We conclude our visit to the Crescent Lake area with a fresh review of Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. One of Disney’s smallest restaurants, Beaches has achieved cult-level status among Edy’s ice cream aficionados over the years for their larger-than-life sundaes and relatively inexpensive comfort food. Before this “old-fashioned soda fountain” began taking reservations a couple of years ago, guests waited up to two hours to “revel in the nostalgia of the Atlantic seashore at this boardwalk-style ice cream shop where every day is sundae.”
Now that reservations are available, grabbing a burger or sundae is typically a less-time-consuming experience for those that plan in advance:
Though as I write this review around 11am on December 4th, there’s availability around the time that I requested, in addition to a lot more openings over the course of the day. So it may not prove difficult to secure last-minute reservations.
ESPN Club is the restaurant and bar on the BoardWalk that you probably know is busy on Saturdays and Sundays during football season. And that may be the extent of your knowledge.
And you’re not wrong. It is exactly that. Typically, when somebody asks me where on property they should watch “the game,” I recommend Splitsville at Disney Springs. They’ll be showing whatever you want to see and the space is so mammoth that you won’t find a long line outside waiting to squeeze into a seat at the bar. Disney Springs is also typically easier to get to for those staying outside of the Crescent Lake area given the dedicated buses from every resort on property.
We’ll continue our walk around the Crescent Lake area with a full review of AbracadaBar, the lounge attached to Flying Fish. You can pull up my last review of that signature restaurant dining experience here. Spoiler: it’s among my favorites.
We’ll keep the train rolling around the Yacht Club with a quick look at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill, which is the outdoor quick service and pool bar located outside the gates of Stormalong Bay. We recently took a look inside a refurbished room inside the Yacht Club, in addition to reviews of Ale & Compass Restaurant and Ale & Compass Lounge.
Hanna’s quick service menu is on the short side.
Since we’ve taken some time to inspect the new Ale & Compass Restaurant and the re-imagined Ale & Compass Lounge inside Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, I thought it would be prudent to take a look inside a refurbished room now that the project is over. We’ve recently seen some stark changes at Pop Century in this look at a refurbished room and the same at Coronado Springs in this review.
Dave over at yourfirstvisit.net was nice enough to invite me over to take a look. He has much more thorough thoughts and some comparisons to refurbished rooms over at the Beach Club Resort in this report.
Like other recent room refurbishments, the Yacht Club favors a clean aesthetic and an emphasis on usability.