The EPCOT Resort area offers you several resorts to choose from fitting various themes and budgets. Started with the value oriented Pop Century Resort which when completed will be Disney's largest resort. In December 2003 the first phase opened called the Classic Years which has rooms and building themed for the decades of the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's.
Just down the road and a little up the price chart is Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. This moderate resort is situated around a good size lake and has clusters of building representing various islands found in the Caribbean.
Adjacent to EPCOT and within walking distance or a short boat ride are Disney's Yacht & Beach Clubs as well as the Boardwalk Resort. All three of these resorts are in the deluxe price range and offer you incredible amenities from several acre swimming pools to top of the line dining. These resorts are within a 1 1/2 mile walk of the Disney MGM Studios or a boat ride away.
The last two resorts in the EPCOT Resort area are the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin (operated by Sheraton and Westin). These hotels are closer to your traditional resort and less Disney than the others. They are located a moderate walk from EPCOT and just over a mile walk to the Studios. Friendship Boat service is also available.
|The Geek's Thoughts & Suggestions|
The EPCOT Resort area has the Geek's favorite resort and the Geek's least favorite resort. Our favorite resort is Disney's Yacht Club, with a close runner up being the Beach Club. Both of these resorts are incredibly themed and share a common pool area which is a mini water park and common shops and restaurants, including our top choice, the Yachtsman Steakhouse. We were also able to stay on the concierge floor at both the Yacht & Beach Clubs.
Our least two Resorts are the Swan and Dolphin. Not because of what they are, but because of where they are located. The two resorts compliment each other perfectly and are incredible to walk around. My problem is they were built within the sight lines of EPCOT. You should not be taking pictures around World Showcase and have these huge structures dominating the background of the shots. If the resorts were going to be so tall they should have been moved further from the park, or else redesigned to be below the sight lines and not visible from within the park or to compliment the parks vistas.
EPCOT Area Resorts: