Disney's Beach Club Villas
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We arrived in Orlando after our five hour flight with Delta from LA. Luckily the twins slept for nearly the entire flight. I had this bloke behind me whom I am sure had OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as he spent the ENTIRE five hours tearing paper into little strands. By the end of the flight the noise of the tearing could be used as a form of …
Okay - last day at the parks. I think we are now officially Disneyed out. We went to Hollywood studios this morning and had an early entry pass (8am instead of 9am) - usually makes it lovely and quiet but not this morning. We got to our favourite ride, Toy Story Mid Way Mania and already a one hour line first thing! Got a fast pass and returned …
We hit the outlets today. It was extremely hot – high 30s. On the way we passed through some of the areas of Orlando outside the Disney "compound" and had a giggle at accommodation options such as the Gaylord Palms Hotel, Peabody Hotel and restaurants like Smuckers. For the ultimate in stylish accommodation, check out the photo below of the …
... and sweaty inside! After all the rides we were starving so we headed to Downtown Disney to grab a bite to eat at the House of Blues and a few drinks at Raglan Road Irish pub. Once we had filled our boots we headed back to Magic Kingdom for the nights entertainment.
We arrived at Magic Kingdom with a minute to spare (No really, it was 8.59pm and the show started at 9pm on the dot!). The show began with an electrical ...
... Interstate provided us an opportunity to put our foot down and make up some time. However, as soon as we had joined the I-75 we wished we were back on the rural routes. The I-75 is busy and the majority of drivers have little patience or awareness of the rules of the road. Having seen recent government adverts highlighting the record number of road fatalities in the US last year, I wonder if the they might want to reevaluate ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Beach Club Villas Orlando
COZY OR CRAMPED?
The Villa's are lovely. Location is exceptional. And, exceptionally quiet and peaceful, given the proximity to Epcot activities. The boatride to MGM was relaxing.
Accomodations are tight. We stayed in a 1-bedroom villa. While it's billed to sleep 4-5, the 3 of us were cramped. If you need to "spread out", Old Key West is the place to be. However, if you like luxury and immediate access to the park, this is it!
We arrived at Disney's Beach Club Villas on August 12th for a 3 night 4 day stay. Upon arrival the front desk person was not smiling or even friendly and we didn't get that disney feeling from the beginning. Our room was a studio and was clean and spacious with a balcony and 2 chairs and small table.....we were on the 4th floor overlooking the villas pool....very nice. The villas are in the back of the Beach club itself and are only attached by an outdoor walkway....we of course were there during Hurricane Charley and we were basically stranded at the villas because they are not attached by a closed in hallway. The housekeeping staff were sent home early on the day of the storm and upon there return we never did get our room done after that. I did ask for towels from one of the housekeepers and she was rude and very unprofessional. We got our towels around 9pm....wo many people were complaining it was awful....Storm A Long Bay, the main pool of the Yatch and Beach has a sand bottom, and is very nice. There is a large game room for the kids right next door to Beaches and Cream. The restaurant was always lined up. Cape May cafe has a buffet character breakfast and is very good. The walk to Epcot is about 2 to 5 minutes to the International Gateway. It is a 10 minute walk to MGM Studios and your practically on the Boardwalk where there are plenty of shops, restaurants and hotels. The buses come every 20 minutes to get you to MK and AK. Overall our experience was good but we would not stay at this hotel again because it wasn't convenient to get to the main building during the storm and there were no staff members to tells what to do when the storm came....being from Canada, we did not know what to expect and we had noone to ask. I did feel like they didn't care about us in the villas.......
We bought into the time share at the Beach Club Villas two years ago.
We had stayed at the Coronado and the All Star Resorts before we bought. We stayed at the Beach Club Villas last year for the first time and it was excellent. From the pool to the service we received they where excellent. Our rooms had a view of Epcot and at first was not to excited about that, for wanted to look out over the lagoon, but the great thing with our view was that we saw fireworks every night from our balcony and our kids loved it. We are scheduled to go back in September and this time I am bringing 12 people with us, my family and we still have points left over. If you would like to e-mail me, please do at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have.
