Walt Disney World is a globally-recognized attraction drawing around 20 million local and international visitors every year. It’s also home to several wonderful accommodation offerings, among them the 13 Disney Vacation Club properties.
Each of these offers a range of attractions and amenities to please even the most discerning guest. So, how do you choose your perfect resort from this varied and extensive portfolio of villas?
Every Disney resort has its charms depending on what you hope to get from your vacation. Check out how guests rate Disney Vacation Club Resorts and find out which one suits your needs best.
Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World
Disney Vacation Club resorts offer the chance to experience the magic of Walt Disney World in self-catering villas perfect for family vacations.
You can book these resorts as a Disney Vacation Club member, via direct rental from the resort, or by an arrangement with one of the DVC members.
Here’s what members have to say about the resorts located at this premier destination:
1. Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – 8/10
Grand Floridian Resort is the flagship of the Disney World vacation portfolio, so it makes sense that you can expect the best from the adjacent villas. Some of the pros of this resort include well-appointed rooms in an upscale property.
The onsite monorail station offers easy access to all of Disney World’s attractions. The only drawbacks include a lack of theme-park views from the rooms and the fact that there isn’t a dedicated private pool for DVC members to use.
As a DVC owner, if you don’t have enough points for this prestigious resort, it’s worth requesting DVC transfer points from another owner.
2. Disney’s Beach Club Villas – 7/10
This is your top choice for a Disney vacation if you’re staying outside of the Magic Kingdom area. Beach Club Villas offer outstanding theming and easy access to the Boardwalk area, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Some of the rooms in this large resort have less-than-desirable views and locations far from the main resort area, where you’ll find two gorgeous sparkling pools for your enjoyment.
3. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – 6/10
Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s a great location if you want to experience the thrills of the Magic Kingdom and is also located on the hotel monorail route.
The studio rooms make up for their diminutive size with excellent views and a quiet location. You can use the resort pool or the hotel pool during your stay and the dedicated Top of the World lounge and rooftop patio is a nice bonus for DVC members.
4. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – 5/10
There’s a toss-up between this resort and Jambo House among guests. The Island theme’s a top-hit among guests and well-maintained throughout the resort, the rooms are large, and you can catch the monorail right in the lobby.
The Bora Bora villas are possibly the most luxurious of all Disney’s available rooms, offering excellent access to all the attractions via the monorail or by boat. The other rooms aren’t as well located as the hotel rooms when it comes to the views and amenities.
5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House – 5/10
Jambo House is a great favorite for families who love the proximity of the animals and the spaciousness of the rooms. It’s also the only resort with a concierge service.
For some guests, the crowds and noise are a drawback and it’s best to bring a car if you want to access any of the off-site attractions.
When choosing a Disney Vacation Club resort, your experience is largely determined by how close you want to be to the main facilities and your expectations regarding the size of the rooms.
Apart from those aspects, these vacation spots all offer excellent amenities and service, perfect for a break from everyday reality.
To get a true reflection of what to expect, read up on reviews from people who’ve been there before to find out which aspects of the resort they most enjoyed or disliked.
How Do the Other DVC Resorts Measure Up?
The resorts located at Walt Disney World are the best-known in the DVC portfolio. Yet, you can still enjoy some great Disney vacation deals at three other locations in the USA.
Here’s a snapshot of the others:
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Florida
Naturally, Vero Beach doesn’t offer the glitz and appeal of the Disney World resorts, but it’s a great destination for a peaceful escape.
Vero Beach offers a good variety of small shops and excellent restaurants to explore and you’ll find a good range of facilities onsite. These include wildlife parks, theatres, educational activities for kids, and water sports for all ages.
Disney’s Hilton Head Resort, South Carolina
Hilton Head is a charming destination governed by strict regulations that ensure it remains an attractive and well-ordered place.
There are plenty of opportunities for golf, tennis, and sailing in the area, or you can rent a bike and take a ride around the island. The resort boasts spacious rooms and a totally different vibe from the other Disney offerings.
The standards of service are the same with a healthy dose of southern hospitality thrown in.
Aulani Resort in Hawaii
This resort is a joyful showcase of Hawaiin traditions in a large themed resort boasting many attractions and amenities. There are nine restaurants onsite and it’s across the road from the world-class Ko Olina Golf Club.
You’ll find pools with fun slides, snorkeling at Disney’s private lagoon, plush spa treatments, and wonderful character experiences to enjoy at this resort. The after-dark experiences are a glittering treat for romantically-inclined guests.
Beyond Disney Vacation Club
You need to book a Disney vacation at least 7 months in advance to find accommodation at these sought-after Disney Vacation Club Resorts. So, if you can’t find the accommodation you want this time, you’ll need to go to plan B.
Browse our travel blog for more great vacation ideas to satisfy your wanderlust this time.