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.
This is what the rooms looked like prior to the refurbishment. Just about everything is different.
It may or may not make sense to start from the ground and work our way up, but laminate flooring replaces the carpet and the beds are raised considerably so there’s storage space underneath.
The laminate gives the room an updated look and “feels” a lot cleaner than carpet, which typically looks dingy after hundreds of people have traipsed over it. It also makes rolling luggage in and out of the room easier.
I still wouldn’t bring your blacklight with you, but it’s nice knowing that spills are easier to clean up and there’s probably at least a 3.6% reduction in grime.
Bed runners are also supposed to be unhygienic, as are throw pillows and whatnot, but they always seemed to add a splash of color. Perhaps seeing some sort of subtle print on the sheets would be jarring, but it seems like there’s an opportunity to jazz up the room a little bit with the bedding.
But while it’s easy to critique a room as “boring” or “sterile” while looking at pictures of it on an iPad, there may be something to say for Disney trying to create an elegant, calming atmosphere once you actually arrive. On the other hand, it’s a nice hotel room. And it’s a nice hotel room at Walt Disney World. It’s not necessarily a nice Disney room without some special touches that communicate that feeling.
But as I pointed out with the Coronado review, I don’t think anybody really needs reminding that they’re at Walt Disney World. Just check your pedometer for that.
There are exactly three Disney nods in the room, the first of which appears on the boat’s hull in this painting.
Similar artwork appears above the couch.
And I love the third – the constellations on the curtains are Disney characters.
Otherwise, the rooms are still 381 square feet with improvements made to most of the core amenities.
The bedside table that sits in between the beds is kind of fun with the military chest vibe. You might find yourself screaming “AHOY” as you wrestle a drawer open and thrust a precious theme park map inside. Don’t let Dave tell you that it’s not funny after the third time. It is.
There’s a power outlet along with USB plugs on this side of the bed, in addition to a small ledge to place phones and such. There are also reading lights above each pillow that turn on when you raise them out of their slot. Make sure the kids know that they can aim them in your face.
There’s a 55″ Samsung television hung above the large dresser, which should provide enough storage for most guests’ needs.
More power plugins are located on top.
According to Dave, the pull-down bed measures 33″ by 75,” compared to a twin bed that’s 39″ by 80.”
Not all rooms sleep five like this one.
In rooms that sleep four, the desk moves next to the television and a chair takes up residency over here.
There’s a sliding door that helps divide the vanity area from the sleeping area.
That should help reduce noise and light in the morning as Dad tries to figure out which Mickey Mouse Tommy Bahama shirt goes best with his green MagicBand.
Otherwise, it’s the usual double sinks along with the addition of a makeup mirror.
As someone that has perennially hopped out of the shower only to find six inches of water on the floor, I like the sliding glass door over the curtain.
The addition of the rainfall shower head is nice.
I think I would be more excited for the arrival of liquid hand soap.
Than the new Star Wars Hotel.
Otherwise, the new bathroom setup is classy and functional.
More closet space along with the fridge and coffeemaker are located along the entryway. The bane of my existence, the connecting door, is on the right there along with the luggage rack. AHOY NEIGHBORS.
Quite a bit of space here for striped polos and fisherman shirts.
Next door is the safe, iron, and ironing board along with some shelving.
Keurig makes an appearance here, perhaps with the hopes that you’ll smash it instead of the television.
Joffrey’s French Roast.
And a sad picture of the refrigerator, which now sees the same clear door as we saw at Coronado and Pop.
At the Yacht Club, part of what you’re paying for is the location on Crescent Lake.
The view from the balcony.
It’s stunningly peaceful, yet somehow still full of fun and excitement.
On comfort and functionality, the Yacht Club updates are positive on almost all fronts and I think the calm aesthetics are going to be positive for most people that stay there. Many of those will be convention guests. I would still like to see more authentically Disney touches. There has to be a bunch of little somethings that they can do with the headboards, light fixtures, lamps, etc. I don’t need to see a Mickey head as the toilet flush handle, but you’d think we could do better than a couple of paintings. But Yacht Club has always been a little more serious than the BoardWalk and a little less playful than the Beach Club.
There are plenty of options across property, which is one of the reasons why Walt Disney World works for so many people. And if you’re dead set on that Mickey flusher, try Art of Animation.