Villas at Disney's Beach Club
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What are the Beach Club Villas (BCV)?

The Beach Club Villas are the 4th Disney Vacation Club resort to be built at Walt Disney World. The 205 unit resort was announced in May 2000 and opened to guests on July 1, 2002. They are located next to the Beach Club on six acres of land.

The five-story Beach Club Villas were designed by architect Robert Stern reflecting the whimsical architecture of oceanfront homes built in the early 20th century in Cape May, N.J.

The resort consists of studio, one and two bedroom villas.  All units feature either a garden or pool view.  The resort have pastel colors and wooden porches.

The Villas share many of the facilities of the already established Beach Club resort including the valet, bell services, front desk and lobby concierge services.

A statue of Ariel greets guests as you walk across the Courtyard.

The Drawing Room is a wonderful sitting room right off the lobby featuring photographs.

The Breezeway is located between the Disney Vacation Club Kiosk and the Dunes Cove Pool. It features a vaulted ceiling and library shelves. It's a wonderful place to sit and relax and showcases photographs, prints, oil paintings and seaside artifacts.

The Solarium is off the Beach Club Lobby and offers a comfortable waiting area before check-in or your Disney cruise. It's also a nice place to bring snacks from the Beach Club Marketplace to sit and relax.

What's the difference between the Beach Club Villas and the Beach Club?

Disney's Beach Club Villas are a timeshare resort that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club and are considered a "Home Away From Home" resort. Disney's Beach Club (BC) is a Disney hotel in the "Deluxe Resort" category.

Can I rent rooms in the Beach Club Villas or do I have to be a member of Disney's Vacation Club (DVC)?

As with all the Disney Vacation Club resorts on property, anyone can rent rooms or suites at the Beach Club Villas, subject to availability. You do NOT have to be a member of the DVC.

Where are the Beach Club Villas located?

The Beach Club Villas are located in the Epcot resort area adjacent to the Beach and Yacht Club.

What are the different room options?

There are Villas that include Studios, 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas.

The Studio Villas come with one queen-size bed and a double sleeper sofa. Four adults plus one child under age three in a crib can be accommodated. There is a wet bar with under-counter refrigerator, microwave oven and coffeemaker, ceiling fan, color cable television, and private balcony (or porch if you are on the first floor).

The One-Bedroom Villas have a master suite, living room, fully equipped kitchen, and private porch or balcony. Accommodates four adults plus one child under age three in a crib. The Master suite has a king-size bed and private bath with a whirlpool tub. There is a Fully equipped kitchen, ceiling fans in living room and bedroom, stack-style washer and dryer, color cable television with DVD player in living room and color television in each bedroom, queen-size sleeper sofa in living room and a private balcony or porch. One sink is located next to the whirlpool tub. The 2nd sink is located in the room with the shower. The toilet is also in this room, but has a door which can be closed. The Master closet has a small safe for valuables.

The Two-Bedroom Villas  provide an additional bedroom with a private bath, one queen-size bed, and a double sleeper sofa. The 2 Bedroom villas accommodate eight adults plus one child under age three in a crib. The Master suite has a king-size bed and private bath with a whirlpool tub. There is a Fully equipped kitchen, ceiling fans in living room and each bedroom, stack-style washer and dryer, color cable television with DVD player in living room and color television in each bedroom, queen-size sleeper sofa in living room and a private balcony or porch. Some of the Two-Bedroom Villas are dedicated (entities unto themselves) and some are "lockouts" meaning a one-bedroom and a studio are combined for a two-bedroom.

Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our Internet Access page for details.

Where do I check in?

You check in at the Front Desk in the lobby of the Beach Club.

What are the room prices?

Below is a table of room rates. Annual Pass holders can sometimes get discounts on rooms, depending on season and availability. January and September are good months to try for discounts.  Tax is not included in the prices.

Room Rack Rates can be found here.

What time is Check-In/Check-out?

Online Check-in is available 10 days prior to your stay. Look for the special Online Check-in line at the resort's front desk.

