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Sue Holland

Disney's Beach Club Villas Resort Photo Tour

Friday, August 9, 2002
by Sue Holland, MousePlanet staff writer

WDW's newest resort, the Beach Club Villas.
WDW's newest resort, the Beach Club Villas.

On July 1, 2002 Walt Disney World opened Beach Club Villas Resort, its newest Disney Vacation Club resort. Eagerly anticipated by both veteran and new Vacation Club members, Disney enjoyed brisk sales even before the resort was open for business.

For years the Boardwalk Villas was considered the best-located DVC resort, but the new Beach Club Villas is equally well-situated. Located on the Epcot side of the existing Beach Club Resort, guests staying in the approximately 300 studios and villas have a short walk to Epcot and are not far from the boats or walking path to the Disney Studios.

The Villas share many facilities with the Beach Club Resort, including the parking lot, bus stop, restaurants, merchandise shop, recreation, and front desk. Themed to the casual elegance of the mid-Atlantic seaside homes of the early 20th century, this resort is very attractive.

The Drawing Room at Beach Club Villas.
The Drawing Room at Beach Club Villas.

New areas include the Drawing Room, a sitting area next to the lobby that entices guests to curl up with a book or magazine. There is also a new quiet pool, called Dunes Cove. Guests are also free to enjoy Stormalong Bay and both the Tidal Pool and Admiral Pool (the quiet pools at the Beach and Yacht Club Resorts).

Dunes Cove (new quiet pool).
Dunes Cove (new quiet pool).

Stormalong Bay is widely recognized as the best pool in all of Walt Disney World, and with good reason.

Stormalong Bay - the "main" pool.
Stormalong Bay - the "main" pool.

This series of pools sprawls for three acres along the length of both the Yacht Club and Beach Club, and has water of various depths to satisfy everyone. Lifeguards are plentiful, and do an excellent job keeping an eye on everyone in the pools.

Large pool for young children at Stormalong Bay.
Large pool for young children at Stormalong Bay.

Hurricane Hanna's Grill at Stormalong Bay is an excellent choice for a casual poolside lunch or a frozen tropical drink. Inside the Beach Club Resort is Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, which is a popular spot for ice cream snacks or a casual lunch of burgers or other sandwiches. They are known for the "Kitchen Sink," which is an incredibly large ice cream sundae that comes in a bowl that looks like a sink. Beaches & Cream is small and gets crowded, so consider eating early or late if possible.

Beaches & Cream soda shop.
Beaches & Cream soda shop.

For more elaborate meals, the Cape May Cafe' serves a buffet breakfast with the characters, and a buffet dinner without characters. The dinner buffet contains a lot of seafood items, but even people who do not eat seafood will find plenty to choose from! The desserts are plentiful, and everything has always been very good on our visits.

Cape May Cafe' - great choice for a buffet meal.
Cape May Cafe' - great choice for a buffet meal.

The Yacht Club Resort is connected to the Beach Club, and has a few other dining options. Shoppers at Beach Club Villas can visit the original resort for Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium. In addition to the usual merchandise and limited groceries, Disney Vacation Club members can pick up free DVD rentals here. With the addition of the Beach Club Villas with kitchen-equipped units, I expect that a wider variety of groceries will be available than used to be sold here.

Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium.
Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium.

The Sandcastle Club is the Beach Club Resort's childcare facility, serving children ages 4 to 12, with video games, board games, a big screen TV, and other activities. There is also a fitness facility called Ship Shape Health Club, which is complimentary to DVC members (there is a fee for non-members).

The Beach Club Villas guest rooms consist of studios, one-bedroom villas and two-bedroom villas (which are basically a one-bedroom villa with a studio as the second bedroom). The layout is very similar to the units at Boardwalk Villas Resort and the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, which are significantly smaller than the villas found at Old Key West Resort. They are, however, very attractive, and have the great location!

Queen-sized bed in the studio.
Queen-sized bed in the studio.

Full-sized sleep sofa in the studio.
Full-sized sleep sofa in the studio.

The studio units have a queen-sized bed and a full sleep sofa, and sleep up to four people plus an infant in a porta-crib. An improvement over the Boardwalk Villas is additional drawer space in the armoire - an often-cited complaint when people found only two drawers at that resort! The kitchen is a studio mini-kitchenette, but has all the basic equipment (half-size refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker) to make the studio feel more like home than a hotel room.

TV and drawer space in studio.
TV and drawer space in studio.

Mini-kitchen in studio.
Mini-kitchen in studio.

The one-bedroom villas offer far more space and the benefit of a separate bedroom for Mom and Dad (just like at home), although they also only accommodate four people (plus an infant in a porta-crib). Every villa includes a washer & dryer, and a Jacuzzi tub in addition to a separate shower stall. The dining room table is somewhat unique, being positioned as a booth along the wall, and the kitchen is very attractive. The bedroom contains a king-sized bed, and a door to the balcony shared with the living room. There are DVC players in all one- and two-bedroom villas, which is a new amenity.

Living room in one- and two-bedroom villa.
Living room in one- and two-bedroom villa.

Kitchen in one- and two-bedroom villa.
Kitchen in one- and two-bedroom villa.

Breakfast bar in one- and two-bedroom villa.
Breakfast bar in one- and two-bedroom villa.

Desk and king-sized bed in one- and two-bedroom villa.
Desk and king-sized bed in one- and two-bedroom villa.

Master bedroom in one- and two-bedroom villa.
Master bedroom in one- and two-bedroom villa.

Master bathroom in one- and two-bedroom villa.
Master bathroom in one- and two-bedroom villa.

Looking from the master bath looking into master bedroom.
Looking from the master bath looking into master bedroom.

While the Beach Club Villas Resort is not sold out to DVC Members, it is relatively easy for non-Members to book villas. This will gradually become more and more difficult, so if you are not a DVC Member and would like to try this new resort, plan to do so on your next trip!

An artist's rendition of the Beach Club Villas.
An artist's rendition of the Beach Club Villas.


Contact Sue at sue.holland@mouseplanet.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue has been hooked on Walt Disney World since her first visit in 1972 with her parents and younger brother. She kept returning more frequently until she moved to Florida in 1986.

After joining the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) in 1997, she now visits almost monthly. She also spends time at the DVC's non-WDW locations, and is experienced with the Disney cruise ships.

She takes many of these trips on her own, but she's also toured WDW with large groups of people, including families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

She works as the Administrative Services Division Head for a large residential facility administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families. She currently resides in Southwest Florida with her teenage son.

Sue is one of our most prolific trip report writers. Read her trip report archive here.

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