My family went to Walt Disney World in December of 2014 and stayed at the Beach Club Resort. We booked through AAA which gave us an upgrade to a waterside view.
The absolute best part of The Beach Club was it’s close proximity to EPCOT. It was only a 5-10 minute walk away from The International Gateway entering the World Showcase between France and England.
The second best part of The Beach Club is the pool, Stormalong Bay. In addition to a lazy river, two water slides, multiple hot-tubs and a real sand beach, it also had lifeguards. The pool is designed in such a way that mom and dad can kick back and still watch their kids play at a variety of locations. It’s the only pool I’ve ever seen with a sand bottom, which was super cool.
Since we visited WDW in December, we got to see The Beach Club decorated for Christmas. The had some sort of scent piped in that made the whole lobby smell like gingerbread. There was also a huge gingerbread carousel that was motorized.
One amenity not pictured is The Sandcastle Club, which is the onsite childcare service. On the last night of our trip my husband and I dropped our kids off at the Sandcastle Club and walked over to Epcot for dinner. We used a AAA discount, and the total cost of almost 5 hours of childcare was $105. The kids had a blast, and my husband and I did the wine tasting walk through EPCOT.
The second closest park to The Beach Club is Hollywood Studios, which is about a one mile walk or a fifteen minute boat ride. The Magic Kingdom was about a twenty minute bus ride away, and the Animal Kingdom was slightly shorter.
This is the third Walt Disney World resort I’ve stayed in, and is by far my favorite. When I was a kid I stayed at The Polynesian and The Swan.
Drawbacks to The Beach Club are the price. Also, some of the interior decorating shows wear and tear. There was a small rip in our sofa. One of the beds had clearly been jumped on and the springs were shot.
But all in all, I would definitely stay at The Beach Club again, or perhaps its sister hotel, The Yacht Club.