Staying club level at Disney’s Beach Club is a treat. It’s so much a treat that a stay on the club level floor will leave you feeling like you’re living your best life during your Disney vacation.
This review will cover the details, amenities, and benefits of staying club level at Disney’s Beach Club. Additionally, a section below explains Disney’s club-level offering and answers common questions about the service.
If you’ve ever thought about staying club level at Walt Disney World, you might have some reservations about the price. And that’s completely understandable.
This year alone, a standard club-level room at Disney’s Beach Club averages between $780.00–$1350.00 per night depending on the season. But, of course, that is with no room discounts applied.
Unfortunately, room discount offers have been few and far between the last few years. Hopefully, we’ll see more in the future.
Needless to say, a stay on the club level or concierge floor at Disney’s Beach Club is an investment. Allow me to share with you the details.
This article was updated on February 10, 2022.
Club Level at Disney’s Beach Club
I was immediately intrigued the first time I heard of staying club level at Beach Club. I began researching this opportunity because it sounded like just the type of thing my family would enjoy.
We were traveling to Disney quite a bit but had never heard of a club level experience. Little did I know that all of the deluxe resorts at Disney offered a concierge floor.
As I began researching, I found there wasn’t a ton of valid or up-to-date information about staying club level. I even started checking an online forum that had a club level thread. But unfortunately, there weren’t many updates specific to the club level at Disney’s Beach Club.
If you’ve ever read my Disney’s Beach Club Resort Review, then you are aware it’s my favorite resort at Disney. At the time, I knew the resort reasonably well and had still not discovered the Stone Harbor Club.
Stone Harbor Club is the lounge’s name on the club level floor at the Beach Club. It’s an exclusive club located on the resort’s 5th floor.
When I pieced enough information about the club level together, I decided to reserve it for our next vacation. Many stays later, I can affirm we enjoy the club level at Beach Club immensely.
In fact, we feel like we have become pros at the whole club level experience thing. But as I mentioned above, club level is expensive.
For those of you who plan to spend most of your days in the parks, it’s probably not the right choice unless you’re looking for exclusivity.
However, for those who sleep late, come in from the parks early, or know you’ll spend a balanced amount of time at the resort, club level is worth considering.
I say this because the club level perks come with a price. The last thing you’ll want to do is spend the extra money on this kind of room and not take advantage of the offerings.
With these thoughts in mind, I’ve included a few tips below on how to space out dining reservations when planning your trip. And I’ll share with you how we like to get a dessert plate to stash in our room fridge for a late-night treat.
What is Club Level?
Club Level is a special access floor that Walt Disney World offers guests who book this room type. The Stone Harbor Club at Disney’s Beach Club is located on the 5th floor, and guests must have magic band privileges to access it.
The photo below indicates the special magic band access provided in the elevator. If you elect not to use magic bands, a room card will be provided that also does the trick.
When you scan your band, the 5th-floor button automatically lights up. Occasionally, Disney places club-level guests on other floors to meet room requests. However, you’ll still have these same magic band privileges to access the lounge.
Club Level is kind of an all-day smorgasbord or grazing fest. The concierge offers five different services throughout the day during particular hours. Soda, beverages, beer, and wine are also provided during the afternoon and evening hours.
Here’s a list of some of the perks included with a club level stay:
- Club Lounge Daily Services and Food Offerings
- Turndown Service
- Concierge Staff at Guests Disposal
- Special Welcome
Checking in to the Club Level at Disney’s Beach Club
We first arrived on a Sunday morning at Disney’s Beach Club via our car. We drove up to the entrance and had a bellman put our items on a luggage cart.
The bellman will store your items until your room is ready. We had a little time to kill, so I decided to see if check-in was available early. I had alerted the staff through the My Disney Experience app that we would be arriving before standard check-in time.
Upon entering the hotel and heading over to the guest services desk, I was greeted by a resort manager. I was at the back of the line, and she asked me if she could help.
For reference, club level guests are often greeted outside upon arrival. Therefore, I assumed she had been alerted that we had come through the gate when we checked in to park our vehicle.
The manager quickly identified us as club level guests. One member of our party was parking the car, so we stood in the lobby and talked for a few moments waiting for his return. Then she escorted us up to the club level floor.
Upon arrival at the club level, we were greeted by two cast members sitting at desks outside the lounge. They presented us with this letter detailing the lounge hours and a few other considerations.
Typically, club level cast members are available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This personal concierge service is to help assist with any needs during your stay.
As far as the welcome letter, I would advise you to take a screenshot of the service times on your phone after receiving it. That way, you have a quick and easy reference to the service times for food and beverage offerings during the day.
