Summer Staycation: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

After completing a staycation for my birthday in May 2021, we loved it so much we decided to book another one for my husbands birthday in August. This time we decided to book one of our dream Disney Resorts, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

We love The Yacht & Beach Club Resorts for many reasons: the location, the ambiance of the Boardwalk, etc., but the main reason we wanted to stay here was for Stormalong Bay. Not only is Stormalong Bay the largest resort pool area in Walt Disney World spanning at 3 acres; but it also has sand at the bottom! The pool is reserved only for Yacht & Beach Club guests, and is so exclusive that your room key has to be scanned upon entering, during which they give you a wristband to wear. The patterns on the wristband change everyday.

Day 1: Friday

We checked in at noon and our room was already ready, so we dropped everything off and got dressed to head to the pool! This is where things got a little rocky. To put it plainly, the food options at and around Stormalong Bay are not the best, and we ended up eating a pre-made sandwich and salad from Hurricane Hannas. Word of advice: Bring snacks, eat beforehand and/or book reservations at Beaches and Cream. However, after getting some food in our bellies, we relaxed and took full advantage of all the pool had to offer! We even took a midday swim break and got a mini Mickey Sink (seen below).

A typical Florida thunderstorm came in around 4 pm, so we went back to the room and got ready for dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse. This restaurant recently reopened and we were excited to try it, as its supposedly the best steakhouse on property. Let’s just say we weren’t disappointed. The food was phenomenal!

We topped the night off by watching the Epcot Forever fireworks from our balcony. Not a bad way to end the night!

Day 2: Saturday

Our second day started out as a bit of a bummer. I had wanted to take pictures together along the Boardwalk, but learned a photography/humidity lesson when our camera lens got completed covered with condensation. At least we tried, right?

We then had breakfast at Cape May Cafe, which was decent for the price. After that we were off to the pool again! Saturday was HOT (I think the hottest day of the year?) and we kept burning our feet on the pavement. Despite this, we spent hours just lounging in the lazy river, making sure to reapply sunscreen of course!

That evening we walked over to the Boardwalk Resort for dinner at Trattoria al Forno, and saw a gorgeous double rainbow on the way! The second rainbow is pretty faint in the photo bellow, but it was stunning in real life.

Trattoria al Forno was not quite as show-stopping as Yachtsman Steakhouse, but our favorite thing we ordered was the the Truffle Gnocchi, which I will definitely get again whenever we go back. We also got to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks on the walk back to our room which was pretty exciting!

Day 3: Sunday

On Sunday we chose to sleep in, being in the sun two days in a row had really wiped us out. Later in the day we headed over to Epcot to start tackling the Food & Wine Festival, and were blessed with the most gorgeous sunset. Pictures do not do it justice, but I included two below for you.

We loved our stay at Yacht Club! The dining and location are excellent, and Stormalong Bay truly is a winner. If you are planning a trip to Disney World and stay at the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, make sure to set aside at least one day to take full advantage of the pool and dining options!

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