Following its newest refurbishment, Disney’s Yacht Membership Resort has redesigned rooms, that are one element of a resort-wide re-imagining of this Walt Disney World lodge. On this publish, we’ll assessment the brand new rooms, share some pictures, and ideas on the adjustments at Yacht Membership.
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Whereas different adjustments are nonetheless underway all through the resort, it’s price noting that the room refurbishment at Yacht Membership is now completely completed. I suppose that is good or dangerous information relying upon your opinion of the brand new rooms. Both approach, there’s no have to request an previous or new room. They’re all new.
This was one more cease on our current Walt Disney World “trip” throughout which we stayed in 6 totally different new or newly-refurbished rooms. Provided that the room refurbishment coincides with a conference heart enlargement, I used to be not precisely optimistic about what we’d discover at Yacht Membership…
It’s because the adjustments at Yacht Membership are, largely, aimed toward making it extra interesting to the convention-going demographic. Elsewhere at Walt Disney World the place the aim has been making rooms extra interesting to non-families or non-fans, the end result has left one thing to be desired.
We’ve harped on this previously, so I gained’t rehash all of it right here. Principally, the extra ‘mainstream’ Walt Disney World makes a lodge room, the less-themed the end result. There have been some exceptions to this, and these room designs have been a bit hit and miss. A minimum of, from my fan perspective. Conventioneers and others would possibly (and do) disagree.
Anyway, let’s check out the previous rooms earlier than we provide additional commentary:
Pretty brilliant and ethereal, albeit having a Nineteen Nineties high quality to them. Personally, I favored these rooms, however I wouldn’t say they match effectively with the Yacht Membership’s aesthetic in frequent areas, which is usually extra stately and complex.
Now, let’s check out the brand new rooms:
Maybe it was as a result of my expectations had been low getting in, however I liked this room. If something, I’d say it’s extra themed than earlier than, with wonderful use of navy blue and beige contrasted towards white, which actually appears to be like sharp within the context. The colour palette alone reinforces the nautical theme.
Past that, there’s an in depth use of darkish woods, which actually give the room an air of sophistication. It jogged my memory of the inside of a Brooks Brothers, oddly sufficient. There’s additionally a wide range of textures, the extent of which may be powerful to establish from the pictures.
Most notably, there are small rivets or different ship fastenings all through, together with on the dresser and different furnishings. Then you will have the headboards, mirror, and desk. Among the good options of the room now embody a built-in ironing board, wooden flooring, abundance of storage (together with under-the-bed room for baggage), and Keurig espresso makers.
The eye to element within the new Yacht Membership rooms is unbelievable, and all of it really works to cement the theme. In case your concept of a very good Walt Disney World room contains an infusion of characters, you may be disenchanted. Except for a few them hidden in constellations on the curtain (a extremely cool curtain, by the best way), the room is devoid of Disney IP. Positive with me, as I commonly stress that Disney characters usually are not “theme.” Actually, the one factor I dislike is the framed photos on the partitions (too fashionable and ‘artsy’), however the remaining works effectively.
One factor that I believe most undoubtedly was a mistake was not placing a runner on the mattress. As talked about in our Pop Century New Rooms publish, I believe the beds look bare with out this, and it’s an industry-wide pattern I hope stops. Think about how significantly better this room may look with the straightforward addition of a runner that appears just like the throw pillows on the sofa.
Throughout our go to, we spoke with a higher-level Solid Member at Disney’s Yacht Membership Resort who indicated that that they had solicited lots of suggestions, significantly from conventioneers, prior to creating the updates to the room.
Typically talking, this isn’t significantly noteworthy. Disney commonly prefaces no matter choice is being made with, “Because of suggestions from our visitors…” Usually, it’s used as cowl to justify choices which are going to be unpopular with followers.
What’s attention-grabbing right here is that the Solid Member was clear that this suggestions was actively sought from conference attendees, versus households or different demographics. Supposedly, Disney created a number of totally different take a look at rooms to help within the redesign, too.
Whereas we completely love the brand new model, I can envision a few complaints. The brand new model is a bit darkish and drab; I believe that is applicable, as that’s the visible model of the resort as an entire, and if you wish to brighten it up, opening the curtains fixes that.
I believe this may even result in folks discovering the rooms stuffier or much less inviting. The older rooms had been little doubt lighter and had extra of a quintessential ‘enjoyable’ Disney vibe to them, however I nonetheless assume these rooms are nicer and extra applicable thematically.
Furthermore, I believe most enterprise and convention-going visitors, these new rooms might be a really welcome enchancment, even when they don’t win over some Disney followers. Amongst hardcore followers and repeat households, Yacht Membership shouldn’t be a very standard resort. Like several resort, it has its followers, however many individuals regard it as stuffy and fewer kid-friendly.
I don’t see these adjustments shifting the needle in some way for households. However, I believe the adjustments make Yacht Membership rather more compelling for conventioneers, adults with out youngsters, and people searching for a room that’s extra understated.
Whereas I favored the previous room at Yacht Membership, it look was beginning to really feel a bit drained and a few of the rooms had been worse for put on. The adjustments are good upgrades, and make it really feel extra commensurate in high quality with the excessive nightly value being charged.
(Observe: In the event you’re questioning why the sheets aren’t discolored, the furnishings shouldn’t be trashed, and there’s not feces unfold over each inch of the partitions, it’s as a result of we had been right here earlier than Yacht Membership turned a post-apocalyptic canine wasteland. Now that Yacht Membership is dog-friendly, we are able to solely assume it appears to be like like a worse model of Parkside Resort & Suites now. Walt is rolling in his grave. Smh.)
Past the room adjustments, the hallways and a few frequent areas have additionally been refurbished and look nice. Some areas of Yacht Membership had been wanting a bit worse for put on, so these refurbishments are very welcome.
As famous, Walt Disney World is at the moment increasing the Yacht Membership conference heart facility to just about 100,000 sq. toes. Talking of which, this coastswimming.org.uk press launch particulars the opposite upgrades being made to enhance the conference expertise at Yacht Membership. (It’s additionally an attention-grabbing learn to see how Walt Disney World markets itself to conventioneers, I believe.)
The eating scene at Yacht Membership can be within the course of of fixing. The Market at Ale & Compass has already opened, with the subsequent steps being a re-imagined foyer lounge and new idea for the previous Captain’s Grille, which can develop into Ale & Compass Restaurant. Too dangerous none of those adjustments entail a fully-fledged counter service restaurant or meals courtroom. (Yacht Membership is admittedly not one of the best spot for that, however one of many Crescent Lake resorts may use one!)
Total, the Yacht Membership room refurbishment looks as if a kind of uncommon instances a change has been made in a Walt Disney World lodge that can please each the fan and non-fan constituencies. Conventioneers will recognize the trendy and fresh-looking rooms which are well-appointed and stylish. Disney followers who had been prone to e-book Yacht Membership earlier than will recognize that there’s nonetheless quite a bit to the themed design. I’m positive there are nonetheless legit quibbles to be made with these new rooms, however frankly, I didn’t spot something that I’d take into account even remotely main. From my perspective, this can be a job exceptionally effectively accomplished by Walt Disney World.
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