There will undoubtedly be times when you think you might want a dessert during your stay and can’t remember when dessert service starts. Some of the breakfast and dinner offerings are enough to make a meal.
Having a meal in the club level lounge is helpful on days where you’ve had a late lunch or have been snacking around the parks. Additionally, the lounge is a suitable replacement for the days you don’t have dining reservations planned.
Or you might be like me and sleep in late after a long night at Magic Kingdom. Then, in the morning, you’ll find yourself lying in bed, wondering if you can still make it to the lounge for breakfast. If that’s the case, roll over, grab your phone, and refer to the screenshot.
After arriving on the concierge floor, we were informed our room wasn’t ready yet. With our luggage already stored at bell services, the cast member assisting us suggested we go into the lounge and pick up breakfast or beverages before it closed for change over.
After checking in, you are welcome to use the lounge at any time on your arrival day. The same goes for check-out days. The lounge is an excellent place to relax if you have a little time before you have to head to the airport.
Standard Club Level Room at Beach Club
Shortly after our arrival, we received a room-ready text notification. When I returned to the club level to check in to my room, I was immediately offered a welcome drink.
The welcome drink was a pink sparkling wine, I assume. One non-advertised perk is a welcome drink and something that should be offered when your room becomes available.
Our room number for this stay was Disney’s Beach Club 5714, in case you are looking up a room assignment before arrival. The view here was out toward the resort bus stop, but we had a glimpse of Spaceship Earth to our far right.
Unless you choose an upgraded room, the club level floor rooms are the same as the rest of the standard resort rooms. I’ve stayed in several rooms and assure you there are no differences.
The bath area has a separate water closet with a tub and shower combination. Having a separate vanity is a nice feature because more than one person can get ready simultaneously.
Amusingly, the weather was quite overcast the first few days of this stay. The day the sun came out, a bottle of sunscreen appeared on our toiletry tray. This extra was something new to me that we hadn’t experienced on previous stays.
A few toiletry items included Q-tips, aloe, and foot cream. Of course, all the usual toiletry items were there as well.
The room’s balcony has room for two people and a small side table.
Another item I wanted to mention is we found a box of Ganachery chocolates and the kindest note from the manager on our arrival.
These kinds of things are so unexpected and appreciated when they happen. It’s that extra touch that solidifies our stays at the Walt Disney World Resort. No, these kinds of things don’t happen all the time, but we are not soon to forget when they do.
For those that don’t know, the Ganachery is a specialty chocolate store located at Disney Springs. So it’s a nice way for the company to support a local business.
If you are interested in good chocolate, make sure to stop at their Disney Springs location sometime on your vacation.
Stone Harbor Club Level
The Stone Harbor Club Level at the Beach Club offers several services throughout the day. However, some of these services are restricted to certain times. For instance, the lobby might be closed for an hour before Hors d’oeuvres begin.
In the event you come back to your room about 4:15 p.m. and find the lounge closed, you can ask a cast member to provide you with a drink or snack. However, the lounge does close promptly at 10:00 p.m., and you’ll be on your own until the following day.
Below is a list of the different services available throughout the day:
- Continental Breakfast
- Light Snacks
- Hors d’oeuvres & Select Beverages
- Desserts and Cordials
Additionally, the Stone Harbor Club Lounge has a tremendous seating area. Some people enjoy food in their rooms, while others prefer the lounge. We typically like to prepare a plate and head back to the room with it.
Disney’s Beach Club Club Level Offerings
Here is a preview of a few items we had throughout the week of our stay. For breakfast, a different quiche was available daily. For example, we had Canadian bacon and cheddar quiche on this day.
There were plenty of pastries.
Meats and cheese are also available.
The afternoon snacks are below.
These snack mix items are worth trying. On the days we spend at the pool, we usually grab a few disposable cups and fill them with these snacks to take to the pool. You can also grab sodas or beer to take with you.
You might consider packing a small, foldable cooler with you. It will come in handy if you want to keep a few drinks cool at the pool.
There are a few healthy options in the evenings, like veggies and dips.
A different hot soup is offered nightly.
Every evening a chef’s special is present among the offerings. Some of the offerings we had throughout our stay were:
- Beef and onion jam crostini
- New England seafood roll
- Bacon-wrapped scallops
- Mac-and-cheese bar with toppings
Here are a few more items.
Ceviche Style Poached Shrimp
Tuna Poke in a Waffle Cone
Red and Yellow Tomato Mozzarella Salad
On some evenings, there were chicken nuggets with dipping sauces.
