With Halloween officially behind us the Holiday Decorations have already started showing up all over Disney Property. Some of my favorite decorations are over at the Yacht & Beach club resorts so just the other night I decided to go and get an early look at them. Along the way received word that a new pressed penny machine was also available there so it was going to be a very interesting evening.
I started my visit parking over at the Yacht Club resort. Now just to review the Yacht & Beach clubs are actually two separate resorts but they are right beside each other, and even have some connecting buildings. Due to this many guests consider them one big resort but in reality they are two different resorts. Walking up to the main building at night is always just really enjoyable, the cool air this time of year (not quite cold just not hot and humid) mixed with the holiday garland and lights adorning the lamp posts and buildings just give a wonderful ambiance here.
I have not stayed at the Yacht Club resort but my family did stay on the Beach Club side a few years ago and it really exceeded our expectations. Both are considered Deluxe resorts and they have quite a few amenities like a fitness club, spa, and various restaurants. But in my opinion there are really two great perks of staying here, first is your proximity to Epcot which is only a short walk along a nice water side pathway, or you can take a Friendship boat ride to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Second is the opportunity to enjoy what I consider the best on property pool called Stormalong Bay. It’s part pool, part lazy river, it has a huge Pirate Ship themed water slide and also a sand bottom section of the pool that my kids absolutely loved.’
Unfortunately on this evening the lobby of the Yacht club did not have their famous Holiday Train display up and running so I’ll have to come back and check it out on another trip. But just a short walk over to the Beach club resort they already had their Holiday Carousel made out of chocolate and other edible items on full display. Each year the theme of the carousel changes, and for this year they opted to celebrate The Little Mermaid.
Each of the horses were themed for different characters from the movie, plus there are a ton of hidden mickey’s and other items to try and search for. The details on this display is truly amazing. I easily spent at least 30 minutes here just taking in all the little things the pastry chefs and artists created here.
They also include some fun details about the total amount of sugar, chocolate, honey, and all the other ingredients it took to create this masterpiece. Plus they even showed off Santa’s Naughty and Nice lists with everyone that helped bring this carousel to life.
Earlier I mentioned that these two resorts have quite a few unique dining options. The Yacht club has the Ale & Compass which is themed around a lighthouse, as well as the Yachtman’s Steakhouse which is a signature dining location but had some really great steaks and seafood. On the Beach club side there is the Cape May Cafe known for it’s Breakfast buffet and Seafood buffet for dinner, but I think the most popular restaurant is Beaches and Cream. This place is themed like a Classic Soda & Ice Cream Shop with plenty of your favorite comfort foods like burgers, reuben’s, tater tots and thick milkshakes plus the famous Kitchen Sink ice cream challenge. As you can see from the picture above as I walked past this restaurant I found the brand new pressed penny machine I had heard about.
Previously in this area there used to be three separate 3-design pressed penny machines. It always seemed like this was a dumping ground for awhile. Machines would disappear from one place and all of a sudden out of the blue it would show up here. Now however all of those previous machines are gone and retired, and replaced with this new 8-design model.
The designs available at this machine are some of the same we had seen at those old machines. There is a nice Yacht Club Resort logo, but it seems strange to not have the accompanying Beach Club logo. Also the Pocahontas and John Smith design seems a bit out of place, Pearl from Nemo I guess goes with the Ocean / Beach theme but still a little odd. The rest of them are fun beach themed designs with Mickey and Friends.
The Yacht & Beach Club resorts definitely have a lot going for them, and I really think they should be on your list of resorts to check out especially if you are a fan of the Epcot Festivals. They would make visiting the festival a lot easier when your resort is just a short walk away. Plus you are on vacation and should definitely indulge in a crazy ice cream concoction from Beaches and Cream and can get a set of these new pennies along the way. Thanks for taking a quick tour around these resorts with me today, I hope you enjoyed it and I’m so happy to see the Holiday decorations showing up. Take care and as always Keep on Pressing!