Check-in time is 4:00pm. Upon arrival head to the front desk at the Beach Club. Rooms are generally not available until 4pm. Early check-in allows you to leave luggage with luggage assistance, get your "Key to the World Card", receive your theme park tickets (if you don't already have them) and head off to the parks or relax around the resort. You will be given a phone number to call periodically to see if your room is ready. When you call in, answer a few questions. You will then be given your room number and your "Key to the World" cards will open your door! OR -- Text alerts are also available, just provide a cell phone number to the front desk cast member.

Check-out time is 11am. Express Check-out is available to all guests paying with a credit card, arrange for this service at check-in. A detailed hotel bill is delivered to your door by 7am. If the bill is correct you simply leave. Your room key serves as a Disney souvenir. Late Check-out of noon can be requested without additional cost (very limited availability). If you need Late Check-out, request it at Check-In and as soon as possible the morning of check out (the number of eligible rooms are limited).

Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is only available if you are flying domestically (includes Puerto Rico) on specific airlines It is a complimentary (free) service and allows you to check your luggage.

How do I Get to Epcot?

One of the best reasons for staying at the Beach Club Villas is that you are just a short walk from Epcot! You can exit the lobby (lake side) and head left. You're about 5-10 minutes along the river stream to the International Gateway. As you approach the turnstiles, you'll see the tram area which was originally used to transport guests to the BC/YC and the S/D until the Boardwalk construction began. When you enter the gates, you are in the World Showcase, France is over to your right and the United Kingdom is in front to the left.

There is also a boat that provides service for the Boardwalk and the BC/YC and Swan and Dolphin ...however this loop could take up to 20 minutes and often the walk is much quicker. Epcot boats are on the left side of the dock when facing the water (you don't need to remember that - there are signs.)

If Epcot's World Showcase doesn't open as early as Future World does and I can only enter Epcot through World Showcase, how do I get to Future World?

The turnstiles at the International Gateway are open for Epcot resort guests. Once inside the park gates, turn left to walk to Future World. The closed area of World Showcase is roped off and there is a Cast Member there to guide you if you have questions. This is also a great time to photograph the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions since there is very little traffic.

You may also travel to Epcot via water craft. On the lake side of the YC/BC/V is the transportation boat dock. Here you can board the boat that will take you to the Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as Epcot. Note that this boat makes additional stops for guests at the Boardwalk resort and Swan and Dolphin.

How do I get Everywhere Else?

Magic Kingdom - Exiting the Beach Club front lobby (parking lot side), turn left to go to the Bus Depot. You can take a bus directly to the Magic Kingdom from here. The bus also stops at the Yacht Club and Boardwalk Resorts.

If you are already in Epcot, you can go to the monorail by exiting through Future World and take the monorail to TTC. From there you can go to the Magic Kingdom or any of the hotels. If you are coming from the Magic Kingdom, you can take the monorail to Epcot, walk through Future World into World Showcase (on the right or Canada side) and proceed to the BC/YC.

Animal Kingdom - There is bus service from BCV to AK. The AK bus *does* stop at the Swan and Dolphin, in addition to YC, BC/V, and BW. Don't be surprised if you bus to/from the Animal Kingdom also makes a stop at the Blizzard Beach water park.

Downtown Disney and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park- Go to the Bus Depot for transportation. The same bus that goes to Downtown Disney may very well take you to Typhoon Lagoon. Some trips were non stop and some went via DD. There is a separate bus for Blizzard Beach. Buses also travel to the Yacht Club and Boardwalk.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - On the Waterside of the YC/BC/V is the transportation boat dock. Here you can board the boat that will take you to Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as Epcot. Note that this boat makes additional stops for guests at the Boardwalk resort and Swan and Dolphin. You can also walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios via the walkway behind the Boardwalk Villas.

Note that the hotel bus service route include stops at the Boardwalk and Yacht Club and then Beach Club. Some Bus runs include stops at the Swan and Dolphin others do not. The water routes include one stop for the Yacht and Beach Club Marina, the Boardwalk, and the Swan and Dolphin.

