Over to the Beach Club to check out this year’s holiday decorations and take a walk around the resort. As in past Walkabouts, we’ll take a look at the Christmas decor first and then mosey around the rest of the complex.
Like most of the other resorts we’ve seen, the exterior isn’t decked out with decorations. The lampposts are wrapped in lights, ornaments and Christmas-y garlands.
And freshly planted flowers for the holiday. Love it.
The main attraction at the Beach Club is the Gingerbread Carousel.
And accompanying Gingerbread Castle.
The recipe, should you be looking to get going on one for next year.
Wonderland in white.
Trimmed with gingerbread Mickeys. Bonus points for no Stitch elements.
The Beach Club’s gingerbread shop serves treats.
Should you time it correctly.
During off-hours, you can purchase treats at Beach Club Marketplace. We’ll take a look in a little while.
The lobby Christmas tree isn’t quite as inspired as the Yacht Club. But a generic Christmas never killed anyone.
Similar to most of the other resorts, we have garlands hanging around just about wherever they could possibly hang from.
The Solarium is the resort’s major “chill zone.”
It’s a nice space that rarely sees more than a few people. You could probably put the game on and take over the place.
Some holiday touches.
Wreaths hanging from the gazebo near the front of the resort.
Similar to The Solarium, this is The Breezeway at the Beach Club Villas next door.
When you hear people saying the Beach Club is a little less stuffy than the Yacht Club, this is the sort of thing they’re talking about.
A Christmas tree separates The Breezeway from The Drawing Room.
This is another cozy area that rarely sees actual use.
A few more pictures inside:
It’s a good choice if you’re in the mood to get out of the room, but don’t want to sit next to the pool.
One last look at the poinsettias before we move on.
Like all of the Disney Deluxe resorts, Beach Club is mighty pleasant year-round, but the holidays certainly add an extra dose of charm.
Here we are headed over to the resort from Epcot. The Beach Club is just a five minute-ish walk from the International Gateway, making it an easy jaunt over most any time of day. During the Food and Wine Festival, it’s a particularly popular resort choice for the drunks, present company included. For some reason this wedding couple thinks it’s okay to ruin everyone’s pictures by prancing around the beach as if some of us don’t have pictures to take for the Internet! The nerve of some people…
That’s better. The beach area around Crescent Lake is beautiful with the BoardWalk directly across the water and the Yacht Club ahead on the right.
For the holidays, Disney offers Christmas movies on the beach each night at 7pm. They also offer a campfire roast similar to Fort Wilderness, only minus the characters.
I can assure you that the campfire is not as stark as it looks here. I sort of feel like this looks like a bunch of kids cooking a can of beans after the apocalypse. Anyone is welcome to attend the campfire roast if you’re looking to get out of Epcot for an hour around 5pm.
Stormalong Bay is a major selling point of the Beach and Yacht Club resorts. This is about as close as I’m comfortable getting to it with my camera.
This video should give you a better idea.
Yes, that’s a pirate ship in the background. I’m not sure how safe I feel on Disney property knowing that pirates can just sail through Crescent Lake, crash on shore, and Disney will just leave the boat sitting there on the beach. If this is your boat, I recommend claiming it as soon as possible or a cast member is going to take it home with them. Currently, the wreckage is being used as a water slide for Stormalong Bay. Convenient.
Also along the beach is this “Pearl Factory” stand. I think it’s safe to say that it’s the least busy store/kiosk on Disney property. I can’t think of anything that serves fewer people over the course of a given day.
Hair Wraps are also offered from 10am to 5pm. The cost is $2.00 per inch plus the cost of the beads.
Hurricane Hanna’s is the pool bar outside of Stormalong Bay. Although Stormalong usually requires a resort room card to enter, Hanna’s is outside the gate, meaning anyone that wants to can walk up and order.
The current menu:
As you can see in the first image, there are a few tables in the area. This isn’t exactly your prototypical “destination restaurant,” but it would certainly work for a $10 margarita in a pinch.
