Disney's Beach Club Villas4.0 out of 5.0
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We stayed a studio villa, with one Queen bed, one pull-out couch, and one trundle, on the first floor, for the second year in a row. DBCV feels like a home away from home. The pool complex, which is for the exclusive use of Yacht and Beach Club, and DBCV guests is an amenity that is not to be missed during your stay. There are activities like "pool party" and trivia games during the day at the pool and movies on the beach at night (we really enjoyed Raouf, the cast member who facilitated these activities during our stay. He was very friendly and funny.) The food choices in the resort are plentiful, and our room was clean, well-appointed, and very comfortable. We were provided with more than enough towels, bath products, and kitchenette products during our eight-day stay. Turn down service is provided once per week, and the use of laundry facility in the building is free (unlike in non-vacation club sections like the Beach and Yacht Club. portions, where you pay to use the machines). The overall atmosphere at this resort is very relaxing. It is not a resort with an overwhelming cartoon or character presence. I would call the decor upscale yet minimalist, very classy yet not over the top. The sandy beach areas on the lake in front of the resort and the sand at the bottom of the pool really give this resort a beachy feel. The location of the resort is one of it's best attributes. You can walk into Epcot in under 5 minutes, and into Hollywood Studios in approximately 20-25 minutes. The Boardwalk resort is situated opposite the DBCV on the same lake, so you can stroll all around the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery and offerings on the boardwalk. Boat transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is steps away in front of the Yacht Club portion of the Yacht and Beach/DBCV campus. There was a very noticeable difference this year in customer service at the Beach Club/DBCV resorts. Disney has long been recognized for it's stellar customer service, yet in the past seven years or so, we had noticed a slow decline in the efforts by cast members in most areas of the property to smile, be friendly, and/or acknowledge a guest's presence as quickly as they did in the years before (we obviously have taken many trips to Walt Disney World). On this trip, however, and especially at DBCV, there was an overwhelmingly positive change. We never had a big problem with the customer service at DBCV per se, yet we feel that there is a marked change even from last year to this year. One notable example is our experience with a lost pair of sunglasses. My husband inquired at the front desk about whether or not his glasses had turned up in the lost and found (LAF). A cast member named Monty Ray told us that since two days had passed, the items in LAF would have been moved to another building. He told us to go enjoy our day, took my husband's name and phone number, and said that he would walk to the other building to see if he could find the glasses. Sure enough, by that evening, we had the glasses back, and didn't have to take any time out from our vacation to retrieve them ourselves. Pito from housekeeping checked in on us half way through our stay. He was very kind, and like other cast members we encountered, very concerned to know if our expectations were not only being met, but were being exceeded. He explained the new security policy at Yacht/Beach/DBCV which replaces, "Do Not Disturb" door hanger signs with ones that say, "Room Occupied". This change has occurred already in a handful of WDW resorts due to concerns stemming from the events in Las Vegas last year. We appreciated the effort to explain the changes and to make sure we were happy with housekeeping's performance. We felt very well taken care of, and he new security policy did not negatively effect our stay at all. We would not hesitate to book a third stay at DBCV, and appreciate how hard the cast members there work to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
Let me preface this by stating that I love Disney. However, our recent stay at the Beach Club Villas was just OK. Problems with our experience : 1. Way overpriced. Great location, overall grounds are nice, pool is clean, staff are helpful but they are not in league with hotels at this price point. I have had the privilege of staying in some nice hotels at similar cost and this hotel is no where near the others. 2. LOTS of problems with our 1 bedroom villa : a) SLOW internet (2 speeds: slow and stop) b) Shower had such low pressure we requested it be repaired (we couldn't really shower for 2 days) c) Balcony had DIESEL trucks idling nearby/under (we were on the 4th floor) we couldn't use the balcony -we tried and got sick. Yes, we got SICK from the fumes. d) Not enough towels or sheets given, e) Thermostat/a/c broken-constantly cold in the room. f) Minor, but one more irritant was calling for a hairdryer since the one in the room was broken. g) Safe was not useable, something wrong with it-battery etc I don't know. It was just one thing after another. I feel silly having spent so much money of our hard earned money on this stay. What they charge for what we experienced is really not acceptable. Who am I to say however? I am but one person in a sea of millions who happily fork over the money to go . I hope this helps someone.