And there were various salads available.
During dessert service, there are tons of cupcakes and other sweet treats.
With so many options, it’s difficult to choose. Thankfully, most of these items are bite-size so you can try several things.
Then you’ll find yourself looking for “more of” that favorite thing you had the previous evening.
These little dishes on top are a coconut panna cotta with a pineapple compote. Below there’s a no-bake cherry cheesecake.
Throughout the day, you’ll find a variety of beverages in the lounge. These were lemonade, apple juice, and iced tea.
The club level lounge has coffee available throughout the day.
At dinner service, a cast member will pour you a glass of wine or offer you a choice of beer. Then during the late service, a tray of cordials will appear. A cast member will pour your selection.
When we have plans for a late evening, I like to come by the lounge as soon as the lounge opens for dessert service. I’ll prepare a plate of desserts and grab a few glasses of wine to take back to the room.
We store the desserts in the room fridge and cover them with a few napkins. On the evenings we do this, we usually like to have dinner in the lounge around 6:00 p.m. and then freshen up in our room until it’s time for desserts.
Then we’ll stay out for fireworks. Or you might care to visit one of the parks that’s open late or offering extended hours for deluxe resort guests.
The lounge will be closed when you get back to the Beach Club. However, a late-night snack will be waiting for you in your room.
When planning your trip, try to keep some of these ideas in mind. For example, I enjoy taking a break in the early evening and having dinner in the lounge. Then, staying long enough to get dessert before heading out for fireworks.
These kinds of things are so enjoyable to us. However, we are spoiled because we visit the parks often.
For those trying to maximize their time in the parks or have many dining reservations planned, this upgrade might not be necessary or beneficial.
Turndown Service at Disney’s Beach Club
Disney’s Beach Club club level offers a neat little thing called turndown service. Turndown is a daily service that is provided on the club level.
Usually, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., a housekeeping cast member will come by your room. They will turn down the covers of your bed or remake it if you have had a nap during the day.
Additionally, the cast member will replace any towels or linens you have used since the room was cleaned earlier in the day.
For an added touch, housekeeping leaves packages of Ghirardelli chocolates on your pillows. I know this extra might sound silly to some, but it’s the little things like this that have a way of adding up to make your stay more than memorable.
If for some reason, you prefer privacy, you can always say no thank you. At the very least, the cast member will offer you a handful of chocolates for later.
Personally, I appreciate having fresh towels on hand while on vacation. And we like our room to be somewhat tidy and have a sense of order, so turndown service is appreciated.
Is Club Level Worth it to You?
At this point, I think you probably have a good idea of whether or not the club level at Disney’s Beach Club is right for your group. However, there are a few pros and cons that I think are worth emphasizing before we wrap things up.
The first is dining reservations. It’s no secret that Disney World has tons of restaurants that you’ll probably want to enjoy during your trip.
In my opinion, the offerings at the club level provide a decent meal for both breakfast and dinner. So, when we stay club level, we try to plan most of our dining reservations for lunch.
For a week-long club level stay, I recommend planning one signature dining reservation for dinner. Then plan a delicious late morning breakfast or brunch that can be considered breakfast and lunch. Lastly, add one character dining experience into the mix if you desire.
Some recommendations include:
- Yachtsman Steakhouse Review
- Ale and Compass Breakfast Review
- Boma, Flavors of Africa Breakfast Buffet
- Topolino’s Terrace Character Breakfast
This will give you the option to enjoy a few good meals during the week while still taking advantage of the lounge. I warn you, though, if you plan too many dining reservations, your schedule will become hectic.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to plan your days and breaks when staying club level. The last thing you want is to fork out the extra money and then end up not using the lounge to your advantage.
As for the Stone Harbor Club at the Beach Club, another consideration is its location. Since the Beach Club is only a short walk away from Epcot, you can quickly return to the resort on those park days.
Or you can walk over just to enjoy fireworks in the evening with valid park admission. When staying club level, it’s nice to have the park hopper option.
You might spend a day at Animal Kingdom, then return for dinner and desserts at Beach Club. After that, you can head over to Epcot and enjoy the fireworks.
It feels like a luxury to add these small extras to your trip.
Final Thoughts on Club Level at Disney’s Beach Club
I hope this review of staying club level provided you with the information you were seeking. We have always thoroughly enjoyed the times we’ve stayed club level and look forward to returning.
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In the comments: Now that you’ve read up on staying club level at Disney’s Beach Club, what do you think? Is club level a yay or a nay? Do you have any other thoughts, tips, or questions about the Stone Harbor Club?