Hi Lorilee, thanks for reaching out to me about your planned spring escape to Disney. The following outlines some options/points for consideration for you. I am available to tweak and customize as you wish - I want this to be as stress free as possible for you, so you can focus on the FUN. Please note prices are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until booked.
You requested a week at Yacht Club, Club Level - due to proximity to the Epcot, Boardwalk, Hollywood Studios. The best flight options I have found are May 30 - June 6, for three of you the TOTAL COST is $1824 Cdn. Departing St. John's on May 30 at 5:40, arriving in Toronto at 7:38, then departing for Orlando at 10:30 and arriving at 13:14. Return on June 6 at 14:09, arriving in Toronto at 16:56, then departing at 20:00 to finally arrvie home at 12:30 a.m. As a result, the following scenarios are based on availability during that time.
Option 1 - Yacht Club, Club Level - May 30- June 6
The very picturesque and so conveniently located Yacht Club
The Yacht Club (YC) is a five-story, 630 room resort, slightly larger than its sister resort, the Beach Club (BC), located along the shore of Crescent Lake, opposite the Boardwalk Resort. Themed after seaside New England hotels of the late 1800s, the Yacht Club has a stately, nautical look and feel; hardwood floors and brass accents enhance this feeling. Guests staying at both the Yacht Club and Beach Club have the exclusive use of Stormalong Bay, a 750,000 gallon pool/mini-water park complete with water slide, sandy bottom, whirlpools, and water currents. This is an incredible pool!
Stormalong Bay - the shared treasure between Yacht and Beach Club
A Club Level Standard View Room at Yacht Club from May 30 - June 6 is $3701.59 USD. Club Level Amenities include simple breakfasts, refreshments and snacks throughout the day, turndown service, and secured key access area to the Club Level floors. Concierge service is also always available. Please note that the standard view room may be looking at parking lots or rooftops. For this reason, I am also going to provide a few more options for your consideration. Regular Lagoon view rooms are available at Yacht Club for $3130.33 USD.
Yacht Club Standard Room - Club Level
One thing I must point out about Beach and Yacht Club is that there is very little selection from quick service restaurants. This will not deter from your stay, however you should be aware.
The second option proposed is a split stay between Yacht Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge. You had mentioned not being every day park people, and Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is a destination onto itself. If you do choose this option, Disney takes care of moving all of your luggage from your first resort to the second. You just get to relax!
Option 2 - Split Stay
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a deluxe resort hotel adjacent to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The Lodge itself is called the Jambo House. The Lodge recreates the feel of a South African wildlife reserve lodge. Rooms follow the Kraal African village design, a semicircle concept, offering a view of close to 100 grazing animals and 130 birds on the property and in the private savannas. All three savannas are special areas built specifically for the AKL and are separate from Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are over 100 Sand Live Oak trees and 35,000 shrubs in the savannas. Seeds for many of the plants were supplied from Africa.
The pool at Jambo House is beautiful as well.
Throughout the rest of the lobby, there are examples of authentic architecture and design, from thatched ceilings to golden tones reflecting the richness and diversity of an African landscape. Rich wood tones surround a large mud fireplace and natural lighting will celebrate dawn and dusk with features that accentuate spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Dining options at Animal Kingdom Lodge are excellent, from Boma and Sanna (overlooking the savanna) to quick service Mara.
Animal Kingdom Lodge is serviced by bus to and from the parks.
May 30 - June 3 stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge in a Club Level Savanna View Room: $1999.69 USD. The remainder of your stay if you choose this option would be June 3-June 6 at Yacht Club in a Club Level Standard View Room, for $1587.12. Thus GRAND TOTAL would be $3586.81
The animals at Disney are extremely well cared for - and you can see giraffes, zebras and other wildlife from the Club Level Savanna View Room
Animal Kingdom Lodge - Club Level
Lorilee, please let me know if you have any questions about these options - you will have an excellent time regardless of what you choose.
Nicole Kavanagh - Travel Portfolio Manager, The Destination Experts.
Text 709 749-1174