Can I watch IllumiNations or Fireworks from the BCV?

A few of the BCV rooms on the fifth floor face Epcot's World Showcase. These rooms do have an obstructive view of IllumiNations (only the high fireworks).

You can sit on the Beach and see the high Fireworks from IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. With the addition of the bridge to the Boardwalk, there is another good viewing area for the IllumiNations Reflections of Earth Fireworks. You can also see the fireworks from Disney's Hollywood Studios. Walk over the to Boardwalk and stand near the BoardWalk Fries vendor cart and you can see the fireworks from MK too!

Another option is to rent a Pontoon Boat for an Illuminations Cruise . This does cost $$$.

What are the restaurants like?

The BC resort area has quite a variety of restaurants to fit your dining needs:

Beaches and Cream is a '50s-type shop serving burgers, hot dogs, soups, grilled cheese, and of course ice cream. It is small and noisy but fun. There is also "To Go" line and most menu items can be carried out. There are a few small tables and chairs outside Beaches and Cream you can also sit at. Don't be surprised to encounter waits for a seat inside. You will be given a pager. Do check, though, because seating is sometimes available at the counter.

The Cape May Cafe hosts a daily character breakfast buffet (7:30 - 11:00) featuring Beachy Goofy and his friends. In the evening, the Cafe hosts a Sea Lovers buffet known as the Clam Bake! No characters are at dinner.

Beach Club Marketplace - Offers light quick service foods, grab and go items as well as homemade gelato!

There are also 2 lounges, the Rip Tide and Martha's Vineyard. Martha's is open evenings only. In the morning, you can slip over to the Rip Tide for complimentary coffee. (Note that sometimes the Rip Tide Lounge is used for overflow seating for the neighboring Cape May Cafe.)

Hurricane Hanna's - is a poolside full service bar which also serves food (burgers, hot-dogs, etc.,).

Room Service is available for Beach Club Villa guests.

Less than a 2 minute walk away is the Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club. The Captain's Grille (was known as the Yacht Club Galley) is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Yacht Club also has the Ale and Compass Lounge where you can get alcoholic beverages during the day.

Within walking distance are the Dolphin/Swan, Boardwalk and all the Epcot restaurants.

What are Rapid Fill Mugs?

The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. For complete details visit: http://allears.net/din/mugs.htm

What is the pool like?

The Beach Club Villas have their own quiet pool called Dunes Cove, complete with a heated spa and a pool building with lockers and restrooms. The quiet pool has it's own supply of towels but no lifeguard. You also have access to Stormalong Bay, a three-acre mini water park featuring a "ship-wreck" water slide, hot tubs, and whirlpools.

Is Stormalong Bay as great as everyone says?

It sure is! Where else can you bask in the warm sun in such beautiful surroundings and still have SAND in the bottom of the pool.

There are actually several sections to the pool; the BC and YC sections are separate and different so be sure to try both. There is a deep circular area with jets that push you like a river current around the pool. There is also the larger area where the the water slide empties out. The water slide is not to be missed but sometimes the line gets long. In addition, the *sinking sand* area delights both kids and adults. There are several 'hot tubs' located in secluded locations around Stormalong Bay . A separate wading pool area (yes with sand) is located near the ShipWreck water slide entrance for small children and includes a kids water slide. StormAlong Bay is over 3 acres large.

During 1997, a white fence was built to surround the StormAlong Bay complex. This was done due to the large amount of non-resort guests that were using the pool. Access to the Pool area is now extremely limited; one entrance is just outside Martha's Vineyard; one entrance at the Yacht Club ; and one entrance near Hurricane Hanna's. To visit Hurricane Hanna's you must carry your resort ID with you in order to return to the pool area. Each person in the party does not need their ID to enter (if you all enter together) but keep in mind you need the ID if you exit and reenter the Pool area! You do get stamped upon entering.

