To follow our last post on whether or not to join Disney Vacation Club, we will take a look at the multitude of options and choices that a member can enjoy for lodging. All of these resorts are available to any Disney traveler when not being occupied by members.
As with most Disney vacations, selecting the best DVC resort match may depend on what your family wants to get out of the trip. For example, a family that will be spending a part of each day at Magic Kingdom would want to look at the villas at Grand Floridian or Bay Lake Tower. The ease of access via monorail or boat will help add time to your stay to enjoy more of the resort or spend a few minutes more in the park. The resorts are connected to the Grand Floridian and Contemporary, respectively, sharing many of the benefits of those famous resorts. The Wilderness Lodge villas will also provide a chance to use boat access directly to the Magic Kingdom, while giving the family a more enveloped in themed resort experience.
If your family trip is slated to enjoy more entertainment and dining in the evening, staying in one of the Epcot resorts may be more of your match. The Boardwalk or Beach Club villas will give walking distance into World Showcase towards the back of Epcot. This access allows an easy stop in for a few attractions and dining for a family before walking back to the resort. The Boardwalk villas also lend to walking to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Beach Club villas gives resort access to Stormalong Bay, perhaps the best family pool on Disney property.
Each of the previously mentioned resorts centered on access to major parks, which is key during a shorter trip (5 days or less). When your family trip is longer, with time to spend perhaps even a day relaxing at the resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge villas and Kidani Village are easily the most intriguing. The resorts are surrounded by savannah animal viewing similar to Kilimanjaro safari in the Animal Kingdom park. The theming again is the attraction here.
The two DVC only resort options are Saratoga Springs Resort and Old Key West Resort, again a good match for longer trips with time to spend at the resort and the newly renovated Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island). These two posses a theme similar to the US towns in their name and stress that relaxing atmosphere.
This brings us to the final and newest DVC option: the villas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The new villas here maintain the theme of the resort itself, with completely different room layouts than the standard studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or grand villas at the others. The first option at the Polynesian Villas will be the deluxe studios which possess the first DVC studios with two bathrooms, with a stand along glass shower and sink in a second bathroom to join the standard room bathroom. The other option to stay is the new bungalows on the water with a view of the Magic Kingdom. These limited bungalows (only 20 built) are styled similar to two bedroom villas inside, with a surrounding deck including a personal plunge pool.
Having so many options, the DVC resort of choice should have the ability match well to your vacation style. Mixing and matching resorts inside a longer trip is also a great option, especially if you want to include a night stay in one of the Polynesian Bungalows. With all of these trips in your future, enjoy trying as many as you can.
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