Disney's YACHT & BEACH CLUB RESORTS Information & Questions Updated Info on Page 1 Post 1 & 13, 14

MaidMarian444

Earning My Ears
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I’m here at the BC for the first time and of course there is a little competition going in my head between here and The Poly where we stayed last time. One place the Poly is ahead is stairs. Is there no way to take the stairs at the Beach Club? I like to take stairs down whenever I can.
 

Wood Nymph

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Sep 19, 2012
I’m here at the BC for the first time and of course there is a little competition going in my head between here and The Poly where we stayed last time. One place the Poly is ahead is stairs. Is there no way to take the stairs at the Beach Club? I like to take stairs down whenever I can.
There are quite a few staircases at the Beach Club. They are the fire exits and are at the corners of the building. One exit door is next to room 1500 and lets you out very close to the path to the International Gateway. The only area that doesn't have stairs to the ground floor is the area above the restaurants and service areas, although there is a set next to Cape May that works pretty well.
 

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  • Pooh's-Honey-Pot

    Secretly prefers Tangled to Frozen...
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    There are quite a few staircases at the Beach Club. They are the fire exits and are at the corners of the building. One exit door is next to room 1500 and lets you out very close to the path to the International Gateway. The only area that doesn't have stairs to the ground floor is the area above the restaurants and service areas, although there is a set next to Cape May that works pretty well.
    Agreed, we used stairs all the time - only got in an elevator once when we were carrying lots of shopping.
     

    Hopefully

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    Its just yacht club that allows dogs right? Beach club doesn't allow them? Just wanted to double make sure since we are booked Beach Club and my son doesn't like dogs either - just wanted to make sure we are ok! Thanks! I know they are attached resorts but just wanted to make sure.
    Yes that is correct.
    But Service Animals are allowed at every resort so it is always possible there could be a dog at BC.
     

    focusondisney

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    May 7, 2009
    Its just yacht club that allows dogs right? Beach club doesn't allow them?
    Just a little clarification..... YC allows pet dogs. All resorts must allow service & emotional support dogs. So there is a possibility of running into dogs at every resort. And while dogs are supposed to be walked in the designated areas, you might see them being walked on the walkways around both resorts. Not common, but it is a possibility.
     

    ♥ Mandi ♥

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    Sep 6, 2009
    Hi guys. Checking out tomorrow.
    Left an almost full 24 pack of Coke Zero in the laundry room at the Villas for whoever can use.
    We also have a ton of hangers we got at Walmart, adult and children’s sizes, that we won’t need that we can leave there also.
    Also we have a Graco pack n play with a 3” foam mattress that we purchased specifically for this trip and have only been used here that we will be leaving behind also if anyone could use it. My son is sleeping in it tonight but we can leave in laundry room tomorrow morning (Tuesday 12/3).
     
  • SamFaniam

    I Love Rabbit!
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    Apr 8, 2019
    Hi guys. Checking out tomorrow.
    Left an almost full 24 pack of Coke Zero in the laundry room at the Villas for whoever can use.
    We also have a ton of hangers we got at Walmart, adult and children’s sizes, that we won’t need that we can leave there also.
    Also we have a Graco pack n play with a 3” foam mattress that we purchased specifically for this trip and have only been used here that we will be leaving behind also if anyone could use it. My son is sleeping in it tonight but we can leave in laundry room tomorrow morning (Tuesday 12/3).
    How thoughtful of you. I am sure you’ve just made someone’s trip easier!
     

    Wood Nymph

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    Sep 19, 2012
    We check into the Beach Club tomorrow morning. We are really looking forward to being there during the Christmas season. I just hope our MagicBands work to open the room door this time. It was a real mess in October and took at least 1/2 hour to fix. We'll bring the same bands that worked last time and see if that helps.
     

    Best Aunt

    "That's the best-est present ever!"
    Joined
    May 1, 2009
    We check into the Beach Club tomorrow morning. We are really looking forward to being there during the Christmas season. I just hope our MagicBands work to open the room door this time. It was a real mess in October and took at least 1/2 hour to fix. We'll bring the same bands that worked last time and see if that helps.
    Look at this (starting at Post 5). Someone presents a theory that BC has a policy which impacts which Magic Bands will open your door. I do not know if the person who said it is a castmember with actual knowledge of the policy being implemented, or is just repeating something which may be inaccurate. Honestly, I am not sure I believe it but I'm trying not to be too negative when stating my opinion.
     

