This three part series just became four parts!
A question I always pose to myself when daydreaming of being poolside at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (I’m not about to go throwing the Vacation Club moniker in there) is… If I stayed in the Yacht Club first, would I love the Yacht Club more than the Beach Club?
Because the Yacht Club is grey and the Beach Club in the brightest of light blue. A light blue that accentuates the cream colors of the lobby and the chlorinated water. Walking from Yacht to Beach is like unto walking from Kansas to Oz – and the shipwreck in Stormalong Bay was from a tornado…
Wait, was that part of the design? Did I hear that some place before?
Is that an Imagineering choice?
No immediate luck (that’s to be continued).
There is something about that New England Cape Codian blue that to this day defines the Beach Club and sets it a part from every single resort in WDW. Every. Single. One.
The Polynesian is hidden within the lush tropics. The Grand Floridian looks out of your league. The Contemporary is an icon. Wilderness Lodge appears to be in a nook. The Boardwalk wants to be a theme park.
The Beach Club is inviting.
That light blue calls to you.
I have to go back!!!
Something I haven’t talked about before is my favorite alarm clock in Disney World. The best sound to wake up to is that of the Friendship Boats while sleeping in your Beach Club bed.
As Brother Dillo blogged previously in: The Beach Club at 25, “Within two years, the Beach Club Resort would surpass the Polynesian as the favorite Dillo Resort (perhaps Sista Dillo thinks that’s a bold statement).”
Bold? Perhaps. But somewhat true.
For me, The Beach Club Resort represents the second half of my Disney vacationing life. The Polynesian represents the first. These two hotels made us fall in love with Disney, with Deluxe resorts and of course, spoiled us for life.
We can walk past The Beach Club and point out which rooms we stayed in. We can tell you about the corner room right next the quiet pool that was probably our favorite because…um, it was next to the quiet pool! We could leave our room through our patio doors and there we would be. We can also tell you how we were sad to see the shrubbery that was planted because it meant that future guests of that room couldn’t do the same.
We can tell you about celebrities we shared the elevator with, the ones we walked behind and the pictures that hung on the wall of Beaches and Cream of all those that stayed there.
Time out for Fun Facts:
- You used to be able to see MGM from the back of the Beach Club!
- It took me years to go down the slide in Stormalong Bay.
- The air conditioning of the lobby…I mean come on.
Beaches and Cream used to connect directly to the game room. We could play basketball and knock hockey and then walk right through for some burgers and ice cream. Now you have to go outside and back in again (its the little things we miss).
We have blogged many times of the serenity of the quiet pool. The place of baptism for my son (Disney baptism). A body of water to cleanse our soul and breathe in the Disney air. A pool where our family came together and relaxed.
Dillos don’t love change and changes have been made at this resort that we don’t love. But it doesn’t take away our love for the resort.
Happy Birthday Beach Club Resort!
Disney’s (Yacht &) Beach Club Resort turns 25 this week, so Brother & Sista Dillo are taking a look back (and into) what has made the Beach Club my (if not our) favorite WDW Resort over the past quarter century.
Without question, one of the perks of steering away from what are now called Magic Kingdom Resorts and towards EPCOT Resorts was the three acre mini water park that connected Disney’s Yacht Club to Disney’s Beach Club. Stormalong Bay presented just enough liquid elements to keep this teen of the 90’s invested when not inside one of the (then) WDW theme parks.
Having never visited River Country and Typhoon Lagoon still on our soon-to-visit radar, the closest experience had with a water themed thrill was the mini Polynesian Village slide at the main pool.
Stormalong Bay was a significant upgrade: a lazy river, a sand bottomed pool, a swirling pool, and a 230 foot slide down the mast of a shipwrecked… Ship.
Back in the day, as the oldtimers say, there was no checkpoint to gain access to the nearly 800,000 gallons of water at your disposal. You could run down and jump in – or run up and slide down. After some time, and multiple visits… and multiple scartches on my back sliding down the mast of a ship, the Resort became more crowded and the Bay area became less inviting.
On top of that, the real perfect storm called to us. An alternative to this mini water park nestled within these New England themed Resorts.
This alternative would change the way we Dillos defined tranquility.
This alternative would change the way we Dillos defined serenity.
This alternative became the chicken soup for our soul.
I was 14 years old walking from the United Kingdom towards France at the World Showcase in EPCOT when I came upon the long, ‘this area is being refurbished for your future enjoyment’, wall. The pictures pointed to the future…
‘EPCOT Resorts?’, my 14 year old self said to myself. ‘That’s ridiculous’, why are you going to break the illusion of the World Showcase, or the whole, entire EPCOT Center (as it was known at the time) theme park for that matter… With hotels?
Within two years, the Beach Club Resort would surpass the Polynesian as the favorite Dillo Resort (perhaps Sista Dillo thinks that’s a bold statement).
All week long Dillo’s Diz celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort… But mostly the Beach Club.
I’ve been reading famed Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar’s book ‘Dream It! Do It!’ (this is a must for Diz lovers), and the the first thing that really caught my attention in it was how Halloween crowds were making a serious challenge to Christmas attendance numbers…
I’m not a Halloween guy. Halloween and my birthday are too close together so, when those two days approached as a kid – the excitement landed me with bronchitis. That ruined Halloween for me to this very day. I try to dress up and my costume doesn’t look the way I had hoped. I try to Trick or Treat and no gives me candy…
Wait, that’s not right.
Joking aside, this is the first time the Halloween decor at the Magic Kingdom and the Hallomerchandise all throughout the park and, the next day, at Downtown Disney, really made me take notice.
I mean, how could you not want Haunted Mansion ornamentation?
See, but I like ornaments… ones that go on a Christmas Tree. WDW at Christmas enhanced the season for me as a kid… and as a young adult (let’s just say I felt it was an honor that I got to ‘spend some time’ with Santa Goofy). The Main Street Christmas loop is a frequent selection in December. That’s why Disney’s Days of Christmas is such a dangerous store for me. My apartment is Disneyfied just enough (even in my opinion) but, let’s be real, if you’re buying more Christmas decor you’re not going to get rid of your old Disney decor… There’s nostalgia in that!
I was also proud of myself for not buying this shirt…
Or this awesome Mad Hatter mug…
After hitting my Downtown Disney trifecta (Days of Christmas, Once Upon a Toy, World of Disney) it was off to the serene loop that is Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club. It was a college football Saturday, so the ESPN club was hopping so no boneless wings for me. It was off to Beaches & Cream for my favorite Chocolate Shake before heading to the airport and bringing our 28 Hours of The Diz to a close. That didn’t stop us from taking a good hour or so to enjoy this view…
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