Recently, we asked people to tell us which DVC resorts they thought were the best for families. We received a total of 1374 responses and here’s how they ranked:
|5||Old Key West||7.8%|
|4||Bay Lake Tower||8.9%|
|2||Beach Club Villas||18.8%|
|1||Animal Kingdom Lodge||22.3%|
It doesn’t surprise me that Vero, Hilton Head and the Grand Californian make up the bottom of the list. Not because they’re not great resorts, or even great for families. The more likely reason is that fewer people have been there. Of course, you can see that Aulani bucks the trend, coming in 7th with 6.3% . That should tell you something. I’ll wager that a majority of DVC owners have never been to Aualni yet even still, it ranks in the middle of this list. As someone who is madly in love with Aulani, and has been several times I will say this: If you went to Aulani, you likely would have voted for it.
Unlike the poll we did previously, where we asked which DVC resort was the best – this poll was not really close. Overwhelmingly, Animal Kingdom Lodge villas emerges as the best DVC resort for families by a good margin. The big draw here, of course, is the savannah – complete with more than a dozen species of animals. The pool is also a big draw, but not as big a draw as it is for the resort occupying the #2 spot – Beach Club Villas. It’s a certainty that Beach Club’s proximity to Epcot might be a factor for parents, but it certainly isn’t for kids. However, Stormalong Bay (Beach Club’s pool) is without question the best pool at a Walt Disney World resort. I specify WDW because I feel Aulani’s pool is the best of ANY Disney resort I’ve been to.
Polynesian also has great pool (and slide) – coupled with it’s proximity to the Magic Kingdom, it ranks 3rd on our list. Bay Lake Tower comes in 4th, and again, I feel this is mainly due to the close proximity to the Magic Kingdom. Rounding out the top 5 is the original DVC resort – Old Key West. Many commented that the size of the units (measurably larger than other DVC properties at WDW) is a big reason for they feel this is a great choice for families. The 1br villas at OKW are just about 1000 sq. ft – on average, that’s about 200 sq ft larger than any other DVC property.
So there you have it! That’s a look at the best DVC resorts for families. Tell us what you think in the comments below!