[QUOTE=RellaHasItALL!;1113555]What’s the transportation like from Yacht & Beach Club? I like the idea of getting the “beach” feeling at WDW - I’m just weighing the value of being on the monorail from a time-saving standpoint~we’re not parkhoppers but we do like taking a mid-day break & have dining ressies at the Poly & Contemporary on different days. I figure the less time we waste in getting around, the more time we have for fun stuff.:wub:[/QUOTE]
It’s a quick and easy walk from the Beach Club to Epcot (about 8 minutes, give or take), but the neighboring Yacht Club is a little further (more like 10-12 minutes). You can also take a Friendship Boat the Epcot (the pier is directly in front of the Yacht Club, so you’d be backtracking from the Beach Club) which stops at the Boardwalk, then Epcot (about 10-15 minutes). Then you can also walk to Hollywood Studios, but it would be a longer 30 minute walk at a normal, non-speedwalking pace. The boat from the Yacht Club which stops at the Swan and Dolphin, then Hollywood Studios (about 15-20 minutes). In the past, I’ve griped that the boats were slow, but we had great boat luck on our last trip, and they seemed to move at a good pace. The Boardwalk and Swan & Dolphin are at either side of the transportation loop, so while it’s a quick trip from the Boardwalk to Epcot, it’s a longer ride from the Boardwalk to Hollywood Studios (but there is a quick and easy path from the Boardwalk to the Swan & Dolphin which the boat drivers normally announce - so if you were in a hurry, you could walk to the Swan & Dolphin and catch a boat, not to mention, the walk to DHS from the Boardwalk isn’t very bad, depending on your location within the resort).
On the monorail loop, you’re really the closest to Magic Kingdom, as you have to transfer from the Resort Loop to the Epcot Loop to get to Epcot. The Epcot loop is actually a 15-minute or so ride, so added to however long it takes you to get around the monorail, it could take awhile. If you’re staying at the Polynesian, it’s quicker (though more exhausting) to walk to TTC and catch the monorail to Epcot, rather than do the Resort loop transfer.
The Contemporary has three stops (TTC, Poly, GF) before the Magic Kingdom, so it takes a while to get there, but it’s the first stop coming back. The Poly is in the middle - somewhat inconvenient either way. And the GF is the closest going to the Magic Kingdom, but the furthest coming back. Sometimes, depending on crowds, it’s quicker to take the boat transportation from the Magic Kingdom to the Poly or GF, rather than the monorail. For the Contemporary, you can actually walk to and from the Magic Kingdom - the only Disney Resort this is possible with. And in addition, there is a boat to and from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom, as well.