We’re off to the Yacht Club to check out the Christmas decorations and have a look around the resort. Better known as the Beach Club’s snooty in-laws, the Yacht Club is smack dab in the middle of the Epcot area, which is code for the furthest walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It does have its advantages, including the Stormalong Bay Pool Complex that it shares with the Beach Club. It’s also located on the gorgeous 25-acre Crescent Lake and overlooks the (family friendly) hustle and bustle of Disney’s BoardWalk.
The Yacht Club in the daylight.
And at night.
Although Yacht Club and Beach Club “share” many amenities, including the Stormalong Bay Pool Complex, Hurricane Hannah’s Pool Bar, Beaches & Cream Ice Cream Palace, Beach Club Marketplace (quick service eatery), and boat launch, it does stand out in the balcony category. As you can see, nearly every single room has a full size balcony or patio. At Beach Club, the balconies are either much smaller or nonexistent.
Like the other Disney resorts and theme parks, the Yacht Club’s flower beds transform into beautiful shades of red and green.
Flowers running up and down along Stormalong Bay.
Poinsettias with itty bitty trees coming out of them. These chairs overlook the courtyard. If you’re feeling particularly snooty, it’s an excellent location to stick the left side of your upper lip high into the air and hold out your single malt scotch nonchalantly in your right hand. Take it from someone who knows.
I call this plant, “Christmas Chewbacca.” No disrespect, Chewbacca. Obviously. I want to keep my head. Speaking of which, I keep expecting a head to pop out and an episode of Fraggle Rock to start. We’ll be seeing these all over the place in Epcot.
The Yacht Club’s main Christmas attraction is this miniature train set.
A few more shots:
If you’re wondering what I look like, that guy passed out and dying underneath the Crew’s Cup Lounge was modeled after my likeness. The train set is a ton of fun. Spend some time looking at all of the intricate details, many of which are inspired by the Yacht Club itself and Walt Disney World in general.
The Christmas Tree serves as the Resort’s A-Ticket attraction.
It features some of the more inspired ornaments, including yachts, lighthouses, canoes, and explorers’ ships.
The lobby from the second floor. The train set is behind the tree in the upper right hand corner.
Some of the “always available” decorations – backgammon and model ships.
And the requisite area for kids to watch television while the parents check in or argue with the concierge over why they can’t get a reservation at Chef Mickey’s (But we’re paying $475/night and my daughter is a little princess…)
Checking out the globe.
They were forgetting one important landmark so I added it for them. This isn’t Photoshop’d like most of my pictures.
Into Fittings Fairings Clothes and Notions. Because you know, that doesn’t sound pretentious. At all.
They had a decent variety of resort-specific merchandise. Like the merchandise that has popped up at the Wilderness Lodge and BoardWalk Inn, this stuff just arrived last month. The Beach Club’s hasn’t arrived yet though – they just have a pin. I’m sure it’s a nice pin though.
Not a bad haul.
Back out to the main lobby.
Also off the lobby is the appropriately decorated Ale & Compass Lounge. Like at the BoardWalk Inn, which also doesn’t have a dedicated quick service eatery inside, the Ale & Compass happily serves exactly what the sign says it does all the way until noon.
Speaking of decorations, here it is. It’s quainter than the Crew’s Cup Lounge.
Not a bad place to order that $7 beer.
The Captain’s Grille is one of the two table service restaurants at the Yacht Club. The Yachtsman Steakhouse is only open for dinner, but the Captain’s Grille serves an excellent (and relatively inexpensive) buffet breakfast. I haven’t had much luck at lunch, but the occasional glowing review pops up. Lunch is also relatively inexpensive and the place is virtually deserted most of the time.
Full dinner menu: https://www.easywdw.com/reports2/captainsgrilledinner.jpg
With $30 Snow Crab Legs, $25 Crab Cakes, and a $29 New York Strip, this is an excellent use of one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. The Fixed Price meal at the top would also get you about $40 worth of food for $28. Not bad. Don’t get this confused with the terrible Captain Jack’s at Downtown Disney either. They’re totally different.
There isn’t a lot to the wide-open dining room. The good news is that it’s rarely busy, especially for lunch.
Over to the Yachtsman Steakhouse, which is located down a long corridor to the right of the Captain’s Grille. It’s a signature restaurant that costs two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan and is only open for dinner.
The Chicken Soup and Cheese Pasta please.
The Crew’s Cup Lounge entrance is nearby. I can’t go in or I’ll never come out. Or should I say, when they kick me out, I’ll be passed out with that guy underneath the Crew’s Cup sign.
We’ll take a better look at Stormalong Bay, Hurricane Hanna’s, Beaches & Cream, and the beach area when we take a look at the Beach Club.