We stayed as DVC members in December 2017. Resort Positives - Very clean - Our room was a DVC studio that looked out to trees/main road. Pleasantly surprised that we had a balcony and at the end of the day we could see a small portion of the Epcot fireworks. Enough space to move comfortably with 2 adults and 2 children. Son LOVED the pull down twin bed with the mural of Donald. - Indoor hallways to mostly every where on property (i.e., lobby, rooms, dining, valet) - Swimming pool is large with big slide - Extremely helpful, professional and friendly staff members (upon checking in Marlene at the concierge counter personally took us on a quick tour of the resort while guiding us to our room) - Bell hop service was prompt. They brought our bags to our room upon check in and when we were ready to check out they arrived just a few moments after calling for service. Even walked us to our car and offered to load it all for us. - Handful of restaurants that offer a sit down table service. We loved loved loved eating at Beaches & Cream. Waiter Nick made us feel like we were family. Food is good but the "Kitchen Sink" is what gives this restaurant the cherry on top. - Theme and decor is fantastic. When we visited it was deliciously decorated for Christmas. The all chocolate carousel was phenomenal and the smell was heavenly. - Water ferry to Hollywood & Epcot is a huge perk and time saver Resort Negative - Only one quick service option (over the counter food service). Very limited options.
So I'm a dvc owner at Boardwalk and I have to say- after staying at the Beach Club, I have to second guess my purchase. The rooms were ok - nothing great... the check in staff was superb (but of course interaction with them is limited given you only check in once)...the lobby was ok- but not a place you'd like to just hang out in. What made this place so great? The lazy man river. It had me, a person who likely hasn't been in a pool in 20 years, get in the water and cruise around in a silly inflatable tube. It was such fun that we barely went to he parks on some days. The lazy many is especially good for people who don't swim well or have other health issues that may impair their swimming ability. The lifeguards are lovely and there are so many cool places to hang out around the pool. Super thumbs up to the genius who thought of a billiards table on the top of the lounge area overlooking the pool. Yachtsman was the best restaurant we went to this trip (its in the hotel) due to the awesome waiter (Brian?). He was wonderful and had some very good advice about training dogs! We gave him our leftover steaks for his dogs as we would have just thrown them out. Anyway, we are going back in September to this very hotel because as a person who can't really get in the water, its very empowering to at least be in a pool and float around. I was thrilled and enjoyed the lovely staff who made each interaction lovely. There was even a lifeguard who was timing us getting around the circle in our tubes. It was silly and a very fun way to spend an early afternoon. I absolutely love this hotel for its very cool amenities and super staff. Each person I interacted with was honestly fantastic and seemed jazzed to work for Disney. I'm not sure who is doing the hiring here, but they are excellent at managing others.
