Prior to becoming a DVC owner, mornings at a Walt Disney World Resort were quite hectic and usually involved three steps:
1. Waking up after hitting the snooze button multiple times
2. Frantically showering and getting dressed as fast as possible
3. Running to the bus stop and heading to a long day in the parks
This was before I found my new favorite pastime: relaxing on the balcony of my Disney Vacation Club Resort.
Now, I can be found most early mornings or evenings sipping a cup of coffee, reading, and taking in the views.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa holds a special place in my heart because this was the first resort my wife, Amy, and I stayed at as DVC owners. With our room located in The Springs, our balcony overlooked the lake and running trail and provided a nice escape that could make you forget you were even on Disney property.
Another great view can be found on the savanna of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. There is something very serene about sitting on your balcony and watching animals calmly grazing. My wife had a particular fondness for an ostrich that slept curled up outside our room in the early morning hours.
As far as theme parks are concerned, nothing can beat the view from Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. On a trip last October, we purposefully came back to our room multiple times and relaxed on the balcony in the evenings. It was great to enjoy Happily Ever After and Happy Hallowishes from the comfort of our private space. You can even pipe in the music through your TV for the full effect of the shows.
My absolute favorite is the balconies at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Even most of the standard views at this resort are great. I enjoyed having my morning coffee and watching the monorail go by.
Let me know what your favorite balcony views are related to Disney Vacation Club and take a few extra minutes to enjoy it for me on your next trip!