Showing posts with label Beach Club resort. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beach Club resort. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beaches and Cream

If you love burgers, fries and a milk shake, I have got the place for you!  This little soda shop is located at the Beach Club right by their amazing pool, Stormalong Bay.

 (many thanks to my friend Christopher for letting me borrow his picture of the restaurant sign.  I need to start remembering to take pictures of those!)

The key word from the previous sentence is LITTLE.  There is a bit of counter seating.


There are three booths and maybe half dozen little tables.


And there are no reservations.  To guarantee a seat with no wait, I suggest you arrive when it opens at 11am.  And that is exactly what the girls and I did when we visited last month.  We were actually the first customers of the day - and got a welcome standing ovation from all the Cast members working there!  We were off to a great start.

First order of business was to get drink orders.  Katie was most excited to find that they could make her a vanilla coke - her most favorite beverage.


Then we perused the menu.

 (To see a full menu, click here)

The girls naturally started planning dessert.  And we have an issue.  My youngest does not like peanut butter.  She's not allergic.  She just doesn't like it.  (Tangent alert!  My favorite ice cream is Blue Bell's Tin Roof Sundae.  And for the longest time you couldn't get it in the Atlanta area, but they had it in grocery stores when we went to the beach.  It was the only ice cream I'd buy.  It's vanilla with chocolate ripples and chocolate covered peanuts.  So, Madalyn would have "MY" ice cream.  And I'd notice little piles of "pellets" wherever she was eating.  She was sucking on the chocolate covered peanuts, and then leaving the uneaten peanuts in a pile!)

So, our first choice of dessert was out - the No Way Jose (A Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge Delight with Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream and a Cherry).  And I knew that there was absolutely no way (Jose) that we could even attempt the infamous Kitchen Sink (Eight Scoops of Ice Cream served with all the Toppings in the house and a whole can of Whipped Cream).


We finally decided (we'll keep you in a bit of anticipation!) and placed our orders.  The girls went to check out the juke box.  And about that time, a very large party came in.  They probably had 10 or more people.  The CMs pushed together quite a few tables (and little round tables don't push together well) and got them all seated and settled.  As they started to take their order, the family mentioned that they were on the dining plan.  Friends, take note:  to eat at Beaches and Cream - it will cost you one Table service!

Don't do it!!  Really - you should come to eat here.  It's fun.  Kitschy.  Delicious.  But not worth a table service.  Come.  But pay out of pocket for the experience.  (Our large family quickly realized they did not have table services to spare, and they all left!)

So...this is what we did order:

Madalyn and I split a cheeseburger (they even cut it in half for us!) - and we substituted onion rings for the fries.  But they brought out fries for Madalyn anyway when she complained that she didn't want onion rings.  And the onion rings were fabulous.  I think they are the best on property!



Katie had a grilled cheese sandwich (and this is a grown up grilled cheese with a million different kinds.  Well.  Maybe not quite a million.  But a lot.) with tomato bisque soup.  She said the were fabulous.  I believe her because she quickly had an empty plate and bowl.


And finally, we got our dessert.  We decided to have a two scoop sundae of chocolate and mint chocolate chip.


If you want to see more pictures of Disney - especially of things and places that start with B - be sure to visit Focused on the Magic!
 
So...what about you?  Have you ever eaten at Beaches and Cream?  Do you think you could/would tackle the kitchen sink?



Katrina

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Beach Club Resort review

The Beach and Yacht club resorts are on Crescent lake and located between Epcot and Hollywood studios.  This is a great location as you can either walk or take a boat into the parks.




My husband and I stayed at the Beach Club for the first time in February – we were celebrating our anniversary – and left the children at home!  We arrived late on a Thursday evening and checked in – discovering that our standard room reservation had been upgraded to a water view room.

We walked through seemingly never ending winding hallways to finally find our room.  We had a great balcony with two chairs overlooking a quiet pool and with a view of crescent lake and the Boardwalk.




We had left our bags in the car (my husband would rather schlep the bags in several trips than pay a tip to bell services!) and I decided to head back down to the lobby to see if it might be possible to switch to a room with a king bed.  The front desk was very accommodating and they let me know they could switch us – but just not tonight.  We would just check out in the morning and then check right back in to the room we’d prefer. 

The next morning, Michael went down to the Beachclub marketplace to get some breakfast – and we ate out on our balcony as we waited for bell services to store our bags til our new room was ready.  Poor hubby – would have to tip bell services after all!

We spent our morning and early afternoon at Animal Kingdom and then headed back to the resort to see if our room was ready.  And it was!

Here is our new king room:




We had a view of a garden – but for some reason, I didn’t take a picture.  Our balcony also changed – and it was a very narrow one with no room for chairs.  But the trek to the room was not quite as meandering as our original room.

The skies were rather overcast but today seemed like our only opportunity to check out the Beach Club’s famous pool complex – Stormalong Bay.  I walked around taking pictures while Michael went to check out the slide.  There are several hot tubs, swimming areas, and even a sand bottom beach area for the kids.  There were pool side activities for the kids as well.  Michael and I hung out in the lazy river – with the ducks – before I went to warm up in the hot tub.  Disney does heat their pools year round – but there had been a bit of rain recently so the pool was a bit chilly for my tastes.





I am so glad we got to use Stormalong Bay as the next day was the coldest day of the winter for Florida – with wind chills in the twenties – and yes, we still saw people in the pool.

Also, one night during our stay we ate at the Cape May Clam Bake for dinner.  It’s a delicious seafood buffet with crab legs, mussels, fish, fried calamari or shrimp (depending on the day of the week), BBQ ribs, prime rib, fabulous side dishes – and then the truly amazing dessert of oreo bon-bons.  (I think that a dining review of this restaurant is in order!)

Overall, we had a great stay at the Beach club and I’d highly recommend it!


PROS:
Location, location, location
Stormalong Bay
Cape May Café
Childcare onsite
Beaches and Cream
Transportation

CONS
No food court (there is a counter service, but they don’t make to order and the selection is very limited)
Winding, seemingly never ending hallways


Katrina