Review of Club Level at Disney's Yacht Club - Regatta Club

In this post, we review the Regatta Club, the Club Level offering at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. If this is the first post of ours you’re reading, there might be two others you’re interested in. First, we have separately reviewed Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and it’s one of our favorite hotels at Walt Disney World. If you’re looking for information about the hotel generally, you’ll need to read that post.

Second—and maybe more importantly—we have an entirely separate post covering the ins and outs of Club Level at Walt Disney World. If you’re wondering about the details of whats included, whether it’s worth it, and just how we evaluate it broadly, you’ll want to check out that post. This post focuses specifically on the Regatta Club Lounge at Yacht Club.

Booking Club Level at Yacht Club

Club Level is a special room designation at all the the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World that includes a variety of perks. If you’re interested in reading about Club Level at the other deluxe resorts, we have reviews here (links open in new tabs):

We booked our Club Level Standard View room through our choice Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Lauren Quirk of Enchanted Escapes Travel. We paid $514.81 per night on a Annual Passholder offer rate. The rack rate for the room was $755 per night, which meant our offer rate was about 32% off.

For 2019, Club Level rooms at Yacht Club start at $670 per night. That’s a premium of $218 per night over a standard room during the same low season. Club rooms are the same as other rooms, just on a club-exclusive floor.

Yacht Club Club Level Check-In

When we arrived at Yacht Club, we were greeted at the front door and taken up to the Club Level for check-in. You won’t always be so lucky as to have a Cast Member immediately on hand to greet you, so if you arrive at the hotel and aren’t greeted, you’ll want to ask a Cast Member near the desk for Club Level check-in.

This isn’t to be snooty—the club concierge has specific information they need to give you. For this reason, we also avoid online check-in when staying Club Level. You could definitely use it, but you’ll want to be sure your first stop when you make it to the club is the concierge desk. This also makes sure they recognize you and don’t think you’ve just snuck in.

Our room wasn’t quite ready, not surprising for a noon arrival. We were given an abbreviated overview of the resort and, more importantly for us, information about the club.

Yacht Club Club Level Perks

Again, our post on Club Level at Walt Disney World more generally is a better place to get a sense of the value of Club Level. Briefly though, by staying Club Level at Disney’s Yacht Club resort, you’ll get:

  • access to a lounge (The Regatta Club Lounge) with five small food and beverage servings throughout the day

  • access to a dedicated concierge staff, including by phone and text

  • the ability to purchase extra FastPass+ reservations for $50 per person per day (restrictions apply)

The first of these is really the most important, and it’s what we focus most on in this review.

The Regatta Club Lounge

The name of the lounge for Yacht Club’s Club Level is the “Regatta Club Lounge.”

The room itself could be divided into five sections (don’t let that impress you, it’s not five rooms, it’s really one room). The main area has seating for 34 people and one TV.

A small adjacent room has three sofa chairs and a TV.

The balcony has seating for seven at two tables.

And then there is (of course) the serving area—no seats, just food.

Just off the serving area is a small kids section with a few small chairs and a TV showing children’s programming.

While the Regatta Club has a decent number of seats, the confined space really makes it feel small. Whenever there are more than a few people there, it really feels packed, and it gets loud. You can easily hear a conversation going on at the other side of the room. Generally, this isn’t a problem. But all it takes is one bad apple to really take over the entire lounge.

Service at Yacht Club’s Regatta Club

In our experience, Disney doesn’t always have a proactive mindset toward lounge service. Our 16-ish hours in the Regatta Club Lounge were no exception. In that time, we weren’t ever asked if we needed anything. This isn’t a problem, per se. You can always go get your own coffee and soft drinks, and if you need alcohol you can flag someone down and ask (and they’re more than happy to help). But if you’re looking to be waited on, you might not find that here.

More noticeably, there was a problem keeping the lounge tidy. We frequently saw dirty plates left out and not picked up for 15+ minutes. This is really the only thing we’d actually call a complaint, Disney needs to just shift the staffing—particularly after servings—so that the person cleaning up has support. Staff seemed mostly busy, they just weren’t always assigned to what looked like the most pressing issues.

Yacht Club Club Level Servings, Food, and Beverage

The Regatta Club has four servings and a coffee half-hour according to the following schedule:

  • 6:30AM to 7:00AM - Coffee

  • 7:00AM to 10:30AM - Continental Breakfast

  • 11:30AM to 4:00PM - Light Snacks

  • 5:00PM to 7:00PM - Hors d’oeuvres and Select Beverages

  • 8:00PM to 10:00PM - Desserts and Cordials

The club itself is open 24 hours, though it’s only serviced from 7:00AM to 10:00PM. During those hours, you shouldn’t have a problem getting simple alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and we even saw someone enjoy a 1PM champagne). Outside the serving hours, you have access to a candy bar, coffee machine, tea, and canned soda.

During some of the servings, the lounge got quite crowded. Right at 5PM when Hors d’oeuvres and Select Beverages started, it was actually full for a while. During breakfast, it hovered around 80% capacity, probably because people were more willing to grab and go if there wasn’t a ton of table space.

Continental Breakfast at the Regatta Club

Light Snacks at the Regatta Club

Hors d’oeuvres and Select Beverages at the Regatta Club

Desserts and Cordials at the Regatta Club

Disney’s Yacht Club - Regatta Club - Conclusions

Overall, we won’t be staying Club Level at Yacht Club again. There’s a few reasons for this. First, if we’re paying the premium for Yacht Club, we’re going to be spending much of our time at Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Yacht Club is maybe good for a resort day—it does have Stormalong Bay—but you’re probably going to be itching to walk right over to the parks.

Second, and related, is everything the Boardwalk area has to offer. From drinks at Ale & Compass Lounge and AbracadaBar to the sports bar experience at ESPN Zone to fine dining at Yachtsman, there’s just too many food and drink options to think you’d want to stick to to the lounge. And again, remember that you’ve got Epcot’s food options right around the corner.

Third, the lounge was an underwhelming place to be. I know—what could it offer, it’s just a club lounge! But that’s why this factor is third, it’s a highly subjective feeling on the ambiance and environment of the lounge. By comparison, we loved being in Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kilimanjaro Club Level. In fact, if you’re considering Yacht Club’s club level for the location, you’ll be better served if you can book a stay at BoardWalk Inn’s Innkeeper Club Level.

Because of their high prices, Disney’s lounge need to offer something really special for us to find them worth it—the Regatta Club doesn’t hit that mark.

Yacht Club’s Regatta Club is simply one Disney Club Level experience we don’t plan on repeating anytime soon!

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