    PolyRob

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    Look at this (starting at Post 5). Someone presents a theory that BC has a policy which impacts which Magic Bands will open your door. I do not know if the person who said it is a castmember with actual knowledge of the policy being implemented, or is just repeating something which may be inaccurate. Honestly, I am not sure I believe it but I'm trying not to be too negative when stating my opinion.
    Very interesting thought!
     
  • ABZDisneyFan

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Nov 11, 2011
    We left Orlando on Saturday night & got back to the UK on Sunday after 14 nights at the Yacht Club, in a water view room (2043) which had a lovely view over to the Boardwalk, the room had a king bed, a large leather chair with foot stool & the usual desk & chair, no sofa of any description though so definitely not suitable for a family but perfect for the two of us.

    Mousekeeping were up to their usual high standard & kept our room looking immaculate & well stocked with towels, coffee pods & the other usual amenities.
    The resort as always at this time of year looked even more beautiful than normal & all of the front line cast members that we met & spoke with were fantastic, they really are the heart & soul of the resort.

    The only negative part of our visit was the bus service which was awful from when we arrived to when we left, buses would show as being 10 minutes away on the app & on the board by the bus stop & then would just disappear for 5 minutes & when they came back they were for 20 minutes later, it also became a running joke how many times buses arrived earlier than was shown on the board & the app & then drive off usually as ourselves & other guests were walking out of the front door of the hotel.

    One morning we along with a few other people were waiting for an AK bus, we saw it turn in to the bus road & get as far as the barrier at the bottom of the road that leads up to the YC bus stop but it never appeared, we then saw it heading back down the road.
    There was a cast member at the bus stop with an ipad who seemed to be counting people & when she was asked where the bus had gone, replied that it had been sent to the BC & she was doing a headcount to see if we would all fit on the bus, if not then we would just have to wait for the next bus to appear.
    I along with several other people told her that we were not happy with that scenario given that some us had already been waiting 20 minutes.
    The bus did eventually turn up & everyone ended up getting on, but we were not impressed, we found out from someone that had asked the cast member what was going on & had been told that the previous AK bus had only been able to pick up 2 people from the BC so they had decided to prioritise BC guests on the next bus over YC guests.
    On one hand I understand the logic but surely the correct thing to have done would have been to put an extra bus on!!
    Why potentially upset two sets of guests?

    The second incident was what caused me to speak to a manager, we had a dinner reservation at Wilderness Lodge & based on how sucky the buses had been already decided to give ourselves plenty of time to get to the MK & then either get a resort bus or boat up to WL.
    To further complicate matters the usual YC bus stop was closed, so buses were picking up & dropping off from the YC Conference centre, we got down there 90 minutes before our ADR & as we arrived saw a MK bus pulling out a few minutes earlier than it was listed to on the app.

    Not a problem we thought, we have loads of time to spare, only we didn’t, 30 minutes later & still no sign of an MK bus, by this time there were at least 30 people waiting.
    A DS bus pulled up & as guests were getting on it a MK bus finally pulled up behind it, we along with everyone else waited for the DS bus to pull out & for the MK bus to take its place when the driver of the MK bus suddenly pulled out & drove past the DS bus, myself & couple of other people tried to stop it by shouting & waving to the driver, who slowed down, looked at us, laughed & then drove off towards to the BC.

    At that point we made the decision to head back to reception & get an Uber, I tried to see a manager to let them know what had happened but there were none available at that time.
    We did speak to a manager the following day to make them aware of the two incidents & he confirmed that we were not the only people to complain about the buses that week he also confirmed that he would speak to someone in transport.
    We have never experienced the same level of issues with buses on our previous visits, it got so bad in the end that we used Uber & or drove way more than we normally do, to ensure that we got to places on time.

    I don’t know what has changed because we always visit at the same of year, i.e. the week before & of Thanksgiving.
    We did notice that there were significantly less cars in the car park this time so possibly the cost of parking your car is causing more people to not drive or hire cars & hence use the buses.
    The sharing of Disney Springs buses with the BW, Swan & Dolphin & YC & BC also resulted in some very crowded & uncomfortable journeys to & from DS.

