My wife and I have been Disney Vacation
Club members since 2007, when we bought a small resale contract, and
have added on with small point purchases periodically since. We have a
very small 30 point contract at the Beach Club Villas,
which we acquired directly from Disney. I essentially added this small
contract because of it's great pool, Stormalong Bay, which is only
accessible for guests at the Yacht and Beach Club.
Stormalong Bay such a great pool? Well, for one, it's more like a water
park than just an ordinary pool. It's 3 acres consisting of 795,000
gallons of water and several different aquatic experiences which can be
enjoyed by every member of the family.
pools are sand bottomed, but, as the currents and people move the
swirling silica around, it tends to bunch, so you may find clumps in one
area, and none in others.
Speaking of swirling, one fun feature,
located by the end of the massive water slide (more on that in a minute)
is a whirlpool. Hop, well, float in, and throw your legs up, and jets
will have you going in circles!
On to that slide. Climb to the top
of the replica shipwreck, and take a ride down the 230 foot long slide,
which is one of the highest on Walt Disney World property. Get there early, the lines get very long as the day wears on and the heat beats down!
favorite part of Stormalong Bay is the lazy river. I can spend hours
just floating around here, until my wife has to insist we leave due to
excessive pruning! I've read that you can rent tubes. I'm not sure where
from, as I have always just found tubes floating unattended at all
hours of the day!
are bridges that connect different areas of the complex, and it's a
great place to view the surrounding area, offering great views of the
entire Boardwalk area as well.
kids, and kids of all ages, there are pool parties held each day. For
young ones, there are sandy beaches for them to play on, with a gentle
slope into a wading pool.
grownups, looking for an adult beverage, Hurricane Hanna's Waterside
Bar and Grill offers great views with your beer and signature cocktails
and frozen beverages.
also offer Bar Appetizers and Entress.
After a meal and drink or 3, you can soak in the quit and fairly hidden hot tub, or find a secluded spot under a waterfall.
mentioned above, Stormalong Bay is accessible to Yacht and Beach Club
guests only, and there is actually a Cast Member located at the entrance
checking Magic Bands. Hours change depending on the season.
Also, as was the case on our recent trip, portions may be closed for refurbishment. Disney should notify you if this is the case.
Potions of this article was originally posted on the Tips From the Disney Diva and Devos Blog, where Nick is a contributing writer.