Disney’s Beach Club and Boardwalk Resorts on the Bucket List!

Location, Location, Location!

You have heard that many times… it refers to the location of real estate. A prime location. These two resorts, Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club, have location and much more. Although I have only visited these properties, they are on my wish list to actually stay at. I am very lucky to take trips solo with my young daughter, so I am all about the location of a hotel. Who hasn’t had a young child fall asleep on the way back from the parks? Experiencing this by myself, I try to make the ride “home” as short as possible. While my hubby and son are enjoying the black May flies of Maine on a fishing trip, my daughter Rhianna and I head home to get our Disney fix.


The location of these two resorts is along a sparkling waterway that leads to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. With these two resorts you don’t even have to take the boat ride to or from Epcot or Hollywood Studios, you can walk along the waterway on a meandering path. The resorts only have boat transportation from Epcot and Hollywood studios, unless there is bad weather and they can’t operate, then they switch to bus. If you are impatient and don’t want to ride the boat, there are walking paths to either park as well. My daughter and I even walked back at 1:00 in the morning one night, just the two of us from Epcot. We took our time and enjoyed the resorts all lit up and twinkling for the evening. How many places can you walk that late at night, just a mother and young daughter and feel totally safe? Not many. I did and would again with no concerns… well maybe one concern. Is that ice cream shop still open for a late snack? I have to add that I LOVE entering Epcot by the entrance near France. Saves all the walking through Future World. I spend most of my time in World Showcase, pretending I am actually in Europe.


Back to the resorts. Along with location, the Yacht and Beach Club Resort has the largest pool on property. It’s called Stormalong Bay, and has a shipwreck to play on, and a lazy river winding through te pool area. I am a pool lover, and will pick a resort for the pool alone, so I am dying to stay there and try that pool. Being a Yankee, a person from New England, I have always avoided this resort as it reminds me of home. Thankfully, a guest does not ever have the chance of suffering through 3 or more feet of snow, like our last endless winter. But after realizing how wonderful the location is and that pool, I am changing my mind. Oh, and one more wonderful thing about this resort… Beaches and Cream. What is that, you ask?  Only delicious ice cream sold at a quaint 50’s diner. They also offer typical diner fare but we just had ice cream and it was delicious. What’s that saying about eating dessert first? If your daring you can order the kitchen sink, which is exactly what is implies, everything AND the kitchen sink. Bring your appetite! There are also a few restaurants – the Yatchtsman Steak House, I have heard serves mouth watering steaks. I am not a steak lover, I can only tell you what I have heard. Maybe you should just stay here and try it yourself. Or the ice cream…

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Yes, I know there are other places to go while in Walt Disney World, and not just Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. To get there you would take a bus to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the water parks, etc. If you are like me, you leave the car home like all your troubles, and depend on Disney to get you where you want to go. I honestly have taken about 10 trips home, and always take the buses. Yes, sometimes you wait a bit, but I love bypassing the lines of cars to get into parks, and I love getting dropped off at the front of a resort. I have yet to have a bad experience with transportation. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself… I am off to knock on my sons head!


Across the water from the Yacht and Beach Club lies the Boardwalk Resort. This is fashioned after the boardwalk glory days in New Jersey. There is plenty to entertain you along the boardwalk. Carnival games, restaurants and a lovely bakery. We stopped here one morning on our way to the park and had some delicious muffins. Sadly it was on our last day, and I wish I had found that bakery earlier. It was nice to have a light breakfast, waterside, avoiding all the early morning crowds at the parks – and of course eat the delicious muffins. The pool here is designed to remind you of a Coney Island roller coaster. All the criss-crossed wood framing and a slide running through it, emptying you out through a clown’s mouth. Very carnival-ish. Is that a word? Rooms are decorated with a seaside motif and the resort is painted with the cool colors of a seaside town.

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So that’s my take on two resorts that I have visited and have on my bucket list to stay in. Maybe you should stay there and tell me more of what I am missing – it may push up my next trip home. Or comment with more suggestions to make a guests stay even more magical. Is that possible, after staying at a resort with incredible pool, close to two parks and ice cream?  I am sure someone knows…

Guest Blogger, Marnie Reynolds-Bourque is an accomplished artist who paints lovely Disney inspired scenes, as well as many other subjects. You can see her work at: http://www.artistmarnie.com/disney-gallery.html

72 thoughts on "Disney’s Beach Club and Boardwalk Resorts on the Bucket List!"

  1. Gaby Silva Juuh Kerollyn

  2. Can someone advise if there are studios here and if so, do they have the Murphy bed like at the poly?

  3. We will be at the BC in February!

  4. Just got into beach club for spring break so excited

  5. Jennifer-Tom Murphy

    1. Too many pluses for me to list! Loved it there too ❤️

  6. We will be staying at Boardwalk Villas in 9 days. This resort has been on my bucket list for a while, & thanks to DVC we will be staying there, followed by a couple of days at Bay Lake Tower.

  7. Wonderful hotel. However it is so much bigger than I imagined. It’s a long walk and definitely not easy to find your way around. Get a good map of the place before you go!!

  8. My family will be at Beach Club in 30 days!! My husband and I stayed at Boardwalk and loved it. Would definitely stay there again.

  9. 99 days until we get to call BWV home for a week. Beach Club is our absolute favorite because of the pool & location, but I convinced my husband to branch out… He agreed but still didn’t want to give up location

  10. Okay I’m probably in the minority here but we just got back from our WDW stay and we were at BCV for a week – we ABSOLUTELY LOVED the resort but were not thrilled with Stormalong Bay!

    Considering how non-crowded the parks seemed, that pool was so packed most of the time that my kids ASKED to go to the quiet pool! I know, I know, we’re the only crazies that say that but we barely left the quiet pool which made our stay even better. So much so, that my kids requested to go back to that resort!

