We arrived at Disney's Yacht Club resort in the afternoon and got checked in. I really enjoy the Yacht Club. It is a quiet respite from the parks, but extremely convenient - more about it later. We got settled in our room and relaxed for a bit and then headed out to the Boardwalk to eat pizza and watch their evening entertainment. We had an early night to recover from our busy Universal days and get ready for an early morning at the parks.
Our favorite dining experiences were at Be Our Guest (lunch - Magic Kingdom), Sanaa (lunch - Animal Kingdom Lodge) - fantastic bread service, Akershus (princess dining - breakfast) - DD and I enjoyed this meal together, and Ohana (breakfast - Polynesian resort).
We enjoyed nearly all the rides/attractions at the four main parks. We love the roller coasters (my favorite is Rock 'n' Roller coaster at Hollywood Studios with Expedition Everest a close second). We also had a great time back at the resort in the Stormalong Bay pool. That leads me to my review of the Yacht Club.
Yacht Club, along with its sister resort, Beach Club, share the amazing Stormalong Bay pool. The Yacht Club is definitely the quieter and more adult-oriented of the two resorts. It has a convention center and has a more subdued theme. I think it is the best of both worlds. You have the kid-favorite Stormalong Bay (with a sandy area for the little kids, an activity area, a lazy river and a big water slide) and you have a quiet resort to come home to at the end of the day.
- The ability to walk to both Epcot (easy walk) and Hollywood Studios (longer walk).
- Nice, quiet rooms
- Stormalong Bay pool
- Close to Boardwalk
- Rooms are a bit dated (they are being renovated this year)
- Lack of a good quick-service dining option (have to walk to Beach Club or Boardwalk for a decent selection)
- Some people feel it is too quiet and isn't kid-friendly
- Book your fast pass plus selections 60 days in advance.
- Return to your resort when the parks get crowded after lunch. Take a nap or enjoy the pool and then return to the parks for the evening.
- Follow a late night with an early one to keep everyone from getting too tired (and grouchy).
- Get to the parks early!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. If you get to parks when they open (and it isn't Christmas break), you will have up to two hours of uncrowded touring. We went during a crowded time, but by getting to the parks early and using our fast passes wisely, the longest we waited in line was 30 minutes (for Soarin'). The rest of the time our wait was 15 minutes or less.