The Epcot resort area is a favorite place for many Disney goers. With walkable access and boat service to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios, scenic views of Crescent Lake, and a number of great eateries, there is much to love about this location. It’s also home to two of the most beloved DVC resorts- Disney’s Beach Club Villas and Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. When it comes to deciding on our next potential home resort purchase, my wife (Amy), and I are in a slight disagreement about which of these two resorts we should be leaning towards. Amy has fallen in love with Beach Club, while I’m finding myself loving everything about Boardwalk. We’ve decided to take this friendly debate to you to help us make a more informed decision. Find out why Amy considers herself Team Beach Club and I am siding with Team Boardwalk and let us know your vote.
Team Beach Club – By: Amy Krieger
Let me start with the fact that I do love Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. However, I am utterly shocked my husband would choose Boardwalk over Beach Club. You see, Paul and I spent seven years of our going on twelve-year relationship visiting the Mid-Atlantic coast in Wildwood Crest and Cape May, New Jersey. Because he grew up vacationing there with family, it was the first trip we had taken together.
We have continued to vacation there and had dreamed of some day making it our home. He even proposed to me in 2011 on Sunset Beach in Cape May. Although the past few years have shifted our interest towards Disney, that whole area of New Jersey remains very special to us.
While it isn’t exactly New England territory, I get the feeling I’m back in the Cape May/Wildwood Crest area when I walk the grounds of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The architecture of Beach Club’s beautiful resort buildings are reminiscent of the seaside cottages of our beloved Jersey shore destination. The smell of seafood wafting through the lobby takes me back to my days of eating crab and lobster on the coast, and one of my favorite restaurants on property, Cape May Cafe (hmmm, I wonder where that name came from), makes its home at Disney’s Beach Club resort.
Paul will say that Disney’s Boardwalk Resort reminds him of New Jersey as well. Yes, it does. If you travel a little further past the serene Wildwood Crest, you will find the town of Wildwood, or “Wildwood Proper” as Paul’s grandmother calls it. This area is home to a 38 block-long Atlantic City-esque boardwalk full of shops, restaurants, and amusement park rides. I enjoy this area of Wildwood, I really do. I force Paul to ride those scary roller coasters with me on the boardwalk’s pier every time we go. However, this is an area to visit, to play, to have a drink, to buy a cheap hoodie from a sketchy shop. It isn’t the place you want to sleep during the night or sit on the balcony of your resort and expect a peaceful setting. While Disney’s Boardwalk Resort isn’t full of sketchy shops with cheap hoodies, it has the same feeling I get from the Wildwood Boardwalk-a fun (and slightly tacky) place to visit, but maybe not a place for us to call home. We have always valued peace and quiet in a resort more than a bustling nightlife and I find the villas at Beach Club to be a quieter area than some of Boardwalk’s villas.
As I have said before, I love Boardwalk. I really do. The rooms are lovely, the views are nice. Heck, we just purchased a new Disney mattress and pillows based on our recent Boardwalk stay. Yet, in my heart, I love Beach Club just a little bit more. Do I need to bring up Stomalong Bay versus Boardwalk’s creepy clown, errr, I mean Lunar Park Pool? What about the fact that we have stayed at Boardwalk twice with our Animal Kingdom points and have yet to secure that elusive Beach Club reservation? Wouldn’t home resort booking rights be more valuable at Beach Club? I want Paul to be happy with our decision, but I know he would love Beach Club over Boardwalk if we had more opportunities to stay there. There are just so many reasons it would be a great place for us to call home.
Team BoardWalk – By: Paul Krieger
Less than a month ago, if you had asked me where I would like to purchase my next DVC contract my answer would have been Disney’s Beach Club Resort. It was a simple answer with little thought behind it. My wife, Amy, loved the resort and it was situated next to my favorite Disney Park, Epcot. What else did I need?
This, however, was before spending an additional two nights at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas earlier this Summer. In two visits to the BoardWalk as a DVC owner, I have had nothing but the most positive experience. From the rooms, location, cast members and more, the BoardWalk has proven to me to be a premier resort. As we speak, Amy and I are awaiting delivery of our new bed which we ensured was the exact make and model used in the BoardWalk Villas (yes we’re that crazy… and we bought the pillows as well).
Amy is spot on when describing why we are drawn to these resorts. They quickly take us back to New Jersey, a place where I have vacationed since my childhood. However, each trip has involved many memories on the Wildwood BoardWalk. Whether it be grabbing something to eat, wasting away money to win a cute girl a prize, or riding the many rides offered, the boardwalk has a special place in my heart. To me, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas brings me ‘home’ in more ways than one. It brings me to a place I love, but also reminds me of another place where I have shared so many special memories.
At the end of the day I will be happy with either resort we choose to make our next home. In fact, many of my Beach Club apprehensions are likely due to the fact that I’ve never stayed there. Both resorts are in an ideal location and I have heard nothing but positive experiences from the many members over on the DVC Fan Facebook Group. But at the moment when I evaluate the full package of view, location, aesthetics, and availability, I can’t help but continue to say I’m Team BoardWalk.
Since we can’t completely agree, we thought we would give our fellow DVC community a chance to help us decide. Are you Team Beach Club or Team Boardwalk? Vote below and leave us a comment to tell us what you love about the resort you chose.