Disney World resorts in the EPCOT area have just a short walk (5-minute) into the park; through a back entrance, no less! And this of course means far fewer crowds . It's a nice touch for the people staying at these resorts!
So, what are the resorts in the Disney World EPCOT area? They are the:
- Beach Club
- Yacht Club
These resorts fall into the Deluxe category or Villa category (in other words, they are among the more expensive of the resorts). On the other hand, they are worth it, if for nothing else than watching the nightly EPCOT fireworks from the docks, with almost as good a view as if you were in the park!
Here's a short slideshow of these resorts, then I'll talk more below.
OK, so what's with these Disney resort hotels? Well interestingly, two of them (Swan and Dolphin) aren't really Disney hotels. They are on Disney property, but they are managed outside of Disney World. Still, they have the same level of service as do the other "real" Disney resorts.
I got to stay at the Yacht Club, and one thing for sure; I did plenty of walking -- it's big and spread out. But it was extremely nice. A very nautical feel about the place, like you really were a member of an exclusive yacht club.
A nice touch was a porch filled with rocking chairs, facing out towards the water -- heavenly after a day of walking around the parks!
The Beach Club is part and parcel of the Yacht Club, only it's more of a Disney Vacation Club resort.
Across the lagoon was the Boardwalk resort area, and boy did that have a lot of things to do! Shops, restaurants and yes, even a dance hall!
On a walkway between the Yacht Club and Boardwalk were the Swan and Dolphin. I only got a chance to go into the Swan, and I must say, it was lovely. And our character dinner in the main restaurant was scrumptious! Although poor Pluto knocked over a salad bowl...
Since all these Disney World resorts are in the Deluxe or Villa category, they are not cheap. But are they worth it? Yes! And if you stay there in the low ("value") season, the rates aren't that bad at all!
Did you know that the Walt Disney World resort Port Orleans in Orlando is actually two resorts in one? Yes, it's true -- Port Orleans is made up of French Quarter and Riverside.
Both of these resorts make me think of Louisianna -- the wonderful New Orleans French Quarter, as well as the graceful mansions that dot the great rivers of the state.
I don't think one is better than the other; they just have slightly different "flavors", and they are both Disney World Moderate resorts. (Moderate means they aren't the cheapest to stay in, nor are they the most expensive.)
Riverside is the more bustling of the two, because it contains the restaurants and the boat dock, which takes you off to Downtown Disney. So if you're in French Quarter and want a bite to eat, you'll have to take the (lovely) walkway to get to Boatwights, the table-service restaurant. But make a reservation, as they are busy!
If you want to go to any of the Disney World theme parks, you'll need to catch one of the complimentary buses that take you to the resorts, as well as the other hotels, if you are curious about them.
French Quarter is the quaint side of Port Orleans. Around the pool area and along the river area, the theme is definitely carried out, with pletny of wrought iron and lanterns. And the (large) pool area is fantastic, with a sea-monster-looking waterslide.
I enjoyed my stay, and here are a few slides of this Florida Walt Disney World resort Port Orleans, for you to enjoy.