When vacationing at Walt Disney World, staying close to the magic is key! Selecting at Disney Resort Hotel for your stay makes this possible, but which resort area is best for you? Each resort area on property has its perks but staying in the Epcot Area Resort Hotels is something special. This resort area includes Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, and Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. These five resorts come together to create some pretty great perks for the guests who stay there. Here are four perks of staying near the magic at Epcot!

Water Taxi
One of the biggest perks of staying in the Epcot Area Resort Hotels is the Friendship Boat. This convenient water taxi takes guests from their resort to two of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks! Just hop on this fun little ferry ride and before you know it you’ll be on your way to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each of the resorts have their own stop on the ferry boat route, keeping extra walking to a minimum. In addition to the water taxi service, there is still complimentary bus service to the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well!

Oodles of Pools
With so many resorts so close together, there are quite a few pools to choose from. The coolest one is Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort! This pool features a sandy bottom, a lazy river, and a special area just for swimming. While this pool is only available for guests of Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, all Disney guests can enjoy the other nearby amenities found poolside, like Beaches and Cream Soda Shop!

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is home to the Luna Park Pool which features a carnival theme and an amazing waterslide, but this resort also has two additional leisure pools! Lastly at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, which is home to over 5 different pool options ranging from whirlpools and kiddie pools to a grotto pool and lap pools. As you can see, if swimming is your thing the Epcot Area Resort Hotels have got you covered!

Short Walk Away
There’s never been an easier way to get into Epcot than through the World Showcase entrance near France and the United Kingdom. Luckily if you’re staying at any of the Epcot Area Resort Hotels, this entrance is only a short walk for you! This back entrance to the park is at a much lower key than the main Future World entrance to Epcot, which means shorter lines to get in and more time to enjoy with your family. With festival season happening almost all year round, you’ll be glad to have this easy access into all of the festival fun!

It’s All About Extras
After a long day at the park, it’s nice to know that there’s an array of other entertainment options available at the Epcot Area Resort Hotels. In addition to the normal courtyard movie nights and pool area activities, each resort offers extra amenities that are worth checking out during your stay! The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is home to the Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf Course, complimentary Swan Paddleboat Rides, and the Mandara Spa.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn comes to life at night with an array of BoardWalk activities! This resort is also home to the dueling piano bar, Jellyrolls. Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club offers quite a few outdoor activities for guests. In addition to their fabulous pool area, guests can take advantage of boat rentals, fishing excursions, and luxurious poolside cabanas! Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is also a dog-friendly resort, so feel free to bring man’s best friend along for your stay.

As you can see, it really pays to stay close to the magic at Walt Disney World resort! So, whether you’re really into the festivals at Epcot or you’re searching for an unforgettable resort experience for the whole family, keep the Epcot Area Resort Hotels in mind.