    With the exception of the issues involving buses we still had a great time & the YC has confirmed itself as our favourite onsite resort.
    Although we plan to eventually get round to trying the other deluxe resorts I doubt that we would consider staying anywhere else for a full two weeks.
    As we sit in a very cold London writing this, we would both give anything to be back in our happy place at our favourite hotel right now.
     

    Crazyhorse

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    Oct 23, 2007
    So....gotta love the front desk @ YC, calling out Anthony.
    We arrived around 10:30am this morning, semi checked in & were walked up to club level. We booked water view/club. No room available so we wander to Epcot & stop at the fish shop. It’s a tradition.

    Imagine our excitement at receiving a room ready text @ 11:30a! We wander back, get our bags & head up to 5th floor & our bands open our door. However (and I know it’s not a third world problem) but it’s a king bed. No way, Jose. The concierge peeps were jammed so we head back to front desk. After about a 15 minute wait we get Anthony. What a nice young man. We explained that on vaca, we need our sleep & hubby snores. He makes a few calls but has bad news. No 2 queen rooms available at all, club level. I ask how about the 4th floor but key our magic bands to take us to 5th floor/elevator? He goes in back & talks to his boss, who totally got the need for 2 queens. I checked touring plans, it’s the only king room in that section and somehow we got:(. Anthony pulls some strings & we ended up on 4th floor, water view & direct view of Epcot fireworks! Better view than what our club room was gonna be! We stopped at concierge and they had robes/slippers sent down! Big win.

    Moral of my story is stay nice/ask nice/and show appreciation for the extra effort. Thank you Anthony!
     

    Wood Nymph

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    Joined
    Sep 19, 2012
    We arrived at the BC around 10:45 this morning and some good luck.Our Magical Express driver got mixed up and stopped at the BC first instead of stopping at Caribbean Beach first, which was nice for us. :)

    We got the text that our room wasn't ready so we headed into Epcot for lunch and a few rides. We had gotten a couple texts that the room wasn't ready but never got a text to tell us that it was ready. Luckily, DH was checking the MDE app and saw that we had a room number. This was around 12:30pm. We headed to the resort around 1:30pm and our MagicBands opened the room door, which was great. :)

    We booked a standard view room through a travel agency that we have used before. We usually get a room located above the big flat roof. But not this time. This time we got a free upgrade to a very lovely garden view room. We are delighted with the view and will post some pictures once the trip is over. Now, if people would just not talk in the hall when they walk past, it would be almost perfect.

    It is a lovely, sunny day and just a little on the cool side. We saw people lined up in the Candlelight Processional standby line at 11:30 am. Tonight's narrator is Neil Patrick Harris. I guess he is popular.
     

    GunnarDis1998

    Earning My Ears
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    We left Orlando on Saturday night & got back to the UK on Sunday after 14 nights at the Yacht Club, in a water view room (2043) which had a lovely view over to the Boardwalk, the room had a king bed, a large leather chair with foot stool & the usual desk & chair, no sofa of any description though so definitely not suitable for a family but perfect for the two of us.

    Mousekeeping were up to their usual high standard & kept our room looking immaculate & well stocked with towels, coffee pods & the other usual amenities.
    The resort as always at this time of year looked even more beautiful than normal & all of the front line cast members that we met & spoke with were fantastic, they really are the heart & soul of the resort.

    The only negative part of our visit was the bus service which was awful from when we arrived to when we left, buses would show as being 10 minutes away on the app & on the board by the bus stop & then would just disappear for 5 minutes & when they came back they were for 20 minutes later, it also became a running joke how many times buses arrived earlier than was shown on the board & the app & then drive off usually as ourselves & other guests were walking out of the front door of the hotel.

    One morning we along with a few other people were waiting for an AK bus, we saw it turn in to the bus road & get as far as the barrier at the bottom of the road that leads up to the YC bus stop but it never appeared, we then saw it heading back down the road.
    There was a cast member at the bus stop with an ipad who seemed to be counting people & when she was asked where the bus had gone, replied that it had been sent to the BC & she was doing a headcount to see if we would all fit on the bus, if not then we would just have to wait for the next bus to appear.
    I along with several other people told her that we were not happy with that scenario given that some us had already been waiting 20 minutes.
    The bus did eventually turn up & everyone ended up getting on, but we were not impressed, we found out from someone that had asked the cast member what was going on & had been told that the previous AK bus had only been able to pick up 2 people from the BC so they had decided to prioritise BC guests on the next bus over YC guests.
    On one hand I understand the logic but surely the correct thing to have done would have been to put an extra bus on!!
    Why potentially upset two sets of guests?

