One of the best destinations within Walt Disney World is the EPCOT Resort Area. This little neighborhood encompasses Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Villas, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and Villas, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Each resort surrounds beautiful Crescent Lake, with an entrance to EPCOT near the Beach Club, and a walkway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios near the Boardwalk Resort and Dolphin Hotel. It is truly one of the best locations on Disney property.
We hadn’t visited this area in a while so we asked a member of our field team, Ivonne to take a stroll around this picturesque area. The resorts in this area are some of the highest rated on property according to our readers and subscribers. We have ratings and information on all the Walt Disney World hotels, and even have a free Room Finder tool so you can see which specific hotel rooms have the views and location to fit your needs.
Let’s take a stroll around the EPCOT Resorts Area, and make a stop for some Halloween sweet treats too.
We’ll start at Disney’s Beach Club Villas. The regular rooms and suites at Disney’s Beach Club are closed, only the Disney Vacation Club Villas are open right now. There’s quite a bit of food and beverage options available even though the Beach Club guest rooms are closed. The Beach Club Marketplace is a very casual dining option inside the large merchandise shop at the Beach Club. It is the lowest rated quick dining options at Walt Disney World, according to our readers, with a 66% thumbs up rating. However, there are currently two grab and go Halloween treats available that might boost its rating a little.
The Tiramisu Grave is classic tiramisu with no extra frills in the flavors, but fun Halloween toppings of white chocolate covered pretzels for a skeleton body, and a marshmallow for a head to resemble the grave. A nice treat, nothing tremendous, but a good standard tiramisu for $5.49.
Ivonne preferred the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie instead. The pumpkin cake was a great texture and full of festive fall flavor and the brown butter cream cheese was rich and creamy. Not a bad deal for $4.69.
Right next door to Disney’s Beach Club is the Yacht Club Resort. The Yacht Club was one of the hotels that hosted the NBA Bubble. Now that the NBA Season has come to a close, the Yacht Club has reopened. It is currently the only hotel besides the Swan and Dolphin that is open, whereas Beach Club and Boardwalk only have the Disney Vacation Club Villas open. As a result the Friendship Ferry Boats are not currently operating.
Across Crescent Lake is Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. The theme of this resort is a turn of the century Atlantic boardwalk. There’s lots of whimsical details here. The most whimsical and weird detail perhaps is the clown face pool. It is quite a strange sight to see kids and adults go down the waterslide, only to come out of the clown’s mouth. It seems the nightmares of many Disney fans may be over as there is a scrim up over where the clown’s face would be. We’re not sure how we feel about the cloud print on the scrim, but maybe it’s better than the clown face. What do you think?
Lastly, Ivonne headed over to the Swan and Dolphin hotels. One of the most unique properties at Walt Disney World, the Michael Graves architecture is sure to catch your eye. The blend of Disney amenities and Marriott features is quite unique here. Recently, one of the amenities has been changed. Instead of Disney bus transportation, these hotels now use Mears Transportation.
Will you miss the clown face if it is indeed removed from the Boardwalk pool? Do you have a favorite resort in this area?