For each Walt Disney World holiday, we love to try and pick a luxury to add to our trip. During our most recent trips, our favourite luxury has been booking a premium space at the Water Parks for a rest day. However, as Blizzard Beach has been the only Water Park open during our past few visits, we have only ever had the privelage of trying out a Polar Patio there. However, for our 2017 trip, Typhoon Lagoon was open so we decided to book a Beachcomber Shack to give it a try!
Similar to Polar Patios, Beachcomber Shacks are private cabans located in Typhoon Lagoon, which you can pay an additional cost on top of park entry to hire for the day. You get guaranteed padded loungers in your own saved area, along with a safe, towels, bottled water in an ice box and a free refillable water park mug. In addition, you get the benefit of an attendant who is there to assist with any of your requests. The cabanas are my idea of luxury and are perfect for a chilled and relaxed day away from the Theme Parks.
We arrived at Typhoon Lagoon for opening at 10am in order to make the most out of our full days rental. Unlike the Polar Patios, which are dotted around Blizzard Beach, the Beachcomber Shacks are all located in a private, secluded area called Getaway Glens. Being used to the Polar Patios, I was concerned the Beachcomber Shacks would feel a bit more crowded and busy due to this. However, each Beachcomber Shack was given plenty of space and at no stage throughout our stay did I feel it to be too crowded or busy. I would note though, that due to all Cabanas being in one area, you can feel further removed from the water park itself, particualy if the particualr area or rides you are interested in are loacted at the other end of the park!
Our attendant for the day led us to our Beachcomber Shack (Shack 3) and helped us get settled in, showed us the ‘call’ button we could press if we needed her and then asked us what time we would like her to return at to take our lunch orders. We were then left to our own devices to enjoy our day at Typhoon Lagoon! Our Shack was located towards the front of Getaway Glens, and therefore allowed great views of the Water Parks. I would imagine, however, that the Beachcomber shacks towards the back would feel a little more removed from the action!
Our party this trip consisted of 7 Adults and 2 Children, with 3 of the Adults being considered ‘OAPs’ (though they don’t like to be called that!). We found the Beachcomber Shack to be of sufficient space for our party. The comfy, padded loungers in particular were of definite benefit. While the shacks are similar to their cousins, the polar patio in that they are typically shaded, they do have a slight edge. Being in a ‘premium’ area allowed for sandy spaces between each shack, allowing the sun worshippers in our party to move their lounges out of the shade.
Just like their cousins, my favourite aspect of the Beachcomber Shack was the attendant. Sorting our lunch order and brining it to us to skip the queues is a huge bonus! We were also checked in on regularly throughout the day and brought drinks orders. This gave everyone in our party the fullest amount of time to chill and enjoy the day. One new item I noticed here was the speical menu for those with dietary restrictions. It’s amazing how allergy friendly Walt Disney World is, and Im sure its a relief to those who suffer.
Overall, I really enjoyed our day in the Beachcomber Shack. It is the perfect luxury to add to your holiday and I was highly recommend looking into one, especially if you plan to spend an entire day at Typhoon Lagoon!
Beachcomber Shack Vs Polar Patio
Ok, so most people don’t have unlimited funds and therefore will have to choose just one cabana rental for their trip (fingers crossed for that lottery win!). So, which one is better?
In all honesty, I really feel like it depends on what you are looking for from your day. If you need shade, both cabanas are perfect. Sun Worshippers, however may be better with Beachcomber Shacks as I felt there was more ability to move loungers out and around into sunny spots. Polar Patios are dotted aournd the park, giving you the option of trying to get one near the area youl’ll most use. Sadly, Beachcomber Shacks don’t allow for this. While this makes you feel more removed, the seclusion may be something you are looking for! Both Cabanas are similarly well appointed, and I can’t fault the service of the attendant on any of our rentals. Ultimatley, it may simply come down to which Water Park you prefer – Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach?