2/10 Denise’s Corner – Experiencing Disney’s Beach Club Resort in the Stone Harbor Club Concierge
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last Denise’s Corner, but I hope you’ll really enjoy this one! We recently stayed one night at Disney’s Beach Club Resort in the Concierge Stone Harbor Club, and have nearly 100 photos and 4 videos to share.
Our visit was for the one night, 2 full days – and we had a great time. It’s rare for me to stay in concierge on Disney property – in the 35 years I’ve been staying on site (over 200 nights cumulative), I’ve only spent about 5 nights in the club level rooms. I hope to add more nights to that eventually, but I always prefer utilizing the resort as much as possible when spending more money on a room (though we did get a great deal). We are in the parks 3-4 days per week every week, so the parks weren’t a must-do.
Part of the benefit included with staying on a club level floor is itinerary planning, but we live here and did not use it.
The club level rooms are on the the 5th floor. Our room had two queen beds and a chair, along with a nice balcony (there are partial balconies at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, though I didn’t see any on the 5th floor).
The first photos I’m showing of the room and balcony were taken with a GoPro Hero 2 we borrowed. It gives the room more of a rounded effect (Jeff took these, I took the ones with my camera).
The vanity held an expanded collection of H20 products, including mouthwash and solar relief gel.
I don’t use telephones in the bathroom, but it’s there if you need it:
Mickey heads in the wallpaper:
When we arrived, there were chocolates on the bed – and more given at turndown service. Robes that were supposed to be in the closet weren’t there, so we called down and two were delivered. One of the most popular touches at Disney resorts are towel animals, we had a large Mickey head.
I love the Beach Club detail even in the trash can:
And in the cloth of this chair:
Our bed made up after turndown with more chocolate:
Writing paper and envelopes in the drawer:
Fireworks view from our room:
The moon was incredible that night!
Concierge desks are near the elevator (and next to the lounge). We were always greeted by friendly Cast Members. The photos I took of this area was after they went home for the evening.
The concierge lounge is small, but was never too crowded while we were there. There are two televisons – one for adults, one with tv shows for kids in an area with smaller seats.
The food and beverage offerings change daily. The continental breakfast includes fruit, pastries, bagels, yogurt, oatmeal, juice and cereals. Breakfast was available from 7am – 10:30am. Our video shares even more of this area and food offerings.
From 11:30am – 4pm, snacks were available. House made chips, along with cookies, yogurt-covered pretzels, Swedish Fish and trail mix were set out (along with the bowls of fruit). A variety of drinks were available, including tea and lemonade. The chips are very good – we didn’t have any on the second day since we went to the Captain’s Grille for lunch. The snack service is the least busy time, since guests are mostly at the park.
Appetizers, beer and wine were available from 5pm – 7pm. Disney makes it quite clear to not expect this to replace dinner, although it easily can for many guests. There were crackers and cheese, several different appetizers (my favorite were the small samosas on the second evening), carrot sticks, rolls, peanut butter and jelly, apples with caramel dipping sauce, fruit, etc. Beer and wine are included. Sam Adams, Widmer Brothers, Bud Light, and Heineken bottles filled the small refrigerator. The photos here are from two different evenings, but I forgot to take photos of the beer.
This machine was a favorite!
From 8pm – 10pm, desserts and cordials are served. It’s not extravagant, there are two different types of mini-desserts and a variety of cordials such as Kahlua and Grand Marnier. My favorite dessert was the mini-cupcakes, and my favorite drink was the hot chocolate with a dash of Kahlua. These dessert photos are from 2 different nights.
Perrier and Evian were available.
Sodas are available all night for guests, as is the hot coffee/tea machine and some light snacks.
Mickey Mouse on the handles in the lounge bathroom:
Two views of the lounge:
We had lunch the second day at the Captain’s Grille, here are a few photos from the meal. All the food was excellent.
One of the hardest tickets on Walt Disney World property is into Stormalong Bay. It is the only highly restrictive pool (DVC members can’t use it unless staying at the resort). Guests of Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club are treated to this amazing pool area, which includes a lazy river and a pirate themed slide. Much of the pool has a sand bottom. There was construction that closed a little bit of Stormalong Bay and re-routed guests, but most of it was open and we spent a few hours in the water.
Jeff took both photos and video on the Flying Jib slide.
One of two jacuzzis:
A large whirlpool tub is inside the spa/fitness center, along with a sauna and steam room. There are also shower/changing areas with free lockers for resort guests.
Movie nights include marshmallows or full s’more fixings. We didn’t make it to either night:
Turtles in the water at the front of the resort:
The rack rate for our room was $480.00 plus tax, which is the value season price for midweek (we didn’t pay that). Prices go up from there (discounts include AAA, Florida Resident rates, Passholder rates, etc.) A standard garden view room without concierge at that the same time is currently $345.00 plus tax, or a $135.00 plus tax difference. For a family of 4, it might be worth it to have the personalized service and food/snack service if spending a lot of time at the resort. During peak and holiday seasons (and on weekends), the price is greater and sometimes there is a larger difference in price between room types.
With as often as Jeff and I work, the two days at Disney’s Beach Club Resort in concierge was such a treat! We did take photos and video, but relaxed most of the time. And we met a couple the first day who gave us their Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba tickets at breakfast the next morning as the wife was sick. I felt very bad they couldn’t use them during their stay, but I love La Nouba and was grateful for the seats. The show has changed in the years since I last saw it, including a new juggler and a jump rope act. Jeff has never seen La Nouba and really enjoyed it!
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is easily accessible to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios by boat or on foot.