Recently my mother and I were able to spend a night at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. It was the first time that we had stopped by since it reopened. This is a resort that I’ve always dreamed of staying at, we’ve been there many times but it was our first overnight stay. It is truly gorgeous, and definitely worth checking out if you haven’t before. We were curious about what it would be like to stay there since we are still in the middle of a pandemic. We were very impressed with how everything was handled. If it’s been a while since you’ve stayed at Disney’s Yacht Club there are some changes. Here is what you need to know to plan a resort day at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort during the phased reopening.
As in all other areas at Walt Disney World face coverings are also required while out and about at the resort. If you are in your room you are allowed to remove your face covering but if you are in hallways, the lobby, walking to restaurants, in the elevator, etc. you are required to have a face covering over your nose and mouth at all times. I feel like we’ve said this a million times, but it is important.
There are plenty of extra sanitation methods in place. The rooms are cleaned and disinfected, and there are cards in the rooms that explain the procedures. The remote control is in a sealed bag that shows it was cleaned. There is extra hand sanitizer in high traffic areas such as the lobby, and there are disinfectant wipes near the elevator buttons on the ground floor. The rooms at Walt Disney World are cleaner than ever.
3. Dining Reservations
Make sure if you want to make a dining reservation for a full service restaurant such as Ale & Compass Restaurant that you make that reservation early. The restaurants are still at a limited capacity and there is a very high chance that they will not be able to take walk-ins. Disney is requiring temperature checks to get into the restaurants, so just keep that in mind and be patient with everyone. Quick service or room service are options if you don’t have a reservation.
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4. Stormalong Bay
On resort days cooling off by the pool is definitely a must. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort share an amazing pool complex called Stormalong Bay. There is a lazy river, which offers the ultimate in relaxation. There is a pirate ship slide, which is a thrill. If you want to chill in a hot tub Stormalong Bay has you covered. You are not allowed to wear a face covering while in the pool, so make sure to be safe and stay at least six feet apart from other guests. Many people say that Stormalong Bay is the best resort pool complex at Walt Disney World.
There are fitness centers at the resorts, but if you are looking to take a nice walk or jog doing a loop around Crescent Lake is a wonderful option. In parts you might see Spaceship Earth in the distance. It is an especially gorgeous walk or jog at sunset.
Speaking of walking around Crescent Lake, it’s not far to Disney’s BoardWalk and AbracadaBar. They have lights meals and drinks available for purchase, and reservations are not accepted. Even if you’re not a drinker you can get a tasty mocktail as a nonalcoholic option. Make sure to keep an eye on the artwork on the walls, it is a magical place. Also, the mirror by the restrooms is something that can play a mind game with you. Check it out, you’ll see what we mean.
7. Walkways to Two Parks
One of the amazing benefits of staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is that it is easy to get to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is a very short walk over to Epcot and the International Gateway entrance. There is also a walkway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That walk is a little bit longer but also very doable. Walking to either park is a great way to avoid the crowds for other types of transportation. It’s also nice to be able to go at your own pace.
If you don’t want to walk to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is another fun mode of transportation. Just take a Friendship! If you aren’t sure where to catch one of the ships, just look for the lighthouse that is across from the lobby. If you’re just trying to check out some of the other resorts they make stops there as well. Friendships are relaxing, if you’re not headed to a park you can just enjoy a ride.
9. The Disney Skyliner
You can also easily catch the newest way to get around Walt Disney World property. Just take the short walk over towards the entrance to Epcot. Trust me, you can’t miss it. You will see the Disney Skyliner, which will take you to Disney’s Riviera Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Change lines at Caribbean Beach, and the Skyliner will take you to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Even if you’re not trying to get somewhere it is a great scenic view. It is worth riding, especially if you haven’t ridden before. Make sure to have your camera ready, because you will get some amazing shots. The glass is reflective, so hold your camera against it to get a better picture.