There is a beach shack which rents tubes and noodles, suntan lotion, film and you can get your towels here (towels are free, the other items are not).

For those on your first or last day at the Beach Club Villas, there is a restroom next to Beaches and Creams where you can change into bathing suits. You just have to make sure that you have already been given your your Resort ID at the front desk.

While the quiet pool is open 24 hours/day, StormAlong Bay has seasonal hours.

What types of recreational options do I have?

Be sure to request the Recreational Activities flyer. There may be activities like Water Volleyball, Campfire Sing-along, or Movie Under the Stars.

Bayside Marina: boat rentals for enjoyment of the waterways; bicycles and recreation equipment for rent; tennis court, volleyball, and croquet. Please note: Bayside Marina is located on Crescent Lake in front of Disney's Yacht Club Resort, just a short walk from Disney's Beach Club Villas.

Ship Shape Health Club: a state-of-the-art fitness facility with equipment for complete circuit and free-weight training. Beach Club resort guests (age 14 and older) can use the fitness center at no additional charge for the duration of their stay. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under 17. In addition, Disney Vacation Club members will be allowed to use the fitness center at any Disney Vacation Club resort, as long as they are staying at a Walt Disney World resort. Guests of other Disney resorts may do so for $12 per day, based on availability. The purchase of a spa treatment includes use of the adjacent fitness center for the day of treatment.

Jogging - Jogging route maps are available from Guest Services or the Ship Shape Health Club.

Volleyball - a sand court is located on the Beach Club water side of the complex. Equipment use is complimentary for BC/V & YC guests and may be obtained at the StormAlong Bay Towel Window.

Lafferty Place Arcade - is located next to the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.

Tennis Courts - 2 lit, hard surface courts are available complimentary to BC/YC guests. The courts are on the Beach Club side and are open from 7am to 10pm daily. Complimentary equipment rental for BC/V & YC guests are available at the StormAlong Bay Towel Window.

What type of child care options are available?

The Beach Club's Sandcastle Club provides evening supervised childcare and in-room baby-sitting for all ages - additional fee required. See the Child Care FAQ for more information.

What is the gift shop like?

The Beach Club Marketplace is off the main Beach Club lobby next to the elevators. Here you will find Logo merchandise for the Disney Vacation Club, Beach Club and WDW as well as swimwear and resort wear (not cheap!), books, sundries, suncare, candy, some snacks and same day film processing. The Yacht Club also has the Fittings and Fairings Clothes and Notions store located off its main lobby. If you still can't find what you are looking for check the Swan and Dolphin and Boardwalk stores.

Is there someplace to get a hair cut?

Yes, Periwig's is located next to Ship Shape Health Club between the Yacht and Beach Clubs . It is open Monday through Saturday from 9-6 and Sundays from 10-6.

What other things might I want to know?

While you can relax on the beach of Crescent Lake, you are not allowed to swim in it.

On the water side of the BCV on the public walkway, you may find a portable espresso and frozen drink bar as well as tattoos and hair braiding booths.

Ask about the Scavenger Hunt (Disney Trivia) at Guest Services.

The Bayside Marina near the Yacht Club also offers a special Albatross Treasure Cruise for children ages 4-10. Click HERE for more details.

If you can fit it into your schedule, do take the monorail Epcot - TTC loop so that you can see the sites...(especially at night, the lights are really pretty.)

The Beach Club Marketplace has an "Artist of the Day" program for kids. They get to color a Disney drawing and it just may be selected for the Artist of the Day Bulletin Board.

How do I get to the Beach Club Villas?

Take I-4 to Exit 67. Follow signs to Epcot Resorts/Disney's Hollywood Studios. Turn right at the 5th traffic signal (Epcot Resorts Blvd) and Disney's Beach Club will be about 1 mile on the right. Due to construction at the WDW resort, directions may change. Be sure to follow road signs.

The Beach Club Villas are located at 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FLA 32830. Main number is 407-934-8000 and the Fax - 407-934-3850.