Quaint beach-home looking buildings. A beautiful white sand beach. Lush landscaping. A spectacular view of Crescent Lake. And oh, yes, who could forget? Stormalong Bay. Where am I? I’m at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Where else am I? At Disney’s Beach Club Villas, another Disney Vacation Club property–and one of my favorites.
My family and I stayed at Beach Club Villas for the first time in 2009. We were branching out from Wilderness Lodge and had decided we were going to use our points that year at Beach Club. And we are so glad we did…
When you pull up to Beach Club, you see the pastel blue and green buildings (the villas are the green buildings). I immediately felt at home because it felt so peaceful. Walking into the lobby, you feel like you’re in a seaside village. You check in for the villas in the main lobby, and once we checked in we headed to our 1-bedroom villa! The villas are connected to the main building by a short outside breezeway. As you enter the villas, you see the Ariel Disney Vacation Club statue welcoming you home.
We entered our 1-bedroom villa, and we immediately noticed that the villa was the same layout as the ones we were used to at other Disney Vacation Club resorts such as Wilderness Lodge. But the interior was just beautiful…light yellows and blues and even a Mickey and Minnie beach-themed comforter on the king-size bed in the master bedroom. The kids loved their queen-size pull-out sleeper sofa in the living room and loved having the sliding door to the patio right by “their room.”
The kitchen was fully stocked with all the pots and pans we needed as well as the full-size appliances and the most important appliance of all to the kids: the toaster for toaster waffles. The bathroom connected to the living room and to the master bedroom by a series of never ending doors. And the best part of it all was the jacuzzi garden tub. Ah, peace! Nothing beats sitting in that tub after a long day’s dealing with the parks. And the kids.
We were a short walk to the Villas’ quiet pool, and it was very rare we saw anyone else in that pool. Of course, most of the time, the kids wanted to hit Stormalong Bay, the HUGE sand-bottomed swimming area complete with a pirate ship slide and a lazy river. We spent many nights watching the kids sit in the water and build sand castles (or what they said were castles–we took their word for it).
There is no shortage of dining options at or near Beach Club. The Beach Club Marketplace has quick service sandwiches and salads. Cape May Cafe has a character breakfast with Donald Duck, Minnie, and Goofy. You’ll find Hurricane Hanna’s for a quick bite near Stormalong Bay, and for one of the best burgers at Walt Disney World, head to Beaches and Cream. While you’re there, try a Kitchen Sink Sundae. Just make sure there are a few people to help you eat it! Beach Club is connected to the Yacht Club Resort so you are a short walk away from Yachtsman Steakhouse and Captain’s Grille. You are also within a quick walk to all of the eateries on the Boardwalk and at the Swan and Dolphin hotels.
One of the nicest aspects of the resort (and especially the villas) is being within walking distance to Epcot. We enjoyed our nice 8-minute long walk to the back entrance of Epcot. We were able to enter the park every day with no crowds and got to stroll through World Showcase while it was virtually empty, as World Showcase opens at 11:00 am.
Disney’s Beach Club Villas is a beautiful resort and one that I can not wait to go back and enjoy even more!
Lea grew up as a Walt Disney World fanatic. Her first trip to the park was back in 1977. She went back just about every summer and couldn’t get enough! When Lea had children, she began to expose them to all things Disney, and now they love it as much as she does! Lea and her husband have been Disney Vacation Club members since 2005. Their home resort is Saratoga Springs, but their favorite resort is Villas at Wilderness Lodge. Lea is a Disney travel planner and an Outside Sales Agent with Destinations to Explore (www.magicalmousecapades.com). She also works full-time outside the home. She is a Charter Year member of D23 and a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. Her blogs can be found at www.magicalmousecapades.wordpress.com and al www.leasmousecapades.wordpress.com.