During the Rocky Horror finale, Janet and Brad finally shed pretense and inhibition. At Dr Frank-N-Futer’s hedonistic urging “Don’t Dream It- Be It” they stop being judgmental and jump into a literal pool of pleasure.
A great visit to Disney is like that (minus the alien transexuals). After discarding unrealistic expectations of intimacy and authenticity (this is NOT that small boutique hotel you stumbled over on the Amalfi coast) its an orgy for the senses.
For that reason, staying at a Deluxe Disney hotel is really de rigeur to maintain the illusion. At no other hotel will room service end a call by saying “I hope you have a magical day!”
My favorite hotel is The Beach Club with The Yacht Club, Dolphin and Swan all coming in second because of these features:
- PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY, SIMPLE WALK TO EPCOT
Orlando, like most suburbs, is not pedestrian friendly. In addition to being a very very easy and close automobile-free walk to a secret entrance to Epcot, these are the only Disney hotels that give urban dwellers the opportunity to go for a nice walk without crossing streets.
The resorts are constructed around a lake flanked by an old fashioned Seaside boardwalk. Disney has spent considerable expense making it feel and look really authentic: wood planks that could easily come from Coney Island, wrought iron benches, a string of lights in semi-circles between gaslamp street lights.
- FABULOUS POOL!
Disney does great pools. It’s one of my favorite features of their hotels. Thus far, the beach/yacht resort is my favorite of all the Disney pools. There is a zero entry area with a beach and lounge chairs, numerous narrow areas where parents can easily watch kids, and foliage that doesn’t block your view but makes the atmosphere feel more relaxed and pleasing. Of course, there are a zillion life guards–really the most important part of any family resort pool.
- NEWLY RENOVATED
The rooms of the Beach Club (and the attached Yacht Club) resort were recently completely renovated. There are down comforters, LCD TVs, new carpet and wallpaper, etc.. and the beds are really comfortable. I’m not particularly thrilled with the bathroom. One flourescent light in the ceiling, a Motel6 type bathtub (although very clean), and its small.
Disney is not The Sanctuary at Kiawah. You aren’t going to have a private butler or front desk staff who remember your name. However, this is one of the smaller resorts (576 guest rooms compared to Swans 1000, and Pop Century’s almost 3,000) and it shows in the significantly reduced lines for the front desk, concierge, restaurants. There are always at least 2 staff members in the front of the lobby ready to answer guest questions, make jokes with the kids, and generally be welcoming.