  11. Be at BWVs in a few weeks!

  12. First timer at BCV soon . Cant wait . Have stayed BWV before and would certainly again

  13. We are staying at the Boardwalk for the first time this December! We are so excited!

  14. Booked a night at BCV – can’t wait – location, location, location

  15. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ The Beach Club!!!! Our new fav!!!!

  16. did the Beach club in January with friends, LOVED it. Just got home a few days ago from a 10 day stay in a 2 bdrm OKW villa, found a new fav. Never stayed at Boardwalk but its not on the list.

    1. What did you enjoy about OKW? Trying to decide on BWV and OKW studio for next trip.

    2. OKW happens to be my home resort . Those 2br villas are gigantic . Nice and quiet at the resort also .

    3. Alyson Porter Riddick piping in here. We own at both OKW & BWVs and love both but you might want to know the OKW studios have 2 queen beds, whereas the BWVs have a queen bed, sofa bed and a twin Murphy bed. It’s all in what you want.

    4. Thanks!! It’s just two of us so 1 bed and sofa is perfect. Husband has had numerous back surgeries so a sofa to sit on is a must for us.

  17. Amie Wouda says:

    Now we’ve stayed at beach club I’m not sure we will ever stay anywhere else. I daydream about that pool daily.

    1. Same here! We have a quick five day stay coming up in December at Pop, and I’m afraid we’ll be disappointed. We’re spoiled with the BC now!

    2. Same here. We stayed at BC last June and now my kids won’t even consider going anywhere else. We will be back in 52 days!!

  18. I’ll be at BWV in 30 days for the first time!

  19. My bucket list is just to get to Disney!:-)

  20. Contemporary with the view of the park/fireworks.

  21. Desperate to stay at Boardwalk with a boardwalk view! Done these so far; OKW 1bed, BCV 2bed , AKL-JH 3bed, GFV 3bed and SS-THV. All amazing!!

  22. The Poly was mine and we stayed 8 nights last week! My new goal is to stay at all resorts at least once. We have five to go: Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs, Art of Animation, the Yacht Club and The Swan.

  23. I stayed at the Poly DVC with a friend but, I would love Bay Lake and any of the Boardwalk area resorts.

  24. Grand Floridian, and Contemporary.

  25. Want to stay at the BC and BLT! Trying for BC next summer – fingers crossed!!

  26. One of my favorite resorts !!

  27. Jo Collins says:

    Poly for sure. Beach Club and Contemporary definitely. Hawaii some day.

  28. Been a DVC member since 2011-we go twice a year, We have stayed at beach club every year- love it, we bought at the Floridian this year and can’t wait to stay there this year, with two days at poly!

  29. The poly is the last dvc resort left for me to try but I’m struggling to justify the high points cost! Can it really be better than Blt, beach club?

  30. Sarah Davis Langner…14 days…lucky girl!!! We were there in june for 12 days…soooo much fun!! Wishing you a very magical vacation! !;)

  31. Yacht club and boardwalk i love! I’d like to try grand floridian and my husband wants to stay at the tree house villas! 🙂

  32. Beach Club is on my bucket list. In 11 days I’ll be able to tick it off!! (OMG I’m SOOOOOOO excited!!) This trip is going to be EPIC! (BC CL FOR 14 nights!)

  33. I’m very excited about the Wilderness Lodge Cabins!

  34. Treehouses were amazing! My bucket list is Grand Floridian. We’re staying in a 1 bedroom villa there in January and I can’t wait! My husbands bucket list is the Poly. Well get there eventually.

  35. Any deluxe except the 2 we’ve done (AKL and WL) and Yacht Club. Don’t care for the “feel” of that one.

  36. Don Gasser says:

    Love the Boardwalk. Why stay anywhere else when there’s no place like home!

  37. Grand Floridian and poly, for sure!

  38. Bucket list is a Treehouse Villa . Have stayed at 15 different so far !

  39. All of the hotels. I want to experience each individual decor and atmosphere.

  40. Beach Club is our home, we love it! Aulani is at the top of my bucket list!

    1. Oh right, Aulani! How could I forget that one? Definitely on my list. ~ Barrie

  41. Pop century for February 2016 and port Orleans French quarter for November 2016.

  42. I’ve stayed at beach club one time. As far as the room goes, imo it’s not as good as the rooms at BLT, but then again I think those are the best 1 bedrooms that DVC offer. The hotel was nice and the way they are connected makes everything convenient. I love love love the pool, and if I was going to book disney and spend more then 1 day outside of the parks this would be the place just because imo the pool makes it #1. However if I wasn’t going to the pool, I would stay somewhere else. It is definitely worth doing it at least 1 time

  43. Going there next month!

  44. We love the Boardwalk… So much to see and do, not too loud, SO close to EPCOT!

    1. Claudia Li says:

      Boardwalk is on our bucket list. Our favorite park is EPCOT so it only makes sense to stay there……Some day we hopefully will.

    2. It’s the best. Make dinner reservations in EPCOT every night and walk there and back. It makes it hard to want to stay anywhere else.

  45. Grand Floridian. Swoon.

  46. I want to stay at every DVC resort including Hilton head, Vero and Hawaii!

  47. I’ve never stayed on site. But I currently love the animal kingdom lodge 😀

  48. Every other DVC resort aside from the ones I’ve stayed at so far (stayed at AKV, SS and OKW)

  49. My husband and I stayed at the Yacht club resort for a grown up weekend last month. It was amazing! A quick walk to Epcot (my favorite park), and so much to do in the general area. And the pool! It is my new favorite resort. 🙂

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