Best vacation for the entire family!
What a delight!!! A family of four, one child (3 yrs) grandma, mom and dad went on what we thought was a kid's vacation in January 2004. What a surprise to find out all of us had the best vacation ever!! We stayed in a 2 bedroom beach Club Villa for 5N and it was a dream vome true. A washer/dryer in the room, a full kitchen (for grandma), and mom and dad had our own bedroon. This hotel is truely wonderful with 5 star family friendly ammenties. My daughter loved all of the swimming areas (beach, slide, etc) which had something for mom and dad, too. Please be prepared to pay for what you get, this vacation cost our family about $7,500.00, flights & rental car includ. Although costly, it was worth it and we plan to go again at the end of March and stay at the same disney property.
Excellant and family oriented place!
The Disneys Beach Club Villas are an extremely well and articulative resort. During our recent buy on a timeshare, we were amazed on the well established and friendly environment. Numerous workers waited on hand and foot at this place. True, the ferry was a bit long of a wait, however, no place is perfect. But, this comes awefully close to it. The dock and restaurants were magnificent. I highly recomend visiting the soda shop. What wonderful creations! Stormalong Bay is a quite nice waterpark with its waterslide to add a little spice to the place. If you want color and majestic artwork filled with water colors and pastels, the Beach Club is the place. Once again, Disney has topped the charts again in an excellant vacation location.
We stayed at the Beach Club Villas in early June 2003 and had a wonderful vacation. The resort was great, from our room to the pools to the restaurants and the service. We have no complaints.There were five adults and one toddler in our group and we stayed in a two bedroom villa. The villas are definitely the way to go. The location of our room was great because it was on the first floor, where the smaller, quieter pool was located. Normally, first floor rooms are not ideal, but this room was great. While the 2 1/2 year old was taking a nap, we could be out by the pool. Or if we just wanted to swim/sunbathe without walking to the main pool (which was a magnificent pool), it was very convenient.The resort is also close to Disney's Boardwalk where some nice restaurants and a few shops are located and is within a short walk to Epcot, which was great. Transportion to all the other Disney Parks was easy and convenient. We rarely had to wait in line for the rides which was nice.
I recently returned from an Easter-week trip with my extended family at Disney's Beach Club Villas. As the father of a 4 year old boy, I know I will return, whether I want to or not. My wife and I are not typical Disney People. Our alltime favorite vacation was a week at Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda. No people, pristine beach, great service. Did I mention no people?Well, Easter is apparently the busiest week at the Busiest Place on Earth. If you have to go during any school vacation keep your sanity by following a few simple guidelines. First, stay on Disney property. That way, while the legion of families at the Marriotts and La Quintas are making the trip toward the parks, you're already there via Disney transportation. No Goofy Parking Lot XII. You're on the monorail ready to party. Second (kind of implied by the first) get there when the park opens. In the Magic Kingdom, head straight for Fantasyland at the back of the park (take the old-timey train as you enter Main Street). In the Animal Kingdom, head straight for the Safari (pretty cool -- like a pc version of the Jungle Cruise with real animals). At Epcot, ... well, that's tough. I couldn't find anything fun for a 4 year old at Epcot. Ride everything until noon or 1:00. By then you'll feel like you're in the middle of a Britney Spears concert. Get out of Dodge and come back at nightfall, when the La Quinta crowd has gone home. Third, Suck it up and buy the Ultimate Park Hopper. Yeah, it's expensive ($450 for three people for three days), but maximum flexibility is what vacation's all about, and my son got a little irritable in the parks. Why do a death march? Just leave, zoom back to the hotel, play a little mini-golf. Take in a water park or sit by the pool. The UPH gives you that ability. Basically, you can go anywhere at anytime. The Beach Club Villas were decent efficiencies. Kudos