Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

The Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 1991

Two hotels--with a combined total of 1,215 guest rooms, a 110,000-square-foot convention center, and a 35,000-square-foot "fantasy" pool--make up this resort complex adjacent to Walt Disney World's Epcot Center.

While both hotels draw their inspiration from America's architectural past, each has a unique identity. The Yacht Club is reminiscent of the rambling, shingle-covered seaside resorts that were built toward the end of the last century in New England towns such as Newport, Marblehead, and Bar Harbor. The Beach Club is lighter, more airy in expression. It is modeled on the many Stick Style cottages and resorts that could be found in towns like Cape May, New Jersey.

RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. SternAlexander Lamis, and Preston Gumberich led the design.

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