|The iconic Grand Floridian is just one resort that offers club level service|
Of course, not every resort can say the same thing. Club level guests at the Beach Club can spend time in the lounge where the view from the windows is of the parking lot. That’s okay though, staying here and getting to swim in Stormalong Bay makes it totally worth it.
|Part of the club level lounge at Beach Club -love the chairs for the kids!|
They of course will do their best to meet any of your needs. On the day of your arrival, club level stay will be aware of when you are coming in. Assuming you arrive between the hours of 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., they will escort you up to the club level floor and handle check-in for you, no need to wait in lines. You’ll find your club level room comes with a few other benefits as well, including nightly turn down service, robes to use during your stay, additional toiletries, and a DVD player in your room. The cast members working at the desk outside the club level lounge will also have DVDs available for you to borrow should you not pack any of your own. Another nice perk? Club level guests at every resort have the opportunity to schedule the special Wildlife Discovery Excursion Tour. For $45 per person, guests will take a climate controlled vehicle through the savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a cast member who is an animal expert. The vehicle goes “off road” and doesn’t follow the same path as the typical tour, allowing you to get closer to the animals and a chance at some great photos. Additionally, because each vehicle only fits a limited number of people, you have an opportunity to ask a lot of questions, something you don’t get to do or the regular attraction.
- 6:30-7:00 a.m. Coffee and juices.
7:00 – 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, cereals, fruit, breakfast pastries and breads
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Snacks and/or tea with sodas, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea, and snack foods like crackers, pretzels, cookies and nuts.
5:00 – 7:00p.m. Appetizers with wine and beer and hot and cold appetizers from the resort’s restaurants and offerings like veggies and dip.
- 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Desserts and cordials with a selection of cordials and desserts from the resort’s restaurants.
Guests at the Grand Floridian’s Sugar Loaf and Royal Palm Club can also look forward to having an afternoon tea service with a variety of teas and scones available. Note that the amount of food available is generally NOT enough to make a meal out of (unless you have a very small appetite). The foods available are meant as appetizers, or a tasting, so I don’t suggest skipping the dining plan or foregoing ADRs in favor of eating in the lounge. Conversely, I have heard from some guests that eating the evening offerings, and then heading off to dinner was often too much food; this is especially true if they were on the deluxe dining plan or otherwise eating in a lot of “signature” restaurants.
So, is it worth it? “Worth” is very subjective, and means different things to different people. But whether staying club level on your next visit is right for you or not depends a lot on how you tour and how many times you’ve visited. As regular readers to the blog know, I’m local, I visit the parks a lot. I’ve had three stays as a club level guest and can honestly say I’ve enjoyed each one immensely. But my wife and I aren’t the type to spend all day in the parks anymore. We spend lots of down time at the resort enjoying the amenities, so we have time to partake in the food and beverage offerings. If you are a theme park commando, who only uses the room to sleep and shower, it would be a waste. And you certainly don’t want to feel like you HAVE to come back to the resort to eat the appetizers, snacks or desserts to try and get your money’s worth. Unless you have a larger group, or are perhaps heavy drinkers who enjoy the beers and cordials available, you’re not likely to make up that extra $150 a night in food/drink. Lots of people will just get a bunch of snacks and beverages for their room instead, and make their own “club level lounge.” Similarly, since I spend much of my time making dining and entertainment reservations for other people, I enjoy the perk of having someone from IPO do it for me. But if you’re the type who likes to make their own reservations for everything, or you have a travel agent who is going to do that for you (for free), why pay for the privilege that you won’t use?
|Your “golden ticket” Key to the World card gives you access to the club level floor|
Like some many other things in a Disney vacation, ultimately, you need to decide what will be best for you. If you’re taking a trip where you’re skipping the parks, or like me, you spend lots of time at the resort, and you have the money to spend, having the added perks of club level may be just your thing. But if you think you’d rather take that extra $150 a night and put it towards something else – a romantic dinner, a fireworks cruise, a private tour, or even another trip, then club level probably isn’t right for you, and you’ll be happy with a standard, but still very nice, resort room.
Thanks to Disboards for the YC concierge photo. For more pictures and information on Yacht Club/Beach club, check out this thread on the Dis.