Hello Disney does it so well at the beach and yacht club treats families like should be treated magical experience great for little kids , private beaches, they keep the kids entertained, lots of free activities
The Beach Club is undeniably pretty, convenient in its distance to Epcot and has so many great things going for it. It really comes down to what you want out of your stay and if you're looking for something subtle but lovely, this is your best bet. If you're looking for something magical, however, or obviously themed, then this may not be what you were hoping for. I have been wanting to stay at Beach Club for years. Last year we stayed at Boardwalk, which quickly became my favorite resort, and I spent a lot of time looking across the lake and thinking that the Beach Club would somehow be even better. This was not true for me and it all comes down to personal tastes. The Boardwalk just has a special magic about it. And please don't let the pool be your number one reason to choose Beach Club. Yes, it's huge and Sandy bottomed and beautiful, but to be honest every pool I've been to at Disney has been beautiful and having that extra size didn't make it "better" for us. Just bigger. Hurricane Hannah's is a wonderful feature. The service is quick and easy and the lifeguards are super laid back at the pool about where you plop yourself down with the kids to eat. I also found the bus service to all the parks to be excellent. There seems to be some improvements made here from what I saw last time at the Boardwalk (we didn't share with them or the Swan and Dolphin once this time). It's nice to see Disney making improvements like this. We had a one bedroom villa close to the elevator which was pretty and airy. It was very similar to Boardwalk just with less theming and no Jacuzzi tub (and only one washroom so while it sleeps 5 it definitely gets cozy). There was one maintenance issue with the tub which was resolved very quickly. It's impossible for these things not to come up at the staff at the hotel was very responsive and helpful. The daily kids activities are awesome. Kristine from the sand castle club was wonderful with the children. I wish we had a chance to try the kids pirate cruise that's exclusive for beach club guests. We sadly didn't get an activity calendar at check in. This is one of those items that should be mandatory as a handout. There's a lot of cool stuff here and it's a shame to miss out. Not every resort can be the favorite and often times what you think will be your absolute favorite doesn't wind up being the best in your views. I am looking forward to trying something new and different next time to see if I can top the Boardwalk, but I think I'll chalk this one up to something I tried, enjoyed, but won't likely be back to this one.
While we always enjoy our stay at the Beach Club. It is relatively Central in proximity to transportation for all of the Disney parks. This time we stayed in a 1-bedroom villa, our usual accommodation. We are Disney Vacation Club members and have stayed in almost every in park accommodation they have. It’s a very short walk to Epcot, or, if you are not rushed, you can take a launch from the nearby Yacht Club dock. Also, you enter through a back entrance with almost no lines for security, etc. You can also take a boat ride to Hollywood Studios or, if you wish to walk through Epcot to its main entrance you can take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Of course the ubiquitous Disney buses are available almost anywhere. Remember one thing however, you cannot take a bus from a resort to a resort. You must either go to a park or to Disney Springs to change transportation. Beach Club is located on a walk that goes all the way around Crescent Lake (the loop is just under one mile), which is excellent for walkers/joggers. Across the lake, the Boardwalk Resort offers more dining and entertainment options. If you are looking for themed atmosphere such as in the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge, remember that the theme of this place is more like a New Jersey Shore resort back in the day. There are no hokey jungle drums or music or people running around in faux Ranger costumes. The lobby is pretty in pastels. The villas have been redone and are quite up-to-date with stainless steel kitchen appliances and a deep, soak bathtub. There are numerous restaurants in the Beach and Yacht Club area. Beaches n Cream, Cape May has a character breakfast and evening seafood buffet. Yacht Club has a fantastic, not to miss steak house (Dress well please! And if you are a couple or a party of four ask for a window table!) with a fantastic wine list and excellent service and another called Ale & Compass. There’s counter-service in the gift shop in the Villas and the yacht club as well. There is a very nice bar in the yacht club next to the steak house as well as one in the Villas. One word of warning. While nothing in Disney is cheap, this is one of their upscale resorts so be prepared to let the moths excape your wallet. This ain't Motel 6! The Stormalong Bay pool has always been a favorite with our children and now our grandchildren. There is a big, meandering tubing drift It’s big and a pretty nifty slide at the pirate ship. The Villas have a quiet pool for Disney Vacation Club guests only. To sum it up, the Villas are a quiet venue located more Central to most Disney transportation and Parks than the other venues. If you are an Epcot Aficionado this is the place to stay. You can also stay at the Boardwalk Villas but we find them to be rather impersonal compared to Beach. If you are looking for the usual Disney hype then this might not be the place for you. If you are looking for a Disney Value Resort this is not one.
The private entrance to EPCOT was amazing. The boat ride to Hollywood Studios was also a huge plus. You can also get to the Magic Kingdom monorail thru EPCOT. So technically you can access three of the parks without using the buses when staying here. The pool was very nice and clean. Its not my favorite resort though. I love the vibes at Polynesian and The Grand Floridian better. The Animal Kindgom is my favorite you just don't get access to any parks expect by bus, which sometimes you have to wait on the buses 30 minutes or more depending on when you go. Since I have small children I would stay here again only because of the location. It just has an older feel here especially on the Yacht club side. Picture like super rich old men smoking cigars. The staff was also very friendly.