    The second incident was what caused me to speak to a manager, we had a dinner reservation at Wilderness Lodge & based on how sucky the buses had been already decided to give ourselves plenty of time to get to the MK & then either get a resort bus or boat up to WL.
    To further complicate matters the usual YC bus stop was closed, so buses were picking up & dropping off from the YC Conference centre, we got down there 90 minutes before our ADR & as we arrived saw a MK bus pulling out a few minutes earlier than it was listed to on the app.

    Not a problem we thought, we have loads of time to spare, only we didn’t, 30 minutes later & still no sign of an MK bus, by this time there were at least 30 people waiting.
    A DS bus pulled up & as guests were getting on it a MK bus finally pulled up behind it, we along with everyone else waited for the DS bus to pull out & for the MK bus to take its place when the driver of the MK bus suddenly pulled out & drove past the DS bus, myself & couple of other people tried to stop it by shouting & waving to the driver, who slowed down, looked at us, laughed & then drove off towards to the BC.

    At that point we made the decision to head back to reception & get an Uber, I tried to see a manager to let them know what had happened but there were none available at that time.
    We did speak to a manager the following day to make them aware of the two incidents & he confirmed that we were not the only people to complain about the buses that week he also confirmed that he would speak to someone in transport.
    We have never experienced the same level of issues with buses on our previous visits, it got so bad in the end that we used Uber & or drove way more than we normally do, to ensure that we got to places on time.

    I don’t know what has changed because we always visit at the same of year, i.e. the week before & of Thanksgiving.
    We did notice that there were significantly less cars in the car park this time so possibly the cost of parking your car is causing more people to not drive or hire cars & hence use the buses.
    The sharing of Disney Springs buses with the BW, Swan & Dolphin & YC & BC also resulted in some very crowded & uncomfortable journeys to & from DS.

    With the exception of the issues involving buses we still had a great time & the YC has confirmed itself as our favourite onsite resort.
    Although we plan to eventually get round to trying the other deluxe resorts I doubt that we would consider staying anywhere else for a full two weeks.
    As we sit in a very cold London writing this, we would both give anything to be back in our happy place at our favourite hotel right now.
    I also got back from Yacht Club this past Sunday, and I experienced a 45-minute wait for a bus to AK. It was pretty terrible and almost caused us to miss our Flight of Passage Fastpass window. I am glad I wasn't the only one to recognize this problem. We got caught on a Disney Spring bus that also went to BW, Swan and Dolphin, YC, and Bc. It was highly uncomfortable for my girlfriend and me also.
     

    Best_Vacation_EVER!

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    Really in busy times the BC (and BCV) and YC and the Dolphin/Swan shouldn't be sharing buses at all during peak times --- park opening and closing. We've been there in busy times staying at BC where we've seen multiple AK/DS/MK buses skip the BC stop altogether after filling up at YC --- super frustrating to be waiting for a bus that never even comes to the bus stop. Since BC and YC and Dolphin/Swan are all considered deluxe resorts the transportation should be first class --- maybe off hours say 9 am to 8pm they can share the route but at opening and closing during busy times this is crazy.

    We usually stay BC and don't view the opening and closing times for AK, MK, DS as worth depending on the buses at all if we had an early ADR. (Thank goodness the walk to Epcot and DHS is quick.) Sort of sad really... we used to rent cars for our stay but with the new parking fee we haven't bothered --- but if their bus services can't perform that will make us way more likely to stay offsite and just rent a car. Sort of sad to see this though.
     

    ABZDisneyFan

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
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    I also got back from Yacht Club this past Sunday, and I experienced a 45-minute wait for a bus to AK. It was pretty terrible and almost caused us to miss our Flight of Passage Fastpass window. I am glad I wasn't the only one to recognize this problem. We got caught on a Disney Spring bus that also went to BW, Swan and Dolphin, YC, and Bc. It was highly uncomfortable for my girlfriend and me also.
    We were shocked by how bad the buses were this time, I do think something needs to be done.
    I'm glad it's not just us that feel this way, I am going to reach out to the manager of both resorts in an e-mail to make her aware of the situation.
    We felt really bad for the BC guests on a few occasions when it was standing room only for them by the time the buses got over there, the Disney Springs buses are a joke.
     

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