, table tennis, bike rentals, volleyball, jogging, spa, health club, an arcade, and a playground. There is also a supervised kid’s club called Sandcastle Club for ages 3-12.
Cape May Cafe offers a character breakfast in the morning and a seafood buffet in the evening.
Beach and Cream Soda Shop serves burgers, sandwiches and, of course, ice cream. It is known for “The Kitchen Sink” which is full of every sweet ingredient you can think of.
The Beach Club Marketplace offers pizza, sandwiches, soups, salads, and breakfast items and is the location of the gift shop.
There is a poolside quick-service location by Stormalong Bay which offers sandwiches and a few other options including mixed drinks.
There are other dining options that are located in the adjoining Yacht Club Resort: The Yachtsman Steakhouse, Captain’s Grille, Ale & Compass Lounge, Crew’s Cup Lounge, and Martha’s Vineyard.
Twenty-four hour room service is also available.
The Beach Club Hotel at Disney World is my favorite resort at the holidays. The decorations are beautiful, the atmosphere unparalleled, and there is a plethora of entertainment and dining options.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Best Disney Resorts to Spend the Holidays Loop:
- 1st Stop – Adventurer Mom | Very MerryTime Cruises – Disney Cruise Line
- 2nd Stop – Froniterland Station | Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- 3rd Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- 4th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Disney’s Beach Club Resort