While we enjoyed our first stay at the Beach Club in a 1-bedroom villa, I think other resorts offer a better Disney experience. First, some pros: - It’s a very short, pleasant walk to Epcot. Also, you enter through a back entrance with almost no lines for security, etc; this was invaluable during our day at Epcot. -You can also take a nice, relaxing boat ride to Hollywood Studios -The resort sits on a boardwalk that goes all the way around Crescent Lake (the loop is just under one mile), which is excellent for walkers/joggers. Across the lake, the Boardwalk Resort offers more dining/entertainment options; we really enjoyed a drink at Abracadabar (great music!). What I didn’t love about it: - Personally, I find the Beach Club lacking in atmosphere, in contrast to the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge, for example. The lobby is pretty, but nothing special. I didn’t hear an original resort soundtrack in the background, just occasional elevator muzak (this probably sounds petty, but for me, the evocative sounds you hear throughout Disney- including the resorts- are a key part of the experience). The decor in our villa was very bland. While the overall resort is attractive and pleasant, that special Disney touch is missing somewhat (IMHO). - Despite numerous restaurants in the Beach/Yacht Club area, we still found dining to be a challenge. Beaches n Cream looks adorable, but since reservations are like gold dust, it’s basically not an option. Cape May offers only a character breakfast and evening seafood buffet. Yacht Club has a very expensive steak house and another pricey restaurant w/ a somewhat odd menu (Ale & Compass). There’s really no counter-service (i.e. casual fast food) option. A few lounges serve a limited selection of appetizers, but no burgers, sandwiches, etc. - something like that is really missing here. - Call me crazy, but I think Stormalong Bay (the much-hyped resort pool) is a tad overrated. It’s big and meandering, and the slide is cool, but again, personally, I found the atmosphere and details lacking. It’s also kind of confusing to find your way around, e.g. you have to actually leave the pool complex to access the slide, and no signage indicates this. -Finally, there were enough nitpicky maintenance and/or housekeeping issues to kind of bug me. e.g. the lock on the bathroom kept getting stuck; our shower didn’t have a shower curtain (just a liner- a request for the curtain was never met); the sliding door to the bathroom kept slamming shut on its own and was pretty scuffed-up (I guess from all the sliding); the washer/dryer combo was tricky to operate and had no instructions, and so on. . . Having said all that, the Beach Club is lovely by most standards and we did enjoy our stay. For me, it just doesn't quite meet personal expectations I have for a Disney resort. I think I’d only return to the Beach Club- or any of the Crescent Lake resorts - during a very Epcot-centric trip.
One of the things we love most about this (one of our home resorts) is the proximity to both Epcot (5 minute walking distance) and the Board Walk (with so much entertainment available). They have recently refurbished with really lovely furniture and other touches BUT (AND THIS IS HUGE!) THEY TOOK OUT THE JACUZZI TUBS WHEN THEY REMODELED!!! I could not believe it! This is one luxury I look forward to with each Disney trip. I was very, very disappointed. So, if this is important to you (as it is to me) choose a different set of villas at a different resort.
- Close to Epcot®
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Located in Bay Lake within a mile (2 km) of Epcot®, Disney's Beach Club Villas is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Disney's Hollywood Studios®. This 282-room, 4-star condo resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 3 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a marina. On a lake, it's also near Disney Springs® and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
This condominium resort is home to 3 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or explore the condominium resort and get a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.
All of Disney's Beach Club Villas's 282 air-conditioned condos provide balconies, iPod docks, and microwaves. TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other amenities include refrigerators, coffee makers, and free local calls.
Disney's Beach Club Villas features a private beach, a marina, and 3 outdoor pools. Free self parking and paid valet are onsite if you plan to drive, or you can be a passenger in the free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach condominium resort include a children's pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa tub.
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