- First opened: July, 2002
- Opening sale price: $84
- Current sale price (direct): $225
- Average sale price (resale): $145 – $160
- Contract Expires: 2042
- Number of rooms: 208
- Dining Options (click links to view menus for each dining location)
Disney Vacation Club’s Beach Club Villas is arguably the most popular DVC resort at Walt Disney World. I say ‘arguably’ because – well, this is DVC we’re talking about and DVC members are fiercely loyal to their home resorts. However, even the most loyal DVC’ers will have to admit, this is a VERY popular resort. It has two things going for it that no other resort does – it’s proximity to Epcot (via the International Gateway) and Stormalong Bay – the winding, sand-bottom pool.
As you can hear in the show above, our check-in experience was a bit unusual. Turns out we had been ‘flagged’, meaning that Disney was aware we were there. We did render our opinion on the room for this resort, but we do so with the caveat that they knew we were there. We did not receive any consideration or comps from Disney (this was a cash reservation, not using points) and we paid the same rate as anyone else. Our room was flawless, but that’s what you’d expect when Disney knows a blogger is coming. In fairness, the vast majority of comments that I’ve seen on-line regarding the Beach Club Villas are very positive.
Dining options at Beach Club Villas include Beaches and Cream, a table service ice cream and sandwich shop, Cape May Cafe – a buffet-style restaurant that has character breakfasts each morning and a standard dinner buffet service each night. There is also a quick service option inside the Beach Club marketplace. Cape May Cafe is an unusual choice for me, as I don’t eat seafood, but each time I’ve had dinner there, there has been plenty of really good, non-seafood items available. The dinner buffet will run between $48 and $52 for adults, and $26 and $30 for children. The breakfast character buffet will run about $35-$40 per adult and about $20-$22 per child – making it one of the more reasonable character meals at WDW (the food is also above average).
- Check-in experience (10%) – 7.5 – Given that Jackie’s Magic Band didn’t work when she got to the room, and she had to call IT to fix it, we took some points off. The fact that a manager came to the room is not reflected in this score, because that was because they knew we were there. I don’t believe the same thing would have happened for another guest.
- Overall condition of the room (50%) – 9 – The room was stunning, and while I’m sure the room we were assigned was considered by the resort in advance unless they replaced every stick of furniture in the place I find it difficult to believe that any room we were assigned would have been too much different. That, combined with the near-universal praise for the rooms at BCV and the fact that they all underwent a complete rehab in the last few years all factored into the ratings.
- Friendliness of cast (20%) – 8 – We interacted with several cast members throughout the resort (who would not have been aware of our presence) and they were very good. Lots of friendly smiles, helpful information, and generally great customer service.
- Amenities/Common areas (20%) – 8 –