Beach Club Marketplace is the Beach Club’s principal store and quick service eatery. Remember that the Yacht Club does not have a dedicated quick service. Should you find yourself staying there, you would need to venture over here for most of your meal needs or venture further out to the BoardWalk area.
Unlike the BoardWalk Inn, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, and others, Beach Club has not yet received a new shipment of resort-specific merchandise. Or at least they hadn’t as of last week. If things have changed, feel free to point out that I’m dumb in the comments.
There isn’t a whole lot to it:
A similar assortment to what we’ve seen at the other resorts with DVC attached. I love coconut bars though.
For the holidays, this is where you can purchase gingerbread favorites when the shop in the lobby isn’t open.
Other than pre-packaged goods, Beach Club Marketplace also serves hot and cold entrees and snacks.
Certainly not as diverse of a menu as we saw at the Contemporary Resort and fewer choices than even the Wilderness Lodge. I guess people that stay here are too aristocratic for hamburgers and cupcakes.
Not a very exciting condiment bar either. Shame.
A microwave for general use.
One last look at the serving area. It’s rarely busy outside of 8am – 10am.
There isn’t a lot of seating either. This is the patio seating outside – you won’t really find any tables nearby indoors.
This is the Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry-Brie Spread – $7.99.
You can order it hot or cold. I made a mistake and ordered it hot, when it probably would have been better cold. Normally if you purchase a sandwich at something like Quizno’s or Subway, they grill the sandwich with the meat and cheese on it and then add the spread, lettuce, etc. after it comes out. In this case, they put everything on the sandwich, lettuce and cranberry spread included, and stuck it on the grill. Other than that, it was a perfectly decent sandwich. No Holiday Sandwich from Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney, but certainly passable with a generous helping of turkey and several slices of what may-have-at-one-time-been-crispy bacon. The Cranberry-Brie spread in particular made the sandwich a little more “special” than your standard turkey and cheddar. Nothing worth going out of your way for, but it’s nice to know that they can put together a decent made-to-order sandwich when given the opportunity. Recommended if you’re staying at the resort – just order it cold or ask that just the meat and cheese be heated.
Your other dining options in the afternoon. Somewhat slim:
This is Cape May Cafe, which is located just off the lobby.
Here, to be exact. Behind us is the Gingerbread Carousel in the middle of the lobby and to the right is check-in/check-out.
Breakfast is a Character Meal Buffet featuring Minnie, Donald, and Goofy (read: no Mickey). The cost is currently $26.99/Adults and $14.99/Kids. It’s perfectly decent, though the fact that it’s missing Mickey is somewhat odd. It’s also a hassle to get over here using Disney transportation in the morning unless you’re staying at the Beach Club, Yacht Club, BoardWalk Inn, Swan, or Dolphin. The good news is that it’s usually less crazy than Chef Mickey’s over at the Contemporary. While Chef Mickey’s would be slightly more expensive, you do get Mickey and Pluto as well. If you’re looking for a breakfast buffet, but don’t want the cost or the noise that accompanies a character meal, head over to the Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club.
For dinner, Cape May is a “Clam-Bake-themed” buffet without characters. With a cost of $39.99 for adults and $18.99 for kids, it certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s one of (the only?) the only Disney buffets that serves snow crab legs along with clams, mussels, seafood pot pie and other items. Full menu over at AllEars here: http://allears.net/menu/menu_cmc.htm.
Ariel’s is reserved for private functions like wedding receptions or big blogger conventions for websites much more relevant than this one.
Martha’s Vineyard is the resort’s main bar/lounge area.
Seems nondescript enough. Never had a drink here – not really my scene (fall down drunks, dirt, fights, grime, etc.). Too classy.
Enjoy a taste of Cape May, huh? For $6.99 I hope they don’t just go next door and scoop out a bowl of soup from the buffet.
Our ride is here. Looks like it’s time to pile in and be on our way.
That’s the Beach Club for the holidays.