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Brian Bennett
Disney Vacation Club Planning Guide

Introduction
Forward

The Program:
What is the Disney Vacation Club?  |  Is the Vacation Point Purchase Tax Deductible and Deeded?  |  What is the DVC "Use Year?"  |  What is your "Home Resort"?  |  What is the DVC's Record on Maintenance Fees?  |  How do Can You "Spend" Your Vacation Points?

The Great Debate:
What's the Opposing argument?  |  An Internet Debate on the DVC  |  A Financial Analysis of DVC Membership  | 
Comments on A Financial Analysis of DVC Membership  |  Another Financial Analysis Comparing OWKR, BVR, and VWR

The Resort Facilities:
What Are the Resort Accommodations Like?  |  Disney's Old Key West Resort  |  Disney's Boardwalk Villas Resort  |  Disney's Vero Beach Resort  |  Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort  |  Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort  |  Disney's Newest DVC Resort Facilities

Other Options:
The Disney Collection  |  Concierge Collection  |  Adventure Travel  |  Interval International

DVC Point Chart Index:

Wrap-Up:
Disney Vacation Club Summary  |  How to Contact the Disney Vacation Club  |  DVC Resellers

Disney's Vero Beach Resort Facilities

Disney's Vero Beach Resort is themed, not surprisingly, as a summer, sea-side, nautical resort. Since I've never been to the resort personally, I've based this write-up on the trip reports of Jose Sanchez (HMXN12C@prodigy.com), Darla Rice (ILuvDVC@aol.com), and Sue Holland (WDW1972@aol.com) who visited the resort in 1996, 1997, and 1998 respectively.   Any similarity to the information that these folks have written is entirely intentional.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort (Photo by Sue Holland)
Disney's Vero Beach Resort (Photo by Sue Holland)

Location

Disney's Vero Beach Resort is located South and East of Walt Disney World about 120 miles away.  The resort itself is located just off route A1A on the shore, so the wonderful views of the Atlantic are visible just outside your window (if you spring for a ocean-view room).   (Note:  You'll pay $3.25 or more in tolls coming from WDW.)

Theme

The resort is themed as a sea-side resort, similar to the Yacht Club at WDW, but with it's own flair.  From the minute you enter the grand atrium towering three floors above, you're greeted with the sights (and sounds) of the seaside.  It's not uncommon to hear a seaman in the lobby singing nautical tunes to a guitar accompaniment.  The resort truly feels like the summer beach resort that it is.

The Resort's Main Building (Photo by Sue Holland)
The Resort's Main Building (Photo by Sue Holland)

Security is a little tighter here than at the Walt Disney World resorts.    There is a guard that keeps non-guests from taking advantage of the facilities.  All entrances to the each of the buildings, pool, community hall, and fitness center requires your room key card.

Mornings begin much later here (as opposed to the hustle & bustle of WDW) w/late risers finally making it to the pool/beach areas by around 9:30 or 10:00 am.

One really nice thing at Vero is the parking is under the building, so the car doesnít get hot. This is especially nice during the summer months when the temperatures are higher than normal.

Restaurants

There are two on-site restaurants, Shutter's and Sonya's. Shutter's is the more casual of the two offering available outside dining. They try to "play up" Sonya's as the more elegant dining spot, with suggested dress being "resort casual"   There are also two different menus and yet both share the same kitchen...and guess what?...you can order from either menu at either establishment. They do not tell you this up front, but when asked, they acted as if we should have already known!

Regardless, both restaurants are very good.  The fresh fish is excellent but pasta, pizza, steak, meatloaf, and chicken are available, too.  There is plenty of selection.  Service is reported to be slow, but that's not untypical of the WDW restaurants, either.

The pool bar and grille has a very limited menu, but suffices for lighter meals and snacks. There's also an oceanfront lounge if all you want is a drink.

Accommodations

Each room is tastefully decorated with a nautical motif with coral pinks and seafoam greens.  The decor & color scheme is prettier than OKW, by more than one report.   The units are laid out exactly very much like OKW, but a bit smaller. The studio, like at BW and HHI have a queen bed and a sleep sofa.  The inn rooms are similar to the studio, but a tad bit bigger.  The one- and two-bedroom units have the stack washer/dryer like at the BW, and the white cabinets in the kitchen, again, are similar to the ones at BW if not identical. The two-bedroom is a combination of a one-bedroom & connecting studio.

The studio rooms include a small kitchenette (Photo by Sue Holland)
The studio rooms include a small kitchenette (Photo by Sue Holland)

Only the Ocean View Inn Rooms and Beach Cottages have guaranteed views of the ocean, and even then it will be just the water - no beach or waves. The Garden View Inn Room may have a view of a large lake, and although normally when Iím at the beach I insist on being ocean front, at this resort the garden view may not be any less pretty than the ocean view.

A beach cottage (Photo by Sue Holland)
A beach cottage (Photo by Sue Holland)

The Beach Cottages ("Villa") are beautiful, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms downstairs. Upstairs was the kitchen/dining/living room area.  This central space is somewhat small, considering youíd have 3 bedrooms worth of people gathered here. Itís not nearly as spacious as the common area of the grand villa at OKW.  There are six beach cottages at the resort.

Activities

The beach is definitely the main attraction at this resort.  It's smaller than Daytona, and once in the water it drops off quickly. For that reason, it is not a good beach for boogie boarding.  The sand is brown, rather than white. There were shells on the beach (ouch, ouch - walking on them can be a pain). The resort has beach chairs & umbrellas for rent (boogie boards too).

The mini golf is only 9 holes, and nothing fancy, but it was fun. The memberís price is cheap, and you can pay a special rate to get unlimited mini golf for your length of stay. Unless you golf early in the day, wear shoes because the carpet gets very hot!

In the Community Hall, you'll find a lot of arcade games, foosball, and other activities.  In addition, Eb & Floís rents tennis equipment, bikes, and other sports equipment.

The resort's pool (Photo by Sue Holland)
The resort's pool (Photo by Sue Holland)

The pool area is very impressive.   The Crows Nest water slide (with a nice corkscrew) beats the Albatross slide at Y&B hands down!  The pool opens at 8:00am and closes at 10:00pm. For the toddler set, a scaled down version of a pirate ship offers sliding, water geysers and working water cannons.  This area also has a hot tub, Anchors Aweigh (the fitness center) and a masseuse.

Nightly children's activities (yes, even for us big kids) included the Turtle Patrol (an escorted beach observation of the turtles coming ashore/egg laying), feature films in the Community Hall, and a campfire sing-a-long with roasted marshmallows and s'mores.

 

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