to the reviewer who noticed the Mickey motif in every hallway carpet pattern. My kid just loved that. My parents and sister stayed at the Boradwalk compleAll were on my sister's timeshare. A few quibbles: housekeeping was $25 per day, and use of the gym was $15 per day. All around service was minimal. The pool was packed and huge, and it never gave me that "clean Disney" feeling. I stayed away. Vacant lounge chairs were extremely rare. The Villas are part of the Epcot resorts. The Boardwalk is across the lagoon, and the Dolphin is fairly close, on the way to MGM. Both Epcot and MGM can be accessed by a ferry that moves too slowly and which comes too rarely. You can also walk to Epcot from the Beach Club. You can hop on a bus (crowded) to go to the Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom. Just get there early! Multiple person bicycles are available for rent at the Boardwalk. I mention this because they are difficult to control and a hazard to pedestrians, especially kids, especially at night.Restaurants at the Beach and Yacht Club, and at the Boardwalk were surprisingly good, even great. I went to a steakhouse at the Club (whose name I have forgotten -- sorry) that was fantastic. As good quality as any steakhouse in DC or NY. At the Boardwalk, we had Easter dinner at the Flying Fish, which was just as good. Very fresh, great service. Of course, all eateries are kid-friendly. Maybe I liked the restaurants so much because my Dad was footing the bill for all the food. Very pricey. The Beach Club was fine, but, when I go back to Disney, I think I'm going to stay at the Grand Floridian, or some other (less expensive) property that is on the monorail system. Let's face it, the other parks are nice, but we're all there for Mickey and the Magic Kingdom. Remember, in the words of Frank Costanza: "Disney World? I here you can drop a grand like THAT!" How true. Enjoy your vacation.
Beach Club Villas - Top Notch
I can not say enough about Disney's new Beach Club Villas. This is a top notch, high quality hotel. The villas are spacious, clean and create a wonderful family enviornment. The key to this facility, which is tied in to Disney's Beach Club hotel, is the the spectacular Storm-A-Long Bay swimming pool. I note a previous posters complaint about the villas, but let's face it, blame the hospital for a multi-hour wait. Besides, Disney is an entertainment complex, not a cab service. This is a perfect place for your family, but book early, Beach Club Villas always sells out.
I cannot believe that Disneyworld including Epcot does not have it's own 24 hour medical center. The Orlando hospital that the EMT's took my daughter to served all of Disneyworld hotels as well as Orlando. At no fault to the hospital, we were in emergency for 5 hoiurs without seeing a Doctor(a 104 fever does not get you to the front of the line) Although the people at the Beach Club Villas resort convinced us they would pick us up when we were ready to come back, they not only abandoned us (first promising pick up then saying, "we don't have anyone" after we waited close to an hour in the desinated spot) but then put us on hold permanently when we asked that they call us a cab.Alas, in oder to make up for their neglect, they let us check out at 1:00 vs. 11:00. Of course we had to make various phone calls on that day to make sure the proper channels had been notified. (They hadn't)
My husband and I recently stayed at Disney's newest resort, the Beach Club Villas. This is part of the Beach Club/Yacht Club complex and is a Disney Vacation Club facility. This is not our first trip to Disney, having stayed previously at the Dolphin, the Caribbean Beach, the old Dixie Landings, and the Disney Institute. For each trip, each resort met our needs at that time. This stay was our first with no children and the Beach Club Villas was perfect for the two of us. We were in a Studio Villa which had a wet bar [mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, etc], bath, a queen bed and a sofa which was a full-size sleeper. We also had a small balcony which afforded us a lovely view towards the Boardwalk and Epcot. The decor was charming, bright and did give one the feeling that you were at the beach. The service was top-notch...just what you would expect from Disney. My only complaint would be that the halls were somewhat long....but that would be only a minor complaint at the end of a day at the parks. Would I go again....in a Disney Minute!!!